Paramount Theatre

1501 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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William
William on January 29, 2010 at 10:23 am

Remember it was also a marketing gimmick to get people into the theatres by offering a Big screen television for special events. Up until the 70’s theatres offered those closed circuit fights in theatres using those large RCA type projectors. On those nights the manager hoped and prayed the feed would hold and not lose picture.

Vito
Vito on January 29, 2010 at 9:55 am

Yes Bill, the Boob tube I believe we called it.
But there was a positive side, we went all out to beat tv with great advancesments like 70mm,Cinerama,CinemScope and Stereo sound. Then of course we had all those marvelous gimmicks (bless em) 3-D, odorama
and the rest. Silly stuff of course but we had fun exhibiting them and for a while anyway the audiences loved it.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on January 28, 2010 at 7:50 am

I’m surprised they didn’t find another word to call it besides “Television”. TV and movies were bitter enemies in 1951, right?

Vito
Vito on January 28, 2010 at 7:08 am

The date 2/2/51

Ike,Ella,Dean and Jerry

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on December 10, 2009 at 1:20 pm

“This Woman Is Dangerous” was probably the first Joan Crawford movie to play at the Paramount. She turned up there again in 1959 in “The Best of Everything,” but in a glorified supporting role. Crawford was one of the few Hollywood legends to never have a film at Radio City Music Hall. During her long tenure at MGM, her films usually opened at the Capitol, and sometimes at the Astor.

Vito
Vito on December 10, 2009 at 9:14 am

That’s a gteat shot. i would not have wanted to be on the crew changing that wonderful marquee in that weather.
What a work of art those marquees were in those days, all the lettering perfectly centered and spaced.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on December 10, 2009 at 7:14 am

The weather was at least as dangerous as Joan Crawford when this photo was taken in the winter of 1952: View link

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on October 31, 2009 at 5:37 pm

“The Carpetbaggers” was the final regular screen attraction and closed after a 5 week run on Tuesday, August 4, 1964.

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William
William on August 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Hard Rock is putting the finishing touches on a new screen systems and LED lighting for the marquee. The LED’s are much brighter than the former lighting source they had when the marquee returned with the WWF store.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 17, 2009 at 11:41 am

Sailors throw tomatoes at the Paramount in October 1944. From the NY Daily News.
http://tinyurl.com/ltwqty

GeorgeTobor
GeorgeTobor on May 18, 2009 at 11:34 am

I was addressing the use of copyrighted photographs and will not enter into a discussion of the legality of ads. Many authors must pay a royalty fee to use photographs in their publications. Posting photographs obtained without express permission is illegal. You are distributing photographs that do not belong to you and which you have no express permission to do so. Once a photograph is posted on a blog, thousands of people can copy and continue to distribute said photograph. The value of each photograph may decrease due to this illegal copying. I believe that the webmaster should prohibit the use of any illegally obtained material on this blog.
George

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 18, 2009 at 10:48 am

As a personal subscriber to Proquest, I can assure you that you are wrong. My contract specifies ALL images are for personal use only and cannot be published in any way, including electronic.

The original ad mats are part of the copyright of the films themselves and are usually owned by studios, not newspapers. Ad agencies can be sued for even altering them these days.

All reproduced movie ad art work technically requires permission even if studios rarely bother unless another studio is stealing their campaign.

I agree that ken mc should have, at least, given that book some credit as it may help sales. But you already took care of that.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 18, 2009 at 9:43 am

No, certainly not. Those reproduction restrictions refer only to material created and owned by the newspapers. The newspapers do not own or control the rights to advertisements that ran in their issues. Ads of that long ago are considered in the public domain. It is doubtful that many, if any, ads were even copyrighted at the time by the advertisers.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on May 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Waaren, since the ads you post often have the Proquest “reproduction prohibited” tag still on them, isn’t this comment a bit hypocritical?

GeorgeTobor
GeorgeTobor on May 16, 2009 at 8:40 am

Indeed I must whole heartily agree. The level of piracy that this individual exhibits is appalling. The excellent reputation of this blog is being diminished by these ill gotten photographs. It is time for the webmaster to put an end to this ludicrous practice.
George

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 16, 2009 at 6:51 am

“Ken mc,” aren’t those photos copied from the recently re-published “American Theatres of Today?” The book is being sold exclusively through Theatre Historical Society of America. Did you obtain their permission to put up those photo links? It seems like the links might cut into sales of the book, which was out-of-print for decades.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 15, 2009 at 10:28 pm

Here is another interior photo from the same era:
http://tinyurl.com/pnx84k

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on May 12, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Here is an interior photo, circa 1920s:
http://tinyurl.com/q4eotf

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 7, 2009 at 4:32 pm

A 12/23/54 NY Daily News ad for “the greatest Christmas attraction of all time”. Er, I don’t think so … even Paul Newman would take issue with that statement:

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 6, 2009 at 8:27 am

Starting in April, 1958, with the NYC premiere engagement of “The Young Lions,” the Paramount took on a “New Look,” which included free parking for patrons at a garage on West 41st Street. Other innovations were “High-definition CinemaScope projection on the enlarged ‘crystalite’ screen,” a rejuvenated Marie Antoinette Powder Room for the ladies, free coffee in the Elizabethan Lounge, re-opening of “the luxurious ‘Blue Rhapsody’ Music Room,” and re-arrangements of the Paramount’s “magnificent $500,000 collection of objets d'art,” many of which hadn’t been on display since they were placed in safekeeping during WW2.

Bway
Bway on April 30, 2009 at 10:14 am

While it’s a shame the Paramount is lost, at least they brought back the exterior, and a recreation of the marquee.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on April 13, 2009 at 2:06 pm

It doesn’t get much cooler than this:

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P.S. Spend some time on this web site. It quickly becomes addictive!

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 12, 2009 at 8:44 am

Women at a 1943 stage performance at the Paramount by Frank Sinatra. Can you spot any men in the audience?
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on March 29, 2009 at 9:01 am

The Paramount Theatre and office building were still under construction at the time of this photo, and can be seen at extreme left. Note also signage for Loew’s State, Loew’s New York, and the original Criterion on the east side of Broadway: View link