Loew's State Theatre

1540 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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dave-bronx™ on November 12, 2008 at 9:09 am

I think Warrens blue drawing is what architects call a ‘section-through’.

Rory on November 12, 2008 at 8:34 am

It was a sin it got split!

markp on November 12, 2008 at 8:32 am

Blue, red, whatever. I always find both Warren G’s and Lost Memories posts fascinating. The point here is, and always will be, that it was a SIN that this place was ever demolished in the first place. And that goes double for the Capitol.

Rory on November 12, 2008 at 7:57 am

I remember going to see “Beneath the Planet of the Apes” at the Loew’s in June 1970 when I was ten years old. I also recall it was the upstairs auditorium — I remember the climb — and that “Beneath” was at Loew’s State 2, so that means State 1 was the lower, I guess. I would have thought it was the other way around.

edblank on November 12, 2008 at 7:53 am

Fascinating illustration, Warren.

And a footnote on earlier postings: It’s interesting that when Loew’s State was twinned and reopened with two roadshow family musicals, “Oliver” went into State 1 and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” into 2.

“Oliver” was a conspicuously better movie in every respect and yet it went into the auditorium that was slightly smaller in capacity and significantly less impressive in ambiance and decor.

Maybe Loew’s anticipated the quicker fade of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and decided that the smaller auditorium would be a better fit for a long run of “Oliver.” Newer releases then would have the benefit of the extra seating upstairs.

CelluloidHero2 on September 21, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Here’s a photo of the Loew’s Stat 1 & @ taken in 1976

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markp on September 11, 2008 at 9:46 am

You are right Al, a new quad did sound great. Only problem was it was done all wrong.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 11, 2008 at 8:07 am

It barely lasted 14 years, but at the time a state-of the-art quad in Times Square sounded pretty good. I remember Richard Branson trying to get it away from Loews in order to launch his Virgin Cinemas in the states.

markp on September 11, 2008 at 7:34 am

Whats an even bigger waste is the fact that they tore down a grand old palace (even after twinning) for something that barely lasted 20 years total. And after the 4-plex opened, all it accomplished was insulting the great name “Loews State”.

BobT on September 11, 2008 at 6:01 am

Who ever thought that knocking this treasure down and replacing it with a four screen complex and retail space hopefully is gainfully unemployed. Not only has the four-plex closed years ago, now it’s announced the giant Virgin Megastore is closing early 2009. It was ridiculous having the theaters threes stories down inside the Megastore with virtually no marquee, just a thin zipper type LED sign, hidden among the glitz of the Megastore signage to alert movies goers to what was playing. Who knows what is going to take the space, it is huge but there are no movie theaters in Times Square proper and that really should be unacceptable. What a waste.

RobertR on August 22, 2008 at 7:17 am

Yes but it was reborn as one of the citys great roadshow houses.

edblank on May 27, 2008 at 9:28 pm

First visited here for “Somebody Up There Likes Me.” When I saw “Love Story” for the first time here, I think I went in with a bit of an “OK, show me” attitude. Gotta admit: It got to me.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 21, 2008 at 4:25 am

Or ROBBY, from “Forbidden Planet”. As far as I’m concerned, he’s tied with Gort (“The Day the Earth Stood Still”) for Best Movie Robot.

dave-bronx™ on May 20, 2008 at 3:15 pm

I know what it means, Warren, but when somebody says ‘robot’ most of us over a certain age think of Rosie from The Jetsons, or that thing on Lost in Space (DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!) or R2D2.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 20, 2008 at 1:59 pm

The concept of robot-controlled air conditioning just sounds so cool, ‘50’s style. I hope the new Indiana Jones movie, which takes place in 1957, has some of that same kind of '50’s feel.

dave-bronx™ on May 20, 2008 at 9:13 am

The 3/59 ad for ‘Some Like It Hot’ linked above is touting the remodeled Loew’s State. The small print at the bottom of the ad states, “New ‘Easy Chair’ Orchestra Lounger Seats Properly Spaced * New Multi-Channel HI-FI Stereo Sound * New Screen Magic * New Robot-Controlled All Weather Air Conditioning”. That last point brings to mind images of Rosie, the maid from ‘The Jetsons’, rolling down the aisle and adjusting the thermostat :–)

kencmcintyre on March 22, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Here is a March 1959 ad from the NYT:

paghat on November 1, 2007 at 6:44 pm

Minor correction to the commentary that mentioned the Three Smoothies as “probably a tap group.” They were a singing trio consisting of brothers Little Ryan and Charlie Ryan, plus Arlene “Babs” Johnson. And they were very milquetoast.

-paghat the ratgirl

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 10, 2007 at 8:07 am

Warren… Howard and others here are merely interested in providing the sort of informative and comprehensive introductory description that this great and storied theatre deserves at the top of this page. Information about performances and movie premieres are some of the details they’d like to recap and include in an effort to update and improve that introduction.

Howard… the revision you submitted is a vast improvement over the inadequate blurb that had been in place previously. Many thanks for that and for your continued efforts to provide an even better introduction!

HowardBHaas on October 9, 2007 at 2:36 pm

Thanks, Ed. Unless there’s any any objections (remember, I’m a lawyer), that issue is settled. Eventually, a correction will be made to the Introduction, but let’s wait a while and see if other nuggets turn up like major vaudeville stars who appeared at the Loew’s State, and WOLRD premieres of major 35mm films.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 9, 2007 at 2:20 pm

The original State closed as a twin. A NY Times “Going Out” feature (a precursor to the weekend guide currently featured in the Friday paper) dated February 19th, 1987, makes note of the theatre’s closing (on that very day) and confirms that it was a “twin” at the time. The final attractions were Richard Pryor’s “Critical Condition” in State 1 and Eddie Murphy’s “The Golden Child” in State 2. Admission price: $6 bucks.

William on October 9, 2007 at 12:13 pm

Howard, Thanks, just read the Warren’s post again. It was twinned when it closed. They didn’t make it a tri-plex or a Quad?

Warren can you give us more information on this “more sub-dividing”.

HowardBHaas on October 9, 2007 at 11:32 am

Warren’s post of Feb 3, 2004 said the theater was more sub-divided.