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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.
Great ad, Warren. I love the boasting “House remodeled according to scientific adjustment of focal requirements”.
Birth of a Nation at a cost of $500,000. Today the caterer on set gets that much.
And imagine $2.00 admission! I didn’t pay $2.00 on the Deuce in the 60s! j
The Kent sat 625 and had a neon clock at the front left of the screen which I remember finding annoying. Sponsored by a local merchant (bank, I think).
I was there in the 70s and it was a double feature sub-run house. Some nice programming like On Her Majesty’s Secret Service & Francois Truffaut’s Stolen Kisses. j
Anyone know when it opened. My 1956 filmbook does not have it listed.
I recall seeing Victor Mature in Hannibal, A Dog of Flanders, 13 Fighting Men around 1960.
Looking at a Cue Magazine from 1970, this was the only DI in NY-NJ that week to program AL CAPONE-KING OF THE ROARING 20s-YOUNG DILLINGER. Great DI fare. The other DIs were cashing in on the early days of soft core sexploitation flics; and other DI fodder…..the weekly biker films. j
Here’s two great William Castle ads from films that I saw at the RKO. EMERGO had the packed theater screaming as a skeleton (on wire) came from a curtained booth at the top right corner of the screen, over the audience to the front of the balcony and back (as the skeleton was menacing on screen). Castle was a marketing genius. j
Here’s a 1959 ad showing the Whitestone, Sunrise & Newark Drive-Ins.
That’s Steve Reeves GOLIATH & THE BARBARIANS at the Newark. Hard to read. Check out the FREE IN-CAR ELECTRIC HEATERS!
My time at the Whitestone was in the late 60s-early 70s. Some of the double features that I saw then were:
Beneath the Valley of the Dolls/Chamber of Horrors
Bloody Mama/Wild in the Streets (AIP)
3 in the Attic/Chastity (AIP)
Cherry Harry & Requel/Good Morning and Goodbye (Russ Meyer)
Count Yorga Vampire/Crimson Cult (AIP)
El Condor/The Grasshopper
Fearless Vampire Killers/House of Dark Shadows
The AMbushers (Matt Helm)/Liberation of LB Jones
Night of Bloody Horror/Black Cat
Rosemary’s Baby/Sterile Cuckoo
True Grit/The Lawyer
Last time that I recall being there was 1974 for Golden Voyage of Sinbad. This time with my kids. j
My only visit to the Fortway was in 1959. My folks shipped me out to my aunt in Brooklyn for a few days. After she had me pick horses and numbers that afternoon, she took me to the Fortway because I loved movies. The film was IMITATION OF LIFE, which the Legency of Decency had claimed unsuitable (if not Condemned) and I feared this 9 year was going to burn in eternal damnation. Never forget it. I asked to go home on the 2nd day.
What was the name of the great Italian restaurant across the street? ELAINE’S comes to mind. j
Here’s that picture that I mentioned earlier and a classic from 1958….with EMERGO! Hey, it seemed at times, that all of the theaters on the Deuce had some kind of audience interaction. j
OK, Joe & Gerry….by request. The Apollo in 1950 & 1961. j
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Regarding your earlier mention of a 1960s Variety. Are 1950s-1960s Variety’s available on-line or at any library system. j
If you look at the last image above, you get a partial view of Bickford’s. j
Sorry, something amiss with my earlier post. Here is the 3rd link. 3D on the Deuce: j
Here are some Selwyn images from 1953 & 1954 including 3D on the Deuce: j
Here’s a nice shot from 1955 of the Astor & Victoria. j
Man, I didn’t know the theater but what great programming in January 1970:
SAT….Eye of the Cat, Frankenstein Created Woman, Tickle Me (Elvis)
SUN & MON…..Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting, Tarzan Goes to India, Guns of the Magnificent7
TUES-THURS Films for Adults
FRI & SAT….The Ambushers (Dino/Matt Helm), Clambake (Elvis), Once Upon in the West……(tell mom you’ll be home late for this program)
Great stuff. It seems that the Banco also listed for Park Slope. Graham & Marcy in Williamsburg/Bushwick had the same type of programming. j
Here’s a shot from 1967 with the Liberty in the background. j
Some shots from 1966:
This shot of the Times Square sandwiched between the Apollo & Lyric in 1967 will give you some idea of the programming for the Times Square which boasted ALWAYS TWO ACTION HITS.
In November 1969, the bookings for the week went like this:
SAT…..Prehistoric Women & War Wagon
SUN…..Goliath and the Vampire & California
Mon & Tues…Sons of Katie Elder & King’s Pirate
Wed & Thurs…Cyborg 2087 & Tall Women
Fri & Sat….Hellfighters & Bandolero
3 different John Wayne bookings in one week.
Another image…..old but not as old. January 1967.
My investigation skills indicate that the shot was taken not too long after the image that appears in Marc Eliot’s book….Down 42nd Street. The features at the Harris in Marc’s book are shown here at the Anco. And the Empire has the same double bill…The Professionals & Attempt to Kill. j
I just posted a 50s shot of the Empire.
Here it is:
42nd had all of the Warner Bros re-releases in the mid-late 50s. I know that I too saw The Roaring 20s there, maybe the same day as you. Also remember seeing: Black Legion, Capt Blood, Sea Hawk, Oklahoma Kid, Desperate Journey. I’ve been trying to recreate the double/triple features that I saw on 42nd in the 50s-60s. Got a long way to go. j
42nd has always had some fun, creative programming. Here’s an Empire double bill when Liz Taylor broke up Debbie Reynolds' marriage to Eddie Fisher:
Here is the Apollo during better times….1967 j
I found some that will interest you (while I was searching for 1950s-1960s 42nd Street images -in case anyone knows of any) at www.corbis.com Search on “42nd Street”, “Times Square”, “marquee”
That’s the best shot of the ANCO that I’ve seen. Where did you find it?
I too went through all of your photo album, great stuff. j