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“West Side Story” played it’s last performance January 1 1963. The theater was closed until Jan 11th, to do tech for the roadshow limited engagement of “The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm” presented in CINERAMA.
And Doris is still going strong at 94!
Eery, sad, yet still gorgeous and yes, begging to be restored.
It’s very cool seeing the Grand Dame’s various logos thru the decades.
From what I can tell, the theater opened unceremoniously without an ad as a second run theater, playing such features as “Fiddler On The Roof” and “Sounder”. First show I could find was June 20,1973 with Steve McQueen in “The Getaway” and the Jack Lemmon comedy “The War Between Men and Women” and the last mainstream show was “Live & Let Die” and “Scorpio” on September 26, 1973. The next week they went “X” although softcore, with “All The Loving Couples” and “Is There Sex After Death?” but went hardcore soon after.
No, I am not cineast and have no idea who that is. I have seen cineast has re-posted some of my posts to other theaters listed in ads but I have no problem with it. I have one account and this is it. I don’t post one sheets.
Thank you Coate for all that hard work compiling it all. It’s appreciated.
United Artist theaters announced in March 1972 this theater opening in the fall of ‘72 as The Screening Room. Somehow during the proceeding ten months they missed their fall deadline and had a name change. Ad in photo section.
Very cool marquee panel. Thanks for posting.
October 11 1954 a dual Times Square “Formal” Premiere for “A Star Is Born”. Never heard the term formal premiere. With Guest Of Honor Judy Garland and “just about every celebrity in town will be there! ABC also broadcast from both theaters. Ad is in photo section.
On February 28 1988 John Waters & Divine made a personal appearance on opening night. Unfortunately Divine, in what could have been a career changing performance, would pass away 10 days later. “Hairspray” would spawn a huge Tony winning musical and award winning big screen remake. Ad in photo section.
John Waters & Divine make an opening night appearance.
The Plainview got a nice share of Long Island exclusive engagements. In photo section is the opening day ad for “Network” along with robboehm’s very cool marquee panel.
If you look in the photo section, I have posted ads of some of the The Ziegfeld’s exclusives. If a picture opened in the suburbs, they were included in the ad, see “A Star Is Born” or “White Nights”. “Pink Floyd’s The Wall”, “Quest For Fire”, Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation Of Christ” were all here only.“Anastasia” even states The Ziegfeld is the only theater in the world playing it.
April 1964 Chubby Checker makes an appearance on stage opening day of his picture “Don’t Knock The Twist”.
Ad in Photos section.
Every season would bring a huge fire work display. On screen was Peter Sellers and Angela Lansbury in “The World Of Henry Orient”. The picture was filmed in the short lived Michael Myerberg Studio only a few miles away in a converted airplane hangar in Roosevelt Field. “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” was also filmed there.
Ad in Photo section
“Unrestrained” Oh my. Ad for long awaited premiere of “A Puritan’s Dream” in photo section. Maure Adults Only!
The first truly new theatres in thirty years-designed and erected from the ground up for the showing of motion pictures. Cinema I and Cinema II are two theatres house din one structure at Sixtieth Street and Third Avenue. Each theatre is complete unto itself, with it’s own marquee, entrance, lobby, lounges,and auditorium. Though designed with a flowing abundance of space, the theatres achieved a unique intimacy. the auditorium, as perfect as sight and sound engineering can make them, set new standard of comfort. Feature times will be staggered, providing a continuous show times…
The thing about the “exclusive” Ziegfeld engagement is that it was truly exclusive. Pictures like “Ryan’s Daughter”, “Cabaret”, “Close Encounters”, and “Apocalypse Now” played here only for weeks sometimes months in the entire tri-state area. “Tommy” played here exclusively twice, the second time in 70MM for months before opening wide. Can you imagine a “Close Encounters” type movie opening today in one theater for two months before it opened in Queens, on Long Island, New Jersey or Connecticut?