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This is the only other theatre I know of in ny that was designed in the same style as the new amsterdam, art neveau, and by the same architects as well. Is their any available picture of this space and was it at all consistent with the new amsterdam??
I find it quite interesting how the front of this theatre just happened to “collapse”, and now there is bright neon lights on its front, was the current home of Pax a part of the Selwyn’s lobby, and was their just office space in the floors above the original and current entrances?
Is their a chance that any of the Harris' interior auditiorium is still intact. I read that the liberty is completetly intact and that madame tesseas just worked around it. Any chance that the harris, or any part of it still remains?
What is the current status of this theatre. One comment earlier in this thread talks about its location being between 42 and 43 and I know for a fact it is between 41 and 42, also the pictures that are hanging in the lobbies of the hilton, one of them is of the New Amsterdam room which is a lounge inside the New Amsterdam. Unless Klaw and Erlanger used this same idea inside the liberty, which might be possible because it does go along with the americana concept of the liberty. Inside the New Amsterdam theatre, the room depicts many murals of new york’s and americas history. Anyone have any info?
Ron, the theatre was enclosed with walls of windows.
100% percent ablsolutely their was a roof garden which was seperate from the roof top theatre. It was actually referred to as the aerial gardens and their is a double doorway in the rooftop theatre which leads to where this garden used to be. However behind the doors today is nothing but airconditioning systems, heatings units and a water tower. The aerial gardens were on the roof of the backstage area which is a roof I would aproximate at 35-45 feet, I am sure of this. The rooftop theatre indeed did have those windows to the east and i would love to be able to see what that side of the theatre looked liked before the earnst and young skyscraper.
Now were cooking. Thanks for the pic Bryan, that reinforces my intrigue. That sign which advertises the Cine is exactly where the current New Amsterdam box office is now. Fascinating. Saps, were their any lobbies or elevators in this theatre?
Oh the Cine 42 was indeed a theatre space. It is hidden behind giant disney/lion king billboards which actually cover every single square inch of its facade. I believe its address is 218 W 42nd. This was a theatre which had a marquee the size of any other on the block and was their for quite some time. Yet it seems to go under the radar.
The very handsome lounge, The present day New Amsterdam Room. A rectangular lounge with columns in the shape of an elipse giving the room a circular type feel. The theatre has 12 stories of office space, the 8th floor being the lobby to the rooftop theatre. The rooftop gardens I believe are non existant anymore due to air conditioning and heating systems that were installed on it during the renovations. The rooftop theatre is however still their and again along with the Cine 42nd st theatre, are still yet to be touched by any renovations or plans of any sort. As for the Cine, how did Disney end up taking control of this space, it was not a part of the original New Amsterdam blueprints.
I am quite certain that the Cine 42 property has not been gutted and not been converted. The New Amsterdam has about 5 floors in their office tower section of the theatre that has not been touched, the 8th floor being the floor that connects to the rooftop. The tower is actually 12 stories high. Disney has its offices at the address of 1450 Broadway so I think this rules out Cine 42 being used as an office space. Their is an intrigue factor about this that is quite difficult to explain for me, why has this Cine 42nd st theatre space fell of the face of the Deuce?
Once again, no mention of what is probably the most least talked about theatre on The Deuce, the Cine 42. Can be seen in the movie Taxi Driver and is currently still in tact, and in existence. It is however the most hidden theatre on 42nd as it’s whole facade is completely blanketed by giant disney lion king billboards. Even the new 42nd companies website has no mention of it. In its map of the area, it includes it as part of the New Amsterdam. Which begs my question, what are they doing with this space!
First of all, the new amsterdam main house had the same problems. They decided to solve the problem by installing mezzanine and balcony lobbies, which in fact block all natural light which used to shine through the orchestra skylight. Secondly, I am quite sure that if Disney wanted they can accomodate the fire codes. Their is 3 elevator shafts in the buildings orchestra lobby. Which all are capable of reaching the rooftop theatre. The biography of the theatre clearly states that.
Also, about the Cine 42, what about a private screening theatre for any Disney/Miramax or whatever other release they decide to come up with. And you say there were two screens, any idea of the layout and maybe how to get our hands on the blueprints to the space. IM quite intrigued. I am just kind of in awe at how they are just doing nothing with these spaces on the most famous street of all time!!
Saps, everything you just mentioned is exactly why it is in fact enchanted. Top all that with 13 years of vacancy, I can only imagine what the place looks like today. I dont think anything in new york has as much mystique about it as does old school 42nd, and to think there is a theatre which is in the same condition as it was before the disneyfication, and on the Deuce(between 7th and 8th) is fascinating to me. I am quite curious of the layout of the two screens, were they one on top of the other? And once again, how is disney sitting on these!! They spent 100+ million on BOMBS at the box office, (ex. treasure planet???), yet they leave these caves on the Deuce unscathed???
Is anyone aware of the Cine 42nd theatre which was exactly to the right of the new amsterdam. I know that it is still intact but yet has been abandoned for over 13 years now. I know the New amsterdam has a rooftop theatre which has been abandoned for even longer, the rooftop theatre is actually in the biography of the new amsterdam but the Cine 42 is not besides a picture of its marquee from the 80’s. What is Disney doing sitting on these two treasures and does anyone have any information on either one?
The Cine 42, which can easily be seen from the movie Taxi Driver is actually still in tact. The building sits to the right of the New Amsterdam and is probably the most hidden theatre on 42nd street. Disney’s giant billboards cover the facade and what used to be the theatre’s lobbies is now the new amsterdams box office. The street level of the theatre was actually a disney store until some months ago when it closed down. What is Disney doing with this theatre if their even in charge of it? It probably has been abandoned now for 13 years and I can only imagine what lies behind the giant lion king billboard and inside the walls of this enchanted theatre space. Anybody have any info??