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The Tower was renovated in 1978 for live performances. Remember seeing The Manhattan Transfer there. The Broadway Musical ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ started a run of more than a year in 1979, in an independent production separate from the National company. Saw it several times at the Tower. Other touring Broadway and off-Broadway shows played there, notably ‘Agnes of God’ with Elizabeth Ashley and Mercedes McCambridge, and ‘Sister Mary Ignatius Explains it All for You’
Started going to the Grand when I was 15, around 1962. The feel of history in the place was palpable. Loved the old jokes, which I recycled to great effect. Was a regular visitor with my best hs buds until early 1964, when the doors were shut.
The Rio was my favorite theatre in the mid-50’s and early 60’s. Remember having to take my birth certificate to prove I qualified for the 35 cent admission (1958) when I was 11 but was 5'11" tall. !2 and older had to pay 60 cents. Remember seeing Creature of the Black Lagoon, The Birds, and Auntie Mame (yeah, I know, interesting mix) others as well, usually at the Sunday matinees.
Remember seeing Rocky Horror Picture Show on its initial release, with four other people in the audience, then another score of times at the midnight shows c. 1977-1978