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Direct link to Towleroad website and the Bonnie Raitt video.
Here is a direct link, and below is the text of the press release (for when the link goes bad!)
Austin, TX—– Thursday, April 5, 2012—– Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is pleased to unveil its plans for its first location in New York. The five-screen Manhattan-area theater will be owned and operated by Alamo Drafthouse and located on the Upper West Side, occupying the former Metro Theater at 2626 Broadway.
“My often-stated top priority for the Alamo Drafthouse has been to open a venue in New York,” said Alamo founder and CEO Tim League. “When we discovered the availability of the historic Metro theater, we immediately knew we had found the perfect location for our new Manhattan home.”
The venue will feature five screens of new releases, repertory programming and the Alamo’s unique signature programming. Like all Alamo Drafthouse theaters, the Alamo Drafthouse at the Metro will provide food and drink service to your seat and will uphold its famously strict no-talking policy. The new theater is currently scheduled to open in 2013.
Alamo Drafthouse is now accepting applications for managers, kitchen staff, creative programmers, bartenders and waiters for the upcoming Manhattan theater. Employment applications can be downloaded at www.drafthouse.com/about/employment
For developments on Alamo Drafthouse at the Metro, follow us on Twitter @drafthouse and Facebook.com/AlamoDrafthouse.
How’s the auditorium restoration coming along?
Night time shot from their website Link
Is the theater closed? Any interior photos available?
John Derek: Then unknown, now unknown.
I’d be happy if the Ziegfeld put in a bigger screen. There is so much wasted space now above, below and on the sides — it looks like one of the classic palaces with a giant proscenium and a postage stamp screen. (Not quite, of course, but still…) The screen is out of proportion to the size of the house. Plus a bigger screen could be a real selling point for promoting the theater.
Link to Life Magazine, then scroll through to pages 57, etc. There are a lot of other interesting articles in this special nostalgia issue. (Just close the pop-up offer to join.)
Link to Life magazine, then scroll through to page 57, 58, etc. (Just close the pop-up offer to join.) There’s a lot of interesting stuff in this special nostalgia issue.
From the videos on the church’s website it seems there was no balcony in this theater. The interior is in good condition.
As a child I saw Fantasia here on one of its re-releases. Seemed at the time a long drive from my home in Northport.
Is it still a soccer academy? How’s the interior?
It’s open for the season! Website
I remember the blue sidewalks in front of the theater. Except when I saw them, they were the floor of a souvenir shop. By the time I got to Times Square the Astor was closed, although I knew that the shop had once been a theater, or at least its lobby. I wish I had the wherewithal to try to get a peek inside, but I didn’t. Damn.
Pardon my French, but WTF?
What’s the latest? (Reading the comments on the Regency page made me remember MY favorite revival house, which was this.)
Paging Detective Solero!
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