Loew’s Oriental Theatre 1832 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, February 18, 1928:

“Again the luxury of the East in the theatre. In design as well as in name, Loew’s new Brooklyn house is emphatically Oriental.”

babypeggy“The unique front of the Oriental, impressive in its novelty, it observes
the principles of economy and of art as well.”

oriental2 (Medium)_pe (Medium)“An elegant, even gorgeous nook where patrons may loiter as voluptuously as they might  be in Bagdad.”

oriental1 (Medium)“The auditorium from the stage, with everyone of the 2,800 seats in undistorted  view of the screen.”

Oriental3“View of auditorium, showing the stage. One notices a variety of ideas Oriental,
even unto Ancient Egyptian and medieval Moslem.”

Convenience plus beauty is the achievement of H. G. Wiseman, the Oriental’s designer.


Baby Peggy

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc This includes a Times Square talk or walk.

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.


2 thoughts on “Loew’s Oriental Theatre 1832 86th Street, Brooklyn, NY

  1. Pingback: Not your average theatre | The Olde Soul

  2. I find that this stage must have been such a different feel from other theatres in the area at the time, as if taking a trip to another part of the world. I’ll have to research to see if Wiseman designed any other theatres in New York.

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