Loew's 46th Street Theatre

4515 New Utrecht Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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ERD
ERD on September 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Thanks, Ed, for uploading the photos of what was once a beautiful theatre.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on September 12, 2013 at 11:28 am

The photos that I took yesterday, of the exterior and interior, are now uploaded. Enjoy!

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on September 12, 2013 at 9:30 am

I was there yesterday, and both the saleswoman and owner were extraordinarily gracious; they gave me permission to roam the theater and take pictures, which I will now post. I’m amazed that anyone had trouble with these good folks!

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 22, 2013 at 4:48 pm

What are “balcony keys?”

chrysl
chrysl on January 22, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I have the balcony keys from may 19, 1980, the best little whorehouse in texas. Anyone interested in purchasing them

DJM78
DJM78 on June 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm

WOW. Unbelievable photo!!

mark edmunds
mark edmunds on June 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Nice photos Matt!

ERD
ERD on May 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm

The ruins of what was once one of the most beautiful movie theatres in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, the entire goal of building such types of theatres was to make a profit. When that stopped, these buildings were either abandoned, converted to something else, or destroyed. Like other CT members,I thank Matt Lambros for sharing these photos of what Loew’s 46th Street Theatre looks like now.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on May 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

I recently photographed the former Loew’s 46th Street Theatre. Check out my blog post at After the Final Curtain

Ed – It took a lot of convincing.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 30, 2012 at 9:10 am

Many thanks for this, Matt Lambros! How’d you manage to convince the owners (who reportedly have been very hostile towards inquiries regarding the building’s theatrical past) to let you photograph the interior?

DJM78
DJM78 on January 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I can’t believe there were rock concerts in this place.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 22, 2011 at 9:29 am

When the Dead played Brooklyn: forgotten-ny

ERD
ERD on March 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

It is too bad that so many people have never see how beautiful this theatre was at one time. Still, we are lucky to have some imaginative and creative peple who have been able to save and restore some of our movie palaces. It’s a different world now!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm

You are correct about that ERD.Just relinking.

ERD
ERD on February 6, 2011 at 10:12 am

I still remember the occasional stage shows when it was the theatre was owned by Loew’s. As a child, I performed on the stage in a Happy Felton “Knot Hole Gang” talent show. The “Knot Hole Gang” was a club sponsored by the Brookln Doger’s. Various groups would meet on Sat. mornings at their neighborhood Loew’s theatre.) Unfortunately even then, this beautiful theatre was not well kept. For Loew’s their goal was was how much profit they could get from each theatre they owned.

EcRocker
EcRocker on February 6, 2011 at 2:13 am

I also saw the movie called I love you Alice B Tokeless. :)

EcRocker
EcRocker on February 6, 2011 at 2:12 am

I was at the Dead shows back then. I got to meet Micky Hart and Alison Steele back then. I was also working there for the sound company hired to do the live shows for In Concert.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on December 12, 2010 at 2:51 pm

In response to an old post on here about “the rumble of the trains and the Dead’s music causing plaster dust to fall down”…this may be true. Documented on Closing of Winterland DVD and in several GD books and interviews, Phil Lesh’s bass was homemade and one time during soundcheck, he hit the perfect note and a huge chunk of plaster fell from the ceiling.

AnClar
AnClar on November 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm

I saw a lot of movies, shows, and rock concerts at the Loew’s 46th St theater as I grew up just two blocks away. Here are a couple more bits of information on the 46th St as Bananafish Garden:

This is a YouTube video of a 1973 concert performance by John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra at Bsnanafish Garden, for the TV show “Don Kirschner’s Rock Concert”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEL5AfLQwwk

and this is a bit of background info on the place and the owner, Mike McGrath

View link

Great movie theater, and great concert venue. Among the movies I saw there were: Psycho in 1960, Zotz, Hatari! with a live stage show by Sonny Fox from Wonderama. Loved going on Saturdays for the cartoons and a double feature. Admission was 50 cents for kids as I recall back then. Also saw the Grateful Dead, Rare Earth, 10 Wheel Drive, the James Gang, and more at the rock concerts.

So sad to see the building in its current state. I wish there was some way it could be restored, but, alas, neighborhood demographics do change, and it’ll never happen under the current conditions.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Nice find Tinseltoes.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Here’s a link to an idealized architect’s sketch of the original Universal Theatre before construction began. Note the absence of the elevated subway line that ran in front of the building and required the eventual marquee to wrap around pillars: View link

JockoD
JockoD on May 28, 2010 at 1:57 am

Awesome website people. I too attended a number of rock concerts at the old 46 St theatre when it was called Bananafish Gardens. Most of the shows I caught there were taped for ABC’s In Concert which aired on Ch 7 Friday nights at 11:30 PM. Those shows were also simulcast on WPLJ 95.5 FM which was owned by ABC. After reading all the posts I see that some people have different recollections in regards to the name of the theater during the rock concert era. The names Bananafish Gardens and Bananafish Park have both been mentioned and this is where it gets confusing. At the time there were actually three venues in Brooklyn going under the Bananafish name. Across the street from the theatre there was a small bar on 11th Ave that may have been called Bananafish Park. There was also a rock club in Bay Ridge right off 3rd Ave going under the Bananafish Park name. Over the years the rock club in Bay Ridge had a number of different names and some of you may recall it as Bob Shu Bob in the late 1980’s but by that time the main entrance was moved to 3rd Ave. The three Bananafish venues were very short lived and I don’t know what the connection was between the three.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 16, 2010 at 4:22 pm

That map is linked above in the introduction. What’s the reason for repeating it?