Loew's Bedford Theatre

1372 Bedford Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11216

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Loew's Bedford Theatre

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The Bedford Theatre was built in 1913, and leased to William Fox. It was operated by Frank Keeney from 1924-1926. Loew’s Inc. took over in 1926, and it operated as a premier movie palace in Brooklyn, until its closure on May 1, 1952. It was converted into a church.

The old Bedford Theatre still operates as a house of worship today, as the Washington Temple. The theater’s six box seats are still intact, as is the projection booth. Among the other original touches are the many sculptures which remain in the balcony, and the domed ceiling.

Perhaps of greatest interest are the original balcony seats and the carpeting that read Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Loew’s, which even to this day, remain intact.

Contributed by Jamal Savage

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on June 10, 2004 at 4:39 pm

The Bedford was originally owned by Frank Keeney, who also operated vaudeville theatres in downtown Brooklyn and Bay Ridge. Keeney sold the Bedford to William Fox, who sold it to Loew’s in 1926 after Fox built the larger and more sumptuous Savoy further up on Bedford Avenue near Eastern Parkway.

EcRocker on February 19, 2006 at 2:07 pm

I must have passed by this place a few million times and never knew that it was a theatre.

TLSLOEWS on December 22, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Nice looking building, too bad there are no pictures of when it was a LOEWS.

TLSLOEWS on December 22, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Would like to see pictures of the MGM-LOEWS Carpet.

Tinseltoes on February 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

On this night only in 1948, Loew’s Bedford presented vaudeville on stage, topped by Ralph Slater, “The World’s Greatest Hypnotist.” Sharing the program was the current double bill of Columbia releases, the Technicolor “The Swordsman” starring Larry (“Jolson”) Parks, and the B&W “Her Husband’s Affairs,” with Lucille Ball and Franchot Tone.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on June 28, 2011 at 12:17 am

There was a theater on Eastern Parkway at the southwest corner of the intersecrion of Nostrand Avenue. The building is there, intact, as the Philadelphian Sabbatical Church, not far from this location. Anybody know what theater it was?

Tinseltoes on June 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Loew’s Kameo, “rafaelstorm.” You should be able to find a listing for it at this website.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on July 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

That’s the one, Tinseltoes. Many thanks!

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