Loew's New York Theatre and Roof

1514-1516 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Cimarron
Cimarron on March 31, 2014 at 6:58 pm

Upload of 1919’s ad of “The Heart Of Juanita”

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Marcus Loew was born on this date in 1870.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 27, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Relinking to see if there is anymore info.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Thanks Al great vintage photo.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on December 9, 2010 at 5:43 am

This photo used to be available to see here.

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New York Theatre & Annex should be an aka.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

In the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide, under N.Y. theaters, is listed the Olympia Theatre, Oscar Hammerstein, Mgr., Arthur Hammerstein, Business Mgr. Admission prices ranged from 50 cents to $1.50. The proscenium opening was 31 feet wide X 34 feeet high, and the stage was 34 feet deep. The auditorium was on the ground floor. The seating capacity is given as 1,850 but the breakdown does not add up: Orchestra 400, Balcony 150. Gallery 300, Boxes 78, total: 928. Under N.Y. Variety Theaters is listed the Olympia Music Hall, Oscar Hammerstein Mgr, Arthur Hammerstein Bus. Mgr. Ticket prices ranged from 50 cents to $1.50, with boxes priced at $3 to $10 each. The proscenium was 35.5 feet wide X 38 feet high, and the stage was 46 feet deep. The auditorium was on the ground floor. The seating capacity was given as 3,815 but the breakdown doesn’t add to that. Orchestra 509, Dress Circle 115, Balcony 191, Gallery 500, Boxes 120, total: 1,435. The Music Hall had so many boxes that they must have contained many more than 120 chairs. Both theaters are listed as being lit by electricity only, no gas.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 22, 2010 at 5:42 am

I am trying to follow in your theatre footsteps with cute quotes.I keep looking for LOEWS THEATRES you haven’t found,but doggone it you are on almost everyone i find.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm

TLSLOEWS, you have a nose for LOEWS.LOL.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm

Great old 1929 pictures, Loews Rooftop and Loews State right next to each other,interesting.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 27, 2008 at 7:17 am

Thanks. I originally inquired on this page just because both are situated in New York.
I guess it’s sheer coincidence that the Loew’s was built by the father of he who built Hammerstein’s Theatre to honor him. The latter now being the Ed Sullivan Theatre.

Also a coincidence that both theatre’s failed under the family ownership not long after opening. The second due to the depression.
They were apparently mere blocks away from each other geographically.
1516 for Loew’s, versus 1697 for Hammerstein’s.
Thanks for the info & link.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 26, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Thanks CWalczak, will do.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 26, 2008 at 3:49 pm

The EST was never apparently used as a movie theater. You might want to look at the entries for the EST on either Wikipedia or the Internet Broadway Database (IBDB) for its history (which is interesting). It would not be appropriate to post the details here.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 26, 2008 at 3:27 pm

What was the original name of what is now The Ed Sullivan Theatre where Letterman tapes out of?
Was it ever a movie theatre, and how is it listed on CT? Thanks.

jflundy
jflundy on August 4, 2008 at 12:33 pm

Really enjoyed the two new photo postings above. Those are really magnificent Warren !

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 1, 2008 at 9:50 am

There is a slight spelling error in the intro.

“The Olympia’s other playhouse, the LYRIC, was re-named Criterion.”

jflundy
jflundy on May 25, 2008 at 8:52 am

Here is a 1923 photo of the Times Sqaure area showing several theaters.
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johnfields
johnfields on April 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm

My great grandmother, Anna Schober Fields, appeared at the New York Theater as Mrs. Schultz in “Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch” on September 17, 1906.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 7, 2008 at 7:41 am

A wall sized mural photo of the Olympia complex including the signs for the New York and Vitagraph Theatres can be seen in the lobby of the Commerce Bank on 42nd street and 9th Avenue. The glass lobby allows for a 24 hour view and if you get close enough it feel like you are there.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on January 6, 2008 at 5:09 pm

The tower in the background behind the Putnam Building belongs to the Candler Building on W. 42nd Street. Great shot, J.F. Thanks for posting it here.

jflundy
jflundy on January 6, 2008 at 7:25 am

Hello Warren..
The photo is actually from a new section of Manhattan photos on the Brooklyn Pics web site. An excellent website.If you contact Brian Merlis at , you can buy prints of the various photos in his collection and he will probably be able to tell you his reason for his identification of location which is given as Times Square. He is a very competent person. It may be that the bill splashed at front of theater reflects recent acquisition before change of signage. The photo itself is marked Bway & 45th St in lower right corner. If you look to right of theater building you see a TARS trolley running on a street with no trolley wire.That means it is a conduit car and that places theater in Manhattan.

jflundy
jflundy on January 5, 2008 at 6:42 pm

An early Loew’s era photo can be seen here:
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spectrum
spectrum on September 30, 2007 at 2:44 pm

Craig Morrison’s “Theaters” book has a great street view of Hammerstein’s Olympia from Broadway. Quite an elaborate (and large) building!

Opened November 25, 1895, J. B. McElfatrick & Sons architects.

This was a somewhat different concept in entertainment — one ticket would provide access to the entire building which included a 3,815 sesat Music Hall, a 1,850 seat Theater (later called the criterion), a smaller concert hall, a refreshment area and a block-long glassed-in roof garden. Also planned were a rathskeller, an oriental cafe, a billiard parlor, a bowling alley and a turkish bath, but those were never built. Hammerstein was overly-ambitious in his plans and was bankrupt within a year, losing the Olympia to his creditors. But both he and the Olympia prospered for a number of years afterwards.

I do wonder at those seating figures stated above, given how much smaller the venues were when they were converted later (see above)

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on April 22, 2007 at 6:29 am

Warren, you just solved another mystery for me. I do show a Wonderland advertising in 1915 but no address.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 10, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Here’s a scan from a 1988 edition of the New York Daily News Sunday Magazine, which was devoted to the history and future of Times Square. This image is dated 1905 and looks south towards the New York Times Building with the New York Theater (at this point a legit playhouse) prominent on the left. From this angle, one can clearly see the glass shedding that had been constructed to enclose the rooftop garden to create the Jardin de Paris theater – as described by Warren in the introductory remarks at the top of this page.