Rare Vintage Footage Documents the Closing of Bensonhurst's Grand Theater, the Loew's Oriental

Loew's Oriental Theater was one of Brooklyn's finest crown jewel theaters, located on 86th Street in Bensonhurst. The theater opened in 1928 and closed in 1995, and now (sadly) houses a Marshalls department store.

The Oriental opened a month after the death of Marcus Loew, the founder of the Loew’s brand and visionary behind the exotic and elaborate Wonder Theaters. Several of the comments on the same thread noted that the Oriental once housed a memorial plaque in his honor, which has now been moved to the Loew’s located in Lincoln Square. Loew had died without seeing the Oriental, or any of the Wonder Theaters finished, which is quite a pity because all of them were unique architectural masterpieces.

This rare vintage film from 1995 documents the closing of the theater, and shows of some even older vintage footage of the theater throughout the years.

Check out the accompanying article for more history on the Loew's Oriental Theater in Bensonhurst.

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