Loew's Lexington Theatre

571 Lexington Avenue,
New York, NY 10022

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Loew's Lexington Theatre exterior

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Contributed by William Gabel

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 6, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Here’s a new link to a vintage exterior that shows the long, narrow entrance/lobby that connected to the auditorium:
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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 15, 2008 at 6:18 pm

Here is a 1916 ad for the Lexington operating as the Biltmore.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 21, 2008 at 3:24 am

Here is an excerpt from a NYT article dated 8/28/59:

The 70-year-old manager of Loew’s Lexington Theatre at 571 Lexington Avenue was pistol-whipped with a revolver and robbed of $1850 last night, police reported today.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 21, 2008 at 3:34 am

Crime in NYC? I’m shocked to hear that. Luckily the manager survived.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 16, 2009 at 2:37 am

Free preview from the NY Times March 5, 1927

MOVIE FIRE ROUTS AUDIENCE OF 2,500; Loew’s Lexington Theatre Is Quickly Emptied During Blaze in Radio Room.

Loew’s Lexington Theatre, at 571 Lexington Avenue, between Fiftieth and Fifty-first Streets, one of the largest motion picture theatres on the east side, was emptied of more than 2,500 patrons, many of them women and children, at 5:30 o'clock last evening when a fire started on the second floor of the building and smoke drifted into the auditorium.

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on November 1, 2009 at 1:18 am

Loew’s Lexington closed on April 3, 1960.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 8, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Nice old picture, first time I have heard of this theatre.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Hammerstein never sold this theatre to his friend Marcus Loew.

Hammerstein’s theatre was foreclosed in 1915. In January 1916 it was leased to a sponsor who changed the policy to movies and renamed it the Biltmore with hopes of becoming the east side version of the Broadway Strand. It was a short-lived experiment.

After much deliberation the bank auctioned it off in March, 1918. The buyer, Manhattan Life Insurance, promptly resold it a month later. The theatre changed hands again several times until Marcus Loew took it over in late 1923 and put movies back in, four years after Hammerstein’s death.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on May 31, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I corrected the view to show the current hotel on the ground site. What happened to the introduction contributed by William Gabel? Status of Loew’s Lexington Theatre should be changed from “Closed” to “Demolished.”

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on December 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

More than a year later, I’m raising the same question. What happened to the introduction? The Lexington was one of the most important of all the Loew’s neighborhood theatres in Manhattan, and also drew patronage from nearby sections of Queens.

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