PlayStation Theater

1515 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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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 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™ 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™ 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 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 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 on March 15, 2011 at 9:52 am

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

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 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 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 on September 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Till the next corporate name change!

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 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 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 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 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 on August 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Another one time Loews House, interesting.

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™ 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 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 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.

ErikH on July 26, 2010 at 9:09 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 4:08 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.