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Except that “My Fair Lady” never played at the Roxy.
The prices cited on the marquee are in cents, not dollars. Loin lamb chops today in Whole Foods are about
$25 per pound.
“Darcydt,” it’s good that you weren’t around in the days before saturation distribution began. You would have needed to travel into Manhattan to see the newest movies, where they usually played exclusively at one theatre before moving to the neighborhoods. And in Queens, Bayside was not one of the first neighborhoods in Queens to get them.
Latest renovation proposal:
The Universal release opened its world premiere engagement at Loew’s Criterion on December 25th, 1944 (Christmas Day).
For WB’s Technicolor turkey, “Critic’s Choice,” which needed all the help that it could get.
One can also research Newsday from 1940 onwards through ProQuest Historic Newspapers, which many public libraries now offer on their computers.
May 28th will mark the 50th anniversary of the grand opening of Century’s Whitman, which became the circuit’s 37th theatre. The Whitman opened on the night of May 28th, 1963, with a benefit for the Suffolk County Leukemia Society of a “studio preview of a new and important motion picture.” The next day, regular performances started of “Dr. No,” with the Whitman as part of the UA “Premiere Showcase” for the first James Bond film adventure.
Closing down for renovations:
Re-opens after years of renovation:
FUROR OVER THE BAY TERRACE’S “LEFTOVER MOVIES”:
The Ziegfeld’s cinematic lifetime as Loew’s Ziegfeld amounted to 11 years, four months, and one week— from April 21st, 1933 through August 27th, 1944. After refurbishment by producer Billy Rose, the Ziegfeld returned to the “legit” fold in December with the satirical revue “Seven Lively Arts,” with Beatrice Lillie, Bert Lahr, and musical score by Cole Porter.
I’ve posted a closing day ad for Loew’s Ziegfeld in the Photos Section.
On that Sunday night, Cary Grant’s B&W “Once Upon a Time” had the dubious distinction of becoming the last movie to be shown at the Ziegfeld Theatre. Producer Billy Rose refurbished the house and returned it to the “legit” fold in December of that year with “Seven Lively Arts,” a satirical revue with Beatrice Lillie, Bert Lahr, and musical score by Cole Porter.
“Another Kiss” was introduced in “Manhattan Cocktail,” the movie that opened the Brooklyn Paramount on November 24th, 1928. The film debuted that same day at the NYC Paramount, though, of course, with a different stage presentation.
Sixty-eight years ago today, MGM’s “The Valley of Decision,” a B&W melodrama teaming the Hall’s boxoffice
queen Greer Garson with rapidly rising Gregory Peck, opened its world premiere engagement at RCMH. Leonidoff’s stage revue, “Summer Idyll,” included the Corps de Ballet in a new spectacle set to the music of Frederic Chopin.
Renovation project reported to be running on schedule:
Renovation plans are now under consideration:
“Duel in the Sun” was a move-upstairs to Loew’s Valencia after its premiere engagement at the Century.
Note support billing to Ella Fitzgerald in the stage show and to Betty Grable in the movie.
As at churches everywhere, I’m sure that you would be welcome at any of the services held at Loew’s Paradise.
“Fiesta” was an MGM Technicolor musical in which Esther Williams spent more time in the bullfighting ring than the swimming pool.
Presley did three shows on May 25th, 1956 at the Detroit Fox, as part of a national tour.
Bottom of the vertical sign for the Earl Carroll Theatre can be seen at the right side of the photo.
This came at a time when the Paramount had dropped stage shows due to Depression conditions.
A rare view showing the north panel of the original Seventh Avenue marquee.