Loews Festival Theatre

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

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Loews 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 as Loews Festival Theatre in August 1994 with “Four Weddings and a Funeral”. It is now used for retail space.

Contributed by Jamal p. Savage

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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 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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 13, 2011 at 7:59 pm

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

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 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 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.

bigjoe59 on August 14, 2016 at 3:14 pm


i went to the Festival many times during its reign as one of Manhattan’s leading art houses. this is especially true since many of its engagements were exclusive runs but there was one thing about the theater i didn’t like. in virtually all theaters when you enter the auditorium from the back the floor is flat as you walk toward the screen or in other instances actually declines as you walk toward the screen. but in the Festival the floor actually inclined as you walked toward the screen. it was rather uncomfortable if you got stuck with a seat in the first row.

edblank on August 14, 2016 at 5:03 pm

I remember now, but had forgotten, that oddity of the Festival being relatively flat for a major Manhattan first-run art house.

Mikeoaklandpark on August 17, 2016 at 11:30 am

I worked at this theater in the early 80’s Joe Torres was the manager and Martha was one of the cashiers as was Irene Cara’s mom Maria.

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