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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Hyford
Hyford on February 11, 2008 at 11:48 am

Oscar Hammertein, the builder, was the grandfather of the lyricist, Oscar Hammertein II.

Hyford
Hyford on February 11, 2008 at 12:00 pm

It was Hammerstein’s intention of presenting American opera in his new theatre since his contract which he entered into in 1910 with The Met (in which they gave him $10 million) forbidding him from presenting classical opera in America for ten years. (He had been their major competition at his Manhattan Opera House on West 34th Street opposite Penna Station).
The only show is was able to present at the Lexington was Irving Berlin’s “Yip, Yip, Yaphank.”

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 6, 2008 at 9:57 am

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 10:18 am

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

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 20, 2008 at 7:24 pm

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.

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on October 31, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Loew’s Lexington closed on April 3, 1960.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 8, 2009 at 11:27 am

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

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 6, 2010 at 8:56 am

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 1:44 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 7:03 am

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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