Loew's Victoria Theatre

233 West 125th Street,
New York, NY 10027

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spectrum on June 8, 2016 at 10:26 am

I’m happy to see that my comment above was wrong and that the theatre is still standing. I had not recognized the back wall of the Apollo and confused that with the Victoria when I was checking last time. According to the 2016 aerial view and the street views of the front (2015) and back (2014) the theatre is indeed still standing.

DavidZornig on September 4, 2015 at 5:23 pm

1941 photo added credit Walter Payton.

optimist008 on March 6, 2015 at 7:39 pm

This theater’s exterior is briefly shown in “Cotton Comes to Harlem” which was on Bounce TV Channel 41.3 a few weeks back and will likely be repeated a few more times as with all their films…

markp on March 6, 2015 at 6:01 pm

Thank goodness. Still hope it can be saved.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on March 6, 2015 at 10:59 am

I’m saying that person is wrong, and the auditorium is still there. You can see it clearly on google maps (dated September 2014) or just look up the job permits on the New York City Department of Building’s website. There are demolition permits, but they have not been approved yet, so nothing has been demolished yet.

markp on March 5, 2015 at 9:23 pm

Matt, it was posted earlier the auditorium is demolishede. Are you saying it still there? Or just the lobby as has been previously posted.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on March 5, 2015 at 4:57 pm

The theater is still there. No construction work has started yet.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 28, 2014 at 12:22 am

Nice nighttime shot of the marquee in the movie The Pawnbroker.

spectrum on November 27, 2014 at 10:46 pm

From the Google Street View from 126th street (dated September 2014) the auditorium has been demolished and the new tower (about 8 floors) has been built. The street view on 125th street (from 2013) shows the lobby portion of the Victoria still standing. I hope they keep the interior architecture.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

It’s working for me and it is the Victoria.

Movieplace on October 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

SAVE LOEW’S VICTORIA page on Facebook:


Movieplace on September 25, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Also, Ed Solero, that is the box office but it is not a free standing one. It is still there though. The entry is rather small for such a large theater.

Movieplace on September 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Thank you Nicholas for the credit. I have been posting this all over the place.

I read an article yesterday from the New York Daily News and I can’t believe it. The State of New York has cleared a final hurdle for the development of the the site upon which sits my beloved Loew’s Victoria. This treasure designed by the great Thomas Lamb will become part of a hotel and apartment tower which will be built on the site and the lobby and foyer of the Victoria will be preserved and used as part of a ballroom conference and convention venue in the new space.

However the auditorium will have to be demolished the developer says. Why is there not one thought about saving the auditorium? That is the space that could serve as a convention center, even a ballroom. The theater is not in such horrible shape, it can be saved. Harry Macklowe tried to demolish the Hudson Theater but was stopped. His plans thwarted, he accepted defeat and restored the theater and uses it as a conference room / convention space. Why not the Victoria?

Instead of being excited by this, I hope Harlem wakes up before all of it’s too late, before all the treasures are gone and the “white hot” 125th street corridor is just another mall that could be any where in this country.

To paraphrase the New York Times, it’s the buildings that make a city special and we will be judged not by what we have built but what we have destroyed. To paraphrase another New Yorker “enough already”. When will we learn that we live in the most special city in the world and it got that way through it’s buildings, whether a tenement, a mansion or a theater and the people who built them and those who use them.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

Nice photos in your link, Nick.

Nicholas Vargelis
Nicholas Vargelis on September 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm

What sad news, it looks like the re-development plan that has been approved will demolish the auditorium and stage house !


“The Victoria’s cavernous auditorium will be demolished, but its ornate lobby, signature fountain, original marquee, grand stairway and gilded chandeliers will be preserved.”

AND BEHIND the multiplexing is a carefully preserved mostly intact single screen auditorium ! (see photos in link below)


“Mr. Blake, sensitive to the historical and irreplaceable aspects of this theater, had partitions put in to create 5 auditoriums that would leave no scars and could be easily removed.”

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 28, 2012 at 7:28 am

Possibly, markp… I was just curious if anyone knew for sure that the ticket booth depicted in that photo is actually the Victoria’s.

markp on August 27, 2012 at 6:21 am

Ed, somewhere here on CT, I saw an old studio ad someone posted for another theatre from the early/mid 70’s. Under Manhattan I remember was listed Loews Victoria 125th St. Maybe thats how the photographer meant to refer to it?

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Just posted this image from a July 25th article in the NY Times about local photographer Dawoud Bey. The image is dated 1976 and is labeled by the Times as depicting the “Loew’s 125th Street Movie Theater”… Could they mean the Victoria? Did the Victoria have a free-standing outdoor ticket booth? It doesn’t appear that way in the image posted here from the late 1960’s, with “Tony Rome” on the marquee.

LuisV on July 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm

It has been reported today that the redevelopment of Harlem’s Victoria Theater is moving forward. Sadly, only the lobby and “a fountain” are being preserved. No word in this article about the facade or whether a replica of the original marquee will be installed.


Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 24, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I wish you could post the ads for these bits of history that you provide, tinseltoes. We all seem to love old movie advertising.

LuisV on August 31, 2011 at 5:04 pm

You beat me to it Ed! This was always something of a long shot for preservation and I’m not quite sure how much was there to preserve, but at least some of it will live on. Of course we wish we could save them all, but we can’t. We need to dedicate our efforts where the true potentials are: The Loew’s Canal is foremost on my mind as our best hope for bringing back a faded beauty in Manhattan. We have succeeded in saving stunners like Radio City, The New Amsterdam, The Hollywood, all five Wonder Theaters, The Saint George, The Beacon and, of course, the Apollo. I fear for the RKO Keiths Richmond Hill. However, I do have hope for the Brooklyn Paramount and The Jackson in Queens. As for the Victoria, we will still keep the dignified exterior though I hope with that hideous marquee removed and perhaps a period marquee in its place. I hope they make good use of the chandeliers and grand stairs.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 31, 2011 at 4:05 pm

According to the article, the facade will be preserved, but it looks like the theater’s interior will be gutted, with certain architectural elements – chandeliers, a fountain and a grand staircase – to be incorporated into the new space. When completed, there will be two small theaters – one seating 199 and the other only 99 patrons.

Michael D. Jackson
Michael D. Jackson on August 31, 2011 at 1:46 pm

This theater will get a make-over and reopen for live entertainment. See today’s New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/31/realestate/commercial/along-harlems-125th-street-redevelopment-projects-advance.html

jahlaune on April 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Thank you guys or girls VERY much