Roxy Theatre

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

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vindanpar on March 14, 2019 at 5:58 pm

Thanks. Didn’t know a Disney film ever played there. Not a very prestigious house for such a major release.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 14, 2019 at 5:35 pm

“Cinderella” opened at the Mayfair.

vindanpar on March 14, 2019 at 5:12 pm

Anybody know if Disney’s Cinderella opened here? I’ve seen ads for the NY openings of all the Disney classic animated films until even Sword in the Stone except for this one. If the ad has been posted I don’t recall seeing it. For some reason like Peter Pan and Lady and the Tramp it seems like a Roxy film. In fact if the Music Hall could show Snow White and Bambi Cinderella would have been a good fit. But after Bambi it seemed it turned to a no animated film policy until they were forced to with Charlie Brown as the Christmas movie because there were no other family friendly G rated films in late ‘69. And Charlie Brown was so famous and so much a part of the Zeitgeist of the time. It certainly wasn’t because of quality. I’m sure if Dolly or Mr. Chips had been available they would have been happy to have either as a holiday film.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on March 14, 2019 at 2:29 pm

I think in the case of Manhattan, it’s just based on actual distance. Three street blocks here are almost as far as one block of avenues. Those other five theatres are simply closer.

robboehm on March 14, 2019 at 2:05 pm

Nearby theaters is not reliable. Period.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on March 14, 2019 at 1:19 pm

Curiously, the list of the Roxy’s “Nearby Theaters” doesn’t include Radio City Music Hall, which was just one block away and its largest and most serious competition.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on December 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Two ads for “King Kong” have just been uploaded to the WRONG listing. The film opened at the New Roxy in Rockefeller Center, simultaneously with Radio City Music Hall. Due to legal protests from the original Roxy, the New Roxy was renamed as the Center Theatre, under which it is listed at Cinema Treasures.

vindanpar on September 17, 2018 at 6:53 pm

Was The Robe CinemaScope screen wide enough to stretch beyond the sides of the proscenium or was it the same screen to be used for the CinemaScope films that played along with a stage show and had to be raised into the flies above?

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 17, 2018 at 5:42 pm

Prior to the 1953 debut of “The Robe,” the Roxy’s final stage-and-screen offering was Clifton Webb’s B&W “Mr. Scoutmaster” and an ice-skating revue with a dude ranch theme. After the last performances on Sunday, September 6th, dismantling of the “Ice Colorama” equipment began, but “Mr. Scoutmaster” remained as the bottom half of a double-bill. Taking top position was a “preview” of 20th-Fox’s soon-to-be released “Vicki,” a B&W suspenser starring Jeanne Crain and Jean Peters. This combination continued until the Roxy closed for several days to complete refurbishments for the “Robe” premiere.

MSC77 on September 17, 2018 at 4:53 am

“The Robe,” the first film in CinemaScope, premiered here sixty-five years ago today.

moviebuff82 on September 13, 2018 at 12:19 am

Didn’t Roxy Music name themselves after this venue?

bigjoe59 on July 19, 2018 at 9:47 pm


thank you to Simon S. for your reply. the reason I asked is simple. I’ve always considered souvenir programs an integral part of a roadshow engagement. this is especially true in the prime Sept. 1952 to Dec. 1972 period. to which I wonder how many films the studio involved thought highly enough of that they had a souvenir program as well even though they were being released on as regular continuous performance basis to use an old term.

Simon L. Saltzman
Simon L. Saltzman on July 19, 2018 at 2:51 pm

The Roxy always had a free (at least) two page sepia-toned program. Patrons could pick up program on a table near the entrance of the rotunda. The only paid program might have been for Windjammer which played on a reserved seat basis.

bigjoe59 on July 18, 2018 at 9:19 pm


I’m guessing like the Music Hall the Roxy handed out a two page leaflet with each film playing there. to which my question. did many of the films that played the Roxy sell souvenir programs?

Simon L. Saltzman
Simon L. Saltzman on June 29, 2018 at 5:42 pm

I could be wrong but as I remember the Vista Vision screen at the Paramount it was not only curved from the horizontal perspective but also appeared to be curved forward slightly at the top which gave additional illusion of depth. I hope it isn’t my imagination, but the feeling of depth was also increased by being in the Paramount which was a more intimate theater (about 3600 seats)than the Music Hall (5900 seats). The Paramount also had greatly superior sound than RCMH.

vindanpar on June 29, 2018 at 3:11 am

And the Paramount and the Roxy screens had to be flown when there were stage shows so I’m sure that kept the stage hands busy. Interesting that the Music Hall kept it flat. I guess the extra 6 ft was too unwieldy or they were worried about sightlines.

The Paramount Vistavision must have been really impressive.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 29, 2018 at 2:59 am

As per the NY Times article, Thursday April 21, 1955. The Roxy screen was 64 ½ x 26 ½ and curved. The Paramount VistaVision was 64 x 35 and curved.

The Warner Cinerama was 67 and 24 ½ and seriously curved.

MarkDHite on June 29, 2018 at 2:40 am

Check out photo 131 on p7. Its plenty big and slightly curved and just fits inside the proscenium. Of course I was never in the Roxy, but if you search for the photo that shows the Roxy’s pre-CinemaScope standard screen you can see why it must have thrilled audiences. And, for what it’s worth, the Roxy was already gone 2 years when the Capitol installed its 90 foot Cinerama screen.

vindanpar on June 29, 2018 at 1:40 am

MarkD you say on the Capitol page the Roxy CinemaScope screen was 68ft wide. Did this have any curvature as one sees in the ads? This also had to be inside the proscenium if it was to be ‘flown’ and therefore did not have the immersive effect the ads would like you to believe?

MarkDHite on April 16, 2018 at 11:51 pm

Just don’t read the terrible comments.

vindanpar on April 16, 2018 at 11:00 pm

And watch the 11 minute film after which is the New York of one’s dreams.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on April 16, 2018 at 4:58 pm

Brief color film of the Roxy Theatre and surrounding midtown area in 1946 can be viewed here

hanksykes on February 27, 2018 at 10:14 pm

In the Picture of Miss Swanson standing on the rubble are the set of doors behind her to the auditorium or the street?

vindanpar on February 27, 2018 at 8:45 pm

I’ve probably written this before.

Stephen Sondheim’s favorite movie theater was the Roxy and he went often. He even wrote an entire musical based on the very famous Life photo of Swanson the Roxy’s first movie star standing in the rubble as it was torn down.

Comfortably Cool posted the ad of Hangover Square the attendance of which Sondheim claimed was a seminal moment in his life because of the Herrmann score.

So the Roxy’s history still reverberates in our cultural life today.

StanMalone on December 18, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Somewhere in the hundreds of previous comments on this page someone pointed out that the opening overhead sequence of West Side Story passes over the site of the Roxy. If you are quick with the pause button you can see the site as a big, open pit, dirt hole.