Strand Theatre

1579 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 26, 2016 at 1:46 pm

I guess you would choose the version you’d want to see based on how long a nap you needed…

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 26, 2016 at 1:24 pm

deleted user [Deleted] on July 24, 2004 at 1:20 pm

William, thank you for mentioning “Porgy and Bess” and “Camelot”. I attended the World Premiere of “The Greatest Story Ever Told” at the Warner on Monday, 15 February 1965 and the Los Angeles premiere at Pacific’s Cinerama Theatre on Wednesday, 17 February 1965. The film was an extraordinary cinematic work of art when seen in the curved screen 70mm Ultra Panavision process for Cinerama. My notes at the time clocked the film in at 221 minutes and a 15 minute intermission The running time was the same for the UA pre-screenings at the Warner even with the Alfred Newman (composer) music deletions and Handel and Verdi substitutes. The first edit-down was requested by UA in April 1965 (197 minutes) and UA made a final “bastardized” version March 1967 (141 minutes).

bigjoe59 on April 26, 2016 at 1:10 pm


The Greatest Story Ever Told began its reserved seat run at this theater on Feb. 15, 1965. said engagement ran 42 weeks if I am not mistaken. to which my question- was the original 3hr. 45min. cut of the film ever used during said 42 week run? or was it only used for trade/press screenings and on opening night?

JackIndiana on March 15, 2016 at 9:04 am

Remember seeing FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE, THE JERK, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, THE BLUES BROTHERS, ROCKY III among others when it was the RKO Cinerama Twin. Saw SUDDEN IMPACT here as the RKO Warner along with GREMLINS and ALIENS, both in 70MM.

RickB on February 28, 2016 at 6:26 am

Brief video of Broadway in late 1929, beginning with a shot of the Embassy Newsreel and proceeding up the street to the Strand. Go here <warning: autoplay audio>, click on “Sound”, find “Noise Abatement Commission” in the far right column toward the bottom and click there.

Mikeoaklandpark on December 28, 2015 at 1:21 pm

I saw Hello Dolly revival there and it was awesome on that huge cured screen as was Fame when it moved from the Ziegfeld.

vindanpar on December 28, 2015 at 11:40 am

Boy how we remember things differently.

I saw OK at the Penthouse as well. I had never seen it in Todd AO and thought it was great. Don’t remember it as totally pink at all.

Saw a number of the 70mm prints in the main Cinerama theater. My Fair Lady, South Pacific and Paint Your Wagon were spectacular on that 80 foot curved screen.

And that sound system!

6 track analogue surround sound and not to be believed. They will never be heard like that again.

DavidZornig on December 27, 2015 at 8:02 am

December 1947 photo added courtesy of the Old Images of New York Facebook page.

DavidZornig on November 13, 2015 at 9:28 pm

This link about the history of the nearby Automat may be of interest of some.
It also had a rendering of the intersection.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 4, 2015 at 10:58 am

I finally saw a pristine print of Oklahoma! last night at the Farmingdale Multiplex and it was worth the wait. The only other time I saw that movie was here during a revival program. As I said back in 2012:

As to the illustration currently shown above (Broadway Comes to Broadway) I saw Oklahoma during that series. It was in the upstairs theater, formerly the balcony with a nicely tapered rake and a gorgeous ceiling.

The Oklahoma print, however, was atrocious — completely faded to pink as (Eastmancolor?) tends to do. What a disappointment, as it was my first time seeing the movie. I didn’t go back for any other films in the series.

(And what happened to that photo Broadway Comes to Broadway?)

DavidZornig on October 21, 2015 at 9:06 pm

1941 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

DavidZornig on September 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm

1956 marquee photo added. Promotional handouts for Cinerama’s “Seven Wonders Of The World”. Photo courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

patryan6019 on December 29, 2014 at 10:34 pm

Cinerama…That’s not the correct date — close, but not exact. Where is that article from because DEFG photos have been inaccessible on CT for years.

Cinerama on December 28, 2014 at 5:50 am

TGSET preview ticket has running time of 4 hours including intermission –

This review has 221 minutes plus intermission –

on 4/16 it was reduced by 28 minutes –

patryan6019 on December 17, 2014 at 10:41 pm

bigjoe59…Do you still want to know the GS runtime history here?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on June 16, 2014 at 6:28 pm

And, exactly how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Thanks in advance…

bigjoe59 on June 16, 2014 at 5:50 pm

to William-

thanks for the info. just to be sure another question or two. i assume Stevens longest cut at 4 hrs. 20 mins. like Mankiewicz’s 5 hr. 20 min. cut of Cleopatra was never theatrically shown . now was the 238 min. cut you refer to used just
for the World Premiere night screening or was it used for the entire roadshow run the Warner. in other words how long was the 238min. cut used at the Warner and at what point did they switch to the 3hr. 19 min. cut used on the blu-ray. i am wondering if the premiere 238min cut actually shows Sal Mineo’s being killed. to have him walking in the crowd at the Temple than the next time you see him he’s dead lying on the altar steps you just know something was cut.

William on June 16, 2014 at 6:11 am

The film premiered at 238 minutes. Steven’s first cut version was 260 minutes but United Artists demanded it be reedited. After the premiere they demanded further cuts. Which made it 199 minutes for the Roadshow version. UA had a version that ran 141 minutes for theatrical exhibition. There was also a mutilated 35mm version that ran 127 minutes. As to a question you asked about the Warner’s screen. The Warner’s Cinerama 3-panel screen was 67' x 27' and the 70MM screen was 81' x 30'.

bigjoe59 on June 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm


i recently bought the blu-ray disc of The Greatest Story Ever Told. the running time of the disc is 3 hrs. 19 mins.. which is where my question comes in. the liner
notes on the back cover say-“restored to its theatrical brilliance with Overture and Intermission”. now i saw TGSET twice during its Cinerama reserved seat engagement but can’t remember what the running time was. now i recently found out the original running time of the roadshow run print was 3 hrs. 45 mins. but did the Warner Cinerama ever play that print or did it only play the 3 hr. 19 min. print?

a case in point. there’s the scene towards the end where Jesus is talking at night time to a large crows at the Temple. you see Roman soldiers pushing in then it switches to another scene. the next time see Jesus he’s entering the house where the Last Supper takes place. but then there’s a quick cut back to the Temple we see are a few dead bodies scattered around including the young former cripple (Sal Mineo)lying across the altar steps. what happened to the scene of the Roman soldiers aggressively dispursing the crowd resulting in the dead bodies we see?

Hamblin on February 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

More on the name at Wikipedia: Strand Theatre (Manhattan) and its Talk page.

Hamblin on February 7, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I do not think it is correct that the theater opened with the name Mark Strand Theatre, which was the name of the realty company that owned it; the first evidence of that name I can find is an ad from September 1919, in The Evening World (NY) (; that was long after Rothapfel had left. Googling turns up nothing earlier, and “Cinema Treasures” by Melnick and Fuchs (p. 27f.) doesn’t mention it. So it seems the opening name was Strand Theatre.

robboehm on November 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm

What happened to the concept of last name of usage rules? On another note. The Strand was at one point carved into three unique theatres, the Warner, Penthouse and Cine Orleans. At a later date the three became one (or, rather, two) as the Warner Twin. Should not the Penthouse and Cine Orleans have their own listings? Isn’t there a precedence with the Globe carved out of the, I think, Rialto. One theatre had a Broadway entrance, the other 42nd Street.

jakepeg on February 1, 2013 at 4:35 am

Tinseltoes: What are the chances of that? I’m English, and attached in the photo section is a photo I took on vacation in America in 1986, and just like the Tax Photo you’ve posted, the movie showing at the time was ALIENS (which incidentally I went into the cinema to watch):–)

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I never heard of that movie High Time, but it has a good pedigree — directed by Blake Edwards, written by Charles Brackett and based on a story by Garson Kanin. The premise that Bing goes back to college seems to have a lot of potential. And it did introduce that lovely standard The Second Time Around.

Mr. Crowther in the NY Times starts his review with his tongue-in-cheek: “It has been a long time since Bing Crosby was seen in a college comedy, sporting the customary beanie and crooning romantic melodies. But things haven’t changed much in the colleges favored by Bing in all those years, to judge by the one he is attending in his latest picture, "High Time.”

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Buffalo, when you find some, please post them here! Thanks in advance.