Loew's Yorkville Theatre

157 East 86th Street,
New York, NY 10028

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mailmanmike54 on November 15, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Years ago in a book i found a admission ticket to the Yorkville Theatre dated feb 11 1922 , price for ticket was $1.10

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Ruth Crosby Dimmick’s 1913 book Our Theatres To-day and Yesterday says that the Yorkville Theatre was built in 1902 and was operated by the Shuberts for a while until being taken over my Marcus Loew and reopened as a movie and variety theater on October 1, 1909.

spectrum on April 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm

From the Google aerial and street views, it looks like the entire building is still standing; merely converted to retail. Upper floors look vacant. Maybe the upper part of the auditorium is unaltered??

TLSLOEWS on May 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Thanks AlAlvarez.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm

As far as I can tell, the Yorkville ran German operettas and legit shows after the Loews days, but not movies.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm

It was directly across the street from the other two Loews, between Third and Lexington.

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 14, 2009 at 7:31 pm

It was on 86th street and what cross street?

TLSLOEWS on December 14, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Whats the problem it was on or at the corner of 86th. Street?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm

The Loew’s 86th Street Theatre is not listed on CT because no one seems to know exactly where it was.

TLSLOEWS on December 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Whats the Loew down on the missing Loews??

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 10, 2009 at 2:33 pm

The 1941 Film Daily Yearbook has an 86th Street theatre at 121 East 86th Street.

Could that be the missing Loews?

TLSLOEWS on November 6, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Just checked this link it worked.Thanks Lost Memory.

TLSLOEWS on November 6, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Tried all the photo links today none of them work. Too bad..interesting reading though.

TonyV on June 11, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I lived at 150 E 86th St from 1944 to 1958. There were three theatres on the block between Lexington and Third Ave. The Loew’s Orpheum was on the North side, the Loew’s 86th St was on the South side and next to it to the west was the Grande (86th St Grande). Next to the Orpheum to the West was the Linden Bar and next to it was the Automat. Is there any way of restoring some of the broken links to photos?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 18, 2007 at 12:34 pm

Warren, your photo link is missing the sign for an 86th Street theatre on the north side of the street. I thought that was your point (?)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 18, 2007 at 11:44 am

Gents, this page from the book NEW YORK THEN AND NOW might help.

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on July 18, 2007 at 10:59 am

The American Motion Picture Directory 1914-1915 edition lists:

86th Street Theatre, 162 E. 86th Street

Loew’s Yorkville Theatre, 157 E. 86th Street
Winter Garden Theatre, 158-160 E. 86th Street
Yorkville Casino Theatre, 210 E. 86th Street

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 2, 2006 at 9:05 am

The part of town is confusing enough but I found yet another Yorkville on 96th and Third playing German films in 1933-1934.

bazookadave on November 7, 2005 at 10:05 am

Wow, now that 1975 image is the 86th street I remember as a kid. I grew up in Yorkville, 1962-76 then moved to Roosevelt Island.

I just took these pics of one of the buildings there on the left in the 1975 photo. Was this once a theatre? it looks like it might have been once. It seems to have received a facelift, and looks very clean and new. Is it the Yorkville? I apologize, for some reason I am getting confused about the theatres of East 86th Street, there are several listings and some of them refer to each other, etc.

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jeffg718 on July 26, 2005 at 5:22 pm

Warren, as I mentioned in my comment, I believe that the Loew’s sign is attached to the theatre behind the Garden. Here is a later, less clear photo of the two theatres in the background (bottom photo).
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Here the Loew’s sign appears to be in the theatre to the left of the Garden/Grande.

jeffg718 on July 26, 2005 at 12:27 pm

Here is a photo of the 86th St. Garden Theatre (second from the top). View link This proves Warren’s theory that the name of Grande Theatre was fabricated from Garden. I recall that the full name of the Grande theatre was the 86th St. Grande. Behind the Garden is another theatre with a Loew’s sign. I believe that this was Loew’s 86th St., later known as Brandt’s 86th St., and possibly at one time know as Brandt’s Loew’s.

EMarkisch on July 13, 2005 at 9:53 am

Help….I too remember two theaters on East 86th Street that were very close to or on a southeast corner of 86th Street. I do not recall the avenue, but it may have been either Lexington or Third. The two marquees were on 86th Street right next to each other and one, if I recall correctly, was shaped like a semicircle. Went there twice in the late 50’s for double features of “Rebel Without A Cause” & “East of Eden” and “Forever Amber” & “Drums Along The Mohawk”. The latter two Technicolor originals reissued in “glorious” black and white. The name “Grande” kind of rings a bell.

Can anyone help “jffg718” and me with this one. ? ?

jeffg718 on July 13, 2005 at 9:23 am

Wasn’t there another theatre know as Loew’s 86th Street that was across the street? I think that, as a young child, I went there. I think that was the one that was taken over by the Brandt chain. I vaguely recall it being called Brandt’s Loews. Next to it, or very close to it, was another movie theatre, I believe, called the Grande, which showed British films.