Loew's Victoria Theatre

233 West 125th Street,
New York, NY 10027

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br91975 on April 23, 2004 at 7:54 pm

Just to clarify a bit on the Victoria/MovieCenter – the original auditorium (or at least the original space occupied by the Victoria) was divided into five auditoriums, not six. (The still-existant frontage on the theatre’s marquee bears this out.) After having been closed for about a year and having been rechristened as the Victoria – albeit as the Victoria 5 – it reopened in the fall of 1992 (with one of its initial offerings being the film ‘South Central’). The new management offered up a policy of first-run films for about a year – while, at some point during that time, ceasing to program the Victoria as a fiveplex and instead as a quad – until closing up shop about a year later (and after months-plus runs of ‘Malcolm X’ – relatively logical – and, somewhat quizzically, ‘The Firm’). For the next couple of years, more ethnically-based films (such as ‘Sankofa’) were programmed into the Victoria, on only one or two screens at a time, until the theatre closed once again. Since then, except for possibly sporadic events, the Victoria has been closed, waiting for a savior – and perhaps a stronger economy as well, at which point perhaps the management of the Apollo will revisit the merger plans which were being discussed a few years ago.

RobertR on February 25, 2004 at 8:46 am

The hack up was done by the people that for a short time had that multiplex on 42 street right?

Orlando on February 25, 2004 at 8:33 am

Loew’s Victoria survived until 1975 or there abouts and when Loew’s departed the theatre closed. Brandt’s never operated this one. Most of the theatre survives with four boxes on the main floor and the balcony split in half (if my memory serves me correctly). The second level retains a lounge area with an oval ceiling of a painted goddess whose hand is reaching out, almost a 3-D effect. I was on the same tour as Warren and snapped a picture of the goddess before I heard someone downstairs bellow that no photographs were allowed. It would be nice if this jewel was polished and incorporated into the Apollo Theatre plan, but it will take a lot of money. The makeover from the Victoria to the Harlem Six was a hack job and that’s why it lasted a short while. I am assuming that because of the area, those owners felt any conversion was better than no movies at all. They were wrong and that’s why Magic Johnson’s Harlem Multiplex is doing well.

RobertR on February 25, 2004 at 8:18 am

I think the multip-plexing was a cheap one? That would help in not ruining too much of the original theatre. What condition was the place in? Is downstairs all one large auditorium?

WilliamMcQuade on March 20, 2002 at 10:58 am

Believe it started out as Loew’s 125 th Street and again architect was Thomas lamb

William on October 7, 2001 at 11:22 am

The Victoria is located on 125th Street next to the Apollo theatre.