Loew's 72nd Street East

1230 3rd Avenue,
New York, NY 10021

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ridethectrain on October 6, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Just uploaded the Grand Opening Ad from the New York Times of the Tower East

rivest266 on October 6, 2020 at 12:29 pm

Opened on October 9th, 1962 ad Loew’s Tower East with “Long Day’s Journey into the night” on a hard-ticket policy. Grand opening ad posted.

ridethectrain on November 4, 2019 at 11:47 pm

The theatre looks similar to the UA Brandon Twin (Continental) with the small balcony sides.

SethLewis on March 29, 2019 at 8:40 am

Am probably repeating myself but so many memories here…Yellow Submarine…Love Story…The Great Gatsby…All the President’s Men…Mississippi Burning…and a few duds Don’t Make Waves…Caprice

moviebuff82 on June 12, 2018 at 3:34 pm

On this date 50 years ago rosemarys baby was shown here…

Gabi Gonzalez
Gabi Gonzalez on April 2, 2017 at 7:15 am

Hello fellow movie theater lovers,

I’m doing a project for my photojournalism class at NYU about closed down independent movie theaters in New York. I hope to gain information about people’s past experiences at these movie theaters, recollections of favorite memories or not so great experiences, perhaps economical insight, contacts with owners/managers, etc. On a larger level, I hope my project is able to show the significance of the role that these establishments play in our city and the importance of keeping them afloat.

If anyone would be willing to answer a few questions via email about your personal memories at the theater, please let me know! It could be as simple as recounting a favorite movie you remember seeing back when it was open. I would greatly appreciate your insight.

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Movieholic on December 23, 2015 at 8:24 am

The dismal 1996 remake of the French film “Diabolique” is, sadly, the only movie I saw at this fine theater. I repeat myself frequently when it comes to most of the NYC cinemas I’ve visited past and present.

br91975 on March 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

The Anthropologie store opened on February 17th. Some photos and a brief write-up: http://ny.racked.com/archives/2012/03/02/new_anthro.php#4f510fb285216d08a70038ba

dave-bronx™ on January 4, 2012 at 6:31 am

So, what’s the scoop? Did they ever open that Anthropological store in here? Is there anyone with a camera nearby to possibly snap a few pics of it with the new tenant and inevitable changes to the exterior and post them on this site? If so, thanks in advance.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on November 14, 2011 at 11:40 pm

I saw two Streisand films here in sneak previews, “The Way We Were” and “Funny Lady”. A very restless and disrespectful crowd sat through “The Stepford Wives” waiting for “Funny Lady,” and a lot of very funny comebacks were hurled at the screen.

ReddHeddJedd on August 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm

But I always knew it as the Tower East, and when i went back to work in 05, I kept saying Tower East when I answered the phone !

ReddHeddJedd on August 24, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I worked here in 85, and we had the premier showing out Out Of Africa, right at the time the city made way for a new sidewalk, so the patrons had to entre on wooden planks, I loved this place and I’m saddedned it closed :(

br91975 on May 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Coming soon to the former AMC Loews 72nd Street East 1 space – Anthropologie. Story: View link

TLSLOEWS on April 18, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Thanks Tinseltoes.

shua22 on April 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Oops, sorry… here’s a better link to the rental listing
View link

shua22 on April 1, 2011 at 5:10 pm

So sad to see this when I walked by today.

Lots of asbestos abatement signs.
There’s a for rent sign where Victoria’s Secret was… the listing is for the entire block front.
View link

Here’s a pic from today.

DylanAsh on December 26, 2010 at 6:59 am

I loved coming to this theater because I like helping support the few single screen theaters that are left. Very sad. :–(

Astyanax on December 22, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Pity that this screen has gone dark. Not my favorite venue; the salle was cramped, and since it was north of the Cinema 5/Walter Reade/Bloomingdale’s nexus and unlike the 59th Street cluster of screens, waiting on line for a sold-out show offered few distractions or alternatives. Blockbuster Paramount product often day dating the Loew’s State brought the lines around the block. This was especially true of “Rosemary"s Baby”. Fortunately for now, we still have the Paris and the Ziegfeld. Does the UES really need another overpriced supermarket?

bazookadave on December 22, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Same here thank goodness we still have the Ziegfeld!! I don’t know if that graffiti is recent, I have not been in this area for quite some time, and only walked up there to take the pictures. It is sad to see another theater from my earliest memories bite the dust. I fear it is only a matter of time before even the Ziegfeld and the Paris disappear.

dave-bronx™ on December 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

sorry, the Alzheimer’s is setting in… HOW could we have forgotten the Ziegfeld. Thanks Al.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Cinema Village has three screens.

The Ziegfeld, Big Manhattan (Imaginasian), Walter Reade, Lefrak IMAX, and Maysles are still there.

dave-bronx™ on December 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Nice pics btw. Is that graffiti on the front recent, since the closing, or something that WMOTTB neglected while they were open? It looks like they are still removing stuff, I can see the box office sales computer still sitting there, I’d be surprised if they left that sort of thing for the demolition crew.

dave-bronx™ on December 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm

What about the Cinema Village (12 St)?