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 Cineplex-Odeon, to the plans of architect David K. Mesbur. Cineplex-Odeon closed it 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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MarkieS on March 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Just read that Jean Harlow made a personal appearance there in 1932 to publicize Beast of the City. That must have caused pandemonium!

MarkieS on March 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Well, I’m sure she attracted rather large crowds. Right after Hell’s Angels, Jean Harlow fan clubs sprang up around the country, even though she had yet to prove herself as the talented comedienne she would become.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm

The Cineplex Odeon take-over was in the late eighties. There was no Cineplex Odeon in 1978.

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 11:16 am

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.

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