New Victory Theatre

209 West 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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RobertR
RobertR on July 7, 2005 at 5:47 pm

1971 porno on a showcase run
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teecee
teecee on May 19, 2005 at 11:52 am

Restoration information & photos:
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br91975
br91975 on April 20, 2005 at 11:35 am

I wish the management would better publicize the films shown at the New Victory, no matter how seldom the screenings are. I’ve never been inclined to attend any of the family-geared productions presented there (to my loss, I suppose, based on what I’ve heard and read about them) but would feel differently about catching a flick, knowing what I do about the theatre.

hardbop
hardbop on April 20, 2005 at 10:47 am

They occasionally show movies here. I haven’t been in recent years, but do remember attending films here as part of some film festivals. One of them Reginald Hudlin, the filmmaker, was involved with.

I can attest to the beauty of this theatre. In ‘96 I caught Kurosawa’s “Red Beard” here and “Sugar Cane Alley” as part of the same fest. I haven’t been back since.

42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on April 17, 2005 at 9:27 am

Here is a 1966 shot of the Victory and a partial view of some of the other theaters on The Deuce. Nice program of two 42nd St favorites of the time UA’s Satan Bug & AIP’s Time Travelers. I won the item on ebay and will be loaded it on to my website soon. Here’s the temporary link:
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Note the cameraman on the neon sign above the marquee. At night, the display was animated with the camerman cranking the projector.

For those interested, the films showing are:
HARPER & SWINGER’S PARADISE (Lyric), OUT OF THE PAST & TENSION AT TABLE ROCK (Times Square), TROUBLE WITH ANGELS & MYSTERY OF THUG ISLAND (Selwyn), WEEKEND AT DUNKIRK & THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL (New Amsterdam); Apollo appears to have a Gina Lollobrigida film.

teecee
teecee on April 11, 2005 at 11:32 am

photo of 1902 rebuilding:
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mrt1924
mrt1924 on April 10, 2005 at 6:56 pm

The cherubs and the ornimental work remind me of the St James Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand. The St James Theatre was built in 1912 and it’s desginer was Henry Eli White here is it’s website http://www.stjames.co.nz/ it’s a lovely theatre. I think the New Victory is lovely too.

42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on February 26, 2005 at 9:40 am

I just found a beautiful color clip of the Victory and entire north side of 42nd Street from 1956 on the gettyimages.com website. The Selwyn is showing (3 Coins in the Fountain & Love is a Many Splendid Thing), Apollo (Naked Night & Divided Heart), Times Square (Best of the Badmen & Badman’s Territory), Lyric (Man in the Grey Flannel Suit & Magnificent Roughnecks), Victory (Purple Heart & Guadalcanal Diary, usually an action house, and since the Times Square was 100% westerns, Victory usually had war and adventure films in the 50s). Here’s the link View link

Jerry 42nd Street Memories

br91975
br91975 on January 14, 2005 at 7:00 am

Who was it who handled the booking of the occasional concerts, plays, etc., which were presented in some of the old 42nd Street theatres (specifically the Victory, Lyric, Liberty, and Selwyn come to mind as such venues) between the time they stopped screening films on a regular basis and their renovations and/or conversions into other uses? The city, I know, came to eventually own all the Deuce moviehouses, but did they assume control of each of them as soon as each individual theatre closed for regular business?

42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on January 14, 2005 at 3:41 am

Bryan, another great shot. Where did you get this one?
I put the image at 1970, the year that Chisum (Selwyn) and The Losers (Lyric) opened. I can also make out War Lord & Firecreek at the Times Square. Did I miss any? Jerry 42nd Street Memories

42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on December 30, 2004 at 5:49 am

Is there any way to retrieve the bookings information on the 42nd Street Theaters, back in the 50s-60s, especially the Empire, Anco, Times Sqaure, Victory, Liberty? I went through the NY Times microfiche at the library and found some mention of the more mainstream New Amsterdam, Lyric, Harris, Selwyn but nothing on the others. Thanks for any info. Jerry 42nd Street Memories

42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on December 27, 2004 at 2:39 pm

Most of the old 42nd St movie theaters can currently be seen on a Travel Channel show focusing on Times Square. The clips of the Deuce are during the mid-70s and current timeframes. It was shown on December 26. So it should be still in its rotation. The old (xxx rated) Victory and new Victory can be seen.
Jerry 42nd Street Memories

Scholes188
Scholes188 on December 24, 2004 at 12:01 pm

Going off-topic, does anyone know the name of the theatre that is show in the background during the opening sequence of Saturday Night Fever?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 13, 2004 at 1:42 pm

When it first opened as Theatre Republic on September 27, 1900, the seating capacity was 982, according to William Morrison’s “Broadway Theatres.” The same was reported in the 1954 Film Daily Year Book.

KenRoe
KenRoe on December 13, 2004 at 1:38 pm

The Film Daily Yearbook 1950 gives a seating capacity of 982 for the Victory Theatre. Later this was reduced to 769 with the closure of the 2nd balcony during its latter days as a grind & porn house.

RickB
RickB on December 13, 2004 at 12:16 pm

The seating capacity may have been reduced from the original. I believe that New York stage theatres with fewer than 500 seats operate under less expensive union rules than bigger houses do, thus the 499 figure.

RobertR
RobertR on December 13, 2004 at 8:46 am

Is it really only 499 seats?

sdoerr
sdoerr on September 21, 2004 at 12:09 pm

What a nice grand theater, this type of architecture I hope to design after I go to college. A stunning restoration. Great job to the people who make this happen. I hope I cna visit it one day.

42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on July 17, 2004 at 2:24 pm

The Victory of the 50s & 60s, pre-porn, had some of the most fun programming on the Deuce. They did show a lot of re-released Republic action films, especially the John Wayne ones (Sands of Iwo Jima, Wake of the Red Witch. I do recall a Bowery Boys double feature with a 3 Stooges short (unfortunately during the Joe Besser era.)One of the premier action film houses of the time. Jerry the K

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 9, 2004 at 9:49 am

This was not Broadway’s first burlesque theatre. The Columbia Burlesque Theatre opened in 1910 at Broadway & 47th Street, and presented burlesque shows well into the 1920s.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on February 11, 2003 at 7:17 pm

Another stunning restoration on 42nd street (along with the New Amsterdam right across the street). Actually, this restoration preceded Disney’s restoration of the New Amsterdam by a year or two. The theater is a gorgeous little jewel-box that serves as a year-round center for children’s and family oriented entertainment. We take the kids in to about 4 or 5 shows here each year and have never been disappointed. Hard to imagine that this was once a porno theater.

A historical note: Not only was this Broadway’s first burlesque house, but it was the home of the fabled “Minsky’s Follies” until then Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia shut it down during his very public crackdown on vice in the City during the 1940’s. It was renamed Victory in a nod to the groundswell of patriotism felt across the nation during the 2nd World War.