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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.
Sorry, I found that one. It is the VITAGRAPH (44th & Broadway) that appears to be missing.
There appears to be no listing for Paramount’s Broadway Theatre. (1915-1928)on 41st street. Does anyone have any information?
The 1934 Year Book of Motion Pictures lists the Florence as having 1150 seats.
The Tower is listed in the 1934 Year Book of Motion Pictures as having 750 seats.
The Tivoli is listed in the 1934 Year Book of Motion Pictures as having 947 seats.
The Roxy is listed in the 1934 Year Book of Motion Pictures as having 725 seats.
The Paramount is listed in the 1934 Year Book of Motion Pictures as having 1509 seats.
The Mayfair is listed in the 1934 Year Book of Motion Pictures as having 700 seats.
The 1934 Yearbook lists this place as having 1350 seats.
I saw BILLY HILL, the failed Gerome Ragni play here in previews. I don’t think it ever left Miami after well deserved scathing reviews.
I believe it may be this furniture store:
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If the Theatre St. Marks rates a listing under the name THEATRE surely this should be changed to Cinema Studio.
In Christmas of 1922 the Stadium joined the wide release of Mary Pickford’s TESS OF THE STORM COUNTRY…and I mean wide.
33 runs in Manhattan alone.
Shows up in a September 1, 1918 NY Times full page ad for Paramount and Artcarft product.
“It is just as important to project the right sort of pictures ‘over here’ as it is to fire the right sort of cartridges ‘over there’"
reads the WWI ad.
In August 1956 the NYT announced plans by Walter Reade to reopen the theatre, an easy reconvert by removing a false floor put in the bank. The theatre is then listed as having 599 seats.
(BY WAY OF REPORT; ‘War and Peace’ Is Due At Capitol—Addenda
By A.H. WEILER. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Apr 15, 1956. p. 121 (1 page))
This plan was scrapped when new zoning laws would no longer allow it, hence the sale of the property to the archdioces soon after.
I work with Steve in London. He is the CEO of Cineworld Cinemas, a British chain he started from scratch in 1996 that built 34 multiplexes in ten years. In 2004 Cineworld bought UGC Cinemas and is now 79 theatres strong. www.cineworld.co.uk