Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Slave/Regent Theatre Demolished

Curbed NewYork: "Bed-Stuy's  Slave Theater, a nexus of black culture from 1984 to 1998 and the birthplace of a new wave of political activism in a time of heightened race relations in NYC, is no more."

Brownstoner reports that "the site was almost demolished by mid-December and now all that remains at 1215 Fulton Street is a construction fence, a bit of rubble, an expired stop work order and some construction equipment" 

Before becoming the Slave, it was known as the Regent, one of four Brooklyn theatres listed in the Negro Travelers Greenbook for 1938.

From the New York Age, one of the most influential black newspapers of its time: 

February 19, 1938: 
"Heralded to be one of the best all-Negro pictures, which the screen has ever produced, the million dollar production. 'Life Goes On,' comes to the Regent Theatre, Fulton street and Bedford avenue, Brooklyn, this week. And that is information.

But believe it or not, Louise Beavers, beloved Queen of Actresses of the race, will appear on the stage of the Regent in person for seven whole days. That is sensational news."  

October 7, 1939:
"With flying banners, martial tread and the stirring music of fife and drum five hundred Negro scouts will parade the streets of the Bedford-Stuyvesant area Saturday morning, October 21, when the Brooklyn Office of the New York Age and the management of the Regent Theatre, Fulton street and Bedford avenue, play host to members of Scout troops in the uptown sector. 

"A picture presentation which is sure to delight Brooklyn scouts will be the main feature on the program, it was announced by theatre manager Benjamin F. Resnick. The main flicker will be the refreshingly comical 'Out West with the Hardys' featuring Mickey Rooney and the nationally famed Hardy family."

Life Goes On 

Louise Beavers  

Out West with the Hardys

Legendary theatre historian, Cezar Del Valle is celebrating twenty years of talks and walks. He is currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries , senior centers, etc.

Del Valle has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

He is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.




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