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Is there any way to retrieve the bookings information on the 42nd Street Theaters, back in the 50s-60s, especially the Empire, Anco, Times Sqaure, Victory, Liberty? I went through the NY Times microfiche at the library and found some mention of the more mainstream New Amsterdam, Lyric, Harris, Selwyn but nothing on the others. Thanks for any info. Jerry 42nd Street Memories
Most of the old 42nd St movie theaters can currently be seen on a Travel Channel show focusing on Times Square. The clips of the Deuce are during the mid-70s and current timeframes. It was shown on December 26. So it should be still in its rotation.
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Bryan, I’m getting a different image than the Liberty. Jerry 42nd Street Memories
Great shot. Thanks. Where did you come by it? I’ve been trying to accumulate photos of the Deuce from the 50s – 60s with little luck. Jerry 42nd Street Memories
saps, the thrill of coming up on the subway on 8th avenue, having a hot dog (with mustard relish) and pulpy orange drink, then turning the corner toward the Selwyn is something I will never forget. Your right about the marquees hawking the double/triple features. When were you there? Jerry 42nd Street Memories
TJ, it was a great thrill as a kid, in the 50s-60s, to go up to The Deuce. Since then didn’t advertise, you never knew what goodies you’d find. They had some creative programming before the porno-Kung Fu-slasher onslaught. Each theater pretty much had a niche. The Times Square theater was a haven for the western fan, like me. Jerry 42nd Street Memories
The Selwyn of the 50s-60s usually showed the double features that had previously played at the Lyric. The theater was the first one you approached on the southside of the street going from west to east. It was situated next to the Apollo. The Travel Channel has been playing an hour long program on Times Square this week with shots of the Deuce from the 70s. Jerry 42nd Street Memories
I remember visiting the Lyric quite frequently in the 50s/60s. As Warren stated, it did have the 1st 42nd St showings after a film had a Broadway run, as did the New Amsterdam on the south side. The Lyric, being an old legit theater had 3 levels and seeing a movie from the top level was a trip. You were looking down on the screen through the haze of the rising cigarette smoke. Last week, the Travel Channel was showing a hour program on Times Square. It included shots of the Lyric & Apollo from the 70s. If anyone knows where I can see photos, images, etc of the 42nd Street Theaters in the 50s-60s, please let me know. Jerry 42nd Street Memories
Most of the old 42nd St movie theaters can currently be seen on a Travel Channel show focusing on Times Square. The clips of the Deuce are during the mid-70s and current timeframes. It was shown on December 26. So it should be still in its rotation. The old (xxx rated) Victory and new Victory can be seen.
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Thanks for the heads up, Don. I checked and it will be shown again Sunday Dec 26 at noon EST. Jerry the K (42nd Street Memories)
I should have added….images from the 50’s-60’s. Jerry
Where can I find images of the outside of the theater…..marquee, box office…etc. Thanks, Jerry
Growing up in Chelsea in the 50s & 60s, we had the great RKO on 23rd & 8th (showing WB, Fox, U-I, Allied Artists, AIP flics) and the Sheridan in the Village showing MGM, Paramount, Columbia, UA flics. I recall that Jerry Lewis would appear at all of the Loews' theaters on the opening of his new film. He’d spend 10 minutes on each stage before moving on to the next. Heart breaking to see the RKO shut down and eventually burn down; then about 9 years later the Sheridan was demolished for little apparent reason.
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For those of us living in Manhattan in the late 50s/early 60s, another DI choice was the Route 3 DI outside the Lincoln Tunnel, where the Meadowlands is now. Jerry from 42nd Street Memories
Spent a lot of my puberty years here, in the early 60s. Watching foreign films and an occasional “risque” film like Russ Meyer’s Lorna. Seemed like it was dedicated to all Jean Paul Belmondo at times. Great stuff. Jerry from 42nd Street Memories
What year was that, Robert?
Saw my first rock concert here in the early 60s! It was still a great double-feature movie-house but for one night they had The Dave Clark 5 with The Kinks opening! Jerry from 42nd Street Memories
When I was growing up in Chelsea in the 50s, the Elgin showed only Spanish-Mexican films and American films dubbed in Spanish.
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Warren, were you there? I was talking to a friend yesterday from the old neighborhood and we were talking about The Terrace. Rest Rooms were in a basement with an art deco look. My dad & I came across a body down there once.
When did it close? Jerry
Here you go, JB. This was the line-up in the 50s/60s.
On the North side, going from West to East:
Selwyn (usually showed 1st run films a week after The Lyric),
Times Square (western re-releases)
Lyric (1st run double features)
Victory (re-releases, usually action or Bowery Boys. Great double features)
On the South Side, going East to West:
New Amsterdam (1st Run double features)
Harris (usually a week after the New Amsterdam)
Liberty (some new stuff, mostly re-releases)
Empire (great re-releases; creative bookings. Believe they went Kung Fu triple features)
Anco (more great re-releases, sometimes picked up shows after the Harris if they were popular….e.g., Night of the Living Dead)
Check out my site…www.42ndstreetmemories.com for a shot of The Deuce. Jerry
The old Empire of the 50s & 60s had some of the most creative programming on The Deuce. i saw my first Chaplin there, Tillie’s Punctured Romance on a double bill with a Francis the Talking Mule movie. Of course, like most of 42nd, the double bills were usually standard action fare. Double bills of films that had been on the bottom of the bill at first run theaters. Tarawa Beachhead, Timbuktu, The Marauders come to mind. Great escape for a 10 year old kid when the Times Square theater across the street had westerns that I’d already seen. The Deuce’s sub-run theaters didn’t advertise (kept the admissions low), so it was exciting to come up the subway steps and start to peruse the marquees. A kid in a candy shop. Jerry the K
The Liberty was situated between the Harris & The Empire. The Liberty of the 50s & 60s had some creative programming of double features. Of course, usually second run & re-released action fare. I remember seeing a lot of the old WB classics, Sea Hawk, Desperate Journey, Roaring 20s when they were re-released around 1957. Jerry the K
The Harris of the 50s & 60s would show fairly current double features, usually one week after they debuted at the New Amsterdam, which was its next-door neighbor. Jerry the K
In the 50s & 60s, the New Amsterdam & The Lyric on the north side of the street were the only two showing first-run fare (usually following their Broadway debuts). They would show the same double features as the RKO & Loew’s chains but at discounted prices. Beautiful, beautiful theater and I was delighted to see Lion King there, thirty years after my last visit. Jerry the K