Loew's Fulton Theatre

1283 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11216

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This elegant theatre in the area now known as Bedford-Stuyvesant first opened as the Fulton in September, 1908, presenting stage plays and vaudeville. In 1915, Marcus Loew purchased it for his burgeoning circuit, dropped plays and added movies to the programs. Loew’s Fulton Theatre was so successful that by 1927, the company had taken over two more theatres in the neighborhood, the Brevoort and the Bedford.

With the arrival of the Depression, that proved at least one too many, so the Fulton Theatre, being the oldest and most outmoded, was closed in 1930.

Contributed by Warren G. Harris

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 15, 2006 at 4:08 am

Such images were intended to show off the theatre in its fullest glory. The el would have obscured some of that view if taken with a camera. I suspect that the Fulton artist removed “distractions” from the left and right of the theatre as well The theatre looks like it was built in the middle of parkland, which I doubt. Fulton Street was one of the busiest and commercial in Brooklyn.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 17, 2006 at 3:15 am

The Fulton was still operating as a theatre at least as late as 1927. I found an ad for it in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle of April 3, 1927. By that time, it was no longer under the Loew’s banner and had a resident stock company called the Fulton Players. The current stage play was “A Man’s Man.” On Sundays, the Fulton Players rested and were replaced by continuous vaudeville and a feature movie.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 27, 2006 at 5:45 am

I can’t find a listing at CT for the Banco Theatre, which in 1966 was advertised as being at 1298 Fulton Street. Despite its name, the Banco was apparently a mainstream cinema, though it might have once been an Hispanic showcase. I suspect that the Banco was originally the Fulton Auditorium, which had about 600 seats. However, the only address that I can find for the Fulton Auditorium is in early FDYBs, which give an address of 1288 Fulton Street…In 2006, 1298 Fulton Street seems to be the overall address for the Fulton Street Mall, which suggests that the Banco has been demolished. Someone once told me that the Banco was converted into a food warehouse after closing as a theatre.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 17, 2006 at 8:43 am

In January, 1924, Loew’s Fulton’s vaudeville headliners included Berlo’s Diving Girls, “Five Shapely Daughters of the Sea in an Exhibition of Beautiful Poses and Dives.” On certain nights of the engagement, diving contests were also held for local youngsters, with prizes to the winners. One wonders what the Fulton used for a swimming pool: www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/lobk24.jpg

jflundy
jflundy on August 24, 2007 at 7:46 pm

During 1950 and 1951,I often took the Nostrand Avenue trolley from the Myrtle Avenue EL stop at Nostrand Avenue south to its end at Avenue U, I recall seeing a theater on Fulton Street to the east side of Nostrand, on the south side of Fulton, several stores down. The marquee attraction board was quite high but no name was on it that I can recall. The policy was to show 3 and some times four features, always old movies, action, war or westerns. I always looked to see what was playing.

The Fulton Street EL was torn down in 1941.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 4, 2008 at 8:09 am

This is a new direct link to a vintage image previously displayed above:
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Bway
Bway on April 30, 2009 at 10:31 am

It looked like it was a pretty imposing building. Too bad it was demolished.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 2:41 pm

First I have heard of this Loews.

Bedford
Bedford on August 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm

The theatre was opposite the building shown. The building shown was the Brevort Savings Bank, 2nd building. The original Brevoort Savings Bank building was around the corner (THE S.W CORNER of Macon and Nostrand). The Fulton Theatre was on the south side of Fulton street, facing the bank.

Bway
Bway on August 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

That’s not correct. The theater was at 1283 Fulton St, the old bank building, as well as all the buildings on that side of the street are odd numbers also.

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