Loew's State Theatre

1540 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 7, 2018 at 11:46 am

Fantastic pic, with amazing detail when you zoom in on the full size and do a little panning and scanning. Thanks for sharing the find, David!

DavidZornig on April 6, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Shorpy link with a 1949 photo. Be sure to click on View Full Size.


Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 27, 2018 at 8:28 pm

The Christmas 1969 film at the State One was “Gaily, Gaily” with Beau Bridges. A rare film to find today.

vindanpar on March 27, 2018 at 7:40 pm

Per the posted ad for Dr Dolittle comment:State I was the orchestra and State II was the balcony.

By Christmas ‘69 neither film was at this theater. Chitty Chitty was long gone. I saw it summer of '69 at a drive-in and Oliver went into wide release for Christmas '69 and was no longer a reserved seat attraction at least in NY. Paint Your Wagon was the reserved seat attraction in State II in '69 and the last one ever at Loew’s State. I think the X rated Without a Stitch(somebody correct me if I’m wrong) might have been the State I Christmas film heralding in the Times Square squalor of 70s drugs and exploitation.

I saw Dolittle in the suburbs at Christmas time ‘68 and knew even as a child it was a dog. Tried watching it on DVD and stopped at the intermission with no desire to go back to it. Funny because it has a very good score. Even Bobby Darin put out a good album of the songs. It’s probably the reason Tommy Tune tried to make it into a stage musical which didn’t make it to Broadway.

Once the reviews came out the box office must have just died. But it made a spectacular billboard across the street above the Astor and Victoria. Remember seeing it on my way with my family to The Happiest Millionaire at the Music Hall. Somebody must have a photo of that.

DavidZornig on March 22, 2018 at 9:44 am

1958 photo added via Al Ponte’s Time Machine-New York Facebook page.

SethLewis on February 14, 2018 at 1:39 am

I agree Paint Your Wagon much maligned as a movie…probably miscast in terms of talent for musicals but the story, the songs are great and Lee Marvin Clint Eastwood Jean Seberg can only be faulted for a lack of chemistry

DavidZornig on February 13, 2018 at 5:44 pm

1962 photo added via Raymond Storey.

vindanpar on November 27, 2017 at 5:44 pm

Paint Your Wagon is another film that should have been shot in 70MM. As in Camelot Truscott’s wonderful work never got the photography it should have. In Cecil Beaton’s diaries he talks about the opening night world premiere at Loew’s State, how dreadful the film is and fleeing at intermission. Actually the complete roadshow film is very entertaining and the stereophonic score is stunning.

Note the mail order ad says 70MM and the opening day ad says Panavision.

How can you not like Lee Marvin singing Wanderin' Star with a great back up male chorus that could never be used on stage? The same with Maria. Some great songs here.

davidcoppock on August 22, 2017 at 6:57 am

Thank you very much!!

davidcoppock on August 22, 2017 at 4:25 am

Is this the theatre Elvis Presley worked at(as a usher?) before he was famous?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 13, 2017 at 10:02 pm

I wish I knew as much about classic movie houses then as I know now. I would have made it a point to visit every single remaining one a least once. And the ones I really did the visit over the years I would have paid closer attention to, savoring the experience.

That said, I knew enough by 1987 to be at the last show of the upstairs Loews State 2 so that I could get one last look at the proscenium, ceiling, fixtures…which I did indeed savor …

theatrefan on April 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Those sure were the good old days!

markp on April 12, 2017 at 12:13 pm

I must admit it was better when all the grind houses were there.

WilliamMcQuade on April 11, 2017 at 9:14 pm

Times Square is now nothing more than a Disneyland for adults . It is a shell of what it used to be. It is a tourist trap. By the way,I live in NY and avoid it like the plague.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 11, 2017 at 8:39 pm

I just checked out this page for the first time in a while, and there are so many great new photographs in the photo section… Thanks everybody, it really is the users' contributions that make this one of my favorite sites.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 10, 2017 at 6:39 pm

Do you really think that a generation of kids leaving the museum thinking that the leaping figures were running from KING KONG is a good idea? Really?

vindanpar on April 10, 2017 at 6:16 pm

When King Kong opened at the State in ‘76 the poster artwork illustration of Kong on the twin towers was painted on the north side of the building as was done for most of the attractions there which I’m sure many of us old enough do remember. And the image in the opening advertisement is included here in the photo section.

I was recently at the 9/11 memorial museum where a section is devoted to movie posters where the WTC is an iconic feature. To me the Kong illustration is definitely the most memorable.

It is not included. OK, understandable. Yet photos of people leaping from the building are. Inexplicable.

WilliamMcQuade on March 27, 2017 at 5:49 am

To Mark. Palaces all over the country were torn down. Google San Francisco Fox. Most gorgeous theater ever and it went down .

markp on March 27, 2017 at 5:34 am

Mikeoaklandpark, I remember also getting the NY papers to see the ads and showtimes of all the theatres. That’s something that’s missing these days. And its sad how many of the grand old palaces in NY and Philly as well as NJ have all been demolished.

WilliamMcQuade on March 26, 2017 at 1:59 pm

For many years,I was really involved with the architecture of these theaters. Look on this site for the Mastbaum in Philly. Over 4,000 seats and unbelievably ornate. Sad to say,I was never in it.

Mikeoaklandpark on March 26, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Mark P. I was living in Phila and spent summers in Atlantic City and got the NY Times once or twice a week because all the NYC movie theaters were so exciting to me. I also remember that summer was the last time the Palace showed films before the Neederlanders reopened it as a legit house with Lauren Bacall in Applause. I remember being upset not knowing what happened to the State. I knew the Palace was going legit by the theater directory. I moved to NYC in 76 and went to the State many times both upstairs and down. We had many grand movie palaces like that in Phila which like most places are now demolished.

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

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

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.

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.