Astor Theatre

1531 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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raybradley on July 28, 2009 at 12:50 am

Nice 1946 color night shot from LIFE Archives,
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missmelbatoast on July 24, 2009 at 6:25 pm

This 1944 photo comes courtesy of LIFE …
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jflundy on July 6, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Above photo of opening night at the Astor of GWTW from 19 December 1939.

jflundy on July 6, 2009 at 4:55 pm

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Opening night for GWTW. Warren reports “A reserved-seat roadshow at the Astor Theatre, simultaneous with continuous performances at the Capitol Theatre”

jflundy on June 27, 2009 at 10:02 pm

1945 photo W.45 Street Box Office Line:
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robboehm on June 8, 2009 at 12:57 am

Sylistically the marquee looks like the one at the Hard Rock.

kencmcintyre on June 8, 2009 at 12:04 am

The 1936 photo posted on 8/2/08 has resurfaced:

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Warren G. Harris on June 6, 2009 at 3:10 pm

JF Lundy’s link also gives an ultra-rare view of the Gaiety during its brief life as Laffmovie (a branch of the Laffmovie on W. 42nd Street). The Gaiety/Laffmovie would soon be re-named Victoria.

robboehm on June 6, 2009 at 3:07 am

Love ken’s 1956 photo since it shows the “capitol” name in a distance, which is the way I always remember it, in the distance. Was only inside it once.

jflundy on June 6, 2009 at 1:00 am

March 1943 “Human Comedy” at the Astor, “Saludos Amigos” at the Globe:http: //

kencmcintyre on May 16, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Here is a 1956 photo. I’ve been having trouble scrolling through some of these larger entries, so if it’s already here somewhere I apologize.

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Warren G. Harris on April 7, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Ed, in 1939, that other theatre was known as the Gaiety and presenting “girlie” shows (use of the word “burlesque” had been outlawed in NYC). “Prince” is probably the first six letters of the billing for a performer known as Princess Something or Other…It’s a pity that the CT “alert” system has been suspended. I only stumbled on your post today, or I would have commented earlier.

edblank on March 31, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Great shot. Can’t quite see the Victoria marquee. Looks as if “Prince (something)” is playing.

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Warren G. Harris on March 4, 2009 at 9:51 pm

In 1944, Esther Williams made a real splash in Times Square when her first starring movie, “Bathing Beauty,” played its NYC premiere engagement at the Astor Theatre:
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kencmcintyre on January 9, 2009 at 7:23 pm

This is from the Ellensburg Daily Record on July 27, 1948:

kencmcintyre on January 9, 2009 at 7:21 pm

From the NYT, 7/8/48:

‘BABE RUTH’ PREMIERE SET; Film Story of Famed Bambino Opens at Astor July 26

“The Babe Ruth Story” will have its world premiere at the Astor Theatre on Monday, July 26, with all proceeds from the initial showing going to the Babe Ruth Foundation, recently formed to aid under-privileged children throughout the country.

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Warren G. Harris on January 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm

As luck would have it, the Astor Theatre was in the midst of the New York premiere engagement of “The Babe Ruth Story” when the “Sultan of Swat” died in August, 1948. Out of respect, on the day of Ruth’s funeral, the Astor stayed closed until the services were over.

kencmcintyre on November 27, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Here is a 1951 photo from Life Magazine:

roybarry on November 22, 2008 at 6:25 pm


My prayers are also with you! We worked together at the Astor Theater when Broadway was Broadway. It had it’s Damon Runyonesque broadly stated with colorful broad strokes of joy. I am glad we had the oppotunity. God Bless!


BobFurmanek on November 21, 2008 at 8:09 pm

People that hide behind an alias are a bit odd. What are they afraid of in using their real name?

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Bill Huelbig on November 21, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Lost Memory: are YOU “misterboo”? I’ve never seen that name anywhere on these pages except in your posts.

BobFurmanek on November 21, 2008 at 7:35 pm

Will you please stop these “misterboo” spam postings? They’re really annoying!

kencmcintyre on November 21, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Here is another Life photo, this time from 1946: