PlayStation Theater

1515 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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William on August 11, 2004 at 7:51 am

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 on August 11, 2004 at 7:30 am

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

theatrefan on August 11, 2004 at 6:40 am


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 on August 11, 2004 at 5:53 am

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 on August 10, 2004 at 2:35 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 on August 10, 2004 at 2:04 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 on August 10, 2004 at 1:36 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 on August 10, 2004 at 1:25 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 on August 10, 2004 at 1:13 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 on August 10, 2004 at 12:57 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 on August 10, 2004 at 12:10 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 on August 10, 2004 at 12:00 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 on August 10, 2004 at 11:35 am

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 on August 7, 2004 at 2:14 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 on August 5, 2004 at 12:31 pm

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

mhvbear on August 5, 2004 at 11:44 am

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

mhvbear on August 5, 2004 at 11:43 am

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.

StephenJohansen on August 5, 2004 at 9:11 am

The screen at Radio City Music Hall which still is tucked above the procenium in front of the gridiron is the record at 70'

theatrefan on August 5, 2004 at 8:08 am

No, it was when the Astor Plaza closed. The largest is the Loews auditorium in Loews Lincoln Square at 62.5' The second biggest are all 62' and are as follows: Loews Kips Bay Auditorium 10, Loews Ewalk, Auditoriums 12 & 13. The Ziegfeld was the sixth largest at 52'. The magazine I am getting this info from does not say which ones are 3 & 4, but one of them has to be in the AMC Empire 25 and falls between 61' & 62'

Keep in mind that the Lincoln Square opened in 1994, Kips Bay & Ewalk in 1999 and the Empire in 2000, so before all these theatres were around the Astor Plaza was the biggest in NY.

VincentParisi on August 5, 2004 at 7:14 am

Do you mean when the theater opened? And could you give us the top 4?

theatrefan on August 5, 2004 at 6:31 am

The Loews Astor Plaza movie screen at 61' was the fifth biggest in New York City.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 3, 2004 at 1:56 pm

Longest run at the Astor Plaza: “Star Wars” – 65 weeks in 1977-78. “Grease” was supposed to open here but it had to change to the Loew’s State because of the ongoing popularity of “Star Wars”.

SethLewis on August 3, 2004 at 1:41 pm

Now that the Astor Plaza is sadly no more, can someone at Cinema Treasures please edit this page – separating out the true comments about the theatre…and the memories…shifting the gossip and the asides about 70mm to another page…This theatre deserves a concise updated history – key pictures opening here, long runs, and links to relevant news articles (maybe even some NY Times bits from the trouble pre-history as the Reade and then the opening as the Astor Plaza.


Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 3, 2004 at 1:24 pm

You can also get to the Lafayette by bus (Short Line) from Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan:

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theatrefan on August 3, 2004 at 12:15 pm

Can’t wait to see this place in Sept. I’m sure it will be nothing short of spectacular.