Embassy 1 Theatre

1560 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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RobertR on September 27, 2006 at 4:54 pm

Seems this was advertised as Embassy 48 St. in 1977.
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Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on September 16, 2006 at 6:42 pm

My father took me to a film here years ago. It sure was a nice little house. It was in great shape considering the year was about ‘88-'89. No water damage, no insensitive paint jobs (I.E. the entire auditorium was not painted lemon yellow), vintage light fixures in the lobby. Definitely one of my best cinema experiences.

Kind of funny that I was so impressed by the features of this little house when Times Square once had such things as the Paramount.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 17, 2006 at 2:38 pm

Should “New Embassy” be included as an AKA above? Perhaps even “Newsreel” and “Embassy I”.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 17, 2006 at 2:34 pm

One of the all time great imports (scroll to the bottom of the clipping):
Fellini – Daily News 11/25/63

The film opened in the States in June of ‘63, per imdb, so I’m not sure if this is part of that initial engagement, a move-over or a late run.

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on August 8, 2006 at 8:44 am

Strange seats in this theater so low to the floor……….

SwankyJohn on August 7, 2006 at 10:21 pm

HELP!!! I’m compulsive and have been losing sleep over this – I went on a walking tour of Times Square with the Theater Historical Society and I recall being told this theater was originally the first theater owned by a woman- she marketed the small theater to other society women rich enough to cough up the high ticket price… Anyone familiar with this? Thanks – SwankyJohn

RobertR on July 9, 2006 at 6:58 pm

The Embassy showing “The Hours of Love"
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frankie on July 6, 2006 at 12:16 pm

My friend & I saw the worst movie I ever saw at this theater. I gave him back his $7.00 ! “Everybody Wins” starring Debra Winger.

BrooklynJim on July 6, 2006 at 10:45 am

Newsreels were produced until 1967, saps, but fewer and fewer first-run theaters carried them after 1962. Check this site:


ERD on February 17, 2006 at 12:27 pm

Thanks for the wonderful historic theatrical pictures you contribute, Warren.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 18, 2005 at 9:21 pm

La Dolce Vita is from 1960; when did the newsreels stop?

RobertR on December 18, 2005 at 9:03 am

This engagement must have been shortly after the newsreels stopped.
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RichHamel on November 17, 2005 at 5:17 am

The last movie I saw here was Pulp Fiction in 1994. It was a little worn by then, but still a fun place to see a film. Too bad movies aren’t still being shown, but at least it is mostly intact as the Times Square visitors center.

ERD on November 16, 2005 at 9:37 am

When I was a child,I used to go many times with my dad to the Embassy in the 1950’s. The showing included a newsreel and shorts. It was comfortable, cozy, and a nice looking little movie theatre.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on November 15, 2005 at 7:36 am

In Stanley Kubrick’s 1955 film Killer’s Kiss available on a nice DVD, there are extended night scenes of the Times Square area and its theatres. One gets clear views of the Victoria with a large display for The Man Between, the Astor with Queen of Sheba, and the Embassy Newsreel Theatre. There are snippets of more. That part must have been shot around November of 1953.

DonRosen on October 22, 2005 at 5:00 pm

The Embassy 4 in the ad is not this Embassy Theatre. It’s the old DeMille Theatre, which was the Embassy 2-3-4.

RobertR on October 22, 2005 at 12:44 pm

When Loew’s State had “A” bookings the Embassy would get the spillover Paramount releases and even when they opened at Loew’s they would move to the Embassy when a new film replaced it. I believe “48 Hrs” opened at the Guild, it was a huge suprise hit that seemed to play forever that year.
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on September 25, 2005 at 5:55 am

THESE THEATRE ADS appeared in a program booklet “Stadium Concerts Review” for Lewisohn Stadium, College of the City of New York, for July 29 to August 4, 1936. The concerts were by the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra. The small ads tout what was playing at several New York movie theatres. One of them was for the Embassy News Theatre.

DonRosen on July 23, 2005 at 12:26 pm

Except for the seats and curtin, that’s the way it looks now as the Visitor’s Center.

jays on July 13, 2005 at 12:00 am

thaks warren for the photos of the columbia theatre which later became the sister cinema to this listing if i’m correct. they were fabulous.

RobertR on April 18, 2005 at 10:26 pm

Look at this great picture of the Embassy in it’s newsreel days, with the RKO Palace behind it.

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chconnol on March 18, 2005 at 3:05 pm

I went there today (thanks Warren for pointing this out). I felt like a total rube going in there. But whatever.

Boy, it’s tiny, alright. The lobby is actually more interesting looking than the theater itself. Very long and elaborate. Beautiful. I didn’t realize it was even IN the theater until I saw the the dome in the ceiling. It’s the size of some small theaters in multiplexes. I assume there was no balcony.

I did notice that there were doors in the rear of the auditorium that were sealed off. Not unusable, just painted so you felt you should not go in there. Can anyone fathom what they were for? I thought maybe they were for a long gone balcony but I don’t think so.

I think it’s a nice use for the theater. At least it’s not gone.

DonRosen on January 13, 2005 at 5:03 pm

I have been in the New Embassy Theatre as a visitor’s Information Center. They have the entire history in plaques on the wall. The theatre looks tiny! You can see the screen and seating areas. “2001: A Space Odyssey” played here direct from the Cinerama Theatre. It must have been a terrible viewing experience. Other films playing here in the late 1960s…“Targets”; “All the Loving Couples” (X rated); “Sweden: Heaven and Hell” (X rated); “Secret Ceremony”; … I’ll think of others.

William on August 27, 2004 at 12:12 pm

The Embassy Theatre seated 556 people.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 27, 2004 at 9:37 am

The Visitor’s Center is located in the beautifully restored auditorium, not the lobby (which is also beautifully restored), and is surely worth a visit from every movie theater lover. So go already!