Roxy Theatre

153 W. 50th Street,
New York, NY 10020

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Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on July 13, 2017 at 6:51 am

Why has the Roxy again been removed from the “Photos of famous movie theaters” section? Replacing it with the Kings in Brooklyn doesn’t make sense. The Roxy had a far greater impact on architecture and exhibition than the Kings.

Joseph on July 2, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Also the egyptian, and farewell to arms.

Joseph on July 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Only traditional roadshow was windjammer. However at certain periods in the roxy s history. Mezzanine seats were were reserved and available in advance. Special events like premieres had reserved seating. Souvenir programs were available for the robe, razor’s edge, all about eve, king and I, carousel, no business like show business, Lil Abner. Big circus and others.

bigjoe59 on July 2, 2017 at 1:50 pm


I always connect souvenir programs with roadshow engagements. to which did this theater ever hold a traditional roadshow engagement?

also were there any other BIG regular release films
that opened here that had souvenir programs.

vindanpar on June 29, 2017 at 10:23 pm

Alvarez this is why I never read your responses to my posts. Ouch!

Please stay away from the Ziegfeld page! I expect to be put on the wheel.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 29, 2017 at 9:02 pm

Good point. So take out the Roxy and put in the Karl Marx in Havana, Cuba.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on June 29, 2017 at 3:03 pm

The “Famous Theaters” photos section seems biased. All ten theaters are either in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. And not one “foreign” theatre, even though CT membership extends all over the world.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 29, 2017 at 10:17 am

That makes no sense. If the Roxy building without a theatre inside can be listed why would the Ziegfeld building be removed? Also, what about the Paramount?

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on June 29, 2017 at 8:44 am

I’m pleased to find that the Roxy has been returned to its rightful place in the “Famous Theaters” section. And now that the NYC Ziegfeld is being converted into non-theatrical use, perhaps its slot could be used for an “atmospheric,” a beloved architectural style so far overlooked in the “Famous Theaters” section. I would nominate John Eberson’s Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, TX, which has been well-preserved and still operating as a performing arts center.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 25, 2017 at 8:38 pm

Famous Theatres that still exist and Famous Theatres that once were are two different topics, and maybe Cinema Treasures should address that.

Cool, I am happy that you still see a Roxy at TGI Fridays on 50th Street and 7th avenue. I don’t.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on June 25, 2017 at 2:58 pm

With the removal of the Roxy, the “Famous Theaters” photo section now spotlights four by Rapp & Rapp and NOTHING by major architects like Thomas W. Lamb, John Eberson, W.W. Ahlschlager, C. Howard Crane, S. Charles Lee, and B. Marcus Priteca. What a distortion of history!

stevenj on June 25, 2017 at 12:42 pm

Just my opinion but a legendary theater known as “The Cathedral of the Motion Picture”, the largest in the US and one with 29 pages of photos deserves to be up front in Photos of Famous Theaters.

vindanpar on June 25, 2017 at 11:33 am

I feel lucky to have seen all their original productions back then. A level of genius that was awe inspiring. When Broadway was first for New Yorkers after which the tourists followed.

The Disneyfication of Times Square, the wiping away of all the great remainng movie theaters and the evening length theme park musicals are now for me heartbreaking.

MarkDHite on June 25, 2017 at 11:26 am

Thanks. I’ll start looking around. I’m so jealous that you saw the original Follies! That’s awesome.

MarkDHite on June 25, 2017 at 11:22 am

“Famous theaters” is just a brief selection of 10 theaters that are still here today and well known (except the recently closed and soon to be rebuilt Ziegfeld.) It’s an introduction and a place to start browsing for newcomers to the site. Actually its not even all that easy to find. You have to click on “more” for Popular photos and the the topic appears on the next page as “Photos of Famous Movie Theaters”.

vindanpar on June 25, 2017 at 11:15 am

There are so many places to read about his going there and the inspiration of that photo for both him and Harold Prince. I honestly couldn’t tell you as I’ve already read so many different books and articles. I was going to all the original productions of their musicals being very young at the time and I saw Follies twice which was everything they say it was. I went to the first Wed mat after the opening(it was Easter week ‘71. Bought my ticket that Monday going to see A New Leaf at the Music Hall) and it seems people left the theater in a kind of shock it was so momentous. I’ve never had any desire to see a revival.

You might to read in a number of places about the creation of the musical and a good place to start would be the Time magazine cover story in a library. I believe it also contains the Swanson photo.

Sorry the movie is Hangover Square and the Herrmann score inspired Sondheim to write the composer and Herrmann wrote back

JAlex on June 25, 2017 at 11:08 am

If the Roxy is no longer considered a famous theatre, then why not eliminate from this site all the theatres that have been demolished?

MarkDHite on June 25, 2017 at 10:59 am

I’d love to read more about Sondheim and the Roxy. Can you tell me where his comments can be found? Thanks!

vindanpar on June 25, 2017 at 10:50 am

I saw nothing but TGI Fridays unhappily if that is even still there.

But during the 70s at least across from the site on west 50th on the south side there was the Roxy bowling lanes still in operation with the name in the Roxy script. It was all that remained as a reminder.

By the way Stephen Sondheim is on the record as saying he often went to the Roxy when he was young. Seeing Hanover Square there was a seminal moment in his youth. (Anyway I believe it played there. Others would know better than I where it opened in NY.)I assume he channeled some of the heartbreak he felt when it came down when he wrote Follies inspired by the melodramatic photo of Gloria Swanson standing in the rubble.

MarkDHite on June 25, 2017 at 10:30 am

All of the theaters in that section, with the recent exception of the Ziegfeld, are still in existance and functioning.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on June 25, 2017 at 9:45 am

Al, I see the Roxy every time that I pass the intersection of Seventh Avenue and West 50th Street.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 25, 2017 at 8:51 am

Comfortably Cool, could it be that the building isn’t there to see anymore.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on June 24, 2017 at 10:15 am

Still waiting for management to explain why the Roxy Theatre was removed from the “Famous Theaters” section where it was one of ten so honored. Was there ever a cinema more famous and influential than the Roxy?

DavidZornig on June 14, 2017 at 7:06 am

If you were to Google just “Cinema Treasures DeMille”, the Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre would be at the top of the list. Which states in the first sentence without even clicking on it that the name had been changed to the DeMille in the early `60’s. Second would be a photo that was titled DeMille Theatre, on the Embassy page. There is a certain amount of deductive reasoning that has to be applied, because CT only lists the AKA names once on the page of a given theatre. If they refined their search engine to include all the previous names of all the theatres that that applied to, it would possibly lead to double postings of the same theatres if they couldn’t be found. Rather than preventing it. Since most come up automatically in Google searches in most cases. The only thing I wish CT would do, is make it so e-mail notifications go out when comments are added under photos, and when new photos are added themselves.

vindanpar on June 13, 2017 at 10:41 pm

If I google Demille Theater NY I first get Psycho at the Demille on a Hitchcock site and my second listing is Embassy 1,2,3 on the CT page. If I put Demille Theater into the CT search engine I get ‘no matches found.’ If I put in Embassy 1, 2, 3 same thing. Maybe the CT search engine can be refined?