Loew's Orpheum Theatre

168 E. 86th Street,
New York, NY 10128

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Loew's Orpheum Theatre exterior

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Loew’s Orpheum Theatre opened on October 19, 1913. A Kimball 2 manual 20 rank organ was installed in 1915. It was twinned in July 1968, with the former balcony being named Loew’s Cine.

The theater closed in November 1989 and was demolished.

In November 1991, a new 7-screen Loews Orpheum Theatre opened on the site, which remains open in 2010.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 69 comments)

PassedPawn
PassedPawn on January 26, 2010 at 8:48 pm

PH you make a great point about the sound system at Orpheum 1. Very full sound with lots of impact. I still have fond memories of how great Raiders of the Lost Ark sounded there.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on January 27, 2010 at 12:56 am

The opening date is still wrong.

It was October 19, 1913.

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Coll phots Tinseltoes.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on February 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

in his comment of Oct.22, 2005 Robert refers to the X rated “Inga”
a film shown at the Loews' Cine as “porn”. i am a librarian by
education and vocation as a result am very picky about the use
of language. i do not think Loew’s would have booked an actual
porn film into the Cine. many X rated films at the time “Inga” was
released would probably get R rating today. so please unless its
actual porn do not refer to it as such. refer to it as an
exploitation film to use and old term. thank you.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on February 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Chris, when “INGA” was released, it was considered a porn film since graphic sex films were not yet in existence. Loews was the first chain to book X-rated independent Swedish sex films like “WITHOUT A STITCH” and “INGA” into mainstream theatres and was even accused of promoting pornography by MPAA President Jack Valenti.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 17, 2011 at 4:07 am

This photograph of the Loew’s Orpheum Theatre was taken in 1930 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 19, 2011 at 2:42 am

Thanks Brad for the link.

tone10029
tone10029 on August 5, 2012 at 6:55 am

Great photo!I was 11 years old when my folks took me to see “Superman The Movie"at this great theatre.It’s one of my best memories of being a kid in NYC during the 70s and 80s.Saw some other classic films there too,including"The Empire Strikes Back”,“Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”,“Aliens”,“King Kong 76” and “Top Gun”.At the 3rd.Ave.side of the theatre ,I saw “Prophecy”,“Stir Crazy”,“Superman II”,and “Beetlejuice”.I miss the way this theatre used to be.

SethLewis
SethLewis on August 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Vivid memories of this as a single screen with How the West Was Won in Cinerama, Cat Ballou, Major Dundee in the 60’s then of the twin with both the Orpheum and Cine providing good old school movie going experiences…Among the picture I saw in the Orpheum – See No Evil (after its Music Hall run), Ryan’s Daughter (after the Ziegfeld), French Connection (at least 4 times), The Anderson Tapes…then much later The Abyss (in 70 MM), Farewell to the King, U2 Rattle and Hum, Lethal Weapon 2…At the Cine – Valachi Papers with Charles Bronson, Johnny Handsome, License to Kill

The Loews theatres were in their day at different times Columbia, Paramount, Warner Bros and Universal showcase houses with some Fox product in the 80s and 90s

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

This theatre never had Cinerama capability.

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