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Opened fifty-five years ago today, on November 11th, 1958. This would be my own personal favorite of all the films that I’ve seen at the Paris over the years.
The New York Times published a color photo and short paragraph in its 11/10/2013 issue:
Shades of the Roxy Midway!
Here’s a link to silent newsreel footage of the Roxy’s grand opening night in 1927:
Opened nearly half a century ago, on November 17th, 1963.
Opened on October 16th, 1951. Judy Garland brought classic Two-A-Day vaudeville back to the Palace for the first time since it ended there in 1934. Needless to say, no movies were on the bill.
Opened on Sunday, November 19th, 1922. “New” was simply being used as an adjective to describe the newly arrived Rivoli. It was not called the New Rivoli.
In the Photos Section, I’ve posted a 1953 ad for the opening day of “Shane,” which introduced RCMH’s new panoramic screen. At the end of his favorable review of the Technicolor western, NYT critic Bosley Crowther wrote: “While the new screen on which the picture is being shown at the Music Hall is wider and higher than usual, in a ratio that slightly favors the width, the difference is barely apparent, except that some scenes appear trimmed at the bottom and the top. The greater size seems quite appropriate and unexceptional in the expanse of the Music Hall.” In a news report the previous day, the NYT had described the screen as 50' wide by 30' high.
World premiere engagement opened on April 23rd, 1953.
The ad describes the new screen as “panoramic.” The word “wide” does not appear in the ad. A New York Times article gave the screen’s measurements as 50' wide by 30' high.
Here’s a link to the most spectacular musical number in this Technicolor masterwork by Busby Berkeley:
View from balcony towards stage.
The dual engagement of the second CinemaScope feature opened to the public on November 10th, 1953, with an invitational screening at the Globe the night before.
This marked the Broadway-Times Square debut for CinemaScope, since the Roxy, which was still showing “The Robe,” stood on the border of that district on Seventh Avenue and 50th Street.
With “The Robe” still pulling crowds to the Roxy up on Seventh Avenue, 20th-Fox decided to open its second CinemaScope feature at two theatres in the heart of Times Square. The Globe had an invitational screening on the night of November 10th, 1953, and continuous performances started the next day at both theatres.
Opened on February 17th, 1965.
Advertised on December 24th, 1916. This would be the last Christmas before the USA entered the Great War that had been raging in Europe since 1914.
The Garrick re-opened under the Loew’s banner on January 30th, 1919.
Opened on October 21st, 1949…The “live” portion was a condensed version of a hit Broadway stage revue, using the same sets and costumes but with a different cast. Gil Lamb took over the comedy segments performed originally by Sid Caesar.
The New York Times has just published a refurbishment update, with some wonderful color photos. Here’s a link:
The woman in the ad is Lupe Velez, who was making her feature film debut and went on to spectacular Hollywood fame and a tempestuous marriage to Johnny (“Tarzan”) Weissmuller. She is probably best remembered for a series of “Mexican Spitfire” programmers that she made before her ambiguous death in 1944 at age 36.
Advertised on November 28th, 1927.
Busby Berkeley’s spectacular Technicolor musical “The Gang’s All Here” was part of the Christmas holiday show that opened on December 22nd, 1943. Here’s a clip, in about the same aspect ratio as shown at the Roxy:
Opened December 22nd, 1943, as part of the Christmas holiday presentation.
Opened on September 27th, 1973. Not even Ingrid Bergman could save this clinker.
Opened on December 19th, 1980, with the Ziegfeld as the only Manhattan location.
Advertised on November 1st, 1940. The B&W adventure was previously made as a silent with Douglas Fairbanks.