Loew's Metropolitan Theatre

392 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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louieb on April 4, 2006 at 4:47 am

ok warren you made your point lol. If u know what that means. How much can u say about the Met? Fabulous say’s it all and that’s all. Anniegirl.
posted by louieb Apr 4th 2006.

judithblumenthal on April 4, 2006 at 4:23 am

Well, we’ve just been warned by Warren that Anniegirl and I are causing CHAOS by mentioning QUEENS theatres on the Loew’s Metropolitan listing. I did think this was a place where Cinema Treasures everywhere were treasured.
So I’ll shut up. Francesca

BruceIII on April 4, 2006 at 3:53 am

Hi Francesca,
Good to see you’re still interested in theaters! When I did an episode of public access cable TV show ‘That’s Brooklyn,’ your song really hit the spot.
Bruce. Hopefully, a meeting to try to save the Loew’s Kings will be held on April 8th. Check under that department for further information.

louieb on April 4, 2006 at 3:35 am

Hi Francesca, I went to the Keiths Flushing on Northern Blvd and Main Street only once with my Husband Louieb who hails from Astoria. We went several times to Steinway to the RKO Astoria Movie Theater. And we saw JAWS at the Prospect Movie Theater on Main Street in Flushing. Once we went to the Main Street Theater on Main St in Briarwood Section. So I would like to hear about more Theater’s in Queens. I am a Brooklynite and all of my childhood and adolesent years were spent going to Brooklyn Theater’s. Anniegirl
posted by louieb on Apr 4th 2006

judithblumenthal on April 3, 2006 at 5:55 pm

Anniegirl—thanks for your reply. I am a writer and songwriter and I appreciate the details that bring out our feelings about these places, as you did. I also spent time at A&S: for several years my husband was a buyer there. He also came from Williamsburg so I will ask him about his memories of the movie houses there. I got involved with Cinema Treasures many years later when our local movie palace, RKO Keiths in Flushing was semi-destroyed and may be entirely destroyed. It was a fabulous place with a history that included live performances by Mae West and Bob Hope. It wasn’t part of my childhood, but I had always noticed and admired the glamourous decor. Which was partially destroyed when it had been partitioned into two theatres, and has since mostly been demolished. Francesca

louieb on April 3, 2006 at 3:18 pm

I am anniegirl. I went to the met with my mom after we had lunch at Schrafft’s Resturant. As a child of 7 I thought the met was a High Class Movie Theater. I only went there 1 more time to see Heaven Knows Mr. Allison with Mitchum and Kerr. I hailed from Williamsburgh and spent most of my Saturday’s in A&S and Woolworths. Anniegirl.
posted by louieb on Mar.3,2006

judithblumenthal on April 3, 2006 at 11:48 am

I’m not sure if I’m reading disapproval into the last few replies, but do some Cinema Treasurists think each site is only about ONE movie theatre and only that?
Or am I misinterpreting “"Let’s stay on topic…” amd “we did manage to get off the subject of the Loew’s Metropolitan..”

My friends and I went to movie theatres and their next-door places, all over Brooklyn and Manhattan—and later, in Queens. Is that off topic? I contacted this site, not because it was my weekly theatre, but because we went there occasionally and I thought my high school graduation might have taken place there. In which case it would be one of my Cinema Treasures.

Goodheart on April 3, 2006 at 10:38 am

Sorry to cause any grief on this thread. We did manage to get off the subject of the Loew’s Meropolitan, and unfortunately it tends to happen.
Louieb, I’ll be posting my reply on the Williamsburg Theatre thread, regarding our discussion.

I will be posting a picture of an old movie ad from the 1940s of the Loew’s Metropolitan, here soon.


louieb on April 3, 2006 at 9:22 am

To: lovetheoldtheaters and to everyone!!!!!!!
Listen everyone we can mix and match experiences. Besides the Met was a HIGH CLASS Theater to go to. Most people wore hat gloves to that Theater. It was so immaculate you could eat off the floors. To JoeB from Fla.Read my post about Woolworths and Thom McCann above Anniegirl
posted by louieb on Apr 3, 2006

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Mike (saps) on April 3, 2006 at 5:11 am

Last time I looked the Metropolitan is located on Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Let’s stay on topic here; I’m sure there is plenty of room on the Commodore and Williamsburgh pages for your musings.

judithblumenthal on April 3, 2006 at 4:06 am

I didn’t grow up in Anniegirl’s neighborhood, but I was smiling as I read her description of that shopping street, because I was on the phone last week to Oregon with my childhood friend, Rose—and we were remembering not only the Avalon, Kingsway, Triangle movie theatres on Kings Highway (all gone!) but the delis, record shop, Rainbow Shop, candy store, girl’s clothing store, Woolworths, Kresge’s, Perelman’s Pianos and many more. Then Saturday at a jazz concert I met a retired dentist who also went to James Madison H.S. He said: Do you remember our school song?
And I sang at a table in the Citicorp deli: “Madison! We’re ever loyal to thee—Madison! we will be true….”
You can see, like many on this site—I have nothing against nostalgia!

louieb on April 3, 2006 at 3:28 am

There was a Woolworths and a Thom McCan Shoe Store on the corner of Marcy and Broadway the same block as Woolworths. The BQE which is The Brooklyn Queens Expressway was on the right if you are lookling at Woolworths. and a Furniture Store Wharehouse across the street from the Commodore Theater next to the BQE. Do you remember the florist across the street from the Williamsburgh Theater. The name of the florist was Laskas Florist. I Knew the owner named Neal. He moved to Long Island in the 70’s and I ran into his niece one time and she told me he had passed away. I used to shop on Havemeyer Street at Jayz and I took my nephew to a boy’s shop across the street but I forgot the name. I used to get him Uniform Shirts for
Catholic School. Do you know the name of the shop? The Jewish Deli was across the street and the Pastrami King was on Roebling Street. Anniegirl.
Posted by louieb April 3rd 2006

Goodheart on April 1, 2006 at 4:30 pm

Anniegirl, I know what you mean about a theatre getting run down and also about the rodents.
In the 1960s I was living in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn and got acquainted with movie theatre’s in that area.
I do recall Stevens next to the Williamsburg theatre with all those goodies. I use to look in the window.
I also attended the Commodore once in a while and also the Marcy. I believe that of the 4 theatres in that area the Commodore was considered the elite one and charged higher admission that the others.
Wasn’t there a Woolworth’s store not far from the Commodore?


louieb on April 1, 2006 at 4:18 pm

Dear JoeB afer a while the Williamsburgh got run down in the early 60’s and It wasnt a great place to see a movie anymore if u know what I mean. A lot of unwanted rodent’s. Do you remember Stevens which was next door to the Williamsburgh Theater. They had frozen Ice Cream and great B-Day cakes. I usually went to the Commodore
Theater down the block a ways. Lou’s wife Anniegirl
Posted by Louieb on April 1st, 2006

Goodheart on March 31, 2006 at 4:35 pm

Louieb, you can bring up my recollections about the movie theatre’s we spoke about by hitting lovetheoldtheaters which appears above under my last post. It will take you to the list of theater’s I posted about thus far.
Mrs. Louieb, I recall those Halloween costume party’s that some of the theaters use to have and it was fun. I believe of all the theater’s in that area I went to the Williamsburg the most.

Warren, I actually don’t know what the initials R&F stood for, but I do believe it referred to the Republic Theatre.


louieb on March 31, 2006 at 7:59 am

I really don’t know it was called the R&R but it was the Republic Theater on Grand Street and Rodney Street in Williamsburgh /Brooklyn NY. Warren, I went to that movie several times.
posted by anniegirl Mar. 31, 2006

louieb on March 31, 2006 at 6:30 am

Hey Joeb how do I retreive your posting on the movies we spoke about?posted by Anniegirl on Mar 31, 2006

louieb on March 31, 2006 at 6:22 am

Hey JoeB. I am louieb, wife. I was raised on Penn Street and moved to Bedford Avenue.I was born in 1945 so I went to lots of Saturday Movies when I was a child. I went to Transfiguration School on Marcy Avenue and always went to the Commodore and the R&F on Saturday’s. I saw I was a teenage werewolf with Michael Landon and was scared out of my wits. And I also participated in Holloween Costume Party’s on Stage at the Commodore Theater. Had lots of fun growing up in Brooklyn. posted by louieb on Mar 31, 2006

BruceIII on March 30, 2006 at 1:13 am

Often times the architects that built these theaters were the same people who designed and built the churches. So it’s not that surprising that the churches are converting theaters into houses of worship. At the corner of Nostrand and Eastern Parkway, was the Kameo Theater and now it’s the Philadelphia Church. I have been inside where I found the rumor to be true! They had covered over the nude statuary with gowns!

Goodheart on March 29, 2006 at 5:11 pm

Louieb, I posted some recollections under some of the theatre’s that yu mentioned including The Williamsburg, when I lived on South 8th St. as a boy. I also recall the Republic Theatre when it was also called the R&F.


louieb on March 29, 2006 at 11:09 am

I am louieb’s wife and I was born and raised in Brooklyn. I remember going to the Brooklyn’s Albee Theater and seeing Doris Day and Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk. It was a good movie. I also went to the State Movie theater on DeKalb and Franklin Avenue many times. The red oriental rug that went from the upstairs men’s and ladies room to the very bottom of the stairs. What a Showplace.

louieb on March 29, 2006 at 10:55 am

Your right EdSolero. I got my people mixed up. Sorry about that.
My wife is looking for any pictures of the Domino Sugar House in Brooklyn. The one that you can see the sign at night all light up as you cross the Williamsburgh Bridge by train to Marcy Ave in Brooklyn.
Also does anybody remember the Coomodore Movie Theater on Broadway and Rodney Street in Williamsburgh and the Williamsburgh Movie Theater on Broadway near Marcy Ave and the Marcy Theater on Marcy and Broadway?. Also the Republic Movie on Grand and Rodney Street My wife was 8 in 1953 and went to the Republic she calls it the R&F and went across the street to get hot bagels at the Republic Bagel Factory. They baked the bagels right in front of you. UM UM
posted by louieb on March 29th, 2006