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“Welcome Home Eddie!” refers to Fisher’s previous work at the Paramount as an ubilled singer with the resident organist during intermissions.
In the Photos Section, I’ve posted images of the Astor’s original auditorium and the 1959 modernization. In the interim, the original design with boxes and two balconies remained, but with periodic refurbishments of decor and seating.
This might have been the only Gates vertical. I’m not sure if the Gates had a vertical on Broadway due to the elevated subway structure facing that entrance.
The main listing should use the “re” ending for the “T” word: Madison Theatre (not Madison Theater).
The Universal was Eberson’s first atmospheric theatre in the northeastern United States.
The theatre is located in the upper right hand corner of this photo.
I posted an image of the auditorium in the Photos Section for this listing. I have a feeling that many readers are missing the photos because most of them are not displayed as part of this page. And I don’t think that alerts are sent out as they are for the comments page. Unless one goes to the Photo Section, you won’t know what new photos have been posted. I’ve also noticed that since the Photos Section was added, we seem to have attracted a new sort of member who only posts photos and rarely or never makes comments.
Old seats melted down into vinyl?
P.S. All three were in the same block.
I’ve just posted a rare view of the Town Theatre’s marquee in the Photos Section for this listing.
Programs at the other Trans-Lux theatres in the Greater New York area are also given, as well as a note at the bottom for Manhattan newsreelers at Broadway & 49th and 60th on Madison.
Sixty-seven years ago today, MGM’s eagerly-awaited and NYC-localed “Week-end at the Waldorf” opened its premiere engagment at RCMH, with Ginger Rogers, Lana Turner, Walter Pidgeon, and Van Johnson topping the cast.
The B&W melodrama had similarities to MGM’s earlier blockbuster, “Grand Hotel,” but wasn’t a remake. Leon Leonidoff’s stage spectacular, “Golden Harvest,” was reduced in length due to the film’s runnng time of two hours and ten minutes.
Ism’t the photo “way-off-topic” for this website?
Theatre entrance obscured by truck in lower right corner of the image.
I’ve just added two B&W images of the original Jewel auditorium to the Photos Section.
A real Jewel of modernism, with a raised stadium section at the rear.
John Eberson would flip over in his casket!
Copied from 1924 newspaper ad.
Note side wall billboard for “To Be or Not to Be,” whose star, Carole Lombard, had died in a plane crash earlier that year.
Here we go again on a wild goose chase:
This was one of architect Herbert J. Krapp’s most amazing theatres. All 2,000 seats were on the ground floor. The auditiorium was extremely wide, and deeply pitched from rear to front, providing unobstructed sightlines. No stadium section was needed.
Chandelier shadow in dome from photographer’s flash.
Presenting only “The Best Pictures for the Best People.”
“Modernized” version at right.
Sorry! I spelled the diva’s last name incorrectly in my previous remark. I wonder how aware she is of the Kings project? Perhaps if she does pre-concert interviews, some astute reporter will ask her to comment.