Metropolitan Theater

168 Manhattan Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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I came across a certificate of occupancy for the Metropolitan Theater dated August 6, 1928. According to the records, this theater was modified in 1928 and had already been operating as a motion picture theater prior to 1928. By 1932 the records show a bakery located here in the same building, so the Metropolitan Theater was gone by that time. Any futher information on this theater would be appreciated.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 30, 2005 at 10:22 am

The Metropolitan Theatre is listed in the American Motion Picture Directory 1914 – 1915.

The Film Daily Yearbook’s;1926 & 1927 editions list it with a seating capacity of 460. The 1930 edition of F.D.Y. lists it as ‘Closed’ with a seating capacity of 600.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 30, 2005 at 11:08 am

Thanks Ken. It appears that this was another silent-era theater. It must have closed in 1929-30 and sat empty until being converted into a bakery in 1932. Another Brooklyn theater has been put to rest.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on August 30, 2005 at 7:57 pm

In only 2 posts. Is that a record? hehe.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 31, 2005 at 3:16 am

Now its four messages and that could be a new record. :)

Ligg
Ligg on January 13, 2007 at 12:10 pm

I do not know if this building even exist anymore. It probably was knocked down in ubran renewal when the housing projects went up. That whole street is just projects.

Astyanax
Astyanax on February 15, 2008 at 6:38 pm

The Maujer Street Houses are reknown as one of the first NYC Housing Authoprity developments in the city. The location of this theater is an odd one as both Manhattan Av. & Scholes were not major thoroughfares, unlike Graham Ave., one block over. The closure of this site probably encouraged the construction of the nearby Rainbow.

Ligg
Ligg on February 15, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Yes, I know. The housing project there was the first Federal Government Housing Projects built under FDR’s “New Deal.” Here is an interesting though. Supposedly the book, “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn” took place in the old tenements somewhere where the Projects are built. Even at the end of the book, Betty Smith says in the semi-autobiographical book, that after her father married the cop, and they were moving, “they had planned to tear down her old neighborhood.”

Here is a fact that most people do not know, and now that Grand Street around there has a redevelopment plan. The building, where Betty Smith lived as a girl and where her family lived actually survived. It is actual one of the tenements with a store front near Graham and Grand. Why, no one with the Brooklyn Historial society never checked this out is beyond me. It is something I was thinking of bringing to Marty Markowitz. It is the perfect place to be a museum for the “rich history” of Williamsburg.

There is the WAH centery on Broadway, WAH being the Williamsburg Art and Historical society, however, it closed for the time being because the old building, across from Peter Luger’s, is an old Bank Building, but does not have a fire escape, so the WAH center had to close until they raise the money.

I hope that, the building Betty Smith grew up in does not get knocked down by developers. It would be a shame, knocking down the building where the most famous book about Brooklyn took place.

Astyanax
Astyanax on February 19, 2008 at 6:33 pm

The Devoe branch of the Brooklyn Public Library system where the book’s heroine went for sanctuary is just a few blocks west of the Metropolitan on Devoe St. & Manhattan Ave. As I remember, it was a rather quaint neighborhood branch on a quiet neighborhood tree-lined street.

rumi
rumi on December 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

Ligg, would you happen to know where on Graham street is the building Betty Smith lived? I’d love to check it out next time I’m in Williamsburg. Thanks!

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