Loew's Fulton Theatre

1283 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11216

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johndereszewski on August 22, 2014 at 9:18 am

The wonderful Montrose Morris of the Brownstoner has a fine article that appears in today’s edition. It is worth checking out.

Bway on August 27, 2013 at 6:38 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.

Bedford on August 26, 2013 at 10:46 am

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.

TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm

First I have heard of this Loews.

Bway on April 30, 2009 at 7:31 am

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 4, 2008 at 5:09 am

This is a new direct link to a vintage image previously displayed above:
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jflundy on August 24, 2007 at 4:46 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 November 17, 2006 at 6:43 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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 27, 2006 at 2:45 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 July 17, 2006 at 12:15 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 July 15, 2006 at 1:08 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.

Bway on July 14, 2006 at 6:40 am

Iterestingly, the sketcher of the sketch that warren posted of the Fulton Theater’s facade forgot one important thing! if that was from 1908, they forgot to “draw” that the building was obliterated by the Fulton Elevated, as the Fulton Elevated was built in the 1880’s or 1890’s, so it was there already when the theater was built. But that’s nothing new, I have seen photos of the Loew’s Valencia in sketches in which they “forgot” to draw in that it too was obliterated by the el in front of it. I have even seen photos of the Valencia, RKO Bushwick, etc where they have actually airbrushed the elevated sturcture out of photos!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 14, 2006 at 5:14 am

Does anyone know if the Brooklyn Public Library is ever going to expand its online archives of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle? The current span of 1841-1902 is not very helpful to anyone doing research related to Brooklyn during the 20th century. Also, did the Eagle have separate editions for different parts of Brooklyn? I’ve noticed that in the Eagle microfilm at the NYPL, many Brooklyn theatres are never advertised. That could be because the microfilm was made from only certain editions, rather than from all.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 14, 2006 at 4:37 am

Thanks Warren, Bway, EdSolero & Lost Memory; We can now surely say this investigation is over and get the Status changed to Closed/Demolished.

Bway on July 14, 2006 at 4:29 am

Good work Warren, at least that puts this to rest.
Notice also that in your photo, which was definitely taken in the 1910’s (as that is when the Fulton el was strengthened and widened), that the theater was in fact still there as Ed mentioned where the bank is now, next to the building that we originally thought was the lobby:

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By the time the 1930’s came around, the Fulton Theater was gone, and the bank was there (which is a little lower than the theater facade) in the photo I found, taken from the similar angle:

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 14, 2006 at 3:42 am

I would agree that the current building with the Fulton Mini Mall sign was never part of the Fulton Theatre. It is much too narrow. The theatre’s Fulton Street frontage was as wide as the auditorium itself, which had three large sections of seats across in both the orchestra and balcony. The bank probably replaced the theatre, but may have used some of the theatre’s framework to save on construction costs. Has anyone been in the bank to take a look around?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 14, 2006 at 3:18 am

Great work, Warren. Looks like our suspected existing building on Fulton did not house the former entrance foyer and lobby for this theater. In fact, it would seem that the lot now occupied by the bank is where the theater was situated. At first blush, the architectural image posted by Warren looks like it had a bit more frontage on Fulton than the Bank does, but looking at the aerial local.live image posted above (and comparing the scale of pedestrians on the sidewalk) the footprints of both buildings are probably more or less identical.

Knowing now what the facade of the Fulton looked like, it appears that one can make out the building in Warren’s previous photo looking down the elevated tracks as the light colored structure with a slightly lower roof line than its neighbors that pokes up just about where the train station’s shedding ends. What’s curious about that particular photo is how high up the theater’s loft wall and water tanks towered over the block! Unless the tanks and the painted sign were on a taller adjacent building to the rear? Are you guys seeing it the same way as I am?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 14, 2006 at 2:56 am

Here is a news report of the Fulton’s opening in 1908. The image is apparently an architect’s rendering and not a photo. I don’t know how developed the neighborhood was at the time. It’s possible that the artist omitted adjacent buildings if there were any:
The auditorium was directly behind the Fulton Street entrance lobby. Here are diagrams of the emergency exits from a paper programme on file at the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 14, 2006 at 12:01 am

What is the construction date of the bank? I would guess that it was built prior to the 1930s, which was the Depression era. Many banks were closing. I doubt that few, if any, were being built, especially any that elaborate.

Bway on July 13, 2006 at 9:55 am

By the way, the photo Warren linked too was taken in the 1910’s when the original Fulton Street elevated was rebuilt, and strengthened, and widened to allow for a third track to be put in, and what they had thought would allow for heavier subway cars to run on the el (this was also done to the Broadway el and the northern end of the Myrtle el).
Anyway, in the 1920’s, the new IND subway planned instead to replace the BMT’s Fulton El with a subway (which they did in the form of what is now under Fulton St) instead of connecting the Fulton El to the subway system. It was then torn down.
In the photo, the right most building is still there, and is the one that has the large billboard scafolding on it in the current photos, on the east side of Nostrand. The low building next to it is on the opposite corner, west of Nostrand, and is the boarded up building in the current photos. The building to the left of that, is the one we believe to be the lobby area of the Fulton Theater (the one with the arched windows we were discussing). I believe the theater ran behind those buildings parallel to Fulton along Macon St, from the corner of Macon/Nostrand, to the back of what is now the bank property. Of course, I can’t prove it unless we come up with a better photo.

Bway on July 13, 2006 at 9:41 am

The Fulton St subway which currently runs UNDER Fulton Street (the A and C line) replaced the old BMT Fulton Street Elevated, which ran above Fulton Street. There was never an el on Nostrand. The Station in the photo is the Nostrand Ave station on the old, and demolished (in the 30’s or 40’s) Fulton St el which ran over Fulton.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 13, 2006 at 7:53 am

I believe that those elevated tracks are running along Nostrand Avenue, and not Fulton Street, which is why the rear of the Fulton Theatre is shown at right. The theatre entrance was on Fulton Street, and the auditorium was directly behind it, and was not, as I thought, parallel to Fulton St. I have some images to support this, which I will post as soon as I can make room in my album.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 11, 2006 at 6:54 am

This is a very unsatisfactory copy of the photo in Stan Fischler’s book that shows two water tanks and the back wall of the stage housing of the Fulton Theatre in the center background. But if the elevated tracks are running along Fulton Street, then it appears that the theatre’s auditorium ran parallel to Fulton Street:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 10, 2006 at 10:14 am

You might look for information and photos about Payton’s Fulton St. Theatre. I think that it could have been the same theatre as this one.

Bway on July 10, 2006 at 6:38 am

This is the closest thing I could find to a photo of the Loews Fulton on the internet….as of yet. Here’s a photo taken from the Nostrand Ave Fulton El station that was demolished in the 1930’s.
Anyway, in the background is a building that looks like it’s the facade of the Loews Fulton, at least the front part that Ken and I photographed. All the buildings in the old photo are still there today. The building on the opposite corner of Nostrand (the grey bricked one with the yellow awning in my photo) has that large metal girder sign on top, just like it did in the old photo. The low boarded up building is seen, and then next to that the building we believe is the facade of the Loews Fulton after that, the third visable building from the left above the subway train.
It is possible that the auditorium was behind the current remaining facade, as opposed to the left of it, or at least fully to the left (meaning that it had perhaps no road frontage on Fulton, but instead just stretched behind all the buildings, from th corner of Nostrand/Macon St behind all the bukldings on Fulton, and also behind the bank property:

Click here for historic photo of Fulton St el station at Nostrand Avenue/Fulton

Click here for photo of theater facade about a year and a half ago