PlayStation Theater

1515 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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PlayStation Theater

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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cmbussmann on January 26, 2017 at 7:08 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?

moviebuff82 on May 23, 2017 at 11:49 am

40 years ago this thursday, Star Wars episode IV played here and became one of the top grossing movies at this theater. Episode V and VI also played here to packed houses in 70mm dolby stereo. 20 years after that premiere, the special editions of the trilogy played instead at the Ziegfeld theater, which played host to the prequels and the seventh star wars movie before closing down last year, making the Lafayette theater the only single screen theater in NYC area left to show another star wars movie, in that case, Rogue One.

The_Batman_Professor on June 23, 2017 at 10:07 pm

This and the Ziegfeld were my “go-to” thearers in the eary 80’s. Seeing RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK here was a religious experience.

moviebuff82 on May 24, 2018 at 3:12 pm

35 years ago tomorrow return of the Jedi premiered at midnight and drew record crowds.

moviebuff82 on December 15, 2018 at 10:59 am

40 years ago today Superman made his debut in 70mm six track dolby and made history.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 15, 2018 at 7:27 pm

Really, made its debut, not his…

moviebuff82 on May 19, 2019 at 3:55 pm 20 years ago today Star Wars The Phantom Menace made its nationwide debut. Here is a photo of Donald and his then girlfriend Melania years before they got married and became the current president and first lady of the USA. The movie became a huge hit and it was the second to last Star Wars movie that was shown at this theater, with Attack of the Clones being the last.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 19, 2019 at 6:10 pm

Photo posted in photos

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 19, 2019 at 8:22 pm

Perhaps posting a movie premiere Trump did NOT attend may be more worthy. He was a Ziegfeld regular with a pregnant Marla Maples while still married to Ivana. I saw him there many times when my office was there.

davidcoppock on May 22, 2019 at 6:22 am

Do they have video games there too?

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