Loew's Gates Theatre

1340 Broadway,
Brooklyn, NY 11221

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Loew's Gates Theatre, Brooklyn, NY - 1930

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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 theaters that are now either closed or gone. It closed on July 13, 1977 as a movie house.

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

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TLSLOEWS on July 1, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Thanks Al and John,Thats the point I was trying to make too.Now that we have that out of the way!By the way John the Kung Fu movies did nothing in the Nashville theatre market,but I can see how it could be different somewhere else.We did nothing on the “PORNS” as they are called now or “KUNG FU” flicks either.First run stuff always did better,but you have to put something on the screen.

Bway on July 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm

John, I have heard that too, that the 1977 Blackout, and following riots was the end for the Gates, as Broadway was destroyed. Intererstingly, while the Madison also closed soon after, it’s location was never heavily damaged like the Gates area was. Myrtle wasn’t destroyed near Wyckoff.

johndereszewski on July 5, 2010 at 6:02 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 2, 2011 at 11:05 pm

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 2, 2011 at 11:24 pm

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

RobertR on April 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm

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

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 5, 2012 at 11:44 am

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

TLSLOEWS on May 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Nice photo Brad.

Willburg145 on March 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

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

Hamblin on May 28, 2014 at 3:04 am

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

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