Loew's Metropolis Theatre

2644 Third Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10454

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Loew's Metropolis Theatre

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The Metropolis Theater opened as a legit live theatre on August 30, 1897. It was located on a large plot of land bordered by Third Avenue, East 142nd Street and Alexander Avenue.

By 1914 it had gone over to screening motion pictures due to competition from the new Bronx Opera House which opened in 1913. It was later operated by Loew’s and known as Loew’s Metropolis Theatre.

It was closed in the middle of the 1920’s (it’s not listed in the 1926 Film Daily Yearbook) and the auditorium was used as a storage facility by Loew’s for many years until it was demolished.

Today, the still quite elegant front of the building which contains offices is all that remains of this once grand theatre.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 3, 2005 at 1:01 pm

Warren;Thanks for the additional information and details on the Metropolis Theatre. It is listed in the 1914-1915 edition of the American Motion Picture Directory, so I presume was screening movies at that time.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 4, 2005 at 10:42 am

Listed as Metropolis Theatre, 2644 3rd Avenue, no other details given.

f9be22
f9be22 on November 7, 2005 at 5:22 pm

My father, who is 93, remembers going to the Metropolis Theater as a young child with his brothers and sisters to watch cowboy movies. He told me it was evident that the theater, which was impressive, had seen better days. The movies were played without musical accompaniment.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 26, 2006 at 6:07 pm

Two photographs of the remains of the Metropolis Theatre I took in June 2005:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kencta/225441324/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kencta/225441808/

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Very interesting.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 19, 2013 at 2:31 am

The Metropolis Theatre is listed in a 1913 book, Our Theatres To-day and Yesterday, by Ruth Crosby Dimmick. It gives the opening date as August 30, 1897.

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