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Loew's Metropolitan Theatre

392 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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The Thomas Lamb-designed Metropolitan Theatre opened on September 15, 1918. In December 1978 it was converted into a four-screen theater by Loew’s, to the plans of architect David K. Mesbur. 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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TLSLOEWS on March 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Thanks Al ,you are so right.

Trolleyguy on April 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm

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 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm

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 9:50 am

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 12:16 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 2:15 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 17, 2015 at 4:22 pm

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 6, 2016 at 5:16 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 6, 2016 at 5:52 pm

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 9:00 am

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.

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