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This was the last preview ever held at Loew’s 72nd Street, which closed forever after the last complete show on New Year’s Eve (December 31st). By that time, the program had changed to “The World of Suzie Wong” and a color featurette.
The drawing erases neighbors. Due to a pre-existing building, the Warner had a narrow entrance on the boardwalk, and patrons walked through two lobby sections before reaching the auditorium.
Miff Mandae & His Orchestra provided the musical background.
Was the photo licensed from Getty Images? Their imprint is conspicuous near the center of the image.
It may look “colorized” through frequent copying over the years, but I believe the photo was originally in color. I’m sure it has turned up before at CT, though maybe for another theatre listing or in cropped versions.
“Soul Soldier” was originally released in 1970 as “The Red, White, and Black.”
The Crown was John Eberson’s very first project in Chicago, with an opening date of September 5th, 1909, according to an article by architectural historian T. P. Luna.
Might be this Paradise in Brooklyn. Can we expect a Texas cowboy to know the difference between the Bronx and Brooklyn? Check here
The illustration was perfectly matched to the surrounding décor of the auditorium.
Reason for uploading this twice?
Entrance in the shadow of a nearby building, with marquee listing “The Shrike” with Jose Ferrer as main feature.
Previously uploaded here on June 1st
This was during the opening season of the New York World’s Fair at nearby Flushing Meadows.
An actual ad for the Fine Arts booking of the B&W drama, which by that time had won two major awards from the British Film Academy. Simone Signoret went on to win a Hollywood ‘Oscar’ for her performance.
The “most important engagement” in the State’s history until the next one came along.
According to a caption on the back of this photo, the theatre was demolished to make way for the ultra-modern Comerford. Which suggests that the Comerford was a new building and not a revamp of Poli’s.
The feature’s standard-ratio “prologue” was projected from the booth at the rear of the balcony.
Petition update suggests such depressing images are not helping the preservation campaign
The theatre was fully modernized after a partial collapse of the auditorium’s ceiling above the balcony.
And with two B&W revivals on screen.
Betty Grable AND Lana Turner among them!
Although Astoria nor Queens never had a drive-in theatre, an attempt to re-create that movie-going experience will be held in the parking lot of Astoria Park this weekend. More details here
A block east at Radio City Music Hall, the B&W “Madame Curie” with Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon was the screen attraction, with resident company providing the holiday stage festivities.
Sky effects were exaggerated in the processing of the photo.
Madison was the first theatre visited that day.