Roxy Theatre

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

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Joseph
Joseph on May 27, 2011 at 6:16 am

Re:I beg to differ. This was not an office building he created but what was the largest theater built at the time dubbed “The Cathedral Of The Motion Picture”. The Roxy cannot fade in anyones mirror . We are all entitled to our opinion . We will never know. At least Lamb was long gone before they started an all out assault on his theaters.

I agree.

The NYT’s very brief obituary for Ahlschlager in 1965 noted that his most famous of many buildings was the NY ROXY, “now demolished”. No mention was made of the NY BEACON, which still stands and was recently restored.

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on May 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I beg to differ. This was not an office building he created but what was the largest theater built at the time dubbed “The Cathedral Of The Motion Picture”. The Roxy cannot fade in anyones mirror . We are all entitled to our opinion . We will never know. At least Lamb was long gone before they started an all out assault on his theaters.

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on May 25, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Not to be a downer, but it is possible that he was not destroyed by this fact. He was paid well to contruct his buildings. By the time of his death, assuming he was retired many years, it all may have faded into the rear-view mirror.

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on May 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I read that Ahlschlager died in Texas in 1965. I wonder what his feelings were when he heard his masterpiece would be torn down.It had to be a huge blow.

Bruce Calvert
Bruce Calvert on May 4, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Here’s the cover for a Roxy Theatre program from July 11, 1930. THE ROGUE SONG starring Laurel & Hardy was playing that week. You can see the entire program at The Silent Film Still Archive.

Joseph
Joseph on April 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm

RE: Watch the move The Naked City

In the very beginning are shots of people toiling at various jobs at night. One small bit is a single woman with a pail & mop mopping the floor in that huge rotunda.

Talk about thankless jobs

Why do you not use search feature, this has been already mentioned several times above!

AGRoura
AGRoura on April 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

If I remember correctly, Rose Marie was the first MGM musical in CinemaScope.

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on April 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Watch the move The Naked City

In the very beginning are shots of people toiling at various jobs at night. One small bit is a single woman with a pail & mop mopping the floor in that huge rotunda.

Talk about thankless jobs.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on March 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm

This photograph of the Roxy Theatre was taken in 1937 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

Joseph
Joseph on March 29, 2011 at 11:46 am

the Sommer Bros purchased the ROXY site from Zeckendorf and bulid the office buiding current on the site. The Sommer’s were influencial in building 1950’s “car ready” shopping malls in upsate NY as the following 1952 article states:

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100,000 Visit Thruway Plaza Opening

An estimated 100,000 persons arriving by autos, buses, and on foot invaded the new Thruway plaza at Walden and Harlem yesterday afternoon and evening in what plaza officials called the most spectacular opening of any building development of its kind.

The crowds saw the $7,000,000 plaza – the largest in the state and second largest in the country – sprawled on its 69-acre site exactly as it lookedo n the architect’s drawings.

Police Chied Walter J. Marynowksi of Cheektowaga said the 3,000 car parking area in front of the plaza was filled within 50 minutes after opening ceremonies at noon. A police detail of 50 kept traffic moving smoothly and directed the overflow of about 1,000 cars to the rear parking area. Marynowski estimated 50,000 persons visited the plaza within four hours after it opened.

“Shopping once was a chore and burden,” declared Sigmund Sommer, president of teh Sommer Bros. Construction Co. of Iselin, N.J., which built and will operate the plaza. “In design of this new plaza and of each store, we have tried to turn shopping into fun for the whole family.”

The carnival atmosphere at the opening was aided by the presence of the Cisco Kid, Western television star, who gave out some 25,000 autographed photographs. He left the Thruway site briefly to visit patients at Children’s Hospital and at Immaculate Heart of Mary Orphanage.

In the “bit top” behind the plaza, children watched animal acts offered by Gengler Bros. Circus. The circus and the Cisco Kid will remain at the plaza through tomorrow.

Also present for the opening ceremonies were Abraham Sommer, vice-president of the construction company, executives of the firm who have stores in the plaza and supervisor Benedict T. Holtz of Cheektowaga. Holtz cut the ribbon and accepted a television set from the Sommer brothers for the orphanage.

Several stores in the plaza are not yet completed and a 30-acre adjacent lot is reserved for possible later additions. A department store is scheduled to be added to the plaza next year.

Joseph
Joseph on March 29, 2011 at 11:05 am

One of the individual’s directly responsible for the ROXY’s demise:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Zeckendorf

Joseph
Joseph on March 19, 2011 at 6:10 am

RE: On this day in 1959, the Roxy opened what proved to be its final Easter holiday package, with Howard Hawks' Technicolor western, “Rio Bravo,” on screen. John Wayne, Dean Martin, and Ricky Nelson starred in the Warner Brothers release, with Angie Dickinson, Walter Brennan, Ward Bond, and John Russell featured. On its truncated stage, the Roxy presented “Spring Fever,” starring Dorothy Keller, with support from Earl Hall, the Roxy Singers & Dancers Moderne, and the Roxy Orchestra under conductor Robert Boucher. That year, the Roxy’s competition from Radio City Music Hall consisted of MGM’s “Green Mansions,” with Audrey Hepburn and Anthony Perkins, and a two-part stage revue including the sacred “Glory of Easter” and the secular “Spring Parade

It appears the ROXY had the better movie for Easter 1959.

Joseph
Joseph on March 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm

crowds of people attending a demonstation of CinemaScope at the ROXY:

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Joseph
Joseph on March 6, 2011 at 10:53 am

Footage from the HALLS OF MONTEZUMA premiere:

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 6, 2011 at 11:00 am

Thanks for the info Tinseltoes.

CConnolly1
CConnolly1 on February 4, 2011 at 4:55 am

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A very interesting image from the Museum of the City of NY archives. This shows the foundations of the Roxy as it was being constructed. You can clearly see the diagonal layout that has been mentioned many times on this site.

BillSavoy
BillSavoy on January 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Thanks so much for sharing your memories! I own 6 programs from 1938, but unfortunately, not your’s! I’ll keep searching!
Bill
P.S.: What was it like working for Fanchon & Marco?

clairebg23
clairebg23 on January 24, 2011 at 9:50 am

I danced at the Roxy in 1938, military number,movie was A Yank in the RAF. I returned four years later as a regular Gae Foster Girl. Had to leave due to illness but have wonderful memories of my short but fulfilling career at the Roxy. This site brought back many happy memories.

shanvdk
shanvdk on January 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Oh, and I’m thinking the gentleman I was looking for was probably closer to his early 50’s around that time. I’ll still check into it though :)

shanvdk
shanvdk on January 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Thanks Bill! I will look into it. You never know were it might lead me. In the meantime keep passin along the info bc every bit helps. Thanks agin for taking the time to help me out :)

BillSavoy
BillSavoy on January 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Dear Shanvdk, A shot in the dark: When I was an usher at Radio City Music Hall (1969-73), LEO Doughtery was the kindly, old, (70+) 50th -Street stage doorman (“Pops”). A million Doughtery’s in the the Naked City … but, you never know …!
Still working on it,
Bill!

BillSavoy
BillSavoy on January 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Dear Shanvdk, Sorry, no luck yet in finding Jim Dougherty. Don’t give up hope … you’d be amazed what Roxy factsI I can find, give the time!

BillSavoy
BillSavoy on January 22, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Lew White recorded organ music from the Roxy in 1927-28 for the Brunswick label. Unfortunately they were played on the 2-manual instrument in the broadcasting studio (not the auditorium’s) and are definately lackluster (compared to Jesse Crawford’s Victor, Paramount Theatre recordings from the same era). There were only a dozen or so made and occasionally come up on EBAY. The label must read: “Recorded at Roxy Theatre, N.Y.” otherwise, they read: “Recorded at "Lew White Organ Studio, N.Y.”… Know the difference! They are not great, but for Roxy historians, are a must! A recording also exists of “Teddy Bear’s Picnic”, recorded by Ben Hall ca. 1958-9 (I don’t own it, nor know where to get a copy). By that time the organ was piped through a P.A system and sounded
like “death-warmed-over”… but, again, a must for Roxy or theatre organ fans. Try contacting the “AMERICAN THEATRE ORGAN SOCIETY” Good luck!
Bill Savoy (508 612 5669)

Good luck!

moviebear1
moviebear1 on January 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Does anyone know if there are any recordings of the Roxy theatre Organ? I would love to hear what it sounded like.

BillSavoy
BillSavoy on January 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Dear Shanvdk, Your information in hand … will check my files and get back to you. Meanwhile, feel free to email me, any time, at: