Hollywood Theatre

237 W. 51st Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 6, 2005 at 7:19 am

The Hollywood’s name switched to Warner Theatre on August 15, 1947, with the opening of WB’s film version of “Life With Father,” a play that was then considered the most successful in the history of the American stage, with a run of nearly eight years (3,224 performances). In fact, the play’s New York engagment had ended only a month before (July 12). The movie might have seemed an ideal booking for Radio City Music Hall, but WB could earn more by presenting it at its own theatre.

DonRosen
DonRosen on December 17, 2004 at 4:31 pm

The Lyric 42nd St.

chconnol
chconnol on December 17, 2004 at 7:54 am

Someone above mentions “Taxi Driver” and the other night it was on (it’s on a lot lately on cable). Anyway…does anyone know what movie theater Travis takes Betsy to when the go to the porn movie? Just curious what it is now..

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 17, 2004 at 7:28 am

If the theatre marquee said “Hollywood,” it was probably the Hollywood Twin Cinemas on Eighth Avenue. Check out the listing here for that theatre.

RobertR
RobertR on December 17, 2004 at 7:23 am

Don

No that is the Hollwywood Twin Cinema on 8th Avenue, which is not that far away from this theatre.

DonRosen
DonRosen on December 17, 2004 at 6:53 am

In the movie “Taxi Driver” you can see the Hollywood marquee in the background when DeNiro is walking. Is this the same theatre?

RobertR
RobertR on December 7, 2004 at 5:19 am

Divinity
I agree, aside from performance venues churches have saved many great theatres.

Divinity
Divinity on December 6, 2004 at 8:25 pm

Robert,

This theater is obviously a success, since it has become a place for people to worship the good lord in such a heavenly atmosphere. At least it wasnt destroyed as the Paramount and Roxy were. The best part is that it is now open for all to see.

RobertR
RobertR on December 6, 2004 at 6:43 pm

If this theatre could have hung on a few years the Broadway boom of the ninties would have probably made it a success.

William
William on August 31, 2004 at 12:49 pm

Last week they re-lamped the lobby chandelier.

William
William on August 24, 2004 at 3:09 pm

They have been doing work in the auditorium and lobby areas on the ceilings in the last two months. They have been doing a few youth programs (music & speakers) and two film screenings (youth church type). I live right next door to the theatre.

Ziggy
Ziggy on August 24, 2004 at 2:25 pm

I noticed that the style of this theatre is given as “art deco”. The facade is in that style, but the interior is done in the same sort of gorgeous french baroque that Thomas Lamb used in San Francisco’s Fox Theatre, and the Loew’s Midland in Kansas City.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 24, 2004 at 1:57 pm

Someone recently asked if the nearby Roseland, at 239 West 52nd Street, was ever a theatre. The answer is “no.” Roseland is a conversion of the Gay Blades Ice Skating Rink. The original Roseland, a purpose-built dance hall that opened in 1919, was on the east side of Broadway, in the same block as the Piccadilly Theatre, between 51st and 52nd Streets. Everything on that site was demolished to make way for the City Squire Hotel. Roseland moved to its current location in 1956.

ERD
ERD on June 24, 2004 at 7:51 pm

This beautiful theatre is the last movie palace still standing in the Broadway area. Hopefully, the building can eventaully be returned to presenting shows. A producer with creative vision could do so much with it.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 31, 2004 at 8:23 am

Mark Hellinger was a beloved Broadway character, a newspaper columnist and writer before becoming a Hollywood movie producer. The theatre re-opened as the Mark Hellinger on January 22, 1949, with the musical revue, “All For Love,” which lasted only 141 performances. The playhouse never had a smash hit until “My Fair Lady,” which opened in March, 1956.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 22, 2004 at 1:54 pm

This theatre deserves to be listed under its original name of Hollywood. The Times Square Church is not a theatre…The Hollywood first opened on April 22, 1930, with the WB movie, “Hold Everything.” Although it had stage facilities, the Hollywood never used them while it was a movie house. The original entrance was on Broadway, with a narrow art nouveau lobby that cut through an office building. This lobby opened into the oval grand foyer. The current entrance on 51st Street was originally just exit doors with a plain marquee as protection from bad weather.

bruceanthony
bruceanthony on November 5, 2003 at 10:35 pm

There is a severe shortage of musical theatres of this size in the theatre district. It would be nice if this theatre could be brought back on line and a new and larger home found for the church who have taken such good care of it.I heard a rumor that Disney was very interested in this theatre. brucec

richarddziadzio
richarddziadzio on May 31, 2002 at 11:27 am

The movie version of Chorus Line was filmed here in the middle 80’s. I saw my first Broadway show here around 1963, “Sound Of Music” which I think ended its run here after it moved over from the Lunt Fontaine Theatre.

William
William on December 14, 2001 at 8:30 am

In the picture above you see the 51st Street marquee. But when the Warner opened it also had a Broadway marquee and box office entrance. This area was closed off when the theatre switched over to plays.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 12, 2001 at 4:17 pm

This theatre was designed by Thomas Lamb. Much of your info is incorrect. It was only briefly known as the 51st Street Theatre during some of the Depression years, when Warner Brothers sub-leased it for plays, concerts, etcetera. As soon as the Depression was over, Warners re-claimed it as the Hollywood and made it a showcase for its most-important releases such as “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “Casablanca.” When the movie of “Life With Father” in 1947, it was re-named the Warner Theatre and then the Mark Hellinger when it was sold to house stage plays. The Warner Theatre name was then transferred to the Strand Theatre (B'way & 47th Street) when it dropped its stage show + feature film policy for movies only.

Paul Noble
Paul Noble on March 23, 2001 at 5:26 pm

The 1942 pre-release engagement of “Casablanca” took place at the Warner Hollywood Theatre, starting Thanksgiving Weekend. In 1956, the great Broadway musical “My Fair Lady” with Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews opened here when it was renamed the Mark Hellinger Theatre (after the Broadway and Hollywood producer).