Riverside Theatre

2561 Broadway,
New York, NY 10025

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Riverside Theatre exterior with the nearby Riviera Theatre

Viewing: Photo | Street View

The Riverside Theatre was built for the Shubert Brothers in 1912, along with the next-door Riviera Theatre, which has another theatre in the same building called the Japanese Gardens. All three theatres were designed by Thomas W. Lamb. The Riverside Theatre could seat 1,710. It, along with the Riviera Theatre, was part of the so-called “Subway Circuit” of legitimate houses in its earlier years.

In its later years, the Riverside Theatre (and Riviera Theatre) were part of the Skouras Theaters Corp. chain and later United Artists chain. Closed around May 1974, all three theatres have long ago been razed, and an apartment tower sits on the site today.

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mfarricker_1 on June 24, 2014 at 7:37 am

Movieplace. First thing I did this morning, even before I had my cup of Barry’s Irish tea, was crank up “Fred” my computer and read the piece you sent to me about our immortal (in our minds) movie palaces. And, you asked for my comments about same. As the “cowardly lion once said, "I’m speechless”. What can I say but, I’m overwhelmed with your knowledge, experience and ability to relate the history of “Our Town” and its treasures through words and pictures. How can I and every other Movie Buff and true New Yorker ever thank you for giving us this treasure trove of information about the “Big Apple', the "Great White Way” and “Tinsel Town”. To paraphrase George M. Cohan, My family thanks you, my friends thank you and I thank you. Of course, I couldn’t read the entire piece in one sitting and I don’t want to. Like a great vintage glass of wine, it should be read slowly and savored. Occasionally, I shall write to you and comment on the many things I recognize….which are many. However, I fear there’s not enough time to talk about all of the things that you so ably awakened in my memory vault of times past. Sincerely, Manhattan Marty.

Movieplace on June 24, 2014 at 8:08 am

Thank you Manhattan Marty, I am very happy that you got “Fred” to work and I am more than touched by your response. Any comments you have are always more than welcome.

mfarricker_1 on June 25, 2014 at 6:34 am

Movieplace I don’t know if you saw my notes under the “pictures” comments. If not, look under the photo of the Riverside marquee featuring Woody Allen’s movies. I’ve been trying to retrieve the comments I sent during the period when the cinema treasures site was down. So far, no luck. P.S. I spoke to my son about your tours and gave him your email address. He does a great deal of entertaining, so he may be interested. Manhattan Marty.

mfarricker_1 on July 18, 2014 at 6:09 am

I finally remembered the name of the little side street
where Bogart lived as a boy.
It’s called Pomander Walk.
Am I correct or not?
Manhattan Marty.

Movieplace on July 18, 2014 at 6:34 pm

When Bogart was a kid, from the time he was born until his late teens or early 20’s, he lived at 245 West 103. That was his parents brownstone. His father was a surgeon and his mother was a suffragist and illustrator. I am not clear when he actually moved out as he used the 245 W. 103 address on his marriage license when he married the actress Helen Menken, his first wife. He had this license for a while, almost 2 years if I remember this right. Anyway, Bogart lived at Pomander Walk with his first wife.

mfarricker_1 on July 18, 2014 at 8:18 pm

For MOVIEPLACE Thanks for correcting me about the time line Bogart lived at Pomander Walk. I know that his mother was an illustrator. I heard that she did the illustration of the baby that appears on the Gerber Baby Food jars and she used baby Bogey as the model. True or not? Manhattan Marty.

Movieplace on July 18, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Sorry Manhattan Marty, it was not Gerber’s. There is this long lived myth that not only did she draw the Gerber baby but Bogart is the baby. Although Bogart was a cute baby, he ain’t the Gerber Baby and that is not her work. There was another baby food company that she did do work for, but I cannot remember the name. How is the work going for your retrospective? Hope you are well.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm

A number of Maud Humphrey’s illustrations can be seen on this web page. She illustrated a number of children’s books as well as drawing advertisements. Mellin’s Baby Food was among her clients.

mfarricker_1 on July 19, 2014 at 6:56 am

For MOVIEPLACE Thanks again, for setting me straight about the Gerber baby. I was always a little suspect about that rumor. About me? Well, as far as I know, my part is done and I’m waiting to see what’s happening. Unfortunately, I was unable to obtain some of my best work to include in the collection. Once a piece goes to a client, it’s usually gone forever and is difficult to recover. Now, comes the hard part,trying to clean up my studio which is upside down. I’m still enjoying your wonderful site. I found a photo and notes on West 100 Street, which once again brought back memories. We lived at 70 West 100 Street for a year or two. Central Park west was at the end of the block, where a clinic stood on the corner. It was called, the Reconstruction Clinic(real name?)and I was its main patient. Many horror stories I can relate. First, being that I never once received any anesthetic for any procedure. That’s okay, it only made us stronger. Be well and “I’ll see you at the movies.” Manhattan Marty.

mfarricker_1 on July 19, 2014 at 7:20 am

For Joe Vogel. Thanks for posting the information about Maude Humphrey. I must confess that I never saw any of her work before and was delighted to peruse the samples you included. Her work is charming and certainly is a perfect example of nineteenth century illustration. Manhattan Marty.

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