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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is this???
Mildred D. Morrison, 81, of Essex Fells, N.J., a former New Springville resident who was a professional club singer in the 1960s, died yesterday in Mountainside Hospital, Glen Ridge, N.J.
RE: Diane Corby aka, Mildred Morrison, March 10th 2010:
Mrs. Morrison, the former Mildred Catapano, was born in Troy, N.Y She moved to Castleton Corners in 1960 and to New Springville several years later. She settled in Essex Fells in 2005.
An interpreter of American standards, Mrs. Morrison appeared as Diane Corby at the Roxy Theater in Manhattan and at other city clubs. On the Island, she sang at two popular night spots, the Townhouse and The Esquire Club. She had recording contracts with Mercury Records and RCA.
Her daughter, Dianne Woitkowski, recalled: “My mother had a beautiful voice and it made her happy.”
Her husband, Kenneth J. Morrison, died in 1989, and her son, Bradley, died in 2006.
In addition to her daughter, Diane, Mrs. Morrison is survived by a son, John C. Randel; five grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
Arrangements for a private funeral were handled by the Prout Funeral Home, Verona, N.J.
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.
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.
The front facade is now being cleaned back to its shiney white. The box office area remains boarded up. What is going in here?
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.
interesting marquee photo here:
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?
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.
“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.
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.
A new book about SL “Roxy” Rothafel is about to be published:
Members of the Rothafel family were interviewed by the Author
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.
Prior to installation Mohawk Carpet Mills New York
You are welcome. Have much more. Will try and share. My wish was to have this all published years ago, but it never happened. Really surprised that this aspect of NYC and Times Sq. history has been mostly ignored in general.
Another ROXY view, 1954:
Re:I beg to differ. This was not an office building he created but what was the largest theater built at the time dubbed “The Cathedral Of The Motion Picture”. The Roxy cannot fade in anyones mirror . We are all entitled to our opinion . We will never know. At least Lamb was long gone before they started an all out assault on his theaters.
The NYT’s very brief obituary for Ahlschlager in 1965 noted that his most famous of many buildings was the NY ROXY, “now demolished”. No mention was made of the NY BEACON, which still stands and was recently restored.
RE: Watch the move The Naked City
In the very beginning are shots of people toiling at various jobs at night. One small bit is a single woman with a pail & mop mopping the floor in that huge rotunda.
Talk about thankless jobs
Why do you not use search feature, this has been already mentioned several times above!
the Sommer Bros purchased the ROXY site from Zeckendorf and bulid the office buiding current on the site. The Sommer’s were influencial in building 1950’s “car ready” shopping malls in upsate NY as the following 1952 article states:
100,000 Visit Thruway Plaza Opening
An estimated 100,000 persons arriving by autos, buses, and on foot invaded the new Thruway plaza at Walden and Harlem yesterday afternoon and evening in what plaza officials called the most spectacular opening of any building development of its kind.
The crowds saw the $7,000,000 plaza – the largest in the state and second largest in the country – sprawled on its 69-acre site exactly as it lookedo n the architect’s drawings.
Police Chied Walter J. Marynowksi of Cheektowaga said the 3,000 car parking area in front of the plaza was filled within 50 minutes after opening ceremonies at noon. A police detail of 50 kept traffic moving smoothly and directed the overflow of about 1,000 cars to the rear parking area. Marynowski estimated 50,000 persons visited the plaza within four hours after it opened.
“Shopping once was a chore and burden,” declared Sigmund Sommer, president of teh Sommer Bros. Construction Co. of Iselin, N.J., which built and will operate the plaza. “In design of this new plaza and of each store, we have tried to turn shopping into fun for the whole family.”
The carnival atmosphere at the opening was aided by the presence of the Cisco Kid, Western television star, who gave out some 25,000 autographed photographs. He left the Thruway site briefly to visit patients at Children’s Hospital and at Immaculate Heart of Mary Orphanage.
In the “bit top” behind the plaza, children watched animal acts offered by Gengler Bros. Circus. The circus and the Cisco Kid will remain at the plaza through tomorrow.
Also present for the opening ceremonies were Abraham Sommer, vice-president of the construction company, executives of the firm who have stores in the plaza and supervisor Benedict T. Holtz of Cheektowaga. Holtz cut the ribbon and accepted a television set from the Sommer brothers for the orphanage.
Several stores in the plaza are not yet completed and a 30-acre adjacent lot is reserved for possible later additions. A department store is scheduled to be added to the plaza next year.
One of the individual’s directly responsible for the ROXY’s demise: