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Opened on January 15th, 1953…This marked the introduction of one of RCMH’s most popular stage spectacles, “Dancing Waters,” which was also being seen in America for the first time. Coupled with one of the greatest movies that Hollywood ever produced about itself, the entire program made it among the “Top Ten” in the Music Hall’s history.
The small cinema was also known under the name of Nickelodeon. I’ve posted an ad from November, 1964, in the Photos Section.
The cinema was advertised under the name of Nickelodeon on November 6th, 1964.
Jack Haley, who played the “Tin Man” opposite Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz,” later became the father-in-law of her daughter, Liza Minnelli. How’s that for weird?
Opened on November 8th, 1944…MGM saved a bundle on the B&W comedy by using sets and costumes from “Kismet,” which starred Ronald Colman and Marlene Dietrich. Amusingly, the Technicolor epic was still breaking attendance records across the street at the Astor Theatre.
Opened on August 26th, 1949…Gorgeous actress-singer Martha Stewart should not be confused with the later convicted felon of the same name.
Advertised on January 21st, 1953. Who knew that an even worse re-hash would be made with Neil Diamond in the title role?
Advertised 56 years ago today, on November 5th, 1957. By that time, the Valencia and Triboro were the only Loew’s theatres in the borough of Queens, with programs running a week behind at the Triboro.
Of all the movies that I actually saw at the Roxy, “Heaven Can Wait” will forever remain my #1 favorite. Happily, it is currently available on a Criterion DVD restored to all of its original Technicolor glory. I don’t recall any other Hollywood film that had so many great character actors in the cast, including Charles Coburn, Marjorie Main, Spring Byington, Eugene Pallette, and Allyn Joslyn. And not to forget Florence Bates, whose “exit” scene is too amazing to describe.
Opened on August 11th, 1943.
Original boxes remained until end.
Reminders of Minsky burlesque still decorated the walls.
A more accurate address would be 118-01 Queens Boulevard,
which is currently used for a corner store in the exact spot where the theatre’s entrance stood. 118-21 is used for the main entrance to the Pickman Building, which is in the middle of the block.
The decidedly pro-Soviet epic figured prominently in the post-war “Commie” witch hunts, especially in the attacks on its scriptwriter, Lillian Hellman.
Opened seventy years ago tonight, on November 4th, 1943…The Samuel Goldwyn production was the first major Hollywood film to open at the Victoria since it had been re-named from Laffmovie. The “New” disappeared from Victoria as soon as the novelty wore off.
The Paramount Theatre’s 11th Anniversary Presentation opened on November 3rd, 1937.
Ad published on August 19th, 1925, the day after the Uptown’s grand opening.
Helps to pay for the theatre’s ongoing rejuvenation.
Opened on October 18th, 1922.
Opened on October 26th, 1921.
After extensive renovations, the theatre re-opened as the newly-named Paramount Hollywood with the world premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s “Reap the Wild Wind” on the night of March 18th, 1942. This was reportedly the first such gala held in the Hollywood district since the USA entered WWII in December. I’ve posted two ads in the Photos Section.
Opened to the public on March 19th, 1942, as the newly-named Paramount Hollywood, under the direction of Fanchon & Marco.
Opened on the night of March 18th, 1942. The gala festivities were reported as the first such held in the Hollywood district since the USA entered WWII in December. The DeMille epic was also the premiere attraction at the newly named Paramount Hollywood.
Opened on October 15th, 1954. RCMH was the first theatre in the world to present a feature in the new VistaVision process.
Opened on January 21st, 1953.