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My understanding is that the zoning laws for the areas around Park Avenue had been changed and Walter Reade was unable to re-open it when their sublease ran out on the archdiocese the first time. Pathe would have faced the same problem even if the location had been available.
This was never multiplexed. The Intracoastal-8 is a separate theatre further east off 163rd street.
News footage from the “WHERE THE BOYS ARE” world premiere can be seen here.
The Lyric went back and forth with movies and plays from 1915 to 1925. In the early twenties it spent more time as a cinema than as a playhouse.
A silent movie with Douglas Fairbanks.
By the way Howard, ROBIN HOOD(1922) opened at the Lyric on 42nd street.
Typo on GATSBY.
Not necessarily 1933, Mike, but throughout the early thirties as the live shows closed, the cheaper movie options were more attractive to audiences as well as less risky to put on.
Sounds like rent negotiation to me. The landlord can’t do much with this building unless it is used to show movies. And the New York Post should NEVER be taken very seriously. This guy had all his facts wrong last time when he wrote about the Ziegfeld.
It has no stage, no back stage and no dressing rooms.
Closed in 1968 as the Carver. The building is still there.
This was a small issue at the Sutton as it didn’t even have a concession stand until the eighties.
A shadow would depend on the time of day. On all counts, the Lyric was a small house.
Well deserved. This chain is very profitable and this is political posturing. Shame on regal for exploiting its employees!
bigjoe59, the Lyric is here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/8371
During the 1974-1975 period the Lincoln Art down the street was showing hard core porn, the Paris was showing the x-rated “EMMANUELLE: and the Fine Arts was showing the controversial hard R "THE NIGHT PORTER”. The line between art and smut was very murky then.
I found a way of posting the opening day ad in the photo section although now I can’t figure out how I did it. Hmmm.
It was carved out of the existing space by the original architect for Christmas 1988.
dannyboy, although the shopping center in these photos is identified as being in Pinecrest, the Central Shopping Plaza looked very similar with a Zayre store and garage.
techaman707, it was pretty bad, as I witnessed myself. Although hookers and drug dealers don’t bother me (they still exist here), I would not have moved here back then when they were in control.
Today the West Side in the upper thirties is a great area to walk the dog. Pier 84 is no longer a great place to dump dead bodies but a great fishing area, water taxi, boat ride, restaurant and dog park.
39th Street to 36th Street wet of 9th Avenue to eleventh was mostly brothels and crack houses. Most of the area west of ninth avenue from 36th Street to 54th Street was full of street walkers and drug dealers. The locals stayed indoors after dark while the Westies gang ran their trade. Since the locals rented and never owned, they were the first to go when the slum lords sold out.
There are no “bad blocks” in Hell’s Kitchen anymore. Without cleaning up 42nd street, nothing else would have happened and the area would still be a slum today. Giuliani didn’t cause the Disney effect, that pre-dated him, but he made sure his friends had first dibs on prime real estate.
I don’t know if we will ever get an honest answer as to why each theatre was treated as it was. There were political machinations behind the scenes including the legit theatre owners wanting to limit competition, multiplex operators in financial straits, and the 42nd street redevelopment people trying to make room for large new tenants like Madame Tussauds and Ripleys.
Without tourists and day trippers there would be no Times square. I live in Hell’s Kitchen in an area I would never venture into at night before 1999.