Embassy 1 Theatre

1560 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on April 17, 2018 at 1:31 pm

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 30, 2018 at 7:17 pm

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

Khnemu
Khnemu on January 25, 2018 at 3:08 pm

The Victoria was later known as the Embassy 5, it has a page on CT here:

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2945

NYer
NYer on January 25, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Does anyone remember if this theatre was called The Embassy 5 from around ‘80 to '83? Pictures like Stallone’s “Victory” and “Dressed To Kill” played. The ads just say Broadway & 46th.

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 25, 2017 at 11:39 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 9:37 am

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

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 25, 2017 at 1:25 am

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 26, 2017 at 8:43 am

Shorpy link with the 1947 photo which can be enlarged.

http://www.shorpy.com/node/19310

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 23, 2016 at 7:53 pm

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

RickB
RickB on February 28, 2016 at 9:28 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
vindanpar on December 21, 2015 at 6:07 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 4:05 pm

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

Myron
Myron on December 21, 2015 at 3:59 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
DavidZornig on October 22, 2015 at 12:18 am

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

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 19, 2015 at 12:38 pm

1953 photo added, photo credit Samuel Gottscho.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 5, 2015 at 11:57 am

1964 photo added, photo credit National Geographic Magazine.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm

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

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on June 5, 2015 at 4:21 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
StanMalone on June 5, 2015 at 3:48 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
oknazevad on June 5, 2015 at 2:34 pm

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

Logan5
Logan5 on September 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm

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).

http://www.fromscripttodvd.com/70mm_in_new_york_1991.htm

robboehm
robboehm on August 8, 2014 at 9:42 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.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 7, 2014 at 9:01 pm

There are absolutely no stage facilities whatever, Mikeoaklandpark. And there’s barely any lobby space at all. I’ve uploaded a photo from last week. Alas, while Ken’s initial revision to the introduction above was a bit premature in saying the place had been boarded up, this is, in fact, what has since happened. A fresh barrier of plywood is now in place, covering the entire entrance right along the sidewalk.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on July 8, 2014 at 7:10 am

Maybe the Nederlander Organization will purchase it and make a small theater.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 8, 2014 at 6:42 am

This part of the block has been under scaffolding for some time (including the Palace Theatre entrance and the Doubletree Suites Hotel entrance on the corner of 47th), so it is difficult to get a good, representative photograph; but I will try to snap a shot in the next day or two, to update the gallery.