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In today’s NY Daily News, Nicholas Hirshon lists the Cinemart as “bliss for bargain-hunters” in the Forest Hills area: “$6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Patrons pay a $6 matinee price for any film before 5PM Mondays through Fridays. Kids and seniors are charged $6 at all times.” Presumably, the $6 on Tuesdays and Thursdays is for all performances, and not just for matinees.
Photo with “Sleeping Beauty” on marquee shows the former World Theatre on West 49th, which had been cleaned up and re-named Embassy 49.
Here’s a 1961 ad for “healthfully air-conditioned” RKO Proctor’s:
This should settle any doubts about the demolition of the Forest Hills Theatre. Only the facade was retained, with a new building constructed behind it: View link
Here are two vintage views of the City’s exterior:
Two views of the gutted auditorium can be found here: View link
This 2004 view reminds me more of Tokyo than NYC:
Here’s a 1943 view as the Great Lakes Theatre:
Women at a 1943 stage performance at the Paramount by Frank Sinatra. Can you spot any men in the audience?
Just re-registering with a note that the Valencia celebrated its 80th birthday in January. Although the old gal ain’t what she used to be, she promises to be with us for many more years.
Here’s a vintage postcard view of the Greenport Theatre: View link
Here’s a dance video shot on the premises in 2008, with background glimpses of the auditorium and rehearsal rooms: http://www.youtube.com/user/worldclassdancers
Vintage photos of the Carlton Theatre can be viewed here: View link
Here’s a link to the Easter 1959 competition at Radio City Music Hall: View link
According to a claim posted above in triplicate on 10/1/04, the Colony Theatre goes back to at least the 1920s. Why does the introduction cite a building date of 1949?
The Strand Theatre is listed in the 1926 Film Daily Year Book, and its existence could pre-date that. The 1926 listing reports 500 seats.
Google Maps is unable to find the address given in the introduction. Are we sure it’s the correct one?
In its lifetime as a cinema, the Beacon was a flop and regarded as just another “nabe,” so the makers of the documentary probably wanted to avoid that negative portion of its history.
Here’s a great video explaining why movies are so unimportant to the history of the Apollo Theatre: View link
This year marks the 50th anniversary of what proved to be the Roxy’s final Easter holiday show, which opened on March 18th, 1959 with a Howard Hawks western as the main lure. The stage revue, “Spring Fever,” seemed better suited to a nightclub, and featured Dorothy Keller, Earl Hall, the Roxy Singers and Dancers Moderne, and the Roxy Theatre Orchestra. By this time, the Roxy and RCMH were the only NYC theatres with a film/stage policy. The 1959 Easter film at RCMH was “Green Mansions” (see listing #55 for an ad): View link
A restoration slideshow can be viewed here:
Ed, in 1939, that other theatre was known as the Gaiety and presenting “girlie” shows (use of the word “burlesque” had been outlawed in NYC). “Prince” is probably the first six letters of the billing for a performer known as Princess Something or Other…It’s a pity that the CT “alert” system has been suspended. I only stumbled on your post today, or I would have commented earlier.