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Warren, there is a beautiful shot of the Times Theater at the link above. Thanks again, Bryan. These are real beauties.
Holy cow, what a collection of vintage photos at that link above. Thanks so much, Bryan. The first 24 photos are of 42nd Street theaters, which I hadn’t seen before. Quite a treat.
Oh!…then it was actually the Warner Twin, without the RKO, that had me stumped. I remember the Cinerama and the Penthouse (and the Cine Orleans!) but I don’t remember when it went (back) to Warner. What years were those and who ran it then? I do remember the Rialto revamped by Cineplex Odeon and called the Warner, so I guess that was after the Warner Twin closed.
What theater is the RKO Warner Twin?
“Artsy-fartsy” movies are usually pretty good…they’ve gone through a lot of careful review before they’re selected for your viewing pleasure. Anyway, once you’re up in the balcony with your favorite girl, who really cares what’s playing!
They put the art fare on the top floor and call it “Top of the Empire” or something like that.
I saw that film on CUNY, too. Fascinating look at New York, in startling color.
Has any work been done inside since it closed?
Below is a slightly edited version of this discussion that has been on the Brooklyn Paramount page:
*‘Loew’s Metropolitan’ was originally a department store. posted by Bruce1 on May 2, 2005 at 9:59pm
*I don’t think Loew’s Metropolitan was ever a department store.
posted by saps on May 3, 2005 at 7:40pm
*I have added details on the Loew’s Metropolitan page.
posted by KenRoe on May 4, 2005 at 6:36am
*I spent a lot of time with the architect hired by the last owners of the Loew’s Metropolitan as they prepared to correct the sight lines for the multiplex. While doing her research, she could not find the ‘original blueprints’ filed by Thomas Lamb. By the way, Lamb signed his name bigger than any signer of the Constitution.
She literally haunted the Municipal Archives till they discovered the blueprints under ‘revisions’. The Loew’s Met was originally built around 1914, but at that time it was positively a department store! posted by Bruce1 on May 4, 2005 at 9:02am
*Loew’s Metropolitan occupied the site of a department store, but it was not a conversion. The department store was totally demolished, and then the theatre was built on the underlying ground.
posted by Warren on May 4, 2005 at 9:34am
*That may be, but all the blueprints were missing when the search was made under ‘new’ construction and were later found under an earlier date, referencing the original construction.
posted by Bruce1 on May 11, 2005 at 8:24am
All the sniping and griping has rendered this thread a very unpleasant place to visit. I’m sure that the brand new theatre is lovely, though.
Most houses are listed by their last known names, but some are listed by their most famous names.
I don’t think Loew’s Metropolitan was ever a department store.
Rosalind Russell (as a nun) Hayley Mills on 42nd Street! I guess the times did change after 1966.
Now known as Loews Cineplex. See link: http://www.enjoytheshow.com/
Nice to see the Music Hall beautifully featured in tonight’s Wheel of Fortune.
I think it is because a movie usually plays in only one theater per neighborhood; when it plays on both 42nd Street and on Broadway, it is then playing in two houses in the same area, so the discount house gets left out of the advertising and the prestige booking gets the ads. But both bookings get listed in the movie clock.
Aren’t there already groups that have been working on this for the past decades? What are they up to?
Carmen Coppolla, usually credited as Carmine Coppola.
Pyrrhic victory \PIR-ik\, noun:
A victory achieved at great or excessive cost; a ruinous victory.
Example: Technically it was a victory for the British, who attacked the patriot fortifications — but a Pyrrhic victory if ever there was: out of 2,200 British soldiers 1,034 were killed or wounded, including one in nine of all the officers the British lost in the whole war.
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A good musical tied to the theme of the end of WWII would be “It’s Always Fair Weather” a glum little story about disillusioned post-war vets.
Or, as my English teacher might say, when is the next scheduled program?
What is the next program scheduled?
Did the Orleans always have its own separate entrance on 47th Street?
Worst. Thread. Ever.