Loew's 46th Street Theatre

4515 New Utrecht Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY 11219

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theatrefan on July 19, 2015 at 2:49 pm

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 11:20 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 4:46 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 11:48 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 10:25 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 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!

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 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 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 on January 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

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

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 on March 27, 2011 at 6:58 pm

You are correct about that ERD.Just relinking.

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 on February 6, 2011 at 2:13 am

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

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 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 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”


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 on August 4, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Nice find Tinseltoes.