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JazzSinger commented about Ruby Theatre on Nov 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Was also drawn to this page based on seeing the stock footage used during the titles of the Bowery Boys' “Dig That Uranium” from 1955, as televised this morning on TCM. Given the passing bus in the foreground, and the comments made here, the shot was taken from the northeast corner of Essex and Rivington, facing west across Rivington toward Ludlow and beyond. The bus was part of the privately run Avenue B & East Broadway Bus Company, which may have had only one or two routes. Although the bus ran principally along Essex St./Avenue A, it was known in the neighborhood as the Avenue B bus, or simply the “red bus,” as this was its color to distinguish it from the city-operated green buses which evolved into the current MTA bus lines.I really don’t remember the theater, growing up in that neighborhood from the late 50’s through the mid-70’s. I do of course know the hotel referred to earlier in this thread, and I think the ground floor space was also for a number of years the site of the Ying Fong Chinese Restaurant, which later relocated to a storefront on Essex Street.