Loew's State Theatre

1540 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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markp on September 11, 2008 at 5:46 pm

You are right Al, a new quad did sound great. Only problem was it was done all wrong.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 11, 2008 at 4:07 pm

It barely lasted 14 years, but at the time a state-of the-art quad in Times Square sounded pretty good. I remember Richard Branson trying to get it away from Loews in order to launch his Virgin Cinemas in the states.

markp on September 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Whats an even bigger waste is the fact that they tore down a grand old palace (even after twinning) for something that barely lasted 20 years total. And after the 4-plex opened, all it accomplished was insulting the great name “Loews State”.

BobT on September 11, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Who ever thought that knocking this treasure down and replacing it with a four screen complex and retail space hopefully is gainfully unemployed. Not only has the four-plex closed years ago, now it’s announced the giant Virgin Megastore is closing early 2009. It was ridiculous having the theaters threes stories down inside the Megastore with virtually no marquee, just a thin zipper type LED sign, hidden among the glitz of the Megastore signage to alert movies goers to what was playing. Who knows what is going to take the space, it is huge but there are no movie theaters in Times Square proper and that really should be unacceptable. What a waste.

RobertR on August 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Yes but it was reborn as one of the citys great roadshow houses.

edblank on May 28, 2008 at 5:28 am

First visited here for “Somebody Up There Likes Me.” When I saw “Love Story” for the first time here, I think I went in with a bit of an “OK, show me” attitude. Gotta admit: It got to me.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 21, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Or ROBBY, from “Forbidden Planet”. As far as I’m concerned, he’s tied with Gort (“The Day the Earth Stood Still”) for Best Movie Robot.

dave-bronx™ on May 20, 2008 at 11:15 pm

I know what it means, Warren, but when somebody says ‘robot’ most of us over a certain age think of Rosie from The Jetsons, or that thing on Lost in Space (DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!) or R2D2.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 20, 2008 at 9:59 pm

The concept of robot-controlled air conditioning just sounds so cool, ‘50’s style. I hope the new Indiana Jones movie, which takes place in 1957, has some of that same kind of '50’s feel.

dave-bronx™ on May 20, 2008 at 5:13 pm

The 3/59 ad for ‘Some Like It Hot’ linked above is touting the remodeled Loew’s State. The small print at the bottom of the ad states, “New ‘Easy Chair’ Orchestra Lounger Seats Properly Spaced * New Multi-Channel HI-FI Stereo Sound * New Screen Magic * New Robot-Controlled All Weather Air Conditioning”. That last point brings to mind images of Rosie, the maid from ‘The Jetsons’, rolling down the aisle and adjusting the thermostat :–)

kencmcintyre on March 23, 2008 at 5:22 am

Here is a March 1959 ad from the NYT:

paghat on November 2, 2007 at 1:44 am

Minor correction to the commentary that mentioned the Three Smoothies as “probably a tap group.” They were a singing trio consisting of brothers Little Ryan and Charlie Ryan, plus Arlene “Babs” Johnson. And they were very milquetoast.

-paghat the ratgirl

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 10, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Warren… Howard and others here are merely interested in providing the sort of informative and comprehensive introductory description that this great and storied theatre deserves at the top of this page. Information about performances and movie premieres are some of the details they’d like to recap and include in an effort to update and improve that introduction.

Howard… the revision you submitted is a vast improvement over the inadequate blurb that had been in place previously. Many thanks for that and for your continued efforts to provide an even better introduction!

HowardBHaas on October 9, 2007 at 10:36 pm

Thanks, Ed. Unless there’s any any objections (remember, I’m a lawyer), that issue is settled. Eventually, a correction will be made to the Introduction, but let’s wait a while and see if other nuggets turn up like major vaudeville stars who appeared at the Loew’s State, and WOLRD premieres of major 35mm films.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 9, 2007 at 10:20 pm

The original State closed as a twin. A NY Times “Going Out” feature (a precursor to the weekend guide currently featured in the Friday paper) dated February 19th, 1987, makes note of the theatre’s closing (on that very day) and confirms that it was a “twin” at the time. The final attractions were Richard Pryor’s “Critical Condition” in State 1 and Eddie Murphy’s “The Golden Child” in State 2. Admission price: $6 bucks.

William on October 9, 2007 at 8:13 pm

Howard, Thanks, just read the Warren’s post again. It was twinned when it closed. They didn’t make it a tri-plex or a Quad?

Warren can you give us more information on this “more sub-dividing”.

HowardBHaas on October 9, 2007 at 7:32 pm

Warren’s post of Feb 3, 2004 said the theater was more sub-divided.

HowardBHaas on October 9, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Warren, unlike the prior introduction which I posted above for the record, the current introduction does at least mention vaudeville. A short list of famous vaudeville acts appearing at the Loew’s State would be appreciated.

Also, I used an online list of 70mm WORLD premieres to post them in the introduction. If there’s a list of WORLD premieres of famous 35mm films at the Loew’s State, that would be appreciated, too.

And, I didn’t read how the theater was further divided up from being a twin. That, too, would be appreciated.

William on October 9, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Howard you posted in the intro. “The theatre was later more sub-divided” and closing date. What was more sub-divided?

Hibi on October 9, 2007 at 7:21 pm

Wasnt the Midland in Kansas City Loews favorite theater? I thought I read that somewhere……..

HowardBHaas on October 9, 2007 at 6:40 pm

Saps, done! For the record, here are the now out of dated opening remarks since replaced:
Originally a single screen theater, the State was twinned in the early 1960’s.

During the late 1990’s, as part of a massive redevelopment of Times Square, the theater was gutted to make way for one of the first US locations of the Virgin Megastore.

Today, movies are still shown at the State, but the theater survives in name only. Some sixty feet below street level, in the basement of the Virgin store, there is a four-screen multiplex, also known as the State.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 20, 2007 at 7:13 am

Could someone please fix the opening remarks.

Rory on September 20, 2007 at 1:26 am

Thanks for the photo, Bryan. Times Square may not have been a very save place to visit back in those days, but it sure was an exciting place to see a major new movie. I miss the Loew’s State 1 & 2.