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There were two David’s and neither was the 55th Street Playhouse.
Florida Theatre manager Ralph Puckhaber was head of marketing for ABC Florida State Theatres when I started working for them in 1974, twenty years after the article above was published. He was a flamboyant man who always wore plaid jackets with his trademark pink socks.
If clearances still existed in Manhattan the Ziegfeld would have closed long ago. The 42nd street theatres with staggered showtimes on multiple screens and bigger grosses would deny it any product at all, much less tentpole titles.
This is the New York Post folks. What they meant is “that story we made up last week is simply not true.” They do this all the time.
Marc is thinking of the David.
You should take everything from Fox News sources in stride. The Ziegfeld couldn’t loose over $1 million a year even if it remained closed all year. The math simply doesn’t add up.
The two theatres on 42nd street do lose more than that with their newer leases, but they are cash producing cows and that cash can be invested elsewhere before the bills have to get paid.
Apparently it was the SOHO for a few months before it became the SOBO.
In its early days it was mostly an art house and Cinemascope was not an issue but by 1956 this was South Florida’s first Cinerama house that proscenium obsolete.
We always called them ‘hawkers’. I had never heard the term ‘candy butcher’ before.
A candy butcher?
The Madison theatre referred to in the article must be the Caribe.
This theatre has always closed between bookings when the boxoffice did not meet the house nut. Only Cineplex Odeon kept it open all year round, no matter what and ate the loss.
The 1935 Rialto was a completely new structure.
I think Mary Henderson did not consider the Hammerstein Victoria since the building itself was still there in 1935 and indeed not on 42nd street. The American fire and demolition were in 1930 which would make it the first opened and first closed on the block. It may have re-opened after the depression had it not been for the fire.
The Republic is the Victory.
A May 15, 1935 NYT article on the demolition of the Rialto states that three walls of the old Hammerstein’s theatre were part of the new theatre and that it was built into the same shell within the Hammerstein Building roof structure shared by the Republic and still standing in 1935.
I think the building was gutted but the remaining basic four walls were reused.
No. This location did not play movies until 1930.
According to the NY Times, the Rialto (1916) was the first non-nickelodeon built without a stage and primarily for film.
bigjoe59, if you pick up Ross Melnick’s book AMERICAN SHOWMAN I think you will better understand why an answer to your question is a problem. The movie was just a small part of the program so no major theatre would be designed primarily for film until perhaps the thirties. Now you would need to define what constitutes a ‘major theatre’.
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It was the Southland in 1972.
He’s going to run into trouble with that ‘no kids under 6’ policy. Cineplex Odeon was sued for attempting that in New York.
As Joseph mentioned, the Roxy had some first rate product. They just weren’t big hits.
The last film was “THE WIND CANNOT READ”.
I am not sure what qualifies as ‘A’ level but the “THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE” played in late 1959.