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After my beloved RKO 23rd Street closed in 1960, we had to go to the 58th St. RKO for this Christmas show. 3 movies (my hero Audie & Francis!!!)& cartoons, the day after Christmas 1960. WOW. jerry
I’m sure they weren’t there since I remember calling the theaters. And as I mentioned on one of the sites, that wasn’t easy, since they had one line and a person answering the phone. Imagine that!
Sometimes, Dad would be working up that way and he’d come home with a written list of the films.
But you’re right, part of the thrill was coming up the subway on 8th Avenue and feverishly scanning the marquees. Can’t remember too many times, where one of the ten didn’t have something to see. Great times. jerry
Thanks, Bill. I just loaded 7 new ones about 5 minutes ago. I’ll be posting them on the appropriate theater site but if you head back to my photobucket site they should all be there. Also, if you are interested in double features, as I am, I have an excel spreadsheet that I can email you. Many of the “misspent childhood” double features that I caught in my NYC days in the early 50s-late 60s. These are the ones that I have been able to document over the past few years. I know….get a life. But it’s been a fun hobby. Genealogy for movie nuts. email me at
Still looking for a way to research the Empire and Victory theaters (pre-porn)and the Terrace down on 23rd St during that time period (early 50s-late 60s). They’re not listed in the NY Times or Cue magazine. jerry the k
Here’s a flyer that apparently was mailed to advertise all of the Brandt theaters on the Deuce. This one for the Apollo in 1952. Anyone know during what period this was done and where I can find more? jerry
A snow covered Fascination marquee; shot from the Anco. 1968. jerry the k
Thanks, saps. It is a labor of love. If anyone has any images of the Deuce in the 50s-60s, please contact me. jerry the k
Here’s a shot of the Harris & Lyric taken from outside the Victory in 1961. jerry
Forgot to add this marquee image from the Anco, around 1961.
Crank up the Time Machine, I’m going back! jerry
Here'a a shot of Fascination (I think). 15 games…$.50!
I seem to remember another one, Ed, on the west side of Broadway. Around 48th sounds right.
This shot is geared toward the Empire but if you look down the street, the ANCO is showing Jimmy Stewart’s Far Country and Chief Crazy Horse with Victor Mature. A pairing of two U-I westerns from 3-4 years earlier.
When we crank up that Time Machine, drop me off on the “old 42nd Street” in the late 50s to late 60s. It was more “mainstream” than your time in the 70s-80s but with some of the most creative programming in town. Mostly, geared for the blue collar audience. (With the exception of the Apollo).
The Empire was already known for eclectic double/triple bills even before The Undertaker & His Pals/Corpse Grinders days.
Check out my July 2005 posting for their double bill celebrating the Debbie Reynolds-Eddie Fisher-Liz mess.
I can recall individual films that I saw back then but piecing the double features together is tough. I’ve checked all of the NY Times from the 50s-60s and Cue Magazines from the 60s and cannot find any listings for the Empire. Too bad but the quest continues. Any leads are appreciated.
Here is a sad shot of the vacant RKO site during construction of the ILGWU Co-Ops aka Monolith Monsters. Should be around late 1960 – early 1961. Another great neighborhood theater, The Terrace, was located west of the Cornish Arms hotel, but had closed in the late 1950s. Haven’t found anyone yet on CT who recalls that one. Jerry
Bryan, not to steal Bob’s thunder but I have the ad from that day. My dad took me for my birthday. Lewis was listed in the ad to visit these theaters on the previous day:
This should total 15; the next day he “only” did 13 including the 58th St at 9:45pm. If I recall, they interrupted the 2nd feature, Love in a Goldfish Bowl with Fabian, when Jerry arrived. He did 5 minutes of schtick and took off. The ad features a signed letter from the RKO managers proclaiming their admiration of Jerry. No wonder, he sold a lot of popcorn for them. jerry
Alto, in the 30s The New Amsterdam was home to the Ziegfeld Follies where Gypsy Rose Lee appeared. jerry
Anyone know the exact years of the Laffmovie? jk
I added this theater about 18 months ago and am still amazed that a Manhattan theater hasn’t received one posting from someone who remembers this great Chelsea theater. Help! I’m still looking for photos, booking info. Anything. Thanks.
THANK YOU, GUYS. THIS WONDERFUL SITE BRINGS BACK A LOT OF GREAT MEMORIES. NO COMPLAINTS HERE AT ALL. Keep On, Keeping On. Jerry
The marquee shot of The Valient and Sword of the COnqueror would be circa 1962; the IMDB date for both films. Useless but interesting information. j
The 1956 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures lists it at 750. I remember it being in a strip of retail shops, possibly cut down from its original 1000????j
Hard to believe that no one has posted anything on this theater. Does anyone recall being there? jerry
I can testify that there were no ladies, alone or otherwise, at any of the theaters on the Deuce at that time. j
There are two photos of the theater currently on eBay. Search on 6208173435 and then look at sellers other auctions for the second one. j
Warren, there’s an explanation on the home page that they cannot keep up with the volume of comments. A good problem I guess. jerry
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In 1958, my RKO 23rd St’s long entrance had a sealed box containing a roaring RODAN with the threat that he would be unleashed the following week. Couldn’t wait.
The following Wednesday, the box was driven around the neighborhood on a flat bed truck and we kids followed it to the RKO. Talk about the Pied Piper!
Another Castle gimmick was signing a waiver in case you died of a heart attack during the screening of MACABRE. jerry
Does anybody know anything about the theater? I don’t see a listing for the city of North Baltimore.