Loew's 86th Street Theatre

162 E. 86th Street,
New York, NY 10028

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Previously operated by: Brandt Theaters, Loew's Inc.

Previous Names: 86th Street Theatre

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Loew's 86th Street Theatre

The 86th Street Theatre was listed in the 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory. In April 1916, Marcus Loew’s Midvale Amusement Company took it over and it was renamed Loew’s 86th Street Theatre. It operated as a late run motion picture site until at least 1950 and was possible run by Brandt during the final years.

The theatre covered a plot fronting 27.9 on 86th street and running through the block to 163-165 East 85th street with a 91.5 front on the latter street. It stood three stories high at 86th street and four stories high at 85th street.

This was the third Loew’s theatre on the block, the others being the Loew’s Yorkville Theatre and the Loew’s Orpheum Theatre.

Contributed by Al Alvarez

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 29, 2010 at 7:55 am

This entry is assuming that the Loew’s Yorkville closed in 1921 and that this location was the one that persevered through the forties with this name.

Does anyone know anything different?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 31, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Still listed in the 1953 Film Daily Yearbook as a Loew’s.

TLSLOEWS on February 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Any pictures anyone?

TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 11:21 am

Great photo Tinseltoes were do you get them?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 11, 2010 at 2:42 pm

The 1959 Film Daily Yearbook lists a Brandt 86th Street. If this was the only Brandt on 86th Street then it was open that late.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 11, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Checkout the Loew’s Yorkville page for more details on the theatre Loew’s on this block.


Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

A Brandt 86th Street theatre is still advertised in October 1963 but disappears shortly after.

EMarkisch on July 31, 2013 at 7:50 am

For what it is worth, the above photo was taken around October of 1936. The double bill playing at the Loew’s 86th Street is “Postal Inspector” with Ricardo Cortez (released 8/16/36) and “Blackmailer” with William Gargan (released 7/23/36). At the next door Grande, the main feature was a German language film “Hot Blood (Heisser Blut) with Marika Roekk and Paul Kemp, which was released on 9/25/36

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 24, 2017 at 1:01 am

The New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists provides this web page with information about the Moller organ installed in the 86th Street Theatre when Marcus Loew took over its operation in 1916.

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