Sony Columbus Circle

15 Columbus Circle,
New York, NY 10019

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mariaconfetti
mariaconfetti on August 14, 2014 at 10:45 am

I went to see Tootsie on opening day & saw Dustin Hoffman when I was leaving. I do remember the winding staircase. It was nice.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on July 6, 2014 at 10:23 am

20 years ago today Forrest Gump came out at this theater and others.

marklyons
marklyons on November 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

I saw The Breakfast club there, it was one of my favorites….

SeaBassTian
SeaBassTian on September 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm

As a teenager in the 80’s, I considered this weird venue a fun place to catch a flick. I have a vague memory of a spiral escalator transporting you downstairs? I didn’t visit often, but I remember going for Making Mr. Right.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on March 10, 2012 at 3:39 am

Oddly, my usual steel-trap memory recalls nothing innovative about the auditorium at all. Of course, I was only there once, and it was a long time ago; yet I remember everything else about that evening as if it were yesterday.

RobertEndres
RobertEndres on March 5, 2012 at 6:33 am

Actually, the auditorium was more interesting than described above. My predecessor at Radio City, Bill Nafash, did the installation in both the theatre and the two Paramount screening rooms in the offices at the top of the building. All of the projectors were 70mm, and before they were installed Radio City took three of them to get “Airport” opened on time. Three of the machines were in the theatre, and Bill said it was really really unique, at least in concept. The auditorium was designed to look like the bellows of a camera narrowing as it got closer to the screen. The “curtain” at the front was designed to look like a camera lens when the curtain was closed. Bill said originally strobe lights were installed in the coves in the “bellows” designed to look like camera flash bulbs going off. Alas the effect was too successful triggering discomforting effects in the audience. The flashes were soon eliminated. The travelling attraction sign above the entrance was also one of the first in New York to not feature fixed sign letters. That too was an idea who’s time may not have come since they were limited to incandescent bulbs with all their limitations. In all the theatre was probably a result of form over function, and while the design concepts may have worked better on paper than in reality, at least the idea was more interesting than indicated above.

RobertR
RobertR on March 5, 2012 at 12:00 am

@Tinseltoes I remember that “shadowbox” effect on the recessed screen when the theatre was new.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I would guess between 500 and 600 seats. When the theatre originally opened, the screen was set back from the audience in a most peculiar way. I wish that I had a photo, because I can’t accurately describe it. But if you were sitting in the front row, you still seemed a goodly distance from the screen. After many complaints, this was eliminated by moving the screen forward, eliminating the tunnel effect.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on January 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm

While I passed by this theater literally hundreds of times on my way to Lincoln Center, I only visited it once. The film I saw was a cinematic version of Richard Strauss' opera “Der Rosenkavalier” Elizabeth Schwartzkopf played the Marshallen and Otto Edelman was Baron Ochs. Since, as noted above, this theater mostly played first run movies, this probably represented a bit of a departure.

Garth
Garth on January 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Tinsel I remember it being one of the longest movie lines I ever waited on. I’d like to know what the seating capacity was. Of course the movie was worth the wait.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on January 21, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I somehow doubt that the line “stretched for blocks,” but it might have extended around the one square block which contained this theatre and what was then the Gulf + Western office building (now transformed into a Trump hotel and apartment tower).

Garth
Garth on January 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I saw “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” here. I don’t remember much about the interior except for it being underground. Since the line for “Cuckoo’s Nest” stretched for blocks it must have had a large seating capacity. I always remembered the unique exterior. Now that it is a parking garage with no traces of it left perhaps the introduction should list it as demolished.

rivoli157
rivoli157 on November 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

went to a studio preview of Shirley Valentine here. Studio passed out comment cards to us as we entered to be returned as we left the theatre. Although the theatre was modern and non-descript, the above ground entrance/marquee was interesting. Nice to enter before descending into the bowels of NYC

Astyanax
Astyanax on December 27, 2010 at 11:47 am

Weird movie for a weird theater. Saw the Hellstrom Chronicles here. You could usuallly count on Cinema 5 releasing quality product. This was a miss. Donald Rugoff must have been out of the office when his company agreed to distribute this one.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on December 27, 2010 at 10:24 am

The only time I was in this theater was to see “Young Frankenstein”. I was totally unimpressed with the theater itself, which was appallingly nondescript. No one need mourn its demise.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on May 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Wait just a minute, people stood in lines to see “THE GREAT GATSBY” Heck, we couldn’t give tickets way. Bruce Dern and Robert Redford should have found a western to do. oh, it was NYC.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 6, 2010 at 10:45 am

There was a circular entrance and box office at ground level with an LED wrap-around sign. The theatre itself was under ground.

telliott
telliott on March 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Too bad all the photos supposedly listed above are gone. I don’t remember what this one looked like.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm

This closed March 26, 1995 as the Sony Columbus Circle. The Loew’s name should be removed here as it was called that for less than a year.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 10:30 am

Loews Trump Hotel?

verranth1
verranth1 on January 20, 2009 at 1:44 pm

This theatre can be seen clearly in the 1977 film, “The Turning Point” – about a half hour in – Shirley McLaine is sitting in front of it. Also it can be seen in “The Eyes of Laura Mars” – I went to one film here which I think was – (1976 – Nickelodeon)

edblank
edblank on May 27, 2008 at 11:24 pm

Saw “Little Big Man” and the long-awaited return of “The Manchurian Candidate” here.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 14, 2008 at 12:07 pm

Here’s a new direct link to an entrance view taken in 1979 during the engagement of “The In-Laws”: View link