New Amsterdam Theatre

214 West 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 17, 2009 at 10:29 am

Here is a February 1994 photo from the NY Daily News:
http://tinyurl.com/l3by8u

hankmc
hankmc on June 9, 2009 at 7:32 am

In the early 1990’s I had a friend who worked as a grip in the film industry. I was working in NYC in construction and he invited me to meet him after work at the Amsterdam where he was working on the film Uncle Vanya. They had built a platform over the orchestra seats and the action was being filmed there at a small set of couches and chairs. The theater was in very bad shape with mushrooms growing up through missing pieces of flooring. The actors each had a camping tent set up in the area behind the orchestra. As with The Victory across 42nd St. these old theaters made excellent sound-stages and movie sets since they were insulated from the outside noise and had very good acoustics. A famous rock group performance was being filmed at the same time at the Victory across 42nd Street.

woody
woody on May 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm

photo i took in 1995 while the theatre was being refurbished
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3508126448/
there is a painted sign high on the side of the theatre
MOVIE STREET
OF THE WORLD
The BEST
and LATEST
ENTERTAINMENT
AIR CONDITIONED

Bway
Bway on May 4, 2009 at 9:42 am

This is one of the few times where the current photos look better than the old ones!

CelluloidHero2
CelluloidHero2 on December 7, 2008 at 8:19 pm

Photos I took of the New Amsterdam late 1970’s and 2008

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42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on October 8, 2008 at 12:23 pm

We can only hope it was something soapy.

and, saps, there was no extra charge for the “live” entertainment supplied by an audience on The Deuce.

I remember seeing the rerelease of “PSYCHO” there in ‘64 and the guy in front of me was scarier than Bates.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 8, 2008 at 9:38 am

Excerpt from a New York Times review dated August 15, 1968:

“THE CONQUEROR WORM,” which opened yesterday at the New Amsterdam and other neighborhood theaters, stars Vincent Price, [who] has a good time as a materialistic witch-hunter and woman-disfigurer and dismemberer, and the audience at the dark, ornate New Amsterdam seemed to have a good time as well.

There are lines like, “Take three good men and ride into East Anglia,” through which a man behind me snored and a middle-aged couple next to him quarreled viciously, but people woke up for the action and particularly cheered when Price was hacked to death.

In the course of the movie, a thin streak of something soapy persisted. It must have been a watermark across the lens in the projection booth.

DonRosen
DonRosen on September 16, 2008 at 6:40 am

Hmm. I thought the Laff became the Anco. The website says it became the Empire.

Bway
Bway on September 15, 2008 at 11:18 am

Great page! There are some errors though, one of which says that “the only thing that remains of the Eltinge (Empire AMC25) is the exterior”. That is not correct, the interior auditorium survives as the lobby for the multiplex.

edblank
edblank on May 27, 2008 at 9:39 pm

I know there’s some resentment of the Disneyfication of Times Square, but in truth, we owe thanks for the restorative rescue of this theater.

mp775
mp775 on April 17, 2008 at 9:53 am

Night view showing the New Amsterdam and New Victory, 1/23/08

LuisV
LuisV on January 4, 2008 at 1:06 pm

The Beacon is suppossed to be getting at least a $10MM renovation from Cablevision. I haven’t been to the Beacon lately, so I don’t know if that has been done, or more importantly, if it was enough.

Astyanax
Astyanax on January 4, 2008 at 12:45 pm

Terrific photos of the interior. Too bad that the Beacon has not received the sprucing-up that it deserves.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 4, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Ken Roe’s 2006 photos of interior of this grand Art Nouveau theater:
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jefferywalker
jefferywalker on October 13, 2007 at 5:49 pm

I will be in NYC Jan 2-4, 2008. Any possiblility of a tour of this theatre or any others.
Thanks Jeffery Walker

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on September 6, 2007 at 6:50 pm

Wow! Little things like that are so brilliant. Thanks. Thats Times Sq when it was Times Sq!!!

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 6, 2007 at 1:42 pm

Here’s a fleeting glimpse of the New Amesterdam’s marquee from 1970. I captured this image from a video clip I found on YouTube (part of an A&E documentary on Times Square). Looks like the Richard Harris western “A Man Called Horse” was the attraction that evening.

KenC
KenC on June 23, 2007 at 8:28 am

In the movie “CRAZY LOVE”, there is a scene of 42nd street and 7th avenue- looking west- from the early 1970s. You can see the New Amsterdam theatre on the left; across the street is a marquee with the title “ALL ABOUT SEX OF ALL NATIONS”. I’m guessing this is the Rialto theatre. This is all the information I could get, since the scene lasts only 2 or 3 seconds (about 1 hour into the film). When the movie comes out on DVD, one can study the scene and surely get more details. Not a bad movie,either…

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on May 25, 2007 at 7:22 am

I get what your saying but i guess its just the way advertising is going these days. On the other hand both shows get massive media coverage on taxies, tubes, metros, press -everywhere you look people are reminder that ‘Mary Poppins’ is at the New Amsterdam. What a shame that when they get there they dont see how magnificent the theatre is outside.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 25, 2007 at 7:13 am

Prime advertising space that gets seen world wide.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on May 25, 2007 at 6:04 am

Whatever you call it the front of the New Amsterdam has never looked so bad with the god awful paint sheets for The Lion King and now the even worse Mary Poppins! Everyone knows whats playing there why cant traditional marqees be used

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 25, 2007 at 5:37 am

Warren has a fair point. The function “stage shows” here on CT currently applies to listings that are currently devoted to legitimate theater, such as the Broadway and Winter Garden Theaters, as well as listings that serve a variety of live events, such as Radio City Music Hall. While it may not be the most pressing of issues, in the interests of accuracy, a new function for, say, “playhouse” might might be created and applied to theaters like the Broadway and Winter Garden, while “concerts/live events” might be assigned to venues such as RCMH, or New York’s Beacon and Paradise Theaters. “Stage shows” might reasonably be abandoned as a function, if only because – as Warren indicated – that phrase already has its own specific definition in relation to the history of cinematic presentation.

Seems to me that this might be part of some larger project to be undertaken by the editors of this site, with careful consideration given to how categories of “function” should be organized. For instance, what to do regarding a venue like the former Loew’s 175th Street – which currently functions as a church yet is now starting to see a number of bookings for rock concerts? A distinction should probably be made between a theater such as the Loew’s 175th and one like, say, the former Loew’s Metropolitan in Brooklyn which is exclusively used for religious services.

GWaterman
GWaterman on February 8, 2007 at 3:13 pm

Just got the Mary Henderson book about the New Amsterdam in the mail from Amazon.

Wow!