Roxy Theatre

153 W. 50th Street,
New York, NY 10020

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vindanpar
vindanpar on October 23, 2017 at 7:31 am

So when Windjammer played here what was the seating configuration? Did they seriously reduce the number of seats? Did they curtain off entire areas at the sides and back of the orchestra and the balc to bring it into more of a Capitol or Strand layout for roadshow films?

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 23, 2017 at 7:31 am

So when Windjammer played here what was the seating configuration? Did they seriously reduce the number of seats? Did they curtain off entire areas at the sides and back of the orchestra and the balc to bring it into more of a Capitol or Strand layout for roadshow films?

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on October 23, 2017 at 6:49 am

“Big Joe,” the only reserved seats on the opening day of “Yank in the R.A.F.” were at night for the last complete show, when tickets were $10 for seats in the mezzanine, which also included admission to the ball being held in the Grand Rotunda at midnight. Dancing and refreshments were also being provided in enclosed sections of the street outside, with an admission charge of 25 cents. All proceeds were donated to the British-American Ambulance Corps.

Simon L. Saltzman
Simon L. Saltzman on October 23, 2017 at 6:39 am

During the first week only of the “All About Eve” patrons were not allowed to enter the auditorium during the film. There was a half hour break between shows with the stage show first and then the film. It was not a reserved seat engagement but patrons could purchase tickets in advance to specific shows. Patrons were not happy at that time to not be able to go in at any point. The policy did not work and the theater returned to its regular continuous shows policy. Business improved in the second week and the six week run was highly successful.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on October 22, 2017 at 12:18 pm

Hello-

to Comfortably Cool. the ad for the premiere opening of AAE was neat. did I misunderstand the ‘ ad? I got the impression from the info in the lower left hand that it was a reserved performance engagement.

alexbraid
alexbraid on October 21, 2017 at 3:58 am

Cole Porter’s song ‘You’re the Tops’ contains the line “ You’re the pants on a Roxy usher”.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on October 13, 2017 at 7:50 am

Today marks the 67th anniversary of the world premiere of “All About Eve” at the Roxy Theatre. An ad has been uploaded here

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on October 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

The Roxy is no longer included in “Famous Theaters” on the home page of the Photos Section. A new image has been uploaded here

Joseph
Joseph on July 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm

Also the egyptian, and farewell to arms.

Joseph
Joseph on July 2, 2017 at 12:35 pm

Only traditional roadshow was windjammer. However at certain periods in the roxy s history. Mezzanine seats were were reserved and available in advance. Special events like premieres had reserved seating. Souvenir programs were available for the robe, razor’s edge, all about eve, king and I, carousel, no business like show business, Lil Abner. Big circus and others.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 2, 2017 at 11:50 am

Hello-

I always connect souvenir programs with roadshow engagements. to which did this theater ever hold a traditional roadshow engagement?

also were there any other BIG regular release films
that opened here that had souvenir programs.

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 25, 2017 at 9:33 am

I feel lucky to have seen all their original productions back then. A level of genius that was awe inspiring. When Broadway was first for New Yorkers after which the tourists followed.

The Disneyfication of Times Square, the wiping away of all the great remainng movie theaters and the evening length theme park musicals are now for me heartbreaking.

MarkDHite
MarkDHite on June 25, 2017 at 9:26 am

Thanks. I’ll start looking around. I’m so jealous that you saw the original Follies! That’s awesome.

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 25, 2017 at 9:15 am

There are so many places to read about his going there and the inspiration of that photo for both him and Harold Prince. I honestly couldn’t tell you as I’ve already read so many different books and articles. I was going to all the original productions of their musicals being very young at the time and I saw Follies twice which was everything they say it was. I went to the first Wed mat after the opening(it was Easter week ‘71. Bought my ticket that Monday going to see A New Leaf at the Music Hall) and it seems people left the theater in a kind of shock it was so momentous. I’ve never had any desire to see a revival.

You might to read in a number of places about the creation of the musical and a good place to start would be the Time magazine cover story in a library. I believe it also contains the Swanson photo.

Sorry the movie is Hangover Square and the Herrmann score inspired Sondheim to write the composer and Herrmann wrote back

MarkDHite
MarkDHite on June 25, 2017 at 8:59 am

I’d love to read more about Sondheim and the Roxy. Can you tell me where his comments can be found? Thanks!

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 25, 2017 at 8:50 am

I saw nothing but TGI Fridays unhappily if that is even still there.

But during the 70s at least across from the site on west 50th on the south side there was the Roxy bowling lanes still in operation with the name in the Roxy script. It was all that remained as a reminder.

By the way Stephen Sondheim is on the record as saying he often went to the Roxy when he was young. Seeing Hanover Square there was a seminal moment in his youth. (Anyway I believe it played there. Others would know better than I where it opened in NY.)I assume he channeled some of the heartbreak he felt when it came down when he wrote Follies inspired by the melodramatic photo of Gloria Swanson standing in the rubble.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 14, 2017 at 5:06 am

If you were to Google just “Cinema Treasures DeMille”, the Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre would be at the top of the list. Which states in the first sentence without even clicking on it that the name had been changed to the DeMille in the early `60’s. Second would be a photo that was titled DeMille Theatre, on the Embassy page. There is a certain amount of deductive reasoning that has to be applied, because CT only lists the AKA names once on the page of a given theatre. If they refined their search engine to include all the previous names of all the theatres that that applied to, it would possibly lead to double postings of the same theatres if they couldn’t be found. Rather than preventing it. Since most come up automatically in Google searches in most cases. The only thing I wish CT would do, is make it so e-mail notifications go out when comments are added under photos, and when new photos are added themselves.

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 13, 2017 at 8:41 pm

If I google Demille Theater NY I first get Psycho at the Demille on a Hitchcock site and my second listing is Embassy 1,2,3 on the CT page. If I put Demille Theater into the CT search engine I get ‘no matches found.’ If I put in Embassy 1, 2, 3 same thing. Maybe the CT search engine can be refined?

MarkDHite
MarkDHite on June 13, 2017 at 8:03 pm

Also CT’s listings are often under the current or most recent name rather than the original name when a theatre has gone under different names. Can be confusing.

MarkDHite
MarkDHite on June 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Agreed. Google is much more efficient and faster than CT’s own search engine.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 13, 2017 at 7:18 pm

For both open and closed theatres I usually use Google first, typing Cinema Treasures, Theatre name (if i know it) and the city. It usually pulls up the Photos page of most of the theatres as well, so I can do a quick check to see if what I am about to post is already there. I only search within CT, if I am having trouble locating obscure or missing theatres, that may have been listed under other names.

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 13, 2017 at 6:46 pm

I’ve been simply Googling Astor Theater NY and the CT page pops up as an option. I thought there was an easy way from the home page which there was a few(maybe more?) years ago. I’m not sure why now you can only easily get current movie theaters first time out. Thanks.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 13, 2017 at 5:56 pm

You can directly type in your device’s browser the theater’s name, city and this site- Roxy New York City cinematreasures.org and the theater’s page will appear- rather than looking for an open theater, a map, etc.

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 13, 2017 at 4:46 pm

Thank you! Things were so much easier in the old days.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm

If you know what city the closed theater was in, go to the page of an open theater in that city. Then click on that city’s name in the tool bar above the name on that theater’s page. A map will appear with another tool bar below it. Closed will be one of the options in that tool bar.

To post a photo, click on Photos of the given theater. Once in that section, go to the bottom and click “Add New Photo. The next screen will given you two boxes two description to fill out. Then click under the word Photo where it says "Browse…” That will open the sources on your computer where your own photos are stored. Pick and click on your photo, and your file name will appear next to that box. Choose the type of license that applies, then click the “Upload Photo” box at the bottom of the page.