Loew's State Theatre

1540 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

While I generally prefer the elaborately over-decorated palaces of the teens and twenties, I’m mesmerized by the streamlined rehab of the State as pictured above. I can just imagine the well-dressed crowds arriving for the premiere engagement of Some Like It Hot and I’m so damned jealous and regretful that the golden era is long over.

ChasSmith on October 20, 2011 at 7:30 am

I’m no expert on finding these things myself, but here’s a link that was posted earlier in this thread:


Go there and scroll way down for David’s post.

And by the way, David, thank you for a delightful read!

Davidgreene5 on October 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Just a footnote: I really miss Loews State. The thought that I will probably never again see such brilliant movie presentations as one could once see there is a sad comment on theaters in our present age.

Davidgreene5 on October 19, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Well, this guy asked for it, so I posted it on the “Happy 50th Ben Hur ” blog page. I am not going to clutter this site up with TWO posts of the same voluminous document. It’s on that page now. I hope you enjoy the thing. Whew!

AGRoura on October 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I want to read it, damm it, just stop the nonsense and POST IT, PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What is the F problem? POST IT DAMM IT.

Davidgreene5 on October 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Sorry for the holdup. (Although I posted this same message last night, it strangely vanished.) I was attempting to post a link to the article about “Ben Hur” at Loews State. As I do not have a web site, this was not possible. Here is an email address: If anyone is interested in checking it out, contact me at that address and I will send you a copy in reply. I had a terrible struggle with a balky word-processing app., or this would have been completed days ago. So sorry for the delay and any resulting aggravation to site members.

ChasSmith on October 16, 2011 at 7:55 am

David, we look forward to reading your memories about “Ben-Hur” whenever and wherever you post them. Thanks!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 16, 2011 at 7:46 am

The old theatres had tons of obstructed view seats that were rarely used but made the house nut higher for film rental purposes. Many multiplexes do that to this day.

Once the house was adapted for roadshow use they expected to sell 100% at each performance so most seats were larger and positions were at least adequate.

BobbyS on October 16, 2011 at 7:42 am

Davidgreene5, You take your time until you are ready to post. Loew’s State isn’t going anywhere. AGRoura must be having a persoanl crisis……

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 16, 2011 at 6:42 am

I would wager that a good portion of the original seating count was lost with the modernization that occurred in 1958. The pic at the top, markp, is of the remodeled auditorium. The seat count at the very top is based on the original 1921 configuration. It’s likely that even more seats were lost when the auditorium was divided in the late 1960’s.

markp on October 15, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I’ve never been good at math, but 1172 and 1214 sure dont add up to 3327. Looking at that beautiful photo on the intro and reading the intro, a lot of seats must have been lost, presumably downstairs. I went to this theatre when I was in 2nd grade to see “Doctor Doolittle” I remember our school group was upstairs.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

One can easily remove his own post if he wishes to reconsiders his remarks. I recommend it.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 15, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Hey AGRoura… why don’t you read the rules about posting that are listed just below. Maybe it is you who should get out of CT! David, please pay no mind to these rude and offensive comments. Things can get heated in these pages from time to time and I’ve gone at it with some people here myself. But I can’t recall another post that has made me angrier and embarrassed at a fellow CT member than the one above. Post your comments in whatever form you feel best and whenever you feel you’re ready. Many of us still look forward to reading them.

AGRoura on October 15, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Reconsidering… Don' t post it. I could not care less what your probably stupid impression of the Ben Hur premiere is. F.. you idiot.

AGRoura on October 15, 2011 at 8:36 pm

No offense intended Davidgreene, but do we have to crawl on our knees for you to post the damm comment on Ben Hur? Get a life! Post it or just get the hell out of CT.

BobbyS on October 15, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Me too, please please post……..

AGRoura on October 15, 2011 at 10:01 am

Agree with Ed, please post.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 15, 2011 at 7:56 am

Seems to me that would make for an excellent “blog” entry, which, once posted, you could link to from a comment here. Still… I don’t believe there is a limit on the length of individual comments – I’ve seen some rather lengthy ones. And the memory would very much relate to this page. I look forward to reading it, in whatever form it winds up taking!

Davidgreene5 on October 14, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Tonight, I completed a long-contemplated written account of the unforgettable experience of the first-run presentation of “Ben Hur” at Loews State Theater in New York. As the wondrous nature of this experience resulted from a host of fine details which all contributed to the whole impact, my account is really lengthy. I have endeavored to contact a Cinema Treasures site administrator for advice as to whether to proceed with posting such a thing. On the advice of a member identifying himself as “Coate”, I will probably place this on the “Happy 50th, "Ben Hur” page if there is no substantial objection to my proceeding with this.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 11, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I found it interesting that the marquee wasn’t going to have traditional changeable letters but would get a new special for each attraction. I remember when it was a twin, each side of the marquee had its own custom display but eventually they played movies for which they wouldn’t or couldn’t make a special display and it was back to the red letters on a white background.

Davidgreene5 on October 11, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I was delighted to read this article; although I was sure that the seat upholstery fabric was primarily gold colored. This was a half-century ago, so I could well be wrong. I am sure that, when I complete and post my recollection of the first-run experience of “Ben Hur” at Loews State, someone is going to dispute some of the details which I recall. Such is life, and the limitations of human memory.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 11, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Here is a more thorough article in Boxoffice.


Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Saps, I either never copied it or lost the remainder of that article.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Al where’s page 17? (And I love the no-nonsense delivery of the old Variety!)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

David, here is a snipet from Variety regarding the re-opening for “SOME LIKE IT HOT” earlier that year.

I don’t have the whole article but it might give you some ideas.