Loew's Kameo Theatre

530 Eastern Parkway,
Brooklyn, NY 11225

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 5, 2018 at 8:30 am

I wish I had snagged some of the photos off that blog before it went defunct.

Orlando
Orlando on May 5, 2018 at 8:13 am

As of this date, scaffolding is in place on the street level and a NYC Dept. of Bldgs. notice on the front doors. Also graffiti on the left yellow brick up high but fortunately not on the glazed terra cotta. I hope it will not be torn down. (I believe the church owners won’t let it go!) I’ll keep posting!

Joseph Fitzpatrick
Joseph Fitzpatrick on May 2, 2014 at 12:19 pm

This was the first Place I ever saw a movie. My Mother use to take me when i was very young, anywhere between and 1 yrs old and up. The first movie i remember seeing that made an impression on me was ‘Song Of The South" I guess this was back in the late 40’s. My Mom use to go in the summer time and sit on the roof. Also there was always dish night. That was a long long time ago,

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 15, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Nice blog with good interior photos. Direct link

NY_Unplugged
NY_Unplugged on October 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Hey there. I actually just had the privilege of going in and seeing the interior of the theater, including the auditorium, projection room, and rooftop. The blog post with more info about is experience is here: http://nyunplugged.net/2012/10/15/a-cathedral-grows-in-brooklyn/

TPH
TPH on March 11, 2012 at 6:02 am

Had not seen the interior photo and am blown away. Much credit to the current owners that they have gone through the trouble and expense to maintain the auditorium in such pristine condition.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

I remember being driven past this jewel on Eastern Parkway when I was a boy, and it seemed that “I, a Woman” played here for a long time. (It’s funny how my childhood theatre memories are; see Loew’s Hillside listing for my burlesque marquee memories.)

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on May 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm

He was not appearing on stage. That was a listing for a 1929 Vitaphone short with Reisman.

TPH
TPH on May 27, 2010 at 7:09 pm

It’s remarkable that the renown Leo Reisman Orchestra played the Kameo in 1929. Clearly the Eastern Parkway section of Crown Heights was in its heyday as a fashionable middle class community.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 21, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Crusing my homepage Mike? Thats a good way to find the good stuff.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 21, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Good old FRED WILLIAMSON movie is playing “HAMMER”.Couldn’t make out the second hit.

Bway
Bway on March 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm

You can VERY clearly see the old rooftop theater on the roof of the building when you look at a bird’s eye view of the building:

View link

Bruce1
Bruce1 on February 19, 2010 at 7:45 am

Originally the Loew’s Kameo had nude plaster cherubs along the walls but when the elders of the Philadelphia Church took over they thought that this was inappropriate. Therefore they went out
and got ornate plaster people to ‘dress’ the cherubs.

The companies who designed theaters were also in the business of building churches so you can
see how a one time theater could easily become a church!

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on December 28, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I am very glad to have stumbled over this page. Thr Kameo must rank with the old Woodside – and very few other sites – as a great example of what a loving community can do to preserve a wonderful site. Ken Roe et. al., thanks so much for the wonderful pictures.

TPH
TPH on December 8, 2009 at 12:57 pm

After nearly 86 years, the details of the terra cotta facade have held up exceedingly well. The building continues to be a focal point along Eastern Parkway.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Nice looking building, I am glad that it is still there.

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on September 5, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Yes, the Savoy! And designed by Thomas Lamb! About four or five blocks in the other direction (north-west of the Kameo) from the Rogers (south-west of the Kameo).

But in the mid-1950s, that meant crossing a dangerous line (Eastern Parkway). So, my friends and I generally stayed away from the Savoy. But it was a beautiful theater. I vividly remember seeing “The Young Lions” there. It carried fare from the RKO circuit—in those days, less interesting than the usually better fare at Loew’s.

The Rogers, as a sub-run house, carried fare from both, for shorter (and later) three- or four-day runs rather than than the week-long first-runs at the Kameo and Savoy.

chicagosteve
chicagosteve on September 5, 2008 at 1:36 pm

It was the Savoy that I was interested in although I also appreciate the information on the Rogers as well. Thanks to you both.

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on September 5, 2008 at 9:29 am

ChicagoSteve—

You probably mean the Rogers, on Rogers Ave between Montgomery St. and Sullivan Place. You can find it on this wonderful CinemaTreasures site by searching its name (there two Rogers listed for Brooklyn— this one is the first listed; the second was on Broadway). It’s not exactly around the corner from Loew’s Kameo, but about five or six short blocks away. I saw a bunch of second-run movies there (and at the Kameo)in the 1950s when I attended high school mid-way between the two theaters.

chicagosteve
chicagosteve on September 5, 2008 at 7:51 am

I am looking for the name of the theatre around the corner from the Kameo at Eastern Parkway and Beford. Thanks

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 9, 2007 at 12:06 pm

Bravo, Ken. Your itinerary for the 2007 CTA(UK) tour of NY theatres seems to have been impeccably organized and has yielded some spectacular photographic results. Good show!

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 26, 2007 at 5:11 pm

I liked Ken’s photos from July 2006. I also noted that he apparently asked the church if he could take the pictures. I should try that as I always get chased out of the church after a few shots.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on September 6, 2007 at 2:19 pm

We high schoolers (‘59-'63) always saw the Kameo’s marquee as we passed by walking or on the Nostrand Ave. bus. Its design was virtually identical to the RKO Keith’s in Richmond Hill. The theater itself was set back on the sidewalk a considerable distance from the curb of the single outermost local traffic/parking lane. Eastern Parkway utilized 6 major lanes for through vehicles. Perhaps this is how Loew’s circumvented any possible signage restrictions.