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The church perched this in the middle of the atmospheric ceiling!
Note the Paramount Pictures trademark on the brass grillwork.
I would guess that more people saw “foreign” films at the Apollo than at all of the swankier East Side art cinemas combined.
At the time of this photo, the Savoy was considered the flagship of the Randforce Circuit, which had its executive headquarters in the building.
At the Regent, “Roxy” moved the orchestra onto the stage (except for the organ) and installed a display fountain for special effects. The movie screen was surrounded by
curtains or scenery which had openings for singers to perform from. They can be seen here standing in the two arched windows. “Roxy” also moved the projection booth to the rear of the ground floor to end “keystoning.”
Sorry! This is the best image that I could get from very murky newspaper microfilm.
This probably shows remnants of the smaller, upstairs auditorium that served as the eventual RKO Penthouse.
Scene of the eventual RKO Penthouse.
“Ice cream treats” at Loew’s Kings would have been nothing more than pre-packaged items like Bon-Bons. Her recall of “many flavors” and “generous portions” must have been confused with some Brooklyn ice cream parlor, and not Loew’s Kings.
Warner Oland would later turn from villain to hero as star of Fox’s “Charlie Chan” series.
“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.