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1515 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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William
William on January 8, 2005 at 9:55 pm

The Astor Plaza Theatre will be renamed the Nokia Theatre when it reopens again. The construction around the boarded up marquee states the new name.

br91975
br91975 on December 15, 2004 at 1:28 am

When the Astor Plaza reopens as a concert venue, its seating capacity will be expanded to approximately 2200.

moviebluedog
moviebluedog on October 9, 2004 at 11:55 pm

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todorov
todorov on September 7, 2004 at 5:30 pm

A shame — I liked it much better than the Ziegfeld — bigger screen, better sight lines.

I saw Star Wars there, the Matrix on openning night, and many, many other films, especially during the early ‘80s. Last film? LOTR:ROTK for sure and after that???

Sad, sad, sad… The best theater now in NY: The Walter Reade — if they evr close that, I’m moving.

Ted

bamtino
bamtino on August 14, 2004 at 8:04 pm

At the time of its closing, the Astor had 1427 seats.

YMike
YMike on August 11, 2004 at 4:37 pm

I saw Return of The Jedi at the 86th st. before it was demolished. Was this theatre similer to the 83rd st. Loews that was replaced by the 84th st. one?

William
William on August 11, 2004 at 4:20 pm

I think they see $$$ signs, because with the Biltmore Theatre reopening and restored for Broadway. I really think they are waiting for some major name retail store to go into it. One problem I see is that building the theatre is located in is not a full building over the theatre. If you stand across the street near 48th Street and look over you can see the building is shaped like a backwards L and the theatre is in the rest of the missing part. So that building could be an easy building to be razed because of the theatre. So they could make a small tower type building on the site. The past operators of the theatre let the theatre go and its more like a old worn grind house than a former Roadshow house.
If our company had redid the theatre it was to feature a State of the Art projection booth. See that’s my part in this project with the company. I handle projection services for them and their clients.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 11, 2004 at 4:02 pm

William
You would think that they would come down in the rent considering the building has been vacant for many years. Obviously these building owners in NYC have nothing but greed on their minds.

William
William on August 11, 2004 at 3:51 pm

The company that has the Mayfair/DeMille up for lease wants over a million dollars in rent a year for the theatre. Our company looked into leasing it about two years ago. So it could be turned into a motion picture screening theatre. Like the DGA, Motion Picture Academy, WGA type theatres. With the cost of the rent and the theatre is not in that great of shape right now. The past operators of the theatre let major problem go without repairing them in a timely fashion.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 11, 2004 at 3:30 pm

Theaterfan
There are still a few theaters of the old Sameric chain that are still operating. United Artists did close most of them.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on August 11, 2004 at 2:40 pm

rhett,

I can scan the photo, where would I post it to? Do they let you do that on this site? I hope something gets done with the Mayfair/Demille, its been empty for a very long time and its mostly intact inside.

umbaba
umbaba on August 11, 2004 at 1:53 pm

I was to the Astor the other day…took pics with The Village marquee, as well as exterior and shots of the corridor on the side with the Astor signs.I will post pics when the site upgrades it’s “add photo” link…does anyone know how to do it from the comment section? I can post that way…

RE: the “Scene” mag. I’d love to see pics from the Astor hosting Funny Lady. Can you scan and post? BTW…I also took pics of the Embassy formerly Mayfair/DeMille on 7th and 47th. The marquee is there (nothing on it) and you can still see the exterior of what the theater was in it’s heyday…must’ve beeen something.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on August 10, 2004 at 10:35 pm

I remember Eric’s Place, It’s now been converted to retail. UA bought out the Sam Eric chain in the late 80’s I think. I wonder if there are any former Sam Eric theatres still operating?

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 10, 2004 at 10:04 pm

When I was in Phila in June of 2000, there was another theater closed by UA, Eric’s Place that was for sale or lease. It was originally a Trans Lux theater. The Midtown thetaer was closed by AMC, but is now a legit theater caleed the Prince Arts.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on August 10, 2004 at 9:36 pm

Yes, I went to see movies there when it was the Sam Eric Quad, gosh UA really ran that place into the ground. Believe me if this can happen in other cities like the Loew’s Jersey in Jersey City and the Opera House in Boston it can happen in Philly. I believe that the Boyd is the only real surviving movie palace still left in Center City.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 10, 2004 at 9:25 pm

I am originally from Phila and there is a fight now to save the only theater left in center city the Sameric/Boyd. UA closed it a few years ago and Clear Channel is supposed to turn it into a legit theater if enough funds can be raised. The same thing happened to the theaters in Atlantic City. When the casino’s, came down went the theates. Most were torn down and parking lots were made. The last year that most were in operation were 1973.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on August 10, 2004 at 9:13 pm

Land values being what they are in Midtown Manhattan, there really was no way to save these theatres, also lets remember the preservation movement had yet to be started, they wanted to tear down Grand Central and replace it with an ugly office building as well. Other Cties have seemed to save at least one former palace and use it for preforming arts centers, I wish New York had been able to, well at least we have Radio City.

William
William on August 10, 2004 at 8:57 pm

Like what Theatrefan said “The land they were sitting on had much more value than the actual building”.

Thats why theatres in this city like the Roxy, Rivoli, Capital, Warner, Paramount were all razed or as in the case of the Paramount gutted for office use. They were just built too big for movie exhibition of today.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on August 10, 2004 at 8:10 pm

Hi Mikeoaklandpark,
Yes the original Loew’s Orpheum was knocked down to make way for an apartment bulding with modern cinemas uderneath. The 3rd Avenue entrance to the theatre is gone. Since this theatre has opened they have redone the lobby, because the ticket booth area used to be outside. The inside of this theatre is like the other Loews of this era ala the 84th St, Village 7, and 19th Street East. The one unique feature is the marquee is sort of a throwback to the old fashioned ones of yesterday, it had a curved hump in the front.
Unfortunately like all other theatres the land they were sitting on had much more value than the actual building.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on August 10, 2004 at 8:00 pm

Hey TheaterFan. I was only in the Orpheum one time in 1982 to see Annie. Did they totally knock down the theater and rebuild it to make it 7 theaters? When I lived in NYC, it was 2 theaters. The balcony theater had it’s enterance on 3rd ave and at one point was called Loews Cine.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on August 10, 2004 at 7:35 pm

There is a magazine called “Scene” being give out at Loews theatres to celebrate the chain’s centenial 1904-2004. As soon as you open the front cover there is a picture of the Astor Plaza hosting the premiere for Funny Lady from 1975. I got my issue at the Loews Orpheum yesterday, you might want to check for it at your local Loews theatre. It also contains an interesting article and photos that chronicle the last 100 years of the Loews Theatre Chain.

Theatrefan
Theatrefan on August 7, 2004 at 10:14 am

I went by the Astor Plaza last night, everything that Loews could salvage they took, as you look into the lobby, all of the Poster Cases that used to hang on the walls are gone, all that remains is their outline on the wall and wires dangling loose. The boxoffice ticketing system and microphone are gone, as is the schedule for what the movie and showtimes are. The marquee still has the Village sign on it, but it is dark. It’s a sad sight indeed! If anyone wants a outdoor shot of the theatre now is the time to take it.

Also you might want to check this article out from Fridays Daily News:
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William
William on August 5, 2004 at 8:31 pm

That would be placed under Special Venue type theatres. Even if they show 35mm film sometimes.

mhvbear
mhvbear on August 5, 2004 at 7:44 pm

The largest screen screen in NYC I would have thought woule be the IMAX at the Loew’s Lincoln Square.

mhvbear
mhvbear on August 5, 2004 at 7:43 pm

The two largest auditoriums at the AMC Empire 25 are Theatres 1 & 6. I was told by the manager that the screens were the same size but not the size of them.