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since this is the movie theater in Manhattan
today i have a question for my fellow Ziegfeld
devotees. the 1st time movies or flickers as they
were called were projected on screen in a
theater before a paying audience was the night
of April 25, 1896 at Koster and Bail’s Music
Hall on 34th St.. and the rest as they say is
history. now for the first several of the biz
whatever “movie theaters” existed in Manhattan
were music halls, vaudville theaters, legitmate
theaters or decent sized unused retail spaces
that were simply converted top show movies.
which is where my question comes in. i have been
trying to determine what was the 1st theater built
in Manhattan brick by brick by the ground up with
the purpose of being a picture house to use the old term. anyone have any clues?
I always thought the Cinema Village which has
been a beacon for film goers for at 50?
years was built from the ground up as a movie
theater. but I read it was actually built within
the gutted skeletal structure of an 1890s
firehouse. how much of the firehouse actually
Hello Again From NYC-
thanks for all the replies. I know I set a rather
tight parameter but I was interested in what grand old time theaters other than the Chinese that were
built from the get go as 1st run venues have continued
to operate as such since the day they opened. the area in an around Hollywood is luck they have 3 that fit my criteria, Manhattan doesn’t have any.
also where is the Vista?
to Roger A.–
thanks for your quick reply. unfortunately the
grand El Capitan doesn’t qualify since it wasn’t
built as a movie theater. it opened in 1926 as
a legitimate theater for live shows and didn’t
start showing films till Citizen Kane in 1941.
so based on your reply other than the Chinese the
Village and Bruin theaters both in Westwood are
the only old time movie theaters in or around Hollywood
that were built from the get go as 1st run venues and
have continued to operate as such since the day they opened?
to Bill H.–
I know what you mean about Oscar bait films not
living up to the hype. I saw Birdman based on all
the Oscar juggernaut/hoopla talk. well it was 2hrs.
of my life wasted i’ll never get back. and the final
third or resolution section of Gone Girl totally ruined the film for me.
Hello From NYC-
I would greatly appreciate it someone
answered my question of Oct. 14. thanks.
I saw the film last weekend but not at this
theater which I had planned to but as they say
things happen. now I thought the sound at the
theater I saw it at was fine. so might someone
explain to me what the complaints are about.
Hello to All-
if I am not mistaken its been everyone’s assumption
that the reason the curtains at the Ziegfeld hadn’t
been used in God knows how long was because the
mechanism to open and close them was broken. plus
neither Clearview nor Bow Tie wanted to spend the
money to fix said mechanism. but apparently said
mechanism isn’t broken so why haven’t the curtains
been used in God knows how long?
did I understand correctly that the curtains wereused for the 1st time in God knows how long?
several months back I posted a question and I was
wondering if anyone had any new info. the question
was simple. April 25, 1896 was a pivotal point in
movie history , it was the 1st time movies were
projected on a screen in a theater before a paying
audience. the theater being Koster Bail’s Music
Hall at Bway & 34 St.. now whatever “movie theaters”
existed in Manhattan in the first several years
of the biz were music halls, vaudeville theaters,
legitimate theaters or decent sized unused retail
spaces simply converted to show “flickers”. so
wouldn’t the 1st theater built brick by brick from
the ground up as a “picture house” been made note
of in the press at the time?
the first i was able to find was the Crescent which
was located at 36 W. 135 St. and opened on the nite
of Dec. 16 ,1909.
the reason the Ziegfeld is never “packed” to use
your term no matter how good the film might be is
quite simple- whatever big film opens here also
opens at countless other theaters in Manhattan. and
people naturally go to theaters closest to them.
thanks for the reply to my question. I knew
when the Roxy was closed but had no idea what the
last film was. I had never heard of the “The Wind
Cannot Read” so I naturally assumed it was a B
movie but according to MarkD. that’s not the case.
I had no idea “The Gazebo” was the last big studio
film to debut at the Roxy.
I first posted this question some time ago so
I was wondering if anyone had additional info.
at the point the Roxy was closed the movie biz
was still operating on the A Level, B and even
C Levels of movie production. so what was the
last big A Level studio film to play the Roxy?
i am a tad confused. at the top of this
page there are- Home,Theaters,Photos,Video,
Blog and About. so is just the page denoted
by “Blog” going on hiatus or is the entire
wonderful site going puff?
like Bill H. I hope the film is as good as all
the hype its getting. also I know I will get into
whatever showing I want. the film will be playing
at several other theaters in Manhattan and for
some reason people consider this theater “off the
i have a question for my fellow L.A film buffs.
this theater is the only one of the grand old movie
theaters built in the hayday of such construction
that was as built as a 1st run venue and has continued
to operate as such since the day it opened. so
i was wondering what is the second oldest movie
theater in L.A. that was built from the get go as
a 1st run venue and as continued to operate as
such since the day it opened.
i made a big OPPS! in my last post. i said
Patrick Adriatre would be the only major cast
member of TKAI still with us. so i apologize to
Rita Moreno and Rex Thompson for not including
to Escott N.–
as always thank you for your reply. I just read the
Wikipedia articles on both films and its still
a bit confusing. the site states the 3 songs from
The King and I were just recorded but never actually filmed which is confusing. I remember seeing a
stills montage to go along with what Deborah Kerr
and Marni Nixon recorded for “Shall I Tell…”. so if
there are stills from “Shall I Tell….” doesn’t that
indicate it was actually shot contradicting what
Wikipedia says. i guess the definitive answer would
come from Patrick Adriarte who played the King’s
oldest son who is I believe the only major cast
member of the film still alive.
also the Wikipedia article on Carousel is likewise
confusing. it says the two songs i mentioned were
left out of the release print of the film because
Fox wanted to keep the film at 2hrs. 8mins. they
don’t actually say the songs were never filmed which
leads me to believe the two songs were in fact shot.
I suppose the definitive answer to my query could
be asked of Shirley Jones the only major cast member
of the film still alive.
one of my favorite musicals ever is
The King and I which premiered at this
theater. to which a question. on the
soundtrack album are three tracks/scenes
which never appeared in any release of
the film-a)My Lord and Master sung by
Tuptim, b)Shall I Tell You What I Think
Of You sung by Mrs. Anna and one of the two
duets between Tuptim and Long Tu. now for
devotees of this film- were those 3
tracks recorded but never filmed or were
recorded and filmed but 20th Century Fox
for whatever reason in the post-production
process decided not to use them. it must
have seemed strange at the time for them
to release a soundtrack album with songs
not in the film. you figure they’d only
put songs on the album that were in the
20th Century Fox did this again with
Carousel which also premiered at this
theater in 1956. two songs on the soundtrack
album a)You’re A Queer One Julie Jordan and
b)Stonecutters Cut It In Stone were never
included in any release print of the film.
so like The King and I were these two songs
recorded but never filmed or were they
filmed as well and the footage for whatever
reason was never used.
I always wondered what the comments referred to. I
always assumed it was on the quality of the projection
and sound. so are all the comments about The Master’s
screening at this theater about the film itself or
the projection and sound?
I saw The Master its opening weekend at the
main auditorium of the Village East Cinemas
on 2nd Ave. and 12t St.. the 70MM projection
and sound were first rate. what went wrong at
the Ziegfeld since everyone seems to be
commenting on it.
I do hope Interstellar gives this theater a nice
boost. but is it really necessary to order tickets
in advance? since the studios started opening films
at 2,000-3,000 theaters on the same I don’t think
its necessary. I have found that no matter how well
received a film is critically you know you’ll get
a seat even on Sat. and Sun.. in the past few years
the only time I have seen a substantial crowd was
the day after Christmas 2012 when I saw Les Miserables.
the theater was approx. a 3rd full.
you make a most interesting suggestion in that
CT should have a page devoted just to souvenir
programs. to which i have a question for you.
the prime roadshow period as i have stated was
the October 1955 opening of “Oklahoma” to the
Dec. 1972 opening of “Man of La Mancha”. now i
didn’t go to every such film in that period but
everyone i did go to had a souvenir program. so
here’s my question- during this period the
studios still opened their continuous performance
films in 1 maybe 2 theaters in Manhattan. so
of these films how do you think the studios decided
which would have souvenir programs?
to Howard B. –
i thank you for your take on the statement made
in the doc. and the souvenir program. you have to
admit said statement could have been worded better
since it does give the impression that there
were purpose built movie theaters in Manhattan prior
to the Spring of 1913.
Hello to Escott N.–
I am quite familiar with the costumed characters
in Times Square since I am an avid theater goer.
I am one of those true New Yorkers who never let
Times Square’s decadent “colorful” period phase them.
likewise today I ignore the costumed characters.
so L.A. residents who are turned off by the costumed
characters and crowds etc……….. in front of the
Chinese must have the backbone of a jellyfish. even
in its decadent “colorful period” the big movie
theaters in Times Square still had sell out crowds.
so since the IMAX-ing of the Chinese has gotten
A+ reviews all around for L.A. residents to avoid,
can’t be bothered with the theater because of
the crowds etc….. in front of it well
they’re probably afraid of their own shadow.