Loew's Metropolitan Theatre

392 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 23, 2013 at 2:16 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!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 6, 2012 at 12:21 pm

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on April 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm

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

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 28, 2011 at 12:50 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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 27, 2011 at 10:55 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.

Trolleyguy
Trolleyguy on April 27, 2011 at 10:48 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.

http://tinyurl.com/6a5w23g

http://tinyurl.com/6esqtdm

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Thanks Al ,you are so right.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 27, 2011 at 10:03 pm

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

MarkieS
MarkieS on March 27, 2011 at 8:24 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.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on March 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

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
MarkieS on March 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

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

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on March 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

Sixty-seven years ago today, MGM’s “Whistling in Brooklyn,” a B&W comedy with Red Skelton and the entire Brooklyn Dodgers baseball team, opened its NYC premiere engagement at Loew’s Metropolitan, day-and-date with Loew’s State in midtown Manhattan. Loew’s Met provided a second “A” feature in support—UA’s B&W “Jack London,” with Michael O'Shea and Susan Hayward. Loew’s State added its customary vaudeville bill, this one topped by Will Osborne & His Hollywood Band, who came direct from a smash engagement only five blocks away at the Capitol Theatre.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 11, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Very nice link Thanks again Tinseltoes.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 11, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Here’s a link to a 2009 video showing the renovated auditorium: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8UiNxJk_ec

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 13, 2010 at 2:11 pm

MY sister took a picture of a New York theatre with “MOONRAKER” on it.I would love to find that picture.It could be this theatre?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 8, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I like the way the they had 2 marquees one on each end.Those were the days.

Bway
Bway on November 23, 2009 at 9:59 am

I have to agree. A theater converted to a church is “not” lost. This is an excellent example of a beautiful building restored, and still 100% here, even if it’s not a theater anymore. Loews 175th St (United Palace), the Valencia, and a whole string of others are also examples.
The alternative could have been a bad conversion into retail with gutting, or even worse, a pile of rubble.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 21, 2009 at 9:50 pm

I was in the restored church the other day, and it is stunning. Even though it’s not a movie theater, there’s still a show going on.

And I believe the theater was twinned – and then quadded — by Loew’s years before Cineplex Odeon took over.

GaryCohen
GaryCohen on November 21, 2009 at 12:16 pm

The Loews Metropolitan (or Loews Met as we old Brooklynites used to call it,) was one of 4 beautiful Golden-Age theaters Downtown Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Fox, The Paramount, the RKO Albee and the Loews Met. It was one about 3 blocks from the Albee abd one block from the large A&S department store (now Macys.) Like most golden-age Loews, it was an enormous theater with a large fountain with wishing-well in the inner lobby.) Starting in the early ‘60s, I would sometimes go with my father there and later my friends, taking the number 2 IRT from East New York to get there.
It ususally showed films from MGM, Paramount or Columbia. Among the films I saw there were: “Lawrence of Arabia” (right after its roadshow run,) the Brando “Mutiny on the Bounty.” John Wayne in “Circus World,” Charlton Heston in “Major Dundee” and Jerry Lewis in “Whos Minding the Store.” I seem to recall some Elvis’ films playing there as well, I think “Blue Hawaii.”
As the area started deteriorating in the ‘70s, the Met had to resort to showing double-features of grade-D horror films. (The Albee at the same time was showing Kung-fu and Blaxploitation films.) Soon afterward, it was bought by Cineplex Odeon and converted into 4 theaters. It reopened at Christmas 1978 with great fanfare showcasing “Superman” and Clint Eastwood in “Every Which Way But Loose.” (I was working downtown at the time.) However, it was not to last. When I was working downtown again in 2001, the theater was now closed for good and being converted into a Church, the ultimate fate for many golden-age theaters in deteriorating areas.
The Loews Met was a beautiful theater, that outlasted the other beautiful golden-age theaters in downtown Brooklyn. Now it only lives in our memories.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 5, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Great pictures on the page keep them coming.

MPol
MPol on May 25, 2009 at 10:56 am

I don’t reside in Brooklyn, or in the NY-NJ area generally, fairtail, nor am I religions in any way, but thanks for the suggestion.

fairytail
fairytail on May 24, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Oh my warren is starting trouble again. I will pray for you. This is a lovely church. You must pay it a visit one day.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 23, 2009 at 9:50 am

This listing is starting to read like a script for a Three Stooges comedy short. I’m unsubscribing!

MPol
MPol on May 23, 2009 at 12:37 am

My apologies to you too, saps.

MPol
MPol on May 23, 2009 at 12:36 am

Sorry about that, Lost Memory.