Loews State 4
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Previous Names: Sony Theatres State
Built in the basement of the Bertelsmann Building in Times Square (and on the site of the original Loews State Theatre, which had been demolished in 1987 and has its own page on Cinema Treasures), the Sony Theatres State opened on April 26, 1996. With comfortable rocking seats and large screens in each auditorium, its arrival in the area was much welcomed.
When the Loews 42nd Street E Walk opened in November of 1999, however, the Loews State 4 found itself relegated to the role of holdover house for its glitzy cousin three blocks away, the Loews Astor Plaza and the Criterion Center.
Convincing people to spend $9.50-10 to see films that were already weeks or months into their initial release (save for screening series of films produced by the now-defunct production company The Shooting Gallery) proved to be a losing cause, as did the vague notion of competing with the nearby AMC Empire 25, which opened in April of 2000.
As a result, in early-2002 the Loews State 4 became a combo discount house/home for Bollywood epics. The Loews State 4 closed on January 26, 2006.
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