19 S. 69th Street,
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Opened on October 1, 1928 as a movie and vaudeville showplace. The opening movie was “Glorious Betsy” starring Dolores Costello. There was a stage show headed by Earl Lindsay’s Broadway Revue and William Andrews was the opening organist on the theatre organ. By 1950 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Theater Corp. It was later operated by William Goldman and in 1967 was taken over by Ellis Theatres.
The Tower Theatre was reborn in the 1970’s as a premier venue for concerts. The sturdy copper base which held the iconic metal rooftop tower was removed in 2009 and was replaced by a skeletal metal feature to support the tower. However, the rooftop tower was removed on August 13, 2019 due to structural safety issues. The ‘TOWER’ name letters and ball on top were donated to a local museum. It is uncertain if the sign will be recreated.
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