Metropolitan Theatre

241 E. 14th Street,
New York, NY 10003

Unfavorite 2 people favorited this theater

Showing 26 - 41 of 41 comments

Ziggy on May 2, 2008 at 2:26 pm

The theatre in the photos from January 11 was built as the “Theatre Francais”. It specialized in French plays and is identified in the book “Lost New York”.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 20, 2008 at 9:26 am

This is the Fox City Theatre at 114 East 14th Street, next to Luchows. The fire was on June 29, 1916 as reported in the NYT.

Oops. Sorry, I also posted this on the City page by mistake.

kencmcintyre on April 19, 2008 at 5:31 pm

Here is a photo of a theater on E. 14th in 1916. Unfortunately the theater is not identified.

jflundy on January 11, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Here is a link to further photos at the NYPL site with three more photos of the 14th St Theater of three boxes above:
View link

jflundy on January 6, 2008 at 7:50 am

Warren, although this photo is on Brooklyn oriented web photo collection, it from a section, new to the site, that covers Manhattan

jflundy on January 5, 2008 at 6:55 pm

What 14th Street Theater is this photo depicting ? Taken 4-30-1916
View link

zouave114 on October 20, 2007 at 10:35 am


I’m the great-great-grandson of Lorenz Weiher. I’ve been trying to find any additional info on his life and professional career as a builder. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, died in the flu epidemic of 1918. Here is a photo of him in the late 1800’s.

View link

Bwayniteowl on December 21, 2006 at 3:06 pm

Here is a picture of Tammany Hall and Bryants Minstrals in 1868 just after opening of the building.
View link

Paul Noble
Paul Noble on December 20, 2006 at 4:11 pm

The Metropolitan was a Spanish-language theater in 1953. Our high school class went for a visit to see a comedy with Tin-Tan, a Mexican comedian, and a Donald Duck cartoon. I didn’t know that Clarence “Ducky” Nash could do duck-talk in Spanish!

Bwayniteowl on December 20, 2006 at 10:06 am

I stand corrected and apologize for posting incorrect information. Thank you for clarifying.

Bwayniteowl on December 19, 2006 at 10:48 am

This theatre has a much richer past than would be indicated here. It was home to Tony Pastor’s New Fourteenth St Theatre, the home of vaudeville in NYC.

In 1881 Pastor leased the Germania Theatre and renamed it Tony Pastor’s New Fourteenth Street Theatre, announcing that it would be “catering to the ladies, and presenting for the amusement of the cultivated and aesthetic Pure Music and Comedy, Burlesque, and Farce.” Tony Pastor’s, as it came to be known, played variety shows until 1908. It was the most popular New York theatre of the 1880s, paving the way for the theatrical ventures of the impresarios B. F. Keith and Oscar Hammerstein, but by the first years of the twentieth century theatergoers had gone northward to venues in Times Square. In 1908 the Fourteenth Street Theatre became a motion picture theater; the same year, Pastor decided not to renew the lease.

Also from the website.

1875 when he took over the Metropolitan Theatre at 585 Broadway. It was here that he worked to perfect the form of entertainment known as legitimate vaudeville, variety which was suitable for women and children as well as the traditional male audience.

Although not a movie house that I am aware of, perhaps we could restore the Metropolitian entry at that address until more research can be done. And we could add Germania as an entry to this address.

Although I was never inside, I can remember the thrill I got when walking on 14th St in the late 70’s, I came across a slab of sidewalk that had “Tony Pastor’s” inset in white tiles. I never saw it again and had since wondered where it was but even at the time, I knew I was somewhere historic.

RobertR on October 4, 2006 at 9:12 am

1975 now featuring Super Panascope :)
View link

acmorrison on July 19, 2006 at 12:35 am

This indeed prolific architect always used both names and two middle initials—Lorenz F. J. Weiher. Note the spelling correction of his last name.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 16, 2005 at 3:17 pm

I just had a flashback rush when I saw that pic. Truly one of the filthiest theatres I have ever been in, in every sense of the word. Made the Variety Photoplays seem like a day at the Cloisters.

philipgoldberg on July 19, 2004 at 11:15 am

A sliver-sized apartment building now occupies the site.

Bway on July 19, 2004 at 8:20 am

Warren, do you know what the building is used for now?
Is the interior intact?