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I loved going to the Ziegfeld to see “The Wiz”, “Hair”, “Victor/Victoria”, “That’s Entertainment III”, and even “Ishtar” !!! Sure hope they get “Rent” and/or “The Producers” ! I’d go in a New York minute !!!
I went to college across the river in Canada from ‘61 thru '65, and went to the Fisher many times to see shows, including the world premiere of “Hello, Dolly !” in '63. I also saw the out-of-town try-out of “No Strings”, the post-Broadway tour of “Do-Re-Mi”, and the out-of-town death try-out of Frank Loesser’s last musical, “Pleasures and Palaces.”
During its Roundabout live theater days, I went to this theater to see a revival of an old play called “Clarence” starring the lovely and charming actress, Barbara Britton, with whom I was quite friendly for years before she passed away. I saw her several times on Broadway. You may remember her as Robert Stack’s co-star in the first 3-D movie, “Bwana Devil.”
I was stationed at Fort Hood during 1966 & 1967. This was the theater I went to when I came into town, especially to buy record albums at the little record store nearby. I wonder if it’s still there ?
I think my father took me to see Charlie Chaplin here in the 50’s. The building was just torn down. See posting for 16th Street Theater. Can anyone tellme what theater stood on 5th avenue between 7th St. & 8th St. ? It’s a supermarket now.
In 1961 I saw a matinee of Bette Davis in “The World of Carl Sandburg” and actually got her autograph at the stage door. Little did she know —– one year later —– Baby Jane !!! In ‘64 I was in college when Alan Arkin played here in “Enter Laughing.” Thay had some seats for $1.00 and $2.00 !!! I took my cousin Diana and sprung for the $2.00 seats !!! Can you imagine, folks ???
When I went to Xaverian High in Bay Ridge and lived on 22nd Street (across the street from where I live now), I went to the Park to see Susan Hayward (formerly Edythe Marrener of Church Avenue) in “I Want To Live !” I’ll never forget the poster on the side of the Park advertising “The Long, Hot Summer.” The ad copy for Angela Lansbury’s character Minnie read: “She just couldn’t help lovin' that man” ! The “man” was, of course, Orson Welles. Every time I pass the building on the #63 bus I think of these things.
When I was a kid in the 50’s, we used to drive down Prospect Avenue,and I could SWEAR there was a poster on the theater for Julie London in “Nabonga” !!!
Last Saturday was my first trip to the Lafayette from Brooklyn. Standing on line for a 3-D movie made me feel like a kid again ! Entering the theater was a dream come true !You CAN go home again ! The prints & sound of both “House of Wax” and “Son of Frankenstein” were wonderful, and seeing Bela in a movie palace almost had me in tears ! Showmanship indeed ! Everyone out there needs to spread the word ! Bring your family & childhood friends ! Thank you Peter and everyone !
Last night I attended the charity screening of one of my 10 favorite movies: Abbott & Costello in “Hold That Ghost”. It was surprisingly well attended. Folks brought their kids to see it. Talk about continuity ! The laughter was wonderful to hear. It was great to see folks & supporters milling around that grand lobby chatting & taking pictures. Just going up & down those carpeted staircases was a thrill. The place looks like a grand dowager coming out of seclusion: a little seedy, but glowing with past glory. I was back home in Brooklyn by 9:45 PM, so the Jersey is eminently accessible. I hope all you fans out there will pack next month’s screening of A & C’s greatest: “The Time of Their Lives.” What a tragedy that we can no longer have anything like this in my beloved but misguided Brooklyn.
Some of the movies i saw here in the ‘60’s when I was home from college were “Gypsy”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner”, and after I graduated and went for my army physical, I took in Bette Davis in “The Nanny.” frankie from Brooklyn
This may have been the theater where Mae West played her pre-Broadway try-out of Diamond Lilin around 1928. frankie from Brooklyn
I wonder if this was the theater where my sister Cathy & I saw “State Fair” in 1962 when I was 18 or 19 ? I’ll never forget the audience laughing when Pat Boone burst into his first song ! frankie from Brooklyn
Warren, I was devastated to see The photo of “Dracula” at the RKO Prospect in 1931 ! My friend is going to PLOTZwhen I show it to him ! Many thanks ! frankie from Brooklyn
In 1957 I was going on 14, and my Mom insisted that I see “Around The World In 80 Days” at the Rivoli, so she sent me into Manhattan from Brooklyn one Saturday morning with about $1.75 (!!!) to catch the first showing. I can still remember standing in front of the theater. 12 years later I remember being amazed that I could see “Hello, Dolly !” there while the show was still on Broadway. The last film I saw there was “Coal Miner’s Daughter” with my brother. A note on Bette Davis in “The Little Foxes”: In several books I’ve read,it seems that Wyler wanted the character played as more charming and womanly, whereas Bette seemed to go for a cold, steely interpretation. Incidentally, “Another Part of the Forest” is a phenomenal film. The original Broadway production starred Patricia Neal, who I kissed on the cheek on vacation this summer in a roadside gourmet grocery store in Oakland, Maine !!! frankie from Brooklyn
I have a charming memory of the Elm. When I got out of the army in ‘68, I reunited with a grade school friend of mine, and we went to this cozy little jewel of an art theater to see “Juliet of the Spirits” which we both enjoyed. Right in Brooklyn ! Imagine ! frankie from Brooklyn
Stood on line a long time to see “Presumed Innocent”.Also took friends here to see “The Goodbye People” with Judd Hirsch. frankie from Brooklyn
Patsy, I think Lucie probably means the Majestic Theater in Times Square where Phantom still is. My mother saw Ethel Barrymore in “The Corn Is Green” at the Brooklyn Majestic. That was the famous “subway circuit.” frankie from Brooklyn
I believe I read someplace that Bob Hope played vaudeville at the Dyker before he hit it big on Broadway. frankie from Brooklyn
If I remember correctly, the Salmaggi Opera Company played this theater when I went to Xaverian High School 1957-1961. frankie from Brooklyn
I remember one Christmas in the 80’s going to see “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Fortway. What a thrill it was to actually see a musical onscreen again ! True,the Fortway wasn’t terrific, but who needs to lose yet ANOTHER Brooklyn theater ? I STILL love to go to the movies. I’m so glad I live near the Pavilion. frankie from Brooklyn
I fondly remember seeing “Peyton Place” and “You’re a Big Boy Now” at the Loew’s 46th Street just after getting out of the army. I was FREE !!! frankie from Brooklyn
I lived in Flatbush from 1968 to 1975 and saw “Airport” at the Kenmore, “Romeo & Juliet” at the Astor, “The Anniversary” with Bette Davis at the Albemarle, “The Legend of Lylah Clare” at the glorious Kingsway, and “Mame” at the Rialto. Talk about an embarrassment of riches ! Flatbush Avenue was almost like Brooklyn’s Times Square. Remember the ice cream parlors, book stores, record stores,and coffee shops ? I was a young man on my own just out of the army, and I’m glad i came in on the tale end of it. Who remembers The Circus Lounge, a gay bar on Flatbush & Foster that became Kitchen City, I believe ? frankie from Brooklyn
This was a great place to see the big musicals. I saw “Sweet Charity” and “Paint Your Wagon” here. frankie from Brooklyn
In 1961 I went with my mother & sister to see a double bill of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s"and "Two Women.” When I moved to the neighborhood in the 1970’s,I saw return engagements of “Finian’s Rainbow” and “Star !”. There was a Chock Full O' Nuts next door. Nice theater. frankie from Brooklyn