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The classical drama went on to win four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best B&W Costume Design and B&W Art Direction. Olivier was also nominated for Best Director, but the award went to John Huston for “Treasure of Sierra Madre.”
What happened to the “Famous Movie Theaters” feature on the main page of the Photos Section? None of those currently displayed there are what I would consider as “famous.”
Happy 100th birthday to Loew’s Metropolitan, which first opened in September, 1918, and is not only still with us, but also magnificently rejuvenated as home to the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Glory, glory, hallelujah!
The rotund conductor had become such an institution on radio and recordings that no first name was needed for stage bookings.
Pictured as Fabian Palace in bottom left corner.
Auditorium ran parallel to street. Side walls were later broken through for the Dyker’s conversion to retail space.
“Victory” reflected the patriotic fervor of wartime, but combat would actually end in an armistice in November of that year.
Two color photos of the current exterior are displayed midway through this article at the “Forgotten NY” website
B&W photo of the screen has imperfections at the edges.
Was this a reserved seat or general admission? $9.50 would be equivalent to about $33 in 2018.
Much of B. Marcus Priteca’s 1922 remodeling has been revived after subsequent defacements.
Prior to the 1953 debut of “The Robe,” the Roxy’s final stage-and-screen offering was Clifton Webb’s B&W “Mr. Scoutmaster” and an ice-skating revue with a dude ranch theme. After the last performances on Sunday, September 6th, dismantling of the “Ice Colorama” equipment began, but “Mr. Scoutmaster” remained as the bottom half of a double-bill. Taking top position was a “preview” of 20th-Fox’s soon-to-be released “Vicki,” a B&W suspenser
starring Jeanne Crain and Jean Peters. This combination continued until the Roxy closed for several days to complete refurbishments for the “Robe” premiere.
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Starting with this engagement, the Roxy dropped stage shows, with expectations that the wonders of CinemaScope would more than compensate for well into the future.
Renovations included the addition of a spectacular glass dome in the ceiling, just partially shown in this auditorium view towards the proscenium.
Inwood listed in section with “Artists and Models” as top feature. Loew’s ad is selective, and omits theatres with later runs than those.
Rio listed in section with “Kismet” as top feature.
The magnificent Grand Fountain with reflecting pool became a neighborhood rendezvous spot, and hopefully will return, along with the cove lighting and floral arrangements that were so eye-catching.
Joan Roberts and Lee Dixon went on to play the major roles of “Laurey” and “Will Parker” in the original Broadway production of “Oklahoma!,” which opened on March 31st, 1943 at the St. James Theatre and changed musical history forever.
September 15th was final day for “Seven Brides For Seven Brothers” and stage revue.
Apparently spent the entire season as a so-called “Summer Theater” with a mix of stage revivals and try-outs.
News item published on September 16th, 1954. Filming took place in the early hours of September 15th, after the cinema had closed for the night.
A good case could be made for Loew’s State as “flagship” of the circuit. Marcus Loew certainly intended that when the State first opened in 1921, adjacent to the new Loew’s HQ building at 1540 Broadway. The company inherited control of the five-year-old Capitol in 1924 as part of the merger that created MGM Pictures, but never marketed it to the general public as Loew’s Capitol until a modernization in 1959. The Capitol was the largest cinema in the world until the Roxy’s opening in 1927.
Listed in bold type as Mayfair in bottom left section of Loew’s offerings. Policy had been sub-run double features since Loew’s took over in 1935 as replacement for its demolished New York Theatre & Roof.
What a hideous substitute for a marquee. Hope it’s only temporary until they can afford a real one.