Best Buy Theater

1515 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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jays
jays on March 13, 2004 at 7:20 am

Hey I’ve got great news. well not that this theatre’s got a reprieve but that there is a site that has extrordinary photos of this cinema about six or seven of them maybe ten a couple of exterior shots and a load of interior shots of those enormous red curtains and that huge screen behind it. they have some shots with the curtains closed and some with them open at different angles I don’t know which ones to post. They also have some photos of the interiors and exteriors of the Zigfield including shots of the projection room, the Beekman interior and exterior they also have shots of the interiors of the Loew’s Kings and Jersey and the Stanley. the site was at silver screens. those pictures of the Astor Plaza important seeing as how it’s about to meet it’s doom.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on February 3, 2004 at 8:15 am

I wonder if — shudder to think — the Ziegfeld isn’t too far off. :(

RobertR
RobertR on February 3, 2004 at 7:30 am

Another one bites the dust but I am not suprised, Loews is getting like UA taking viable theatres running them into the ground and selling them for other uses. The Elmwood, The Trylon, Oriental, Smithhaven Mall, The Walt Whitman and now The Astor Plaza and The State.

William
William on February 2, 2004 at 3:27 pm

The information came from the company that has a contract for servicing of Projection equipment for the Loew’s company in the city. And most of the tenants on the ground floor at the 1515 Viacom building closed and moved out as of last week. Also the Loew’s State Theatre (4plex) in the Virgin Megastore is going tobe dropped too. My office is just down the street and in the last week a lot of things have changed in that building. Because Viacom has MTV and Comedy Central, they want some more high profile studio space in Times Square.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on February 2, 2004 at 12:03 pm

William — can you tell us where you heard this news?

William
William on February 2, 2004 at 10:20 am

Times Square will be lossing another theatre later this year, when Loew’s Astor Plaza Theatre closes. Plans call for the theatre to be turned into MTV studio space.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on November 7, 2003 at 10:01 pm

I saw one of the opening movies at this theatre “For Petes Sake” in 1974.Times Square at this time still had Loews State Twin, Cinerama and Penthouse,Criterion,Rivoli,Embassy,National, and the DeMille theatres. Its a shame that NYC did not save one of there Motion Picture Palaces in Times Sqaure. I know there are few theatres in the area that showed movies but they have been legitimate theatres for most of there lives. I think the studios should preserve both the Astor Plaza and Ziegfeld for premieres and other industry events.brucec

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 7, 2003 at 11:08 pm

If the big exclusive celebrity-studded premier of the latest blockbuster doesn’t happen at the Ziegfield on West 54th street, it happens here at the Astor Plaza. A great huge house, with a rising mezzanine area at the reat of the auditorium (rather than a true balcony vaulted over the orchestra — similar to the Ziegfield in this respect). Not as lush as the Ziegfield, with a very modern and spare unadorned space, but top notch sound and projection and a real movie-theater feel due to the vastness inside.

Located just off Broadway on West 44th Street in the heart of the legitimate Theater District. Not counting the 40 screens on 42nd Street (between the AMC Empire and Loews EWalk theaters), the Astor Plaza and the new (and also subterranean Sony State 4 plex) are the only movie screens left in Times Square proper.

richarddziadzio
richarddziadzio on May 28, 2002 at 12:58 pm

I believe when theatre was built,they also had noise and vibration problems from the Broadway IRT subway line in the theatre rear. The projection booth is located very close to the tracks.

SethLewis
SethLewis on February 17, 2002 at 12:18 am

With the Ziegfeld, Manhattan’s last true single screen movie palace. Long escalators down to a basement lobby and concession area, 1500+ seats, 70mm screen, Manhattan’s first Dolby sound system. Also the first Manhattan theater with a video game area perfect for the PacMan years. Built as the Reade theatre in 1971, it did not open due to union problems and was sold to Loews who opened it in 1973 with Death Wish or For Pete’s Sake as the opening attraction. Due to its location it never did the exclusive attractions the Ziegfeld did but nevertheless is still a great place to see a movie STAR WARS, COLORS, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN.

A frightening concept is that studios are daring to open a picture like Gladiator at the Ziegfeld and the Astor Plaza at the same time. Broadway must retain a theater like this!