Roxy Theatre

153 W. 50th Street,
New York, NY 10020

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paullewis on February 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

“The city and the movie palaces have never been the same” quotation from the above description of the Roxy says it all! N.Y.C. had a unique position in the pantheon of world cities and they could not wait to destroy it’s character for just another bland version of glass and steel boxes seen in and 2nd rate place on earth. Just look what is on the site of the legendary movie palace now, a building that could just as well be in a third world country and could disappear overnight without a single word of complaint,such is the banality of what we have today. As long as I live I shall NEVER forgive the perpetrators of such vandalism no matter what the circumstances.

ERD on February 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

As a youngster, it was a wonderful experience to see “Carousel” and a stage show at this magnificent entertainment palace. The Roxy was my favorite theatre in Manhattan. Some other musicals I saw there were “The King & I” & “Damn Yankees. (You are right Simon, it was not “Oklahoma!”)

Simon L. Saltzman
Simon L. Saltzman on February 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Sorry ERD, but Oklahoma premiered at the Rivoli in Todd AO on reserved seats. Also interesting is that Carousel was never actually shown (although it was advertised) in the CinemaScope 55 process (more info on the Wide Screen Museum)

AGRoura on December 1, 2011 at 6:42 am

Thanks, Ed Miller.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on November 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Mark and Paul, I agree wholeheartedly with your comments about the Roxy, as well as our other criminally destroyed landmarks. AGRoura, any IMDB member can update and correct, simply by going choosing the update option. I do it frequently.

MarkDHite on November 25, 2011 at 4:18 pm

In some fairness to the folks who were around at that time, it’s important to remember that the movie palaces were seen as commercial venues, much like today’s big multiplexes. They were places to exhibit movies and make a lot of money. When the movies, and the people that watched them, moved to the suburbs, it just seemed that the movie palaces' day was done. That they were also architectural masterpieces (some of them) and venues capable of being retrofitted for a future as arts centers and community treasures was never thought of, except by a very few. It took another generation to make this discovery, by which time so many of them were gone.

MarkDHite on November 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Yes it’s a criminal loss. The early 1960s was s time when the past seemed immaterial and nothing mattered but the future. The loss of Pennsylvania Station and the Metropolitan Opera House followed closely on the disappearance if the Roxy. The only bright side is that these horrendous losses opened some minds and spurred some to action. Today we do have a restored Grand Central Terminal, Radio City Music Hall and a landmarked Broadway theatre district because of it. But what a heavy price to pay.

paullewis on November 25, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Just been looking (again) at the photos of the incredible Roxy, makes me so very ANGRY that my and future generations were denied the chance to experience the greatest movie theatre ever built. I would like to personally lynch those responsible but they are probably gone now (to eternal hell, hopefully). New York City lost it’s soul when the great theatres were torn down and it will never be the same again, I’m so depressed that this was allowed to happen.

MarkDHite on November 25, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Thanks! No worries, the internet can be a very dicey place. Best wishes.

Vito on November 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Thanks Mark I dont know why I did not just do that. Appperently the image hosting site I used hosts pornographic material as well as he more family suitable images, I was not aware of that till now and will of course never use it again. I still do no understand how the link went that image instead of the movie poster I put up, a very sick joke if you ask me My aplogies once again to those of you who clicked on that link. Meanwhile yes indeed “Tunnel Of Love” was shot in CinemaScope and Black & White

Vito on November 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I have no exlanation as to why that link takes you to that awful picture. It should have gone to movie posters. I have written and complained to the website If you have not used that link please do not. My aplogies to those of you who have.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 21, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Also should be noted that “The Tunnel of Love” was one of Gene Kelly’s directorial efforts.

AGRoura on November 21, 2011 at 10:55 am

In the IMDb site it says Tunnel of Love is in color, yet a comment by a viewer says, like Tinseltoes above who in my opinion knows what he is talking about, that it is in black and white. Anyone knows how to correct an IMDb entry?

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on November 3, 2011 at 1:20 am

Actually, it shows up on the Fox Movie Channel fairly frequently. We shouldn’t ban the art of yesterday because it doesn’t conform to the political correctness of today.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on October 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm

The caption on the photo states the year is 1953, during the engagement of “The Robe.” If you click on the “Photo” tab just above the image, you can page through all the images posted here for this theater. Click on the thumbnail image to open any photo full size and you will be able to read any accompanying captions or comments.

Simon L. Saltzman
Simon L. Saltzman on October 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Dear Housechecker, If you were at the Roxy the summer of ‘56 then you may have been there for “The King and I” which is when I began and stayed for one year. If this is true then perhaps we may have met or at least stood together for inspection. More importantly, one of the contributors to this site is gathering information about the theater for a book on its operations. Are you a New York or vicinity resident? A reunion of “those still standing” would be wonderful but no one except you has yet responded. By the way, “The King and I” was the beginning of the Roxy’s short but great golden year of hits with crowds like the one in the lobby shown in the photo above for “But Stop,” “Giant,” and “Anastasia.” Does anyone know the date of the photo above????

Housechecker on October 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Saltzman—-re: 7-26-11 I was an usher from summer 1953 (Peter Pan) to summer 1955 (can’t remember the film, I wasn’t inside much). The idea of a reunion sounds great, but as Cloris Leachman said in an episode of Two & A Half Men, “Hurry up. I’m not getting any younger.”

Vito on October 23, 2011 at 10:11 am

Copy that Tinseltoes please keep em coming

MarkDHite on October 22, 2011 at 11:49 am

I love your “on this day” comments, Tinseltoes.

Joseph on September 4, 2011 at 7:01 pm

The Roxy was purchased by Rockefeller Center in 1955 with an eye towards future development. Rock Center needed the ROXY site for its air rights in order to build the new Time-Life building, completed in 1959. The Roxy was leased back to its operators. Rock Center had no direct involvement in its operation until 1959, shortly before it closed. Rock Center made a deal with William Zecandorf to sell the ROXY so the TAft hotel could be expanded. However, the TAFT was never expanded, but Zeckendorf proceeded to tear down the ROXY. He had no interest in keeping the ROXY open. Closed, the ROXY was costing thousands of dollars in real esate taxes to NYC. Zeckend orf probaly did not have much choice. The whole closing process appeaerd to be very quick. Perhaps Rock Center insisted the ROXY be closed. However, I have not seen any printed proof of Rock Center’s direct involement in the closing. Variety reported in 1959 that the NY Philharmonic was interested in leasing the ROXY for its home after the philharmonic was ousted from Carniege hall, which was also on the demolition block at the time. However nothing ever came of the ROXY/ Philharmonic deal as Linclon Center was in the early construction stages at the time.

bigjoe59 on September 4, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Hello To My Fellow Posters. the Roxy was torn down the summer of 1960 and i doubt everything was going along swimmingly and a month before someone said-“oh lets tear down the Roxy”. so i’m hedging the bet the decision to do so was decided upon years before. so when exactly was the decision to tear it down decided on? in 1956 the Roxy had 3 big Cinemascope hits from 20th Fox-CAROUSEL, ANASTASIA and THE KING AND I. so could the decision have been made as early as 1956?

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on September 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm

If this was “Jeopardy,” lonixcap would have the correct answer.

William on September 3, 2011 at 10:07 am

Yes, the film “Wilson” did have it’s World Premiere in Wahoo, Nebraska. But the word Premiere in the movie business can have multi meanings. World Premiere being held on both coasts or different regions like Northern California (San Francisco) while the main premiere would be held in Hollywood. The Roxy Theatre engagement of “Wilson” did hold a house record for the most tickets sold for the theatre at that time.

lonixcap on September 3, 2011 at 3:48 am

I thought the Wilson premier was in Zanuck’s hometown of Wahoo, Nebraska.

Simon L. Saltzman
Simon L. Saltzman on July 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

As a former Roxy usher 1956/1957, I was wondering if there is any interest in a reunion of ushers and/or staff who still might be around.