Loew's 83rd Street Quad

2300 Broadway,
New York, NY 10024

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc.

Architects: Thomas White Lamb

Styles: Adam

Previous Names: Loew's 83rd Street Theatre

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Loew's 83rd Street Quad

The 2,633-seat Loew’s 83rd Street Theatre was opened September 26, 1921. It was converted into a triple screen theatre on June 25, 1975, then became a quad on August 4, 1978 with seating proved for 2,100: Screens 1 & 2 each had 500-seats and Screens 3 & 4 had 550-seats each.

It was closed on April 11, 1985 and was demolished.

Contributed by William Gabel

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

DavidMorgan on April 9, 2008 at 4:04 pm

I saw “Excalibur” there in 1981, after it had been quad-ed.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 15, 2008 at 11:58 am

This theatre closed in May 1985 and not 1984 as stated in previous posts.

TLSLOEWS on December 10, 2009 at 10:40 am

Great picture AlAlvarez,F—– the taxes!!!Great history.

dave-bronx™ on December 10, 2009 at 11:09 am

In the photo posted by Al, you can see that the lot next to the Quad has been cleared for construction of the 84th sixplex.

TLSLOEWS on December 10, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Thanks dave-bronx!

bistis6 on February 28, 2010 at 9:59 am

I was the last assistant manager at this theatre, splitting my time between the 83rd and the newly built 84th next door. The theatre seemed to know it was in it’s last days, as it seemingly just started to deteriorate on it’s own. A big patch of the ceiling plaster fell during a matinee in house 3 (lower level left), pipes started leaking, a strange smell developed, etc.

The employees had two locker room areas. The men were upstairs off the men’s room and the women were behind the screen in house 4 (lower right lobby). I had never gone back there. One day, during the final week of operation, I decided to explore and, armed with nothing more than my standard-issue Loew’s employee flashlight, I ventured behind the screen, curious as to what was actually back there.

Needless to say, I was floored. Bear in mind that I had started as an usher at this theatre in ‘84, fresh off the bus from KY, and had no idea what it’s past had been. I can indeed vouch that the boxes were gone but their structural imprints were still still visible. The stage, proscenium, and fly system were also intact. Don’t remember the piano, though. I went on to explore the dressing room floors. There was little to no light in this area, I was so scared! LOL They were pretty much empty, barely even being used for storage. (I found an old office desk in one of the rooms on the second floor, which eventually make its way back to my apartment on 85th St.)

The theatre remained open for the first couple of weeks after the 84th opened. We were supposed to close on a Thursday, but for some reason a decision was made to stay open through the weekend. I was told in an off-hand manner, but nobody bothered to tell the operator! I had no idea that he was a no-show until one of the six people who had showed up for a matinee of GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN came out to inquire…20 minutes after the movie should have started.

Anyway, I was there for the last day and I don’t remember a thing about it. The doors were locked and I continued on at the 84th, which had a very bumpy first several weeks due to to all sorts of electrical glitches.

mharmon999 on June 20, 2015 at 10:33 am

Saw many films at this theatre before it closed as, it stayed open a few months after 84th Street 6 opened and closed before June 1985. The last film I saw at this theatre was Girls Just Want to Have Fun!

moviebuff82 on June 29, 2018 at 4:09 pm

When did dolby get installed?

ridethectrain on July 4, 2021 at 2:42 pm

Please update, became a triplex on June 25, 1975 and a quad on August 4, 1978. Theatre closed on April 11, 1985, one month after the New Loews 84th Street 6 open. Seating was 500 seats screen 1 and 2 and screen 3 and 4 550 seats

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