Loew's State Theatre

1540 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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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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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 19, 2016 at 10:02 pm

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vindanpar
vindanpar on July 20, 2016 at 3:22 am

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 5:28 am

Wow, nice catch, Vindanpar…!

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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on November 1, 2016 at 2:04 pm

B&W newsreel coverage of the world premiere of William Wyler’s “Ben-Hur” at Loew’s State in 1959 can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cluritreTfI

markp
markp on March 22, 2017 at 12:10 pm

Recently when cleaning out my childhood home, I came across a souvenier book from the movie “Doctor Doolittle.” My father wrote the date March 18, 1968 on the inside cover. I remember going there as part of a class trip. It was still a huge single screen then.

markp
markp on March 22, 2017 at 4:34 pm

I should add to the above comment, he wrote Loews State Theatre New York.

robboehm
robboehm on March 22, 2017 at 7:23 pm

Mark an alternative would have been to rewrite your comment with the additional information and delete the old one.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on March 24, 2017 at 9:33 am

Mark P Doctor Dolittle was the last film to play there as a single screen theater.

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on March 24, 2017 at 9:43 am

Around the corner was the Ben Hur bar in the old USO space I believe . No pictures that I know of exist. When the Roxy came down it signaled open season on all on the picture palaces . Times Square used to be an oasis . Quite soon,it became a barren desert

markp
markp on March 24, 2017 at 11:42 am

Mikeoaklandpark, I remember we were sitting up in the balcony. It was quite awesome for a little boy in the third grade. Of course my father enjoyed it too, since he was a projectionist in many central New Jersey theatres

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