Best Buy Theater

1515 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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KingBiscuits
KingBiscuits on August 9, 2008 at 9:56 am

I bet Night Of The Creeps would have kicked ass in a place like this (a 1980’s cult classic and the main inspiration of fellow cult hit Slither).

Aparofan
Aparofan on May 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm

Here’s a scan of a book I bought a few years ago with a bunch of Star Wars ticket stubs stapled to the front and back. A couple were from the Astor Plaza.

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 9, 2008 at 1:59 am

Justin: the Ziegfeld page was finally fixed today.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 8, 2008 at 8:00 pm

I agree. The last movie that did really well at this theater was Titanic, several years before Loews opened up the E-Walk. Back then, they had three theaters in Times Square, the E-Walk (now Regeal), the State (now being used for retail space), and of course the Astor. This is quite similiar to what Loews had when it opened and still manages the two Secaucus theaters located not to far from each other although they compete with just one theater down in North Bergen (run by Starplex, a small chain) and will soon close thanks in part to the new massive Xanadu theater. BTW, when will the Ziegfeld page be back up and running? I haven’t seen it at the top ten recently commented or updated theater pages!!!

markp
markp on May 8, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Wow! Did the quality of movies, for the most part, really tank in those last few years. Its no wonder it had to close.

owenspierre81
owenspierre81 on May 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm

I love that wonderful list, Michael. Thank you so much!
I can memorize that list pretty well.

Coate
Coate on May 8, 2008 at 9:21 am

ASTOR PLAZA
Part IV: The 2000s

Loews Cineplex: 2000-04

01.12.2000 … NEXT FRIDAY (7 weeks, SDDS)
03.01.2000 … 3 STRIKES (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
03.17.2000 … FINAL DESTINATION (7 weeks, SDDS)
05.05.2000 … GLADIATOR (8 weeks, SDDS)
06.28.2000 … THE PATRIOT (3 weeks, SDDS-8)
07.21.2000 … WHAT LIES BENEATH (9 weeks, SDDS)
09.22.2000 … THE EXORCIST (RE, “The Version You’ve Never Seen,” 5 weeks, SDDS)
10.27.2000 … BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.10.2000 … RED PLANET (5 weeks, SDDS)
12.15.2000 … GLADIATOR (RE, 1 week, SDDS)
12.22.2000 … CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (7 weeks, Dolby Digital)

02.09.2001 … HANNIBAL (6 weeks, SDDS)
03.23.2001 … TRAFFIC (MO, 4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04.20.2001 … CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
05.04.2001 … MEMENTO (MO, 5 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06.08.2001 … EVOLUTION (3 weeks, SDDS)
06.29.2001 … BABY BOY (5 weeks, SDDS)
08.03.2001 … APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX (RE, 10 weeks, Dolby Digital)
10.12.2001 … IRON MONKEY (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.02.2001 … BANDITS (MO, 3 weeks, SDDS)
11.23.2001 … TITANIC (RE, 1 week, format ?)
11.30.2001 … DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
12.14.2001 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (RE, 4 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)

01.11.2002 … APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX (RE, 2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
01.25.2002 … THE OTHERS (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
02.08.2002 … COLLATERAL DAMAGE (6 weeks, Dolby Digital)
03.22.2002 … BLADE II (4 weeks, SDDS)
04.19.2002 … THE SCORPION KING (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
05.03.2002 … SPIDER-MAN (4 weeks, SDDS-8)
05.31.2002 … THE SUM OF ALL FEARS (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06.28.2002 … MR. DEEDS (2 weeks, SDDS)
07.12.2002 … HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION (1 week, Dolby Digital)
07.19.2002 … K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
08.02.2002 … SIGNS (3 weeks, SDDS)
08.23.2002 … UNDISPUTED (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
09.06.2002 … CITY BY THE SEA (2 weeks, SDDS)
09.20.2002 … BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER (4 weeks, SDDS)
10.18.2002 … BLOODY SUNDAY (1 week, Dolby Digital)
10.25.2002 … JACKASS: THE MOVIE (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.08.2002 … 8 MILE (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.22.2002 … DIE ANOTHER DAY (4 weeks, SDDS)
12.18.2002 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (4 weeks, SDDS)

01.17.2003 … NATIONAL SECURITY (2 weeks, SDDS)
01.31.2003 … BIKER BOYZ (3 weeks, SDDS)
02.21.2003 … DARK BLUE (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
03.07.2003 … GANGS OF NEW YORK (MO, 3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
03.28.2003 … THE CORE (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04.11.2003 … ANGER MANAGEMENT (4 weeks, SDDS)
05.09.2003 … IDENTITY (MO, 2 weeks, SDDS)
05.23.2003 … BRUCE ALMIGHTY (6 weeks, Dolby Digital)
07.02.2003 … TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2 weeks, SDDS)
07.18.2003 … BAD BOYS II (3 weeks, SDDS-8)
08.08.2003 … S.W.A.T. (5 weeks, SDDS-8)
09.12.2003 … ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO (2 weeks, SDDS)
09.26.2003 … THE RUNDOWN (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
10.10.2003 … KILL BILL VOL. 1 (4 weeks, SDDS)
11.05.2003 … THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS (2 weeks, SDDS)
11.21.2003 … GOTHIKA (4 weeks, SDDS)
12.17.2003 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (6 weeks, SDDS)

01.30.2004 … YOU GOT SERVED (3 weeks, SDDS)
02.20.2004 … AGAINST THE ROPES (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
03.05.2004 … STARSKY & HUTCH (2 weeks, SDDS)
03.19.2004 … TAKING LIVES (2 weeks, SDDS)
04.02.2004 … HELLBOY (2 weeks, SDDS)
04.16.2004 … THE PUNISHER (3 weeks, SDDS)
05.07.2004 … VAN HELSING (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
05.19.2004 … SHREK 2 (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06.04.2004 … HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (4 weeks, SDDS)
06.30.2004 … SPIDER-MAN 2 (4 weeks, SDDS-8)
07.30.2004 … THE VILLAGE (3 days, SDDS)
08.02.2004 … theater closed

The principal reference was microfilm of The New York Times and Village Voice newspapers.

Coate
Coate on May 7, 2008 at 9:38 pm

ASTOR PLAZA
Part III: The 1990s

Loews: 1990-94
Sony: 1994-98
Loews Cineplex: 1998-99

01.12.1990 … INTERNAL AFFAIRS (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02.02.1990 … HEART CONDITION (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.02.1990 … THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (9 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
05.04.1990 … TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.08.1990 … ANOTHER 48 HRS. (9 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
08.10.1990 … THE TWO JAKES (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.31.1990 … THE LEMON SISTERS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.14.1990 … DEATH WARRANT (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.28.1990 … KING OF NEW YORK (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
10.26.1990 … GRAVEYARD SHIFT (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
11.16.1990 … ROCKY V (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
12.25.1990 … THE GODFATHER PART III (7 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

02.14.1991 … THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
03.22.1991 … TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.03.1991 … A RAGE IN HARLEM (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.07.1991 … CITY SLICKERS (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
07.12.1991 … BOYZ N THE HOOD (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
08.23.1991 … DEAD AGAIN (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.27.1991 … NECESSARY ROUGHNESS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.11.1991 … FRANKIE & JOHNNY (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.22.1991 … THE ADDAMS FAMILY (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

01.17.1992 … JUICE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02.14.1992 … WAYNE’S WORLD (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
03.27.1992 … LADYBUGS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.10.1992 … SLEEPWALKERS (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.05.1992 … PATRIOT GAMES (5 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.10.1992 … COOL WORLD (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
07.24.1992 … MO’ MONEY (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
08.28.1992 … PET SEMATARY TWO (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.09.1992 … 1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10.30.1992 … RAMPAGE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.13.1992 … BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (5 weeks, Dolby Digital)
12.18.1992 … LEAP OF FAITH (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

01.15.1993 … NOWHERE TO RUN (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
02.12.1993 … THE TEMP (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.12.1993 … FIRE IN THE SKY (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
04.07.1993 … INDECENT PROPOSAL (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.21.1993 … SLIVER (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
06.30.1993 … THE FIRM (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
08.27.1993 … NEEDFUL THINGS (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
09.17.1993 … STRIKING DISTANCE (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
11.05.1993 … FLESH AND BONE (2 weeks, DTS)
11.19.1993 … ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES (9 weeks, Dolby Digital)

01.21.1994 … INTERSECTION (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
02.18.1994 … BLUE CHIPS (4 weeks, DTS)
03.18.1994 … NAKED GUN 33 1/3: THE FINAL INSULT (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
04.22.1994 … BRAINSCAN (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.25.1994 … BEVERLY HILLS COP III (6 weeks, DTS)
07.06.1994 … FORREST GUMP (4 weeks, DTS)
08.03.1994 … CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER (8 weeks, DTS)
09.28.1994 … JASON’S LYRIC (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.28.1994 … DROP SQUAD (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.18.1994 … THE PROFESSIONAL (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.09.1994 … DROP ZONE (8 weeks, DTS)

02.03.1995 … IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (4 weeks, DTS)
03.03.1995 … THE MANGLER (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
03.17.1995 … CANDYMAN: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
03.31.1995 … TOMMY BOY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.19.1995 … NEW JERSEY DRIVE (2 weeks, DTS)
05.03.1995 … PANTHER (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
05.26.1995 … PANTHER / BAD BOYS (MO, 2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
06.09.1995 … CONGO (4 weeks, DTS)
07.07.1995 … SPECIES (4 weeks, DTS)
08.04.1995 … VIRTUOSITY (4 weeks, DTS)
09.01.1995 … THE PROPHECY (6 weeks, Ultra Stereo)
10.13.1995 … JADE (6 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.22.1995 … NICK OF TIME (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
12.15.1995 … SABRINA (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)

01.12.1996 … EYE FOR AN EYE (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
02.02.1996 … BLACK SHEEP (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
02.23.1996 … BLACK SHEEP / BRAVEHEART (RE, 1 week, Dolby Digital)
03.01.1996 … BRAVEHEART (RE, 1 week, Dolby Digital)
03.08.1996 … HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
04.03.1996 … PRIMAL FEAR (6 weeks, Dolby Digital)
05.17.1996 … HEAVEN’S PRISONERS (2 weeks, SDDS)
05.31.1996 … THE ARRIVAL (1 week, SDDS)
06.07.1996 … THE PHANTOM (2 weeks, DTS)
06.21.1996 … MISSION: IMPOSIBLE (MO, 5 weeks, Dolby Digital)
07.26.1996 … KINGPIN (2 weeks, DTS)
08.09.1996 … ESCAPE FROM L.A. (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
08.23.1996 … THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (3 weeks, SDDS)
09.13.1996 … theater closed (2 weeks)
09.27.1996 … 2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY (2 weeks, DTS)
10.11.1996 … THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS (6 weeks, DTS)
11.22.1996 … STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT (4 weeks, DTS)
12.20.1996 … SCREAM (6 weeks, Dolby Digital)

01.29.1997 … GRIDLOCK’D (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
02.21.1997 … BLOOD & WINE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.07.1997 … PRIVATE PARTS (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
03.21.1997 … THE GODFATHER (RE, 3 weeks, DTS)
04.11.1997 … ANACONDA (3 weeks, SDDS)
05.02.1997 … BREAKDOWN (7 weeks, Dolby Digital)
06.20.1997 … BATMAN & ROBIN (3 weeks, SDDS)
07.11.1997 … CONTACT (3 weeks, SDDS)
08.01.1997 … SPAWN (2 weeks, SDDS)
08.15.1997 … EVENT HORIZON (2 weeks, DTS)
08.27.1997 … HOODLUM (2 weeks, DTS)
09.12.1997 … THE GAME (3 weeks, DTS)
10.03.1997 … KISS THE GIRLS (2 weeks, Dolby Digital)
10.17.1997 … THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE (5 weeks, SDDS)
11.21.1997 … MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION (3 weeks, SDDS)
12.12.1997 … THE RAINMAKER (MO, 1 week, Dolby Digital)
12.19.1997 … TITANIC (15 weeks, 70mm-DTS)

04.03.1998 … LOST IN SPACE (3 weeks, SDDS)
04.24.1998 … THE BIG HIT (2 weeks, SDDS)
05.08.1998 … DEEP IMPACT (4 weeks, SDDS)
06.05.1998 … THE TRUMAN SHOW (5 weeks, DTS)
07.10.1998 … LETHAL WEAPON 4 (4 weeks, SDDS)
08.05.1998 … HALLOWEEN: H20 (1 week, Dolby Digital)
08.14.1998 … HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK (2 weeks, DTS)
08.28.1998 … 54 (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)
09.18.1998 … RUSH HOUR (4 weeks, SDDS)
10.16.1998 … PRACTICAL MAGIC (3 weeks, SDDS)
11.06.1998 … THE WIZARD OF OZ (RE, 2 weeks, SDDS)
11.20.1998 … CELEBRITY (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
12.11.1998 … STAR TREK: INSURRECTION (2 weeks, DTS)
12.25.1998 … THE FACULTY (3 weeks, Dolby Digital)

01.15.1999 … VIRUS (3 weeks, SDDS)
02.05.1999 … PAYBACK (5 weeks, DTS)
03.12.1999 … THE CORRUPTOR (3 weeks, SDDS)
03.31.1999 … THE MATRIX (5 weeks, SDDS)
05.07.1999 … THE MUMMY (6 weeks, SDDS)
06.18.1999 … THE GENERAL’S DAUGHTER (2 weeks, DTS)
06.30.1999 … WILD WILD WEST (2 weeks, SDDS)
07.16.1999 … EYES WIDE SHUT (2 weeks, SDDS)
07.30.1999 … RUNAWAY BRIDE (3 weeks, DTS)
08.20.1999 … MICKEY BLUE EYES (3 weeks, SDDS)
09.10.1999 … STIGMATA (2 weeks, DTS)
09.24.1999 … DOUBLE JEOPARDY (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
10.22.1999 … BRINGING OUT THE DEAD (4 weeks, Dolby Digital)
11.19.1999 … THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (3 weeks, DTS)
12.10.1999 … THE GREEN MILE (5 weeks, SDDS)

Bway
Bway on May 6, 2008 at 5:26 pm

It’s so true, they are out too fast. I wanted to see American Gangster in the theater last Dec, but by the time I got around to it, all the theaters didn’t have it anymore already!

markp
markp on May 6, 2008 at 5:17 pm

You got that right. Did you know the DVD’s are already made when the films are released? I laugh when everyone says Indy 4 is going to last ALL summer. I’ll bet it will be dead and out of gas by July 4th. Take that to the bank!!!

markp
markp on May 6, 2008 at 5:17 pm

You got that right. Did you know the DVD’s are already made when the films are released? I laugh when everyone says Indy 4 is going to last ALL summer. I’ll bet it will be dead and out of gas by July 4th. Take that to the bank!!!

AdamBomb1701
AdamBomb1701 on May 6, 2008 at 5:06 pm

These days, you’re lucky to get four weeks in a theater out of any movie, whether it’s playing at the local multiplex, or a major movie palace. DVD seems to count for more than a theatrical release nowadays.

markp
markp on April 17, 2008 at 3:22 am

Just by looking at these bookings, you could see how the movie business was changing in the 80’s. Pictures in the early 80’s were running 19, 20, 21 weeks or more, whereas in the late 80’s, the most you could get was 7 weeks. And you were lucky to get that.

Coate
Coate on April 17, 2008 at 3:14 am

ASTOR PLAZA
Part II: The 1980s

Not included in this filmography are test screenings, sneak-preview screenings, midnight screenings, film festivals, premieres and other private events. The dates represent the first day of commercial release, and, where known, the presentation format has been provided. (No format notation implies a 35mm presentation with monaural sound.)

The principal reference was archived microfilm of The New York Times, Village Voice and Variety.

Loews: 1980-89

RE = Re-Issue/Return Engagement
MO = Move-over (i.e. continuation of an engagement from another theater)

02.08.1980 … HERO AT LARGE (3 weeks)
02.29.1980 … AMERICAN GIGOLO (MO, 1 week, Dolby Stereo)
03.07.1980 … THE BLACK MARBLE (3 weeks)
03.28.1980 … SERIAL (5 weeks)
05.02.1980 … DEATH SHIP (MO, 1 week)
05.09.1980 … FRIDAY THE 13TH (2 weeks)
05.21.1980 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (20 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10.10.1980 … ORDINARY PEOPLE (9 weeks)
12.12.1980 … THE SHINING (RE, 2 weeks)
12.25.1980 … ALTERED STATES (14 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo & Megasound)

04.03.1981 … HOLY TERROR (2 weeks)
04.17.1981 … THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (MO, 1 week)
04.24.1981 … HEAVEN’S GATE (RE, 2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
05.08.1981 … SQUEEZE PLAY (1 week)
05.15.1981 … LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT / HOUSE ON THE LAKE (1 week)
05.22.1981 … THE FOUR SEASONS (3 weeks)
06.12.1981 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (23 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
11.20.1981 … TIME BANDITS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.04.1981 … REDS (14 weeks)

03.12.1982 … RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP (7 weeks)
04.30.1982 … WRONG IS RIGHT (3 weeks)
05.21.1982 … ANNIE (10 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.28.1982 … AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (20 weeks)
12.17.1982 … THE DARK CRYSTAL (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

02.11.1983 … LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER (6 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
03.25.1983 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (RE, 3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
04.15.1983 … FLASHDANCE (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.25.1983 … RETURN OF THE JEDI (21 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10.21.1983 … UNDER FIRE (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.23.1983 … TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (15 weeks)

03.09.1984 … THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.06.1984 … MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON (6 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.18.1984 … theater closed (1 week)
05.23.1984 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (19 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
10.05.1984 … TEACHERS (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
10.19.1984 … CRIMES OF PASSION (4 weeks)
11.16.1984 … JUST THE WAY YOU ARE (1 week)
11.23.1984 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (RE, 2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.07.1984 … 2010 (9 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

02.08.1985 … WITNESS (15 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.24.1985 … A VIEW TO A KILL (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.12.1985 … EXPLORERS (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
08.02.1985 … WEIRD SCIENCE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.16.1985 … YEAR OF THE DRAGON (6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09.27.1985 … THE STUFF (3 weeks)
10.18.1985 … CEASE FIRE (2 weeks)
11.01.1985 … TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.04.1985 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES (8 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

01.31.1986 … YOUNGBLOOD (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
02.14.1986 … OUT OF AFRICA (MO, 2 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
02.28.1986 … PRETTY IN PINK (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.26.1986 … THE MONEY PIT (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
04.18.1986 … LEGEND (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.16.1986 … TOP GUN (7 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
07.02.1986 … PSYCHO III (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.01.1986 … HOWARD THE DUCK (3 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
08.22.1986 … NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.26.1986 … “CROCODILE” DUNDEE (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.21.1986 … AN AMERICAN TAIL (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.19.1986 … PLATOON (18 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

04.24.1987 … EXTREME PREJUDICE (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.20.1987 … BEVERLY HILLS COP II (10 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.31.1987 … THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.28.1987 … HAMBURGER HILL (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.25.1987 … BEST SELLER (5 weeks)
10.30.1987 … FATAL BEAUTY (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.25.1987 … PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)

01.15.1988 … THE COUCH TRIP (3 weeks)
02.05.1988 … COP (3 weeks)
02.26.1988 … APPRENTICE TO MURDER (2 weeks)
03.11.1988 … VICE VERSA (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.01.1988 … BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY. (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.15.1988 … COLORS (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
05.13.1988 … FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (2 weeks, Ultra Stereo)
05.25.1988 … “CROCODILE” DUNDEE II (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
06.29.1988 … COMING TO AMERICA (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.19.1988 … A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.16.1988 … TOUGHER THAN LEATHER (2 weeks)
09.30.1988 … ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.04.1988 … U2: RATTLE AND HUM (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
11.23.1988 … SCROOGED (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

01.13.1989 … I’M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA (5 weeks, Ultra Stereo)
02.17.1989 … THE MIGHTY QUINN (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
03.03.1989 … FAREWELL TO THE KING (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
03.17.1989 … LEVIATHAN (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
04.07.1989 … MAJOR LEAGUE (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
04.21.1989 … PET SEMATARY (5 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
05.24.1989 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (7 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo SR)
07.14.1989 … LICENCE TO KILL (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)
08.11.1989 … A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
08.30.1989 … RELENTLESS (3 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
09.22.1989 … BLACK RAIN (6 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
11.03.1989 … STEPFATHER 2 (2 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
11.17.1989 … HARLEM NIGHTS (8 weeks, Dolby Stereo SR)

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on April 14, 2008 at 2:14 am

Why would the Loew’s Astor, a prime house in the heart of Times Square, be closed for 4 consecutive weeks in 1976 and another 3 in 1977? Equipment replacement is usually done in overnight hours. Even seat replacement, which we know wasn’t done, only takes 4, maybe 5 days on a house that size. And remodeling didn’t happen til the late ‘90s.

Coate
Coate on April 14, 2008 at 1:11 am

About a year ago on this page, Al Alvarez posted a list of the ASTOR PLAZA’s bookings. I appreciated the time, effort and intent Al put into the post, but I was left frustrated and short-changed by the end result.

So, with this posting, I’d like to present to Cinema Treasures readers a “new-and-improved” version of the theater’s bookings from the 1970s. The list is presented with my preferred layout & formatting. In addition, (1) release dates have been corrected, (2) bookings missing from the earlier posting have been identified and included, and (3) the duration of an engagement’s booking has been provided. And, for those with an interest in technology and the whole moviegoing experience thing (for which this theater was well-known), a notation for presentation format has been included.

ASTOR PLAZA
Part I: The 1970s

Compiled by Michael Coate

RE = Re-Issue/Return Engagement
MO = Move-over (i.e. continuation of an engagement from another theater)

06.26.1974 … FOR PETE’S SAKE (4 weeks)
07.24.1974 … DEATH WISH (17 weeks)
11.20.1974 … THE KLANSMAN (4 weeks)
12.18.1974 … MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (6 weeks)

01.29.1975 … YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (6 weeks)
03.12.1975 … ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (6 weeks)
04.23.1975 … TEN LITTLE INDIANS (4 weeks)
05.21.1975 … BREAKOUT (4 weeks)
06.18.1975 … ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH (9 weeks)
08.20.1975 … RUSSIAN ROULETTE (3 weeks)
09.10.1975 … MITCHELL! (1 week)
09.18.1975 … PAPILLON (RE, 1 week)
09.24.1975 … 3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR (12 weeks)
12.17.1975 … THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (9 weeks)

02.18.1976 … I WILL, I WILL…FOR NOW (2 weeks)
03.05.1976 … MAN FRIDAY (3 weeks)
03.24.1976 … GIVE ’EM HELL, HARRY! (RE, 1 week)
04.02.1976 … ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE / DELIVERANCE (RE, 1 week)
04.07.1976 … ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (11 weeks)
06.23.1976 … LOGAN’S RUN (7 weeks, 70mm-Stereo)
08.11.1976 … THE SHOOTIST (5 weeks)
09.17.1976 … theater closed (4 weeks)
10.13.1976 … PART 2 SOUNDER (1 week)
10.22.1976 … MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH (1 week)
10.29.1976 … THE OUTER SPACE CONNECTION (2 weeks)
11.12.1976 … TWO-MINUTE WARNING (4 weeks)
12.22.1976 … VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED (7 weeks)

02.09.1977 … THE CASSANDRA CROSSING (3 weeks)
03.04.1977 … TAXI DRIVER / OBSESSION (RE, 2 weeks)
03.18.1977 … THE JAWS OF DEATH (1 week)
03.25.1977 … THE EAGLE HAS LANDED (3 weeks)
04.13.1977 … ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (2 weeks)
04.29.1977 … THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN / THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER (RE, 1 week)
05.06.1977 … theater closed (3 weeks)
05.25.1977 … STAR WARS (61 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

07.28.1978 … ANIMAL HOUSE (10 weeks)
10.06.1978 … WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE? (3 weeks)
10.26.1978 … THE WIZ (7 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.15.1978 … SUPERMAN (16 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)

04.04.1979 … THE CHAMP (10 weeks)
06.15.1979 … PROPHECY (4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
07.13.1979 … THE WANDERERS (4 weeks)
08.10.1979 … MEATBALLS (1 week)
08.15.1979 … STAR WARS (RE, 4 weeks, 70mm-Dolby Stereo)
09.14.1979 … CITY ON FIRE! (1 week)
09.21.1979 … A TOUCH OF CLASS / I WILL, I WILL…FOR NOW (RE, 1 week)
09.28.1979 … A MAN, A WOMAN AND A BANK (1 week)
10.05.1979 … TOURIST TRAP (1 week)
10.12.1979 … THE GRATEFUL DEAD MOVIE (RE, 1 week, Stereo)
10.19.1979 … METEOR (3 weeks, Stereo)
11.09.1979 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (RE, 4 weeks, Dolby Stereo)
12.07.1979 … AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (MO, 2 weeks)
12.21.1979 … THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN (7 weeks)

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on January 12, 2008 at 6:15 pm

I agree with you. For the second time last year it was used as the backdrop for the Heisman trophy awards. For those who watch it on ESPN, most sports fans don’t know that this concert hall was once a movie theater. The only Loews 1 screener left is the one on 72nd street. Too bad the theater didn’t show the Star Wars prequels, leaving that job to the Ziegfeld. Next year marks the 35th anniversary of this theater and the 5th of it becoming a decent concert hall. BTW, what became of the Loews memorablia?

owenspierre81
owenspierre81 on January 12, 2008 at 1:45 am

LOEWS ASTOR PLAZA movie list from 2002 to 2004

2/8/02- Collateral Damage
3/22/02- Blade II
4/19/02- The Scorpion King
5/3/02- Spider-Man
5/31/02- The Sum of All Fears
6/28/02- Mr. Deeds
7/12/02- Halloween: Resurrection
7/19/02- K-19: The Widowmaker
8/2/02- Signs
9/6/02- City by the Sea
9/20/02- Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever
10/25/02- Jackass the Movie
11/8/02- 8 Mile
11/22/02- Die Another Day
12/18/02- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
1/17/03- National Security
2/21/03- Dark Blue
3/7/03- Gangs of New York
3/28/03- The Core
4/11/03- Anger Management
5/9/03- Identity
5/23/03- Bruce Almighty
7/2/03- Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
7/18/03- Bad Boys II
8/8/03- S.W.A.T.
9/12/03- Once Upon A Time In Mexico
9/26/03- The Rundown
10/10/03- Kill Bill Vol 1
11/5/03- The Matrix Revolutions
11/21/03- Gothika
12/17/03- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
1/30/04- You Got Served
2/20/04- Against the Ropes
3/5/04- Starsky & Hutch
3/19/04- Taking Lives
4/2/04- Hellboy
4/16/04- The Punisher
5/7/04- Van Helsing
5/21/04- Shrek 2
6/4/04- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
6/30/04- Spider-Man 2
7/30/04- The Village

This is one of the most wonderful movie theatres in NYC since the
Ziegfeld. Another favorite of mine. I’m so sad that it’s closed.

R.I.P. ASTOR PLAZA 1974-2004

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 22, 2007 at 4:32 am

Here’s a blurry image of the old Loew’s Astor Plaza marquee signage at night – from before the September 1996 renovations. This image is actually a screenshot from video shot by CT member Hollywood90038 on New Year’s Eve 1992.

Compare the bold red signage on the side panel depicted above (facing Times Square) to the subdued white lettering along the top edge of that same facing on the marquee in this 1999 view. In the 1999 version, the theatre’s name was most prominently displayed on the marquee’s front panel.

There was also a vertical blade high up on the 44th Street side of the building just off the corner of B'way that simply stated “Loews” in black letters against a white background. I can’t recall if that lasted to the very end.

JABilmes
JABilmes on July 11, 2007 at 4:10 am

And I can confirm the “Closed” notation in the above lists for September 1996. Loews did do a remodel then; I remember how thrilled I was with the new sound system when I saw Ghost in teh Darkness after it reopened.

JABilmes
JABilmes on July 11, 2007 at 4:01 am

May 17, 2005 post; sorry.

JABilmes
JABilmes on July 11, 2007 at 4:00 am

I’ve long thought it might be a nice idea to add a list of my Astor Plaza movies to the obituary I had done for the theatre (see May 25 2005 post for link thereto) so I totally appreciate the list of movies to have played the theatre. It just bums me that I couldn’t start attending regularly until 1986; how I’d have loved seeing some of the movies that played the joint in its earlier years. And getting back to the May 25 2005 comment on my obituary, I may be wrong on the block the RKO National was on, but the Roxy Deli at 47/B'Way still stands right beneath the grandfathered marquees for the entrance passage to the Movieland, and I’m near certain of that.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 17, 2007 at 6:57 am

Michael, these are compiled from different sources. The early dates are from Variety, the later dates from the New York Times. I do not live in NY and did not go to the library to do microfilm research. I have a history of it at home and just had to retype the older ones.

These are playdate weeks and not always actual opening dates. I can check back on individual dates for specific features but I find the process mostly meaningless and here is why.

Films often preview for days before opening and screen extensively at other venues, so an actual opening date is no guarantee you saw it there. About 90% of movies since the 70’s opened on Fridays and exceptions are easily checked on Proquest.

The purpose of my original research was for booking patterns of theatres, not the historical opening dates of movies.

Coate
Coate on May 16, 2007 at 10:59 pm

And why aren’t they exact dates??? Am I correct that you used microfilm of New York City area newspapers (The New York Times, Village Voice, etc.) to do the research? With all the time it would take to transport oneself to a library, request/retrieve the microfilm, thread up the microfilm reader, etc., why wouldn’t the researcher spend just an extra moment securing the exact start date for the film? In most cases, the exact starting date could be found on the same roll of microfilm as the incorrectly cited date.

Al, I’m not trying to poo-poo your work (quite the contrary, as I enjoy these types of historical lists and wish there were more of them), but I really don’t understand your approach or your lame responses to my questions.

I find it [sarcasm on] amazing [sarcasm off] that, for instance, you would know and cite in a subsequent post the exact start date for “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return Of The Jedi,” yet would still identify them with an incorrect date on your list just because the incorrect date fell on a Friday or whatever date you chose to cite at that point in your research.

Take a look at this list I put together for the NATIONAL in Los Angeles for an example of one approach to these types of lists. (Scroll to my first of two posts made on May 14, 2007.) And, yes, the dates given are exact (barring an error on my part) regardless of which day of the week a given film opened.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 16, 2007 at 10:17 am

Actually, that’s not true. EMPIRE opened on the 21st, but these are not exact dates.