Loew's Gates Theatre

1340 Broadway,
Brooklyn, NY 11221

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Loew's Gates Theatre

Purpose built in 1921, as a movie/stage presentation theatre, it was equipped with a Moller 3 manual 17 rank theatre organ. This large and still well-maintained Loew’s house was one of Broooklyn’s many Broadway theatres that are now either closed or gone. It closed on July 13, 1977 as a movie house.

Today the theatre is restored and well maintained by a church that currently uses the theatre.

Contributed by philipgoldberg

Recent comments (view all 88 comments)

johndereszewski on July 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm

I guess the problem with the Madison was that the local community just could not support two movie theaters by the late 1970’s. It was either the Madison or the Ridgewood and the latter, which I believe by that time had become a more economical multi-plex, won out.

Also, even if the blackout had not occurred, I doubt very much that the Gates would have survived for more than a few additional years. If anything, it was surprising that it lasted as long as it did.

Willburg145 on June 3, 2011 at 2:05 am

I must go to the church and try and take some pictures. It’s too bad the marquee and ticket booth were not retained. I once walked by and was able to peer through a glass door. The auditorium is intact. The church has done a great job.

MPol on June 3, 2011 at 2:24 am

It looks like it was once a really fantastic movie/performance theatre. Another one bites the dust. (sigh). Too bad.

RobertR on April 5, 2012 at 12:45 am

A small picture of the stage area here http://www.pilgrimfatherchurch.org/home

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Click here for an exterior view of the Loew’s Gates Theatre in 1930.

TLSLOEWS on May 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Nice photo Brad.

Willburg145 on March 14, 2013 at 12:26 am

I sent an email to Pilgrim Church asking if I can tape some photographs.

Hamblin on May 28, 2014 at 6:04 am

Photos at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Pilgrim_Church,_formerly_Loew%27s_Gates_Theatre

Willburg145 on March 7, 2017 at 9:44 pm

I wonder how long the church will keep the building in light of the present development

johndereszewski on March 8, 2017 at 10:27 am

Since this is a large and prosperous church – and they certainly need the space to serve their parish – I would not expect them to move anytime soon – unless, of course, they want to make a fast bundle.

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