RadTheater

1515 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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robboehm
robboehm on October 7, 2020 at 10:09 am

ridethetrain the stated policy of CT is that the listing is under the last name. There have been exceptions. It can still be accessed by entering Loew’s Astor Plaza.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on October 6, 2020 at 7:28 pm

It should be called Loews Astor Plaza, that was the name as a very popular movie theatre

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 13, 2020 at 6:31 pm

The new theater website photos continue to show the Astor Theatre’s raised section of seats. Is RAD simply a local entity? not part of a national concert promoter?

Also, Zoetmb do you have a source for the 61 foot size of the Astor Plaza? I had read it was about the size of the Ziegfeld, though it did look large.

zoetmb
zoetmb on June 13, 2020 at 1:51 pm

@mikeoaklandpark No matter what happens to the movie industry, you will never see a theater of that size again open. There simply isn’t the business for it. AMC is the largest chain and they averaged (before COVID19) sales of just 92 tickets per day, per screen. That’s about 23 tickets per show. That’s why all the new and renovated theaters being built have so few seats in each screen. That’s quite unfortunate and I think it hurts the movie experience, but that’s the reality. Theatrical attendance is becoming a specialty market.

Back in the day, the Ziegfeld (1150 seats 52' screen), the Astor Plaza (1440 seats 61' screen) and the Loews Orpheum (1025 seats downstairs theater, 599 upstairs theater) were my screens of choice, but we’ll never see the likes of those again.

markp
markp on May 8, 2020 at 10:02 am

Oh my goodness, what they have done to that beautiful theatre. Never gonna see movies played there again.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on May 8, 2020 at 3:43 am

Here is the updated website for the venue under it’s new name. Appears to be remain a concert and event venue.

https://radtheater.com/

Website also includes some photos.

classictheaters
classictheaters on May 8, 2020 at 2:30 am

New long lease just signed for this great space. RAD THEATER coming later this fall – winter 2020.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on April 16, 2020 at 1:09 pm

If the movie industry get operational again I would love to see this reopen as a movie theater. Many happy memories there

classictheaters
classictheaters on April 14, 2020 at 2:40 am

Great large space! EASY TO GET TO location right in Times Square. Watching for the next ‘sponsor’ to take over since PlayStation did not continue the lease…..How about “The Manhattan Arena” …..sounds like a great idea!

UsherDNA
UsherDNA on November 10, 2019 at 7:38 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!

robboehm
robboehm on November 10, 2019 at 1:03 pm

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

UsherDNA
UsherDNA on November 10, 2019 at 6:25 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!

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 20, 2019 at 7:14 pm

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

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on May 22, 2019 at 9:22 am

Do they have video games there too?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 19, 2019 at 11:22 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.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 19, 2019 at 9:10 pm

Photo posted in photos

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 19, 2019 at 6:55 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 December 15, 2018 at 10:27 pm

Really, made its debut, not his…

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 15, 2018 at 1:59 pm

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

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 24, 2018 at 6:12 pm

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

The_Batman_Professor
The_Batman_Professor on June 24, 2017 at 1:07 am

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
moviebuff82 on May 23, 2017 at 2:49 pm

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.

cmbussmann
cmbussmann on January 26, 2017 at 10:08 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?

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on January 26, 2017 at 2:38 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.