Inside the Loew’s Pitkin Theater

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Last week we wrote about the conversion happening at the Loew’s Pitkin Theater in Brownsville; both a charter school and 70,000 square feet of retail space are moving in. A completely new interior structure will be built while still preserving many of the architectural details of the theater. These incredible photos from the existing interior were taken by Chasi Annexy at Tuesday’s groundbreaking ceremony.
Loew’s Pitkin to Be Converted to School, Retail [Brownstoner] GMAP

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  • It’d be great if some details could actually bed saved, after so many years of exposure to the elements.

  • What a sin that such a magnificent building should have been left to the elements. My mother has great memories of this beautiful movie palace.

  • Wow, it’s like a ruin preserved within a ruin. It’s sad it got to that state, but that leaves a lot to imaginatively work with. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product, and I too, hope they can preserve and reincorporate a lot of the old into the new. I also hope this is the first of many new projects that will help revitalize this historic neighborhood.

  • dittoburg

    are these photos from Berlin again?
    carpet bombing was a terrible thing.

  • The roof looks completely open to the elements. Is that the case?
    I hope they can salvage some of the building, although I am not that optimistic given the cost and the city’s extremely tough building codes, which make anything but a standard fedders building difficult to get approved. Anything slightly out of the norm violates at least eighteen ordinances.
    this is really an extreme case.
    Sorry to see it like this.

  • cls2000

    Why can’t we build anything that looks like this today. What a grand experience it must have been to go to the movies during this era.

  • morralkan

    I still remember going to the movies at the Loew’s Pitkin when I was a boy, probably up to age 10 or 12. I lived about a 3 minute walk away on Eastern Parkway. Two movies I remember seeing there were Teahouse of the August Moon (on a school night with my mother and grandmother, after shopping) and Around the World in 80 days. It was a beautiful theater. I still remember that you had to go up a very long, carpeted stairway to get to the bathrooms. Also, if you were young, as I was at the time, you had to sit in the left hand orchestra section where the matron wielded her flashlight (not hitting, just pointing it) to warn kids of unwanted rowdiness. So sad that this could not have been restored to it former beauty as a movie theater.

  • Wonderful photos. Thanks for posting!