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Betty Grable was then at her zenith as the “Pin-Up Girl” of the World War II period.
Sixty years ago today, WB’s “House of Wax,” in 3-D Natural Vision, WarnerColor, and with Warner Phonic Sound, opened its world premiere engagement at the Paramount Theatre. Recording sensation Eddie Fisher, who’d once been an intermission singer at the Paramount, returned to top the stage bill, with support from Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra, the Beachcombers, and comedian Joey Forman. On that night only, “Wax” stars Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, and Paul Picerni made guest appearances during the stage shows.
Published on the day that her “The Love of Sunya” was the grand opening film at the Roxy Theatre.
Future legend Lana Turner played a tiny bit part as a harem hand-maiden, wearing a black wig and Oriental make-up. Many years later, when “Marco Polo” was re-issued, Turner received co-star billing with Gary Cooper in the advertising and on marquees!
Seventy=five years ago today, RCMH opened its 1938 Easter Holiday Presentation with the world premiere engagement of Samuel Goldwyn’s “The Adventures of Marco Polo,” a B&W historical epic starring Gary Cooper and introducing Sigrid Gurie. The two-part stage revue opened with the pious “Glory of Easter,” followed by “Mickey’s Circus,” in which beloved Walt Disney characters cavorted with RCMH’s resident entertainers. Disney’s “Silly Symphony” Technicolor cartoon, “Wynken, Blynken and Nod,” provided a screen bonus.
Opened in 1949, the Manor doesn’t seem to have a listing at Cinema Treasures. Does anyone have information or even an address?
Projection “going digital” this month:
Seems ominous. If exterior fire escapes were removed, it could be the first step towards demolition of the building. The large ground site is ripe for re-development for an apartment building or shopping center.
To afford famous stage acts, the Adams usually ran re-issues or “B” programmers on screen. The 1944 “Guest in the House” was brought back to capitalize on Ralph Bellamy’s recent Broadway theatrical triumph in “Detective Story.”
Stephen McNally’s married sister, Mary Mollison, taught English at Newtown High School in Elmhurst, Queens, and also ran “Masque and Bauble,” its drama society.
The date was June 10th, 1935.
The great American stage star David Warfield was a close friend and business associate of Marcus Loew.
Note “In Person” appearances by the Virgin Mary (portrayed by Dolores Bridges).
Seventy-four years ago today, RCMH opened its 1939 Easter holiday show with the world premiere engagement of “The Story of Vernon & Irene Castle,” a B&W musical biopic that marked the final RKO teaming of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Leon Leonidoff’s spectacular revue, “Easter Greetings,” opened with the religious “Glory of Easter,” followed by “In Quaint Old Williamsburg.” Walt Disney provided a screen bonus with the Technicolor cartoon, “The Ugly Ducking.”
The article seems to disprove industry gossip at the time that WB gutted the Roxy Midway auditorium and replaced it with a new one designed by Rapp & Rapp.
Greatly enlarged here. The tiny ad would be hard to find at the bottom of a full page of cinema advertising.
Curiously, no marquee mention for the film’s top-billed star, Errol (“In Like”) Flynn.
Made by pantheon director Howard Hawks, the silent B&W comedy is now believed “lost.”
Robert Seidel was the Park’s original organist.
The Community was designed by the Boston architectural firm of Krokyn, Browne, and Rosenstein.
The Paramount had a small balcony, with about 450 seats.