Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre

707 Seventh Avenue,
New York, NY 10036

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DonRosen on September 1, 2006 at 2:13 am

Interesting thing about the “Psycho” review…it’s a Paramount release. You would never know that from the Universal logo on cable and the video/DVD releases. Also, the reviewer said she wouldn’t reveal the plot twist, then says Simon Oakland who throws light on the strange behavior of a dual personality.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 31, 2006 at 5:06 pm

You’re welcome, B.O. Bill. What a pleasure to be able to bring back a special memory to you, after all those Radio City and Roxy programs you’ve given to us.

BoxOfficeBill on August 31, 2006 at 5:01 pm

Bill Huelbig—

A million thanks for the comic strip (and of “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” When the strip appeared in the Daily News over the stretch of a week, I carefully clipped each one, and at the end imagined what the film would be like. A month or so later, the pic screened at my local RKO Dyker nabe, and I watched it with amazement.

I love the adjacent ads— for “Captain Horatio Hornblower” at RCMH and “The People against O'Hara” at … Loew’s State? Thanks for unreeling those newspaper spools from fifty-five years ago.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 31, 2006 at 3:49 pm

In honor of Joseph Stefano, who died yesterday:

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 31, 2006 at 3:38 pm

From the New York Daily News, September 1951:

An unusual ad for the Mayfair’s next attraction:

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Kate Cameron’s review. She sounds a little surprised to have enjoyed it – I guess science fiction didn’t get much respect back then:

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 28, 2006 at 5:06 am

I don’t like to make a re-tread post, but here again is a 1963 ad for the upcoming reserved seat engagement of Otto Preminger’s “The Cardinal” at the Demille:
Daily News 11/25/63

What I failed to note the first time I posted this ad is that “The Cardinal” represented a milestone in the history of theatrical presentation of motion pictures; it was the first 35mm production ever to have been presented in 70mm blow-up prints.

Here’s a page on the wonderful Widescreen Museum site featuring a contemporary article heralding the new process.

AlAlvarez on August 21, 2006 at 8:48 pm

Thanks guys. That makes perfect sense.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 21, 2006 at 8:50 am

The Columbia ceased to exist when it was replaced by the Mayfair. The 1934 Columbia was the ex-Central Theatre on the west side of Broadway at 47th Street. In that year, the owners re-named the Central the Columbia for a revival of burlesque, but they were shut down by the police. The theatre kept the name Columbia when it returned to films, but soon went back to Central. The original Columbia and the Mayfair were actually on Seventh Avenue, and not Broadway.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 21, 2006 at 8:49 am

Al. The Columbia discussed above was gutted to make way for the RKO Mayfair, so it must be a different theater altogether – particularly since you reference the film as a move-over FROM the Mayfair. Actually, it is probably the old Central Theater right across Duffy Square that you are talking about. It was later known as the Forum and closed as Movieland under B.S. Moss, but did operate for a time in 1934 as the Columbia.

AlAlvarez on August 21, 2006 at 8:24 am

In May 1934 the Columbia was showing a move-over from the Mayfair of HITLER’S REIGN OF TERROR. Although it rarely showed films, they seems to have co-existed or there was another Columbia on 47th and Broadway.


veyoung52 on August 21, 2006 at 2:11 am

“Thanks, Warren. That Kinopanorama ad is great.” You should also take a look at the opening day ads. Initially, the Russians called the process “Kinorama.” The Cinerama folks complained loudly, and the next day the process was renamed “Kinopanorama”

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 20, 2006 at 12:46 pm

Ed, I have yet to find evidence of the Columbia Theatre ever presenting anything but “live” burlesque, which was tame in comparison to the type pioneered by Minsky’s with strip-tease performers.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 20, 2006 at 11:28 am

Thanks, Warren. That Kinopanorama ad is great.

And I have to wonder, how “beautiful” and “perfect” could the old Columbia have been if it was to be completely gutted just a couple of years later?! Does the Columbia have a page here? Or was it strictly a live performance venue?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 20, 2006 at 5:49 am

Here’s an ad from July, 1959 for the Russian equivalent of Cinerama:
And here’s an ad for the Columbia from October, 1927, roughly three years before the grand opening of its replacement, the Mayfair. The Columbia probably closed in 1929, but that’s only a guess: www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/columbia47.jpg

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 17, 2006 at 8:47 am

The front of the Ziegfeld’s marquee, which you could only really see from the other side of 54th St., said “THE ZIEGFELD A Walter Reade Theatre” for several years after it stopped being a Reade theatre. That part of the display is now covered up by a Clearview Cinemas sign.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 17, 2006 at 7:23 am

Thanks Bill. I remember the Ziegfeld having that distinctive Walter Reade font in movie ads from the ‘70’s and early '80’s (ditto the Little Carnegie and New Yorker Twin). I was just curious as to the origins of the Reade chain in NY, particularly during the '63-'64 time frame from which the clippings I posted came. Warren’s response helped me out with that one. I’m also curious about the geographic territory. I know there were a number of Manhattan houses over the years (inlcuding the Waverly, later on, and one on W. 23rd Street) and a couple in Queens, but did Reade ever run any Brooklyn houses or theaters further out on Long Island?

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 17, 2006 at 5:37 am

Ed: The Ziegfeld was a Walter Reade theater too, for many years. It opened as a Reade theater in 1969 and I think it stayed that way into the early ‘80s when Cineplex Odeon took it over.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 17, 2006 at 3:30 am

GWHIZ, should I take it as a compliment that you have adopted part of my e-mail address for your signature? Have you abandoned your previous “Lost Memory?” I believe that it’s against the rules-and-regulations for members to use more than one signature at a time.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 16, 2006 at 12:29 pm

Ed Solero asked about “the extent of the Walter Reade chain,” so I answered him. If that is of no interest to you, “Lost Memory,” perhaps you have joined the wrong website. Please go and pollute another website with your pathetic babblings.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 16, 2006 at 10:05 am

During founder Walter Reade’s lifetime, most of the Reade theatres were in New Jersey. The few that he owned in NYC were usually leased to others. After Reade Senior died, Reade Junior began to concentrate on “art” theatres, especially first-runs in NYC, but the company still had the majority of its theatres in New Jersey, many with mainstream rather than “art” policies.

AlAlvarez on August 16, 2006 at 8:26 am

Ed, they had the 34th St East and, of course, the Baronet.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 16, 2006 at 6:31 am

Correction… the above image should be captioned “Daily News 9/21/63”.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 16, 2006 at 6:28 am

McQueen and company day-and-dating the Demille and Coronet:
Great Escape – Daily News 5/18/64

Reade’s Baronet is listed in the ad above “The Great Escape” in the clipping. I know Reade also operated the Little Neck and Continental theaters in Queens during this period… Were these 5 theaters the extent of the Walter Reade chain at the time? If not, what other theaters did they run?