Times Square Theatre

217 West 42nd Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 13, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Wow… there’s a view I haven’t seen in about 25 years!!! Minus the roll-top gates, of course.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on July 13, 2011 at 10:39 pm

It was a very small lobby, as I recall. More like a foyer. Or a vestibule that led to another hall where there was a small concession stand (I think) that I never even wanted to LOOK at, and a flight of stairs that went to the balcony, which was always closed. When and how was this pic taken?

marcystarnes
marcystarnes on October 13, 2011 at 5:53 pm

A familiar sight of days gone by. The concession stand (nothing wrong with it) was just to your right as you came into a small lobby. The theater was very large over 1,000 seats, the balcony may have to closed, to make cleaning easier, if there wasn’t a sold out show. The theater was always well kept, with a friendly staff, and good management.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on November 30, 2011 at 7:11 am

Marcy… if you ever circle back to this photo, during what time period did you frequent this theater? My 42nd Street recollections are from the ‘80’s and I often confuse some of the details regarding the many theaters on this block that I patronized regularly. In my memory, the concession stands in a few of the Duece grindhouses were typically small and unappealing. I also seem to recall one or two of the theaters didn’t even have concessions (is that possible)?

elecctra483
elecctra483 on December 24, 2011 at 6:12 am

If memory serves me right, the balcony was closed right after the last shooting, or shortly after it. This was some time in the late 1970’s. I was in the projection booth with my dad watching a Bruce Lee movie. The balcony was packed with people when the shooting happened.

Somebody got up to use the bathroom, and when he returned someone else took his seat. The shooting was not the first incident in the balcony, but it was the last. After that day the balcony was always closed.

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