Festival Theatre

6 W. 57th Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Festival Theatre

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This theater opened on June 23, 1963, as as an art house theater on West 57th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. It was a conversion of a former Milgram store by Embassy Theatres. Seating was provided for 600 in orchestra and balcony levels.

It closed during the late-1980’s and is now used for retail space.

Contributed by Jamal p. Savage

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on March 4, 2010 at 12:31 pm

This closed as Loew’s Festival in August 1994 with “Four Weddings and a Funeral”.

ClintGuy
ClintGuy on April 25, 2011 at 7:15 am

Lance sees “Desperate Characters” here in an episode (around 11) of AN AMERICAN FAMILY which is currently being rerun this weekend in various PBS outlets. He is filmed walking along the street to it (you can see the Solow office building being constructed across the street)and going into the lobby, and the film crew actually filmed a minute or so of the film on screen!

marcystarnes
marcystarnes on October 13, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Run for many years under The Walter Reade Theaters. I wish we could see a photo of the theater, as this does not do it justice.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on October 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Marcy, if you look at previous posts you will find photo links.

Lockjawal
Lockjawal on January 13, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Like Suthnuh24, I was also part of the Fr-Sat RHPS crowd between ‘78 & 80. Used to do the floor show as Dr. Scott. Good times & great parties afterwards! “..TO THE KITCHEN..!” (INSIDE JOKE)

P.S. also worked at The Plaza theatre on 58th St. during this time so I got to see RH for free on courtesy pass.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on January 14, 2013 at 7:15 am

I workd at this theater in 81 and 82.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 16, 2013 at 10:49 pm

The architect’s surname is Zelnik, not Selnik. His surname is spelled correctly on the Playhouse Theatre and Joyce Theatre pages, but his middle initial is missing from both.

A two-page article about the Festival Theatre with photos appeared in the July, 1963, issue of International Projectionist. See it at this link.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

I uploaded the June 24th, 1963 grand opening ad as well as the photo from the International Projectionist.

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