Loew's 34th Street Showplace
234-238 E. 34th Street,
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This theatre I think was in a free standing building and had three cinemas from it’s opening. I forget how they were set up, whether one cinema was upstairs and two were downstairs or all three were piggybacked together downstairs. I only went there once to see “Throw Mama From the Train”.
Loew’s had begun to throw up cinemas like this all over the tri-state area with no balcony but a sloping floor, which was I guess pre-stadium style seating of the 1980’s, but this offered bad sight lines and were also very boxy including the screen. All of its auditoriums were the same size and had the same screen. Loew’s did this style of theatre with the Loew’s 84th Street, the 19th Street, the refurbished and sadly rebuilt Orpheum on 86th Street.
This theatre withstood the opening of the Kips Bay 14 around the corner in 1996 or 1999. Two or three years later, it was quietly shuttered and then demolished. It was the second on 34th Street of the three on that strip in that area at the time.
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