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Legend of the Vikings was one of the spectacles that the Music Hall was famous for which included the undersea ballet and Bolero of which the ballet company was the most important part.
When the Music Hall got rid of it that was just another nail in its coffin. Without the spectacle the only thing to see was the Rockettes. And at 10 minutes it was hardly worth sitting through a terrible movie and a tedious embarrassing stage show for.
Ah the 70s.
I can just imagine how a film like Love Under 17 would go today.
And in the Jersey suburbs no less.
The Music Hall’s last Thanksgiving film which did not make it to Thanksgiving.
Love these ads. Remember looking at the photos of the stage show outside the front entrance. Wish I had gone in to see it.
From the photo it looks like a great place to see 70mm.
Keep posting these great ads CC.
Saw this on a sunday afternoon. Waited on line for about an hour.
First Easter show for me. And of course loved the movie. Audience did to.
I was totally blown away by Glory of Easter.
Included an act the kind of which might have been popular once in Vaudeville but I assume no longer exists. A lady on a horse in a kind of circus costume. Some guy on the choral stairs released birds and they landed on her. Don’t remember what she exactly did with them but even as a child I thought it a bit strange. The finale included the Rockettes dancing in a set of the RC Plaza.
The Music Hall I believe had somewhere around 3 move overs from roadshow at the beginning of its history.
It should have continued the policy in preference to some of the poor first run films they showed.
Do you know what year the first Glory of Easter was produced?
So this could then have been a publicity photo with all the Rockettes including the substitutes.
I do know there were always an additional 10 beyond the 36 one saw on stage until the line was cut to 30 in the 70s.
Not sure if this is ‘37 or even the Rockettes.
The Music Hall opened with 46 Roxyettes which is the number here.
Not sure when the number was cut by 10 and the name change took place.
Even I think this is a very sad picture.
One of the strangest most distasteful films to ever play Radio City at Easter.
Despite its good reviews word of mouth traveled fast and it did poorly and this during a time when holiday shows at the Hall always did well. George Roy Hill said he never wanted another of his films to play there.
Its incongruity at the Hall as a holiday movie was surpassed the following year at Easter with the bleak gritty violent Operation Crossbow. I’m not sure what the programmers there were thinking.
Still its a great ad and made you think you were going to see a bright and funny Peter Sellers' comedy which you definitely did not.
You would have to wait a number of weeks for that. And it would be a classic.
I remember reading once that Spielberg was not happy that Close Encounters had an initial exclusive engagement in markets.
From the beginning he wanted a huge roll out for block buster grosses.
It is amazing the Ziegfeld lasted this this long.
It was a white elephant a long time ago.
This makes so much sense when the retail space can go above it instead. Even if this succeeds what are the long term consequences for such an old building? Nobody has any idea. For God’s sake why can’t they leave the theater as it is?
Miserable wretched Ed Koch who did everything he could to destroy the Morosco and Helen Hayes(not to mention the Gaiety, Astor and Bijou)must be dancing a jig in hell.
Interesting that a theater of this enormous size could show South Pacific for 4 years and Sound of Music for 3(maybe longer if 20th Century didn’t want it for Star. It was pulled from NY’s Rivoli despite management’s objections because the studio wanted it for Sand Pebbles.)
I too would love to see interior photos from its roadshow days.
For the Music Hall to show classic films it would need an endowment.
And if I were a David Koch I would be the one to give it.
I’m sure Disney was more than pleased when he saw Mary Poppins being advertised with Tonight For Sure! and Scanty Panties with the amazing Virginia Bell.
The last of the New York road show houses.
Though I believe it only showed one film with reserved seats: the opening film Marooned. Unless the interior is retained why would they salvage the building? The exterior looks like it was poured from a cement mixer.
And I have to admit when you were familiar with the Criterion, Rivoli and Warner Cinerama you always rued this was the one saved and not any of the others.
Please keep posting these ads from the Music Hall’s glory days.
Please keep post these ads from the Music Hall’s glory days.
Wow from the original photos to the ones in 2002 it looks like someone repainted their basement. One thick coat of ugly colors slapped on with a big brush.
I hope the Saban restoration was able to bring it back to its former beauty. What a great place it probably was to see SOM.
Just would like to clarify the fact that the score to Scaramouche was recorded in 3 track stereo and the film opened here in the summer of ‘52. Recording of the film started in October of '51. As I said would be interesting to know how it was presented.
Boy how we remember things differently.
I saw OK at the Penthouse as well. I had never seen it in Todd AO and thought it was great. Don’t remember it as totally pink at all.
Saw a number of the 70mm prints in the main Cinerama theater. My Fair Lady, South Pacific and Paint Your Wagon were spectacular on that 80 foot curved screen.
And that sound system!
6 track analogue surround sound and not to be believed. They will never be heard like that again.
I only saw The Black Hole here. Was disappointed in the screen size for such a large theater.
When SOM made its big return in 73 it played here and I was hoping it would return to the Rivoli as it had such a long initial engagement there and held the world premiere. I was too young to see it there its first go round. And as it was one of my favorite movie theaters it would have been great.
Was in this theater in its latter days and found it hard to believe movies like The Blue Max and Gigi(after moving from the Royale reserved seat engagement) had prestigious runs here rather than in more spacious theaters in Times Square. Not only dumpy but too small for these kinds of films
The one movie I remember seeing here was a very strange little Isabelle Huppert number. She was in love with a too young hockey player and did unmentionable things to her body with a razorblade. Bad in the way only a French film can be bad.
Perhaps then I saw at Cinema 1 a preview of Bullets over Broadway and did see MMM at the Beekman. I was only in the Coronet once and I believe I saw either Gallipoli or Breaker Morant there. I’d go with Cinema 1 for Days of
Heaven but at this point I wouldn’t bet on it.
I did see Interiors at the Baronet at a first showing on the first Sat of the run. A line outside and the place was packed. I remember I liked it enormously when everyone from the critics to the audience hated it. Went again a short while later and found it just as good.
This looks like one of the great roadshow houses with a truly wide screen that enveloped the audience head on.
I wish more of the photos under the individual theaters had such great photos of the interior and the size of the screen in relation to the audience.
Funny that this even opened as a roadshow house when so many theaters had to be converted to being one. At least in New York.
Yeah SOM would have looked great here.
I have a friend who has seen this Scaramouche at MOMA and while not especially a silent movie buff(he’s a big Sabatini buff) he claims it is much better than the ‘52 remake.