Embassy 1 Theatre

1560 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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rivest266 on September 30, 2020 at 10:02 am

Grand opening ads posted.

kieran10 on September 19, 2020 at 11:13 am

Only went here twice that I can remember- once in 92 for Noises Off and once right before it closed to see The Full Monty. I remembered thinking it was too bad I hadn’t gone more often because it was a cute little theater.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 7, 2019 at 9:45 pm

Good grief, the place is now “Pelé Soccer, The World’s Greatest Soccer Store.”

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Pics posted.

robboehm on June 21, 2019 at 4:25 pm

When I went to the visitors center I was impressed by all the showcases which had housed the movie posters in the long corridor and how low the ceiling of the auditorium was. The original ceiling was there and the sloping floor also intact.

DavidZornig on June 21, 2019 at 7:06 am

Saul Smaizys 1977 photo via Flickr. Image will enlarge in link.


Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on April 17, 2018 at 10:31 am

Numerous views of midtown theatres, starting with the Embassy Newsreel, can be seen in this B&W film footage from December, 1929

DavidZornig on January 30, 2018 at 4:17 pm

1955 photo added via Al Ponte’s Time Machine-New York Facebook page

vindanpar on June 25, 2017 at 8:39 am

I thought that was still the 60s as late as it was which you can tell buy the shortness of the skirts.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 25, 2017 at 6:37 am

I think you mean “Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting” and that was summer of 1969. The summer of love.

vindanpar on June 24, 2017 at 10:25 pm

Can anybody figure out the film playing in the ‘71 photo? I thought that the Coke sign had been modernized by '70.

DavidZornig on May 26, 2017 at 5:43 am

Shorpy link with the 1947 photo which can be enlarged.


DavidZornig on November 23, 2016 at 4:53 pm

1937 photo as the Newsreel Theatre added. 13th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo credit Walter Kelleher.

RickB on February 28, 2016 at 6:28 am

Brief video of Broadway in late 1929, beginning with a shot of the Embassy Newsreel and proceeding up the street to the Strand. Go here <warning: autoplay audio>, click on “Sound”, find “Noise Abatement Commission” in the far right column toward the bottom and click there.

vindanpar on December 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

From what I remember of that time and I was so young and went to so few presentations as it was at the point when first run Times Square houses were turning to exploitation films was that roadshow movie houses along with Broadway theaters had female ushers.

Men in tuxedoes sold the souvenir programs. I remember this from when the Rivoli showed Fiddler and the Criterion showed MFL in ‘71.

And I only remember usherettes at legitimate theaters though now it is kind of hazy. Maybe somebody who was going to Broadway shows and roadshow movies during the 50s and 60s could clarify this.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Myron, we here have known about its closing since Ed Solero’s post back on July 7, 2014, nearly 18 months ago…

Myron on December 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Sadly, the theatre was secretly closed. It had been restored as a Visitors Center and gift shop. It featured the actual New Year’s Ball. It is now closed and I believe it will be a McDonalds although the interior was landmarked. This should be looked into.

DavidZornig on October 21, 2015 at 9:18 pm

1938 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

DavidZornig on October 19, 2015 at 9:38 am

1953 photo added, photo credit Samuel Gottscho.

DavidZornig on September 5, 2015 at 8:57 am

1964 photo added, photo credit National Geographic Magazine.

DavidZornig on September 4, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Two photos added. 06/06/1944 photo copyright Howard Hollem. 1959 photo copyright Dave Gelinas.

Mikeoaklandpark on June 5, 2015 at 1:21 pm

StanMalone it was very small but comfortable theater. I saw All That Jazz there and one other film. They had great curtains that opened and closed during the previews and before the main feature .

StanMalone on June 5, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Regarding Ed’s comment of 8/7/14: I was in this visitors center in 2006 when I was last in NYC. I was there to attend one of the classic series the Ziegfeld was running in those days. I could tell that this used to be a movie theatre because the one sheet frames were still in the entrance. The visitors center itself was i what I thought at the time was the old theatre lobby. However, I found out later that area was actually the auditorium itself, and if the seat count is correct even that must have been a tight fit. It was certainly not one of the movie palaces like the State or Rivoli.

oknazevad on June 5, 2015 at 11:34 am

This place would make a great cabaret/piano bar type performance space.

Logan5 on September 24, 2014 at 11:15 am

There was a 70mm 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR Sneak Preview of “The Rocketeer” and a “Rocketeer Party” at the Guild Embassy 1 on Monday June 17, 1991 before the film began it’s regular run beginning on Friday June 21, 1991 (the film’s nationwide release date).


robboehm on August 8, 2014 at 6:42 am

The most impressive thing about this theater was the entrance. I was surprised at the tiny and low ceilings auditorium. Once would hope the long entrance will be preserved in whatever the iteration of the building takes.