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bigjoe, it was not a roadshow. It actually opened at four locations in NYC.
I usually have a good memory when it comes to films
having had roadshow engagements in Manhattan. to which
didn’t 55 Days at Peking have a roadshow engagement at
A quick search shows you are correct. Baxter replaced Bacall July 26, 1971. Arlene Dahl later replace Baxter for one month before the show closed July 27, 1972.
I should have said the recently posted circa ‘69 photo. This was the beginning of the steep decline of Times Square. Although for those who were already visiting it they might say it began earlier. Unfortunately the great wraparound DeMille billboard was to feature only one more movie and that was a softcore porn film which I believe was called Ginger. I’m basing this all on memory. No more Hawaii or Spartacus spectaculars. Not even a Shoes of the Fisherman or Battle of Britain.
Circa ‘69 is in early 70s. You can see Anne Baxter is in Applause and I believe she replaced Bacall in '71. I saw Bacall do it in June of '71 and that same summer I saw Cliff Gorman in Lenny the billboard of which you can also see in that photo.
Circa 1983 photo added via John Michael Wilkinson.
are the Nederlenders still going thru with their plan to raise the theater 2 stories?
1955 photo added via Al Ponte’s Time Machine-New York Facebook page.
During that last renovation, they scrapped the original Seventh Ave facade entirely (marquee and office building above the entry foyer included) and incorporated it into the facade of the new high rise hotel that was constructed above and around the theater at the corner of W 47th. So, a recreation of the original marquee is probably not in the cards. It would actually look entirely incongruous with the rest of the facade, frankly.
I still think the idea is stupid. Bigjoe59 I know they did a lot of renovations while they were closed from 88-91. I still would like to see the prior marquees restored
to lazydave- why can’t they simply renovate the Palace to its original condition as is? otherwise I have this picture in my head of the theater collapsing onto 7th Avenue.
Haven’t seen any reports since 2015 about the proposed renovation, but apparently the project is still alive. Unlike others who have commented, I quite like the proposal. The only part of the original Palace still extant is the auditorium, and it will be not only preserved but also restored to its original condition. So what if it is raised 29 feet? Retail space at street level in that area is enormously valuable, so it makes perfect sense for the owners to access that value. It is wonderful that they are willing to invest big bucks to save the Palace for ages to come.
1940 photo added courtesy of David Kroger.
Thank you HDTV267. Awesome history of a great theater.
Circa 1926 photo added, credit Duke University Collection.
NYer I agree 100% about the marquee.
Concept boggles the mind.
This makes so much sense when the retail space can go above it instead. Even if this succeeds what are the long term consequences for such an old building? Nobody has any idea. For God’s sake why can’t they leave the theater as it is?
Miserable wretched Ed Koch who did everything he could to destroy the Morosco and Helen Hayes(not to mention the Gaiety, Astor and Bijou)must be dancing a jig in hell.
Current article about expansion plans. Requires an e-mail sign-in to access.
I’ll be here Wednesday night for An American in Paris.
Kind of bittersweet…
1920’s photo added courtesy of the What Was There website. Fade from then to Now on website below.
1929 photo added courtesy of the Duke University Collection.
1938 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page. B.F. Keith’s Palace marquee.
1953 photo added, photo credit Samuel Gottscho.
1978 photo added courtesy of the NYC 1950 to Present Facebook page.
1953 photo added, photo credit Frank Larson.