PlayStation Theater

1515 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Bway
Bway on November 15, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Ed, in reference to “using the most recent name” is a decision that was made for consistency. Many theaters had several names, and sometimes it’s latest name is it’s most popular. Sometimes, it’s old name was the most popular, sometimes some name it had in the middle. For consistency’s sake, they chose to title theaters by their most recent name. For every theater that may have suffered by having it’s “most recent name” as the current heading name, there are others that benefited from it. It makes sense for consistency, and otherwise subjective things would have to be used to title a theater.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 15, 2011 at 10:35 am

When I first started working in the movie theatre industry in 1974 it was very clear. Legit use was ‘theater’ and cinema use was ‘theatre’, even in cases where the same company owned both types of venues. Whether there was a stage or never a consideration.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on November 15, 2011 at 9:01 am

I have always been told that a place with a stage and fly loft was a ‘theater’ A cinema without staging capabilities was a ‘theatre’.

robboehm
robboehm on November 15, 2011 at 7:13 am

Ed, you’ll notice that the aka portion of this theatre lists it as Astor Plaza, not Loews. You’ll find a lot of inconsistencies on how the theatres were set up. There are some Century’s listed with the Century, some without. But the aka ability does give you the best crack at something which is listed by it’s most recent name.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on November 15, 2011 at 1:23 am

It’s primarily a concert venue.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on November 15, 2011 at 12:47 am

I agree with LuisV that the theaters here should be posted by their most famoius name. When I put Loews Ator Plaza in the search engine, it came back as “theater not found”. What I’m not understanding about the Best Buy is: is it a theater, a club, or a concert venue?

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on March 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm

In these type of venues the source of the unique ‘aroma’ is the carpeting – a combination of spilled beer, barf and far too frequent applications of carpet shampoo that isn’t allowed to dry before spilling more beer and barf on it.

Bway
Bway on March 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I haven’t been there since it first reopened as the Nokia Theater shortly after it closed as the Astor Plaza. Too bad, as it was nice back then, but then again it was pretty new yet when I was there. Now it sounds like a typical club with sticky floors.

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on March 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I saw two concerts there this weekend. They have turned this place into kind of a dump. It smelled bad and everything was sticky.

DylanAsh
DylanAsh on March 15, 2011 at 9:52 am

This was my favorite place to see a movie in NYC. I really miss it.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 23, 2010 at 2:40 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
LuisV on December 23, 2010 at 1:13 pm

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
gd14lawn on December 23, 2010 at 2:12 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
Bway on September 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Till the next corporate name change!

William
William on September 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm

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

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on September 7, 2010 at 2:08 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
William on August 31, 2010 at 5:56 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 7:02 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 9:40 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 1:50 pm

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 6:05 pm

Another one time Loews House, interesting.

Bway
Bway on July 28, 2010 at 5:25 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 28, 2010 at 12:05 am

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 12:46 pm

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 9:57 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.