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Joseph commented about NYC ROXY Theatre usherette on Nov 2, 2014 at 8:09 pm

You are correct!

Joseph commented about Roxy Theatre on Nov 1, 2014 at 12:38 am

To Simon, Please see my photo of a female ROXY usherette. Females WERE recruited during WW2 because of manpower shortages.

Joseph commented about Roxy Theatre on Oct 31, 2014 at 12:21 am

to dotty64:

Yes female ushers became common during the WW2 era.

Joseph commented about Roxy Theatre on Sep 6, 2014 at 2:01 am

Mr Granola Bar how about including a date or reference with your up-load? Thanks

Joseph commented about Strand Theatre on May 21, 2014 at 12:41 am

The Strand Theater opened on March 2, 1922. The new theater (architect, H. Lansing Quick), at the request of the developer, former Mayor Michael J. Walsh, incorporated the auditorium of the old First Reformed Church (opened 1896) as well as the main room of a building in the back of the property that had been the church Sunday school and before that, the city’s first high school. The theater also managed to incorporate the oak ceiling of the church.

Joseph commented about Park Hill Theatre on May 20, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Was the Parkhill in Yonkers ever used as a nightclub known as The Enchanted Room? Postcards of the Enchanted Room identify it as being located at 423 S. Broadway in Yonkers. Singer Jerry Vale got an early start there.

Joseph commented about Mamaroneck Playhouse on Apr 18, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Bowtie also closed Central Plaza in Yonkers,

Joseph commented about Mamaroneck Playhouse on Apr 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm

To be demolished for apartment units!

Joseph commented about RKO Quad on Jan 16, 2014 at 2:13 am

The New Rochelle RKO Proctor’s no longer functions as a theatre. Several years ago it was gutted and converted into retail and office space. The exterior remains basically intact.

Joseph commented about Loew's Yonkers Theatre on Jan 14, 2014 at 2:50 am

The loew’s/Bandt’s was never subdivided. It appeared to be intact when it closed, with most, if not all of its original furnishings. Still in excellent condition.

Joseph commented about Loew's Yonkers Theatre on Jan 13, 2014 at 2:18 am

Certainly the finest theatre Yonkers ever had and one of the best in the region. I attended several movies there during late 60s, early 70s. I preferred the Loews/Brandt’s over its still standing, but closed neighbor’s The Parkhill and RKO Proctor’s. I remembered being sadden when it closed. However, the neighborhood was already in a steady state of decline. I believe the Loews/Brandt’s sat derelict for a couple of years before it was demolished for a Macdonald’s. Sad how this one just slipped away and is so little documented.

Joseph commented about Colony Theatre on Jan 13, 2014 at 2:05 am

The White Plains Colony held much more than the 600 easts indicated here. The theatre contained a full size balcony in addition to the orchestra level. My guesstimate would be 1200 seats.

Also, the Colony hosted an exclusive Westchester reserve seat roadshow engagement of “Taming of the Shrew” in 1967.

Joseph commented about Roxy Theatre on Dec 31, 2013 at 2:04 am

The TGI Friday’s was preceded by another restaurant. I believe a Child’s was on the corner of 50th and 7th for at least a couple of decades before the Taft was closed and re-modeled into the Michelangelo Suites during early/mid 1980s. The Roxy ticket lobby is the space currently occupied by TGI. The Roxy Rotunda, which was behind the ticket lobby was destroyed along with the auditorium and the rest of the Roxy building in mid-late 1960. The THS Roxy annual, published in 1979 or 80, claims that the Rotunda was to incorporated into the Taft Hotel expansion design William Zeckendorf was supposedly planning at the time. Of course this never happened. In fact I cannot locate any reference to the Hotel Taft expansion after the Roxy building was sold by Rock Center to Zeckendorf. Zeckendorf’s visions were constantly filled with hyperbole, which probably led to his bankruptcy and downfall. Rather than expand the Taft, the partially demolished Roxy was later sold by Zeckendorf to a couple of amateur NJ real estate developers (their first venture into NYC real-estate) in order to raise cash for his crumbling empire.

Joseph commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

What is this???

Joseph commented about Roxy Theatre on Jan 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I vaguely recall seeing a vintage 1920s or 30s architecture magazine article which described Roxy Rothafel’s NYC apartment (the actual home, not theater) in which he proudly displays a grilled doorway. Wish I could remember the exact details. These may be those doors, in which case the EBAY listing is somewhat incorrect.

Joseph commented about Roxy Theatre on Jan 17, 2013 at 2:19 am

Take a look at this EBAY listing:

Bronze Tiffany Studio Doors

According to the listing they originate in the NYC ROXY. Does anyone know where in the building they were originally located? My guess is in a non-public area.

Joseph commented about Loew's New Rochelle Theatre on Sep 28, 2012 at 10:06 pm

The front facade is now being cleaned back to its shiney white. The box office area remains boarded up. What is going in here?

Joseph commented about Bronxville Cinemas on Aug 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Tinseltoes on July 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm Why the Bronxville was being called “New” in 1960: Boxoffice

Because it was “newly” redesigned in 1960. The theatre dates back to 1920s.

Joseph commented about Roxy Theatre on Aug 5, 2012 at 11:43 pm

interesting marquee photo here:

Joseph commented about Roxy Theatre on Jul 13, 2012 at 2:59 am

The Roxy sold souvenir programs for ALL ABOUT EVE, THE ROBE, THE EGYPTIAN, THE BIG CIRCUS, LIL ABNER, 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, KING AND I, THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOW BUSINESS and CAROUSEL. ALSO multi page programs for THE RAZOR’S EDGE and GIANT. I am not sure if these 2 were available to general public or just distributed to premier audiences. Does anyone know of any others? A special program for LOUIS ARMSTRONG’s 1957 appearance was also available. And of course WINDJAMMER. Does anyone know of any others?

Joseph commented about Roxy Theatre on Jul 13, 2012 at 2:49 am

Souvenir programs were not “exclusive” to the location they were being sold in. Rather they are publications like any book or magazine. The publisher would get a license from the movie company, in this case 20th Century Fox and publish and print the book to be sold at the theatre at the time it was playing. The Robe booklet probably sold for 50 cents with the Roxy keeping a percentage of each copy sold. Although there may have been “left overs” at the locations, generally the unsold copies would be the property of the publisher and should have been returned to them. The publisher (also known as vendor) would be responsible for distribution of the book. Running operations like this would be difficult and expensive in the fast moving age of the multiplex.

Joseph commented about Roxy Theatre on Jun 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm


“The Roxy closed in March 1960, but its fate was probably sealed much earlier when it was purchased by Rockefeller Center in 1956.”

Very true. If the Capitol and the Roxy switched places, the Capitol would have been the first to go. Rockefeller Center was certainly thinking future expansion when the Roxy property was purchased in 1956.

Joseph commented about Roxy Theatre on Jun 4, 2012 at 5:06 pm

To bigjoe 59 –

I am not sure what you mean,consider or understand what are “A, B or C” films. But the last several movies to play the NYC ROXY include DAMN YANKEES, RIO BRAVO, IMITATION OF LIFE, LIL ABNER, and others, all major product. Covers of several of the programs are in the photo section.

Joseph commented about Roxy Theatre on Mar 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

A new book about SL “Roxy” Rothafel is about to be published:

Members of the Rothafel family were interviewed by the Author

Joseph commented about Roxy Theatre on Sep 5, 2011 at 12:01 am

The Roxy was purchased by Rockefeller Center in 1955 with an eye towards future development. Rock Center needed the ROXY site for its air rights in order to build the new Time-Life building, completed in 1959. The Roxy was leased back to its operators. Rock Center had no direct involvement in its operation until 1959, shortly before it closed. Rock Center made a deal with William Zecandorf to sell the ROXY so the TAft hotel could be expanded. However, the TAFT was never expanded, but Zeckendorf proceeded to tear down the ROXY. He had no interest in keeping the ROXY open. Closed, the ROXY was costing thousands of dollars in real esate taxes to NYC. Zeckend orf probaly did not have much choice. The whole closing process appeaerd to be very quick. Perhaps Rock Center insisted the ROXY be closed. However, I have not seen any printed proof of Rock Center’s direct involement in the closing. Variety reported in 1959 that the NY Philharmonic was interested in leasing the ROXY for its home after the philharmonic was ousted from Carniege hall, which was also on the demolition block at the time. However nothing ever came of the ROXY/ Philharmonic deal as Linclon Center was in the early construction stages at the time.