Roxy Theatre

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

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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 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 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:

shanvdk on January 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Thanks so much Bill. I would appreciate any info :) In particular if you see anything about someone named Jim Dougherty. Not sure if I spelled the last night correctly but someone else i had talked to thought that might be the name of the person I’m looking for. Thanks so much Bill.

BillSavoy on January 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Dear shanvdk, I have lists of various Roxy staff members over the years, but, unfortunately, none from the orchestra during the era you mention. When I have access to my files later this week, I will
look again, with your requests in mind. Hopefully, I can come up with something!

Vito on January 16, 2011 at 7:42 am

Tinseltoes, you forgot Herman the pidgon :)

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shanvdk on January 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Do any of you have any information on my post above?

BillSavoy on January 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm

P.P.S. to hdtv267: They’re accurate.

BillSavoy on January 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Dear Tinseltoes, I am intrigued by your knowledge and fascination with the Roxy (Until now, I thought I was the only one so obsessed!). I saw the place only once … when I was 9 years old, my parents brought me to see THE GAZEBO because they knew it was soon to close and wanted me to see the theatre. The irony is this: I remember NOTHING of the theatre … only the movie … but have gone on to build 4 (count ‘em 4) models of the place (one on display in the MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE in Queens) and am planning a 5th! ( a case for the Subliminal??). I worked as an usher at Radio City Music Hall in the early seventies, finding my way into the design department and am now a scenic artist, living in N.Y.C.. I have an extensive Roxy collection (much of it given to me by the late Ben Hal) and I own the original 1925 blueprints. I would love to share our mutual interest, if you are so inclined. Pease feel free to email me: P.S.: Would love to hear from ALL with Roxy memories to share!

shanvdk on January 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Hi all, I stumbled upon this website and am hoping you may be able to provide some information for me. My grandmother was a performer as an ice skater at the roxy back in 1948-52 ibelieve or somwhere in that time frame. Her name was Beatrice Lumley and her married name was Beatrice Flanagan. Her ex also worked there and his name was John Flanagan. They did the ice show inbetween the movies. I was wondering if anyone had info on the orchestra that played during those ice shows. I am particularily looking for the name of one of the drummer’s that was in it for a few years. Does anyone know where i might be able to get a list of names of the orchestra members? Thanks in advance for any help you may provide.

Vito on December 25, 2010 at 8:12 am

The original ad from that first Roxy christmas show in 1927

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Joseph on December 13, 2010 at 6:16 am

It also should be added to resumption of stage & screen presentations with “The Rains of Ranchipur” in Dec. 1955, that the Roxy sold advanced mezzaine reserved seating similar RCMH to audience members seeking to better plan their attendance. Was this policy continued beyond this engagement?

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 24, 2010 at 7:55 pm

From the 1920s postcard view of the Roxy Theatre in New York.

Richard G Holden
Richard G Holden on November 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Great remembrances. Before my time but were you actually there to experience these shows?

Richard G Holden
Richard G Holden on June 2, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Hello Hank. I no longer live in NYC area so visiting Elmhurst is not possible. I do know Marquee magazine. If you are a subscriber or have those copies of it perhaps you could scan the Roxy destruction pictures and send to me as email attachments. That would be so terific and I sure would appreciate.
PS. I’m from Massachusetts also.

hanksykes on June 2, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Hello Richka,Yes pictures would have been nice,but alas it didn’t happen. However, The Theatre Historical Society located in Elmhurst,Illinois has several publications in their Marquee magazines which show the Roxy during demolition and how the building was constructed. I never worked at the Roxy ,my only link was when I lived in Massauchetts and attended as a patron.

Richard G Holden
Richard G Holden on June 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm

That really must have been a sad occasion for you, expecially for those of us who actually worked there. If only there were pictures even of the destruction because it would be clearly seen how the structure was actually buil; the stage and backstage area, the rotunda, etc. You do know it was built at an angle from 50th to 51st but always curious exactly HOW they did that.

Richard G Holden
Richard G Holden on June 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm

oh my goodness! And you didn’t take pictures?? They would be SO fascinating and valuable today.

hanksykes on June 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm

In 1960 I checked into the Bristol Hotel and requested a room high up on the rear of the hotel which would give me a clear view of the Roxy Th. during demolition. Intent on watching how that grand structure had been built during its destruction . After half a day I had to change hotels because it was too painful to view that splendid theater being wrecked! RIP Roxy Theater you were a grandly unique cathedral!

hanksykes on May 19, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Thank you Richka.

Richard G Holden
Richard G Holden on May 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm

It is the entrance from the rotunda into the auditorium. Richka

hanksykes on May 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Having visited the Roxy only once in 1954 I’ve had to make that visual interior tour last a lot of years! I’m puzzled by the picture of Gloria Swanson standing in the great rotunda. Over Gloria’s right shoulder is a door way ,taken while the theater was being demolished,is that doorway the entrance from the street or is it the entrance to the interior auditorium???