Loew's Metropolitan Theatre

392 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Can I get an amen, somebody?

MPol on May 22, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Didn’t you hear me? (lol)

MPol on May 22, 2009 at 7:25 am

Oh…my bad. It’s closed. Sorry to see such a gorgeous place close down. Wonder what they’re going to do with it.

MPol on May 22, 2009 at 7:11 am

What a fantastic-looking theatre! It’s perfect for showing great, golden-oldie-but-goody movie classics as well as lots of other stuff. Glad to hear that it’s still open, even though I don’t reside in the NY-NJ-CT area.

Bway on May 22, 2009 at 2:08 am

Wow, thanks! It is beautiful!
Another theater saved and restored by a church.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 21, 2009 at 1:51 pm

That is one gorgeous house.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 21, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Start here for interior photos, and then try doing a Google Images search of Brooklyn Tabernacle for more: View link

Bway on May 21, 2009 at 10:50 am

Anyone know what the interior of this theater looks like today? Any photos?
The place looked beautiful in the photo Warren posted above. I looked on google street view and the exterior seems to be very well kept. Here’s a link:

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 14, 2009 at 8:01 am

Warren: That is a good picture. I like how they gave billing to Gypsy Rose Lee, even though she was only in the movie for one short scene.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 14, 2009 at 7:35 am

Lost, don’t say it…!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 14, 2009 at 6:54 am

A nifty exterior image of illuminated signage can be found here: View link

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 14, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I loved this theater, even though I only knew it as quad. There was still plenty of architectural detail to savor. It was my neighborhood house for over 10 years, until it closed. It had bargain prices at the end, but the management refused to advertise that fact on the marquee or anywhere else.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 3, 2009 at 11:41 am

The Livingston Street marquee and entrance can be seen in the center background of this 1959 photo. By that time, they were used solely for display purposes. Tickets were sold only at the main entrance on Fulton Street:
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michelemarie on October 10, 2008 at 11:11 am

thanks Warren for all of your tips and history about these movie houses.Anniegirl

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 9, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Here’s a new link to a 1918 grand opening ad:
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AlAlvarez on July 29, 2008 at 8:37 am

Since “The People vs. Dr. Kildare” was advertised to follow and then delayed a week, I doubt that “A Woman’s Face” was held as only as filler.

Now to more recent history.

Loews sold the theatre under the provision that it would not remain a movie house. The buyer had arranged to flip it over to a third party who did not have a contract with Loews but had already agreed to lease it to Cineplex Odeon. Although Loews threatened to sue when the CO house was announced, nothing ever came of it.

When CO went in, the theatre still had the original wooden seats, a testament to how neglected some Loews houses were in the late eighties. These seats had mostly been destroyed to avoid any possibility of an immediate re-opening by anyone else. This actually expedited the remodel as CO had no intention of opening the place “as is”. Loews got the last laugh, though. Although the theatre was often busy, CO never made a profit due to high rent it had agreed to.

In October 1993 there was a gang shooting inside screen one which lead to several innocent bystanders getting hurt. The local media latched on to the story as another example of Hollywood product leading to teenage violence and blaming the film, (”Judgment Night”) for inciting the shooting. The following day picketers lined up in front of the theatre demanding it be closed.

In reality, the trailers were still running at the time of the shooting and the film had not yet started. I don’t think the Met ever really recovered from that incident and the politically motivated scandal it generated.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 29, 2008 at 6:42 am

The movie could have been held over for three weeks because the Met had nothing else to follow. I somehow doubt that it was due to record-breaking attendance. “First picture in years to hold a third week at the Met” tells us absolutely nothing in terms of boxoffice grosses…“A Woman’s Face,” incidentally, is included in the recent DVD boxed set, “Joan Crawford Collection: Volume 2.” Yours truly is among the biographers, historians, and critics interviewed in the “bonus” featurettes that were produced by Warner Home Video for this edition (plug! plug!).

michelemarie on July 28, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Dear AlAlvarez,

Maybe the movies were held over because of the audiance volume for a particular movie that was appearing at the time. ie Gone with the Wind and others.anniegirl

AlAlvarez on July 28, 2008 at 5:36 pm

That must be why the ads read: “FIRST PICTURE IN YEARS TO HOLD A THIRD WEEK AT THE MET!”

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 28, 2008 at 4:13 pm

In those days, hold-overs were the rule rather than the exception for Loew’s Metropolitan and for its chief downtown rivals, the Fox, Paramount, and RKO Albee. All were involved in a product-split, and could play only the product of a few major studios. In the Met’s case, it was primarily MGM and United Artists. Many of the movies that played the Loew’s neighborhood circuit in Brooklyn never reached the Met.

AlAlvarez on July 28, 2008 at 12:25 pm

…at the theatre this page is about.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 28, 2008 at 10:41 am

Downtown Brooklyn is hardly in the suburbs. It’s part of New York City, and one could easily walk there from downtown Manhattan via the Brooklyn Bridge…And I’m wondering what Mr. Alvarez means by “since it ran for three record weeks it overlapped with the circuit break.” I presume that Mr. A. is talking about “A Woman’s Face,” but WHERE did it run for those three record weeks? At the Capitol or in the engagement that included Loew’s Jersey City and Loew’s State (Newark)?

AlAlvarez on July 28, 2008 at 8:40 am

“They called her the scarfaced she-devil!”

“A Woman’s Face” was a first-run move-over from the Capitol and this was the first suburban run of the film, with “Washington Melodrama” as a co-feature. The run included the Loews Jersey City and Newark theatres but since it ran for record three weeks it overlapped with the circuit break.

michelemarie on July 28, 2008 at 8:23 am

Dear J.F.

When I was a kid of the 1950’s, there was a Bond Mens Clothing Store next to the Met and a Schraffts on the Left of the Met. That Crawford Stores was a Staple store back then and yes Nedick’s was the best.. On that same side of the street stood a Chock full of Nut’s Coffee Shop in the late 60’s. But the Met lived on in the 60’s. I always thought the Met was a exclusive Theater. I always as a kid went to local moviehouses such as the Commodore, Marcy, Republic, Meserole. RKO Greenpoint Theaters in my neighborhood of Williamsburgh and Greenpoint.. It was a treat to go to the Paramount and the Fox and of coarse the Met with my Parents.. Also a treat to go to the Automat on Fulton and Jay Streets. And a real treat to go to Juniors for special occasions..Always good memories revisiting the Brooklyn Memories of Fulton Street. Remember McCrory’s across from Mays Department Stores. I loved the Waffles and Ice Cream they served in front of the store facing Fulton Street.. It was the competition for Woolworths..next to A&S..Speaking of A&S do you remember the downstairs Childrens Department and the Horse ride for the kids while partents shopped for shoes for them? and of coarse the resturant in the basement and the frozen dessert near the back escalater in the luggage department…I spent most of my Saturday’s as a child in A&S with my Mother, sister, and Aunt’s in A&S and sometimes in the Met. Sorry to say the old Fulton Street is not the same anymore..Oh well thanks for the trip down memory lane. anniegirl