Loew's State Theatre

1540 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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NYer on September 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

The late great Joan Rivers hustling opening weekend, making personal appearances for her directorial debut ‘Rabbit Test" in photo section.

rivoli157 on March 18, 2014 at 9:48 pm

new photo- Loews State 1&2 during engagement of OLIVER! and CASTLE KEEP. 1969

gd14lawn on October 20, 2013 at 1:41 am

Before and after pictures from the 1959 renovation.


BobbyS on February 10, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Tinseltoes, your Boxoffice magazine is such a joy to read. Thanks.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Reserved seat engagements were so common in 1968 that here’s an advance order form for a movie before its theater had even been booked. It wound up being the opening attraction at Loew’s State 2.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 5, 2012 at 5:04 am

The original Loew’s State became nothing but rubble and dust in 1987. The newly built, subterranean State, to which you refer, has its own page right here. That latter theater opened nearly 10 years after the original’s demolition – and bore absolutely no resemblance to its earlier, more famous incarnation.

SeaBassTian on September 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I actually began to return to State when it became a second-run house under Virgin Mega Store. That was the opposite experience, always spookily quiet. I caught quite a few discount shows there though the price kept increasing. The Weather Man was probably my last visit.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

With that beautiful shot of the revamped auditorium, I try to picture myself in there watching the premiere attraction of Some Like it Hot.

Must have been an unforgettable experiencce..

BobbyS on September 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I didn’t care what the audience did or did not do. There is nothing like seeing a major motion picture in a major movie palace. A first-run movie at Radio City Music Hall with a stage show/organ and all the hoopla can never be equaled, ever……

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

SeaBassTian… audience participation is precisely what brought me back to the theaters of Times Square time and again – that and the cheap admissions. Of course, I was a teen at the time. I’ve grown much more conservative in my expectations for movie-going etiquette as the years have passed.

BobbyS on September 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

You always send the most interesting items..Thanks. Just before being sold, Loews always ran an ad in the NYTimes telling the features playing in their theaters.

SeaBassTian on September 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm

By the time, I had the displeasure of finding about this theater in ‘87, it was already in decline. Granted, the film was The Blob but the audience was under impression that participation was required with hisses, boos, etc. I think I avoided all Times Square theaters after that.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I think the “grand staircase” photo on the right is actually of the Loew’s Capitol and not the Loew’s State, as captioned. Nevertheless, an absorbing read, indeed.

BobbyS on July 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

That explains it. What was the Cinemiracle fiasco? Sorta Todd-Ao like?

BobbyS on July 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Tinseltoes, As I said before, this is one great publication you found. Enjoyed reading. Didn’t realize the Roxy continued to put on complete stage shows in the last year of its life.

markp on July 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Thank you Vito. Its how I was trained by my dad. Yes we all did have fun in the booths, and we have memories that no one today will ever have. I did good at City Center and it really wasnt bad. My back however had other ideas. Its been pretty good the past 3 or so years, but I never know when it will go out again. Im glad I had the pleasure to work with you for all those years. Take care.

Vito on July 12, 2012 at 8:34 am

Hey Mark, It’s a sad story I have heard over and over this past year but I thought NA handled the transition well giving all the boys plenty of notice time. I have a hard time accepting the death of film which was a big part of my life for so many years. We sure had fun in the booth did we not, that Amboy booth was quite the adventure. After hiring you for the position at City Center my worries in the booth(s) disappeared you handled it so well. I don’t know if you remember what I said to you after interviewing you for the projection job at City Center, I asked one of the managers to take you on a tour of the four projection booths and said to you “after you see what you are getting yourself into and still want the job it’s yours.” I marveled at how clean and organized you kept those projection rooms and how well you handled moving those prints from booth to booth which was no easy task. Best of luck to you.

markp on July 12, 2012 at 7:25 am

Hi Vito. Hope all is well. Its Mark P. from the old Amboys and City Center. I just lost my job a month ago to digital. 36 years in the booth, along with the 55 my departed dad did isnt too bad I guess. Take care.

Vito on July 12, 2012 at 2:08 am

Your welcome Bill, I enjoy recalling the good ole days of projection from the 50s when we experenced so many new toys to play with. It seemed every year we had some new improved and fun way to project movies.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on July 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

Hey Vito! Good to hear from you again. Thanks to you and BobbyS for replying to my question.

Vito on July 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

Many theatres In 1954 projected GWTW through a 1.66:1 plate, with the cropping occuring at the bottom of the 1.37:1 frame so as not to cut off any heads. Some action scenes with important action occuring in the bottom portion of the frame were cropped at the top of the image and re-centered

BobbyS on July 11, 2012 at 8:36 am

That is excatly what they did to show GWTW in wide-screen. Also was a little choppy if I recall. Ted Turner really restored it beautifully in the 1990’s with the orginal 4:3 ratio and gorgous restored color.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on July 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

Does that say “Gone With the Wind” was being shown on a “Wide-Vision Screen”? Did they just crop off the top and bottom of the image to make it appear wide? A friend of mine owned a ‘50s-vintage print of “Fantasia”, and that’s what was done to that film.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 11, 2012 at 7:01 am

The Rivoli closed for summer due to lack of product.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 11, 2012 at 6:53 am

I wonder what the story was over at the Rivoli Theatre that week, as its name is conspicuously absent from the list of averages given on that page.