Palace Theatre

1564 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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dennisczimmerman
dennisczimmerman on August 12, 2005 at 2:20 pm

“Roadshow” was the terminology used when the studios opened a particular film in one theatre in larger cities. The film was presented at separate performances with reserved seating. Tickets could be purchased in advance. In many instances the films played for months to even a year or longer at this one theatre. In other threads were mentioned the “roadshow houses” of New York City. They were the Loew’s Capitol and State. The Warner, Rivoli, Criterion and DeMille Theatres all located in the Times Square area. On a usual week, there was normally one evening performance and a matinee performance on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Additional shows were added for holiday periods and Summer months. In most instances the roadshow films were presented in 70mm with 6 track magnetic stereo sound. Paper programs were handed out and in many cases “souveneir books” were available for purchase. Ticket prices were higher and there were different prices for the various locations in these theatre palaces – Orchestra, Loge, Balcony, etc.
That was the way to see movies! It was an event and not just a night out at the movies. Living in Lancaster, PA, my parents used to take us to center city Philadelphia to see the “roadshow films.”

uncleal923
uncleal923 on August 10, 2005 at 3:17 pm

What was “Roadshow”?

dennisczimmerman
dennisczimmerman on August 8, 2005 at 1:08 pm

Prior to “Chips”, the reissue of “Ben Hur” by MGM played at the Palace on roadshow 6/18/69 to 8/20/69. “Chips” Opened on 11/5/69 and played to 3/15/70.

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on July 28, 2005 at 3:34 am

Chips not only was the last roadshow at the Palace it was its penultmate film.
I wouldn’t mind seeing films back at the Palace it meant displacing Magic Kingdom E ticket attractions and jukebox musicals.

RobertR
RobertR on July 28, 2005 at 3:17 am

1962 Bobby Darin & Sandra Dee
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RobertR
RobertR on July 27, 2005 at 2:04 pm

“Goodbye Mr. Chips” in 1969 must have been one of the last roadshows at the Palace
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VincentParisi
VincentParisi on July 25, 2005 at 8:25 am

If you go to the next page of the above link you see the ad for the post Criterion showcase reissue of My Fair Lady in ‘71 which says in Super Panavision 70. I think we could safely assume that this is false advertising.

RobertR
RobertR on July 25, 2005 at 7:13 am

Warner Brothers called their showcase “Hollywood Showcase” when “Dead Ringer” played the Palace in 1964.
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RobertR
RobertR on July 25, 2005 at 7:09 am

Sinatra never played a regular concert at the Palace, but I know that when William B. Williams died, he was one of the performers that were part of the memorial service WNEW held there.

uncleal923
uncleal923 on July 24, 2005 at 3:10 pm

Did Sinatra ever play the stage on the palace?

RobertR
RobertR on July 23, 2005 at 3:24 pm

Ray Charles & Sarah Vaughn played the Palace in 1957 with an Italian import
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rlvjr
rlvjr on July 21, 2005 at 3:46 pm

JUDY GARLAND dodn’t just play the PALACE, the same show also played Washington DC’s best-ever theater, LOEW’S CAPITOL. Also in Baltimore at their lavish STANLEY, where I saw it. An hour? No, it was 2 hours.

RobertR
RobertR on July 19, 2005 at 9:44 am

Judy performed for at least an hour, try getting a star to do that nowadays.

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on July 19, 2005 at 9:35 am

How long was she on stage considering it was two a day 7 days a week and there was a bill of other acts?

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on July 17, 2005 at 4:32 am

What a downer! For fifty-one years I’ve believed that I saw “Creature” in 3-D as God meant it to be. Possibly I derived something of a 3-D effect from it by looking at it cross-eyed. As a movie-mad kid, I discovered that crossing my eyes at a flat image could do that. Years later an ophthalmologist told me (1) that there is some truth to my assumption and (2) that viewing so many movies strabismically provided good exercise for my young optic nerves. Who knows? I began wearing eyeglasses in my mid-twenties and am now a prisoner of bi-focals.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 17, 2005 at 3:49 am

I believe that only “Rue Morgue” was shown in 3-D on the double bill with “Black Lagoon.” Two movies in 3-D with glasses would have been too much for most patrons to endure in one sitting. “Rue Morgue” got the 3-D presentation because it was also in color, while “Black Lagoon” was in B&W.

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on July 17, 2005 at 3:43 am

BTW, does the RKO nabe ad imply that “Creature” was not shown in 3-D? I remember seeing it that week at the Dyker and could swear that it was in 3-D. I’m certain that the Paramount showed it in 3-D.

BoxOfficeBill
BoxOfficeBill on July 17, 2005 at 3:39 am

“Blackout” opened at the Palace on 21 May 1954. The theater’s Vaudeville-cum-movie shows in those days changed every week.

I had forgotten that “Phantom of the Rue Morgue” and “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (each of which had opened separately at the Paramount earlier that Spring) toured the RKO circuit in a 3-D double-bill. And that, on the Loew’s circuit, “Red Garters” and “Top Banana” (which I believe had opened in 3-D at the Astor and the Victoria theaters respectively) made their neighborhood tours in 2-D projection. Polaroid viewing had lost its appeal.

RobertR
RobertR on July 17, 2005 at 2:12 am

Here is an ad mentioning vaudeville again in the 50's
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teecee
teecee on July 15, 2005 at 5:42 am

Here is a picture of Orson Welles at the premier of Citizen Kane in 1941:

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Source: MPTV
Caption: Orson Welles at the premiere of “Citizen Kane” 1941 RKO **I.V.

Caption doesn’t state location, but marquee looks like the Palace.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on July 13, 2005 at 7:59 am

In the summer of 69 they were showing double feature movies. That ended during the summer as they prepared for Applause. It has been a legit theater ever since. They were closed for 3- 4 years while they built the Doubletree. I hate the new marquee. The old one had class.