Loew's Metropolitan Theatre

392 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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The Thomas Lamb-designed Loew’s Metropolitan Theatre opened on September 15, 1918 with Dorothy Gish in “The Hun Within” plus vaudeville on the stage. The main entrance was on Fulton Street and there were secondary entrances on Smith Street and Livingstone Street. It was equipped with a Moller 3 manual 17 rank organ which in 1934 was replaced by a Moller 3 manual 32 rank organ.

In December 1978 it was converted into a four-screen theatre by Loew’s, to the plans of architect David K. Mesbur. Seating was provided for 676 in Screen 1, 698 in Screen 2, 600 in Screen 3 & 599 in Screen 4. It was taken over by Cineplex-Odeon in the late-1980’s and was closed in July 1996.

The theater underwent extensive renovation and restoration between 2000-2002, and it was de-quadded. It reopened in June 2002 as the new home of the Brooklyn Tabernacle.

Contributed by William Gabel, Warren Harris

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Trolleyguy on April 28, 2011 at 3:48 am

Here’s a couple of old interior pictures from the collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Click on the small pictures to expand them.



Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 28, 2011 at 3:55 am

The mezzazine lounge didn’t look like that when I frequented the theater, from 1983 to closing. The opening had been covered over by a floor, making a very large lounge space with very little decor.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

The Metropolitan mezzanine did not over look the lobby as you can see in the first photo. I think that mezzanine shot may be of the RKO Kenmore, or some other Loews house.

johndereszewski on January 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm

The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, which now operates out of this old movie house, hit a home run in performing the Battle Hymn of the Republic at Monday’s Inauguration ceremony. Kudos to the choir, the congregation and the people of Brooklyn!

robboehm on May 17, 2015 at 10:15 pm

Uploaded to photos from Brooklyn Pics. One is purported to be Smith near Fulton. The other Livingston. Were there multiple entrances or is Brooklyn Pics wrong.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 18, 2015 at 12:22 am

There was a seldom-used entrance on Livingston Street, but usually the Livingston Street marquee was used to advertise the current attraction.

theatrefan on September 7, 2016 at 1:16 am

Who was the chain that actually made this a quad, was it Loews or Cineplex Odeon?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 7, 2016 at 1:52 am

It was Loews. Cineplex only did a cosmetic remodel and put in new cushion seats. Loews was still operating with 70 year old wooden seats.

theatrefan on December 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Loews Theatres was well known for it’s lack maintenance and refurbishment program during that era. It was Cineplex Odeon that really did give these old theatres a new lease of life.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 18, 2018 at 6:14 pm

Happy 100th birthday to Loew’s Metropolitan, which first opened in September, 1918, and is not only still with us, but also magnificently rejuvenated as home to the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Glory, glory, hallelujah!

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