Loews Festival Theatre

6 W. 57th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 19, 2004 at 6:42 am

In late 1991 the proprietors of the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts were close to finalizing a deal that would have allowed them to program the Festival Theatre on 57th Street as a repertory house. This plan, though reported in a Boston Globe article as imminent, would fall through.

br91975 on March 13, 2004 at 8:24 pm

A location of the Club Monaco apparel chain currently occupies the former Festival Cinema space.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 13, 2004 at 12:28 pm

The Festival was known only as the Festival after opening in the early 60’s. It was where Fellini’s 8 ½ premiered in New York. I remember seeing Vittorio Gassman in THE EASY LIFE (IL SORPASSO) there in 1962 at a matinee. $1.50!

SethLewis on February 23, 2004 at 4:40 am

The Festival was the Festival…Joe Levine’s theatre was the Lincoln Art near 7th Avenue…This was a Walter Reade theatre as far as I can remember back into the mid 60s until Loews took it in the 80s…Always tought to program I remember a mix of art, 1st and 2nd run stuff here including James Bond double bills, La Grande Vadrouille my favourite French comedy ever and Ten From Your Show of Shows…In the 80s I saw Au Revoir Les Enfants and The Navigator here

mhvbear on February 19, 2004 at 10:19 am

Wasn’t this also called the 57th Street Playhouse for a while. It functioned as a move over theater for the Cinema 1 – ‘The Last Emperor’ in 70mm and they also showed Stop Making Sense and Laurie Anderson’s Home of the Brave. I remember that this theater had one of the first digital sound sysytem in NYC.