PlayStation Theater

1515 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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New York’s Astor Plaza housed one of the largest screens in the city and originally opened with 1,440 seats.

Opened on June 26, 1974 in Times Square (just west of Broadway), this enormous single screen theater was actually built entirely underground, three stories beneath the Minskoff Theatre. Moviegoers entered the theater from an entrance on 44th Street, taking an especially long escalator down to the theater and concession area.

Astor Plaza Theatre was known as THE place to see event films (like “Star Wars” or “The Matrix”). Because of its large size, the Astor Plaza Theatre drew large, opening night crowds—crowds who really knew how to enjoy a movie.

The Astor Plaza Theatre was home to a number of box office hits; including “Superman”, the remake of “King Kong”, and “When Harry Met Sally”. As a tribute to this fact, the theater’s escalator was lined with posters of its most successful films.

The Astor Plaza Theatre was closed on August 1, 2004 with “The Village”. It was converted into a 2,100-seat concert venue, the Nokia Theatre Times Square, which opened in October 2005. In September 2010, it was renamed Best Buy Theater and in November 2015 it was renamed PlayStation Theater.

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Coate on May 10, 2016 at 12:09 am

I’m re-posting the list of films that played here since the website redesign a few years ago has caused the original formatting to go haywire, not to mention the original list is now buried among several pages of comments. So here’s a fresh version with improved layout and formatting.

ASTOR PLAZA, 1974-2004

Compiled by Michael Coate

Astor Plaza
1515 Broadway (44th & Broadway)
New York, NY 10036

OWNERSHIP TIMELINE
Loews: 1974-1994
Sony: 1994-1998
Loews Cineplex: 1998-2004

The duration of each engagement, measured in weeks, has been included in parenthesis following each title. The filmography excludes un-promoted and one-off events (i.e. trade screenings, test screenings, sneak previews, private screenings).

1974-06-26 … FOR PETE’S SAKE (4 weeks)
1974-07-24 … DEATH WISH (17)
1974-11-20 … THE KLANSMAN (4)
1974-12-18 … MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (6)

1975-01-29 … YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (6)
1975-03-12 … ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE (6)
1975-04-23 … TEN LITTLE INDIANS (4)
1975-05-21 … BREAKOUT (4)
1975-06-18 … ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH (9)
1975-08-20 … RUSSIAN ROULETTE (3)
1975-09-10 … MITCHELL! (1)
1975-09-18 … PAPILLON (1)
1975-09-24 … 3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR (12)
1975-12-16 … THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (9)

1976-02-18 … I WILL, I WILL…FOR NOW (2)
1976-03-05 … MAN FRIDAY (3)
1976-03-24 … GIVE ’EM HELL, HARRY! (1)
1976-04-02 … ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE / DELIVERANCE (1)
1976-04-07 … ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (11)
1976-06-23 … LOGAN’S RUN (7) (70mm)
1976-08-11 … THE SHOOTIST (5)
1976-09-17 … theater closed (4)
1976-10-13 … PART 2 SOUNDER (1)
1976-10-22 … MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH (1)
1976-10-29 … THE OUTER SPACE CONNECTION (2)
1976-11-12 … TWO-MINUTE WARNING (4)
1976-12-22 … VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED (7)

1977-02-09 … THE CASSANDRA CROSSING (3)
1977-03-04 … TAXI DRIVER / OBSESSION (2)
1977-03-18 … THE JAWS OF DEATH (1)
1977-03-25 … THE EAGLE HAS LANDED (3)
1977-04-13 … ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (2)
1977-04-29 … THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN / THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER (1)
1977-05-06 … theater closed (3)
1977-05-25 … STAR WARS (61) (70mm-Dolby)

1978-07-28 … ANIMAL HOUSE (10)
1978-10-06 … WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE? (3)
1978-10-26 … THE WIZ (7) (Dolby)
1978-12-15 … SUPERMAN (16) (70mm-Dolby)

1979-04-04 … THE CHAMP (10)
1979-06-15 … PROPHECY (4) (Dolby)
1979-07-13 … THE WANDERERS (4)
1979-08-10 … MEATBALLS (1)
1979-08-15 … STAR WARS (4) (70mm-Dolby)
1979-09-14 … CITY ON FIRE! (1)
1979-09-21 … A TOUCH OF CLASS / I WILL, I WILL…FOR NOW (1)
1979-09-28 … A MAN, A WOMAN AND A BANK (1)
1979-10-05 … TOURIST TRAP (1)
1979-10-12 … THE GRATEFUL DEAD MOVIE (1) (stereo)
1979-10-19 … METEOR (3) (stereo)
1979-11-09 … FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (4) (Dolby)
1979-12-07 … AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (2)
1979-12-21 … THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN (7)

1980-02-08 … HERO AT LARGE (3)
1980-02-29 … AMERICAN GIGOLO (1) (Dolby)
1980-03-07 … THE BLACK MARBLE (3)
1980-03-28 … SERIAL (5)
1980-05-02 … DEATH SHIP (1)
1980-05-09 … FRIDAY THE 13TH (2)
1980-05-21 … THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (20) (70mm-Dolby)
1980-10-10 … ORDINARY PEOPLE (9)
1980-12-12 … THE SHINING (2)
1980-12-25 … ALTERED STATES (14) (70mm-Dolby & Megasound)

1981-04-03 … HOLY TERROR (2)
1981-04-17 … THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1)
1981-04-24 … HEAVEN’S GATE (2) (70mm-Dolby)
1981-05-08 … SQUEEZE PLAY (1)
1981-05-15 … LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT / HOUSE ON THE LAKE (1)
1981-05-22 … THE FOUR SEASONS (3)
1981-06-12 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (23) (70mm-Dolby)
1981-11-20 … TIME BANDITS (2) (Dolby)
1981-12-04 … REDS (14)

1982-03-12 … RICHARD PRYOR: LIVE ON THE SUNSET STRIP (7)
1982-04-30 … WRONG IS RIGHT (3)
1982-05-21 … ANNIE (10) (70mm-Dolby)
1982-07-28 … AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN (20)
1982-12-17 … THE DARK CRYSTAL (8) (70mm-Dolby)

1983-02-11 … LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER (6) (70mm)
1983-03-25 … RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (3) (70mm-Dolby)
1983-04-15 … FLASHDANCE (6) (Dolby)
1983-05-25 … RETURN OF THE JEDI (21) (70mm-Dolby)
1983-10-21 … UNDER FIRE (5) (Dolby)
1983-11-23 … TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (15)

1984-03-09 … THE HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE (4) (Dolby)
1984-04-06 … MOSCOW ON THE HUDSON (6) (Dolby)
1984-05-18 … theater closed (1)
1984-05-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (19) (70mm-Dolby)
1984-10-05 … TEACHERS (2) (Dolby)
1984-10-19 … CRIMES OF PASSION (4)
1984-11-16 … JUST THE WAY YOU ARE (1)
1984-11-23 … INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (2) (Dolby)
1984-12-07 … 2010 (9) (70mm-Dolby)

1985-02-08 … WITNESS (15) (Dolby)
1985-05-24 … A VIEW TO A KILL (7) (Dolby)
1985-07-12 … EXPLORERS (3) (70mm-Dolby)
1985-08-02 … WEIRD SCIENCE (2) (Dolby)
1985-08-16 … YEAR OF THE DRAGON (6) (70mm-Dolby)
1985-09-27 … THE STUFF (3)
1985-10-18 … CEASE FIRE (2)
1985-11-01 … TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A. (5) (Dolby)
1985-12-04 … YOUNG SHERLOCK HOLMES (8) (70mm-Dolby)

1986-01-31 … YOUNGBLOOD (2) (Dolby)
1986-02-14 … OUT OF AFRICA (2) (70mm-Dolby)
1986-02-28 … PRETTY IN PINK (4) (Dolby)
1986-03-26 … THE MONEY PIT (3) (70mm-Dolby)
1986-04-18 … LEGEND (4) (Dolby)
1986-05-16 … TOP GUN (7) (70mm-Dolby)
1986-07-02 … PSYCHO III (4) (Dolby)
1986-08-01 … HOWARD THE DUCK (3) (70mm-Dolby)
1986-08-22 … NIGHT OF THE CREEPS (5) (Dolby)
1986-09-26 … ‘CROCODILE’ DUNDEE (8) (Dolby)
1986-11-21 … AN AMERICAN TAIL (4) (Dolby)
1986-12-19 … PLATOON (18) (Dolby)

1987-04-24 … EXTREME PREJUDICE (4) (Dolby)
1987-05-20 … BEVERLY HILLS COP II (10) (Dolby)
1987-07-31 … THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (4) (Dolby)
1987-08-28 … HAMBURGER HILL (4) (Dolby)
1987-09-25 … BEST SELLER (5)
1987-10-30 … FATAL BEAUTY (4) (Dolby)
1987-11-25 … PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (7) (Dolby)

1988-01-15 … THE COUCH TRIP (3)
1988-02-05 … COP (3)
1988-02-26 … APPRENTICE TO MURDER (2)
1988-03-11 … VICE VERSA (3) (Dolby)
1988-04-01 … BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY (2) (Dolby)
1988-04-15 … COLORS (4) (Dolby SR)
1988-05-13 … FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (2) (Ultra Stereo)
1988-05-25 … ‘CROCODILE’ DUNDEE II (5) (Dolby)
1988-06-29 … COMING TO AMERICA (7) (Dolby)
1988-08-19 … A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER (4) (Dolby)
1988-09-16 … TOUGHER THAN LEATHER (2)
1988-09-30 … ELVIRA, MISTRESS OF THE DARK (5) (Dolby)
1988-11-04 … U2: RATTLE AND HUM (3) (Dolby SR)
1988-11-23 … SCROOGED (7) (Dolby SR)

1989-01-13 … I’M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA (5) (Ultra Stereo)
1989-02-17 … THE MIGHTY QUINN (2) (Dolby)
1989-03-03 … FAREWELL TO THE KING (2) (Dolby SR)
1989-03-17 … LEVIATHAN (3) (Dolby SR)
1989-04-07 … MAJOR LEAGUE (2) (Dolby)
1989-04-21 … PET SEMATARY (5) (Dolby)
1989-05-24 … INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (7) (70mm-Dolby SR)
1989-07-14 … LICENCE TO KILL (4) (Dolby SR)
1989-08-11 … A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5: THE DREAM CHILD (3) (Dolby)
1989-08-30 … RELENTLESS (3) (Dolby)
1989-09-22 … BLACK RAIN (6) (70mm-Dolby)
1989-11-03 … STEPFATHER 2 (2) (Dolby)
1989-11-17 … HARLEM NIGHTS (8) (Dolby SR)

1990-01-12 … INTERNAL AFFAIRS (3) (Dolby)
1990-02-02 … HEART CONDITION (4) (Dolby)
1990-03-02 … THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER (9) (70mm-Dolby)
1990-05-04 … TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE: THE MOVIE (5) (Dolby)
1990-06-08 … ANOTHER 48 HRS. (9) (Dolby SR)
1990-08-10 … THE TWO JAKES (3) (Dolby)
1990-08-31 … THE LEMON SISTERS (2) (Dolby)
1990-09-14 … DEATH WARRANT (2) (Dolby)
1990-09-28 … KING OF NEW YORK (4) (Dolby SR)
1990-10-26 … GRAVEYARD SHIFT (3) (Dolby SR)
1990-11-16 … ROCKY V (6) (Dolby SR)
1990-12-25 … THE GODFATHER PART III (7) (70mm-Dolby SR)

1991-02-14 … THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (5) (Dolby SR)
1991-03-22 … TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II (6) (Dolby)
1991-05-03 … A RAGE IN HARLEM (5) (Dolby)
1991-06-07 … CITY SLICKERS (5) (Dolby SR)
1991-07-12 … BOYZ N THE HOOD (6) (Dolby SR)
1991-08-23 … DEAD AGAIN (5) (Dolby)
1991-09-27 … NECESSARY ROUGHNESS (2) (Dolby)
1991-10-11 … FRANKIE & JOHNNY (6) (Dolby)
1991-11-22 … THE ADDAMS FAMILY (8) (Dolby SR)

1992-01-17 … JUICE (4) (Dolby)
1992-02-14 … WAYNE’S WORLD (6) (Dolby SR)
1992-03-27 … LADYBUGS (2) (Dolby)
1992-04-10 … SLEEPWALKERS (8) (Dolby)
1992-06-05 … PATRIOT GAMES (5) (70mm-Dolby)
1992-07-10 … COOL WORLD (2) (Dolby SR)
1992-07-24 … MO’ MONEY (5) (Dolby SR)
1992-08-28 … PET SEMATARY TWO (6) (Dolby)
1992-10-09 … 1492: CONQUEST OF PARADISE (3) (70mm-Dolby)
1992-10-30 … RAMPAGE (2) (Dolby)
1992-11-13 … BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (5) (Dolby Digital)
1992-12-18 … LEAP OF FAITH (4) (Dolby SR)

1993-01-15 … NOWHERE TO RUN (4) (Dolby SR)
1993-02-12 … THE TEMP (4) (Dolby)
1993-03-12 … FIRE IN THE SKY (4) (Dolby SR)
1993-04-07 … INDECENT PROPOSAL (6) (Dolby)
1993-05-21 … SLIVER (6) (Dolby SR)
1993-06-30 … THE FIRM (8) (Dolby SR)
1993-08-27 … NEEDFUL THINGS (3) (Dolby SR)
1993-09-17 … STRIKING DISTANCE (7) (Dolby SR)
1993-11-05 … FLESH AND BONE (2) (DTS)
1993-11-19 … ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES (9) (Dolby Digital)

1994-01-21 … INTERSECTION (4) (Dolby SR)
1994-02-18 … BLUE CHIPS (4) (DTS)
1994-03-18 … NAKED GUN 33 1/3: THE FINAL INSULT (5) (Dolby SR)
1994-04-22 … BRAINSCAN (5) (Dolby)
1994-05-25 … BEVERLY HILLS COP III (6) (DTS)
1994-07-06 … FORREST GUMP (4) (DTS)
1994-08-03 … CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER (8) (DTS)
1994-09-28 … JASON’S LYRIC (4) (Dolby)
1994-10-28 … DROP SQUAD (3) (Dolby Digital)
1994-11-18 … THE PROFESSIONAL (3) (Dolby SR)
1994-12-09 … DROP ZONE (8) (DTS)

1995-02-03 … IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (4) (DTS)
1995-03-03 … THE MANGLER (2) (Dolby SR)
1995-03-17 … CANDYMAN: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH (2) (Dolby SR)
1995-03-31 … TOMMY BOY (3) (Dolby)
1995-04-19 … NEW JERSEY DRIVE (2) (DTS)
1995-05-03 … PANTHER (3) (Dolby SR)
1995-05-26 … PANTHER / BAD BOYS (2) (Dolby SR)
1995-06-09 … CONGO (4) (DTS)
1995-07-07 … SPECIES (4) (DTS)
1995-08-04 … VIRTUOSITY (4) (DTS)
1995-09-01 … THE PROPHECY (6) (Ultra Stereo)
1995-10-13 … JADE (6) (Dolby Digital)
1995-11-22 … NICK OF TIME (3) (Dolby Digital)
1995-12-15 … SABRINA (4) (Dolby Digital)

1996-01-12 … EYE FOR AN EYE (3) (Dolby Digital)
1996-02-02 … BLACK SHEEP (3) (Dolby Digital)
1996-02-23 … BLACK SHEEP / BRAVEHEART (1) (Dolby Digital)
1996-03-01 … BRAVEHEART (1) (Dolby Digital)
1996-03-08 … HELLRAISER: BLOODLINE (4) (Dolby Digital)
1996-04-03 … PRIMAL FEAR (6) (Dolby Digital)
1996-05-17 … HEAVEN’S PRISONERS (2) (SDDS)
1996-05-31 … THE ARRIVAL (1) (SDDS)
1996-06-07 … THE PHANTOM (2) (DTS)
1996-06-21 … MISSION: IMPOSIBLE (5) (Dolby Digital)
1996-07-26 … KINGPIN (2) (DTS)
1996-08-09 … ESCAPE FROM L.A. (2) (Dolby Digital)
1996-08-23 … THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU (3) (SDDS)
1996-09-13 … theater closed (2)
1996-09-27 … 2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY (2) (DTS)
1996-10-11 … THE GHOST AND THE DARKNESS (6) (DTS)
1996-11-22 … STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT (4) (DTS)
1996-12-20 … SCREAM (6) (Dolby Digital)

1997-01-29 … GRIDLOCK’D (3) (Dolby Digital)
1997-02-21 … BLOOD & WINE (2) (Dolby)
1997-03-07 … PRIVATE PARTS (2) (Dolby Digital)
1997-03-21 … THE GODFATHER (3) (DTS)
1997-04-11 … ANACONDA (3) (SDDS)
1997-05-02 … BREAKDOWN (7) (Dolby Digital)
1997-06-20 … BATMAN & ROBIN (3) (SDDS)
1997-07-11 … CONTACT (3) (SDDS)
1997-08-01 … SPAWN (2) (SDDS)
1997-08-15 … EVENT HORIZON (2) (DTS)
1997-08-27 … HOODLUM (2) (DTS)
1997-09-12 … THE GAME (3) (DTS)
1997-10-03 … KISS THE GIRLS (2) (Dolby Digital)
1997-10-17 … THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE (5) (SDDS)
1997-11-21 … MORTAL KOMBAT: ANNIHILATION (3) (SDDS)
1997-12-12 … THE RAINMAKER (1) (Dolby Digital)
1997-12-19 … TITANIC (15) (70mm-DTS)

1998-04-03 … LOST IN SPACE (3) (SDDS)
1998-04-24 … THE BIG HIT (2) (SDDS)
1998-05-08 … DEEP IMPACT (4) (SDDS)
1998-06-05 … THE TRUMAN SHOW (5) (DTS)
1998-07-10 … LETHAL WEAPON 4 (4) (SDDS)
1998-08-05 … HALLOWEEN: H20 (1) (Dolby Digital)
1998-08-14 … HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK (2) (DTS)
1998-08-28 … 54 (3) (Dolby Digital)
1998-09-18 … RUSH HOUR (4) (SDDS)
1998-10-16 … PRACTICAL MAGIC (3) (SDDS)
1998-11-06 … THE WIZARD OF OZ (2) (SDDS)
1998-11-20 … CELEBRITY (3) (Dolby SR)
1998-12-11 … STAR TREK: INSURRECTION (2) (DTS)
1998-12-25 … THE FACULTY (3) (Dolby Digital)

1999-01-15 … VIRUS (3) (SDDS)
1999-02-05 … PAYBACK (5) (DTS)
1999-03-12 … THE CORRUPTOR (3) (SDDS)
1999-03-31 … THE MATRIX (5) (SDDS)
1999-05-07 … THE MUMMY (6) (SDDS)
1999-06-18 … THE GENERAL’S DAUGHTER (2) (DTS)
1999-06-30 … WILD WILD WEST (2) (SDDS)
1999-07-16 … EYES WIDE SHUT (2) (SDDS)
1999-07-30 … RUNAWAY BRIDE (3) (DTS)
1999-08-20 … MICKEY BLUE EYES (3) (SDDS)
1999-09-10 … STIGMATA (2) (DTS)
1999-09-24 … DOUBLE JEOPARDY (4) (Dolby Digital)
1999-10-22 … BRINGING OUT THE DEAD (4) (Dolby Digital)
1999-11-19 … THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (3) (DTS)
1999-12-10 … THE GREEN MILE (5) (SDDS)

2000-01-12 … NEXT FRIDAY (7) (SDDS)
2000-03-01 … 3 STRIKES (2) (Dolby SR)
2000-03-17 … FINAL DESTINATION (7) (SDDS)
2000-05-05 … GLADIATOR (8) (SDDS)
2000-06-28 … THE PATRIOT (3) (SDDS-8)
2000-07-21 … WHAT LIES BENEATH (9) (SDDS)
2000-09-22 … THE EXORCIST “The Version You’ve Never Seen” (5) (SDDS)
2000-10-27 … BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 (2) (Dolby Digital)
2000-11-10 … RED PLANET (5) (SDDS)
2000-12-15 … GLADIATOR (1) (SDDS)
2000-12-22 … CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (7) (Dolby Digital)

2001-02-09 … HANNIBAL (6) (SDDS)
2001-03-23 … TRAFFIC (4) (Dolby Digital)
2001-04-20 … CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES (2) (Dolby Digital)
2001-05-04 … MEMENTO (5) (Dolby Digital)
2001-06-08 … EVOLUTION (3) (SDDS)
2001-06-29 … BABY BOY (5) (SDDS)
2001-08-03 … APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX (10) (Dolby Digital)
2001-10-12 … IRON MONKEY (3) (Dolby Digital)
2001-11-02 … BANDITS (3) (SDDS)
2001-11-23 … TITANIC (1) (format ?)
2001-11-30 … DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE (2) (Dolby Digital)
2001-12-14 … 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (4) (70mm-Dolby SR)

2002-01-11 … APOCALYPSE NOW REDUX (2) (Dolby Digital)
2002-01-25 … THE OTHERS (2) (Dolby Digital)
2002-02-08 … COLLATERAL DAMAGE (6) (Dolby Digital)
2002-03-22 … BLADE II (4) (SDDS)
2002-04-19 … THE SCORPION KING (2) (Dolby Digital)
2002-05-03 … SPIDER-MAN (4) (SDDS-8)
2002-05-31 … THE SUM OF ALL FEARS (4) (Dolby Digital)
2002-06-28 … MR. DEEDS (2) (SDDS)
2002-07-12 … HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION (1) (Dolby Digital)
2002-07-19 … K-19: THE WIDOWMAKER (2) (Dolby Digital)
2002-08-02 … SIGNS (3) (SDDS)
2002-08-23 … UNDISPUTED (2) (Dolby Digital)
2002-09-06 … CITY BY THE SEA (2) (SDDS)
2002-09-20 … BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER (4) (SDDS)
2002-10-18 … BLOODY SUNDAY (1) (Dolby Digital)
2002-10-25 … JACKASS: THE MOVIE (2) (Dolby Digital)
2002-11-08 … 8 MILE (2) (Dolby Digital)
2002-11-22 … DIE ANOTHER DAY (4) (SDDS)
2002-12-18 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (4) (SDDS)

2003-01-17 … NATIONAL SECURITY (2) (SDDS)
2003-01-31 … BIKER BOYZ (3) (SDDS)
2003-02-21 … DARK BLUE (2) (Dolby Digital)
2003-03-07 … GANGS OF NEW YORK (3) (Dolby Digital)
2003-03-28 … THE CORE (2) (Dolby Digital)
2003-04-11 … ANGER MANAGEMENT (4) (SDDS)
2003-05-09 … IDENTITY (2) (SDDS)
2003-05-23 … BRUCE ALMIGHTY (6) (Dolby Digital)
2003-07-02 … TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (2) (SDDS)
2003-07-18 … BAD BOYS II (3) (SDDS-8)
2003-08-08 … S.W.A.T. (5) (SDDS-8)
2003-09-12 … ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO (2) (SDDS)
2003-09-26 … THE RUNDOWN (2) (Dolby Digital)
2003-10-10 … KILL BILL VOL. 1 (4) (SDDS)
2003-11-05 … THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS (2) (SDDS)
2003-11-21 … GOTHIKA (4) (SDDS)
2003-12-17 … THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (6) (SDDS)

2004-01-30 … YOU GOT SERVED (3) (SDDS)
2004-02-20 … AGAINST THE ROPES (2) (Dolby Digital)
2004-03-05 … STARSKY & HUTCH (2) (SDDS)
2004-03-19 … TAKING LIVES (2) (SDDS)
2004-04-02 … HELLBOY (2) (SDDS)
2004-04-16 … THE PUNISHER (3) (SDDS)
2004-05-07 … VAN HELSING (2) (Dolby Digital)
2004-05-19 … SHREK 2 (2) (Dolby Digital)
2004-06-04 … HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (4) (SDDS)
2004-06-30 … SPIDER-MAN 2 (4) (SDDS-8)
2004-07-30 … THE VILLAGE (3 days) (SDDS)
2004-08-02 … theater closed

The information contained in this article was referenced from microfilm of The New York Times, Variety and Village Voice.

NYer
NYer on May 10, 2016 at 6:48 am

Thank you Coate for all that hard work compiling it all. It’s appreciated.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 10, 2016 at 8:17 am

That is an amazing list. I am astounded at how many movies I remember seeing at this house. Damn, what a loss…

Movieholic
Movieholic on May 18, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Great job with the list Coate!

oknazevad
oknazevad on September 10, 2016 at 10:11 pm

Wow, that list is a master list of every major film of the first 25 years of my life and then some.

Question, though. Does anyone have the capacity of this place when it was a movie theatre? The 2100 figure is for the current concert venue for concerts with general admission, but the figure is 1166 for reserved seating. (They put out a lot of folding chairs. 568 according to their seating chart.) so I wonder what the capacity was when it was all fixed seats.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 10, 2016 at 10:57 pm

The very first comment on this thread mentions there were 1500+ seats, not exactly an exact count…

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 10, 2016 at 11:01 pm

The NYTimes obituary states there were 1440 seats in this house…

JackIndiana
JackIndiana on January 25, 2017 at 7:46 pm

Does anybody recall that Loews announced plans to triplex the Astor Plaza in the wake of the closing of the original Loews State in early 1987? I seem to remember that Loews' lease prohibited multiplexing the theatre, thankfully.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on January 26, 2017 at 1:38 am

The original seat count of the Loew’s Astor, with the Griggs pushback seats, was 1528. After the remodeling around the end of the 20th century (I forget exactly when that happened) with the new Irwin rocking chair seats installed the count was 1440. The lease didn’t exactly prohibit dividing the auditorium, but required permission of the building owner for any alterations other than replacement of carpet, draperies, wall covering and counters/cabinetry of the concession stands. Three times times over the years Loew’s sought permission to divide the auditorium into 2, 3 and 4 cinemas, but the building owner shot them down each time. It’s one of the reasons it didn’t get its first (and only, by Loew’s) remodeling until it was about 25 years old, compared to 84th St. which had been remodeled twice by the time it was 12 years old.

A similar lease was held by RKO & Cineplex on the National across the street. When Cineplex remodeled in the late 80s they turned the two cinemas into three. When they were getting ready to re-open the landlord came around to look at the place. Apparently Cpx had not received permission to further divide the theatre, and the landlord ordered them to restore it back to two theatres, thereby delaying the re-opening by a few weeks.

cmbussmann
cmbussmann on January 26, 2017 at 9:08 am

1995-02-03 … IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (4) (DTS)

Who would’ve ever guessed then that John Carpenter would perform live music in the same venue and even perform that very score?

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