Academy of Music

126 E. 14th Street,
New York, NY 10003

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RobertR on December 18, 2005 at 9:38 am

Here is an ad for what Warren mentions above about Murray the K
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on December 16, 2005 at 7:35 am

In December, 1961, the radio DJ known as “Murray the K” hosted a “Holiday Stage Spectacular” here that ran for eleven days, with shifting headliners. Johnny Mathis topped the bill on December 22-23, followed by Bobby Vee from December 24-29, and by Dion from December 30 through January 1. Performing throughout the engagement were Joey Dee & The Starliters, U.S. Bonds, Bobby Lewis, Timi Yuro, the Isley Brothers, Jan & Dean, and others. The screen attraction was John Wayne’s “The Comancheros.”

dhd2103 on December 10, 2005 at 4:48 am

There should either be two listings, one for “FOX Academy of Music” (as it was called and listed on Sanborn maps) and one for “Academy of Music,” which was on the Consolidated Edison lot, or this listing should be corrected to be titled, “FOX Academy of Music.” Much of the posts here are about the later theatre, anyhow, but a distinct difference remains between the two establishments.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 28, 2005 at 8:50 am

I strolled that mezzanine promenade a few times many moons ago when the place was a concert hall and I can tell you that none of those furnishings were in evidence! They were probably removed by management long before the place was re-christened The Palladium with a rock show headlined by the soon-to-be-retiring group The Band in the fall of ‘76. A few weeks later, on Thanksgiving Day, the original incarnation of The Band would perform its last show ever at San Fransisco’s Winterland (a West Coast Roseland), an event captured in Martin Scorcese’s terrific concert flick “The Last Waltz.”

This was a great theater… and so much of it survived the renovations made to convert it to a disco in the ‘80’s. Basically, all they did was construct a huge cage in the orchestra section. Another one that could’ve been saved in the last decade or so.

ERD on November 23, 2005 at 10:39 am

Another victim of the modern advancements & changes. What a shame Manhattan couldn’t save some of these beautiful theatres located in different sections of the city. Of course, that would not be profitable, and that is the major goal in real estate.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 23, 2005 at 9:04 am

A postcard showing the mezzanine promenade designed by Thomas Lamb. Some of the furnishings were purchased by Mrs. William Fox during her frequent shopping tours of Europe:

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 15, 2005 at 1:12 pm

This is the original Academy of Music, which had its main entrance on Irving Place:
The corner with 14th Street is now occupied by a branch of the Apple Savings Bank. In its last years, the AOM was managed by William Fox, until he built the New Academy of Music on the south side of 14th Street.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 11, 2005 at 1:59 pm

Interesting, then, that it was called the Academy of Music. Could this be only because of the previous Academy of Music that had been located across the street from this theater?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 11, 2005 at 1:39 pm

Unfortunately, the introduction begins with two major errors that should be corrected if possible. The theatre was built by William Fox, and you can’t get any more “major” than that. And by the time of its opening, the twentieth century was already 27 years old. It was purpose-built as a showcase for movies supported by stage shows, and had no previous history as a concert hall or so-called “academy of music.”

sluggobeast on October 11, 2005 at 10:26 am

Many thanks to D.C. for posting the photos. Some of the greatest rock shows I ever went to were at the Academy of Music/Palladium from the early ‘70s through the early '80s. The shots brought back some long-lost memories of that room.

sluggobeast on October 11, 2005 at 10:25 am

Many thanks to D.C. for posting the photos. Some of the greatest rock shows I ever went to were at the Academy of Music/Palladium from the early ‘70s through the early '80s.

EsandSy on September 1, 2005 at 6:23 pm

I was born on the Lower East Side and lived there until 1959. I went to the Academy of Music theater many times. In fact, I attended my graduation exercises from Stuyvesant HS at the theater one morning in 1953, and saw “Rommel the Desert Fox” that afternoon. I recently accessed this site and found all the movie theaters in my old neighborhood except one. Does anyone remember the Palestine Movie Theater? It was located on Clinton St. near Houston St.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 14, 2005 at 10:18 am

Here’s an exterior of the original Academy of Music (north side of 14th Street), which first opened in 1854 and was operated in its final years by William Fox with plays, vaudeville, and movies. This theatre was demolished around 1926, when Fox built a more modern Academy of Music directly opposite on the south side of 14th Street. The original Academy was replaced by a building owned by Consolidated Edison:

drewcarolan on July 28, 2005 at 11:44 am

I saw that double bill of Planet of the Apes and The Magnificent Men as well as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and several other Beach Boy and Beatle films there.

It was a great place to bring a date and have plenty of room, if you know what I mean.

Rock shows I remember were Traffic, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, Hot Tuna, Quicksilver, Canned Heat, Grateful Dead, Clash, Patti Smith.

14th Street will never be the same. To see images of the area back in the 70’s go to

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 27, 2005 at 4:36 pm

By adding some light to one of the images cited by D.C., I was able to bring out some of the background detail. When it was taken, much of the original decor was still in place, including a chandelier in the central dome. The auditorium had a separate mezzanine below the balcony:

roots66 on July 27, 2005 at 11:47 am

Through much detective work, I’ve located a few rare images of the Palladium during its rock venue phase. These were taken in 1980 during AC/DC’s “Back in Black” show.

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RobertR on June 10, 2005 at 7:35 pm

Want to hear a strange double bill? In May of 1969 Fox sent out “Planet of the Apes” and “Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines” as a double-bill. The catch phrase was “Perfect Mates Apes and Men”. It played here at the Academy along with the UA Riviera.

Thomas on May 8, 2005 at 8:35 pm

Academy of Music – 1980’s as Palladium

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 6, 2005 at 4:28 pm

The opening paragraph to the introduction is incorrect and sorely needs to be changed. The Academy of Music was built and first operated by William Fox, and was the largest and most sumptuous theatre that he ever built in Manhattan. It was also the nearest he ever got to building in midtown, which he finally entered only by purchasing the already existing Roxy.

sasheegm on May 6, 2005 at 4:13 pm

Thanks Jerry: My Cousin Rose lived on 13th Street, and I used to pass this place everytime I went to visit…….and as you mentioned, posters and lobby cards all over the place, with round windows possibly on the doors…..and they had photos on them……Like you, I never ventured in……but in my old neighborhood in Brooklyn, I think we had an even older house called the Rogers on Broadway……..It showed predominantly b-westerns in the late 40s and early 50s, when I used to go there, and my Cousin Carmine who now lives in Buffalo, NY, used to go there as a kid to see westerns in the 1930s—————and I listed one other old house on the lower east side, The American on 3rd st. which had a painted Brick Wall for a screen———It almost looked like it adjoined the side or back of another building……and in 1957 when I was working in that area, I went there, and told my Dad, who was born on Elizabeth St. In Little Italy in 1911(may God rest his soul)..and he said he went there to see Tom Mix & Joe Bonomo when he was a kid in the 20s!————-It is too bad that a more detailed document cannot be found on these very old Movie Theaters, that were most likely Vaudeville or neighborhood Playhouses before they became Movie Theaters……..My Father said there was one place in Little Italy that used to have Italian Plays…..and i believe on 1st Ave or near there, was the Yiddish Playhouse where so many familiar names and faces started like Sylvia Sidney, Marc Lawrence, Molly Picon, Zero Mostel, etc etc…….There were many Ethnic theaters all over NY——After all it was called the “Melting Pot”…..and the aromas coming from the Women of the house preparing Supper…..or I remember one aroma so well, I think of it every time I see the film “Naked City”-1948 advertised (of course I have it on dvd) that is the Essex St Market with barrels of Pickles, Herring, White-Fish etc etc——what a place——what a neighborhood——Joe From Florida—-sasheegm

42ndStreetMemories on May 6, 2005 at 3:24 pm

The theater is the Variety PhotoPlays and there is an active thread at /theaters/288/

I never went in it (coward) during my time there in the early-mid 60s but I did look at the posters which were all over the place, it seemed like the booking changed 4-5 times a week if not daily. Very unusual programming of films, I recall. Jerry from Florida

sasheegm on May 6, 2005 at 2:43 pm

I remember this large movie theater, as i took a date there in 1957 and we sat in the upper Balcony……….Prior to that year, and around it also, Union Square was across from it or near-by———-Luchow’s was old fashioned German Resturant with great food s I recall;, but in working in that area, i remember to the east of the Academy of Music, around the corner was a very old theater that had a store-front with round windows for the lobby cards, and you could only read parts of them……..I never went inside, but I remmeber driving by in the late 50s & early 60s and it was still there———anyone recall this moldy-oldie movie house around the corner from the Academy?———-also in the 50s, remember large Jewish contingents at Union Square with signs reading—“Spare the Rosenbergs”——For you youngsters out there, Ethel & Julius Rosenberg were convicted of selling Atomic Secrets to the Soviets……I was pretty young and do not know all the details, but it was quite an issue for the time……..Joe From Florida—-sasheegm

hardbop on April 8, 2005 at 1:46 pm

I remember when I first moved to NYC in March of ‘82, the stretch of 14th Street east of Union Square was seedy. You couldn’t even walk in Union Square Park and the hulk of Klein’s Department Store stood on the northeast corner of Park Avenue South & 14th Street. The hulk of the Jefferson Theatre still stood, but I don’t remember the Palladium before it was the Palladium. I remember Julius Pool Hall, on the second floor of a building near the Palladium. You walked up a steep flight of stairs to get up there.

I don’t think you can blame NYU for the demise of Luchow’s. Luchow’s briefly moved back to the Times Square area before closing for good. This was in the early-to-mid eighties, perhaps even before the Palladium Club opened.

RobertR on April 4, 2005 at 10:47 pm

I remember one of my friends who lived in Murray Hill at the time begged his mother into taking him to a double horror bill. The main feature was that snake film SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.