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Mid `50’s photo as the Forum Cafeteria added courtesy of Jeannie Tracy Pfoh.
Incredible December 1928 photo as the Colony added courtesy of the Eyes Of A Generation.com Facebook page.
Hammerstein Theatre, now the Ed Sullivan Theatre in the background.
Below copy/history of the Hammerstein also courtesy of the Eyes Of A Generation.com Facebook page.
Tomorrow is David Letterman’s last day in this grand theater that was built in 1927. This photo shows “Good Boy” playing at what was then The Hammerstein Theater in December of 1928. The famous song at this link was first performed here and was the first “hit” event in the theater’s history. https://youtu.be/rI275t9BNJo?t=42s
The song is “I Want To Be Loved By You.” and is sung by Helen Kane, who’s voice and style was the inspiration for the famous cartoon character Betty Boop. In 1931, bankruptcy forced the sale, and the theater was bought by Billy Rose. After a few more years of legitimate theater ventures, Rose entered a long term lease with CBS in 1936. The debut radio show from here was “The Major Bowes Amateur Hour,” and the venue was known as CBS Radio Playhouse.
In 1950, the theater was converted to television and became CBS Studio 50. The first big production from Studio 50 was “The Jackie Gleason Show” in the fall of 1950. In ‘52, Ed Sullivan’s “Toast Of The Town” show was moved from The Maxine Elliot Theater to Studio 50, and joined Gleason there. Tomorrow night, another chapter ends, and a new one will begin again soon at 1697 Broadway.
Shelley Howard also hosted these video shows.
Better copy of the 1932 postcard added, courtesy of Darlene Van Horn.
“Flesh” starring Wallace Beery on the marquee.
1939 photo added of the Hamilton Field Theatre, credit & copyright below website.
Several 1970’s photos and a vintage postcard of the Rafael as the Orpheus added.
Two photos added credit Mark Chambers.
Theater owner family member Max Blumenfeld’s obituary.
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Wider, brighter version of the 1954 photo added.
Courtesy of the AmeriCar The Beautiful Facebook page
1929 and pre-renovation exterior photos added courtesy of below website.
Additional interior photos on site.
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1961 newspaper photo added courtesy of Marc Friedland.
Additional photos of downtown New Haven can be found by searching the below site. Copy & paste to view.
Undated and 1960 newspaper photos added courtesy of Joe O'Conner.
Mar-Va Theater linoleum print by Janie Bloxom Stouffer added.
1 of 20 made for the restoration committee in 1998.
1962 photo of St. Paul Street added, courtesy of the Growing Up In Western Hill!!! Facebook page.
Capitol Theatre marquee in the background.
Original photo from the Illinois Historic Preservation Society. Magnifier plus Then & Now fade in below What Was There website.
The What Was There website with the Illinois Historic Preservation Society photo from circa `75. Has a magnifier plus the Then & Now fade.
Mid `50’s photo added courtesy of the Historic Horry County, SC Facebook page. I received the below e-mail content from the museum today.
The picture you mentioned was a photograph of a picture shown at a presentation given by Dino Thompson at the Museum. The Theater was located in downtown Myrtle Beach. Mr. Thompson forwarded me some information on it…
Ben’s Broadway theater opened in the late 30s.
After it was sold it became Broadway Theater.
In the late 60s or early 70s it became the Rocking Chair theater.
Across the street from the theater was a restaurant owned by Louie Achilles called the Broadway Restaurant.
According to Jack Thompson, a Myrtle Beach photographer, The Broadway was located on Main Street next to the Kozy Korner and the Restaurant was 818 Kings Hwy next door to his studio.
Jack Thompson will be speaking this Saturday at the Horry County Museum about the history of Myrtle Beach through his photographs if you are interested. The program begins at 1:00 PM and is free.
Marion Haynes, Technical Assistant
Horry County Government
Horry County Museum
805 Main Street, Conway, South Carolina 29526
Photo added credit South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Link also shows address as 335, not 337.
Circa 1931 photo added courtesy of Darla Zailskas.
More vintage pics.
CinemaTour link with small photo.
2008 article with a photo that will enlarge.
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Mid `30’s photo added courtesy of Walter Bell.
2014 article below courtesy of Patricia Lane Evans.
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January 2nd, 1932 photo and copy added courtesy of Walter Bell. (Strand blade sign in the background)
January 3, 1932
Fire destroyed both Morrill blocks in Franklin Square. Twenty six businesses were destroyed. The blaze required fireman from as far away as Haverhill, Massachusetts, and burned so hotly that the sprinkler system in the Strand Theater was set off The Morrill Block was rebuilt on a smaller scale. The new building had only two floors and ran from Third Street to Second Street. No cause was discovered for the fire.
Photo added courtesy of Darryl Zoller.