Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

205 West 46th Street,
New York, NY 10036

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Tinseltoes on June 3, 2013 at 8:35 am

Elia Kazan’s B&W “A Face in the Crowd” was the final movie to be shown at the Globe Theatre, opening on May 28th, 1957 and ending on July 7th of that year. The Globe had already been sold for conversion to “legit,” but no new name had yet been chosen.

AlAlvarez on October 26, 2012 at 5:47 am

A February 1, 1998 NYT article on this theatre mentions that it opened with a feature unique to Broadway history. As a tribute to its namesake, the open-air Shakespeare Globe in London, this Globe had a sliding roof that could open up to the sky on hot weather days. They speculate that soot and litter may have limited the use as it was a problem for other nearby roof top operations.

The article also mentions that the theatre had “seats for fat men”.

AlAlvarez on September 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

I was just reading a 1989 NYT article about the Nederlander organization looking for a movie multiplex operator to split it up because the theatre was too narrow and therefore awkward for live musical theatre. Here we are twenty three years later.

Tinseltoes on September 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

Pictured in this two-page trade ad for the 1942 reissue of a Chaplin classic: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes on July 6, 2012 at 1:09 pm

The Globe was spotlighted in this 1950 trade ad for a British import that probably promised more than it delivered: boxoffice

Tinseltoes on June 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

“Tarzan’s Desert Mystery” broke all boxoffice records for an opening day at Brandt’s Globe in late December, 1943: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes on June 20, 2012 at 8:48 am

Here’s Brandt’s Globe featured in a 1951 trade ad for “The Desert Fox”: boxofficemagazine

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I like that you can see a little bit of Horn & Hardart there on the right.

Tinseltoes on May 14, 2012 at 7:30 am

This photo with “Hoodlum Empire” on the Globe’s marquee was incorrectly posted at the listing for the New York Theatre: photobucket

Tinseltoes on March 2, 2011 at 9:53 am

In rememberance of Jane Russell, it should be noted that her first movie to be shown in New York City was Hunt Stromberg/UA’s “Young Widow,” a B&W melodrama co-starring Louis Hayward that opened at Brandt’s Globe Theatre on July 27th, 1946. Russell’s notorious debut film, “The Outlaw,” made in 1941-42, was long delayed by censorship problems, and didn’t reach New York until September 11th, 1947, at the Broadway Theatre. Amazingly, both theatres still exist as “legit” playhouses, while Jane Russell will live on in her films and recordings.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 10, 2010 at 7:43 am

Re-posted from Vito’s post today on the Loew’s State page:

Nov. 10th: On this date in 1953 the second picture released in CinemaScope opened simultaneously at the Loew’s State and Brandt’s Globe.

I believe “How to Marry a Millionaire” was actually the first movie filmed in Scope but Zanuck in his wisdom decided to release “The Robe” first to introduce the miracle you see without glasses.

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Tinseltoes on July 27, 2010 at 6:44 am

Here’s a 1943 view with Walt Disney’s “Saludos, Amigos” on the Globe’s marquee. In the block below, the ex-Gaiety was serving as a Laffmovie, while the Astor had MGM’s “The Human Comedy”: View link

jeffdonaldson on April 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Check out Stanley Kubrick’s “Killer’s Kiss” where one scene takes place at night in Times Square. The Globe is playing “How to Marry a Millionaire in 1953. The action goes indoors for a minute then is outside again and the Globe is now playing "Beachhead” with Tony Curtis, from 1954. Guess it didn’t take Kubrick two years to shoot the film, but apparently it did take a while.

Tinseltoes on January 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm

This was never a “porno” theatre. The writer of the 11/4/09 item obviously confused it with the New York Theatre, which was re-named Globe after the original Globe had been transformed into the Lunt-Fontanne. Here’s the listing for that other theatre:

AlAlvarez on January 19, 2010 at 10:22 am

Although the intro correctly states that the Globe became a full-time cinema in 1935, from 1927 to 1935 it spent more time each year as a motion picture theatre than as a live venue.

TLSLOEWS on November 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Porno at the Globe all right then.

AlAlvarez on November 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Cool find, LM. It appears these facts were always there if you know where to look.

AlAlvarez on November 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm

I just found a blurb in an old copy of MARQUEE (Volume 18, 1986) that mentions the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s theatre which was showing films in 1976. It states that the RFK was actually the Walter Kerr/Ritz at 219 West 46th Street and not this location.

woody on August 13, 2008 at 7:49 am

a night time shot of the Howard Johnson’s and Gaiety Burlesque buildings on 46th st shortly before demolition
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AlAlvarez on August 4, 2008 at 6:51 pm

The Globe was showing movies between shows at least as early as 1915 when it premiered ‘The Whirl of Life".

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Warren G. Harris on June 2, 2008 at 8:23 am

Due to excavation work on the NW corner of 46th Street and Broadway, the east wall of the building is currently exposed to view. Markings suggest that fire exits were longago removed from that wall:
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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on May 9, 2008 at 9:06 am

Here is the text of the Times article about the old Globe facade and entrance: (sorry I couldn’t edit out the photo captions)

An Old Player for the Stage, Soon to Be Heard No More

Published: April 5, 2006

Every so often, Times Square, that most public of places, will give up a secret it has harbored for decades.
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Keith Bedford for The New York Times

A piece of the Globe Theater on Broadway near 46th Street is visible above the present scaffolding.
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R. M. De Leeuw

The white facade of the theater entrance as it appeared in 1910, when it opened.

Now on view near the corner of 46th Street â€" but not for much longer â€" is a fragment of the Broadway facade of the 96-year-old Globe Theater, which was hidden for a half-century behind jumbo signs far taller than its four stories.

Demolition is under way on the Globe and an adjoining 111-year-old building, 1551 Broadway, the home until recently of a Howard Johnson’s restaurant and the Gaiety Male Burlesk theater. They are to be replaced by a two-story store that will have large signs and lights on top. “We look at it as a premier retail opportunity,” said Gerard T. Nocera, the chief operating officer of S. L. Green Realty Corporation.

The theatrical producer Charles B. Dillingham built the Globe in 1910 as an L-shaped structure with entrances both on Broadway and 46th Street. (The auditorium still exists, as does the 46th Street facade, which is a landmark.)

Today, a half-dozen windows and the trace of a cornice are all that remain of the Globe on Broadway. The pediments, garlands, cherubim, comic masks and tragic masks designed by Carrère & Hastings are nowhere to be seen. Yet this is unmistakably the “modest, jewellike front” described in 1910 by The New York Times.

It was at the Globe in 1916 that a young British-born actress named Lynn Fontanne made one of her first American appearances in “The Harp of Life,” giving a performance that The Times called “notably direct, eloquent and moving.” It was at the Globe that Fanny Brice sang “Second Hand Rose” in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1921.

And it was at the Globe in 1953, during its cinema phase, that New Yorkers first peered through polarized glasses at a full program of stereoscopic films. Bosley Crowther of The Times was underwhelmed and leery of the 3-D craze, asking readers to imagine Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis appearing to be “so real and close they could reach out and almost touch you!

“One-dimension is quite enough for them!”

The Broadway entrance was severed from the rest of the auditorium four years later when it was reclaimed as a legitimate playhouse. Miss Fontanne returned for the reopening in 1958, appearing with her husband Alfred Lunt in “The Visit.” The theater was renamed the Lunt-Fontanne and the Globe disappeared for the first time. But not the last.

AdoraKiaOra on May 9, 2008 at 9:02 am

A very unpleasant auditorium to sit in for a show!