Hollywood Theatre

237 W. 51st Street,
New York, NY 10019

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 13, 2017 at 3:44 pm

That would be the Liberty, robboehm.

robboehm
robboehm on November 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm

Also, on the other side of 42nd is a theater whose lobby is being used as a restaurant but the auditorium on 41st is in tact and used for events. Forget the name.

NYer
NYer on November 13, 2017 at 2:46 pm

I heard that there isn’t a suitable loading dock for the Times Square for legit shows. The city won’t allow a dock to be built on 42nd St and there is nowhere in the back on 43rd. I still say Disney should El Capitan it and show their blockbusters there only instead of the multiplexes down the street, at least for a few weeks.

robboehm
robboehm on November 13, 2017 at 11:18 am

There is always that British company that purchased the Apollo/Lyric, now the Lyric and, more recently, the Hudson. Why the Times Square still sits there undeveloped is a mystery.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on November 12, 2017 at 6:40 pm

The big three Broadway landlords are thrilled at the lack of competition. They would want no part of this theatre as it might lower ticket prices. That is why still have huge shut down theatre space on 42nd street.

jordanlage
jordanlage on November 12, 2017 at 6:19 pm

Agreed, the sale of the Mark Hellinger was so shortsighted by the Nederlander Organization. $17 millions now seems a pittance for that kind of real estate; maybe it was even then (air rights, anyone?). The church can be commended for being a fine caretaker of the space, but the Broadway community would now kill these days for a theater that gorgeous and of that size to be able to house live theater again. By all rights, it should. A church can occupy just about any space it wants. Old Broadway houses once gone, are gone for good. They will never build a new comparable sized house with the same attention to detail and aesthetics. Unlikely the current owners of Times Square would ever sell the place back to one of the three big Broadway landlords, but if they do, they should ask for the moon.

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 29, 2017 at 4:45 am

The sale of Broadway’s most beautiful theater was criminal. Nederlander probably pocketed a fortune with the sale and with all the tax breaks he was getting from the city for his theaters he should have been thrown right into jail for stealing taxpayers money.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on January 8, 2016 at 6:39 am

The Hollywood became the Warner Theatre on August 15th, 1947, with the much anticipated film version of the long-running stage play, “Life With Father.” Advertising included a proclamation signed by NYC Mayor William O'Dwyer that “It is no more than fitting that the Broadway scene have a theatre bearing the name of the company so widely recognized for its great achievements in motion picture entertainment. Welcome, Warner Theatre!”

rivest266
rivest266 on September 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

April 22nd, grand opening ad uploaded here.

robboehm
robboehm on August 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Mr. Paul Muni. That wasn’t too common.

Ron Carlson
Ron Carlson on November 13, 2011 at 1:54 pm

What an amazing theater. So nice to see it has been so well taken care of. A cinema treasure indeed!

robboehm
robboehm on May 7, 2011 at 7:23 am

Closed as a theatre, Tinseltoes, per the discussion above. Remember the Katherine Hepburn story when she was going to do Coco? She noticed the construction across the street and said it would be a problem with the noise for the Wednesday matinee. She was particularly concerned about the number “Gabrielle” and was reported to have arranged for construction work to be shut down during that number. And so, each matinee, just as the intro to the piece began, a hush came over the building site. Kate the Great, indeed!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 2, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Apparently “Meet John Doe” could justify opening at both the Rivoli AND the Hollywood.

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Cinemalover
Cinemalover on April 25, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Thought that maybe it was an old theater by it’s looks while visiting New York City for the weekend. Who knew it was till now haha. Neat to see that it was but, sadly still not around.

seymourcox
seymourcox on July 31, 2009 at 3:29 pm

LIFE 1956 lobby view,
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JGKlein
JGKlein on July 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Read the excellent Wikipedia article about the Mark Hellinger Theatre: View link

Bway
Bway on May 21, 2009 at 10:43 am

Is this theater still a church?

ALpineJ
ALpineJ on October 10, 2008 at 5:53 pm

I have a picture of the theatre from 1930, with Kismet showing on the marquee. In case anyone cares, the large sign actually says “Warner Bros Hollywood”.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 15, 2008 at 11:01 am

I have a mystery theatre I need help with. I posted on this pages only due to the proximity.
In Paramount Week ads for 1922 and 1923 they show a Central Theatre located on 9th Avenue and 52nd street.
In a January 1927 NYT ad for the Russian film “Tales of 1000 Nights” it shows as showing at the 52nd Street theatre, west of Broadway.
I have an address of 306 west 52nd street for this theatre although I cannot trace where it came from. I found a Palm Garden Theatre running stage shows at that address although IBDB.COM does not have an address for the Palm Garden nor the 52nd Street theatre.
Any ideas?

edblank
edblank on June 23, 2008 at 12:19 pm

Warren, Your post (about the Hollywood/Mark Hellinger) AND my post in response to yours turned up on both “blogs” – the one for the theater in Dormont/Pittsburgh and the one you intended on West 51st Street in NYC. Interesting electronic glitch.

edblank
edblank on June 23, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Warren, Excellent post, but it does not apply to the Hollywood in the Pittsburgh suburban boro of Dormont. I believe you intended to assign your remarks to the Mark Hellinger Theatre in New York, just around the corner from Broadway.

edblank
edblank on May 27, 2008 at 9:13 pm

When that church first took over the Mark Hellinger, I thought: “This won’t last long. It’s only because the ranks of incoming Broadway musicals are a little lean right now. It’ll change back before the lease even expires.” Can that church thrive at such a pricey location?

Darrel Wood
Darrel Wood on May 1, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Perhaps some new “categories”…….
Changed into a church (or other not-so-performing arts but not gutted) could be, for example, “converted” or something like that.
Something else could be used for when it’s been turned into retail or office, but not torn down—“gutted” might be appropriate. It would differentiate from a theater that is “closed” and just sitting there empty.

Bway
Bway on May 1, 2008 at 4:27 pm

I agree that that policy is a little curious, as not only are these former theaters that are churches very much open to the public, they are also in most circumstances very intact from the theater days, right down to the seats! Sometimes even the original organ functions. I don’t see why church theaters are labeled as “closed” as opposed to “open”, as most, in very little effort could be made a theater again. I can totally understand theaters like the old Meserole in Brooklyn, while intact, is used for retail, and all the seating was ripped out, as well as other alterations labled as closed. However, theaters like the Valencia, this one, and many of the intact with right down to the theater seating probably should be listed as “open”.
It’s a curious policy, however, it appears to be consistent, as I believe all the church theaters are labeled as “closed” if they don’t show movies or live.