AMC Loews 84th Street 6

2310 Broadway,
New York, NY 10024

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The Loews 84th Street sixplex opened on March 15, 1985. Designed by architectural firm of Held & Rubin, it was built as the replacement of Thomas Lamb’s 83rd Street Theatre which occupied the southern half of the same block-front next door. It was the first phase of a condominium development on the block. Loews did not want to lose the location, so the developer built it in complicated exchange for the 83rd Street theatre site. The developer also retained the air-rights over the new theatre.

Upon completion of the new theatre, the new sixplex and old quad operated simultaneously for a brief time, then the quad closed and the developer took possession. After the quad was demolished, the condominium building was built on its site and on top of the new 84th Street sixplex, since he had retained the air-rights. Looking at it today it appears to be one building, but it is actually two separate buildings, and Loews owns its building.

The original interior was a hideous gold-and-brown color-scheme with foil ceiling panels and fluorescent lighting in the lobby areas, with a gold-with-brown-spots carpet that always reminded me of leopard-skins. The auditoriums were unremarkable. It was redecorated in about 1991 with gray wall covering, blue and red carpet and pearl-gray ceiling panels. The auditoriums had blue and red soundfold draperies on the upper walls with a gray carpet “wainscoting” on the lower walls. Odd prism type wall sconces were also added, and the ceilings were painted black.

In 1995 the original Griggs push-back seats were replaced with new Irwin rocking chair seats.

In 1996, the lobby areas were redecorated again, this time as an “audition” for the Rockwell Group, an architectural firm that has since done the ‘theme’ designs for many of newly-built Loews plexes. The two and a half story entrance main lobby was the focus of the design, with the fluorescent lighting thrown out and replaced with a lot of cove lighting and stage-type lighting in many colors. Stylized cutouts of various New York City landmarks, the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, the Guggenheim Museum, the (late) World Trade Center, Grand Central Terminal and even the marquee of Radio City Music Hall were installed on the side walls. The lighting was on computerized dimmers and simulated dawn-day-dusk-night scenes. The carpet was predominately red, with a deco style cartoon. The ceiling was painted dark-blue. The focal point of the room, however, was a giant popcorn bucket and soda cups standing on a pylon on the center of the room above the concession stand. The basketball-size popcorn kernels jumped up and down on hydraulic stems with strobe lights flashing underneath them to simulate popping.

In 1997, the marquee was re-done. The plain anodized aluminum was covered with stainless steel, and the fluorescent zip-change letter panels replaced with a red LED digital attraction panel. Red outlining neon and large red “Loews” letters and spotlight logo were also added.

Recently, the carpet has been changed to a blue carpet with a black deco-style cartoon. The red LED digital attraction panel has also been replaced with a 256 color 24 x 216 pixel display that does all kinds of tricks.

At one time, the Loews 84th Street was the highest grossing movie theatre in the country. It was the highest grossing theatre in NYC until the Loews Lincoln Square opened in late-1994.

Theatres 1, 2 and 3 on the upper level have capacities of 314, 436 and 439 respectively, and theatres 4, 5, and 6 on the lower level have capacities of 292, 475 and 429, giving a total of 2,385 seats. It was renovated in 2013 when recliner seating was installed, halving the seating capacity to 1,192

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theatrefan on August 12, 2015 at 5:50 am

Sad the got rid of the David Rockwell designed concession stand in the AMC redo in 2013. I believe the stand was originally one of the first to feature a gigantic popcorn tub above the stand when it was redone in 1996, each popcorn kernel was as big as a basketball. Also AMC got rid of the color LED Daktronics Marquee sign advertising the films showing, instead we have the AMC logo on a yellow metal background, so much for progress.

Movieholic on September 16, 2015 at 1:33 pm

I haven’t been to this theater in about twenty five years but want to return. Most of the movies I saw here were when I was in high school. List below.

Good Morning Vietnam Major League Lock Up A Dry White Season Black Rain Johnny Handsome Next of Kin Look Who’s Talking Harlem Nights We’re No Angels Driving Miss Daisy Internal Affairs Flashback The First Power The Handmaid’s Tale Crazy People Tales from the Darkside: The Movie Q & A Arachnophobia The Freshman Air America My Blue Heaven

Movieholic on November 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Two more movies I saw here that I forgot to mention: Blue Steel & Pretty Woman. The next time I’m in New York I’ll have to come back. Most of the NYC theaters I visited back in the day are, sadly, long gone.

moviebuff82 on March 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm

The Michael Kay Show on the YES Network and ESPN Radio 98.7 FM mentioned this theater alongside other New York City theaters that the radio hosts have went to recently. Last year marked 30 years since this theater opened, during which for a time the parent company of the theater sold the theater business to TriStar which in turn had some of its movies being shown there alongside Columbia movies well into the late 1980s when Tristar was bought by its sister company and Coke sold CPE to Sony, which in turn put in one of the first SDDS units in the theater for the launch of Last Action Hero which was a fluke.

theatrefan on December 1, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Thanks moviebuff82!!!

theatrefan on December 2, 2016 at 3:13 am

Opening Announcement-Boxoffice Magazine Theatre Construction Roundup July 1985

Loew’s Circuit recently opened their Loews 84th Street Six in New York.

The state-of-the-art theatre has a computer controlled air-conditioning system and a message center which hangs under the marquee.

Two electronic mini marquees in the lobby direct patrons to the proper auditioriums.

The theatre is equipped with 70mm and all of the auditoriums have Dolby stereo and JBL speaker systems. A huge 25 X 80 mural is the focal point of the lobby, along with a giant circular refreshment center with eight serving stations.

As in all the Loews theatres, each auditorium has a different color theme.

mharmon999 on June 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm

I remember on 8/18/85, I got home from sleep away camp from being away for 7 weeks and couldn’t wait to get back to see a movie at the theater. I had my parents take me straight to the theater from the camp pick up site. The movie I saw in this night was Summer Rental with John Candy!

mharmon999 on June 18, 2017 at 8:35 pm

It was Thanksgiving Day weekend 1992 that I was home from Florida from college for the weekend. The movie I saw that weekend was Disney’s Aladdin!

mharmon999 on June 18, 2017 at 8:41 pm

I remember when Back to the Future played there for almost 5 months in 1985. Not often now in 2017 that a movie plays at a theater for that length of time.

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