Loew's State Theatre

1540 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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kencmcintyre on June 12, 2009 at 7:53 pm

There was a taxi strike, apparently.

bazookadave on June 12, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Wow, I wish the streets were that empty all the time! Must have been taken on a Sunday morning.

kencmcintyre on June 12, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Here is a 1949 photo from Life magazine:

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm

But I’d take that look in a heartbeat if it meant having a movie theater in Times Square once more. It’s still hard to believe there isn’t one left in the entire Square.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 10, 2009 at 1:14 am

You’re welcome, Kieran. I’m proud to say I saw 70mm Cinerama there, once: “Krakatoa East of Java” in 1969. Sure wish it was “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World”, though.

Kieranx on March 10, 2009 at 1:04 am

Thanks, Bill. Appreciate it.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on March 10, 2009 at 1:00 am

It’s listed under its original name, the Strand:


Kieranx on March 10, 2009 at 12:43 am

William (or someone)– can you tell me what the RKO Warner Twin is listed under on this website? I tried RKO, I tried Warner… can’t seem to find it. Thanks.

Kieranx on March 9, 2009 at 11:42 pm

It was the Warner Twin, then. Thanks!!

Kieranx on March 9, 2009 at 11:42 pm

It was the Warner Twin, then. Thanks!!

William on March 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome opened on July 10th, 1985.
RKO Century’s Warner Twin In Times Square in 70MM
Loew’s 84th Street Six in 70MM
Cinema 5’s Beekman in 70MM
Cinema 5’s Murray Hill in 70MM

Kieranx on March 9, 2009 at 11:06 pm

This is random, but does anyone know if Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome played at this theater in the summer of 1985? I was going to summer school in Manhattan (up from Florida) and we used to go to the movies after we got out school for the day. The only two movies I saw in TS were Mad Max and Fright Night. Cannot remember where Fright Night was but it was surrounded by a bunch of porn theaters around 47-49th streets, but I have a feeling Mad Max may have been at the State. If anyone knows if it played there, I’d appreciate it.

RickStattler on February 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm

On March 26, Swann Auction Galleries will be selling the original design for the neon sign built to advertise the Ben Hur premiere at the Loew’s State in 1959. I thought you might be interested in this image on the Swann site:
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Roloff on November 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm

Here’s a look at an old postcard from 1963 with the Loew’s (still) playing MUTINY AT THE BOUNTY: View link

markp on November 13, 2008 at 3:58 am

I agree with Rory, this place should have NEVER been split. My greatest memory of this place was just before it was twinned. I was on a school trip to see “Doctor Doolittle” with Rex Harrison, and our school was seated in the balcony. What a grand place that was. And to dave-bronx, I think they may refer to it as a ‘cross-section’, but I’m not sure.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on November 12, 2008 at 10:26 pm

One of my clearest memories of Loew’s State 2, aside from the movies I saw there, were the enormous tassels they had on the show curtain. Those tassels were bigger than today’s average multiplex theater :)

dave-bronx™ on November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm

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

Rory on November 12, 2008 at 4:34 pm

It was a sin it got split!

markp on November 12, 2008 at 4:32 pm

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 3:57 pm

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 3:53 pm

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 22, 2008 at 12:31 am

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

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