Showing 1 - 25 of 91 comments
Well, you know, “Barry Lyndon” – attracts a rough crowd.
And by problem I don’t mean him, I mean a top-down management problem that would result in one of their staff thinking it was okay to go off on a customer like that. And on a public forum. That’s one customer probably lost forever, plus everyone he tells his story to, and potentially anyone else who reads this blog.
Wow. That’s some tirade. Hopefully this person doesn’t really work for or represent the Kings. If he does I’d say they have a problem.
Fun to visit this movie that was beautifully restored by Disney. But very (very!) disappointed to find that the organ is only played on the weekend. Maybe everyone knows this but me, but it’s not mentioned anywhere on the website or ticket schedule.
Is “closed” the right designation for this theatre? Surely its active use as a church means it’s “open”, just not as an entertainment venue.
Featured in Season 2 Episode 5 of the Netflix/Judd Apatow series “Love”. How great that this cool neighborhood theatre is still going!
In May 2016 Billboard reported that renovations would get underway in 2017 with a reopening projected sometime in 2019.
This article from a few days ago refers to the Paramoun project as something imminent:
Of course that is how it would have been intended to be lit originally. An array of colors, with no white bulbs, amber being the brightest, displayed from recessed coves giving a luminous, atmospheric, and slightly mysterious glow to the auditorium. Dazzling and brilliant probably wasn’t what the original designers had in mind.
Gosh I think I saw all of those films first run. But not in NY.
I would’ve gone if I didn’t live 700 miles away.
I think he meant that the Star Wars films aren’t being shown on film there or anywhere. The Star Wars Trilogy Tour is on DCP. Will still be awesome, the tour is going to a number of former movie Palaces including the Kings, the Boston Opera House/Keith’s Memorial, and the Oakland Paramount. Great to see those films on the big screen in the kind of theatres they were meant for!
Is anyone familiar with the current status of the Beacon’s great Wurlitzer organ? Is it playable/actually played. I’ve read that the console has been buried underneath a stage extension since the 2008 renovation. (Not unlike the Beacon’s sister Roxy Theatre’s Kimball. Fortunately, the Beacon’s organ’s pipes speak from chambers above the stage, not below it as at the Roxy.) Thanks.
Another error about the Kings is that Barbra Stresand was an usher there in her youth. It’s a well known piece of trivia, but incorrect. Ms Streisand has said herself that while she attended the theatre many times, she never worked there.
I suppose an actual note-by-note digital replication of a Wonder Morton played from the original console is a decent compromise, given the situation. But I wish people would stop saying it will be indistinguishable from the real thing. That’s just not possible. I wonder what the source instrument will be for the digital version, the Loew’s Jersey’s instrument? Are any of the others currently in playable condition?
Has anyone seen the film bits of the Roxy at the beginning of the film “The Naked City”? You see the auditorium, empty at night, and the lobby rotunda. The latter, which I think was always carpeted, here through the magic of the movies appears to have a massive marble floor which the night cleaning lady is shown scrubbing on her hands and knees, while having dark thoughts about all of the feet that keep dirtying her floor.
If you haven’t already seen it, here’s a brief 1938 newsreel clip of the Gae Foster Girls rehearsing on the roof of the Roxy.
Gae Foster began her tenure as director and choreographer at the Roxy in 1933. The Gae Foster Girls were famed for their precision routines and for balancing on large wooden balls, bicycles, etc. This photo is interesting. It shows the original rug and drapes in the rotunda, but rubber mats have been added at the perimeter of the rug. The Roxy was massively redecorated in the early 40s and the rug was replaced by carpet. I’d guess this is from the mid-1930s.
How are trucks hitting the marquee? Does it extend past the sidewalk?
Interesting interview with Anne Dornin who designed the interior decor for the Ohio and many other theaters as an associate of Thomas Lamb. It’s from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1931.
Here’s a link to interesting interview with Dornin in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1931. There are nice photos of her face and in Loew’s Ohio in Columbus OH. Very interesting to learn that her professional association was not so much with Loew’s as with Thomas Lamb, gradually taking greater responsibility over the years for the decor and construction of the theaters he designed.
Thanks Matt. I’ve never seen it spelled any other way but you are absolutely correct. Anne Dornin. Her married name was Anne D. Scudamore. Her obit can be found in the NYT on Sept 18, 1960. That explains a lot. Thanks again.
Never seen these before. These are not the standard shots from Loew’s. Looks like something from a trade magazine regarding the plaster work.
This is a photo of people lined up to see Roger Garrett in his Farewell to the Ohio Concert in Feb. 1969. Fortunately the farewell was premature and he returned to play the Ohio’s Mighty Morton several more times.
Maybe the Broad?
Also not from the Ohio.