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42ndStreetMemories commented about Lyric Theatre on Feb 28, 2007 at 6:30 am

How long did you work there, metz?

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Troy Hills Drive-In on Feb 24, 2007 at 11:58 am

It must have been 1960 then based upon my memories.

As a kid, Dad would drive us out from NYC and pick from the 3 Drive-Ins on Rt. 3 & Rt. 46 (this one was furthest, The Totawa and the Rt 3 were the other two)

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 22, 2007 at 8:21 am

JANE RUSSELL, 38D, in 3D. THREE TIMES! That’s something to cherish, Vito.

As Bob Hope said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, the two and only…Jane Russell”

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 21, 2007 at 4:31 pm

After all of the RCMH ads, I don’t know why I analyzed this one, but I did:

  1. I’m surprised that doors opened only 15 minutes prior to the first show. Doesn’t seem like enough time to get everyone seated, or encourage visits to concession stands, etc….It appears that the ad was for Wednesday/Thursday only, not a peak period. Was it different for the weekend or Christmas shows?

  2. With a running time of 126 minutes for THE JOURNEY, that left 8 minutes before the start of the stage show. Again, not much time for concession visits….And 44 minutes before the start of the next showing of THE JOURNEY. How long was a typical stage show. 36 minutes? With another 8 minute intermission?

  3. Funny to see start times listed at odd times like 1:19 pm and 4:07. Brought back a memory that we didn’t pay much attention to start times back then, at least at the local neighborhood theaters. We walked in and watched until someone said, “This is where we came in”. Sometimes, with a double feature, you didn’t even know what movie you were watching for a while.

  4. And parking was 50 cents for 6 ½ hours! jk

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Times Square Theatre on Feb 19, 2007 at 12:44 am

Bryan,

That picture was posted on the site for the New York, aka Globe, Big Apple theater. jk

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Joyce Theater on Jan 26, 2007 at 6:42 am

Duke, I lived on 24th & 8th and many of my friends were Cuban & Puerto Rican. Whenever we went by the Elgin, I would ask them to translate the titles as I scanned every lobby card. The poster artwork was great.

Thanks for the tip on the book, AlAlvarez.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Center Theatre on Jan 1, 2007 at 10:43 am

The RKO ROXY is the focus of a 1933 animated short OPENING NIGHT. It is part of a pre-code DVD compilation called CARTOON CRAZIES – BANNED & CENSORED which we found in the library. Check it out.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 28, 2006 at 2:44 am

Video celebrating the December 27, 1932 grand opening of RCMH.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Guild Theater on Dec 24, 2006 at 5:49 am

Saw the excellent film THE QUEEN yesterday and today running through my files, I happened across this booking at the Guild from 1953

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Interesting that a “short” playing at the Thalia at the same time was “GENTLEMEN…THE QUEEN”

Demonstrates what life was before cable TV 24/7 news programming.

Happy Holidays, CTers

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42ndStreetMemories commented about RKO 23rd Street Theatre on Dec 24, 2006 at 5:13 am

3D at the RKO….1953. Note the “short”…Nat King Cole in 3D!

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Happy Holidays, CTers.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Loew's Sheridan Theatre on Dec 24, 2006 at 5:04 am

Martin & Lewis on the PANORAMIC Sheridan screen in 1953. Note the emphasis on W-I-D-E screen, Technicolor, and 3-D to combat the evils of television. And COOL at the top didn’t mean hip.

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Happy Holidays, CTers

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Cinema Treasures hits 15,000 theaters on Dec 15, 2006 at 7:12 am

Can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed this site over the past few years. Thanks to everyone providing the site support and thanks to all the great posters who have provided so much history and insight.

Happy Holidays and Have a Great 2007! Peace. jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Dec 14, 2006 at 4:55 am

I always loved this shot. 3D on the Deuce. Like it wasn’t scary enough. Also, if you look at the Lyric, there’s an example of how they would frequently alter the titles on the marquee to make them more 42nd Street type fare. Here, a harmless western comedy “ALONG CAME JONES” became “Along Came KILLER JONES”. jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Rialto Theatre on Dec 11, 2006 at 11:18 am

Hey, Warren. I thought we had exhausted every internet image of the Deuce. Where did you come up with the new stuff? jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about New Victory Theatre on Nov 30, 2006 at 5:59 am

Marquee shot from circa 1962

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Times Square Theatre on Nov 30, 2006 at 5:55 am

Wonderful 1950s shot a marquee change. Ride Clear of Diablo AND ON THE SAME PROGRAM…The Tall Texan

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jk

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Loew's State Theatre on Nov 28, 2006 at 8:13 am

BrooklynJim,

This is from IMDB…..

Although filmed in the standard 1.37-1 aspect ratio, Thunder Bay was chosen by Universal-International as its first wide screen feature, accomplishing this by cropping the top and bottom and projecting it at 1.85-1 at Loew’s State Theatre in New York City, as well as other sites. Its initial presentation also marked UI’s first use of directional stereophonic sound. jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about RKO 23rd Street Theatre on Nov 5, 2006 at 8:47 am

In the latest issue of FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE magazine, they published an edited version of an article I did on the old RKO 23rd Street.

On the home page, you can request a free sample. I do not know if you’ll receive this issue, but hey, it’s free.

Keeping the memory alive!

http://www.filmsofthegoldenage.com/

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Visual Arts Theatre on Oct 24, 2006 at 10:59 am

I haven’t posted on this site in a while. I lived in the co-op down the street from the theater, watched every brick go in, then lamented the programming for years, pining for the old RKO on 8th avenue.

A friend from Chelsea, Kenny,recently found these images. Enjoy

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The lounge in image 4 would be to the left of the snack bar. The view in image 5 is taken from a row of glass entrance doors.

The marquee shows the inaugural booking, The Trial. Man, were we bummed. IMDB lists the NYC premiere in Feb, 1963. And as I stated earlier the 3 Stooges appeared opening night in a limo. Jerry K

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42ndStreetMemories commented about AMC Empire 25 on Oct 10, 2006 at 11:03 am

Great shot, Ed. Classic image of the Deuce in general back then, especially the guy sleeping 2-3 rows from the top. Usually a relatively calm audience, except when the snoring started, most likely more than one guy at a time, with others screaming for them to “shut up”. Great stuff.

I wonder what was playing. jerry the k

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Apollo Theatre on Sep 28, 2006 at 8:37 am

You got me, Ed. And the imagery of Sophia Loren in a rubber suit wrecking havoc is not a bad one.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Apollo Theatre on Sep 28, 2006 at 8:18 am

When did the Apollo, of all places, switch from “art house” flics to Godzilla fare. My last CUE ends in 1970 and it was still booking foreign films.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Chelsea Theater on Sep 19, 2006 at 11:04 am

In the Chelsea neighborhood of the 1950s, 8th avenue was a dividing line between the Black/Hispanic community (on the east side of 8th), which supported the Chelsea and the Elgin, and the white community (west side of 8th), which supported the RKO 23rd Street and The Terrace on 23rd Street between 8th & 9th. By 1960 they were all gone except for the Elgin which still remains. jk

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Paramount Theatre on Sep 1, 2006 at 10:32 am

Bill,

I agree with the excitement of feverishly scanning the new TV Guide for the Early Show, The Late Show (during summer vacation) and Million Dollar Movie. Also, the anticipation of “what will they show” when a ballgame doubleheader was rained out.

Back to being almost on-topic. I caught “Journey” at my RKO 23rd St with “Miracle of the Hills” with Rex Reason. I remember seeing it with dad on Friday night and begging my mom to let me see it again with the kids on Saturday. No luck.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Terrace Theater on Sep 1, 2006 at 9:09 am

Thanks, Warren. Now all I need is a photo and programming from the 50s. Jerry