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Pretty low ceiling in the auditorium!
Here’s a direct link to the photos posted on 8/19/11. (Thanks, Danny.)
Nice picture of the new vertical blade in the photos section.
When I visitd Seattle in 2005 I had the opportunity to visit this eye-popping gem. The manager let me in for a quick peek and it is breathtaking.
There is so much to see and feel… As Lucy Ricardo once said, it’s like a bad dream after eating too much Chinese food, only in this case in a good way. Every surface is covered in something ornate, but I was especially impressed by the auditorium dome, which features a huge golden dragon. Even my 13-month old daughter broke into a big grin when I had her look up at it.
I am so jealous that people once paid 25 cents to come see a regular movie show in this dizzy den. In a word, wow.
Excerpt from article:
Naughty, bawdy 42nd Street is in for a touch of classy.
After standing vacant for 20-odd years, the historic Times Square Theatre at 217 W. 42nd St. will soon become Broadway 4D — a permanent musical attraction managed by a trio of accomplished entertainment executives, The Post has learned.
Climaxing a long effort to find the right user for the 1920s-vintage colonnaded venue, landlord New 42nd Street has signed a long-term lease with Broadway 4D Theatres. What the company calls Broadway Sensation — a 4D Musical Spectacular is expected to launch by late spring or early summer 2013.
Architects John Sergio Fisher and Associates have come up with a “schematic” redesign of the theater based on the original. The next step is up to the Historic Preservation Committee.
Among other guidelines, the Times Square must retain its domed ceiling and the stage proscenium arch.
Producer and theater owner Jimmy Nederlander, who’s not involved at the site, termed it “a great project that will only expand the audience for Broadway.”
Direct link to NY Post article.
Some of the workers involved the in demolition many years ago salvaged one of the 35mm projectors, at this writing it sits in my dining room.
Your wife must be thrilled!
Here is the website for this theater.
I spoke to someone who goes there and he said they are using it as a dining hall now.
Shows starting before noon are $6., as at all (most?) other AMC cinemas coast-to-coast.
Link to map image above
The address is Staten Island, NY, and not New Dorp, NY/
The address should be Staten Island, NY, and not New Dorp, NY.
A call to the box office recording (718-229-7702) states that there are shows at 1, 3, 5 7 and 9, with no overlapping or duplicate showtimes, indicating a single screen theater.
The North Shore Towers website states that there is a 460 seat movie theater on the premises and shows a picture of it.
I stopped coming because I moved out of Brooklyn in 1996, but I wonder if I ever bumped into you in the lobby! (And since they played commercial fare available everywhere else, there was no point in coming back to Bay Ridge just to see a mainstream release.)
I remember passing this theater several times in a car during the late 1960s. I was a boy but I clearly remember that they had a burlesque show running at the time. The word “Follies” was so burned in my brain that a few years later when I saw a friend with a “Mad Follies” magazine, I thought it had to do with strippers and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and read it in private!
I remember being driven past this jewel on Eastern Parkway when I was a boy, and it seemed that “I, a Woman” played here for a long time. (It’s funny how my childhood theatre memories are; see Loew’s Hillside listing for my burlesque marquee memories.)
I used to come here all the time when it was a Cineplex Odeon, but haven’t been back since it became an independant. I’m glad it’s still open.
Wow! Marilyn Monroe and Robert Mitchum on a 130' Cinemascope screen. Life was sweet back in the day.
Chuck, you also posted a picture of the Stomp marquee. Are you a producer? (And my comment was tongue-in-cheek, as I’m sure Ed and Ken and others must know.)
Isn’t the address Staten Island, NY and not St. George, NY?
Harlem Grand did the same thing when they changed from Harlem Strand.
It looks like the producers of Stomp are posting here, since every picture in the photos section, and most of the links, are shots of their marquee.
Jessica, you’re kidding, right?
There are actually NO screens in the Empire building; they use it as the ticketing lobby, and built 25 screens on multiple levels in a new building adjacent to the Empire.
But I bet you knew that already.
I saw “Malcolm X” here back in 1993 or 93; I sat in the balcony, where smoking was still permitted.
A lovely, lovely house.
So the arch looks better because of improved lighting and not due to cleaning?
Have the cleaned valences been re-hung? I’d love to see of photo of those.