Loew's Yorkville Theatre

157 E. 86th Street,
New York, NY 10028

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 24, 2017 at 1:38 pm

The Schwarzer Adler was the Grande. Was there a second Schwarzer Adler in the forties?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 24, 2017 at 7:52 am

A fairly detailed history of the Yorkville Theatre can be found here It confirms TonyV’s claim that there was no theater in this building in the 1940s and later. The Yorkville closed for good in 1928.

Loew’s 86th Street, as Tony notes, was across from the Orpheum. Its address was 162 E. 86th, and a description of its organ, installed when Loew took over in 1916, can be found on this web page.

TonyV
TonyV on March 24, 2017 at 3:57 am

I lived at 150 East 86th St. That is between Lexington and 3rd Avenue on the South side of the Street. The picture above was directly across the street from my window and was not the site of a movie theater at leat from the 1940’s onward. Just to the right of it (East) was an Automat Restaurant, then the Linden Bar and then Loew’s Orpheum theater. There were three movie theaters on the 86th Street block between Lexington and 3rd. To the East of my apartment house was the Grande Theater, an independent located at 160 East 86th St. Directly East of it was Loew’s 86th Street theater. It was not on the corner of 3rd Avenue. Directly across the street was the Loew’s Orpheum. It was larger and had vaudeville in its day. It received films after they left Broadway for the first run in the neighborhood. The Loew’s 86th Street played them a few weeks later. The Grande played films later still. There was also the RKO 86th St a bit West of Lexington on the North side. Finally there was the Schwarzer Adler theater East of 3rd Avenue on the South side. It played German language films and was quite inconspicuous as it had no marquee. Sorry for the length but I hope this clears up the apparent confusion about the location of the all the 86th Strete theaters at least in the forties and fifties. I lived on that block for 18 years directly across the street from the pictured building which is still there (2016) My apartment house is replaced by a giant hi-rise.

mailmanmike54
mailmanmike54 on November 16, 2013 at 3:47 am

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 19, 2013 at 4:37 am

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
spectrum on April 11, 2012 at 9:46 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
TLSLOEWS on May 1, 2010 at 8:00 pm

Thanks AlAlvarez.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 22, 2010 at 7:03 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 7:20 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 15, 2009 at 3:31 am

It was on 86th street and what cross street?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 15, 2009 at 2:40 am

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 15, 2009 at 1:24 am

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 15, 2009 at 1:01 am

Whats the Loew down on the missing Loews??

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

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

Could that be the missing Loews?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 7, 2009 at 2:54 am

Just checked this link it worked.Thanks Lost Memory.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 7, 2009 at 1:56 am

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

TonyV
TonyV on June 12, 2009 at 6:47 am

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 8:34 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 7:44 pm

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 6:59 pm

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 5:05 pm

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

bazookadave
bazookadave on November 7, 2005 at 6:05 pm

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
jeffg718 on July 27, 2005 at 1:22 am

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
jeffg718 on July 26, 2005 at 8:27 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.