Loew's State Theatre

1540 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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DavidZornig on November 16, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Art Carney 1954 photo added courtesy of Edward Eckert. Martin & Lewis film “3 Ring Circus” on the Loew’s marquee.

DavidZornig on October 7, 2015 at 9:29 am

More photos added.

DavidZornig on September 4, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Three 1960 images added courtesy of Monique Carboni. Her mother is pictured in the exterior photo.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 21, 2015 at 11:07 pm

It seems hdtv267 means that Times Square was more fun in the 70s and 80s than in its current incarnation as “an appealing place to go to have fun.”

curmudgeon on June 21, 2015 at 9:35 am

hdtv267 Bit confused. Do you mean Times Square was MORE or LESS fun in the 70’s and 80’s? Must say I found it quite bland in 2007 compared to the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s images that fired my imagination to visit NY. Admittedly I didn’t experience the sleazy side, but the proliferation of Cinema and Theatre palaces, now sadly gone, made for a very sterile and disappointing area.

mharmon999 on June 20, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Saw “The Terminator” and “Poltergeist” at this theatre, was very unique with the size and layout, remember when it closed that it was abruptly with no advanced announcement from what I remember, Critical Condition was the last film playing there, When the Marriott Marquis hotel opened across the street in 1985 and this theatre closing in 1987, it was the start of cleaning up the seediness of Times Square from 1970’s and ‘80’s to where it is now as an appealing place to go have fun.

AdamBomb1701 on June 1, 2015 at 9:14 am

I trucked in from Staten Island back on December 7, 1979, to see “Star Trek – The Motion Picture” at the State. Mostly because it was supposed to be playing there in 70mm Dolby. I only recently discovered that there were no 70mm prints of “ST-TMP” made; the movie itself was finished so close to the release date, there wasn’t any time to make any 70mm prints.

robboehm on March 30, 2015 at 7:48 am

Additional marquee photo uploaded.

theatrefan on February 12, 2015 at 10:00 am

Auditorium #3 in the Sony/Loews Theatres Lincoln Square complex on New York’s Upper West Side is named in honor of this former Loew’s Motion Picture Palace.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 6, 2014 at 7:44 pm

I was there that night (August 7, 1978) and somewhere in my collection is her autographed photo. She was one of a kind and I feel like I’ve lost a friend.

NYer on September 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

The late great Joan Rivers hustling opening weekend, making personal appearances for her directorial debut ‘Rabbit Test" in photo section.

rivoli157 on March 18, 2014 at 9:48 pm

new photo- Loews State 1&2 during engagement of OLIVER! and CASTLE KEEP. 1969

gd14lawn on October 20, 2013 at 1:41 am

Before and after pictures from the 1959 renovation.


BobbyS on February 10, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Tinseltoes, your Boxoffice magazine is such a joy to read. Thanks.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on February 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Reserved seat engagements were so common in 1968 that here’s an advance order form for a movie before its theater had even been booked. It wound up being the opening attraction at Loew’s State 2.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 5, 2012 at 5:04 am

The original Loew’s State became nothing but rubble and dust in 1987. The newly built, subterranean State, to which you refer, has its own page right here. That latter theater opened nearly 10 years after the original’s demolition – and bore absolutely no resemblance to its earlier, more famous incarnation.

SeaBassTian on September 4, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I actually began to return to State when it became a second-run house under Virgin Mega Store. That was the opposite experience, always spookily quiet. I caught quite a few discount shows there though the price kept increasing. The Weather Man was probably my last visit.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 3, 2012 at 7:27 pm

With that beautiful shot of the revamped auditorium, I try to picture myself in there watching the premiere attraction of Some Like it Hot.

Must have been an unforgettable experiencce..

BobbyS on September 3, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I didn’t care what the audience did or did not do. There is nothing like seeing a major motion picture in a major movie palace. A first-run movie at Radio City Music Hall with a stage show/organ and all the hoopla can never be equaled, ever……

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 3, 2012 at 6:18 pm

SeaBassTian… audience participation is precisely what brought me back to the theaters of Times Square time and again – that and the cheap admissions. Of course, I was a teen at the time. I’ve grown much more conservative in my expectations for movie-going etiquette as the years have passed.

BobbyS on September 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

You always send the most interesting items..Thanks. Just before being sold, Loews always ran an ad in the NYTimes telling the features playing in their theaters.

SeaBassTian on September 2, 2012 at 10:51 pm

By the time, I had the displeasure of finding about this theater in ‘87, it was already in decline. Granted, the film was The Blob but the audience was under impression that participation was required with hisses, boos, etc. I think I avoided all Times Square theaters after that.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I think the “grand staircase” photo on the right is actually of the Loew’s Capitol and not the Loew’s State, as captioned. Nevertheless, an absorbing read, indeed.

BobbyS on July 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

That explains it. What was the Cinemiracle fiasco? Sorta Todd-Ao like?

BobbyS on July 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Tinseltoes, As I said before, this is one great publication you found. Enjoyed reading. Didn’t realize the Roxy continued to put on complete stage shows in the last year of its life.