Best Buy Theater

1515 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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moviebuff82 on December 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I saw this theater on TV…they had the Heisman Trophy ceremony where Cam Newton won the trophy despite being under investigation for NCAA violations as his team faces Oregon in the BCS Championship game. As for the name of the theater, I think Best Buy made a mistake by naming this theater after it. The company’s profits are not doing well but its mobile division is doing ok. Again, I’m off-topic.

LuisV on December 23, 2010 at 11:13 am

I too saw the Wizard of Oz here when it was re-released. I think it might have been the last film that I saw there and it was spectacular. Sad to say, there weren’t that many other people in the audience which is why we have the Best Buy theater today. This was a truly great theater in a modern sense. Just like The Ziegfeld, though the Ziegfeld has more of a true palace feel. At least we still have that.

gd14lawn on December 23, 2010 at 12:12 am

I remember seeing Titanic and The Wizard of Oz here in the late 90’s and loving the feel of this house. I have been to about a dozen concerts at the Nokia Theatre and never realized it was the same place until now. I knew the escalator seemed familiar.
Having seen Titanic here on that large screen and with great sound, I can not watch it when it comes on TV.

Bway on September 13, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Till the next corporate name change!

William on September 13, 2010 at 10:29 am

They have the new Best Buy Theater signage up now. Time to change the name again.

CSWalczak on September 7, 2010 at 12:08 am

Based on this, it would appear that the name change will be effective on or before September 14, and if the sketch of the signage and the text in the article is correct, Best Buy is going with “Theater” rather than “Theatre”: View link

William on August 31, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Well they took the Nokia Theatre signage above the marquee down today. And they also took the Hilton Theatre signage too.

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 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 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 on August 4, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Another one time Loews House, interesting.

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™ 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 on July 13, 2009 at 7:44 am

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

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 on May 4, 2009 at 9:42 am

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

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