Loew's Delancey Theatre

140-146 Delancey Street,
New York, NY 10002

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theatrefan
theatrefan on March 19, 2017 at 3:29 pm

In an old issue of the THS publication “Marquee” from 1982 it was mentioned that part the original neon Loew’s marquee logo from the Delancey wound up in the Century Restaurant on West 43rd off Times Square it filled the entire back wall of the bar. Does anybody here know what ever happened to it after?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 8, 2016 at 5:46 pm

Circa 1962 photo added courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page. Marquee on the far right. Great pic if you like picking out automobiles.

theatrefan
theatrefan on February 8, 2015 at 5:53 am

Joe, I have checked the NYC Department of Buildings information system website, it does not look like any demolition permits were issued for the upper levels. So there might be a good chance that some of the original aspects of the Delancey as a Movie Theatre could indeed exist in the upper portions of the building.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 6, 2015 at 11:31 pm

AndrewBarrett: It has just occurred to me that johndousmanis was probably talking about standpipe pumps, which were part of a theater’s built-in firefighting equipment, required by law in New York. It wouldn’t have had anything to do with the organ. Standpipe is another name for a fire hydrant.

theatrefan: I’ve just noticed in Street View that there is a white square with an X through it painted on the front wall of the theater, with the words “ABOVE STORE.” I wonder if that could be an indication that the building is vacant above the first floor? It’s quite possible that in this neighborhood, which was very low rent for a long time, only the ground floor was ever converted for other uses.

No new windows have been cut into the upper parts of the walls, so it certainly wasn’t converted into offices. In fact a few old windows (maybe for the mezzanine lounge, manager’s office, or rest rooms) that must have been part of the original design have been sealed up. I’d say the chances are pretty good that something remains of the upper part of the theatre.

theatrefan
theatrefan on February 6, 2015 at 4:12 pm

Are there any photo’s out there of the inside of this theatre?, I also wonder if there is anything left of the original auditorium & balcony inside, some say there is still some stuff intact inside. Makes me wonder.

AndrewBarrett
AndrewBarrett on December 27, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Dear Mr. Dousmanis and CinemaTreasures readers,
[By the way hello from a fellow AMICA member!] You mention being up in the upstairs part of this theatre, and specifically, “The top floors of the dressing rooms contained old air conditioning compressors and equipment. Well stripped by past junkies. There is more equipment under stage stand pipe pumps” Could any of this “equipment” or “pipe pumps” have been parts or pieces of the old Seeburg-Smith theatre pipe organ that was installed in this theatre?

According to “The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ” by Mr. David L. Junchen, pg. 630, the “Delancey Street Th.” in New York, New York, originally had a Seeburg-Smith theatre pipe organ installed in 1921. This organ had a 5 horsepower Kinetic blower, serial #J169, which produced 10" of static wind pressure.

Although the book does not give the size (# of manuals, # of pipe ranks) of the organ (not known at the time of publication), my comparison of the data on known Smith organs shows that only the very largest organs the company built (10 to 16 ranks) had blowers that were 5 horsepower.

Most of the rest of the Smith organs that the various Smith companies installed from 1913-1928 (mostly 4 to 9 ranks) had blowers of 1 HP, 1 & ½ HP, 2 HP, and 3 HP sizes. Only a relative handful (about 10) of the 200 or so Smith organs built were known to have been 10 ranks or larger, or had a 5 HP or larger blower that would also indicate the size of the organ.

Does anybody know where the Seeburg-Smith organ from the Delancey Street Theatre, or its parts, is/are today? Thanks!

artwong
artwong on October 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm

The “historic Ratner deli” should be “historic Ratner’s dairy restaurant”. The dairy-only menu attracted observant Jews as well as non-observant fans of blintzes and cheesecake.

bassmanbobby
bassmanbobby on March 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Still trying to find new pictures!

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on March 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Thanks SinatraHandball.

SinatraHandball
SinatraHandball on March 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Bittersweet nostalgia. Growing up on the Lower East Side meant the Loew’s Delancey was the movie theater of choice during my teenage years during the 60’s. Although the Loew’s Canal theater was in close proximity, this theater was situated on a “main street” as it meant good food as well as convenient shopping (in addition to street fare on Orchard, Essex, Clinton.)

I remember watching James Bond double features, Von Ryan’s Express, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Duel at Diablo, A Guide for the Married Man, The Battle of The Bulge, to name a few (good movies.)

Strange, I remember movie going weekend afternoons with my adolescent friends, eating the food there, laughing, carrying on, but not being admonished by adults for doing so. I think kids made up all most of the audience during the day. As an aging adult, these days I couldn’t tolerate such a distraction.

Every time I past by and see the outer building it’s like looking at a ghostly hulk of a sunken ship. Quite heart breaking as this area still doesn’t have a decent movie complex in addition to empty undeveloped lots across the street.

For the past several years I’ve been getting ecstatic experiences of times past whenever I’ve gone to the restored Loew’s Jersey Theater (unashamed plug) in Jersey City, viewing classic films. The symmetry and decor inside is reminiscent of immense showcases like Delancey and the defunct 14 st. Academy of Music. The venue is a gigantic bonus to simply watching an old great film, say, as shown at Film Forum. The sound, the screen, all should be experienced by those with and without remembrances of what New York City used to have.

celaniasdawn
celaniasdawn on March 25, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I meant Loew’s not Lowes sorry

celaniasdawn
celaniasdawn on March 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm

There was a movie made a long time ago with Marlo Thomas called Thieves (if I remember right) and she would say in the movie how she used to go to the Lowes Delancey. There is a brief shot of the interior of the theater, showing the stage and the asbestos fire curtain down halfway, the curtain had Lowes Delancey on it.

robert59
robert59 on September 16, 2010 at 10:38 am

does anyone know about beauty pagents held at the theatre in the late 1940s, i was told my mom was “miss Loews Delancey” in about 1947

mhantholz
mhantholz on May 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm

Loew’s DELANCEY [natives pronounced it “Lowee’s, btw—-you did too if you didn’t want to get tabbed as an auslander]was THE REAL DEAL for action double-features 1960s-70s. It was like Times Square come to the Lower East Side [=L.E.S.]. HUGE screen, master-blaster sound system and balcony made for a well-spent $1.25 [early show]. Saw the best double-feature of the early 1970s there: "Hammer Of God” with “Hatchet For The Honeymoon”—-top-shelf Shaw Bros. kung-fu with Mario Bava horror. Gets no better. Now they pay $20 to sit in a cracker-box and watched feature-length model shoots [hawk-ptoo]

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 25, 2010 at 4:18 am

The Delancey Street Theatre was designed by architect S.S. Sugar, who also designed Loew’s Greeley Square Theatre. An item saying plans for the project had been filed was published in The New York Times of July 2, 1911.

TPH
TPH on November 14, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Growing up in NY, you came to distinguish the distinct marquee styles of the Loews & RKO chains. They were recognizable from blocks away, especially if you were riding along the elevated subway lines.

The photo posted last May shows that the theatre’s blade sign was in competition with Ratner’s. Both added glitz to the busy street below.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 4, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Once again great old pictures and info.

Dan300
Dan300 on May 6, 2009 at 11:03 am

Thank you very much Last memory.

Dan300
Dan300 on May 6, 2009 at 8:59 am

Are there any pictures of part the marquee in the bar. Are there any other pictures of this theater, or is there a websit of the old movie theaters of the past of new york. Please let me know.

Thanks
Dan

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on May 6, 2009 at 8:36 am

Part of this marquee was behind the bar of a Times Square bar that closed and demolished in the last few years. Does anyone know where it went?

Dan300
Dan300 on May 6, 2009 at 4:23 am

WOW! What a flash back for me. I grew up on Cherry Street, and my mother still lives there today. Boy, do I remember the Loews Delancey Theater. This theater brings back so many memories. I remember seeing Enter the Dragon and the second movie they show that day was the Green Hornet. I also remember Baits Record shop that use to be right next door. I have Great memories of the Loews Theater. When I look at the picture that AIAlvarez posted above, it puts me back in a time when things were not easy, but much simpler. The Lowes Delancey Theater will always be a special part of my life.

Dan R

Alanem
Alanem on May 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm

Didn’t someone alter the sign on the marquee so the letters OEW and ELANCY were OFF so it read LSD! This was during the psychedelic late 1960’s!
—Alan

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 13, 2009 at 9:05 am

A real beauty, this one.

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LuisV
LuisV on February 15, 2009 at 1:41 pm

What a shame that this theater didn’t survive to enjoy the revival of the Lower East Side although revival might not be a good term as I don’t think that the Lower East Side was EVER known as a nice neighborhood. I have to admit, that of all of the crummy New York Neighborhoods that I remember growing up in the 70’s and 80’s I would have picked the Lower East Side as dead last in potential for revival. But when I go there today, it is truly astounding! Trendy restaurants, including one of my favorites (Kampuchea), lounges, bars, boutiques, museums (including the amazing Tenement Museum on Orchard Street) and new Condominiums and luxury rental towers.

Times have changed so much that I feel very comfortable walking home (at night) from the Lower East Side through Chinatown to my home in the Financial District without the least worry for my safety. This is quite a difference from way back when when you made sure your car door was locked when driving through and that is all you did back then…….Drive Through!

The revival of many parts of New York in the last 15 years has been nothing short of spectacular. I’m confident that we won’t go back to the bad old days in spite of the current challenging economic environment.

While it is too late for Loews Delancey, I hold out some hope for Loews Canal which I think may be largely intact and quietly hibernating and waiting to be rediscovered.