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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Tinseltoes on March 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Jean Harlow played a full week at Loew’s Metropolitan as part of the vaudeville bill. She also did a full week before or after that at Loew’s Paradise in the Bronx, but I doubt if she created pandemonium at either theatre. She was still a star on the rise, and had just signed a long-term contract at MGM, which sent her on the road to increase her popularity.

MarkieS on March 28, 2011 at 1:24 am

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.

AlAlvarez on March 28, 2011 at 3:03 am

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

TLSLOEWS on March 28, 2011 at 3:16 am

Thanks Al ,you are so right.

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.



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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.

AlAlvarez 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.

Tinseltoes on April 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Plush seating makes church-going more comfortable than ever: irwinseating

Tinseltoes on August 6, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Dilapidated marquee pictured on this front cover in January, 1979. By that time, renovations should have been completed: Boxoffice

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!

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