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That article references the Times Square Theatre on 42nd Street as being gutted. Is that right?
The venue is listed as “a forgotten Broadway theatre” which is then further clarified on the ticketing page as “a long hidden Broadway theatre” at 233 West 41st Street. Looks like they’re using one of the old auditorium exit doors, since the Liberty’s lobby was demolished for an eatery.
Here’s the website that includes ticket info for the new production. The show, billed as an “immersive event” is called Ziegfelds Midnight Frolic and will begin in April for a very limited engagement.
Probably take some work to restore stage facilities at the Times Square. If I’m not mistaken, the stage was converted to retail space decades ago. The fly tower still seems to be intact – at least from exterior views. Not sure if that would require work and possible expansion to suit modern day theatrical needs.
Robboehm… The lobby is no longer in existence for the Liberty. Only the auditorium was saved, and is available for event rentals. There is an “immersive” show centered around the Ziegfeld Follies that is booked for the Liberty this spring. I’ll post about it on the Liberty page (if someone hasn’t beaten me to it).
Uploaded a cell phone pic my buddy took of the marquee. He tagged me in the photo after uploading to Facebook, and I’m sure he wouldn’t mind me sharing here. The sign actually refers patrons to the either the Linden Blvd or Jamaica multiplex locations (both National Amusement cinemas, naturally).
Best wishes to all in the new year… At the very least, we can look forward to the opening of the restored Loew’s Kings in Brooklyn! Hard to believe CT has been in my life for nearly 12 years!
In winter, the sun sets in these parts between 4:30 and 5pm. Plenty dark for a movie by 5:30. Sometimes, in summer, movies didn’t start late enough so that the first 15 minutes of the program weren’t washed out by remaining daylight!
I don’t recall theaters immediately adjacent to Show World, GeorgeCheeksSr. Up along Eighth Avenue about a block up was the Cameo (which became the Playpen), and further up from there at 47th Street was the Hollywood Twin, and then the Adonis further still, around 50th Street. All of these were on the same side of Eighth Ave as the Show World, but not on the same block.
Aside from the theaters, I remember tons of bars, cabarets, novelty stores, peep shops, and adult book shops. Possible you may be thinking of some cabarets, where they may have had live sex shows on stage? They probably featured marquees above the entrance, like the cinemas did.
Unless you’re thinking of the Venus, Eros, and Capri, theaters, which were all on the same block between 45th and 46th Streets, but on the other Eighth Ave – same side as Show Palace.
Bigjoe59… Sorry for the delayed response, but I don’t have notifications set up for this cinema. The answer to your question is in the description at the top of the page. The single screener was divided, first in two, and then, later, into its current quartet format. All within the same structure original structure. Had the original building been torn down, with a new edifice erected in its place – as with the old Loew’s State on Broadway – then we’d have two separate listings on CT (again, see the seperate entries for the Loew’s State and the replacement Loew’s State Theatre 4 herein.)
As techman707 says, souvenir programs were not limited to just “Roadshow” engagements. Programs (official, licensed, or otherwise) continued well into the 1980’s. I picked up many of these at the local multiplex, not just the big houses in Manhattan.
Next version of CT website software must include a “like” button! Thanks AlAlvarez, as usual.
Just my curiosity here… Was the roll out of Tango intentional? Or was its slow penetration (if you’ll forgive the expression) into smaller markets a matter of the controversial explicitness off the film? And was the New York engagement (and any others that followed) on a hard ticket basis?
The Lynbrook is chock full of historic sticky spots! One or two I may have contributed myself around 30 or 35 year ago.
One of these days I’ll park to take a pic with my cell, when I’m driving by. The marquee is awful. Just a drab slab of tan over the doorway, with the generic reddish AMC logo centered against it. The same dress-down they did to the old Meadows in Queens.
Techman707… Here’s an image of the ad posted last week by NYer.
My question is, how often did Times Square roadshow engagements day and date with other regional engagements?
Could be as simple as missing overture, entr'acte, and exit music, trimmed for general release. That is, assuming the original roadshow version had an intermission. I’m not expert enough to know whether every single roadshow presentation included an intermission – regardless of the film’s running time.
So, the theatre was re-christened sometime in the last week or so. I have pics I’ve uploaded showing some of the new signage.
This listing is all but ready for the “demolished” label. The space the theater once occupied is now just a hollowed out concrete and steel cavern. The rest of the building’s interior has nearly all been stripped down to iron and mortar as well. I just posted a picture from last week, where you can still make out, behind the construction netting, the fenestration and some of the signature wrought iron work that decorated the facade just above the Mayfair/Demille’s entrance and canopy. I image that these elements, too, will be hacked off and carted away in due time.
Meanwhile, I still wonder (and worry) about the fate of the landmarked Embassy 1 (Newsreel) Theatre, one block to the south. Restored and used for over a decade as the Times Square Visitor’s Center and Museum, it has now been closed and, once again, boarded up.
There are absolutely no stage facilities whatever, Mikeoaklandpark. And there’s barely any lobby space at all. I’ve uploaded a photo from last week. Alas, while Ken’s initial revision to the introduction above was a bit premature in saying the place had been boarded up, this is, in fact, what has since happened. A fresh barrier of plywood is now in place, covering the entire entrance right along the sidewalk.
This part of the block has been under scaffolding for some time (including the Palace Theatre entrance and the Doubletree Suites Hotel entrance on the corner of 47th), so it is difficult to get a good, representative photograph; but I will try to snap a shot in the next day or two, to update the gallery.
One correction… The building is not boarded up. It is cordoned off, at the sidewalk, but you can still see into the outer and inner vestibules. One of the doors is always open, as this is a staging area for workers of the Times Square Alliance, who keep the area sidewalks clean and empty out the trash bins. There is also a sign that says the entrance is still open for access to offices at 1560 Broadway.
A little behind on posting this, but I walked by this theater (as I do every week day) about a week ago, and noticed signs outside stating that the Times Square Museum and Visitor Center is now “permanently closed.” The signs refer folks to a website for the Times Square Alliance, but there is no informatin there about the closure (except an echo of the message already on display in the outer vestibule).
Here’s a link to the Museum and Visitor Center page on that website.
I wonder what will now become of this restored little gem?
Hey techman707… It is true that those latter day souvenir booklets were not made to accompany a two-a-day hard ticket engagement, but the booklets themselves were very much in the same style and content as those old, classic roadshow souvenirs. I know, because I actually have a pair of vintage booklets – one for “HOW THE WEST WAS WON” and the other for “IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD.”
The HTWWW booklet is distinct from others that I own, because it originally came in a hard cover (unfortunately, lost over the years by youthful neglect). Not sure how may other program booklets were that extravagant. Did they typically charge for the booklets during the Roadshow era? Or were they handed out, complimentary?
Oh, I know, Mike. I’m now a Lynbrook resident, these last 7 years plus. I’ve been back on a few occasions, and those are most definitely the same seats I remember from 1979!