The Producers

posted by William on September 13, 2005 at 6:24 am

In the new upcoming feature film “The Producers”, during the opening titles, they have recreated Times Square — like Steven Spielberg did in his film “1941” — of Hollywood Blvd.

The production has taken artistic liberties in some placements of theatres in the square, because of types of marquees and neon signage. This model is not a full model of the square, but of major parts and signage. The Palace Theatre is missing, the Victoria Theatre is now one block north of the Mayfair Theatre. The Beacon Theatre is now located where the Criterion was.

Before people start saying why did they change history or change what Times Square looked like. Be glad they included this very short (about 20 seconds) look back in time of what Times Square looked like in the past. It looks much nicer than the real Times Square of today.

Comments (4)

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on September 13, 2005 at 7:47 am

Agree William. Times Square doesn’t have the same sense of space it once did. While it is still a pretty spectacular sight, it might as well be in Tokyo with its barrage of colorful and brightly lit displays and advertisements. It’s become too, I dont know… vertical. Not to mention the loss of all the great movie theaters that once dotted it’s landscape.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on September 14, 2005 at 3:15 am

I think I’d describe it as giant magazine ads on canvas, hiding the building fronts. An old fashioned marquee would seem small and get lost.

Zweigbaum on September 17, 2005 at 2:50 pm

I walked that set at Steiner Studios and suddenly I was back in the 50’s. The physical locations of the theatres may have been adjusted for cimematic effect and some of the marquees may not have been exactly accurate, but still, it was magic.

jimgreenwalt on August 2, 2006 at 9:28 am

William, please contact me about the Skyway Drive-in in Chattanooga, Tennessee. thanks, jg

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