Best Buy Theater

1515 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2010 at 5:02 am

David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group were the architects for the conversion of the Astor Plaza into the Nokia Theatre, according to a Billboard article of October 1, 2005.

LuisV
LuisV on August 19, 2010 at 7:40 am

OY!!!! How painful. I wish the theaters were listed under the best known (most popular name) rather than their current name. However, I do understand why the current policy is in place. That said, I hate that the old Loew’s Astor Plaza is now a Best Buy theater.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on August 18, 2010 at 11:50 am

What a stupid renaming change for this theater, although I like shopping there in Rockaway where the old Rockaway Outer 6 was.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Another one time Loews House, interesting.

Bway
Bway on July 28, 2010 at 3:25 am

Hmmm, I am surprised it’s not listed on this site then…there are storefront porn theaters even on this site, you would think that whatever BB Kings was would be too. So you are saying it was never a normal theater?

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on July 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I thought BBKings was part of the E-Walk complex and newly built. Or is it possible that the old Harem porno theatre was incorporated into the new building?

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on July 27, 2010 at 10:46 am

BB kins club on 42nd street was a porno theater.(surprised ?) I can’t rememebr the name, but it strickly showed XXX adlut films.

Bway
Bway on July 27, 2010 at 7:57 am

I didn’t know where else to ask this, so am asking here, as it’s nearby. What theater was BB Kings Blues club? It appears to have been a theater at one time? I assume it never showed movies, as I can’t find a listing for it here.
Any information on what it used to be would be appreciated.

ErikH
ErikH on July 26, 2010 at 7:09 pm

While reviewing the postings for the old Astor Plaza tonight, I had two comments. First, the summary for the theater states that the final Astor Plaza attraction was “Spiderman 2.” As many pointed out at the time of the closing in 2004 (can’t believe it’s been almost exactly 6 years already), the final attraction was an abbreviated run of “The Village.” Second, and not germane to the Astor Plaza but in response to a series of above postings from 2004 about the 1983 re-release of “Around the World in 80 Days” and whether the re-release was shown in NYC. The re-release played briefly at the Loews 83rd Street on the Upper West Side. It was not screened in 70MM; I don’t believe that any of the auditoriums at the 83rd were equipped for 70MM. BTW, “80 Days” was shown at MOMA earlier this year as part of a tribute to David Niven. I didn’t attend the screening, but saw the MOMA brochure for the Niven retrospective—-no mention of 70MM for the “80 Days” print.

Tom Brennan
Tom Brennan on July 10, 2010 at 2:08 am

I was thinking about Astor Plaza today… it was THE place to see event movies and ran circles around the Ziegfeld in my opinion. I really miss it.

William
William on June 24, 2010 at 10:54 am

On Saturday it’s the 36th. Anniversary of the opening of the Loew’s Astor Plaza Theatre. It’s opening attraction was Columbia’s “For Pete’s Sake” on June 26th. 1974.

William
William on March 24, 2010 at 8:28 am

It’s a combination of both, it’s a newer live version of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” show. You have 5 cast members watching and talking and joking around as they watch movies in front of a live audience.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on March 22, 2010 at 11:43 am

this theater was animated for last night’s cleveland show cartoon on fox, in which cleveland brown and his friends visit new york city. It’s pretty accurate.

Bway
Bway on July 13, 2009 at 7:44 am

That’s pretty neat! Did they only charge one entrance fee for that?

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on July 13, 2009 at 12:19 am

Though not listed, this theatre had a marathon of the first four Nightmare On Elm Street movies the day before A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 opened (similar to the Star Trek marathon they had on September 7th, 1991). The first one began at 7:30 pm on August 18th, 1988, the second began at 9:00 pm, the third at 10:30 pm and finally the fourth film began at midnight.

Bway
Bway on May 4, 2009 at 9:42 am

I have seen a few concerts here, and it is a nice concert venue.

RickStattler
RickStattler on February 27, 2009 at 12:09 pm

I thought some of you might be interested that Swann Auction Galleries is offering the original design for the Loews Astor Plaza signage in its March 26 auction. An image is available at View link

KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on August 9, 2008 at 1:56 am

I bet Night Of The Creeps would have kicked ass in a place like this (a 1980’s cult classic and the main inspiration of fellow cult hit Slither).

Aparofan
Aparofan on May 22, 2008 at 6:54 am

Here’s a scan of a book I bought a few years ago with a bunch of Star Wars ticket stubs stapled to the front and back. A couple were from the Astor Plaza.

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Justin: the Ziegfeld page was finally fixed today.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 8, 2008 at 12:00 pm

I agree. The last movie that did really well at this theater was Titanic, several years before Loews opened up the E-Walk. Back then, they had three theaters in Times Square, the E-Walk (now Regeal), the State (now being used for retail space), and of course the Astor. This is quite similiar to what Loews had when it opened and still manages the two Secaucus theaters located not to far from each other although they compete with just one theater down in North Bergen (run by Starplex, a small chain) and will soon close thanks in part to the new massive Xanadu theater. BTW, when will the Ziegfeld page be back up and running? I haven’t seen it at the top ten recently commented or updated theater pages!!!

markp
markp on May 8, 2008 at 5:09 am

Wow! Did the quality of movies, for the most part, really tank in those last few years. Its no wonder it had to close.

owenspierre81
owenspierre81 on May 8, 2008 at 4:52 am

I love that wonderful list, Michael. Thank you so much!
I can memorize that list pretty well.

Coate
Coate on May 8, 2008 at 1:21 am

ASTOR PLAZA
Part IV: The 2000s

Loews Cineplex: 2000-04

01.12.2000 … NEXT FRIDAY (7 weeks, SDDS)
03.01.2000 … 3 STRIKES (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
03.17.2000 … FINAL DESTINATION (7 weeks, SDDS)
05.05.2000 … GLADIATOR (8 weeks, SDDS)
06.28.2000 … THE PATRIOT (3 weeks, SDDS-8)
07.21.2000 … WHAT LIES BENEATH (9 weeks, SDDS)
09.22.2000 … THE EXORCIST (RE, “The Version You’ve Never Seen,” 5 weeks, SDDS)
10.27.2000 … BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.10.2000 … RED PLANET (5 weeks, SDDS)
12.15.2000 … GLADIATOR (RE, 1 week, SDDS)
12.22.2000 … CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (7 weeks, Dolby Digital)

02.09.2001 … HANNIBAL (6 weeks, SDDS)
03.23.2001 … TRAFFIC (MO, 4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04.20.2001 … CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
05.04.2001 … MEMENTO (MO, 5 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06.08.2001 … EVOLUTION (3 weeks, SDDS)
06.29.2001 … BABY BOY (5 weeks, SDDS)
08.03.2001 … APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX (RE, 10 weeks, Dolby Digital)
10.12.2001 … IRON MONKEY (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.02.2001 … BANDITS (MO, 3 weeks, SDDS)
11.23.2001 … TITANIC (RE, 1 week, format ?)
11.30.2001 … DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
12.14.2001 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (RE, 4 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)

01.11.2002 … APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX (RE, 2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
01.25.2002 … THE OTHERS (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
02.08.2002 … COLLATERAL DAMAGE (6 weeks, Dolby Digital)
03.22.2002 … BLADE II (4 weeks, SDDS)
04.19.2002 … THE SCORPION KING (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
05.03.2002 … SPIDER-MAN (4 weeks, SDDS-8)
05.31.2002 … THE SUM OF ALL FEARS (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06.28.2002 … MR. DEEDS (2 weeks, SDDS)
07.12.2002 … HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION (1 week, Dolby Digital)
07.19.2002 … K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
08.02.2002 … SIGNS (3 weeks, SDDS)
08.23.2002 … UNDISPUTED (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
09.06.2002 … CITY BY THE SEA (2 weeks, SDDS)
09.20.2002 … BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER (4 weeks, SDDS)
10.18.2002 … BLOODY SUNDAY (1 week, Dolby Digital)
10.25.2002 … JACKASS: THE MOVIE (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.08.2002 … 8 MILE (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.22.2002 … DIE ANOTHER DAY (4 weeks, SDDS)
12.18.2002 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (4 weeks, SDDS)

01.17.2003 … NATIONAL SECURITY (2 weeks, SDDS)
01.31.2003 … BIKER BOYZ (3 weeks, SDDS)
02.21.2003 … DARK BLUE (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
03.07.2003 … GANGS OF NEW YORK (MO, 3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
03.28.2003 … THE CORE (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04.11.2003 … ANGER MANAGEMENT (4 weeks, SDDS)
05.09.2003 … IDENTITY (MO, 2 weeks, SDDS)
05.23.2003 … BRUCE ALMIGHTY (6 weeks, Dolby Digital)
07.02.2003 … TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2 weeks, SDDS)
07.18.2003 … BAD BOYS II (3 weeks, SDDS-8)
08.08.2003 … S.W.A.T. (5 weeks, SDDS-8)
09.12.2003 … ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO (2 weeks, SDDS)
09.26.2003 … THE RUNDOWN (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
10.10.2003 … KILL BILL VOL. 1 (4 weeks, SDDS)
11.05.2003 … THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS (2 weeks, SDDS)
11.21.2003 … GOTHIKA (4 weeks, SDDS)
12.17.2003 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (6 weeks, SDDS)

01.30.2004 … YOU GOT SERVED (3 weeks, SDDS)
02.20.2004 … AGAINST THE ROPES (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
03.05.2004 … STARSKY & HUTCH (2 weeks, SDDS)
03.19.2004 … TAKING LIVES (2 weeks, SDDS)
04.02.2004 … HELLBOY (2 weeks, SDDS)
04.16.2004 … THE PUNISHER (3 weeks, SDDS)
05.07.2004 … VAN HELSING (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
05.19.2004 … SHREK 2 (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06.04.2004 … HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (4 weeks, SDDS)
06.30.2004 … SPIDER-MAN 2 (4 weeks, SDDS-8)
07.30.2004 … THE VILLAGE (3 days, SDDS)
08.02.2004 … theater closed

The principal reference was microfilm of The New York Times and Village Voice newspapers.