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Eighty two years ago.
A February 21, 1960 NY Times article on the Roxy closing makes this interesting observation:
“The poor old Roxy was never too successful, sandwiched as it is between the Scylla of the older capitol and the Charybdis of the newer Music Hall. Its various programs of pictures with stage shows (and without stage shows) have had to compete with programs that have usually been a little better at one or the other of those near-by theatres.”
It’s hard to get a photo of this theatre without STOMP on the marquee. It has been playing for 18 years.
MarkieS, sounds like it could have been part of the Theatre Unique but I haven’t seen any sign it was ever called the Lyric.
Thank you, Ed. I understand the post now.
By the way, I also thank you for teaching me how to hyperlink!
On a personal note, I think you would ‘need’ to see this:
I don’t know how to buffer it. It hurts too much.
Ed, I think “Tom Sawyer” holds up. The rest, not so much.
I guess I mapped the 2nd Avenue on the east side of the street for some reason but that well be that theatre. It says BENEFIT TICKETS on the banner above.
Ed, Ron3853 ran this on July 18, 2004.
I then ran this in 2008:
THE SUNSHINE BOYS ran until January 22, 1976
March 12- May 12, 1976 ROBIN AND MARIAN
May 13- June 3, 1976 THE BLUE BIRD
June 4- June 17, 1976 1776
June 18- July 28, 1976 HARRY & WALTER GO TO NEW YORK
July 29- Sept 15, 1976 SWASHBUCKLER
Sept 16- October 6, 1976 PAPER TIGER
October 7- November 3, 1976 A MATTER OF TIME
November 4-January 12, 1977 THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE
March 3- March 30, 1977 MR. BILLION
March 31 – April 27, 1977 THE LITTLEST HORSE THIEVES
April 28- May 18, 1977 THE STING
May 19- June 29, 1977 SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT
June 30- September 15, 1977 MacARTHUR
November 3- January 11, 1978 PETE’S DRAGON
March 2- April 16, 1978 CROSSED SWORDS
April 27- May 17, 1978 THE SEA GYSPSIES
May 18- June 21, 1978 FANTASIA
June 22- August 2, 1978 MATILDA
August 3- ? THE MAGIC OF LASSIE
November 2- January 17, 1979 CARAVANS
March 8 – April 25, 1979 THE PROMISE
Joe, that photo on ‘Off the Grid’ also appears to show the New Law (just north of the Woolworth as Photoplays)and the Public (On the right side of the street on 4th, the future home of CBGB’s).
You are exactly right. I found this in the NYT, 1918.
“Interest in the real estate market yesterday centred upon the sale of an east side theatre and tenement property. The Blinderman Cohen Amusement Company, lessee of the premises, bought 80 and 82 Clinton Street, extending through to 97 to 103 Attorney, from heirs of the Martin Grossman estate.”
Easy to forget Myron. It was an awful film.
I think the intention was that he would thread up the projectors during intervals and then come back down, the way manager/projectionists did outside New York.
The console was installed in the auditorium so that a single projectionist could run the whole operation from downstairs with closed circuit TV views of all three projectors upstairs. It gave the projectionist a patron’s- eye view of the presentation.
The Union never accepted the concept so it never ran that way.
dmtyler, I doubt “DEEP THROAT” ever played at the Roosevelt since it was banned in Miami Beach after the Sheridan premiere.
“TORA! TORA! TORA” had a very long Roadshow run at the Beach and not at the Sheridan which was indeed showing “SONG OF NORWAY” at the time.
This intro needs to be corrected. This Adonis stopped operating in 1989 in conjunction with the opening of the World Wide Center. The Adonis operation then moved down to the Cameo Art on 44th Street.
Ed, check out TIMES SQUARE ROULETTE by Lynne B. Sagalyn, DOWN 42nd STREET by Marc Elliot, and GHOSTS of 42nd STREET by Anthony Bianco.
There are also several newspaper articles and sleazier books about tracking down the landlords of 42nd street. Many owners were buried in the actual paperwork by design so no one would go to prison during obscenity raids. Even arrested employees claimed not to know who the tenants and landlords actually were. Someone came by delivered or and picked up a bag of cash once a month in order to handle payrolls and rent.
The assumption was that the mafia bosses of shelter companies willed some of the properties to the Catholic Church who then became landlords of properties they were unaware of until NYC authorities started procedures to evict them. At least that is the story the church has claimed. Large payments were made to Disney, the church, and numerous shady companies by the Guiliani administration with Federal, State and City tax grants in order to clean up 42nd Street. To sweeten the deal, the Guiliani administration allowed the porn shops to relocate in the boroughs where they had been refused licenses before.
Thank you for this, Sam. It is a wonderful contribution!
It confirms the theatre name as one word.
Moviebuff82, the Empire is not a good example of what’s wrong. It is actually a pretty decent theatre. Too many mindless CGI superhero movies are what’s wrong. There used to be a better balance.
Ed, I have few book on the subject and they credit/blame the Dinkins administration, not Dinkins himself, for the changes. The deal with Disney was made while Dinkins was mayor but it was predicated on cleaning up the street first.
Guliani did have connections with the Gambini Family and the Catholic Church, two of the major landlords of the x-rated shops and brothels that operated down 42nd street. He helped sign off on the forced evictions that made the project eventually happen, but delayed everything by threatening to derail it all if he was not put down front and center of the deal.
Actually Giuliani’s only contribution was not stopping it as long as he had the photo op.
The address here should be 320 41st Street.
They only harassed people on the Bay Ridge side of the Gowanus. Didn’t you ever wonder why Spike Lee movies played to all white audiences at the Alpine? Or why horror and big action movies always did better at the Fortway even if they were move-overs from the Alpine?