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Glad to see a new listing here, but…
It seemed to show movies for only a short time in late 1929.
And the famed impresario’s name was Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.
You’re probably right but I didn’t see an opening ad or those words…
While both Birth of a Nation and Intolerance had long, exclusive runs at this house, it seems neither had the reserved-seat, hard ticket sales that were a feature of most “road show” engagements.
Those masks brought back a rush for me, I felt like I was again at the Whitman, watching my first James Bond movie, Live and Let Die. What a place.
It’s a Charlie Chaplin silent film festival, too bad you missed it.
Where are there pictures of the ballroom?
It should be noted that “Beast of the Yellow Night” and “Creature with the Blue Hand” previously played its world premiere engagement in November at Radio City Music Hall, with support from a stage revue. By this time, the Music Hall had started its Christmas presentation, with “The Blood on Satan’s Claw” on screen.
Nah, just kidding…!
I’m pretty sure this is not the 42nd St. Apollo theater
Damn, man, you hit on one of my major pet peeves. It really kills the mood of the movie to be blasted with house lights while the credits are still rolling. Speak to the manager but who knows if it’ll do any good…
Massive screens, lol
Yet it was not a success on its initial release. Per Wikipedia:
“Bringing up Baby was a commercial flop upon its release, although it eventually made a small profit after its re-release in the early 1940s. Shortly after the film’s premiere, Hepburn was infamously labeled box-office poison by the Independent Theatre Owners of America and would not regain her success until The Philadelphia Story two years later. The film’s reputation began to grow during the 1950s, when it was shown on television.”
Look again, CC, you were right in the first place: It says Sneak Preview at the bottom of the ad…
When I clicked on the website link above, it seems that it is an active nightclub…
NeonMichael, I even put your post into Google translate, but I still can’t make heads or tails out of it. Care to elaborate…?
Any new photos of the renovation?
Ed, happy to see you back on the Deuce…!
NYer, while pictures often moved between theaters, they generally stuck to the same chain, that is the Brandt theaters moved their films among the Lyric, Selwyn, Times Square, Apollo, Liberty, Empire and Victory; the Cinema Circuit (?) moved their pictures among the New Amsterdam, Harris and Anco.
Thus, it is unlikely that a current release moved from the Selwyn to the New Amsterdam…
There is a quick shot of the front of this theater showing the vertical blade in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, season four episode 17, near the end of the episode.
Oddly enough, the characters are supposed to be visiting Rochester, New York and not Anchorage, Alaska. Ah, the magic of Hollywood…!
Funeral service held here today for the victim of neo-nazi violence.
Excerpt from a NY Times review of November 30, 1942:
The mortality rate in “Night Monster” is pretty high, even for the type of chiller drama the customers of the Rialto have become accustomed to over the years at the self-styled “house of horror.”
Many here view this place as an aging cinema treasure, one that is about to be lost. It has a long, distinguished history before its current incarnation, so except for a couple of random newcomers (no pun intended) we don’t usually discuss the exact nature and activities of its present clientele.
So take a look at some of the older posts on this thread, and then add your impressions of its past, present or future, for the enjoyment of the many people interested in this endangered house.
For that matter, I wonder how many of the Greatest Generation, or the Baby Boomers, or the Gen-Xers, etc., even care right now…
Since the “extensive renovations” entailed gutting the building to its walls and rebuilding from scratch, an updated introduction is necessary…