Hollywood Theatre

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

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rivest266 on September 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

April 22nd, grand opening ad uploaded here.

Tinseltoes on November 25, 2012 at 7:14 am

Seventy-years ago tomorrow (November 26th), Warner Bros.‘ now classic “Casablanca,” with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman heading a superb cast, opened its NYC premiere engagment at the Hollywood Theatre. Performances were continuous, with doors opening early except for 11:30am on the first day, which just happened to be Thanksgiving Day itself (and the first since America entered World War II).

robboehm on August 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm

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

Tinseltoes on August 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

Broadway entrance pictured in this 1937 trade ad: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes on June 22, 2012 at 8:29 am

Here are two pages of photos taken at a 1935 premiere at the Hollywood Theatre: boxofficemagazine

ron1screen 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!

Tinseltoes on May 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Listing it as “closed” is a no-brainer, discouraging people who read the listing from trying to visit the theatre, which is one of the last remaining Thomas Lamb movie palaces still standing anywhere in the world in close to its original decor.

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!

Tinseltoes on May 7, 2011 at 6:31 am

In the introduction, Status is given as “Closed.” Why? Public church services are held there frequently throughout the week.

Tinseltoes on April 30, 2011 at 7:27 am

This auditorium photo suggests that many of the draperies on the stage and in surrounding wall areas are either original or excellent copies:
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Tinseltoes on April 30, 2011 at 7:05 am

The Rev. David Wilkerson, founder of the Times Square Church, died this week in a car crash in Texas at age 79. His religious and charitable works are expected to continue. Here’s a link to a video with some great views of the Times Square area: http://www.tscnyc.org/media_center.php?pg=videos

Tinseltoes on April 5, 2011 at 6:21 am

Sixty-four years ago today, WB’s “The Two Mrs. Carrolls,” a B&W melodrama starring Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, and Alexis Smith, opened its world premiere engagement at the Hollywood Theatre. The eagerly-awaited film was based on a hit play that ran for two years on Broadway. To handle the expected crowds, the Hollywood’s last screening that day started past midnight at 1:15am.

Tinseltoes on November 26, 2010 at 8:48 am

Thanksgiving fell on November 26th in 1942, bringing with it to the Hollywood Theatre the NYC premiere engagement of WB’s B&W melodrama, “Casablanca,” which few guessed at the time would become one of the most enduring films made in the 20th century. In fact, WB had bigger hopes for its Errol Flynn boxing biopic, “Gentleman Jim,” which opened the same day at the Strand Theatre, with a stage show topped by Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, the Gaudsmith Brothers, and Dean Murphy.

Tinseltoes on October 9, 2010 at 7:14 am

Tonight will mark the 75th anniversary of the opening at the Hollywood Theatre of the international premiere engagement of WB’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” described in advertising as “Three Hours of Entertainment That Was Three Centuries in the Making.” Directed by the great European stage innovator Max Reinhadt with assistance from William Dieterle, the B&W adaptation of William Shakespeare’s comic fantasy had a huge Hollywood cast, including James Cagney, Dick Powell, Joe E. Brown, Mickey Rooney, Anita Louise, Hugh Herbert, and newcomer Olivia de Havilland. All seats were reserved during the Hollywood Theatre engagement, with two performances daily at 2:30 and 8:30pm. Evening tickets were priced at $2.20, $1.65, $1.10, $0.85. and $0.55. Matinees were $1.10, $0.85, aand $0.55. Tickets were being sold eight weeks in advance by mail, at brokers, and at the Hollywood Theatre boxoffice.

Tinseltoes on July 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Here are some auditorium views taken during a church service: http://vimeo.com/323810

AlAlvarez 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 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.

Tinseltoes on January 17, 2010 at 9:13 am

A large batch of related B&W photos of the 1942 world premiere of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” at the Hollywood Theatre can be viewed here: View link

seymourcox on July 31, 2009 at 3:29 pm

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

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

Bway on May 21, 2009 at 10:43 am

Is this theater still a church?

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Warren G. Harris on December 26, 2008 at 11:00 am

A series of photos taken in the lobbies of the Hollywood Theatre in 1942 during the world premiere of “Yankee Doodle Dandy” can be found here. One of the lobbies still exists as part of the Times Square Church. The other lobby, with mirrored walls, was part of the original Broadway entrance and is now demolished, along with the office building that it cut through: View link

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Warren G. Harris on October 11, 2008 at 7:09 am

“Kismet” was shown at the Hollywood Theatre in WB’s wide-screen Vitascope process. Please see my comments above of 7/26/07 at 6:17am and 7/27/07 at 8:14am for more details.

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”.