Loew's 46th Street Theatre

4515 New Utrecht Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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ERD
ERD on September 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

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

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on September 12, 2013 at 8:28 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 6:30 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!

chrysl
chrysl on January 22, 2013 at 10:44 am

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 6:14 pm

WOW. Unbelievable photo!!

mark edmunds
mark edmunds on June 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Nice photos Matt!

ERD
ERD on May 21, 2012 at 2:53 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 6:37 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 6:10 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 5:24 pm

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

ERD
ERD on March 28, 2011 at 9:49 am

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 3:58 pm

You are correct about that ERD.Just relinking.

ERD
ERD on February 6, 2011 at 7:12 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 5, 2011 at 11:13 pm

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

EcRocker
EcRocker on February 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm

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 11:51 am

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 2:09 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 11:52 am

Nice find Tinseltoes.

JockoD
JockoD on May 27, 2010 at 10:57 pm

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.

quesnay
quesnay on May 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Boy does this bring back memories. Went to all four of those shows. Was a junior at New Utrecht and if memory serves me right cut out of school for three days. I do remember going to Hershey’s Knish shop on 50th and New Utrecht for a bite to eat. Hersheys was totaaly vegetarian and had the best pirogen in the city.

ERD
ERD on May 12, 2010 at 6:10 am

Antiquelover, thanks for posting your photos of the former Loew’s 46th Street auditorium. I remember when it was in decent condition. I, and am sure other members, would enjoy seeing more pictures of the stage and proscenium arch. It’s like seeing the ruins of an entertainment era that is gone.

antiquelover
antiquelover on May 12, 2010 at 4:04 am

I’m not even a theater fan. I just love beautiful things especially when they are old. When I saw this just by chance it felt dreamlike. The artchitecture is equisite. I felt like I went back in time. I can’t wait to go back and continue to dream!! If anyone wants specific pictures let me know.

Panzer65
Panzer65 on May 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm

An architectural treasure for any theater fan..excellent photos..Thank you for posting!!