Loew's Victoria Theatre

233 West 125th Street,
New York, NY 10027

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TLSLOEWS on July 19, 2010 at 10:27 am

Nice photos Tinseltoes.

AlAlvarez on February 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm

The Victoria was still open as a single screen in 1977 and run by Loews. By 1978 it was closed.

In late 1986 it emerges as the Harlem Movie Center 5, run by Cine 42. It closed again in 1990 and re-opened in 1992 as the Harlem Victoria 5 run by Lesser. By 1994 it was closed again.

Tinseltoes on February 25, 2010 at 11:22 am

Loew’s Victoria was the middle of three theatres that shared the north side of 125th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. Here are individual photos displayed on a single page, starting with the Apollo (#253) at left, the Victoria (#233) in center, and the Harlem Opera House (#211) at right: View link

TLSLOEWS on December 1, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Love the Loews Victoria 1968 Pictures.That style vertical was the best I have ever seen.Classy looking,those were the days.

RobertR on April 17, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Before its rebirth as Movie Center 5
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LuisV on August 13, 2008 at 8:17 am

How depressing! :–)

Anyone know what the latest is on the redevelopment of this theater?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 3, 2008 at 8:48 am

“Gone With the Wind” had its first Harlem engagement here in April, 1940, soon after Hattie McDaniel won an Academy Award for her performance. She’s the only cast member of “GWTW” mentioned in this ad: View link

mp775 on April 16, 2008 at 7:32 am

Article in today’s AM New York. The Danforth tower plan involves further cutting up the interior space and making two small theaters; the community would like to see the theater restored.

stevebob on March 29, 2008 at 7:36 pm

I just noticed “Style: Unknown” in the description. Shouldn’t it be Adam?

soothsayer on March 9, 2008 at 10:52 am

here are some interior photos of this theater

it includes some information on the architect, date, who built it, the suppliers of the building materials, etc.

KingBiscuits on February 7, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Two words.

Later on, it went back to the old name but with a slight change, as the Harlem Victoria (found this through New York Times microfilm).

LuisV on July 31, 2007 at 8:22 am

Update on the Victoria Theater’s redevelopment plans. This excerpt comes from the July 26th 2007 edition of The New York Sun about all of the development projects underway in Harlem;

“Real estate and community leaders expect the Empire State Development Corporation and its subsidiary, the Harlem Community Development Corporation, to finally select a developer for the Victoria Theater site on West 125th Street. As reported in The New York Sun last month, the Jazz Museum in Harlem is part of a bid by Danforth Development Partners to renovate the Victoria Theater. The Jazz Museum would get between 10,000 and 20,000 square feet of exhibition space. The buildings would include two theaters to be used by the Classical Theater of Harlem, the Bill T. Jones & Arnie Zane Dance Company, and the Harlem School of Arts.”

This is great news as it appears that the theater will in fact be restored and will once again become a performing arts space. This is wonderful for Harlem and the City of New York.

LuisV on December 17, 2006 at 6:29 am

I don’t believe there’s been any movement on this project since the last post. Should we expect change of direction now that Spitzer and the Democrats are now in power in Albany?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 8, 2006 at 7:19 am

It wasn’t so long ago that including neighborhoods in the address (or the word “Queens” in Queens addresses) would be problematic with mapping theater addresses above. I guess Google has updated its software to correct this issue. As I said, looks like theaters are slowly but surely being updated on this site so that their addresses include zip codes. I only wish the inclusion of neighborhoods was more consistent here.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 8, 2006 at 6:09 am

Warren is correct. That goes for all of NYC except Queens. While including the neighborhood is nice for folks looking to narrow down a search or those interested in a specific geographic locality, it doesn’t help to map the theater at all. Perhaps in some future update of the website, a seperate neighborhood tag can be included for searching purposes. I have noticed that many of the theater updates going on lately have been to include a zip code in the address. Ultimately, searching by zip will probably be the best way of targeting neighborhood theaters in a search.

Nice photo’s, Ken. I took the liberty of clicking through the album for a nice little tour of former theater sites in upper Manhattan.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 7, 2006 at 10:47 am

Postal addresses in Manhattan don’t use the names of neighborhoods (such as Harlem, Greenwich Village, Washington Heights, Chelsea, or whatever). The address for this theatre is 233 West 125h Street, New York, NY.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 7, 2006 at 9:26 am

Two photographs taken in July 2003:
Facade and marquee:
Detail in close-up:

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 18, 2006 at 6:49 am

Thanks Warren. And without a single square inch of the Victoria granted landmark designation, the developers are beholden to no one as to their vision of “preservation.”

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on January 17, 2006 at 1:05 pm

Two proposals have been accepted for consideration. One is from Victoria Tower Development, which plans a $115 million design of 25 stories that would include a hotel with condos, a ballroom, community theatre, exhibition space for Harlem’s Studio Museum, and a B.B. King nightclub. The other is from Ian Schrager’s Danforth Development Partners for a $113 million hotel, banquet hall, and spaces for cultural groups. Both finalists said they would “preserve as much of the original classical design of the Victoria” as possible. Seems to me like a sequel to the Keith’s Flushing fiasco. A story by Paul D. Colford was published in the NY Daily News of 1/16/06, and might be viewable at the paper’s website.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 17, 2006 at 10:43 am

I caught the end of an item on the news last night (I think WABC channel 7 here in NYC) about a plan that has been finalized to redevelop the Victoria building. I didn’t catch the details at all, but there will be a building rising above the theater and – while it will not be restored to single screen theatrical use – as much of the architectural elements and detail work will be retained and restored as possible. Not sure if this will prove to be another RKO Keith’s project in the making. I know that they’ve been looking for a developer and taking bids on this site for at least the past year or more. I couldn’t find the story on the net, but I admit I didn’t really search all that hard. I tried the NY Times sight, as well as WABC and WNBC sites. I also Googled a few variations on the topic, but didn’t find anything. Anyone have details on the current plans?