5345-6347 Gratiot Avenue
The Exhibitor, January 21, 1942
When Ladies Meet
Charlie Chan in Rio
The Exhibitor, April 17, 1940
"In recent years the motion picture industry has seen the advent of newsreel theatres. These houses screen the industry's weekly newsreel output as the feature attraction and fill in with sufficient short subjects of merit to make up a definite program."
"Pictured here is just such a house designed by Shaw, Naess and Murphy for the Newsreel Theatres, Inc., Chicago."
"The exterior of this newsreel house is of a design typical of that current for this type of theatre. A huge triangular marquee extends well out and across the sidewalk, gaining much attention over the neighboring stores. Prominent in this view is the stainless steel boxoffice with its automatic turnstile."
"The exterior at night fully illuminated shows the attractiveness of the signwork
and the extent of the exploitation necessary for this type of theatre."
165 N. State Street
Motion Picture Herald, October 22, 1938:
"Experienced in handling tremendous crowds, New York City's 5886-seat Roxy Theatre keeps on call extra ushers, cashiers, doormen for emergencies.
But even the Roxy's elaborate plans were inadequate when the 20th Century Fox hit 'Suez' in its world premier run, blasted 'In Old Chicago' sensational records."
"The waiting line a half-hour before the New York Roxy doors opened. 3,089 people stretched along 50th Street a quarter of a mile."
"Usually four boxoffices are sufficient for the biggest attractions. But even the Roxy's full battery of six boxoffices (largest in the world) were swamped."
"Every one of the Roxy's 5,886 seats is filled and more than 500, under Capt. Walter Darrah's watchful eye wait in the Rotunda."
"Waiting line breaks through, fills huge Roxy rotunda."
Hundreds stand in back of orchestra hopefully waiting for a seat. They are lucky. This, their fifth wait, is their last."
West Side Rag, March 20, 2022:
"Metro Theatre will be a 'community entertainment center' with multiple restaurant-theatres and much more."
Newspaper articles refer to it as an art deco cinema but the interior was demolished in 2006 to prepare the space for retail use.
David Dunlap, New York Times, November 14, 2007:
"the inside, visible to passers-by on a recent afternoon, has been gutted. Gone are seats and plaster and curtains and screen. Gone is a golden ceiling molding with a chain of floral bouquets. Gone are the sylph-filled niches. Gone is grille work that sprouted like corn stalks."
The Metro, 2626 Broadway, opened in 1933 as the Midtown, part of Ochs circuit of theatres.
The New York State Exhibitor, June 10, 1933:
"Midtown theatre, new Lee Ochs house, opened the past weekend. Sam Chernow managing. House seats 600."
The New York State Exhibitor, June 25, 1933:
"the Ochs circuit signalized the opening of its new Midtown theatre by covering the vicinity of the new house with a twelve-color display done in ADC's multi-color process."
Motion Picture Herald, October, 21, 1933:
"The façade- its terra cotta and aluminum pattern by day and its illuminate effect with floods and tubes at night."
|"The auditorium as seen from the stadium."|
Motion Picture Herald, September 22, 1934:
"In the lobby, the walls are covered with Formica sheets in horizontal bands of rich red inlaid with 2 inch strips of black at the edges."
Motion Picture Herald, November 10, 1951:
"Really, the tallest and most spectacular figure ever built on Broadway. The principal character in this great display for 'Ten Tall Men' at the Victoria theatre, is sixty-five feet high, and surrounded with colorful--and expensive--art work."