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Al Alvarez commented about New Cinema Playhouse on Apr 26, 2006 at 10:53 am

Several porn theatres seem one-time events without history.

I cannot place previous use for:
The LOVE at 125 West 42nd Street.
The 42nd Street Cinema at 422 West 42nd Street.
The Tomcat at 424 West 42nd Street.
The MASQUE at 440 West 42nd Street.

I guess those were storefront theatres that came and went (no pun intended). Does anyone know about these?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 26, 2006 at 10:21 am

Ron, I have been reluctant to take up so much space but here are the thirties. Surely someone will let me know of a better way to share these…

Opening dates are within five days:
33/01/15 Bitter Tea of General Yen, The (1933)
33/01/15 Sign of the Cross, The (1932)
33/01/22 King’s Vacation, The (1933)
33/01/29 State Fair (1933)
33/02/05 Sign of the Cross, The (1932)
33/02/12 Topaze (1933)
33/02/19 GREAT JASPER, THE
33/02/26 Our Betters (1933)
33/03/05 King Kong (1933)
33/03/12 Christopher Strong (1933)
33/03/19 Sailor’s Luck (1933)
33/03/26 Sweepings (1933)
33/04/02 YOUNG KING, THE
33/04/09 Cavalcade (1933)
33/04/23 Working Man, The (1933)
33/04/30 Zoo in Budapest (1933)
33/05/07 Silver Cord, The (1933)
33/05/14 WARRIOR’S HUSBAND, THE
33/05/21 ADORABLE
33/05/28 Elmer the Great (1933)
33/06/04 COCKTAIL HOUR
33/06/11 ANN CARVER’S PROFESSION
33/06/18 I LOVED YOU WEDNESDAY
33/06/25 Melody Cruise (1933)
33/07/02 Bed of Roses (1933)
33/07/09 PRIVATE DETECTIVE 62
33/07/16 Professional Sweetheart (1933)
33/07/23 DOUBLE HARNESS
33/07/30 Devil’s in Love, The (1933)
33/08/06 NO MARRIAGE TIES
33/08/13 Pilgramage
33/08/20 Morning Glory (1933)
33/08/27 PADDY, THE NEXT BEST THING
33/09/03 ONE MAN’S JOURNEY
33/09/10 Lady for a Day (1933)
33/09/10 Power and the Glory, The
33/09/24 MY WEAKNESS
33/10/01 Ann Vickers (1933)
33/10/08 Dr. Bull (1933)
33/10/15 Private Life of Henry VIII, The (1933)
33/10/22 AGGIE APPLEBY, MAKER OF MEN
33/10/29 Berkeley Square
33/11/05 AFTER TONIGHT
33/11/12 Only Yesterday (1933)
33/11/19 Little Women (1933)
33/12/10 Counsellor-at-Law (1933)
33/12/17 RIGHT TO ROMANCE, THE
33/12/24 Flying Down to Rio (1933)
34/01/07 If I Were Free (1933)
34/01/14 MAN OF TWO WORLDS
34/01/21 I AM SUZANNE
34/01/28 AS HUSBANDS GO
34/02/04 Nana (1934)
34/02/18 CAROLINA
34/02/25 It Happened One Night (1934)
34/03/04 David Harum (1934)
34/03/11 Spitfire (1934)
34/03/18 George White’s Scandals (1934)
34/03/25 BOTTOMS UP
34/04/01 WILD CARGO
34/04/15 This Man Is Mine (1934)
34/04/22 Stand Up and Cheer (1934)
34/05/06 Twentieth Century (1934)
34/05/13 CHANGE OF HEART
34/05/20 STINGAREE
34/05/27 WHERE SINNERS MEET
34/06/03 Little Man, What Now? (1934)
34/06/10 SISTERS UNDER THE SKIN
34/06/17 Life of Vergie Winters, The (1934)
34/06/24 LET’S TRY AGAIN
34/07/01 Of Human Bondage (1934)
34/07/15 WHOM THE GODS DESTROY
34/07/22 GRAND CANARY
34/07/29 HAT, COAT AND GLOVE
34/08/05 World Moves On, The
34/08/12 One More River (1934)
34/08/19 Cat’s Paw, The (1934)
34/09/02 Fountain, The (1934)
34/09/09 One Night of Love (1934)
34/09/23 Richest Girl in the World, The (1934)
34/09/30 Caravan (1934)
34/10/07 POWER (1934)
34/10/14 Judge Priest (1934)
34/10/21 Age of Innocence, The (1934)
34/10/28 PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, THE
34/11/04 We Live Again (1934)
34/11/18 Gay Divorcee, The (1934)
34/12/02 Broadway Bill (1934)
34/12/16 Music in the Air (1934)
34/12/23 Bright Eyes (1934)
34/12/30 Little Minister, The (1934)
35/01/13 Evergreen (1934)
35/01/20 Romance in Manhattan (1934)
35/01/27 Iron Duke, The (1935)
35/02/03 Good Fairy, The (1935)
35/02/10 Scarlet Pimpernel, The (1935)
35/02/24 ONE MORE SPRING
35/03/03 Whole Town’s Talking, The (1935)
35/03/10 Roberta (1935)
35/03/24 Little Colonel, The (1935)
35/04/07 Life Begins at Forty (1935)
35/04/14 Star of Midnight (1935)
35/04/21 Cardinal Richelieu (1935)
35/05/05 Scoundrel, The (1935)
35/05/12 Informer, The (1935)
35/05/19 Break of Hearts (1935)
35/05/26 ESCAPE ME NEVER
35/06/02 UNDER THE PAMPAS MOON
35/06/09 Our Little Girl (1935)
35/06/16 Becky Sharp (1935)
35/06/30 Love Me Forever (1935)
35/07/21 GINGER
35/07/28 She (1935)
35/08/04 Curly Top (1935)
35/08/11 Farmer Takes a Wife, The (1935)
35/08/18 Alice Adams (1935)
35/09/01 Top Hat (1935)
35/09/22 Steamboat ‘Round the Bend (1935)
35/09/29 She Married Her Boss (1935)
35/10/06 Return of Peter Grimm, The (1935)
35/10/13 Gay Deception, The (1935)
35/10/20 Metropolitan (1935)
35/10/27 FEATHER IN HER HAT, A
35/11/03 Three Musketeers, The (1935)
35/11/10 Peter Ibbetson (1935)
35/11/17 Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, The (1935)
35/11/24 Crime and …Punishment (1935)
35/12/01 I Dream Too Much (1935)
35/12/15 In Person (1935)
35/12/22 Littlest Rebel, The (1935)
35/12/29 Magnificent Obsession (1935)
36/01/12 Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
36/01/19 Strike Me Pink (1936)
36/02/02 Next Time We Love (1936)
36/02/09 Petrified Forest, The (1936)
36/02/23 Follow the Fleet (1936)
36/03/15 COUNTRY DOCTOR, THE
36/03/29 Sutter’s Gold (1936)
36/04/05 Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)
36/04/19 Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
36/05/03 Under Two Flags (1936)
36/05/17 Show Boat (1936)
36/05/31 King Steps Out, The (1936)
36/06/14 Private Number (1936)
36/06/21 SINS OF MAN
36/06/28 Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
36/07/12 Bride Walks Out, The (1936)
36/07/19 Green Pastures, The (1936)
36/08/02 Mary of Scotland (1936)
36/08/23 MY AMERICAN WIFE
36/08/30 Swing Time (1936)
36/09/20 My Man Godfrey (1936)
36/10/04 Craig’s Wife (1936)
36/10/11 Gay Desperado, The (1936)
36/10/25 Adventure in Manhattan (1936)
36/11/01 Woman Rebels, A (1936)
36/11/08 As You Like It (1936)
36/11/15 Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
36/11/22 Garden of Allah, The (1936)
36/12/06 Winterset (1936)
36/12/13 More Than a Secretary (1936)
36/12/20 RAINBOW ON THE RIVER
37/01/03 That Girl from Paris (1936)
37/01/10 Lloyds of London (1936)
37/01/31 Plough and the Stars, The (1936)
37/02/07 On the Avenue (1937)
37/02/21 When You’re in Love (1937)
37/03/07 Fire Over England (1937)
37/03/14 Wings of the Morning (1937)
37/03/21 When’s Your Birthday? (1937)
37/03/28 Seventh Heaven (1937)
37/04/11 Quality Street (1937)
37/04/18 WOMAN I LOVE, THE
37/04/25 Star Is Born, A (1937)
37/05/16 Shall We Dance (1937)
37/05/30 This Is My Affair (1937)
37/06/13 Woman Chases Man (1937)
37/06/20 Another Dawn (1937)
37/06/27 Ever Since Eve (1937)
37/07/04 New Faces of 1937 (1937)
37/07/11 Knight Without Armour (1937)
37/07/25 Toast of New York, The (1937)
37/08/08 Stella Dallas (1937)
37/08/22 Vogues of 1938 (1937)
37/09/05 Prisoner of Zenda, The (1937)
37/09/26 Lost Horizon (1937)
37/10/10 Stage Door (1937)
37/10/31 Victoria the Great (1937)
37/11/07 Awful Truth, The (1937)
37/11/21 Stand-In (1937)
37/11/28 Nothing Sacred (1937)
37/12/19 I’ll Take Romance (1937)
38/01/02 Tovarich (1937)
38/01/16 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
38/02/20 Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The (1938)
38/03/06 Bringing Up Baby (1938)
38/03/13 Jezebel (1938)
38/03/27 Fools for Scandal (1938)
38/04/03 Divorce of Lady X, The (1938)
38/04/10 Adventures of Marco Polo, The (1938)
38/05/01 There’s Always a Woman (1938)
38/05/08 Joy of Living (1938)
38/05/15 Adventures of Robin Hood, The (1938)
38/06/05 Vivacious Lady (1938)
38/06/19 Blockade (1938)
38/06/26 Holiday (1938)
38/07/10 Having Wonderful Time (1938)
38/07/17 Algiers (1938)
38/08/07 Mother Carey’s Chickens (1938)
38/08/14 Four’s a Crowd (1938)
38/08/21 Four Daughters (1938)
38/09/04 You Can’t Take It With You (1938)
38/09/25 Carefree (1938)
38/10/02 Drums (1938)
38/10/16 There Goes My Heart (1938)
38/10/23 Mad Miss Manton, The (1938)
38/10/30 Young Dr. Kildare (1938)
38/11/06 Young in Heart, The (1938)
38/11/20 Sixty Glorious Years (1938)
38/11/27 Cowboy and the Lady, The (1938)
38/12/11 Dramatic School (1938)
38/12/18 Duke of West Point, The (1938)
38/12/25 Christmas Carol, A (1938)
39/01/01 Topper Takes a Trip (1939)
39/01/08 THERE’S THAT WOMAN AGAIN
39/01/15 Trade Winds (1938)
39/01/22 Great Man Votes, The (1939)
39/01/29 Gunga Din (1939)
39/02/19 Made For Each Other (1939)
39/03/05 Stagecoach (1939)
39/03/19 Love Affair (1939)
39/04/02 Story of Vernon & Irene Castle, The (1939)
39/04/23 Dark Victory (1939)
39/05/07 East Side of Heaven (1939)
39/05/14 Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
39/05/28 Captain Fury (1939)
39/06/11 Sun Never Sets, The (1939)
39/06/18 CLOUDS OVER EUROPE
39/06/25 Good Girls Go to Paris (1939)
39/07/02 Bachelor Mother (1939)
39/07/16 Man in the Iron Mask, The (1939)
39/07/30 Winter Carnival (1939)
39/08/06 In Name Only (1939)
39/08/27 5th Ave. Girl (1939)
39/09/10 Golden Boy (1939)
39/09/24 Nurse Edith Cavell (1939)
39/10/08 Intermezzo (1939)
39/10/22 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
39/11/12 Ninotchka (1939)
39/12/03 We Are Not Alone (1939)
39/12/17 Balalaika (1939)
39/12/31 Hunchback of Notre Dame, The (1939)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 26, 2006 at 8:44 am

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 26, 2006 at 5:43 am

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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 26, 2006 at 2:33 am

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.

Whew!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Surf Theatre on Apr 25, 2006 at 8:41 am

Thanks, Mike. Do you know if the Bay Harbor is still there?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rialto Theatre on Apr 24, 2006 at 2:00 pm

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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Pix Theater on Apr 24, 2006 at 1:40 pm

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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Roxy Theatre on Apr 23, 2006 at 11:59 am

That is definitely the Roxy.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Sheridan Theatre on Apr 23, 2006 at 11:56 am

I believe the Sheridan was demolished years ago. I am pretty sure the photo above is not it.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Surf Theatre on Apr 23, 2006 at 11:50 am

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about 34th Street East Theatre on Apr 23, 2006 at 8:49 am

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Jean Renoir Cinema on Apr 22, 2006 at 6:55 am

If indeed the Gate, Camelot Twin and Jean Renoir are all the same, the address is: 162 Second Avenue.

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Al Alvarez commented about Terrace Theater on Apr 22, 2006 at 4:27 am

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Loew's 72nd Street East on Apr 22, 2006 at 3:20 am

Is this a Twin now? The NYT ad for UNITED 93 lists the 72nd Street 1.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Terrace Theater on Apr 22, 2006 at 2:16 am

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.

Some bookings
December 1937
The Perfect Specimen
Ali Baba Goes to Town
December 1942
Sleepytime Gal/Atlantic Convoy
January 1943
Apache Trail/Affairs of Martha
December 1948
Luxury Liner/A Night at the Opera

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Lane Theatre on Apr 20, 2006 at 11:22 am

Is the same theatre advertised as Cinema 181 in the mid sixties?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Gem Theatre on Apr 19, 2006 at 1:41 pm

The Gem was still open in 1949.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Hollywood Theatre on Apr 19, 2006 at 12:26 pm

I don’t think this is the same theatre as the Avenue A. That location advertised as “51 Avenue A” on 3rd street.

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Al Alvarez commented about Costello Theatre on Apr 15, 2006 at 11:07 pm

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?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Absinthe House Cinematheque on Apr 15, 2006 at 5:07 am

Seating is around 199.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Absinthe House Cinematheque on Apr 15, 2006 at 5:06 am

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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Costello Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 10:52 pm

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Broadway Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 9:15 am

Thanks Warren. I am not sure how one would list them, but the old Criterion and the Vitagraph both deserve a listing.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Loew's Lexington Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 4:54 am

New York Times ads in late January 1916 list the Biltmore as the former Lexington.