Victoria Theatre

1547 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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hdtv267 on June 22, 2014 at 6:14 am

Nice shot of the marquee of this theatre in “Hell up in Harlem” at around the 45 minute mark. you’ll other shots in this Blaxplotation classic as well.

the film showing at the Victoria , “Across 110th Street'

Cimarron on March 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm

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

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 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 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 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”.

raybradley on August 1, 2009 at 8:37 am

From a 1944 LIFE photo can be seen an unusual view of the Victoria -
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kencmcintyre on July 28, 2009 at 7:27 pm

“Slaughter on Tenth Avenue” opened in 1957, so that might narrow it down a bit.

kencmcintyre on July 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Here is an undated color photo from Life magazine:

kencmcintyre on May 10, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Here is a December 1952 ad from the New York Times:

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on December 25, 2008 at 4:31 am

It opened at the Victoria, according to the review a day later in the New York Times on January 12, 1946. The New York Times generally mentioned the theatre where a reviewed film was playing. You can easily find these on the NYT website by typing in the film’s name in the movie section review search page, as I just did.

jeffdonaldson on December 25, 2008 at 12:52 am

I’m looking at a picture which I believe is from 1946. Lewis Milestone’s “A Walk in the Sun” is playing at the Victoria and “Spellbound” is at the Astor. AFI says “Spellbound” opened in New York on 31 October 1945 and it lists “A Walk in the Sun” as opening in New York on 11 January 1946. Can anyone tell me if “A Walk in the Sun” originally opened at the Victoria or premiered at a different theatre?

kencmcintyre on November 30, 2008 at 8:56 am

John Derek was an actor in the early fifties. He co-starred with Humphrey Bogart in “Knock on Any Door”, which was 1954, I think.

DavidZornig on November 29, 2008 at 8:55 pm

Those LIFE pictures sure are amazing.
Talk about “safety first”, how about that band riding on a fork lift.

Also could the John Derek in the last one later be the actress Bo’s husband? I knew he was quite older than she.
But 1951 to `81 when she was a houshold name, seems quite the age difference.

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm

Here is another 1951 photo from Life:

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2008 at 9:05 am

OK, that makes more sense.

kencmcintyre on November 29, 2008 at 7:39 am

A stage show about Woodrow Wilson? Hard to picture.