Loew’s Pitkin Redeveloped As Charter School
posted by Ross Melnick on July 1, 2013 at 8:42 am
The Loew’s Pitkin Theatre, closed since 1969, will reopen (sort of) on September 13th as a mixed-use space for the Brownsville Ascend Charter School and more than 10,000 square feet of retail space. The theater had fallen into severe disrepair in recent years before a $43.3 million renovation project. According to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, “The completion of this project is a key milestone in the revitalization of the once vibrant Pitkin Avenue corridor…. The renovation of the Loews Pitkin [also] preserved many architectural details, including the terra-cotta ornamentation” and the “original detailed neoclassical and Art Deco-themed cornices, pilasters, and niches.”
(Thanks to our illustrious editor Ken Roe for the image.)
Is the newspaper’s “pre” photo exterior or interior? were all the interior spaces gutted? (a question also asked by Scott on the cinema’s page).
Yes, the article is misleading. This is a redevelopment more than a renovation. At least it hasn’t been completely effaced. And it didn’t become a parking garage or a CVS. In any case, I suppose the impending renewal of the Kings Theatre obviates the need for another large movie palace in Brooklyn.
Thanks for the insightful comments about the “renovation.” It would have been nice if they were a bit more forthcoming about the interior.
I have added some exterior photos I took in June 2013. I went into the supermarket which now operates in part of the former foyer and rear orchestra sections of the theatre, and there is nothing remaining (visible) in that space at all. Just a low ceiling. With all the windows now punched into the facade and side walls, I would say the interior of the building was totally gutted and several levels of flooring have been inserted for the school use. The exterior has been cleaned up nicely.
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