The theater consists of a one-story building fronting on Manhattan Avenue, which serves as the main entrance, and the two-story theater house located to the rear on Lorimer Street.1 The theater house occupies the former site of the Abraham Meserole residence. Most recently the theater has housed a Rite Aid pharmacy.
The Gayety was owned and operated by Hyde & Behman, a Brooklyn based theater management company that grew to operate theaters in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Newark, Pittsburgh and Chicago. Richard Hyde and Louis Behman started their company in Brooklyn in 1877, with their first theater on Adams Street, in Downtown Brooklyn. This theater was built in 1892, and was designed by J.B. McElfatrick, a very successful and well-known theater designer, with quite a roster of Brooklyn buildings to his name. The house opened up on November 7, 1892 with a vaudeville act.
Former Grand Theater, now at 196 Grand Street with theater house on South 1st Street (now a church).