Loew's Metropolitan Theatre
392 Fulton Street,
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Brooklyn Tabernacle (Official)
Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, Loew's Inc.
Architects: Thomas White Lamb, David K. Mesbur
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.
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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.
There was a seldom-used entrance on Livingston Street, but usually the Livingston Street marquee was used to advertise the current attraction.
Who was the chain that actually made this a quad, was it Loews or Cineplex Odeon?
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.
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.
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!
Grand opening article:
Loew’s Metropolitan opening Sun, Sep 15, 1918 – 9 · () · Newspapers.com
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.
Grand opening ad posted.
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.