Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre
707 7th Avenue,
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Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Columbia Theatre, RKO Mayfair Theatre, Loew's Mayfair Theatre, Brandt's Mayfair Theatre, DeMille Theatre, Mark I,II,III Theatre, Embassy 2,3,4 Theatre
News About This Theater
- Mar 8, 2014 — Remnants of Times Square’s Loew’s Mayfair Theater
- Oct 6, 2010 — Happy 50th, "Spartacus"
- Sep 10, 2008 — Remembering Cinerama
- Oct 15, 2007 — 70mm World Premieres now listed in introductions of New York City movie palaces
Originally opened on January 10th, 1910 as the Columbia Theatre on Times Square at the northeast corner of W. 47th Street and Broadway/7th Avenue inside a steel frame office building. It operated as a burlesque theatre and was designed by noted theatre architect William McElfatrick.
Walter Reade bought the theatre in 1928 and rebuilt it into a movie theatre. A major renovation was undertaken by architect Thomas W. Lamb who removed the two original balconies and placed a single balcony in an Art Deco style auditorium which had 2,300-seats. It reopened on October 23, 1930 as the RKO Mayfair Theatre, with RKO as the operator and the movie “Check and Double Check” starring Amos & Andy. In 1935 it was taken over by Loew’s Inc. on a 10-years lease. By 1950, it had been taken over by the Brandt Theatres chain.
The name was changed to the DeMille Theatre when road-show, reserved-seat movies were popular during the early-1960’s. World Premiere’s of 70mm movies at the DeMille Theatre included “Spartacus” (October 6th 1960) “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (March 26, 1964) and “Hawaii” (October 10, 1966).
On November 24, 1976, the theatre became the Mark I,II,III. The triplexing was crudely done by putting a wall dividing the balcony down the center, creating a very narrow tube that inclined upward. One entered near the screen and had to climb very steep steps to reach the seating area. Seating was provided for 540, 300 & 300.
It became the Embassy 2,3,4 Theatre in December 1977 when Guild Enterprises took it over. (The Embassy 1 Theatre was on Broadway at W. 46th Street, almost adjacent to the Palace Theatre). In 1997, after the Embassy 1 was closed for conversion into the Times Square Visitor Center, this theatre was renamed Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre. The Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre was one of the last Times Square movie houses to close, which happened on December 31, 1998.
It was shuttered for several years, until around 2007, when it was virtually gutted and converted into a Famous Dave’s BBQ Restaurant. This had closed by May 2013 and the building was demolished in spring of 2015.
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