Loew's New York Theatre and Roof

1514-1516 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Cimarron on April 1, 2014 at 2:58 am

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

Tinseltoes on August 15, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Loew’s New York Roof auditorium described in the right column of this page from a 1916 trade journal: archive

Tinseltoes on June 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Status needs to be changed from “Closed” to “Demolished.”

TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Marcus Loew was born on this date in 1870.

TLSLOEWS on March 28, 2011 at 2:27 am

Relinking to see if there is anymore info.

TLSLOEWS on December 30, 2010 at 12:14 am

Thanks Al great vintage photo.

AlAlvarez on December 9, 2010 at 1:43 pm

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 7:13 pm

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 1:42 pm

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 22, 2010 at 4:27 am

TLSLOEWS, you have a nose for LOEWS.LOL.

TLSLOEWS on December 9, 2009 at 11:39 pm

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 27, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Oscar Hammerstein was a great showman and visionary, but he had no business sense and went bust with every theatre he built. Hammerstein’s Theatre was built as a posthumous memorial by his son Arthur, but also turned into a fiasco.

DavidZornig on November 27, 2008 at 3:17 pm

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.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 27, 2008 at 2:53 pm

Hammerstein’s Theatre was the original name of the current Letterman. History and images can be found here: http://www.ibdb.com/index.php

DavidZornig on November 27, 2008 at 12:14 am

Thanks CWalczak, will do.

CSWalczak on November 26, 2008 at 11:49 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 on November 26, 2008 at 11:27 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 on August 4, 2008 at 8:33 pm

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

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 4, 2008 at 7:10 pm

Here are new links to previously posted exterior images. The first looks towards downtown, the second uptown:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 1, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Here’s a slight correction to J.F. Lundy’s wonderful link:
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AlAlvarez on August 1, 2008 at 5:50 pm

There is a slight spelling error in the intro.

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

jflundy on May 25, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Here is a 1923 photo of the Times Sqaure area showing several theaters.
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johnfields on April 18, 2008 at 11:58 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 on March 7, 2008 at 3:41 pm

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.