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Dear Al and Tinseltoes,
Thank you so much for this information. I am in the UK although I have made a point of visiting the store where the theatre was on a visit to New York. Such a shame it has gone but the same think has happened in the UK where the young generation know mostly on Multi screen cinemas. However, we have a lovely restored one in my town that has plush seats where people can pass without you having to get up and they even have four two seater red sofas if you are lucky enough to book them! They also sell wine by the glass … very civilised. With regard to ‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’ how popular and widespread is it in contemporary popular culture. Is it still referenced and well-read. I noticed that there has been a recent stage revival. Was the film shown again later after the above dates do you know?
You helped me some time ago with a list of films shown at the 68th Street Playhouse and I believe that you have a list that goes further back than 1949? I wonered if ‘A Tree Grows In Brooklyn’ was shown there and if so, the date, please?
You seem to be very knowledgeable about cinema in general and was wondering if you knew which John Wayne films were shown in southern Ireland (Limerick in particular) from 1935-1950, appromimately.
Thank you to the very knowledgeable Al as well!
Dear Warren and anyone else who is able to help,
Thank you for your previous assistance.
I wondered if any cinema experts would know the approximate dates and venues of the John Wayne films ‘Rio Bravo’, ‘The Searchers’ and ‘Stagecoach’, in addition to Joel McCrae and Randolph Scott in ‘Ride The Big Country’?
This is for academic research.
I will investigate this. Thank you once again for your help!
Dear Al Alvarez,
Thank you so much. I will let you know how my chapter proceeds but this will not be some time as I am working on another chapter at present – the influence of O'Casey and Dion Boucicault on McCourt’s writings. Whilst in New York I was also researching if any ‘Irish’ plays were show. There were some O'Casey plays shown very inflequently off Broadway but of course this was the era of the big musical! I have been doing the same sort of research in Limerick as well. Thank you so much for your contribution to my research.
Dear Al Alvarez,
Thank you so much for this! I am amazed at your knowledge. I have spent the last week contacting all the Libraries in the area plus the New York Public Library and the Lincoln Centre plus Princeton University Library, none of which have any records. Could you please let me have your source in case I need to cite in any essay. I am particularly interested in films that helped Irish emigrants assimilate in New York during the period 1949-60. Frank McCourt specifically mentions the 68th Street Playhouse and I can already see that ‘The Quiet Man’ would have been interesting to Irish-Americans. Since I could go on forever I have chosen 1960 as a cut off point. Films featuring James Cagney and other Irish-Americans would also have been of interest. If you could supply any further films up to 1960 I would be most grateful. Meanwhile, rest assured that my gratitude is already deep.
Have a good weekend.
Thank you for your reply. I have seen paper programmes that advertise the films that were shown at the Lincoln Centre. The period I am interested in is 1949-1960. Unfortunately, the library archives om the 68th Street Playouse end in 1940 and the Librarian was unable to tell me who holds later archives or indeed, if there are any.
I am now back in England and am desperately searching every avenue for help. I know just how arduous a task it is to look at the New York Times and ran out of time trying to do just that! As I am particularly intereted in this cinema I am hoping there are specific archives that will allow me to search.
I am eager to access the showings for the period 1940 to 1960. I have just returned from a visit to the Lincoln Centre which holds programmes up until 1940 only. I wondered if anyone knows where the archives from 1940 onwards are held.
Margaret Eaton, The Univesity of Nottingham, UK