Loew's Brevoort Theatre

1272 Bedford Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11216

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Loew's Brevoort Theatre

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Opened as the Brevoort Theatre on May 1, 1918 with “Mine Own United States”. It was operated by A.H. Schwartz & C. Minor. Seating was provided for 1,432 in the orchestra and 627 in the balcony. The Brevoort Theatre was equipped with a Moller 3 manual 16 rank organ. The theatre was sold to Loew’s Inc. in November 1919.

Loew’s Brevoort Theatre was closed in 1961 and demolished in 1968.

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DougDouglass
DougDouglass on November 18, 2003 at 5:59 am

The correct spelling is BREVOORT, named for the nearby street.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on February 17, 2004 at 1:49 pm

You’re probably thinking of Loew’s Bedford, on Bedford Avenue, which is now a church. Loew’s Brevoort was the original Loew’s in that neighborhood. When Loew’s later acquired the Bedford from Frank Keeney, it kept the Brevoort as a second-run house. The Brevoort was eventually demolished.

MrTallNTalented
MrTallNTalented on April 8, 2004 at 10:11 pm

I grew up on Brevoort Place. The Loew’s Brevoort Theater stood on the corner of Brevoort Place and Bedford Avenue,with its main entrance on Bedford Ave, In the early 1960,s it began to rival the Apollo Theater in Harlem by showcasing some of the greatest Rhythm & Blues acts in the history of music on the weekends: Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Same & Dave, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Pattie LaBelle & the Bluebells, The Manhattans, and so many more. The theater was demolished in the early 1970,s.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 28, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Here is a 1957 ad from the NY Times:
http://tinyurl.com/2bqjj6

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 11, 2008 at 7:38 am

Chalk up yet another credit for architect R. Thomas Short, whose work on the Brevoort Theatre was featured in the May, 1918 issue of Architecture & Building Magazine. The publication date suggests that the Brevoort opened either that year or late in 1917. Since Short seems to have been the favored architect of pioneer exhibitor A.H. Schwartz, I suspect that Schwartz owned and ran the Brevoort for a time, and then sold the operating lease to Loew’s to gain first-run status for the area. Note in the first image, the horse-drawn milk wagon at the right. The photo must have been taken early in the morning, since the sidewalks are deserted:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 17, 2008 at 7:41 am

While searching Brooklyn Eagle microfilm yesterday, I found an opening date for the Brevoort of May 1st, 1918, with the patriotic film spectacle, “My Own United States,” as the premiere attraction. As I had suspected, the Brevoort was built and managed by A.H. Schwartz, who sold the operating lease to Marcus Loew in November, 1919. At 1918 opening, the Brevoort was described as Brooklyn’s largest theatre showing movies exclusively, with 1,500 seats on the main floor and 700 in the balcony. A symphony-sized orchestra provided music during the shows and intermissions. When Marcus Loew took over on November 24th, 1919 (with “The Miracle Man” as the first attraction), he retained the orchestra for the peak matinee and evening shows, but added a $25,000 pipe organ to provide the music for intermediary performances. Here are two opening ads:
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jflundy
jflundy on April 17, 2008 at 10:22 am

I believe Schwartz had some sort of special connection with Loew’s as they seemed to trade theaters more than what would seem normal. See Vogue, Avalon, Prospect(twice) and perhaps others. Perhaps Warren could comment on this ?

shi725
shi725 on January 6, 2011 at 9:54 pm

This was a great movies use go there with my cousins when I would visit my grandmother. I don’t know what’s there now, but I’ll find out from someone who still live in the area.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 11, 2012 at 7:45 am

This 1918 trade report confirms details about the Brevoort’s grand opening, which included a celeberity gala on the night of April 30th and regular performances starting on May 1st. Builder-owner was A.H. Schwartz, who had yet to start doing business as the Century Theatres circuit: archive

NYCLAJazzman
NYCLAJazzman on November 10, 2013 at 8:58 am

Ditto MrTallNTalented’s memories of the Brevoot as a young person growing up on Dean Street let’s keep in touch TNT

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