Loew's Pitkin Theatre

1501 Pitkin Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11212

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creativa on November 14, 2007 at 12:05 pm

ouch. it would be great to rescue rehab and turn this building into a museum of brownsville’s unique history and classic film. anybody know how to make this happen??


ps i am preparing my new book Brownsville: The Jewish Years for publication. It has an entire chapter on the LOEW’s PITKIN!!!!!!

PKoch on November 9, 2007 at 2:15 pm

Perhaps all too true, cypress.

PKoch on November 9, 2007 at 2:14 pm

Thanks, Ed Solero. An interesting, and probably significant, comparison to one of the five Loew’s “wonder” theatres of 1929 and 1930.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 9, 2007 at 2:08 pm

Wow… Look at that roof damage! The inside must in a complete shambles! The motif of the tower above the corner entrance appears nearly identical to that of Lamb’s Loew’s 175th Street Theatre, albeit on a somewhat smaller scale.

Scholes188 on November 9, 2007 at 2:07 pm

It looks like they are going to demolish that beautiful building and replace it with an ugly condo.

PKoch on November 9, 2007 at 1:38 pm

Thanks, Ken Roe. Good work. Good to read you. Hadn’t, for awhile. Glad you’re back on CT, and on the page of so illustrious a theater as the Pitkin.

PKoch on October 29, 2007 at 7:24 am

Good idea, cypress. I hope you find that picture, too.

Scholes188 on October 27, 2007 at 6:09 am

I don’t know the name of the rapper but he has a home theater with a marquee that reads, LOEW’S PITKIN. I think it’s 50 Cents. I would love to find that picture.

nonsportsnut on August 21, 2007 at 9:25 pm


I’m a member of the Three Stooges Fan Club in Pennsylvania. The Fan Club also has a museum: www.stoogeum.com

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PKoch on June 12, 2007 at 9:58 am

Bravo, Theaterat !

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 8, 2007 at 8:14 pm

Sheer genius, Theaterat. LOL!

Theaterat on June 8, 2007 at 9:22 am

Prehaps the purple prose placed on the Prince of Pitkin placed positive projections ,providing that the principal posturing promoted pride, prejudice and passion concerning the princley palace the Pitkin was purported to be. “Euphonious” anyone?

PKoch on May 30, 2007 at 5:45 am

Yes, in it, you have a repetition of the “p” sound for emphasis (alliteration), and “Prince of Pitkin Avenue” was an idiom, long associated with that part of Brownsville.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 27, 2007 at 3:45 pm

Perhaps, Warren, but the “Prince of Pitkin Ave” is far more euphonious!

Theaterat on May 26, 2007 at 8:57 am

That is what my uncle told me! He STILL insists that this was the best theater in the neighborhood.

PKoch on May 25, 2007 at 5:53 am

So the Pitkin Theatre was once “the prince of Pitkin Avenue” ? Great !

Theaterat on May 24, 2007 at 4:27 pm

I was only at the Pitkin once. It was late in 68. I went to see "Rosemarys Baby" with my uncle Rocco and cousin Cosmo.The theater was absolutely beautiful- be it a “wonder theater” or nor. You could have spent days in there just exploring the statuary work and the details that were incorporated into it.Although the neighborhood was predominately Jewish{with a smattering of Italians}, it was sinking faster than the Titanic back then.From what I understand, there were many fine theaters in this nieghborhood, but the Pitkin WAS the prince! God only knows what the inside looks like now.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 23, 2007 at 4:54 pm

At the very least there must be large holes in the dome. But my gut says that it is probably worse than that. What is the name of the former cinema off to the right, across from the basketball court. I visited that one too. But the identity is escaping me right now. It looked like a church at the time. Seems like it is in good repair these days.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 23, 2007 at 10:24 am

Yikes! Life, if you view this satellite image, the damage to the roof is even more evident!

Doesn’t look good.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 21, 2007 at 11:49 am

I visited this place around 1989. It looked neglected then. I don’t think there is a lot of hope in this particular situation, at least as far as reusing the interior goes.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 21, 2007 at 11:44 am

I don’t know how often Google updates their image library. But in this satellite photo the roof does not look good at all:

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djgyardley on May 21, 2007 at 10:48 am

Warren, thanks for the advice. I’ll check in to The Brooklyn Eagle.

djgyardley on May 21, 2007 at 9:22 am

I’m doing research for a project for my grandfather. He sang in a children’s talent show on Mother’s Day at the Loew’s Pitkin between 1930 and 1933. He won first prize, a snake plant for his mother. Does anyone have or know where I can find any newspaper ads or photos of the event. I’m also looking for a photograph of the organist at the time, Henrietta Cameron (or Kamaren, I’m not sure of the spelling).

Thank you for your help. Your postings on the theater have been incredibly helpful.