Beekman Theatre

1254 Second Avenue,
New York, NY 10021

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AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on December 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Yes, Garyw, I don’t know about the speeches but all the ‘art houses’ had those foam core displays back then. It seemed to matter. To some of us.

garyw
garyw on December 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I miss the old Beekman. I have lived nearby for over 30 yrs. & it was always a nice surprise to see it utilized for all kind of premieres since it was such a beautiful showcase theater. The owner would speak before screenings to chastise those who had maybe brought in their own soda or snacks. One little thing I noticed is that even up to the end, their presentation of movie posters would always feature that little extra…cutting away part & raising it with foam core board so as to create depth & enhanced visual interest. Does any theater care enough to do that kind of thing anymore?

farhaven
farhaven on September 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

Unfortunately I’ve never seen a film in the lovely old Beekman, but I recently acquired a beautiful marquee from the Beekman for Woody Allen’s “The Purple Rose of Cairo” (03/85). It is silkscreened on lucite.

Does anyone know where I can find a photo of the Beekman from March, 1985 showing the Purple Rose marquee? I can’t seem to find one anywhere.

SeaBassTian
SeaBassTian on September 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Can’t really fault Clearview for this closure. Nice venue, last film I watched here was In Good Company.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on June 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

Here’s a renewed link to a three-page article about the Beekman Theatre in a 1952 trade journal: boxofficemagazine

ferenc
ferenc on March 2, 2010 at 8:19 am

I remember the Beekman very well. What a wonderful theatre. I went there to see most of the Ingmar Bergman movies. The first was Wild Strawberries. I, and a few others, had arrived late to attend a concert at Lewisohn Stadium, and it had started raining. So we went to the Beekman instead. On other occasions, I saw Through a Glass Darkly and Winter Light – two of the Bergman classics.

bazookadave
bazookadave on January 26, 2010 at 10:03 am

We are definitely declining when it comes to taste and education about the arts and the past. While the video-game junk decor serves a purpose, it woud still be wonderful to see a multplex constructed to resemble the great movie palaces that are mostly lost…even if this construction were limited to the lobby and foyer areas. Imagine a new multiplex with a foyer like the landmarked foyer of the RKO Flushing, or a trim, sleek art deco/art moderne lobby like the Beekman’s original interior. Cost, cost, cost will be the objection to creating such a showplace. I am sure there would be ways around high costs…for example, a contest for the creation of a showplace lobby or foyer for a multiplex, the competitors being architecture and art students from local colleges and universities who would create a permanent grand space in return for college credit, or a smaller fee than an established firm would charge. However, the results might be lost on current generations who do not have appreciation for arts or history. Also, builders of multiplexes would not want a grand permanent interior because of the expense of maintaining it, demolishing it, or future battles over landmarking. It is easier and cheaper to build for obsolescence. SIGH

edblank
edblank on January 8, 2010 at 7:06 am

Compare the Beekman interior photos to the lobbies and waiting areas of today’s multiplexes, all junked up with video-game decor. Does someone want to make the case we’re more sophisticated today, other than electronically?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 8, 2010 at 6:53 am

Here is a three page article about the Beekman, with several photos, in Boxoffice, June 7, 1952.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 10, 2009 at 11:21 am

Woody Allen loved this theatre as most people know. He had most of his Premiers there!

Bway
Bway on April 27, 2009 at 8:15 am

Great image of the Beekman!

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on March 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Google search exactly
Boxoffice November 22, 1952
and insert 162 and 170 for photos of Beekman foyer, including 1st from inside the auditorium!
Many other theaters have photos in this section, which I’m not posting but other people may wish to.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 11, 2008 at 11:01 am

New York City has to be the only place in the world where residential tenants have more rights to a property than the property owner. Anywhere else a tenants right to occupy a particular property ends with expiration of the lease for the demised premises. Upon the expiration of said lease, the property owner may offer a renewal but is not obligated to do so.

bazookadave
bazookadave on December 11, 2008 at 10:11 am

The legal problems of challenging multiple tenants' apartment leases was probably daunting, so they opted to end a couple of commercial leases instead of many residential ones.

Banks, hospitals, and Rite-Aids abound in NYC while the commercial diversity I remember from decades ago is long gone. If you aren’t a chain store with million-dollar backing, good luck finding retail space. But we just keep on worshiping the wealthy developers and giving them whatever they want! A bland, mall-like city will be the ultimate result.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 10, 2008 at 5:41 pm

More hospital space in an area long ago over-saturated with hospitals. They had to take the Beekman block because apparently there aren’t enough ancient rat-infested tenement buildings worthy of demolition over on 1st Ave.

bazookadave
bazookadave on December 10, 2008 at 4:04 pm

Passed by here today. Here is the building that replaced the Beekman:

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 19, 2008 at 1:25 pm

For some reason the direct links to the LOC don’t last very long. Sometimes you have to post the main link and have people search for the photos. This is one of those times.

bazookadave
bazookadave on November 19, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Lost Memory thanks for reposting that link, I remember it from years back on this immense thread. The pics can be seen by going to:

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/index.html

Once at this main page, key in Beekman Theatre under Search All Collections at the upper right, and the list of images comes up. They are beautiful B&W images.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on November 12, 2008 at 10:02 am

Those builders and contractors listed in the advertisement paid for the privilege, and the film paid for their ad placement. Rugoff & Becker, who owned the theatre, paid nothing. McNamara, the theatre architect, apparently opted out. That is the way it was done back in the day. Today, they just buy a little 3" ad in the Voice, put a title on the marquee, turn on the lights and unlock the door, and call that a ‘Grand Opening’.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on November 12, 2008 at 8:38 am

This pre-opening ad from April 27, 1952, credits the builders and sub-contractors, but not the architect. Perhaps the Beekman designed itself?
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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 31, 2008 at 9:22 am

Here is an updated link for the Library of Congress photos. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I don’t know if these photos have been posted before.

Here are 13 photos dated April 1952 from the Library of Congress.

Click “Next” at the top of the page to view the other photos.

AlAlvarez
AlAlvarez on August 17, 2008 at 9:49 am

Good point, KingBiscuits. I never realized that. It must have changed names mid-run.