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42ndStreetMemories commented about RKO Proctor's 58th Street Theatre on Jul 18, 2005 at 9:44 am

LM,

Warren mentions above that the theater closed with a showing of The Viscount which imdb lists as a May ‘67 release date. I have an RKO ad from after the R&R show, on April 12,1967 with showings at the 58 St of ALFIE & CARRY ON CABBY & TIJUANA BRASS short. j

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42ndStreetMemories commented about RKO Proctor's 58th Street Theatre on Jul 18, 2005 at 6:33 am

LM,
Check out my post from March 16. Great shows.

Included in the ‘Blues Project Anthology’ CD is a copy of the advertisement for the show. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles are listed for Sat & Sun only. Then, Mitch Ryder took over. Others, I didn’t mention earlier….Jim & Jean, The Chicago Loop, Mandala, Hardly-Worthit Players.

The Who had the instrument destruction thing going at the time. Keith Moon walking around with a bass drum around his waist.

Continuous performances “morning ‘til night”. Must have gotten expensive for Keith over 9 days.

jerry the k

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Loew's Sheridan Theatre on Jul 18, 2005 at 4:27 am

Great stuff, as always, Warren. You’re hitting all my favorite neighborhod theaters from the 50s.

Did the Sheridan actually book a new show for Tuesday only back then? During my time (mid 50s+), the programming changed every Wednesday.

I recall that they had posters for the upcoming movies down the sides of the theater, past the bus in the image.

Keep it up, Warren. And don’t forget my Terrace on 23rd St. lol. j

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42ndStreetMemories commented about RKO 23rd Street Theatre on Jul 14, 2005 at 5:11 am

I have a copy of a the NYT article about the history (and closing) of the theater. June 1, 1960 for anyone interested. Has a shot of the marquee at that time.

I was standing on the 23rd Street side while it burned, after the closing, but didn’t have the heart to copy the article.

I also copied ads of many of the films that I saw there, from the NYT microfilm.

So, since I’m not near Lincoln Center any longer, this will have to do. Thanks again. (Don’t forget the Terrace on 23rd; would love to see images of that one – lol), jk

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42ndStreetMemories commented about RKO 23rd Street Theatre on Jul 14, 2005 at 4:37 am

Warren, you’d make a great private investigator. I lived a tad to the right at 24th & 8th; somewhat after this photo.

How about some interior shots of the long entrance way and the beautiful concession area. You can do it!

Thanks. jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Amboys Drive-In on Jul 11, 2005 at 9:09 am

I think the Deep Throat confusion lies in the fact that
“Deep Throat II” was made for the Drive-In/mainstream crowd with an “R” rating in 1974, two years after the stir caused by the original. There was also “Linda Lovelace for President” in 1975 and “R” rated, as well. jerry the k

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Terrace Theater on Jul 9, 2005 at 3:23 am

Sorry to see that there haven’t been any postings on this theater since it is a childhood memory but I’d like to hear from folks who remember being there.

Anyone have info or photos? jerry k

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Visual Arts Theatre on Jul 9, 2005 at 3:18 am

This theater opened in 1963 and disappointed a community who had anxiously awaited the replacement to the old RKO on 23rd & 8th.

The theater opened….. searchlights, red carpet and the 3 Stooges (Joe DeRita vintage, in tuxes)getting out of a limo…. in early 1963 with Orson Welles' THE TRIAL, I believe. This crushed me, family and friends who were used to seeing weekly double features…. Rodan, House on Haunted Hill, Audie Murphy westerns, etc. at the old, majestic RKO. We still had to trek up the the RKO 58th St to see the “normal” RKO programming.

After about 6 months of protests, the theater switched to the “normal” fare in the summer of 1963. I remember being away in New Jersey when I saw the ad in the Daily News and I couldn’t wait to get home to AIP’s beach and horror flics. The classics.

In 1965 RKO reverted back to its original concept and THE PAWNBROKER played there for what seemed like years. Then the 1st run of CARRY ON CLEO (single feature) debuted while also playing at one other RKO theater…..you guessed it….the 58th St! By now, we would just go up to 42nd Street and find the RKO-Loew’s programming at cheaper prices.

The theater eventually returned to the normal RKO fare.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about RKO 23rd Street Theatre on Jul 9, 2005 at 2:50 am

Warren,
What was the source for the bottom image. I’d like to see more shots of this great theater. Jerry K

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Liberty Theatre on Jul 5, 2005 at 4:06 am

Thanks, Gerald. My email is listed in my profile. The search continues…..j

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Liberty Theatre on Jul 5, 2005 at 3:42 am

Gerald,
Great mix. And amazing foresight to keep a log!!!

I have been trying to recreate the films that I saw in the 50s & 60s in the theaters that didn’t advertise regularly: Terrace (23rd St)and all of the 42nd Street theaters. If you have a spreadsheet or any way to email that portion of your list…..I’d greatly appreciate it. I’m on this great treasure hunt. j

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Liberty Theatre on Jul 5, 2005 at 2:41 am

Gerald,
I bet thet you remember the other movies. What were they? j

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Cinema Treasures Reaches 10,000 + Theaters!!! on Jun 15, 2005 at 3:12 pm

You are our Time Machine. An escape from the drudgery of the impotent movie going experience of today. Would it be too corny to say “Thanks for the Memories”. Long lost memories that this site has graciously resurrected. j

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Art Greenwich Twin on Jun 10, 2005 at 8:33 am

RobertR,

You bring back a great memory (or great mammary) of seeing Meyer’s “LORNA” there in ‘65. My research of my mis-spent youth shows that the co-feature was “LOVE THE ITALIAN WAY” with Elke Sommer. Great stuff for a 15 year old. j

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42ndStreetMemories commented about RKO Albee Theatre on Jun 10, 2005 at 8:19 am

Thanks, Warren. Speaking of the “two-day bills”, I’m looking at an ad from 1959 where the RKO’s (except Albee, Palace)all played a new double feature (of revivals) for 1 day only!

Ad reads “TODAY ONLY…TAKE YOUR CHOICE….54 GREAT PICTURES * 27 DIFFERENT SHOWS”

Unfortunately my RKO 23 got Brigitte Bardot (bad news for a 9 year old) paired with Pork Chop Hill. Now that I think about it, I guess the two films did go together. j

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42ndStreetMemories commented about RKO Albee Theatre on Jun 10, 2005 at 6:35 am

Warren,

How exactly did the “product split” work in Brooklyn? I noticed in the ads from the 50s, the Albee usually played the same “A” film that hit my RKO 23rd St immediately afterwards but that the Albee frequently had a different “B” picture. I also noticed the the Allied Artist Bowery Boys series always played Brooklyn but never my Manhattan RKO/Loew’s theaters.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Apollo Theatre on Jun 5, 2005 at 1:35 pm

AlAlvarez,

I have an ad from the 50s when the Apollo was showing NANA with Charles Boyer. The distributor’s ad reads “spicy adult cinema package”. As Gerald mentions. “sex sells”….that’s Marketing 101.

But “grandad of porn”, “stupid history games”???? That ad, like most, was prepared by the film’s distributor. And if the Apollo is to be signaled out….‘respectable’ theaters such as the Beekman, Art, Gramercy, Symphony can also be attibuted to the parenting of porno. They are listed in the ad, as well.

If you were there, you know that the Apollo had some of the most respectable programming on the street. As far removed from porno as the Times Square’s action fare.

JACK D…..please contact me at .com I would like to discuss the programming on 42nd during the 50s – 60s. Thanks.

Jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 13, 2005 at 9:36 am

Watching MIDNIGHT COWBOY last night with a lot of great shots of the Empire, Victory, Lyric from 1967. Great example of Empire’s programming in the shot: FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD & TARZAN and the VALLEY OF GOLD. Went back and froze the DVD in several spots for a lot of great detail.

Silver Screens website has some of the images
View link

Still looking for booking info for the Empire in 50s & 60s.
Jerry the K

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Route 3 Drive-In on May 9, 2005 at 5:05 am

Great stuff, Bill. West Side Story & Psycho are two of my favorites. Did you find these images on-line or did you scan from newspapers? Jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Academy of Music on May 6, 2005 at 12:24 pm

Joe,
The theater is the Variety PhotoPlays and there is an active thread at /theaters/288/

I never went in it (coward) during my time there in the early-mid 60s but I did look at the posters which were all over the place, it seemed like the booking changed 4-5 times a week if not daily. Very unusual programming of films, I recall. Jerry from Florida

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Route 3 Drive-In on May 1, 2005 at 9:52 am

As I mentioned earlier, I recall two marquees, one on the north side where there was a road that looped back to the entrance on the south side of RT 3. As a kid, I swore that there were 2 Drive-Ins since we drove by one night and the marquees were in the process of changing and there were two different double features shown.

One night, I remember getting stuck in traffic on our way home to Manhattan from a NJ trip and being thrilled that I got to see a lot of the movie; no sound but who cared.

The 1956 Movie Year Book lists it as the S-3 in Rutherford where an in-door theater, the Rivoli is also listed. East Rutherford has a listing for the Rex.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Ruskin Drive-In on Apr 24, 2005 at 8:54 am

Here are some nice shots of the Ruskin. Still going strong.

http://www.ruskinonline.com/DriveIn.htm

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Times Theatre on Apr 24, 2005 at 5:32 am

I don’t remember this one either. But with that programming, Dad probably made certain that my eyes focused on the main 42nd Street marquees.

Brings back a memory of seeing an action double feature at the Empire in the 50s but the “Coming Attractions” were for a nudist film at another theater. Dad put his hat in front of my eyes and laughed.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Loew's Spooner Theatre on Apr 23, 2005 at 11:49 am

When Loew’s had the Spooner, the ads from the 50s show that it did not play the features paired in the “mainstream” Loew’s theaters but mainly, double features that had just completed the RKO circuit or double features that had not been booked anywhere else (revivals or a pairing of “B” films). The Bay Ridge & Boro Park seem to be two other Loews' theaters in the same pattern.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Bleecker Street Cinemas on Apr 23, 2005 at 10:54 am

My time at the Bleecker goes back to the mid-60s and my first time there was for Robert Downing’s CHAFED ELBOWS which was like nothing I had ever seen before. I believe it was paired with Kenneth Anger’s SCORPIO RISING that Rudy mentioned earlier. I’d love to hear more from Rudy who is a poster on another site that I used to frequent. If he doesn’t respond to this posting, I’ll email him and ask (plead) for more Bleecker memories; especially the SCORPIO RISING story that he left us hanging with in November. Jerry the K