Loew's Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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patryan6019 on September 1, 2016 at 12:11 am

bigjoe59…what programs do you have of the last roadshows (working backwards): Paris, Mancha, Winston, Nicholas, Fiddler, Norway, Tora. And non roadshown Valley and Ryans.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 31, 2016 at 3:42 pm

“A Man for All Seasons” played roadshow at the Fine Arts for more than a year (12/12/1966-12/17/1967).

Coate on August 31, 2016 at 9:33 am

bigjoe59…. There were several other NYC theaters that played roadshows during the era you’re describing besides the ones you cited. I don’t have a complete listing, but just from the latter half of the 1960s and into the early 1970s, consider the following:

57th St. Lincoln Art (“The Lion in Winter”)
Columbia (“Young Winston”)
Coronet (“The Taming of the Shrew”)
Fine Arts (“The Charge of the Light Brigade”)
Ziegfeld (“Marooned”)

And if you wish to count modified roadshows (i.e. reserved performance engagements), then consider:

86th St. East (“The Great Waltz”)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 30, 2016 at 4:08 pm

bigoe59, if you look at the semi-Roadshow runs of well received, edgy, classic foreign films (LA DOLCE VITA, THE EASY LIFE, LES LIASONS DANGEURESES, FELLINI SATYRICON) you will see what UA was trying to re-create.

bigjoe59 on August 30, 2016 at 3:45 pm


to Al A. i do tend to forget Last Tango in Paris don’t I. but its always been my suspicion that UA opted for a reserved seat run at the Trans Lux East to make the film appear “important” and not because it was warranted by the budget.

also my question pertained to the 7 Bway houses that the studios used for their roadshow runs. so does anyone remember/know of a roadshow film which played one of the 7 Bway houses during the 20 year period I mentioned in my original post that did not have a souvenir program?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 29, 2016 at 9:57 pm

If I recall correctly, some were cut and some were uncut…

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 29, 2016 at 8:04 pm

I will give “CALIGULA” a pass since it was eight years after the Roadshow era and quite an anomaly. But “LAST TANGO” was very much a part of the trend to move Roadshows out of Broadway and into the prestigious upper east side, before the whole concept died out with spontaneous youth audiences controlling all ticket sales in the mid-seventies. I do think “CALIGULA” uncut had a souvenir program, though.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 29, 2016 at 7:33 pm

I kind of remember a hard ticket for Caligula. (Something was hard, anyway…)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 29, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Let’s not forget that “LAST TANGO IN PARIS” was a roadshow AFTER “MAN OF LA MANCHA”. We have a legacy of ignoring movies, and theatres we find morally offensive in hindsight. But not here on Cinema Treasures.

robboehm on August 29, 2016 at 7:07 pm

I would think that Gigi would have had one two particularly since it was screened at a Broadway Theater.

bigjoe59 on August 29, 2016 at 1:23 pm

Hello- the heyday of the reserved seat or roadshow engagement was the Sept. 1952 opening of This Cinerama to the Dec. 1972 opening of Man of La Mancha. there were seven theaters used by the studios in the Times Square area for their roadshow engagements this theater plus the Criterion, Loews State, RKO Palace, Demille, Warner, and the Rivoli. which is where my question comes in. while I didn’t go to every roadshow engagement in the approx. 20 year period every one i did attend had a souvenir program. so does anyone remember attending a roadshow engagement in that 20 year period at one of the seven theaters that did not have a souvenir program?

vindanpar on August 18, 2016 at 11:49 am

Bill you only post this to make us jealous.

Well I saw it at the Rivoli in ‘76 and it was pretty fabulous there!

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 15, 2016 at 10:29 am

Time for my annual post remembering the one and only time I saw a movie at the Capitol. 48 years ago today: “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

DavidZornig on May 17, 2016 at 1:39 pm

July 20th 1944 photo & copy added courtesy of The Flickers Facebook page.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on May 3, 2016 at 7:15 am

All six of MGM’s legendary “Thin Man” features with William Powell and Myrna Loy had their NYC premiere engagements at the Capitol Theatre. Ads have been posted in the Photos Section.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on April 25, 2016 at 7:37 am

All six of MGM’s “Tarzan” adventures with Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan had their New York premiere engagements at the Capitol Theatre. Ads have been posted in the Photos Section…After “New York Adventure,” MGM sold its rights to independent producer Sol Lesser, who made a distribution deal with RKO starting with “Tarzan Triumphs.”

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 11, 2016 at 6:07 am

On this eleventh day of March in 1943, the Capitol Theatre resumed the stage/screen policy that was dropped in 1935 due to Depression conditions. With the wartime boom in attendance, the Capitol had been losing patronage to rivals with stage presentations— Radio City Music Hall, the Roxy, Strand, Paramount, and Loew’s State. The resumption of stage shows at the Capitol lasted until 1952, when the theatre switched back to films only.

vindanpar on December 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm

And Bill if there’s anyone I envy it’s someone who saw 2001 at the Capitol. Perhaps the ultimate movie experience? Though seeing it at the Rivoli in ‘76 was pretty stupendous. I was completely floored.

vindanpar on December 20, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Very odd that for the big 50 for Dr. Z there hasn’t been much of a flurry. Nobody thinks about it anymore though for many years it was considered a classic? No listing of premiere engagements? No restored print theatrical showings? It deserves better. Though I do think it was a crime not filming it in 70MM. Penny wise pound foolish.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 15, 2015 at 7:22 am

Happy “2001 at the Capitol” anniversary to me. 6/15/1968, 47 years. Heading toward the big 5-0.

DavidZornig on May 9, 2015 at 4:10 pm

1945 photo added courtesy of the Fifties Fun Facebook page. Capitol blade sign lit at night.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 30, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Joe, I think you missed Coate’s point. A chat involves give and take, comments and responses, questions and answers and follow ups… It’s more interesting for everyone if we reply to posts by addressing the info in the previous post, rather than just going on to more questions…

bigjoe59 on March 30, 2015 at 1:28 pm

to Coate-

i assumed this website was for people interested and wanted to chat about the history of movie theaters of which roadshow engagements played a significant part at least for the 7 theaters I listed.

so to answer you question i am just curious. i don’t appreciate your assumption i’m trying to squeeze info from you for a book.

Coate on March 30, 2015 at 11:31 am

bigjoe59… How ‘bout you comment on my previous reply before moving on to new questions?! Sheesh. Granted, I don’t think I actually asked any questions in my last reply, but you’d think something in there would’ve prompted a reply of some kind. At least maybe a “thanks for the info” or a new question based on something stated. Whatever.

As for your (sigh) new questions… I can’t comment on your souvenir program or intermission request. Someone else will have to chime in. As for the NYC roadshow theaters you cited, I’d say the list for such bookings during your time-frame was more than double the number you have.

It doesn’t matter to me whether you’re compiling information for a to-be-published project or if you’re just curious. Several folks here, myself included, enjoy the discussions and exchange of information, but at times your requests come off like you’re expecting others to do all of the labor (research). Anyone else feel this way, or am I misinterpreting?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on March 29, 2015 at 4:29 pm

As my mother used say in answer to my endless queries, “What, are you writing a book…?!”