Loew's 86th Street Theatre

162 East 86th Street,
New York, NY 10028

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Marquee Sighting (1936)

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The 86th Street Theatre was listed in the 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory. In April 1916, Marcus Loew’s Midvale Amusement Company took it over and it was renamed Loew’s 86th Street Theatre. It operated as a late run motion picture site until at least 1950 and was possible run by Brandt during the final years.

The theatre covered a plot fronting 27.9 on 86th street and running through the block to 163-165 East 85th street with a 91.5 front on the latter street. It stood three stories high at 86th street and four stories high at 85th street.

This was the third Loew’s theatre on the block, the others being the Loew’s Yorkville Theatre and the Loew’s Orpheum Theatre.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

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AlAlvarez on January 31, 2010 at 11:09 am

Still listed in the 1953 Film Daily Yearbook as a Loew’s.

TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 10:10 am

Any pictures anyone?

Tinseltoes on February 12, 2010 at 11:35 am

In this vintage view looking west towards Central Park, the marquee of Loew’s 86th Street can be seen at left, almost directly across the street from that of Loew’s Orpheum. The marquee just to the west of Loew’s 86th Street belongs to the Grande Theatre (listed at CT as the 86th Street Grande): View link

TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 9:21 am

Great photo Tinseltoes were do you get them?

Tinseltoes on February 18, 2010 at 5:45 am

They’re all out there on the internet. You just need to spend some time searching for them.

AlAlvarez on March 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm

The 1959 Film Daily Yearbook lists a Brandt 86th Street. If this was the only Brandt on 86th Street then it was open that late.

AlAlvarez on March 11, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Checkout the Loew’s Yorkville page for more details on the theatre Loew’s on this block.


AlAlvarez on January 30, 2011 at 6:43 am

A Brandt 86th Street theatre is still advertised in October 1963 but disappears shortly after.

Tinseltoes on September 18, 2011 at 6:49 am

Here’s a new link to an NYPL photo. Loew’s 86th is at left, opposite Loew’s Orpheum. Marquee west of Loew’s 86th is the Grande’s: nypl

EMarkisch on July 31, 2013 at 4:50 am

For what it is worth, the above photo was taken around October of 1936. The double bill playing at the Loew’s 86th Street is “Postal Inspector” with Ricardo Cortez (released 8/16/36) and “Blackmailer” with William Gargan (released 7/23/36). At the next door Grande, the main feature was a German language film “Hot Blood (Heisser Blut) with Marika Roekk and Paul Kemp, which was released on 9/25/36

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