Loew's State Theatre

1540 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on November 1, 2016 at 9:04 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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 20, 2016 at 1:28 pm

Wow, nice catch, Vindanpar…!

A Schubert show at a Shubert house…

I bow to my new lord and master!

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 20, 2016 at 11:22 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 6:02 am

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…

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 20, 2016 at 5:07 am

Theatre, Theater, they are not.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 20, 2016 at 4:03 am

Grammar and spelling are different things, Al…

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 20, 2016 at 3:55 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 3:55 am

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

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 20, 2016 at 3:18 am

Sorry!

Lost in memories…

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 20, 2016 at 12:30 am

There is no Schubert theater on Broadway

hdtv267
hdtv267 on July 20, 2016 at 12:24 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 19, 2016 at 11:29 pm

The Shubert family of New York City was responsible for the establishment of the Broadway district as the hub of the theatre industry in the United States.

Franz Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century. But he never played Broadway…

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 19, 2016 at 9:43 pm

Saw Chinatown here at a late morning show.

Afterwards went to a matinee of The Andrew Sisters in the musical Over Here at the Schubert in which I remember a very young Travolta, Ann Reinking and Treat Williams.

Boy I liked NY back then.

jordanlage
jordanlage on June 20, 2016 at 2:16 pm

For what it’s worth, Polanski’s CHINATOWN premiered at Loew’s State 1 on this date, June 20th, in 1974, not June 19th. Just checked the ad in Times Machine. Don’t recall seeing too many films at the State, though I was here in NYC for 6 years before it closed. My recollection is that I saw Ragtime in State 1. Bit of a letdown after having 1st read the terrific Doctorow novel.

scorpion6x
scorpion6x on February 29, 2016 at 11:24 pm

Hi my name is Hector, I’m looking for pictures of the interior of the Loews theater. I am specifically looking for paintings hanging on the walls of Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin Humphrey Bogart… If any one can lead me in the right direction please. They were originally were hanging in the theater for years. They were all painted by Patrick Casey. Any info would be greatly appreciated thanks

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 26, 2015 at 1:11 pm

I just did the same search and it’s there. The site gives “open” theaters first, but click the tab “all theaters” and voila!

michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on December 26, 2015 at 5:57 am

Is there some reason this theater isn’t in the Search database? (I tried “Loew’s State” and nothing came up.) I saw several movies in this great theater, including Fox’s “How to Marry a Millionaire” with Marilyn Monroe. It was the second film in CinemaScope and the wide image – projected on a lightly curved screen – was incredible. The film began with a musical overture, played in multi-channel magnetic stereophonic sound. Once the action began, I remember vividly how the sound followed the actors as they moved around the screen.

markp
markp on December 24, 2015 at 2:17 am

I was just talking about this place with someone today. I was in here twice in my life, both on school trips. The first time to see “Doctor Doolittle” when it was a single. Then a while later “Oliver” after it was twinned.

Movieholic
Movieholic on December 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm

If time travel is ever invented, which is highly unlikely, LOL, this and the old Loews Orpheum, when it was a twin, are two Manhattan movie houses I’d love to visit. I know it’ll never happen but a guy can dream, can’t he?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 17, 2015 at 1:55 am

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 7, 2015 at 5:29 pm

More photos added.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 4, 2015 at 10:52 pm

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

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 22, 2015 at 7:07 am

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
curmudgeon on June 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

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
mharmon999 on June 20, 2015 at 9:49 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.