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In 1983 I appeared on stage at The Luxor.I was appearing in the International Tour of West Side Story.
If my memory is correct, at that time the seats were a very royal purple. The stage was a nice size, and the backstage area and dressing rooms were quite nice as well
Seems that Century and its booking agents were just grabbing at straws in the hopes of finding something, anything, to book. Programs were run on a double bill for 1 week with the new show coming in on Wednesday.
I do remember that at this time it was very hard to get an audience into the theatre, some nights we must have had only 10 people in the house.
some more odd and interesting bookingS. All were double bills.
9/72-THE BOYS IN THE BAND
9/72-MINNIE & MOSKOWITZ
9/72-THE WAR BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN
9/72-A MAN CALLED HORSE
9/72-YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
10/72-STANLEY10/72-THE NIGHT OF THE LEPUS10/72-VAMPIRE CIRCUS10/72-COUNTESS DRACULA10/72-HICKEY AND BOGGS10/72-RETURN OF SABATA10/72-THE CANDIDATE10/72-RACHEL,RACHEL
11/72-DAUGHTERS OF SATAN11/72-SUPERBEAST11/72-HAMMER11/72-HALLS OF ANGER11/72-VIRGIN WITCH11/72-THE MINX11/72-MELINDA11/72-COOL BREEZE
12/72-COOL HAND LUKE
12/72-TEENAGE SEX REPORT
12/72-EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SEX…
12/72-WHAT DO YOU SAY TO A NAKED LADY?
12/72-LADY SINGS THE BLUES
12/72-SUCH GOOD FRIENDS
Thank you Garth
11/73-SCREAMING TIGER11/73-BLACK MAMA, WHITE MAMA11/73-GORDONS WAR11/73-TROUBLE MAN11/73-SAVE THE CHILDREN11/73-THE MAN11/73-DONT LOOK IN THE BASEMENT11/73- LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT12/73-THE SISTERS12/73-DR. PHIBES RISES AGAIN12/73-SSSSSSS12/73-HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER12/73-THE DEADLY TRACKERS12/73-TRAIN ROBBERS
These were all double bills
The nail was in the coffin, the final months bookings were all over the place-well so were the last 2 years:
2/74-DELIVERENCE2/74-THE CANDIDATE2/74-DEEP THROAT II2/74-PAPER MOON2/74-PLAY IT AGAIN SAM
And the final booking:
2/74-THE PAPER CHASE2/74-KID BLUE
A bit of a pick up albiet with 2nd 3rd and 4th runs:
1/74-THE DON IS DEAD/ SHOWDOWN1/74-MIDNIGHT COWBOY/WHERES POPPA?1/74-DAY OF THE JACKAL/PETE N TILLIE1/74-LIVE AND LET DIE1/74-SCORPIO
And on 1/28/74 there was a one time only affair, THE ALI/FRAZIER FIGHT
9/73- FEARLESS FIGHTERS
POINT OF TERROR
MARK OF THE DEVIL
10/73- SLAUGHTERS BIG RIP PFF
SWEET JESUS PREACHER MAN
SEVEN BLOWS OF THE DRAGON
The Freeport Theatre closed on September 15, 1972. Its last presentation was a double bill:
THE PUBLIC EYE/ MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
The Grove Theatre closed on March 3, 1974, Its final presentation was a double bill:
THE PAPER CHASE/ KID BLUE
There is a book being sold on LI ( and perhapsin other sections of the country) about the history of the Village of Freeport. In it is a picture of the Grove taken in the late 20s or early 30s. Nice shot showing the original marquee and the vertical blade spelling out GROVE. Also in the same book, a shot of the Freeport Theatre taken around the same time,showing the original marquee and vertical blade as well.
Some info please-perhaps someone can help?
At which theatre did the films FUNNY GIRL, STAR! OLIVER! and FUNNY LADY play?
Some bookings of the 1960s and 1970s:
8/63-BYE, BYE BIRDIE8/65-WHATS NEW PUSSYCAT?8/69-MONTEREY POP4/70-THE REIVERS4/70-FUNNY GIRL4/71-TORA! TORA! TORA!4/71-CELEBRATION AT BIG SUR
6/65-HIGH WIND IN JAMAICA6/65-GENGHIS KHAN8/65-VON RYANS EXPRESS8/69-POPI4/70-THE MERCENARY4/70-MIDNIGHT COWBOY4/71-ALICES RESTAURANT4/71-THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKYS4/71-COLD TURKEY
Some bookings of the 1970s:
4/70-THE DAMNED4/70-TICK,TICK,TICK4/70-FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED4/70-GOODBYE,MR.CHIPS
Some booking of the 1960s and 1970s:
12/64-THE DISORDERLY ORDERLY12/64-THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY6/65-OPERATION CROSSBOW6/69-GOODBYE, COLUMBUS4/70-MAROONED4/71-ZACHARIAH
The one fIlm I recall seeing here is ALL THAT JAZZ in 1979 or early 1980.
May 1965, the premiere of the first HARLOW starring Carol Lynley. This was the quickly filmed B&W Electronovision bio rushed into theatres to beat the Joseph E. Levine/Paramount HARLOW. Sharing the bill with the film was a Rock and Roll stage show hosted by, I believe, Clay Cole.
August 1965 saw the premiere of the Joseph E. Levine/Paramount production of HARLOW starring Carroll Baker. The film did not play long and the theatre after being bought by the Nederlanders quickly took the HARLOW marquee down and put up the SWEET CHARITY starring Gwen Verdon marquee-even though the stage musical was not to open until late 1966 or 67.
Looking thru the microfilm files at the NY Public Library, August 1968 had an engagement of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE for a few weeks, after which THE ODD COUPLE played the theatre
again WarnerChatham, great shots. Sad to see the pacman and other early video games in the lobby,a sign of things to come
WarnerChatham, thank you so much for sharing your photos of the Chatham. So many memories came flooding back. They are great shots.
Another memory of mine, driving just about all night from Beckly,WVA and then catching a matinee of THATS ENTERTAINMENT in 1974.
I really do wish that the Chatham could be restored and re-opened, there is a built in audience from the Apt tower and hotel.
NBC television show SMASH filming at theatre again today.Seems this theatre will be used for the filming of musical numbers and some theatre interiors
Not sure how many dressing rooms there were.My key is for dressing room 11. If I recall correctly there was nothing under the stage, They were backstage(behind the screen) upstairs, 2 or 3 levels?
Funny you should ask robboehm. While going through a drawer of old stuff last month I came across 2 items from my days at the Grove. My name tag, w/ the Century logo on it,listing me as Chief-of-Staff (pretty heady for someone in high school)and an old key to one of the dressing rooms with a huge key fob saying Grove Theatre and the # of the dressing room. We went on a backstage exploration one day thru the dressing rooms. I also had one of the old 8x10 frames that hung in the lobby where the days show schedule was put up for the audience to see.