Loew's Victoria Theatre

233 W. 125th Street,
New York, NY 10027

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm

I wish you could post the ads for these bits of history that you provide, tinseltoes. We all seem to love old movie advertising.

LuisV on August 31, 2011 at 2:04 pm

You beat me to it Ed! This was always something of a long shot for preservation and I’m not quite sure how much was there to preserve, but at least some of it will live on. Of course we wish we could save them all, but we can’t. We need to dedicate our efforts where the true potentials are: The Loew’s Canal is foremost on my mind as our best hope for bringing back a faded beauty in Manhattan. We have succeeded in saving stunners like Radio City, The New Amsterdam, The Hollywood, all five Wonder Theaters, The Saint George, The Beacon and, of course, the Apollo. I fear for the RKO Keiths Richmond Hill. However, I do have hope for the Brooklyn Paramount and The Jackson in Queens. As for the Victoria, we will still keep the dignified exterior though I hope with that hideous marquee removed and perhaps a period marquee in its place. I hope they make good use of the chandeliers and grand stairs.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm

According to the article, the facade will be preserved, but it looks like the theater’s interior will be gutted, with certain architectural elements – chandeliers, a fountain and a grand staircase – to be incorporated into the new space. When completed, there will be two small theaters – one seating 199 and the other only 99 patrons.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on August 31, 2011 at 10:46 am

This theater will get a make-over and reopen for live entertainment. See today’s New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/31/realestate/commercial/along-harlems-125th-street-redevelopment-projects-advance.html

jahlaune on April 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Thank you guys or girls VERY much

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 3, 2011 at 7:09 am

Josephine Baker performed here in 1973.

jahlaune on April 3, 2011 at 12:24 am

does anyone know if they ever presented stage shows?If so what performers

TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm

That should be Buddy not Bubby!

TLSLOEWS on March 21, 2011 at 1:32 pm

A quick shot of this theatre and the Apollo can be seen in the movie,The Buddy Holly Story before the scene were Bubby and the Crickets performed at the Apollo.

TLSLOEWS on July 19, 2010 at 10:27 am

Nice photos Tinseltoes.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez 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.

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?

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.