Movieland

1567 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Orlando
Orlando on August 15, 2017 at 9:45 am

When it was Movieland, I played Personal Best here.

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on June 18, 2017 at 10:46 am

ET played here in 70mm on its opening weekend in 1982.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 17, 2017 at 8:33 pm

1964 photo as the Forum added via Scott Cisco.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 9, 2016 at 8:57 am

1958 photo as the Odeon added , courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 24, 2016 at 10:10 am

1956 photo as the Holiday added. Photographer unknown. Via Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 28, 2016 at 10:34 am

In January, 1929, Fox Theatres Corporation announced plans to build a 52-story skyscraper on the SW corner of Broadway and 47th Street, using Walter H. Ahlschalager as architect. The Central Theatre and surrounding buildings would be demolished for the project, which would include a large movie palace with entrance on West 47th Street. A news clipping has been posted in the Photos Section. The arrival of the Depression and William Fox’s bankruptcy eventually killed the idea.

JackIndiana
JackIndiana on March 15, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Forum was a better name for this theatre than Movieland. Just an opinion. I saw ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ here when it was the Forum.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 21, 2015 at 11:54 pm

May 1980 photo as the Forum added, photo credit Chet-Kresiak. “The Long Riders” on the marquee.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 5, 2015 at 12:06 pm

1978 photo as the Forum added, photo source unknown. Appears to be from a book.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 29, 2014 at 7:18 pm

You are correct Mike (saps), 1969.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/macy-balloons-years-gallery-1.13136?pmSlide=1.25747

NYer
NYer on November 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm

For techman707 a trip down memory lane for you in the photo section.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 25, 2014 at 10:54 am

Photo of The Ten Commandments playing here is not from 1956, since Funny Girl is playing across the street at the Criterion.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 22, 2014 at 11:55 pm

1934 photo added, credit Duke University Collection.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I should add “Debut” closed after only 5 performances because of poor reviews. But even if it was the last live show as the Holiday, it was still 1956. But early enough in the year that there is likely little record of it other than her website.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I just added a photo of the Holiday Theatre, with the live show “Debut” starring Inger Stevens on the marquee. According to her website it opened there 2/22/56. Which means live theater lasted one more year than the 1955 date in the Overview.

techman707
techman707 on July 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

Yeah, they were a pain to work with and slide into a row, which is probably had to do with why they changed them on “some” of the RKO theatres in later years. But, I feel they added a really “expensive” solid look to the marquee. Loew’s also used them years ago, but, they converted to the newer type hanger letters around the time florescent tubes began to replace bulbs behind the letters.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 20, 2012 at 10:40 pm

They were also made of metal and very heavy and awkward to work with on a ladder.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Yes! I love those letters. I first saw them on the RKO Kenmore in Brooklyn when I was 10 while waiting outside a bank for my grandmother to complete her business. (Reflections in a Golden Eye was playing…I finally saw it years later, and oh, boy, would that have changed my life if I’d seen it at that tender age!!) It was love at first sight for those block letters. I think the Kenmore used them all the way to its closing, but I’m not sure.

techman707
techman707 on July 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Oh, I see what you’re talking about. But, those older type letters are actually flat and have no dimention. I like the old RKO type letters, which were all black and just allowed the light to shine through the raised letters in the solid black square.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Regarding the post of June 24, 2012, showing the old marquee and the new marquee, I never liked the new “modern silhouette letters” — they seem so bland and take the creativity out of showmanship.

techman707
techman707 on July 19, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Saps, the marquee on the Forum (Gotham) was never changed (that I’m aware of). In looking at the Boxoffice Magazine post by Tinseltoes on July 1, confirms it.

The only difference is that they were using a transparency for Tarzan. Are you referring to something different? I know they ruined the marquee on the Palace when they used the air-space for that high rise.

techman707
techman707 on July 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Tinseltoes, Seeing the story about the Forum Theatre, back when they were running “The Sky Above, The Mud Below”, brings back memories of a better time, for both the industry and the country. However, thinking about how it is today is personally very depressing to me. But I still appreciate all your posts.

Zandi
Zandi on June 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

I just found an old program from central theatre in an old book. It is Carl Laemmle’s photo-dramatization of “the man who laughs” starring Conrad Veidt. I think it is probably from 1928 or 1929 ( no date on it) does anyone know if there are collectors of old theatre programs?

techman707
techman707 on May 22, 2012 at 6:32 pm

That sucks! There won’t be ANY theatres left in NY. Did you hear that AMC Theatres was sold to a Chinese company? I wonder what they’re going to do?

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on May 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Hello- while the body of the theater(the auditorium)had been converted to the U.S.A. disco and subsequently demolished to build the swanky W hotel the lobby area stills stands as is still operates as the Roxie deli.