Victoria Theatre

1547 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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vindanpar
vindanpar on June 17, 2017 at 1:46 pm

Funny but the proscenium in this theater was larger than what it appears in that photo. I saw Lady and the Tramp here. The other film was some Disney glacial or artic adventure of which I can’t remember the title nor did I want to see it

Anyway it was in 1.85 aspect ratio and when Lady started the borders of course had not been changed and the image was playing on the borders on the sides. Surprise.

There wasn’t a peep out of the audience and of course I went to an usher to complain. He looked at me in astonishment and said nobody had said anything before. They changed it and it was a nice sized Cinemascope screen.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 17, 2017 at 10:16 am

That photo does seem to show the orchestra sloping upwards at the front.

Reminds me of the seating at the Thalia…

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 17, 2017 at 10:10 am

There is an interior photo on page six.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 17, 2017 at 10:02 am

Due to its central location in Times Square, there are hundreds (thousands?) of photos of the exterior, but it seems there are scant representations of the interior…

Joseph Angier
Joseph Angier on June 17, 2017 at 9:10 am

I started going to the Victoria in the late ‘60s, and I recall that it had an unusual auditorium. The rear of the orchestra started high and then sloped downward (similar, in a way, to today’s “stadium seating”), but then raked upward again as it got the front rows, which was bizarre. Does anyone else remember the Victoria this way?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 3, 2017 at 11:05 am

1964 photo added courtesy of Ralph Fidelman‎.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 6, 2017 at 2:55 pm

New Years Eve 1936 photo as Minsky’s Gayety added, courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 5, 2016 at 4:55 pm

1947 photo added courtesy of the Hemmings Motor News Facebook page.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 24, 2016 at 7:14 am

1954 photo added. Photographer unknown. Via Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 19, 2016 at 7:01 am

“Formal” premiere meant that guests were expected to dress “formally,”— men in tuxedos, women in evening gowns.

NYer
NYer on March 18, 2016 at 6:44 pm

October 11 1954 a dual Times Square “Formal” Premiere for “A Star Is Born”. Never heard the term formal premiere. With Guest Of Honor Judy Garland and “just about every celebrity in town will be there! ABC also broadcast from both theaters. Ad is in photo section.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 7, 2015 at 8:45 am

There were two in 1943, Robboehm.

robboehm
robboehm on November 7, 2015 at 7:53 am

It’s indicated this was once the Laffmovie. Is that correct? I remember the Laffmovie as being on 42nd Street where the Empire 25 now is.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 6, 2015 at 9:06 pm

1963 photo added courtesy of Richard Thurbin.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on June 30, 2015 at 9:46 am

1944 photo added courtesy of the IM STILL SO NYC Facebook page.

Cimarron
Cimarron on March 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Pic of 1948 Ad for World Premiere “Joan of Arc” added to Photo Section

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 21, 2012 at 2:32 am

FYI. Just uploaded a 1929 theatre program for John Ford’s “the Black Watch” to the Photos section. It includes a small floor plan diagram. Photo courtesy of Decaying Hollywood Mansions FB page.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on August 27, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Boxoffice “deplored” the type of ballyhoo used to sell this doc. Ha! If they could only see what lay down the road…

RobertR
RobertR on June 19, 2012 at 11:57 am

Love those crowds in the picture :)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 15, 2010 at 5:27 pm

A September 7, 1943 article in the New York Times explains how this location became an outlet for Russian films in 1943-1944.

Maurice Maurer, owner of the lease for several Times Square theatres including the Victoria, sold his lease to the Stanley, which had been an established outlet for Russian films since 1941. He then competed with the sucessful Stanley by programming first-run films from Russia (or about Russia) at the Victoria for almost a year.

Just prior to this it had been the Laffmovie and the often raided Gaiety Burlesque.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on September 2, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Nice link Tinseltoes.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on January 19, 2010 at 10:11 am

Laffmovie should be added to previous names (1942-1943).

jflundy
jflundy on November 16, 2009 at 9:48 am

The NYT is selling this 1948 image at their online store:
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Image taken in December 1948 during showing of “Joan of Arc”.