The full address was 111-117 East Houston
. The site had been home to a household supply manufacturer from 1871-1911. I believe the theatre was built by Louis Minsky and Max Steuer, open by May 1913, and was known originally as the National (along with the National Winter Garden)
. In March 1935, it became the combination house known at the New Roosevelt Theatre
. Simply the Roosevelt by September 1936, it exhibited Ukrainian, Soviet, Yiddish, and Chinese movies in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The National Winter Garden, located on the sixth floor, seated 299 and was known as the Rooftop Theatre
from at least the mid-1940s through the building's closing. The theatre proper was known as the Downtown National from at least 1941-1951. The theatre was closed when it was purchased by the Transit Authority in 1958.