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42ndStreetMemories commented about Times Square Theatre on Apr 22, 2005 at 8:28 am

Warren,
What type of programming did the theater have and when did it close? Thanks. Jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about American Airlines Theatre on Apr 20, 2005 at 7:48 pm

Benjamin,
I have a postcard from the Museum of the City of NY with a 1950 shot of a crowd going into the Garden. Send me your email address and I’ll try to get a scanned copy to you.

I just tried the link above to the video clip and it worked. After clicking on the link, it should take you to the getty images website then click on “play clip”. It’s a great clip (from 8mm in a moving car?) of the entire north side. Jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Apr 20, 2005 at 3:42 pm

saps,
I guess in order to get more 42nd St-ish type fare like Columbia’s 1966 Matt Helm flic, Murderer’s Row and The Professionals (seen in the front of Marc Eliot’s book Down 42nd Street), they had to book Columbia’s ‘Roz & Hayley as nuns’ tripe.

The programming of Out of the Past & Tension at Table Rock was what made 42nd special to me. And those double features were the ones not advertised in the papers, so it was a treat to come up from the subway and scan the marquees. Jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about American Airlines Theatre on Apr 20, 2005 at 3:35 pm

I don’t recall a snack stand inside any of the entrances. There was a Nedicks next to the New Amsterdam (see the photo I posted under the New Amsterdam earlier this week). The only Nedicks that I recall on the north side was in the subway entrance at 8th ave.

See the video clip of the north side from the mid 50s that I posted earlier Here’s the link View link

And yes, Benjamin, the old MSG at 50th & 8th had a Davega Sporting Goods and a Nedick’s in the arcade entrance. Jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Apr 17, 2005 at 10:40 am

Here is a 1966 shot of the New Amsterdam and a partial view of some of the other theaters on The Deuce. Note the COOLED BY REFRIGERATION sign under the marquee. And CONTINUOUS to 4 AM above it. Grant’s bar & Nedicks to the left.

I won the item on ebay and will be loaded it on to my website soon. Here’s the temporary link:
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For those interested, the films showing are:
HARPER & SWINGER’S PARADISE (Lyric), OUT OF THE PAST & TENSION AT TABLE ROCK (Times Square), TROUBLE WITH ANGELS & MYSTERY OF THUG ISLAND (Selwyn), WEEKEND AT DUNKIRK & THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL (New Amsterdam); Apollo appears to have a Gina Lollobrigida film.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Lyric Theatre on Apr 17, 2005 at 10:35 am

Here is a 1966 shot of The Deuce. Note the billboards over the Lyric. THey would display their coming attractions there. In this case…..THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (10th anniversary re-release) and the remake of STAGECOACH

I won the item on ebay and will be loaded it on to my website soon. Here’s the temporary link:
View link

For those interested, the films showing are:
HARPER & SWINGER’S PARADISE (Lyric), OUT OF THE PAST & TENSION AT TABLE ROCK (Times Square), TROUBLE WITH ANGELS & MYSTERY OF THUG ISLAND (Selwyn), WEEKEND AT DUNKIRK & THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL (New Amsterdam); Apollo appears to have a Gina Lollobrigida film.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Apollo Theatre on Apr 17, 2005 at 10:31 am

Here is a 1966 shot of the The Deuce. Note the billboard over the Apollo…..HOME OF DISTINGUISHED FOREIGN FILMS. 55 CENTS WEEKDAYS….8AM TO ????

I won the item on ebay and will be loaded it on to my website soon. Here’s the temporary link:
View link

For those interested, the films partially obscured are:
HARPER & SWINGER’S PARADISE (Lyric), OUT OF THE PAST & TENSION AT TABLE ROCK (Times Square), TROUBLE WITH ANGELS & MYSTERY OF THUG ISLAND (Selwyn), WEEKEND AT DUNKIRK & THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL (New Amsterdam); Apollo appears to have a Gina Lollobrigida film.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about New Victory Theatre on Apr 17, 2005 at 10:27 am

Here is a 1966 shot of the Victory and a partial view of some of the other theaters on The Deuce. Nice program of two 42nd St favorites of the time UA’s Satan Bug & AIP’s Time Travelers. I won the item on ebay and will be loaded it on to my website soon. Here’s the temporary link:
View link

Note the cameraman on the neon sign above the marquee. At night, the display was animated with the camerman cranking the projector.

For those interested, the films showing are:
HARPER & SWINGER’S PARADISE (Lyric), OUT OF THE PAST & TENSION AT TABLE ROCK (Times Square), TROUBLE WITH ANGELS & MYSTERY OF THUG ISLAND (Selwyn), WEEKEND AT DUNKIRK & THAT MAN IN ISTANBUL (New Amsterdam); Apollo appears to have a Gina Lollobrigida film.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Apr 16, 2005 at 9:02 am

Thanks, Gerald but as a kid I was given subscriptions to Cue as a Christmas gift by a neighbor. I still had to call each theater to get the programming. And with one phone line at the theater (before recorded messages), this took a while. The New Amsterdam, Lyric may have been listed but definitely not the Empire, Victory, Anco.

I still may try to hunt down Cue archives for other theaters. Thanks.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Apr 13, 2005 at 9:27 am

That’s funny, Warren. How did Jane Eyre ever make it to The Deuce? I’m surprised they didn’t pair the East Side Kids with Career Girl.

I’m still looking for booking information of the 42nd St theaters in the 50s-60s. Newspapers did list some of the New Amsterdam-Lyric-Harris-Selwyn programming but not the others. If anyone can help, please let me know.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about RKO 23rd Street Theatre on Apr 11, 2005 at 5:59 pm

Here you go, Gerald:

Court Jester & Rainmaker (Coliseum)….Paramount

A Place in the Sun & St Louis Blues (Alhambra)

Night Passage & Son of Ali Baba (Yonkers) U-I

All About Eve & 13th Letter (White Plains) Fox

Kings Go Forth & Horse Soldiers (Madison) UA?

Monkey Business & White Witch Doctor (Strand) Fox

Don’t Go Near the Water & The Badlanders (Chester) MGM

And on and on it goes. Interesting mix. As I said, those were the days. Jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about RKO 23rd Street Theatre on Apr 11, 2005 at 4:05 pm

Looking at an interesting ad from 1959. All of the RKO theaters would book a different double feature for ONE DAY ONLY. Amazing. The ad reads :

TODAY ONLY
TAKE YOUR CHOICE
54 GREAT PICTURES * 27 DIFFERENT SHOWS.

My theater, the RKO 23rd St had PORK CHOP HILL & Brigitte Bardot in LA PARISIENNE. Now that’s programming.

Imagine the time & expense to pull this off at 27 theaters for 1 day. Those were the days!

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42ndStreetMemories commented about AMC Empire 25 on Apr 11, 2005 at 3:58 pm

Don,
Even in the 1950s, some 42nd St theaters appeared in ads placed by the distributor (ala “showcase”). I’m looking at ads for Pinocchio (‘53 release) that lists the Selwyn; Some Like It Hot (New Amsterdam). Some ads (House on Haunted Hill) mention that the film is at the New A but will play the following week at the Harris.

The Apollo advertised a lot since its art-house programming was geared toward the “non-typical” 42nd Street crowd.

The re-release theaters (Empire, Victory, Anco, Liberty)with the most eclectic programming do not appear in any ads that I can find from the ‘50s. The Anco & Liberty pop-up on occasion in the 60s when they would do the 3rd week of a popular booking, after the New A. & Harris.

I am still looking for booking info on these “re-release” theaters from the 50s-60s. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know. Jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Amboys Drive-In on Apr 6, 2005 at 8:09 am

I also recall being stuck in traffic, going home from the Jersey shore in the early 60s, and watching a Drive-In screen from the car. I was the only one disappointed when traffic started to move.

The theater opened before 1970 but I don’t have a date for it. The date on Drive-ins.com is wrong. I have a newspaper listing showing ALFIE showing on April 12, 1967. And the image on the drive-in site shows SAYONARA a 50s film. http://www.drive-ins.com/theater/njtambo

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Empire Theatre on Mar 30, 2005 at 3:25 pm

The second film, Great Plane Robbery, had two versions 1940 & 1950, for whatever that’s worth.

Here’s a second link on that auction. Dark Corner is 1946 but the Bowery Boys co-feature is 1948.

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The auction states that the images are from 1951. Here’s what they say:

1951 – …. the famous EMPIRE Theater of Brooklyn New York at Ralph Avenue and Quincy Street. These photos were taken for the last days of the trolley car. the movies are different on each marquee. One is from a 1946 Lucille Ball movie and the other a 1948 Victor Mature movie. Both re-releases.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Empire Theatre on Mar 30, 2005 at 5:50 am

Just came across some nice images of the Empire on “that auction site”. I’m not the seller, so I hope this is acceptable.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Loew's Sheridan Theatre on Mar 28, 2005 at 12:56 pm

Yes it’s the Sheridan layout and the stone half wall is dead-on.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Loew's Sheridan Theatre on Mar 28, 2005 at 9:07 am

Strange, RobertR, because it was a very popular “neighborhood” theater. As I mentioned earlier, for those of us further north (Chelsea section in the 50s-early 60s), you had to go here, or 42nd St, to see the MGM, Columbia, UA, Paramount flics. I recall seeing Bridge on the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Martin & Lewis, Hitchcock’s MGM-Paramount films. Even a double feature of Artists & Models-Trouble with Harry. (I have some more 50s-60s double features-let me know me if interested)

Enclosed one-sheets of the Coming Attractions, with I believe 1-2 stills, lined the brick wall on Greenwich Ave and 7th Ave. The lot was triangular, as you can appreciate on mapquest.com. Draw a line from Bank St to 12th St and that should be the layout of the theater. The Greenwich Theater was at the point where 12th Street cut sharply west across Greenwich Ave.

And yes, the matron in her white nurses' outfit with flashlight. Every matron looked the same as the other theater’s…..spooky.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Loew's State Theatre on Mar 25, 2005 at 3:04 pm

There is a great shot of the marquee from 1950 in Ken Bloom’s BROADWAY: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA . Joel McCrea’s The Outriders featured. The Loew Building, Brook’s, Bulova Watches can be seen to the left of the theater. Jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Rialto Theatre on Mar 25, 2005 at 2:27 pm

There is a great example of the exotic programming, and a beautiful shot of the Rialto, in Ken Bloom’s BROADWAY: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA. Next to the theater entrance is Diamond Jim’s bar. The high windows, mentioned earlier, are visible as is the bottom of a large display for Samson and Delilah. The marquee reads:

Technicolor Hit Show
Wild Animal Thriller
SAVAGE SPLENDOR
Actual JUNGLE film
plus MIGHTY MANHATTAN (two reeler according to imdb)

It was programming like this that kept me around the corner on 42nd. BTW all of the films mentioned are from 1949. Jerry

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Radio City Music Hall on Mar 25, 2005 at 10:54 am

Thanks for bringing back some awful childhood memories, BoxOfficeBill.

I had a HS schoolmate visiting from NJ during the holidays and he wanted to see Father Goose at RCMH. Being a young New Yorker, who never waited on line to see a film that would be elsewhere in 6-7 weeks, I tried to talk him out of it. But noooooo, we waited in the freezin' cold for, I guess, 4-5 hours (was that the normal wait time for a Christmas show????. It seemed like days). Worse yet, he wouldn’t let me leave him in our spot so that I could go find some hot chocolate or food….anything!

It was the first and last time that I fell asleep in a movie theater and, to this day, have never seen the complete Father Goose. (PS…The friendship didn’t last much longer.)

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Lyric Theatre on Mar 20, 2005 at 7:35 am

saps, I also wondered if the Lyric actually played those films. IMDB lists both as 1974 releases (I thought the titles and posters may have been made up for the film). An IMDB user comment on the second film makes mention of the Taxi Driver connection.

Great tip,lostmemory. Enjoyed the site.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about 8th Street Playhouse on Mar 19, 2005 at 2:20 pm

Looking at some newspaper ads from the 50s, the theater is listed as a Rugoff-Becker theater, along with the Gramercy, Art, Beekman & Austin. Some of the features: “Arsenic & old Lace” with “Inspector General”. Rene Clair’s “Gates of Paris” with “Virtous Scoundrel”; Sophia Loren “Miller’s Beautiful Wife” with “Love & Jealousy”; Fellini’s “White Shiek”; along with occasional mainstream single features like “To Catch A Thief”, “Prince & The Showgirl”.

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42ndStreetMemories commented about RKO Proctor's 58th Street Theatre on Mar 16, 2005 at 3:35 pm

March 25 – April 2,1967…. the theater hosted MURRAY the K’S MUSIC IN THE FIFTH DIMENSION with Mitch Ryder, Wilson Pickett, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, The Who, The Cream, Blues Project and the “K” girls. I had passes and saw 3 of the shows. Then it reverted back to feature films. Jerry the “K”

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42ndStreetMemories commented about Terrace Theater on Mar 5, 2005 at 8:41 pm

Thanks, Warren. Will do.