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I added this theater about 18 months ago and am still amazed that a Manhattan theater hasn’t received one posting from someone who remembers this great Chelsea theater. Help! I’m still looking for photos, booking info. Anything. Thanks.
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The marquee shot of The Valient and Sword of the COnqueror would be circa 1962; the IMDB date for both films. Useless but interesting information. j
The 1956 Film Daily Year Book of Motion Pictures lists it at 750. I remember it being in a strip of retail shops, possibly cut down from its original 1000????j
Hard to believe that no one has posted anything on this theater. Does anyone recall being there? jerry
I can testify that there were no ladies, alone or otherwise, at any of the theaters on the Deuce at that time. j
There are two photos of the theater currently on eBay. Search on 6208173435 and then look at sellers other auctions for the second one. j
Warren, there’s an explanation on the home page that they cannot keep up with the volume of comments. A good problem I guess. jerry
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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
BoxOfficeBill & Co,
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