AMC Loews Orpheum 7

1538 Third Avenue,
New York, NY 10028

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AMC Loews Orpheum 7

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Located close to E. 86th Street at 3rd Avenue, and built on the site of the Loew’s Orpheum Theatre, which opened in 1914 and closed in 1989.

The AMC Loews Orpheum 7 opened on November 22, 1991.

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TPH
TPH on November 11, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Curious that in the 18 years since this theater opened there are fewer than a handful of comments. Unlike its predecessor namesake, it must be a bland and anonymous set of screens. Walking through East 86th St. it is difficult to imagine that in the past century it was a thriving movie scene with theaters on both sides of the street. Did the area have the largest conccentration of theaters outside of Times Square?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on November 12, 2009 at 2:41 am

The area certainly had its fair share of screens but I think Greenwich Village and the east 59th/60th zone almost always had more.

TPH
TPH on November 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Thanks Al for the response but I was referring to the early decades of the last century. By the 60’s & 70’s many theatres had been bulldoozed for the massive building development that gripped Yorkville. As much as many applaud the dismantling of the 3rd Ave. El in the mid-50’s, it led to a vast upheaval of the surrounding neighborhoods around the 3rd Ave. corridor.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on November 13, 2009 at 3:03 pm

In the teens, twenties and thirties, the areas around Park Row, the lower east side and Union Square challenged Times Square. The 166th Street and 125th Street areas also were well screened.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Looks good from the outside.

Astyanax
Astyanax on August 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

In all fairness, I cannot offer an opinion on the characteristics of the individual screens. However, the marquee could not be any blander. Walking by, it’s easy to ignore the theatre’s existence. Many of the local merchants have more eye-catching neon. In comparison, the previous marquee on 86th St. was a beacon, that could be seen for blocks up and down the street. Regardless of the product that was playing you could not possibly ignore the marquee as your eye was drawn to the wattage. Would anyone notice if the 3rd Avenue marquee went dark?

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 10, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Since the theatre is a tenant of the condo above it, I suspect they were told how bright they could go.

relaxednyc
relaxednyc on June 13, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Reportedly, this theater is next on the list to receive a 84th Street 6th-style “luxury seating” renovation.

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