Loew's Metropolitan Theatre

392 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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br91975
br91975 on October 1, 2004 at 3:39 am

The Metropolitan ended its days as a movie house just prior to Memorial Day weekend, 1996.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 27, 2004 at 2:46 pm

You could easily find it in microfilm for The New York Times or Brooklyn Eagle of that date. The Met was always prominently featured in the ads for the Loew’s circuit. More than likely, the main feature was an MGM release, possibly “Cross of Lorraine” or “Thousands Cheer.”

skendi
skendi on July 26, 2004 at 11:15 pm

Does anyone know what movie played at the Loew’s Metropolitan theater in Brooklyn, N.Y. on December 1, 1943? It was my parent’s first date and they can’t remember what movie they saw.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on June 25, 2004 at 2:22 pm

Here is some information on the seating capacity for each of the Metropolitan’s auditoriums. Theatre 1: 676 seats, Theatre 2: 698 seats, Theatre 3: 600 seats, Theatre 4: 599 seats.

HomegaMan
HomegaMan on June 22, 2004 at 5:26 pm

I remeber seeing such classics as “Ghostbusters”, “Purple Rain” and “Back to the Future” here before they closed down in the late 80’s. I remeber my Mom and my sisters waiting in line to see “Blazing Saddles” in 1975 and by the time we got to the window the tickets were sold out and we came home dissapointed. Alot of violence helped close down the theater.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 15, 2004 at 6:26 pm

This theatre should really be listed as Loew’s Metropolitan. The Brooklyn Tabernacle is a church, not a theatre.

jays
jays on March 15, 2004 at 4:55 pm

the theatre was quadded in the late 70’s while still a loew’s house it only closed for a couple of months when Cineplex Odeon merged with Loew’s it then was remodeled and outfitted it’s marquee from Loew’s to Cineplex Odeon signage. I wathed the remodeling from my classroom window as they had the exit doors open during construction this occured in 1988. when the church that now operates the building took over they also gutted my school building which was around the corner, although long closed after I graduated in 1989 they incorparated it into the theatre building and is now the Jay street entrance of the building.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 28, 2004 at 9:52 pm

When first opened in 1917, Loew’s Metropolitan was the largest theatre built in the USA since the advent of movies. Architect Thomas Lamb tried out some of the ideas that he used two years later for the considerably larger Capitol Theatre in Manhattan. The Met presented vaudeville with the movies until 1935, when Loew’s discontinued it in all of its New York area theatres except the State on Broadway…Until the introduction of city-wide saturation openings in the mid-1960s, the Met was always the top Loew’s house in Brooklyn and showed the movies direct from their Broadway runs and ahead of all the other Loew’s in the borough. Unfortunately, because it had to compete for product in the downtown area against the Albee, Paramount, Fox, and Strand, the Met’s programs usually changed every two weeks, so it was not as profitable as it might have been. Attendance on a second week would drop by at least 50%, even with a “hit” movie.

MyrnaRFields
MyrnaRFields on November 6, 2003 at 5:31 pm

The old Metropolitan Theater, built in 1917 for vaudeville and designed by Thomas Lamb, has been restored to its former glory by The Brooklyn Tabernacle, a nondenominational church.
The church opened its doors for its first worship service in May, 2002 and currently holds three worship services every Sunday, in addition to its Tuesday night prayer service, to a maximum capacity crowd (approx. 4,000 seats). A new entrance to the theater is located at 17 Smith Street, just off Fulton Street. The Fulton Street entrance is still in use however, the marquis has been removed. The original facade of the building has been replaced. Extensive work has been performed on the sound and electrical systems to meet the demands of the large congregation and the 5 time Grammy award winning choir. Monitors have been installed throughout the auditorium for a more intimate worship experience. Contruction continues with the addition of another building which stands on Livingston Street.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on June 23, 2002 at 2:02 pm

This theatre dates back to early 1900’s as a Vaudeville house and has an extensive back stage area with dressing rooms and floors for talent agent offices. As a Loews house it was first outside Manhattan run for major films and included a stage show until the mid-fifties. In the late eighties it was taken over by Cineplex Odeon after being closed for a few years and split into four screens. Plaster walls in the lobby cover water features and mirrors that were NOT destroyed during the remodel. Cost of heating and cooling the extensive building and neighborhood violence lead to closing in the nineties when it failed to draw from nearby Brooklyn Heights.