Posted in music | venues on October 3, 2012

New Brooklyn Theater

Another day, another Kickstarter:

New Brooklyn Theater is a 501(c) 3 theater company which is on a mission to purchase and restore the historic theater at 1215 Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, NY. New Brooklyn Theater plans to restore the building and turn it into a performing arts center with three stages that will develop the work of Brooklyn artists for Brooklyn audiences.

Our Kickstarter campaign is set at $200,000 which is the total needed for a down payment on the building. The space is an architecturally impressive and historically significant building that needs to be saved before the city of the New York forecloses and it is auctioned off to developers that will tear it down.

We estimate that the complete restoration and rehabilitation of the Slave as a multi-purpose performing arts center will cost between $3.5 and $5 million.

We are deliberately foregoing other more traditional development formulas that would require unnecessary and costly plans. Instead we turn to you to help spark Brooklyn interest in the restoration of this landmark space.

"We are raising the $200,000 down payment in this way because we are willing to put our vision up to a vote of public opinion," says Artistic Director Solari. "When the Kickstarter campaign ends, if we are successful, we will approach our many potential corporate funders and development partners with something quite valuable, a mandate."

Sadly, the Kickstarter is only at $39,000 and it ends on Thursday.

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Comments (42)

SLAVES!

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 10:48 AM

buh-bye

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 10:53 AM

Where's Jay Z and his $$$ when you need him?

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 10:55 AM

Oh man, this is rich! How many of these people involved are actually from Bed-Stuy?

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 10:58 AM

my god, Brooklyn desperately needs another performing arts center.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 10:59 AM

can they just get a grant from the state of Ohio?

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:06 AM

burning down the house

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:06 AM

lol @ 1106

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:13 AM

Cue racists in five, four,...

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:17 AM

I am not sure, 10:58, why the people trying to save this theater need to be from Bed Stuy. Apparently the people in Bed Stuy, who are so upset that some white people are involved in this, have failed for many years to do anything with the site. But, yeah, they should blame whitey or the jews or whoever for not having their own shit together over there. It's a free country. If some white kids from Ohio want to buy the theater and turn it into an arts center, why can't they?

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:18 AM

IBTL

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:21 AM

10:58 is currently masturbating to anime porn.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:26 AM

Looks like the public meeting on this was a huge success and that the people in the community are excited about the plans:

http://thebrooklynink.com/2012/10/02/48113-whose-bed-stuy-is-it/

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:27 AM

three two one....

If this was in a better neighborhood that gentrified long ago, this theater would be long gone already. The fact that it lasted so long in its current state is because of how long it took this neighborhood to start to gentrify. Now that the hood is going white the developers/vultures begin to circle the property.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:39 AM

interesting to see casual unchallenged anti-semitism going on at this meeting..

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:41 AM

God damn it 11:17! I was gonna do that!

Well, ok then... three, two....

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:43 AM

“His original plan was to bring cultural excellence and history coming out of the Slave Theater,” he said. “At one time we had some of the most dynamic historians the world has ever known, until the white power structure and the Jews…”

“I’m determined to keep it in black ownership,” said Kazembe Butts, a Bed-Stuy resident. “Not just some black people on the board. And that’s what is going to happen, it’s going to stay as a black institution.”

lol, all decrepit and shit, maybe Jay-Z will buy it?

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 11:58 AM

i understand why the local residents are being protective of this facility, but i feel like they are misdirecting their anger and barking up the wrong tree. if they think they are holding onto something precious, by keeping it "black," they are truly in for a rude awakening. the landscape of nyc is changing rapidly. young people (white or otherwise) can't afford to stay out of historically low-income areas like bed-stuy anymore, or bushwick, or whatever other fringe neighborhood you're talking about. that theater hasn't been anything useful for a long time. would they prefer to have it purchased by some developer and turned into some new condo building that most of the longtime residents of the neighborhood can't afford, anyway? seems like flawed logic to me.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 12:00 PM

well put 12pm

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 12:02 PM

11:21: Has BV ever locked a thread? jesus

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 12:16 PM

people with no economic or creative or productive ability usually subscribe to flawed logic.

and before you go labeling my comment as racist... the above statement goes for people of all races.

and in this particular case......For a community to sit and let an historic theater rot for decades causing it to therefore be in the position of being demolished and then to turn around and cry foul when people of another race try to come in and make it a theater again, is just plain ridiculous.

just shows that the old timers there just want things to stay rotting.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 12:27 PM

In a perfect world where everything happens just as it should, the surrounding community would invest in this theater and reopen it as a black owned and black themed entertainment facility.

However, realistically, and in the real world that we live in, that's never going to happen. This is why the theater sits empty in the middle of that community rotting with all sorts of issues attached to it's past, current state and uncertain future.

Therefore, rather than have the history erased from this building and condos built, the sane thing, and the only way to keep this a theater, is to have outside money come in to save it and make it an all inclusive performing arts space for all the races of Brooklyn.

The community has had plenty of time and chances to do something with this space and all that has happened has been corruption, theft, fighting and a shuttered theater.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 12:34 PM

I don't recognize Bedford Avenue south of Grand.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 12:46 PM

im more interested in donating money for a white guy to go on vacation in asia and not send me trinkets.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 12:47 PM

so the people in the community are upset that the potential new operators of the theater want to change the name of the place from the 'Slave Theater' which was never the original name of the theater anyway and is not really realistically the name of the current theater since there is no theater, ass it has been closed under that moniker for decades.

So the hostile folks that live there want to make sure that the name of a defunct business which was never the name of the business originally, and therefore has no historical ties to the building anyway, remains.

That's some stupid flawed logic.

Like they are really going to get ANYONE to invest in reopening a theater and sinking millions of dollars into it knowing that the theater will re-open under the name "The Slave Theater'.

That's some seriously stupid people.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 12:47 PM

Yeah like it's the whitey and the Jews fault that the neighborhood let their own 'precious cultural institution' completely fall into disrepair and neglect.

It's like when the poor burn their own neighborhoods down and then blame everyone o the outside.

typical.

and the more these angry do-nothing neighborhood old timers take a stand, they can just about guarantee the demise of the theater. The louder they yell the more anyone with even a shred of interest in doing anything productive with this theater will back off and you will be left with nothing more than a developers demolition ball.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 12:53 PM

Why would anyone venture into a ghetto for a show? It's not the 80s anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 1:08 PM

and it's not a ghetto anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 1:14 PM


I wanna be black, wanna be like martin luther king
And get myself shot in the spring
And lead a whole generation, too
And fuck up the jews

I wanna be black, I wanna be like malcolm x
And cast a hex
Over president kennedy's tomb
And have a big prick, too

Oh, I don't wanna be a fucked up
Middle class college student no more
Yeah, I just wanna have a
Stable of foxy little whores

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 2:34 PM

^ +1
Uncle Lou laying it down

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 2:38 PM

Outside the theater on a recent afternoon, Jerry Garrett, a 51-year-old lifelong resident of Bed-Stuy, said he’d like to see the theater restored, and isn’t concerned about the name. “I mean, the Slave, I remember when it was the Regent,” he said. “It was the movie theater. I remember way back then. I’ve been around here forever.”

Garrett also said he’s happy to see the neighborhood changing. “Everything is up and coming; it’s a whole different thing,” he said. “Everything is new now, so it’s good. My property value went up like crazy. I love it.”

This dude FTW

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 2:49 PM

It will go to auction and be bought by Jose, who will then sell it back to somebody for 6x what he paid.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 2:59 PM

Hey, I've got a great idea. Let's invest 3 million dollars to get this theater back up in running. Then let's keep the name THE SLAVE #1, and even keep that awesome hand drawn signage. Let's then program only black oriented cultural and educational events for the community only and we'll recoup our investment overnight!

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 5:22 PM

All that money donated so the locals (who obviously never cared enough to do simple upkeep and maintenance on the place EVER) can bitch and moan that they are not represented/pandered to, etc. I could go on and on, but the point is, to be represented, you have to "represent". You sleep in the bed you made, and if you didn't make one (or let it fall to pieces over decades), well, you don't sleep on the bed. The rest of us would rather not hear all the barking, either, but that won't stop them. God help those kids if they reach their goal...

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 6:54 PM

12:00 - Well put, and I agree with everything except where you state that young people can't afford to stay out of fringe neighborhoods. They could just as easily move to South Brooklyn or (gasp, God forbid...) Queens, where the rents are more affordable, and won't have to think about getting mugged, stabbed, or shot.
I know that's not your point, but I just wanted to digress.

Posted by Anonymous | October 3, 2012 7:36 PM

“I don’t know that you’re going to get a lot of Brooklynites going to a place with ‘slave’ in the name. But I don’t really know anything because I’m a poor little white girl,” she said. “I think ‘slave’ has no good connotation. I mean, maybe Britney Spears gave it a slight thing with [her song, ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’], but ultimately that’s only a negative connotation. Particularly for the African American community, which is thriving in Brooklyn.”

http://thebrooklynink.com/2012/10/02/48113-whose-bed-stuy-is-it/

I can't even begin to explain how offended by this persons ignorance I am.

Posted by Anonymous | October 4, 2012 10:42 PM

Clarence Hardy, has the does open why don't everyone just help him win his court battle with court from 2002?

Posted by Gershwin | October 6, 2012 5:46 PM

Outside the theater on a recent afternoon, Jerry Garrett, a 51-year-old lifelong resident of Bed-Stuy, said he’d like to see the theater restored, and isn’t concerned about the name. “I mean, the Slave, I remember when it was the Regent,” he said. “It was the movie theater. I remember way back then. I’ve been around here forever.”

Garrett also said he’s happy to see the neighborhood changing. “Everything is up and coming; it’s a whole different thing,” he said. “Everything is new now, so it’s good. My property value went up like crazy. I love it.”

This dude FTW

Posted by baculand | October 23, 2012 5:05 PM

Hmm, thanks for the Nitehawk tip! This movie is amazing and even if I did want to hear Leslie's thoughts on it, can't do a Wednesday night.

Posted by rewayat | November 23, 2012 6:49 PM

Odd that Vernon Reid/Living Colour was not boldfaced in your write up and Melvin Gibbs never played for LC but Eye and I as well as Henry Rollins

Posted by Blackberry Z10 Review | February 3, 2013 9:17 PM

I hope it's saved.

Posted by mike | July 13, 2013 8:11 PM

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