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42ndStreetMemories commented about New Victory Theatre on Jul 17, 2004 at 2:24 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

42ndStreetMemories commented about Times Square Theatre on Jul 17, 2004 at 2:20 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

42ndStreetMemories commented about Anco Theatre on Jul 17, 2004 at 2:12 pm

The ANCO of the 50s & 60s would show a lot of creative re-released double bills, and like most of The Deuce specialized in action films. If a recent double bill did well one week at the New Amsterdam, it spent a week at The Harris and a 3rd at the Anco. The ticket seller was on the right hand corner and the left side of the entrance was filled with 8x10 stills. Jerry the K

42ndStreetMemories commented about RKO 23rd Street Theatre on Jul 17, 2004 at 8:02 am

I feel as if I lived in the RKO on 23rd in the 1950s. My dad was an usher there in the 40s and met my mom there. My favorite memories were House on Haunted Hill with the skeleton flying over the RKO audience, Rodan was “on display” in a box in the large entrance way, the all-day Saturday kiddie-shows, camera-flashes going off when Elvis appeared in Love Me Tender. The theater itself was large and beautiful. My research shows that the theater opened in 1868 as Pike’s Opera House. It lost money and Jim Fisk bought it the next year for showgirl Josie Mansfield (the “Cleopatra of 23rd St”). RKO opened there on Aug 4, 1938 with “Having A Wonderful Time” with Ginger Rogers and “Sky Giant” with Richard Dix. The theater was slated for demolition due to the ILGWU Co-Op Housing currently there(lived there but always resented it).The old lady went out in style as it burned down before demolition. The last film, South Pacific (eegads!) played there on June 15 1960. I’ll post regarding the other Chelsea theaters, the new RKO and the Terrace on the appropriate pages. Thanks. Jerry the K