AMC Loews Orpheum 7

1538 3rd Avenue,
New York, NY 10028

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theatrefan on October 4, 2016 at 2:12 pm

Was passing by a few weeks ago at night & the marquee was totally dark, do they ever turn on the Marquee at night anymore? If you were looking for this place after dark and were not sure were it was it might be rather difficult to find it.

zoetmb on November 15, 2015 at 10:08 am

Judging from an Nov-5-2015 review on Yelp, it doesn’t sound to me like it’s been renovated as yet. It is definitely open on Nov-15-2015.

If they do renovate and put in lounge seating, it will reduce the number of seats substantially, but before that renovation comes to pass, I still stand by my original statement of about 2450 seats, not 2090 as follows: 250, 350, 370, 330, 330, 350, 470 (all rounded). Lounge seating could half that number.

But renovation or not, it is a “blah” theater. I think all basement theaters are not very nice, almost by definition, but the fact that it’s a basement theater is probably what’s saving it from becoming something else. Certainly nothing like the wonderful theater it replaced.

Mikeoaklandpark on November 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Has this theater been renovated and reopened?

relaxednyc on June 13, 2014 at 12:47 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 10, 2013 at 6:38 am

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

Astyanax on August 10, 2013 at 5:09 am

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?

TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

Looks good from the outside.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 13, 2009 at 7:03 am

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.

TPH on November 13, 2009 at 6:44 am

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 11, 2009 at 6:41 pm

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 on November 11, 2009 at 1:55 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?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 11, 2009 at 12:44 am

Loews Orpheum VII opened on November 22, 1991. The seven auditoriums had from 225 to 450 seats, with a total seating capacity of 2,090, slightly smaller than the Loews Orpheum Twin which had previously stood on the site. The new theater was designed by Manhattan architectural firm Frank Williams and Associates as part of the commercial-residential development called The Gotham.

The May, 1992, issue of Boxoffice had an article about the Loews Orpheum VII. There were no photos, unfortunately.

zoetmb on August 2, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Approx. 2430 seats total. Screen #7 was originally THX certified.