Loew's 72nd Street Theatre
180 E. 72nd Street,
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The Loew’s 72nd Street Theatre was one of the few Atmospheric style theatres architect Thomas Lamb ever designed (in collaboration with John Eberson). Coming at the end of the picture palace boom, the Loew’s 72nd Street Theatre shared some similar touches with other Loew’s palaces but its style and heart were all its own. It was opened on February 20, 1932 with Marie Dressler in “Emma”.
Sadly, the 72nd Street Theatre only lasted 29 years and closed on December 31, 1960 with “The World of Suzie Wong”. In early-1961 the theatre was razed to build an uninspiring apartment building. This jewel of the Upper East Side was gone forever and in its place, Loews built one of many basement theatres in New York City.
An unadorned and much smaller descendent of the intricately designed, palatial 72nd Street Theatre, the newer theatre was also a single screen house.
Today, there’s no hint that on this block one of the great movie palace treasures of all time once sat here.
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