Loew's 46th Street Theatre

4515 New Utrecht Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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robboehm on October 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm

Orlando, were that you had also lobbied for retention of the facade on the Lynbrook. The rendering of the new looks worse than the current Shore.

ERD on October 15, 2016 at 8:19 am

People in this neighborhood won’t care.

Orlando on October 14, 2016 at 11:30 am

Thanks to my heroic efforts, I was able to get the NYC Dept of Buildings to come down and declare the front facade of the Universal/Loew’s 46th a landmark, therefore part of this structure is going to remain intact and be incorporated into the new building on this site. At least the facade of this magnificent palace will survive for all future generations to see.

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Comfortably Cool on October 5, 2016 at 7:22 am

The Universal Theatre, as it was originally known, was the first atmospheric designed by John Eberson in the Greater New York area. Two of the later ones, Loew’s Paradise in the Bronx, and Loew’s Valencia in Queens, are now used as churches and seem to be “safe” from demolition.

ERD on October 5, 2016 at 6:19 am

There are still “atmospheric” theatres by Eberson that look similar to Loew’s 46th Street theatre. He used a basic design then varied it.

theatrefan on October 4, 2016 at 2:04 pm

This theatre really had some great historical details left inside before it was completely gutted inside, it’s a shame that we live in such a disposable society that there is no value in preserving such an architectural treasures such as this and it just winds up inside a dumpster to be carted away. John Eberson would be turning in his grave for sure.

hdtv267 on August 30, 2016 at 3:20 pm

there’s no interest in the neighborhood for a theatre.

The demolition is going to bring jobs to the neighborhood. New construction bring jobs and tax dollars. When whatever gets built is completed brings jobs and revenue to store owners.

I fail to see how these is a shame.

Something that is no longer needed or welcome is being removed.

I wish it was that simple in other places.

Bway on August 30, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Orlando is correct. There are plenty (unfortunately more than we can count) theaters which are gutted inside (converted to some other use, etc), yet the exterior remains. They are not demolished either, even if gutted and not a theater anymore. That said, this really was a theater that was fully restorable. A shame.

ERD on August 26, 2016 at 8:24 am

The building is guttered. To be realistic, demolished or not,the structure is no longer a theatre. If you are familiar with the neighborhood as it is now, you would know they are not interested in having any theatres.

Orlando on August 25, 2016 at 8:32 am

To above, the four walls and roof are still there. True it will be demolished in a short time, but it is NOT demolished yet. It is demolished when the interior steelwork walls and all are gone and is a vacant lot. When a friend mine told me it was demolished, I told him it was a figment of someone’s imagination having seen it this past Monday 8-22-2016. Let’s not rush and put demolished in the heading, some may still want to see the facade. Adios, for now.

ERD on August 10, 2016 at 9:23 am

The owner was just trying to avoid an argument. Few people of the old neighborhood are left who would care. Profit is the main goal and having a theatre now would lose money.

merrib on August 10, 2016 at 7:29 am

Really, atmos? After all the assurances by owner to passers-by that this would not happen? Sad.

atmos on August 10, 2016 at 7:20 am

Theatre has been demolished.

WilliamMcQuade on January 13, 2016 at 11:31 am

Luckily I was in it a number of times over the years when the furniture store was there. A shame another theater has to go but what else would one expect from our throwaway society. Looking forward to see how the Brooklyn Paramount renovation turns out.

Orlando on October 27, 2015 at 12:35 pm

The former theatre is NOT being demolished nor has the building been sold. I was lucky today to meet the owner and he said a lot of the historical elements will be saved and incorporated into the structure once it is converted to stores on the main floor and apartments. The grand staircase was sold as were the plaster fountain at stage right. I was also allowed to take photos of the main entance (with exposed poster cases for the first time!) and of other details in the auditorium. (92 pictures in all) for prosperity and for the owner. When he left, he told me that I would be the last person allowed into the building. It still felt grand with all original floor tilework intact and without all the furniture. Some orchestra seats were covered over. The building turned 88 years old October 9th of this year and I turn 59 at 10:42 PM tonight. What a wonderful gift to see this building once more and the exterior on New Utrecht Avenue will remain intact.

P.S. Someone bought all the marquee letters two weeks ago and someone has bought all the remaining plaster work to save. As the owner said, “It’s only plaster.”

theatrefan on October 27, 2015 at 10:37 am

My friend Orlando was just at the Loew’s 46th Street. He spoke with the owner and the building is currently being gutted inside, the outside will be preserved and used for retail on the bottom parts and apartments on the top. Most of the items like the chairs that were inside are already thrown inside the dumpster and have been hauled off unfortunately. Well at least the exterior will be preserved in some sort of form.

merrib on October 26, 2015 at 9:45 am

Thanks for all this great information on this site. Update: the building has been sold to a developer and work is scheduled to begin or has begun: the building will be demolished for a high rise structure, a combination of residential and commercial use. The way the furniture store was able to incorporate the previous historic structure and architecture stalled this fate. As commenters said, this will not be a theatre again unless some last minute miracle occurs. Had the building ever been applied for landmark status? (There are a lot of comments here so I am not sure if this was addressed.)

The photos inside and some of the wall ornaments (as shown here: http://abandonednyc.com/2015/01/14/inside-the-loews-46th-st-theater/) would be so great to preserve.

A friend is trying to help as there are bird nests around the building with baby pigeons in them – the contractor said they would let her and wildlife rescue groups rescue the babies before demolition but ideally these birds would be allowed to fledge – a few more weeks and be ready to leave the nest – and then the destruction would take place (if there is no way to stop that, at least prevent the bird lives from being taken). It is much more complicated otherwise – wildlife rehabilitators than have to take on the job of raising the birds and families are separated but there are groups and people ready to do this.

This building has such an amazing history and has survived 88 years. It is hard to imagine a lack of appreciation of its history and architecture — but so much of NYC history has been destroyed in an overly aggressive manner over the last dozen years (it accelerated under Michael Bloomberg).

Will everything be a “luxury” glass building — that also kills and disorients migratory and other birds — at the end of the day with no history in this city left? There is some Landmarks Preservation intervention but so much is not being preserved and appreciated: instead we are left with an overly sanitized NYC.

theatrefan on July 19, 2015 at 11:49 am

I have checked the NYC Dept. of Buildings site and apparently a few permits have been filed to do some sort of interior demolition work. Also a year or two prior to that there had been a permit filed to do a conversion from Commercial to Mixed-Use & Residential, that one has seemed to go nowhere for now. BTW, the Furniture store that used to occupy the Loew’s 46th Street has now moved over to McDonald Avenue.

ERD on July 18, 2015 at 8:20 am

There is no doubt that this building will never become a theatre again due to neighborhood’s uncompromising religious view about seeing movies. One of the negative aspects of the location it is close to the elevated train and there is a lot of noise when a train passes by on New Utrecht Avenue. The theatre will most likely be knocked down just like the Boro Park.

Orlando on July 17, 2015 at 1:46 pm

The furniture store is moving to another location and let'’s see what happens to the building. I did a familiar photo shoot twice 1n the 1990’s and in 2001. I also was in the building and just asked for a view and got it. The furniture store owner gave his card. The 2nd time was with some out of town friends and NY THSA director. Everybody was amazed. The roof in the projection booth was wet from rain so the entire roof is not really protecting the existing plaster. The building is 88 years old in October and I doubt after 1970, the same time movies ceased the roof hasn’t been touched. Brandt’s operated the theatre from Loew’s in 1966 and it closed late 1969. My JHS school bus passed the theatre every school day from 1967-70 and it closed by then. The Boro Park went from movies to XXX in 1968. I remember the movie “Boom” playing here and then Adult films. I don’t want to predict that a condo building of some sort may occupy the site, but it might be likely. For restoration to a theatre highly unlikely due to the neighborhood and its' proximity to the Kings.

ERD on February 9, 2015 at 8:48 am

I appreciate seeing the additional photos of what was once one of the most beautiful movie theatres in Brooklyn.

robboehm on February 9, 2015 at 7:25 am

Surprisingly good condition. At least as a furniture store it’s assured that the roof is in tact.

ERD on September 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

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