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Where were the Squire and Times theaters? I thought he meant the Times Square theater but that was tame action flix in the 50s-60s. Jerry K
How long did you work there, metz?
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)
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”
After all of the RCMH ads, I don’t know why I analyzed this one, but I did:
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?
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?
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.
And parking was 50 cents for 6 ½ hours! jk
That picture was posted on the site for the New York, aka Globe, Big Apple theater. jk
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.
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.
Video celebrating the December 27, 1932 grand opening of RCMH.
Saw the excellent film THE QUEEN yesterday and today running through my files, I happened across this booking at the Guild from 1953
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
3D at the RKO….1953. Note the “short”…Nat King Cole in 3D!
Happy Holidays, CTers.
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.
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
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
Hey, Warren. I thought we had exhausted every internet image of the Deuce. Where did you come up with the new stuff? jerry
Marquee shot from circa 1962
Wonderful 1950s shot a marquee change. Ride Clear of Diablo AND ON THE SAME PROGRAM…The Tall Texan
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
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!
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
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
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
You got me, Ed. And the imagery of Sophia Loren in a rubber suit wrecking havoc is not a bad one.
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.
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
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.