Roxy Theatre

153 W. 50th Street,
New York, NY 10020

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Tinseltoes on July 6, 2013 at 8:38 am

That date happened to be a Sunday. In The New York Times for that day, I found a small Roxy ad with Marian Marsh in “Daring Daughters” on screen and a variety stage show topped by Rosita Moreno and Dsve Schooler. Clara Bow was still such a big star that I’m sure she would have been mentioned in the ad. But it’s very possible that she attended the Roxy as a spectator at some point that day and signed autographs for anyone who stopped her to ask for one. But adding a lock of her own hair seems bizarre, to say the least. Perhaps you could have it tested for Bow’s DNA.

modlrfleck on July 6, 2013 at 7:57 am

In the effects of a recently passed family member, we have found a playbill for the Roxy Theatre in New York City, dated Sunday, March 26,1933, autographed to the deceased by 1920’s silent film star Clara Bow. The signature matches examples of Ms.Bow’s signature that I have located online. In addition the envelope contained a lock of (Ms.Bow’s ?) hair. I am trying to confirm that Ms. Bow was at the Roxy on that date. Any help would be appreciated.

Mike Fleckenstein, Virginia USA

MarkDHite on May 22, 2013 at 9:20 pm

The Roxy was very much in existence in 1956 when the original My Fair Lady musical opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. And I’m sure many people who attended the Roxy had seen the Broadway musical or would later see the movie. (That’s about as close as the Roxy gets to a connection with My Fair Lady!)

Vito on May 9, 2013 at 7:55 am

Indeed, sadly the Roxy was dust by the time MFL opened. Still it’s nice to reference the great lines from the movie here and there.

Tinseltoes on May 9, 2013 at 7:09 am

Except that “My Fair Lady” never played at the Roxy.

Vito on May 9, 2013 at 2:58 am

Oh Mike, that’s cute you can never go wrong with a “My Fair Lady” reference :)

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 8, 2013 at 6:20 pm

And as Eliza wondered about her late aunt, “what become of her new straw hat that should have come to me?”

MarkDHite on May 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Sorry if this is disappointing. The great oval rug got worn out after 20 years and millions of feet took their toll. It was replaced with regular carpet in the sometime in the 1940s.

hanksykes on May 8, 2013 at 4:16 pm

How about the answer to where the huge rotunda rug went?

Tinseltoes on March 11, 2013 at 8:23 am

Tonight (March 11) marks the 86th anniversary of the grand opening of the Roxy Theatre. Here’s a quick link to one of the many ads published for the event: movie-theatre

DavidDymond on February 11, 2013 at 8:48 am

I totally agreed with Mark Hite’s comments. Mark is a member of Theatre Historical Society for years!

Tinseltoes on February 11, 2013 at 7:50 am

Sixty years ago today, Walt Disney’s Technicolor animated feature, “Peter Pan,” opened its NYC premiere engagement at the Roxy Theatre. Described as “Wonderful ADULT entertainment the whole family will love,” the RKO release featured Bobby Driscoll as the voice of the title character. Performed on the Roxy’s radiant “Ice Colorama” stage was the spectacular “Crystal Wonderland.” An added screen treat was Disney’s live-action Technicolor short, “Bear Country.” Tickets for children under 12 were priced at 50 cents at all times.

Joseph on January 17, 2013 at 8:52 am

I vaguely recall seeing a vintage 1920s or 30s architecture magazine article which described Roxy Rothafel’s NYC apartment (the actual home, not theater) in which he proudly displays a grilled doorway. Wish I could remember the exact details. These may be those doors, in which case the EBAY listing is somewhat incorrect.

Tinseltoes on January 17, 2013 at 6:59 am

And isn’t it about time that the introductory STATUS in the CT listing was changed from “Closed” to “Demolished?”

Tinseltoes on January 17, 2013 at 6:56 am

If they do come from the Roxy, where have they been since the theatre was demolished more than half a century ago?

MarkDHite on January 16, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I’m not saying those gates aren’t from the Roxy, but I’d be more convinced if they said “Rambusch” instead of Tiffany. Too bad they don’t have a photo of them in the theatre. Just saying they came from the Roxy isn’t exactly “great provenance” in and of itself.

Joseph on January 16, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Take a look at this EBAY listing:

Bronze Tiffany Studio Doors

According to the listing they originate in the NYC ROXY. Does anyone know where in the building they were originally located? My guess is in a non-public area.

WilliamMcQuade on December 2, 2012 at 10:18 am

Look at the original movie Naked City. In the opening minute is a scene of NY while the city sleeps.A quick shot shows a cleaning woman with a bucket moping the rotunda . Talk about thankless jobs

Tinseltoes on August 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Pictured for four consecutive pages in the 1938 trade ad for 20th-Fox’s “Suez” that starts here: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes on August 10, 2012 at 6:38 am

“Peyton Place” and a Christmas stage show entitled “Alice in Winterland” were a blockbuster combination at the end of 1957 into 1958. The Roxy’s street lines were often as large as those at RCMH, which had “Sayonara” as its Xmas film. Though “Peyton Place” received mixed reviews, it got the highest rating of four stars from the Daily News, which at that time had the largest circulation of all NYC newspapers. The News’s Wanda Hale called “Peyton Place” better than the novel, which had been one of the biggest best-sellers since “Gone With the Wind.”

Simon L. Saltzman
Simon L. Saltzman on August 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

BigJoe, My guess would be “The King and I” (9 weeks), “Bus Stop” (6 weeks), “Giant” (9 weeks) “Anastasia” (8 weeks) all in 1956. There were many A films after that but these had the longest runs and made the most money and were critically acclaimed. Next case.

bigjoe59 on August 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

Hello Again-

as i mentioned in previous posts in the late 50s Hollywood was still operating on the A movie and B movie production level. now just because a film is a A level picture doesn’t mean its going to any good or receive critical acclaim or be a hit at the box office. to which what was the last A level picture to play the Roxy that was both critically well received and had a healthy run?

Tinseltoes on August 9, 2012 at 7:54 am

This 1929 trade review of the second anniversary stage show provides an excellent example of the revue formula that “Roxy” invented and later took with him to Radio City Music Hall: archive