Loew's Gates Theatre

1340 Broadway,
Brooklyn, NY 11221

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johndereszewski on March 8, 2017 at 7:27 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.

Willburg145 on March 7, 2017 at 6:44 pm

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

Hamblin on May 28, 2014 at 3:04 am

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

Willburg145 on March 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on May 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Nice photo Brad.

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.

RobertR on April 4, 2012 at 9:45 pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

johndereszewski on July 1, 2010 at 5:29 pm

As I noted in an earlier post, the Gates was never an exclusively porn theater, though it did clearly occasionally sink to that level. It also hosted a number of Kung Fu pictures as it strove to keep afloat during the very trying 1970’s. (As the late Sam Horwitz, a former City Councilman and longtime movie theater manager, once told me, Kung Fu films were the salvation for many inner-city movie houses during that era.) But the 1977 blackout was the knockout punch for the Gates – and the Madison as well.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Loews not only played X-rated films, they were the first to introduce independent X-rated films to a major first-run market by opening “WITHOUT A STITCH” at the Manhattan State and Orpheum Theatres in 1970 to huge grosses, much to the chagrin of Jack Valenti, who called Loews management irresponsible. The Loews Orpheum/Cine then opened numerous x-rated films in the early seventies.

“The Sensual Male” and “Sexually Liberated Female” had a double feature twelve theatre break in February 1972. Released by mini-majors New World and Aquarius, Loews was hardly above showing them. The Gates was still advertised as a Loews during 1972 and Loews Georgetown also played several X titles during these years.

X-rated films did not become truly graphic until after “DEEP THROAT” was released that summer.

TLSLOEWS on July 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Tinseltoes,this photo was July 1968?Maybe.One would have to find out when Loews left this theatre for sure,even if Loews leased the theatre to someone else I believe that they would have removed the signage,but I could be wrong.Now that I think about it they did leave the marquee and upright on the Loews Commodore after they left and the new operator just spray painted over the letters,and they hung that Fillmore East banner over the vertical,any thing is possible I quess. This theatre must have been in a bad part of town at least at that time by your posts.

TLSLOEWS on July 1, 2010 at 9:58 am

No Tinseltoes,I am not, I have seen that on my page and some others on C.T. sites. And Bway I agree why those movies were rated X.Also that the same photo that is posted in an earlier post on this page.

Bway on July 1, 2010 at 9:16 am

Somehow, the movie advertised on the marquee in this photo would leave no question as to the reason this movie was “rated X”:

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TLSLOEWS on June 30, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Thanks John, Mike read a post on somepage about Loews having a no X rated policy,I have talked about it before,or a non porn policy, I do not remember even calling it “Porn” back then it was just an'X' RATED MOVIE.A movie can be rated “x” for many reasons not including SEX.We did not show any “SNUFF MOVIES” that were Rated X.And anyway they were better than the KUNG FU" Crap we used to show every now and then to have something on the screen.

johndereszewski on June 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Tisloeas, that was exactly the point that I was trying to make. There may have been a few – or maybe more than a few – porn days at the Gates, but it basically functioned as a regular theater until its demise just after the 1977 blackout.

TLSLOEWS on June 30, 2010 at 11:47 am

Mike as stated above this theatre did not become a porno house it just showed a few x-rated films now and then,My Nashville LOEWS showed a couple of x-rated movies in my days but not what you would call triple xxx movies,in fact nowadays they would most likely be rated R.I know that the Cinema South a quad even showed a few X-rated movies beside the family movies in the same building.In the late 70s.I bet there were a few screen jumpers there.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm

LOEWS should have had their name taken off that marquee no matter the cost if X-rated films were going in.

TLSLOEWS on February 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Good photos and history.

Bway on February 15, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I have seen current photos of the old 14 Holy Martyrs Church, and it is restored beautifully.
Any current photos of the interior of the Gates would be appreciated….I heard it too was restored inside. It would be great to see it.

johndereszewski on February 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm

While, as clearly demonstrated by the previous picture, the Gates did show porn movies – at least in the late 1960’s – I do not believe it ever became an exclusively adult theater for any extended period of time. In fact, at least two of the previous comments reference viewing mainstream films during the 1970’s. My guess is that porn was shown here on occasional dates but was never the dominant genre presented – if you call porn a genre.

While the movie theater’s “desertion” of the community in 1977 was certainly regrettable, having experienced first hand the dreadful looting and fires that followed the July 13 blackout, I can certainly understand why this occurred.

The Pilgrim Chuech – and its charismatic principal pastor, Roy Brown, has become a very substantial presence in Bushwick. One of their satellite churches, in fact, is situated in the former home of 14 Holy Martyr’s Catholic Church. It is also maintained beautifully.

iatse311 on November 27, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Warren, hate to whine considering your incredible contributions to this site, but most of the pics of interiors of this and other theaters seem to have expired on photobucket….anychance of an updated link??? thanks