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42ndStreetMemories commented about Liberty Theatre on Dec 30, 2004 at 3:49 am

Bryan, I’m getting a different image than the Liberty. Jerry 42nd Street Memories

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42ndStreetMemories commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Dec 30, 2004 at 3:43 am

Bryan,
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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Times Square Theatre on Dec 30, 2004 at 3:28 am

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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Times Square Theatre on Dec 29, 2004 at 5:44 pm

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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about American Airlines Theatre on Dec 28, 2004 at 2:12 pm

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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Apollo Theatre on Dec 28, 2004 at 2:06 pm

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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about New Victory Theatre on Dec 27, 2004 at 11:39 pm

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.
Jerry 42nd Street Memories

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Times Square Theatre on Dec 27, 2004 at 11:35 pm

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.
Jerry 42nd Street Memories

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42ndStreetMemories commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Dec 24, 2004 at 5:27 pm

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)

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Times Square Theatre on Oct 6, 2004 at 2:23 am

I should have added….images from the 50’s-60’s. Jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Times Square Theatre on Oct 6, 2004 at 2:23 am

Where can I find images of the outside of the theater…..marquee, box office…etc. Thanks, Jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Loew's Sheridan Theatre on Aug 23, 2004 at 11:27 pm

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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42ndStreetMemories commented about Whitestone Drive-In on Aug 23, 2004 at 11:11 pm

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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Art Greenwich Twin on Aug 23, 2004 at 11:05 pm

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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Joyce Theater on Aug 23, 2004 at 10:52 pm

What year was that, Robert?

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Academy of Music on Aug 23, 2004 at 10:41 pm

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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Joyce Theater on Aug 23, 2004 at 9:29 pm

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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42ndStreetMemories commented about Terrace Theater on Aug 23, 2004 at 9:25 pm

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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Times Square Theatre on Aug 20, 2004 at 3:00 pm

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),
Apollo (foreign)
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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about AMC Empire 25 on Jul 17, 2004 at 11:59 pm

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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Liberty Theatre on Jul 17, 2004 at 11:46 pm

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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Harris Theatre on Jul 17, 2004 at 11:33 pm

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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Jul 17, 2004 at 11:31 pm

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

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42ndStreetMemories commented about New Victory Theatre on Jul 17, 2004 at 11:24 pm

The Victory of the 50s & 60s, pre-porn, had some of the most fun programming on the Deuce. They did show a lot of re-released Republic action films, especially the John Wayne ones (Sands of Iwo Jima, Wake of the Red Witch. I do recall a Bowery Boys double feature with a 3 Stooges short (unfortunately during the Joe Besser era.)One of the premier action film houses of the time. Jerry the K

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Times Square Theatre on Jul 17, 2004 at 11:20 pm

The Times Square featured mostly western double features in the 50s & 60s. Usually a combination of two Audie Murphy films, or recent low budget “B” westerns with George Montgomery, Scott Brady, Rory Calhoun, etc. No John Wayne stuff here. The lobby was extremely small and they displayed movie heralds of coming attractions over the ticket taker. The theater was the center of the 5 on the North side of the street, situated between the Apollo and the Lyric. Jerry the K