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Here’s a link to color photos by Julia Solis, whose work often looks for the beauty in decline:
New proposal for rejuvenation of the Alexandria:
While the two theatres were under the same management, the Criterion’s prominent corner display space was sometimes used for the Paramount, which lacked such an advantage.
A long, low lobby connected the Rivoli’s entrance to the auditorium.
Entrance to the nearby Rivoli Theatre can be seen in upper right corner of image.
This was the first starring vehicle for Martin & Lewis after making their screen debut with featured roles in “My Friend Irma” and “My Friend Irma Goes West.”
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Paramount’s rejuvenation:
Wouldn’t it make more sense to discuss the Lyric at its own listing? It had no connection with the Carnegie Hall Cinema that I’m aware of. You might attract more input from people with information or memories about the Lyric.
25th Anniversary as performing arts center:
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, who had yet to start working in movies, topped the stage bill.
This double bill consisted of a “talkie” and a “silent picture.”
By this time (1930), Loew’s had traded the Avalon to the Century circuit in exchange for the Prospect Theatre in Flushing, Queens. The “swap” also included Century taking over another Loew house in Brooklyn, the Manor.
Nancy Sinatra attended the gala opening at the Victoria Theatre of Paramount’s “The Last of the Secret Agents?,” in which she co-starred with the comedy team of Marty Allen and Steve Rossi. Miss Sinatra was accompanied to the event by her mother, Nancy.
“Night Club Revels” had Ray Bolger and Patricia Bowman as the principal dancers, and closed the show’s first act.
Eighty years ago today, Loew’s turned the Ziegfeld into a second-run cinema playing day-and-date with other Loew’s houses in Manhattan. I’ve posted an ad in the Photos Section. More details can be found in my comment above dated April 21, 2011.
None less than Lillian Russell was topping the bill at the time of the photo.
Oh, well, you can always use an empty popcorn container if there’s no other place to “go.”
At a quick glance, the exterior of the building could be mistaken for the world-famous Capitol Theatre in New York City, which may have been the intention of the architects.
Loew’s State on the east side of Broadway, the Gaiety and Astor on the west side.
The demolition took place in 1930, over a seven block area. Nearly 200 old buildings, including many tenements, were razed, according to reportage in The New York Times.
The theatre was a financial disaster from the time that it first opened as a showcase for the stage troupe of the great Yiddish actor-manager Jacob Adler. The building was eventually condemned and demolished by the city government in its re-development of the neighborhood.
Sign painted on side wall of the Loew’s Building plugged “Mutiny on the Bounty” at the Capitol Theatre.
The Paramount economized on film rental by booking a “B” programmer in B&W as the screen attraction.