Loew's State Theatre

1540 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Loew's State

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Loew’s State Theatre opened on August 9th 1921, with vaudeville and movies, and the adjoining office building that became Loew’s headquarters.

Many World Premieres were hosted here including “The Three Musketeers” on October 20, 1948. Loew’s State Theatre was closed in 1958 for modernisation. The theatre reopened on March 28, 1959, with the World Premiere engagement of “Some Like It Hot”. The theatre was very successful in the 1960’s with reserved-seat road shows such as “Ben Hur”.

World Premiere’s of 70mm movies at the Loew’s State Theatre included “Ben Hur”(November 18, 1959 and played for 74 weeks), “King of Kings”(October 11, 1961), “Mutiny on the Bounty”(November 8, 1962), “Becket”(March 3, 1964), “The Agony and the Ecstasy”(October 7, 1965), “The Bible in the Beginning….”(September 28, 1966) and “Paint Your Wagon”(October 16, 1969 in Loew’s State 2). In 1972, “The Godfather” had its World Premiere here.

Partly due to the loss of Loew’s Capitol Theatre, Loew’s twinned the State Theatre. The balcony overhang was extended to create State 1 (1,172 seats) in the downstairs auditorium, State 2 (1,214 seats) used the upper portion of the original proscenium arch, was designed in a more ornate fashion, and had some original side wall and ceiling decoration visible. The theatre reopened December 1968, with “Oliver” in State 1 and “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” in State 2.

The Loew’s State Theatre closed February 19,1987.

In the 1990’s the State Theatre and the adjoining office building which had been Loew’s headquarters were demolished and replaced by a Virgin Megastore. A replacement four-screen multiplex, the Loew’s State 4, opened in the basement in 1996, but closed in 2006 after the opening nearby in W. 42nd Street of two stadium seated megaplexes; the AMC Empire 25 and the 42nd Street E-Walk(13-screens opened by Loew’s in 1999 and operated by Regal since the AMC-Loew’s merger)

Contributed by William Gabel, Howard B. Haas

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hdtv267
hdtv267 on July 20, 2016 at 7:24 am

that would have to put vindanpar’s visit sometime in the summer of 1974 as Chinatown opened June of that year. The Shubert theatre was a quick walk from the State.

The cast of “Over Here” also included Marilu Henner.

For saps, I fail to see how Franz Schubert could have played Broadway as he passed in 1828 as resided mainly in Vienna and never traveled, so unsure of what the reference has to do with anything.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 20, 2016 at 7:30 am

There is no Schubert theater on Broadway

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 20, 2016 at 10:18 am

Sorry!

Lost in memories…

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 20, 2016 at 10:55 am

I was just teasing, and I will soon delete… :)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 20, 2016 at 10:55 am

vindanpar there is no Schubert. There is a Shubert (and for a while there, a Little Shubert). Franz and his grammar nazis are simply playing with you.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 20, 2016 at 11:03 am

Grammar and spelling are different things, Al…

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 20, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Theatre, Theater, they are not.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Al, I’ve loved your posts and insights over these years, but grammar refers to the way words are used, classified, and structured together to form coherent written or spoken communication.

Spelling is forming of words with letters in an accepted order.

With a nod to George and Ira, let me add:

Things have come to a pretty pass

Our romance is growing flat,

For you like this and the other

While I go for this and that…

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 20, 2016 at 6:22 pm

I was simply confused because the original Blossom Time was one of my fondest theatrical memories.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 20, 2016 at 8:28 pm

Wow, nice catch, Vindanpar…!

A Schubert show at a Shubert house…

I bow to my new lord and master!

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