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Jayar

Ramsey, NJ

#2 May 7, 2010
The DeKalb Theatre first opened on December 11, 1911, three months after its nearby competition, the Bushwick. Loew's had taken over the DeKalb by 1915 and ran it until building the Gates. After that, the DeKalb went through several changes of ownership before becoming the Casino on October 25, 1936. Described in advertising as the New Casino, it tried to revive the burlesque shows of the old Casino Theatre in downtown Brooklyn, but ran into trouble with the police and switched to vaudeville and late-run movies. The vaudeville was soon dropped, but movies continued into the 1940s...In 1996, a news report in The New York Times said that the decrepit theatre's interior would be converted into much-needed space for the district's over-crowded public schools.
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