Best Buy Theater

1515 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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marklyons
marklyons on November 15, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Would always go here for the big films, one of my favorites..

SAMMY5858
SAMMY5858 on September 13, 2013 at 9:53 am

I remembering when i was 21` i went on a double date to see Star Wars in July of 1977 with my brother at the Astor Plaza Theater it was a hot summer night we waited on that long line with our dates it was a very good movie for its time, the Astor Plaza was a nice movie theater, this movie was talked about for so long we had to go see it, those was the good old days and 1977 was a wild year a lot of things happen that year the black out in all big movies came out that year

BobbyS
BobbyS on August 9, 2013 at 4:52 am

Thanks Tinseltoes for your BOXOFFICE. LOEWS Astor was a great place to see a picture…Nothing that large left in Chicago at present. I fear for the Zeigfeld in NY..

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 27, 2012 at 9:27 pm

A preview of coming attractions: Boxoffice

Bway
Bway on November 17, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Yes, I believe that is because the UA Twin is no longer in operation, so the best known name is used. If however the Rivoli was currently open, it would be titled the UA Twin.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 17, 2011 at 12:24 am

I think the policy is that if a theater is currently in operation, even if it has been converted into a live venue and isn’t showing movies, it will be listed by its current name, and have its movie house names as AKAs.

In the case of theaters that are gone, such as the Rivoli, if they operated under one name for most of their history and under a later name for a fairly short time, it makes sense to use the name by which the greatest number of people visiting the site would probably remember it.

Incidentally, if you want to find the Rivoli under its final name, you have to search CT with the full name United Artists Twin. Nine other currently listed houses called UA Twin can be found only under the abbreviated name. Wikipedia-style redirects would be useful.

robboehm
robboehm on November 16, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Unfortunately there are a number of listings set up as, for example, UA Twin,without a clue as to where they are. But current CT logic gives you many ways of tracking down a theatre/theater.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 16, 2011 at 3:53 pm

There are some odd wrinkles here and there, however, Bway. You can still find the old Rivoli Theatre under its original name, rather than the awful and generic “UA Twin,” as the grand old theater was known in its final years. And thank heaven for that!

Bway
Bway on November 16, 2011 at 3:36 am

By the way, the search feature on the site searches current AND former names. If you search “Astor Plaza” for this theater in the search box above….one theater comes up. The Best Buy Theater. So if you are searching theaters by their “most famous name”, even if the name is now some other name, the theater will come up in search.

Bway
Bway on November 16, 2011 at 3:33 am

Ed, in reference to “using the most recent name” is a decision that was made for consistency. Many theaters had several names, and sometimes it’s latest name is it’s most popular. Sometimes, it’s old name was the most popular, sometimes some name it had in the middle. For consistency’s sake, they chose to title theaters by their most recent name. For every theater that may have suffered by having it’s “most recent name” as the current heading name, there are others that benefited from it. It makes sense for consistency, and otherwise subjective things would have to be used to title a theater.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on November 15, 2011 at 4:35 pm

When I first started working in the movie theatre industry in 1974 it was very clear. Legit use was ‘theater’ and cinema use was ‘theatre’, even in cases where the same company owned both types of venues. Whether there was a stage or never a consideration.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 15, 2011 at 4:09 pm

The alternate spellings (theatre/theater) are a stylistic matter. Some users choose “theatre” for a building and “theater” for the stage industry, others the reverse. For example, CT uses “theater” for buildings, while Theatre Historical Society of America does not. CT uses the “re” ending only in cases where a specific building spelled it that way (such as NYC’s Roxy Theatre).

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on November 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I have always been told that a place with a stage and fly loft was a ‘theater’ A cinema without staging capabilities was a ‘theatre’.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on November 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Purists will say that the original cinema wasn’t a “theater” in the true sense of the word because it lacked facilities to present stage productions. In fact, I don’t think it even had a stage, but just a shallow platform supporting the screen.

robboehm
robboehm on November 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Ed, you’ll notice that the aka portion of this theatre lists it as Astor Plaza, not Loews. You’ll find a lot of inconsistencies on how the theatres were set up. There are some Century’s listed with the Century, some without. But the aka ability does give you the best crack at something which is listed by it’s most recent name.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on November 15, 2011 at 7:23 am

It’s primarily a concert venue.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on November 15, 2011 at 6:47 am

I agree with LuisV that the theaters here should be posted by their most famoius name. When I put Loews Ator Plaza in the search engine, it came back as “theater not found”. What I’m not understanding about the Best Buy is: is it a theater, a club, or a concert venue?

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on March 21, 2011 at 8:06 pm

In these type of venues the source of the unique ‘aroma’ is the carpeting – a combination of spilled beer, barf and far too frequent applications of carpet shampoo that isn’t allowed to dry before spilling more beer and barf on it.

Bway
Bway on March 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I haven’t been there since it first reopened as the Nokia Theater shortly after it closed as the Astor Plaza. Too bad, as it was nice back then, but then again it was pretty new yet when I was there. Now it sounds like a typical club with sticky floors.

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on March 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I saw two concerts there this weekend. They have turned this place into kind of a dump. It smelled bad and everything was sticky.

DylanAsh
DylanAsh on March 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm

This was my favorite place to see a movie in NYC. I really miss it.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on December 23, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I saw this theater on TV…they had the Heisman Trophy ceremony where Cam Newton won the trophy despite being under investigation for NCAA violations as his team faces Oregon in the BCS Championship game. As for the name of the theater, I think Best Buy made a mistake by naming this theater after it. The company’s profits are not doing well but its mobile division is doing ok. Again, I’m off-topic.

LuisV
LuisV on December 23, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I too saw the Wizard of Oz here when it was re-released. I think it might have been the last film that I saw there and it was spectacular. Sad to say, there weren’t that many other people in the audience which is why we have the Best Buy theater today. This was a truly great theater in a modern sense. Just like The Ziegfeld, though the Ziegfeld has more of a true palace feel. At least we still have that.

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on December 23, 2010 at 8:12 am

I remember seeing Titanic and The Wizard of Oz here in the late 90’s and loving the feel of this house. I have been to about a dozen concerts at the Nokia Theatre and never realized it was the same place until now. I knew the escalator seemed familiar.
Having seen Titanic here on that large screen and with great sound, I can not watch it when it comes on TV.

Bway
Bway on September 13, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Till the next corporate name change!