Loew's Metropolitan Theatre

392 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, Loew's Inc.

Architects: Thomas White Lamb, David K. Mesbur

Functions: Church

Styles: Adam

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Loew's Metropolitan Theatre exterior

Incorporating part of the huge A.D. Matthews & Sons dry goods department store at the corner of Fulton Street & Gallatin Place. The Thomas Lamb-designed Loew’s Metropolitan Theatre opened on September 16, 1918 with Dorothy Gish in “The Hun Within” plus 3 acts of vaudeville on the stage headed by Anna Chandler. The main entrance was on Fulton Street and there were secondary entrances on Smith Street and Livingstone Street. It was equipped with a Moller 3 manual 17 rank organ which in 1934 was replaced by a Moller 3 manual 32 rank organ.

In December 1978 it was converted into a four-screen theatre by Loew’s, to the plans of architect David K. Mesbur. Seating was provided for 676 in Screen 1, 698 in Screen 2, 600 in Screen 3 & 599 in Screen 4. It was taken over by Cineplex-Odeon on November 17, 1989 and was closed in July 1996.

The theatre underwent extensive renovation and restoration between 2000-2002, and it was de-quadded, returning to a singe auditorium. It reopened in June 2002 as the new home of the Brooklyn Tabernacle.

Contributed by William Gabel, Warren Harris

Recent comments (view all 139 comments)

robboehm on May 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Uploaded to photos from Brooklyn Pics. One is purported to be Smith near Fulton. The other Livingston. Were there multiple entrances or is Brooklyn Pics wrong.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 17, 2015 at 7:22 pm

There was a seldom-used entrance on Livingston Street, but usually the Livingston Street marquee was used to advertise the current attraction.

theatrefan on September 6, 2016 at 8:16 pm

Who was the chain that actually made this a quad, was it Loews or Cineplex Odeon?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 6, 2016 at 8:52 pm

It was Loews. Cineplex only did a cosmetic remodel and put in new cushion seats. Loews was still operating with 70 year old wooden seats.

theatrefan on December 2, 2016 at 11:00 am

Loews Theatres was well known for it’s lack maintenance and refurbishment program during that era. It was Cineplex Odeon that really did give these old theatres a new lease of life.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 18, 2018 at 1:14 pm

Happy 100th birthday to Loew’s Metropolitan, which first opened in September, 1918, and is not only still with us, but also magnificently rejuvenated as home to the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Glory, glory, hallelujah!

fatfink on August 25, 2019 at 11:35 pm

The huge chandelier still exists, but now hangs deep underground in Cumberland Caverns, near McMinnieville, TN. I believe that they have the organ, as well.

rivest266 on October 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

ridethectrain on October 28, 2020 at 8:40 pm

Please update, Cineplex Odeon took over the theatre on November 17, 1989, when Cineplex renovated the theatre after Loews operated it. The two downstair theatres was large auditorium with small screens and the sound was MONO. The two upstairs theatres the screens were better and with Dolby Stereo. Cineplex Odeon, just like the Fortway and Kenmore Quad did not put Dolby sound in all screens.

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