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MGM’s first “Tarzan” feature proved so popular that MGM decided to start a series. The studio signed Johnny Weissmuller to a long-term contract which prevented him for playing any other role for its duration.
Two days after the Roxy closed forever, RCMH opened its Easter Holiday Show, with “Please Don’t Eat the Daisies” on the screen.
Although the Roxy had introduced CinemaScope and Cinemiracle to the movie-going public, its final feature movie was not in any particular wide screen process. Some reference books claim that the British-made “The Wind Cannot Read” had an aspect ratio of 1:66 to 1, but I don’t know if the Roxy stuck to that or enlarged on it. I presume that some short subjects were added, and perhaps a trailer or two for Radio City Music Hall, which was under the same management as the Roxy.
The Roxy’s final attraction— without support from a stage show— opened on March 9th, 1960, and ran through the theatre’s closing night of March 29th.
News report published on March 29th, 1960.
One wonders how the morning patrons coped with noise from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which passed right by the RKO Palace enroute to the 34th Street department store.
Advertised on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, 1946.
The auditorium had small balcony sections on both sides of the projection booth.
The intimate cinema, which replaced the flamboyant atmospheric Loew’s 72nd Street Theatre, first opened on October 9th, 1962.
First opened on the night of October 9th, 1962.
Opened on November 16th, 1933, and remained for three entire weeks, the longest run in RCMH’s history up until that time. The movie’s popularity resulted in a move-over (sans stage show) to the New Roxy.
Opened on November 25th, 1954. This booking marked a major advance in ending racial segregation in Atlanta theatres. For more details, please see my posting of 2/15/2013 on the “Comments” page for this listing. A photo of the marquee is also currently displayed on that page.
The quintuplets were born on May 28th, 1934. Cecile and Annette are still with us at age 79.
Right side of auditorium.
Viewed from the second of two balcony sections, which had a loge section ahead of them.
$25,000 would be equivalent to about $578,084 in 2013.
Who knew that Lawrence Welk and Ralph Edwards would go on to greater fame and popularity in a rival entertainment medium that barely existed at the time?
A 1915 news report posted in the Photos Section credits Samuel N. Crowen as the architect.
News clipping dated May 5th, 1915.
Advertised seventy years ago today, on November 26th, 1943.
Hollywood’s first full-length feature with the world’s most famous babies opened at RCMH on March 12, 1936.
Fifty years ago today, RCMH remained closed for the entire day in memory of President Kennedy. Other theatres re-opened at 6:00pm. Here’s a sampling of some of the ads. The Baronet delayed the American premiere of its new attraction until 6:00pm.
Opened on November 14th, 1952, as the Roxy’s Thanksgiving holiday presentation.
Thanks for the update on Diane Corby! I suspect that the Roxy date was arranged by her recording company, which must have been either Mercury or RCA at the time.