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1970 Radio City prices were $1.50-$3.50 and considered a bargain even then, even if much of the audience travelled in from the burbs.
The 1970 article mentions “the sanctum” of Gus Eyssell, President of Rockefeller Inc., as the source, citing the rising costs of live shows and the lack of popular G and GP films. It also states that RCMH needs to sell 6 million tickets a year in order to stay to in business but had been operating at just over 5 million.
For those of you so inclined, the July 15, 1970 issue of Variety,(Music Hall has Mulled Twins) covers the possibilty that Radio City may have been twinned with one screen showing R rated “now” films.
Thanks, Mike. Do you know if the Bay Harbor is still there?
For a short time in the late sixties-early seventies this became the Rialto West, the basement theatre continued as the Rialto II, and the Pix became the Rialto East. All three played soft-core films.
Cineplex Odeon indeed never used the basement theatre due to subway noise and the trouble they already had securing first-run product for this venue. UNCLE BUCK and a 70mm move-over of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA from the Ziegfeld were among it’s biggest hits.
For a short period during the late sixties-early seventies, the Pix became the third Rialto on 42nd Street. As the RIALTO EAST it premiered Argentinian soft core star Isabel Sarli’s FUEGO and later the Swedish JULIETTE DE SADE, both sold with much fanfare and New York Times full page ads.
That is definitely the Roxy.
I believe the Sheridan was demolished years ago. I am pretty sure the photo above is not it.
I don’t recall there ever being a Collins Avenue Theatre, at least not one that showed movies. The Byron-Carlyle was on 71st Street between Byron and Carlyle.
Does anyone have any information on a “34th Street Theatre” that appears in the NY Times 1948-1949? I am not sure where on 34th Street it was.
If indeed the Gate, Camelot Twin and Jean Renoir are all the same, the address is: 162 Second Avenue.
Unfortunately no pictures and no sign of this place in the fifties. Are you sure that ad above was from the Times? I can find no references to the Apollo in the Times during that period either.
Is this a Twin now? The NYT ad for UNITED 93 lists the 72nd Street 1.
I show the Terrace in some scattered New York Times listings in the thirties and forties.
In August 1943 two escaped female “lifers” were captured here after escaping from Clinton Prison by climbing down with tied bedsheets.
In November 1957, the cashier was pistol whipped and robbed.
The Perfect Specimen
Ali Baba Goes to Town
Sleepytime Gal/Atlantic Convoy
Apache Trail/Affairs of Martha
Luxury Liner/A Night at the Opera
Is the same theatre advertised as Cinema 181 in the mid sixties?
The Gem was still open in 1949.
I don’t think this is the same theatre as the Avenue A. That location advertised as “51 Avenue A” on 3rd street.
The church is on 159th Street although the theatre sometimes advertised as being off the 157th subway stop. If you look at a map at the way Morgan Place/Riverside Drive curves upward, advertising 157th St makes perfect sense as you could probably spot the building easily from there in the 30’s and 40’s. Does anyone know if this was a German neighborhood before the war?
Seating is around 199.
According to The Miami Herald:
“The Absinthe House Cinematheque is named after the extremely potent and poisonous banned absinthe liquor, which appears in some of Hernandez-Canton’s (the owner) favorite works of literature from the turn of the century.”
The Absinthe was also know as the Alcazar in the nineties.
It appears the Costello showed German films from 1931 to 1938 until the product dried up. During the war it switched to Spanish films.
I have also now asked that this theatre be moved from the mythical city of Audubon.
Thanks Warren. I am not sure how one would list them, but the old Criterion and the Vitagraph both deserve a listing.
New York Times ads in late January 1916 list the Biltmore as the former Lexington.
Is the Trans-Lux East (1963-1979) not listed yet?
For a short period in 1916 this operated as the Biltmore Theatre.