Metropolitan Theatre

241 E. 14th Street,
New York, NY 10003

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RobertEndres on June 13, 2017 at 5:33 am

During the ‘70’s I was on a Local #306 Projectionist’s union team picketing a porno house around the corner from the Metropolitan. Our picket signs were stored in the Metropolitan booth. When our shift ended I volunteered with another member to take the picket signs back up to the booth. We got as far in the balcony as perhaps 30’ from the booth door when the stench got to me and I left the signs with my partner and headed for the exit. It was the only time in my life that I got that close to seeing a new booth and didn’t go in. “Sleazy” — I’d say!

Willburg145 on June 12, 2017 at 10:44 pm

Why was it so sleazy? I am intrigued

robboehm on March 12, 2017 at 11:37 am

Sounds like a great plot for a novel: ghosts from the theater menacing apartment owners.

ryan79 on March 11, 2017 at 10:56 pm

I also thought this was a vaudeville house…it had the most peculiar configuration with two narrow balconies the length of the theater on both sides of the hall. On the outside facade were two devils? satyrs? It was by far the sleaziest porn theater and that is saying a lot. I would never want to live in the apartments on this site. If there are ghosts then this is the place.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 16, 2012 at 6:45 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

bigjoe59 on May 22, 2012 at 1:54 pm


i first became aware of this theater when i was a delivery boy for a local supermarket in the early 70s at which point it was already showing porn. i have always assumed it was a vaudeville house which had seen better days. but from the intro at the top am i to understand it was built from the ground up as a movie theater in 1914 and was not a conversion/renovation of an older structure into a movie theater and that it was strictly a movie theater its entire life?

William on September 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm

In the Google picture above the theatre was located at the 235 East 14th Street. Which is the building to the left of the DVD Store.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 25, 2011 at 7:36 am

Since Ken Roe has added another porn Metropolitan does anyone know when the Metropolitan closed and when THE MET opened?

The Village Voice ads above are from 1970.

Bway on April 16, 2009 at 9:52 am

I don’t even know if it should say “retail” as this theater’s function, as it most definitely was demolished. It appears to currently be a condo or apartment building, and doesn’t even appear to be retail on the first floor. Compare to the photo alalvarez posted on april 13th, which still has “Einstein Bros” on the building next door. Here’s a google street view:

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 14, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Sure looks like it. (I just got a little dizzy with thoughts of a mis-spent youth…)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 13, 2009 at 9:52 am

Is this a photo of this Metropolitan?

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Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on May 16, 2008 at 7:50 am

Just checked a court case against Steiner dating of 1936. It lists all the shareholders of the Greater M & S Circuit, Inc.

The large stockholders (2500+) are Louis Schneider,Elias Mayer, Jacob Borodkin (& family), Max Cohen, and LB Appleton.

One Abraham C. Mayer had 100 shares, the same amount was in the hands of the Estate of Ch. Mayer. So C. Mayer may have been a family member involved in the day-to-day operation of the New Law Theater.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 16, 2008 at 7:37 am

During the leasing of the New Law in March 1922, a blurb in the NYT lists two Mayers and a Schneider as the directors of M & S.

E. Mayer, C. Mayer and L. Schneider.

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on May 16, 2008 at 6:21 am

Warren, you’re right there is little doubt that the S is of Louis Schneider — not of Schwartz who was also involved in the larger M & S circuit via the SWS (Charles Steiner, Hyman Weisner & Jacob Schwartz). Initially, SWS ran the Metropolitan according to the incorporation documents. It was merged into the Allwon Theaters group in 1922.

The M is from Elias Mayer I think. His name pops up everywhere in the legal documents. Mayer and Schneider operated from the same office in Brooklyn. I have been trying to solve the puzzle of the M & S network but without much success. It was a powerful syndicate in Jewish neighborhoods. I’d love to know who really was the central figure. Charles Steiner did much of the work but the money went elsewhere (I met his grandson). Any information on Louis Schneider?

Other persons that were heavily involved in the network: Jacob Borodkin, Max Shapiro, Harry Blinderman, David Rosenzweig.

Judith Thissen
Judith Thissen on May 16, 2008 at 1:42 am

Lorenz F.J. Weiher also designed the Palace Theater (133-135 Essex Street), the Clinton Theater and the 1917 Sunshine Theater on East Houston (listed Sunshine Cinema). Like the New 14th Street Theater, all three were part of the M & S Circuit.

The address of his office was 271 West 125 Street.

In the mid 1910s Weiher’s main competitor on the Lower East Side was architect Louis Sheinart.

Ziggy on May 2, 2008 at 2:26 pm

The theatre in the photos from January 11 was built as the “Theatre Francais”. It specialized in French plays and is identified in the book “Lost New York”.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 20, 2008 at 9:26 am

This is the Fox City Theatre at 114 East 14th Street, next to Luchows. The fire was on June 29, 1916 as reported in the NYT.

Oops. Sorry, I also posted this on the City page by mistake.

kencmcintyre on April 19, 2008 at 5:31 pm

Here is a photo of a theater on E. 14th in 1916. Unfortunately the theater is not identified.

jflundy on January 11, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Here is a link to further photos at the NYPL site with three more photos of the 14th St Theater of three boxes above:
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jflundy on January 6, 2008 at 7:50 am

Warren, although this photo is on Brooklyn oriented web photo collection, it from a section, new to the site, that covers Manhattan

jflundy on January 5, 2008 at 6:55 pm

What 14th Street Theater is this photo depicting ? Taken 4-30-1916
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zouave114 on October 20, 2007 at 10:35 am


I’m the great-great-grandson of Lorenz Weiher. I’ve been trying to find any additional info on his life and professional career as a builder. He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, died in the flu epidemic of 1918. Here is a photo of him in the late 1800’s.

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Bwayniteowl on December 21, 2006 at 3:06 pm

Here is a picture of Tammany Hall and Bryants Minstrals in 1868 just after opening of the building.
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Paul Noble
Paul Noble on December 20, 2006 at 4:11 pm

The Metropolitan was a Spanish-language theater in 1953. Our high school class went for a visit to see a comedy with Tin-Tan, a Mexican comedian, and a Donald Duck cartoon. I didn’t know that Clarence “Ducky” Nash could do duck-talk in Spanish!