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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moviebuff82
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
moviebuff82 on May 19, 2019 at 3:55 pm

https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-k15712arstar-wars-episode-1-the-phantom-menacepremiere-at-loews-astor-42675495.html 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
davidcoppock on May 22, 2019 at 6:22 am

Do they have video games there too?

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 20, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Just uploaded a grand reopening ad with Sony renovation in 1996.

UsherDNA
UsherDNA on November 10, 2019 at 3:25 am

Apparently this venue/theater will close the end of this year with a sendoff by the Disco Biscuits. I wonder what’s next in the space’s life? Hopefully its new purpose is still related to theaters somewhat!

robboehm
robboehm on November 10, 2019 at 10:03 am

Maybe that British company that took over the Lyric and Hudson will step in.

UsherDNA
UsherDNA on November 10, 2019 at 4:38 pm

The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG)? I work for them at the Kings along with a few other theaters, if I hear any rumblings along those lines, I’ll try and update in whatever capacity I can!

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