Renovation of Loews Metropolitan Theatre
Brooklyn, NY USA
Retaining intimacy in a larger space.
Brooklyn Tabernacle selected the Loews Metropolitan in Brooklyn as their new home. Completed in 1918, it was once the largest theatre for live performance in North America; however, as with many of the vaudeville theatres, it fell into disrepair. The renovation required to restore it for productive use was extensive. The biggest concern for the client was whether or not they would lose the intimacy of the worship experience by moving into the larger space. The technology design centers around creating closeness among the choir, praise band, the pastor on the platform and the congregation seated in the audience. The church is known both by the strong preaching of best-selling author, Jim Cymbala, and for the musical performance of its Grammy-award winning choir directed by Carol Cymbala. As a result, there was a need for two audio systems-one to provide speech clarity for preaching from the platform and another to provide warmth, envelopment and natural imaging for musical performance.
Kostow and Greenwood