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Collecting Monsters => Memorable Memorabilia => Topic started by: Monsters For Sale on September 18, 2012, 05:24:52 PM

Title: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on September 18, 2012, 05:24:52 PM
Anyone have any images of Movie Marquees featuring Universal Monsters to share?

This original 1952 8x10 press photo of the Victory Theatre in New York City just sold for $14.99 on eBay:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8319/8001145943_8deceb2574_c.jpg)

Here is a link to the auction with its full-sized 1600x1264 photo:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1950s-Photograph-Victory-Theatre-New-York-City-Frankenstein-Dracula-/130764087506?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e7225a0d2 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/1950s-Photograph-Victory-Theatre-New-York-City-Frankenstein-Dracula-/130764087506?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e7225a0d2)


Let's see some more.


Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: horror1o1 on September 18, 2012, 05:45:00 PM
Anyone have any images of Movie Marquees featuring Universal Monsters to share?

This original 1952 8x10 press photo of the Victory Theatre in New York City just sold for $14.99 on eBay:

([url]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8319/8001145943_8deceb2574_c.jpg[/url])

Here is a link to the auction with its full-sized 1600x1264 photo:

[url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/1950s-Photograph-Victory-Theatre-New-York-City-Frankenstein-Dracula-/130764087506?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e7225a0d2[/url] ([url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/1950s-Photograph-Victory-Theatre-New-York-City-Frankenstein-Dracula-/130764087506?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e7225a0d2[/url])


Let's see some more.


i think the date is wrong? Does this look like the 50's to you? I have doubts.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: sixshooter on September 18, 2012, 06:35:23 PM
Looks like the movie marquee to the left is showing "Return of the Texan" with Joanne Dru which came out in 1952.

  Lee
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: horror1o1 on September 18, 2012, 08:51:55 PM
Looks like the movie marquee to the left is showing "Return of the Texan" with Joanne Dru which came out in 1952.

  Lee

well there you have it. Good detective work. :)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Ghost on September 18, 2012, 09:15:11 PM
Anyone have any images of Movie Marquees featuring Universal Monsters to share?

This original 1952 8x10 press photo of the Victory Theatre in New York City just sold for $14.99 on eBay:

([url]http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8319/8001145943_8deceb2574_c.jpg[/url])

Here is a link to the auction with its full-sized 1600x1264 photo:

[url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/1950s-Photograph-Victory-Theatre-New-York-City-Frankenstein-Dracula-/130764087506?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e7225a0d2[/url] ([url]http://www.ebay.com/itm/1950s-Photograph-Victory-Theatre-New-York-City-Frankenstein-Dracula-/130764087506?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e7225a0d2[/url])


Let's see some more.


Now that is an awesome sight! I love the luminous eyes of the monsters on the board above the ticket office. Is this advertising a double feature of Dracula and Frankenstein as one show? Using Bela Lugosi as Dracula and Boris Karloff as the monster it seems like it can't be for House of Frankenstein, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, or House of Dracula and it doesn't appear to be for Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein. The Dracula poster is definitely for the 1931 movie and the Frankenstein imagery on the right is from the 1931 original as well, but the standee is from Bride of Frankenstein. Looks like a double feature to me.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Bogey on September 18, 2012, 09:18:59 PM
This is my new favorite thread and only on pic so far!  Complete coolness

Thread duty (thanks to others):

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_cMdbfkl3Rz4/TJh9QcNNqbI/AAAAAAAAGxg/YwSUpqBernU/s800/boxoffice.jpg)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_cMdbfkl3Rz4/TJh9MwsFf3I/AAAAAAAAGxY/OD_l8ZrIyzg/s800/coming+soon.jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-RI7WLAYL3Zo/UCfhHm8g4-I/AAAAAAAAiQA/6nkUZ43aIf4/s320/house-of-frankenstein-marquee)

(http://horrorunlimited.com/images/P/Curse%20of%20Frankenstein%20-%20F-X1.jpg)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxtt8eOFRV1qz72v7o1_500.jpg)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l1vkevpYnf1qaqx8xo1_500.jpg) Photo shopped or real?

(http://www.cinemaretro.com/uploads/APESMARQUEE.jpg)

(http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/4959/capitolgorgo.jpg)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_V1y28UmHr04/S_1_pEKpmWI/AAAAAAAAFTQ/CjPzNZ33JGU/s1600/Fiend_2.jpg)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ma9dgkMFpy1qf83cro1_500.jpg)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9rr4lA1up1qf83cro1_500.jpg)

(http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/555706_335412623213055_721473546_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/75678_4656244854794_259214900_n.jpg)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-75CJ9t2aRxs/Tb-aFxp8mVI/AAAAAAAAACw/9TeqmKF_JqY/s1600/royal%2Btheatre.jpg)

(http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4123/4788234626_4ed2dfd0f7_b.jpg)

(http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_llfhnwLX4h1qk1vbpo1_500.jpg)

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lqnwp1pcPm1qe83rwo1_500.jpg)

(http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lbwep0vOas1qa0nt3o1_1280.jpg)

(http://horrorunlimited.com/images/P/Horror%20of%20Dracula%20-%20BTS%2001.jpg)

(http://images.yuku.com/image/jpg/6472562e13672156d847eb51633a5fc04ca18e6_r.jpg)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lqnq1sAoNP1qe83rwo1_500.jpg)

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ly2kuxYGqS1qf83cro2_500.jpg)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l8ap3nlG6Y1qc1sduo1_500.jpg)

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lz6467BdBf1qemxfbo1_1280.jpg)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2vuy5LPVB1qf83cro3_500.jpg)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GpYXYfbQ1Tw/ThHjnUf2B0I/AAAAAAAAEq0/Lwbjim5q8hw/s1600/40a35a5f56ac41d09c970c31ff0cbc0cbb8fa84.pjpg.jpeg)

(http://i258.photobucket.com/albums/hh242/matteljones/Marquee.jpg)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lax5e5o82F1qzdulpo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Ghost on September 18, 2012, 09:24:35 PM
Wow that is about as awesome as it gets! Thanks for posting!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Bogey on September 18, 2012, 09:25:18 PM
Wow that is about as awesome as it gets! Thanks for posting!

Most were on another board....just brought them over.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: sixshooter on September 18, 2012, 10:15:12 PM
Great pics.


  Lee
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: packy120353 on September 19, 2012, 04:06:48 AM
(http://farm1.staticflickr.com/47/118258034_e9d42f2ba2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/duane-the-bathtub/118258034/)
Marquee Marks? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/duane-the-bathtub/118258034/#) by packy120353 (http://www.flickr.com/people/duane-the-bathtub/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Ghost on October 07, 2012, 01:33:55 AM
(http://media.kentucky.com/smedia/2012/09/27/17/53/mt1ER.AuSt.79.jpeg)
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-EQoIOvKz1lo/TxffJx1PY7I/AAAAAAAAIDw/5XUfgW3fzsA/s800/thesmoot.jpg)
(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IZ4LdlV7BvU/UC4EZ-xwyKI/AAAAAAAAIos/64Vm7iWbqlk/s1600/Frankenstein+crowd.jpg)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Ghost on October 07, 2012, 01:53:02 AM
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QnZYFtbikPQ/TtgzanUYOeI/AAAAAAAAH-M/e6vCbNHnJUc/s800/continuous.jpg)
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_cMdbfkl3Rz4/S9FjIMHJICI/AAAAAAAAGaM/io_CIqHo4gQ/s800/strand.jpg)
(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_llfhge30B11qk1vbpo1_500.jpg)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: scorpio on October 07, 2012, 03:40:01 AM
Don't you wish they had displays like that today I sure do.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on October 07, 2012, 05:03:12 AM



(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8313/8062108532_960db6ea61_b.jpg)

Frankenstein at the Fordham Theatre - New York City - 1931



(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8449/8062108506_e25cf71a5e_c.jpg)

Invisible Monster (Serial) at the Alhambra Theatre - Shelbyville, Indiana - 1950's

Actually, the Invisible Monster is about a criminal wrapped in invisible cloth, but invisibility figures into the story as much as it does in 1933's "The Invisible Man".
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: jedicow on October 07, 2012, 06:04:29 AM
i wish theaters did stuff like that today. :(
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: jimm on October 07, 2012, 11:29:02 AM
Spectacular stuff, wonder how many of these treasures are still hidden
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Ghost on October 07, 2012, 11:42:52 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IpFwFTEJH9A/SMrgx3JL-NI/AAAAAAAACnM/JwpRTnuELNo/s400/aadrac3.jpg)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IpFwFTEJH9A/SMraBu-kaXI/AAAAAAAACmU/mAP-s39aHZY/s400/aadrac21.jpg)

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IpFwFTEJH9A/SMrVhf5tdhI/AAAAAAAACl8/H5XsV_kxi7I/s400/aadrac22.jpg)

(http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/310/2032/400/curse6.jpg)

(http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/310/2032/400/curse3.jpg)

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_IpFwFTEJH9A/SNQbWp_z9XI/AAAAAAAACos/EXovFd9j7HE/s400/aadrac9.jpg)

(http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/310/2032/400/ghost9.jpg)

(http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/310/2032/400/ghost10.jpg)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_IpFwFTEJH9A/TJIkW9ZuuwI/AAAAAAAAHGk/rnxs6Ht3djo/s400/aaaacu2.jpg)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_IpFwFTEJH9A/TJIiW2DdpFI/AAAAAAAAHGU/44n_sU9onqA/s400/aaaacu1.jpg)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: marsattacks666 on October 10, 2012, 07:03:24 AM
This is one of the coolest threads. :D :D :D
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 18, 2014, 06:33:18 AM
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2889/13240831704_a21503e0f2_b.jpg)

Los Angeles, California
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on March 18, 2014, 08:04:53 AM
i think the date is wrong? Does this look like the 50's to you? I have doubts.

Looks right to me. The year 1952 would have closely resembled the forties.

 :)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on March 18, 2014, 08:08:57 AM
This is my new favorite thread and only on pic so far!  Complete coolness

Thread duty (thanks to others):

Those are awesome pics, but you could take your post a whole level higher by labelling at least the location of each if not the year.

 :)

This is one of the coolest threads. :D :D :D

It really does need locations though.

 :(
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on March 18, 2014, 08:13:46 AM
i wish theaters did stuff like that today.

Me I wish we still had downtowns like the ones pictured.

 :(

Walmarts and suburban malls just don't cut it for me.

 >:(

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Gossamer on March 20, 2014, 01:37:58 AM
i think the date is wrong? Does this look like the 50's to you? I have doubts.

I believe this was Universal's last ditch to revive the monster interest.  I thought they double billed them earlier as well.  What's great though is seeing the mash of monster stuff over the years.  Must be a reproduction but still great to see the original Dracula movie poster there.  A really cool photo and a awesome thread.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on March 20, 2014, 12:03:03 PM
I can almost smell the popcorn and feel that anticipation right before the movie begins. Love this thread!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Scatter on March 20, 2014, 02:28:22 PM
Man. I would KILL for a Wayback Machine!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on March 20, 2014, 03:28:46 PM
I can almost smell the popcorn and feel that anticipation right before the movie begins.


Here then is a visual aid to help you out in that regard:

(http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g434/Balticprince/General%20Album%203/Popcornm_zps1ad2d4a8.jpg)

 ;)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Flower on March 20, 2014, 03:35:58 PM
Very cool thread ...
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: universalmonsterkid on March 26, 2014, 06:21:40 PM
Very cool, I have to ask the question though ,is there a possibility of a coffee table book of these. I think it would be an awesome concept starting with the silent years and working it's way thru today , just a thought . I'm wondering whether many of these are in the public domain or from the use of private collectors.
I'm going to go thru it again , I enjoyed it that much, again thanks
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 13, 2014, 10:55:27 PM

Here is the Loews Theater in St. Louis, MO, 1972:

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3721/13838704395_60516a8bb0_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on April 14, 2014, 08:35:15 AM
Free Vomit Bag?

 :o

I wonder if those are now valuable collector's items? And would usage have enhanced or reduced their value?

 ???

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on April 14, 2014, 09:39:48 AM
Free Vomit Bag?

Wow, I always brought mine from home (but that was for Adam Sandler films & rom coms).
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: horrorhunter on April 14, 2014, 04:55:06 PM
Free Vomit Bag?

 :o

I wonder if those are now valuable collector's items? And would usage have enhanced or reduced their value?

 ???

They are fairly common on evilBay. There are actually different types depending on when it was issued. And, all I've seen on offer are sans pukey remnants.  :laugh:

(http://www.moviepromomuseum.com/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_MarkOfTheDevilBarfBag1-sm.jpg)

Although, some of the evilBay sellers would probably send it "used" if you requested it to make a sale, then swear it was vintage vomit.  >:D
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 28, 2014, 05:20:17 PM
This is taken from a reprint of a postcard:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7435/14056302574_94d97c0626_o.jpg)

Horror of Dracula & The Thing That Couldn't Die - Gloversville, NY - 1958

(Click on picture for full size image.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on April 28, 2014, 08:20:02 PM
 Another time machine worthy moment.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: horrorhunter on April 28, 2014, 10:03:06 PM
Another time machine worthy moment.
You got that right, brother! That is awesome. How I long to walk into it and see that double feature...

I was just a dirty thought in my Dad's mind in '58.  >:D :laugh:
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 28, 2014, 10:23:33 PM
An unidentified theater in 1954:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5113/14078646403_c301ba946d_o_d.jpg)

gog - What monsterkid wouldn't want to buy a ticket to see this movie?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 28, 2014, 10:44:24 PM
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7367/14035477486_77b21b9166_b.jpg)

The Cat People - The Rialto - New York City, 1942.



(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5100/14078647903_f26de22808_b.jpg)

The Body Snatcher - RKO - St. Louis, Missouri - 1945.



(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5143/14058613525_dd0a46385a_b.jpg)

The Body Snatcher - Hillsborough Drive-In - Tampa, Florida - 1945.

(How cool would it be to be a young guy with a 40's convertible and a cute date seeing this a first-run feature on a warm summer night?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: frankenstein73 on April 29, 2014, 01:00:38 AM
I would love to have that robot standing next to my flatscreen! I don't I've ever seen gog? Is it good?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 29, 2014, 03:02:21 AM
I would love to have that robot standing next to my flatscreen! I don't I've ever seen gog? Is it good?

Never saw this one.  It was not on official VHS or DVD for a long time.

MGM has it out on Made-On-Demand DVD-R with no extras.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on April 29, 2014, 08:48:10 AM
Wow, I would have loved to have been at that "The Bodysnatcher" premiere. Multiplexes have no personality whatsoever.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on April 29, 2014, 09:49:30 AM
I don't I've ever seen gog? Is it good?

"gog" is one of the 3 sci-fi films produced by Ivan Tors in the mid '50s. "The Magnetic Monster" and "Riders to the Stars" were the others. If you're a big '50s sci-fi fan, you'll want to own them (but you'd already know that). Definitely worth seeing, even if you're not. All 3 turn up on TCM about once a year.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on April 29, 2014, 10:01:47 AM
I would love to have that robot standing next to my flatscreen!


That's GARCO. He's not in the movie, but they used him to promote it.
http://cyberneticzoo.com/robots/1953-garco-harvey-g-chapman-jr-american/ (http://cyberneticzoo.com/robots/1953-garco-harvey-g-chapman-jr-american/)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 29, 2014, 02:22:21 PM
That's GARCO. He's not in the movie, but they used him to promote it.
[url]http://cyberneticzoo.com/robots/1953-garco-harvey-g-chapman-jr-american/[/url] ([url]http://cyberneticzoo.com/robots/1953-garco-harvey-g-chapman-jr-american/[/url])


Since reviews mention gog and magog, I figured this was the one not on the poster.

Just how much time HAVE you spent in the dark during your lifetime?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: frankenstein73 on April 29, 2014, 02:35:47 PM
Wow! That was a great article Mike, I somehow have never heard of Garco until today? Unless it was in my youth and I had since forgotten.  But I was born in 73 so it may have been old news by the time I was of age.  As for 50s science fiction I have been trying to watch as many as I can get my hands on and catch up. I used to catch alot of them on the wtbs matinee s and late night movies growing up, thats also where  I first saw all the godzilla flicks too.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: frankenstein73 on April 29, 2014, 02:38:01 PM


Just how much time HAVE you spent in the dark during your lifetime?

My thoughts exactly!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on April 29, 2014, 02:53:55 PM
Since reviews mention gog and magog, I figured this was the one not on the poster.


gog and magog are, as you would expect, twins.
(http://www.unratedfilm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Gog-8.jpg)

Just how much time HAVE you spent in the dark during your lifetime?


Is that counting my journey to the center of the Earth?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 29, 2014, 03:25:35 PM

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7204/14068205164_ef609be34c_b.jpg)

Forbidden Planet & The Last Hunt - Bengie's Drive-In - Middle River, Maryland - 1956


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2904/14068204864_7a01bb0db5_b.jpg)

Cat Women of the Moon & Monster From the Ocean Floor - Imperial - Unidentified City - 1954

(Anybody know where this particular Imperial Theater is/was?)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 29, 2014, 08:02:00 PM

On Broadway, New York City:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2911/14078646563_c3546c71df_b.jpg)

The Day the Earth Stood Still - RKO Mayfair - New York City - September, 1951.  - Partially seen at he far right is the RKO Palace. 

(If a "One Sheet" poster is 27 in. x 41 in. and a "Two Sheet" is twice that size, How many a "Sheeter" is this thing?)


AND...


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5231/14068205294_fa12e26f71_b.jpg)

The War of the Worlds - RKO Mayfair - New York City - 1953

(Too bad these photos weren't in color.) 
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on April 29, 2014, 08:26:26 PM
 
(If a "One Sheet" poster is 27 in. x 41 in. and a "Two Sheet" is twice that size, How many a "Sheeter" is this thing?)
 

You didn't get them from National Screen Service, that's for sure! I don't know where they would get some of these gigantic displays? They were only seen in the biggest cities. Maybe just the very biggest!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 30, 2014, 02:15:18 AM

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5467/14091878423_f635427b05_b.jpg)

Curse of Frankenstein & X the Unknown - Hill - Hillsboro, Oregon - 1957.


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7405/13885209279_5b745aa194_o.jpg)

On the Beach - Astor - Unidentified City - 1960.

(Wonderful, atmospheric photo!)


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2920/14071814825_64454d22c6_b.jpg)

House On Haunted Hill - Unknown Theater - Unknown City - 1964.

(With 'EMERGO', the New Electronic Process)


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2902/13885209537_bb78f95bbd_o.jpg)

It Came From Outer Space - RKO Hillstreet - Los Angeles, California - 1953

(This is an expanded view of the image on Page 2 of this thread, showing the people in the street.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on April 30, 2014, 08:33:41 AM
 Today, all these films would be shown (without such fanfare) in one twenty mini theaters in the multiplex. Such a shame.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: horrorhunter on April 30, 2014, 11:43:52 AM
MFS, yer killin' me! I would almost trade my monster collection for a Wayback Machine...ALMOST!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 30, 2014, 03:23:13 PM

I think like these little Main Street postcards better than the huge displays - More like what I remember:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5347/14052996106_38b2b27f89_o.jpg)

Haunted Strangler & Fiend without a Face - Loew's - White Plains, New York - 1958.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on April 30, 2014, 03:55:52 PM
All these old pictures are great.

 8)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 30, 2014, 05:13:52 PM

Another Main Street postcard.  Sci-Fi playing 2nd feature to a western:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7417/14076700015_52a8a1cefb_h.jpg)

A Day of Fury  &  Earth vs. the Flying Saucers - Walden, New York - 1956.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 01, 2014, 04:23:18 AM

The prop on the back of this truck would make a nice companion piece to ToyRanch's "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man" heads.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7311/14076592652_b35bff03f8_o.jpg)

Bride of Frankenstein  &  Princess O'Hara - Orpheum - Omaha, Nebraska - 1935.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on May 01, 2014, 08:43:26 AM
 Get me a time machine & a ticket to Nebraska, I'm there!!!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on May 01, 2014, 09:28:48 AM
Damn! That is one big monster!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on May 01, 2014, 01:48:37 PM
Damn! That is one big monster!
Yeah, they went through all that work for a theater in Omaha, Nebraska. Nowadays they just sent out a damn tweet.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: frankenstein73 on May 01, 2014, 02:43:49 PM
The Orpheum  theater is still there, it hosts mostly broadway plays. Phantom of the opera, lion king, wicked, etc... It is quite amazing and beautiful inside, very ornate. It would have been amazing to see Bride in that theater!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 01, 2014, 03:58:55 PM
Yeah, they went through all that work for a theater in Omaha, Nebraska. Nowadays they just sent out a damn tweet.

Frank's on a truck.  I'm sure he was taken from theater to theater just like the cans of film.  I wonder how many places he visited and how many parades he rode in?  He looks tired.  There must have been many pictures taken of him, many with smiling fans.  Strange, this is the only picture of him I have ever seen.

You can get a better idea od how big he is, when you compare him to the height of the trick door.  Nice collectible, if you had somewhere to put him.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on May 01, 2014, 05:20:55 PM
I'm sure that poor old Frank is with Forry by now.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: horrorhunter on May 01, 2014, 07:42:28 PM
I'm sure that poor old Frank is with Forry by now.
Forry probably already has a hellatious collection in Monster Heaven.  ;D
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: MONSTERMOSH on May 01, 2014, 08:08:58 PM
All these pictures are great.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: ChrisW on May 01, 2014, 09:37:34 PM
On Broadway, New York City:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2911/14078646563_c3546c71df_b.jpg)

The Day the Earth Stood Still - RKO Mayfair - New York City - September, 1951.  - Partially seen at he far right is the RKO Palace. 

(If a "One Sheet" poster is 27 in. x 41 in. and a "Two Sheet" is twice that size, How many a "Sheeter" is this thing?)

So THAT'S where that darn poster came from! I've had it rolled up in my garage for years, but never knew where it was from until now!


(I keed! I keed!)  >:D
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 01, 2014, 10:36:55 PM

I had to look this one up:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7305/14085977575_ed82b39e83_b.jpg)

Shaft  &  Velvet Vampire - Nixon - Philadelphia, PA - Sometime between 1971 (when both movies were released)  &  1985 (when the theatre was torn down).
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on May 01, 2014, 11:05:53 PM
Forry probably already has a hellatious collection in Monster Heaven.  ;D
He probably has all our childhood toys that wound up in toy heaven (mine are probably in a much hotter place).
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 01, 2014, 11:40:48 PM

I'll try again -

These were stolen from an earlier thread somewhere in the UMA - I don't remember where:


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2931/13899545470_195da52ef6_o.jpg)

King Kong - Fox - Pomona, CA - May, 1933 - 1


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5506/14083004632_4183c83994_h.jpg)

King Kong - Fox - Pomona, CA - May, 1933 - 2 

(Lousy fake audience - I would rather have had a clear view of Kong.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 02, 2014, 05:34:08 AM

On the corner of 1st and Broadway, this theatre is still in use:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7460/14088263454_09eab31870_o.jpg)

King Kong - Orpheum - Wichita, Kansas - circa 1955  - (Saturday kid's  matinee - note all the bikes)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on May 02, 2014, 09:19:12 AM
Kong looks like he's saying "Why you, I oughta . .!"
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: horrorhunter on May 02, 2014, 02:28:19 PM
Kong looks like he's saying "Why you, I oughta . .!"
Ah yes, the deadly martial art of Wai Ai Ota. (Bruce would say- "The art of fighting without fighting"  :angel:)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monolith on May 03, 2014, 03:07:17 AM
On Broadway, New York City:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2911/14078646563_c3546c71df_b.jpg)

The Day the Earth Stood Still - RKO Mayfair - New York City - September, 1951.  - Partially seen at he far right is the RKO Palace. 

(If a "One Sheet" poster is 27 in. x 41 in. and a "Two Sheet" is twice that size, How many a "Sheeter" is this thing?)





I think that DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL "photo" is a painting. Look closely at the cars and people. If it's a photo it's been digitally altered to look like a painting.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monolith on May 03, 2014, 03:13:07 AM
Here's a photo of the real thing...

(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3mOXVueZMMc/UvjOqtpeiNI/AAAAAAAAWz0/D-Ur-pFEAt0/s1600/screen-capture-2.jpg)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on May 03, 2014, 08:49:58 AM
I think that DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL "photo" is a painting. Look closely at the cars and people.

Damn, you're right, it is! Wonder why somebody did it? You can see the added small GORT at the bottom of the "poster" (amongst other changes).
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Wolfman on May 03, 2014, 09:38:59 AM
I need to get my Delorean fixed and go back in time.

JP
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on May 07, 2014, 08:14:31 AM
Get me a time machine & a ticket to Nebraska, I'm there!!!

I need to get my Delorean fixed and go back in time.

And not just for the first run flicks at proper theatres! I want to scour all the variety stores for cards, comics, magazines, model kits, rack toys, etc. I want to hit all the five-and-dime stores and department store toy departments. I want to scour every hobby shop, hardware store, book store, five-and-dime for whatever cool model kits they'd have. Finally, I'd like to hit all the fabulous diners, drive-ins, lunch counters at five-and-dime stores and drug store soda fountains for breakfast, lunch and supper! Then of course there would be the cars at auto dealerships...! Oh man....

 cl:)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on May 07, 2014, 01:40:23 PM
And not just for the first run flicks at proper theatres! I want to scour all the variety stores for cards, comics, magazines, model kits, rack toys, etc. I want to hit all the five-and-dime stores and department store toy departments. I want to scour every hobby shop, hardware store, book store, five-and-dime for whatever cool model kits they'd have. Finally, I'd like to hit all the fabulous diners, drive-ins, lunch counters at five-and-dime stores and drug store soda fountains for breakfast, lunch and supper! Then of course there would be the cars at auto dealerships...! Oh man....

 cl:)
If I stayed long enough, I'd ask the theaters if I could have some movie posters & lobby cards. Hell, I might not come back. I'd wait to the 60's and pick up first run Auroras, Don Posts, & Marx stuff.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Scatter on May 11, 2014, 11:55:06 AM
Today, all these films would be shown (without such fanfare) in one twenty mini theaters in the multiplex. Such a shame.

A puke-worthy thought.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on May 11, 2014, 01:06:57 PM
A puke-worthy thought.
Yeah, and they don't give you those cool barf bags anymore.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 11, 2014, 08:19:44 PM

This is taken from a linen postcard.  It was not uncommon for a postcard company to use paintings of photographs for their cards.  Color photography was difficult and very expensive in the early years.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7443/14185193853_937d65b1dd_h.jpg)
(Click on picture for full-sized image.)

Ghost of Frankenstein, The  &  Design For Scandal - Garde - New London, Connecticut - 1942
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 11, 2014, 08:43:33 PM

This is an interesting photo for a couple reasons.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7391/14185193873_acc645cdd5_o.jpg)
(Click on picture for full-sized image.)

Tom Sawyer & Gorilla, The - Pastime AKA: Greenfield - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - 1930

"Tom Sawyer" stars Jackie Coogan, who would play Uncle Fester on "The Addams Family" TV show.  He would reprise the role of Tom in 1931's "Huckleberry Finn".  (Note all the boys on the street are wearing the style cap that Jackie was photographed wearing so often.)

"The Gorilla" was the first talkie version of a man killing people under the guise of a gorilla.  This 1930 version starred Joe Frisco and Walter Pidgeon.  A silent version had been done in 1927, starring Charles Murray and Walter Pidgeon.  "The Gorilla" would be remade again in 1939, starring the Ritz Brothers, Lionel Atwill and Bela Lugosi.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Scatter on May 11, 2014, 08:48:18 PM
This is officially my favorite thread!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 12, 2014, 05:22:47 AM

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2912/13981296108_f0db810e24_b.jpg)

When the Screaming Stops,  Walk of the Dead  &  Stark Raving Mad - Dallas Drive-In - Dallas, Pennsylvania - Sometime between 1983 (When "Stark Raving Mad" was released) and 1985 (When the Dallas closed)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 12, 2014, 05:33:26 AM

Same movie, two different cities:


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7457/13981292777_94e66f3d42_o.jpg)

Gorgo  &  Sniper's Ridge - Capitol - Rome, New York - 1961.

(This doesn't look like a summer release.  Everyone is dressed very warm.)


And...

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7413/14167930625_9309d3b40a_o.jpg)

Gorgo - Fox - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 1961. 

(That's snow in the foreground.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 12, 2014, 06:13:18 AM

A classic in every sense of the word:


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/14168000094_fb8dcf6a0d_b.jpg)

Psycho - DeMille - New York City, New York - 1960.

(Note the incomplete sign to the right warning patrons that "No one will be admitted to the theatre after the start of each performance."  There were also signs in all theatres warning movie-goes not to give away the ending.  I will never forget them - I was still 13 when "Psycho" came to our little theatre.)


The big studios thought the subject matter was too distasteful and refused to put up the money for this film.  Hitchcock produced it independently and shot it on the familiar Universal back lot at what was then being called Review Studios.

Hitchcock died in 1980.  Two years later, Universal began pumping out a string of sequels and a scene-for-scene remake.

In the original film, Anthony Perkins affected a nervous habit of popping candy corn in his mouth from time to time.  Product placement is everything.  Wonder if sales of the much-maligned Halloween treat went up or down in 1960?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on May 12, 2014, 08:39:49 AM
Damn, we're all still stuck in 2014.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on May 12, 2014, 10:14:25 AM
When the Screaming Stops,  Walk of the Dead  &  Stark Raving Mad

Classic drive-in movie fare!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 12, 2014, 10:31:13 AM
Classic drive-in movie fare!

A local drive-in had just put up a double bill that I planned to go back and see the following day:  "Torso" & "Autopsy".

When I went back the next night, the prorgam had already been changed!  Their marquee stood right next to a fairly conservative neighborhood of upscale stucco homes and just above a grammar school bus stop.

I think there had been complaints.

I was pissed.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on May 12, 2014, 10:41:25 AM
Do you remember what they showed instead?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 12, 2014, 10:43:31 AM
This one was previously posted, but I can now identify the theatre:


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2917/13981296748_f44e2d0572_b.jpg)

Mummy, The - Rivoli - Rutherford, New Jersey - 1932.


Most of the marquee pictures on the Internetweb are posted with no identification.  Luckily some pictures are attributed.  I have been spending some time studying the pictures that show enough building detail, and matching them to known theatres.

Some photos are of the marquees only, of theatres at night, or where only one unidentified example is available.  A lot of these buildings are no more.  We may never know where they were. 

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 12, 2014, 10:45:06 AM
Do you remember what they showed instead?

No.  Something family-friendly.

It was years before I found those movies on DVD.  As expected, they were terrible!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 12, 2014, 10:57:20 AM

Here are a couple from 1958:


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7411/14188030753_a3f24cc208_o.jpg)

Haunted Strangler & Fiend without a Face - Rialto - New York City, New York - 1958.

("Karloff King of Monsters"  &  "Brutal Murder of Young Girls" on the same bill.  Who could resist?  I don't think Boris would care for this marquee.)


And on the other side of the Atlantic:


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7315/13981296060_84b73d7c98_o.jpg)

Dracula - Gaumont Haymarket - London, England - 1958.

("Do Not See It Alone!")
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 12, 2014, 11:05:13 AM

Here is the last one I have identified for now - But it's a nice one:


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5491/14144770106_3842275844_o.jpg)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Rivoli - New York City, New York - 1931.

(Don't you wish we had color photos of all these wonderful displays?)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on May 12, 2014, 01:40:18 PM
 Color would be nice, but they look absolutely fantastic in black & white as well.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Scatter on May 12, 2014, 09:26:16 PM
No.  Something family-friendly.

It was years before I found those movies on DVD.  As expected, they were terrible!

Terrible? Yes.........but gloriously so.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 13, 2014, 02:35:05 AM

Another version of the last story:


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7342/13986976048_0263578429_o.jpg)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Fargo - Fargo, North Dakota - 1941.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 13, 2014, 02:40:57 AM

To our North:


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5198/13986970840_f459f791b9_o.jpg)

Dr. Phibes Rises Again  &  Death Master, The - Downtown - Toronto, Canada - 1972.

("The Death Master" is a modern vampire story.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 13, 2014, 02:51:54 AM
A couple Universal films:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2940/13986975208_e22c39e280_b.jpg)

Incredible Shrinking Man, The - Globe - New York City, New York - 1957.


And...


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7394/14170300591_eb89bdd167_b.jpg)

Jaws - Rivoli - New York City, New York - 1975.

(I'm calling this big fish a "monster" because it was damn near supernaturally strong - Besides, it IS a Universal film.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 13, 2014, 04:46:07 AM
Here is a theatre dear to my heart:


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7363/13986976618_8148435387_o.jpg)

Blob, The  &  I Married a Monster From Outer Space - Colonial - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania - circa 1958.

(The studio had intended "The Blob" to be a co-feature for a top-billed "I Married a Monster From Outer Space", seen shortened here to fit on the marquee, but "Blob" was so popular that it was later released on its own.)


And, as if that weren't cool enough...


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7442/14150450416_14a0dfdc3d_b.jpg)

Daughter of Horror  AKA: Dementia - Colonial - Phoenixville, Pennyslvania - 1957 - (As it appeared in 'The Blob'.)


The Colonial is located at 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.  It is still in business and looks very much as did in the 1950's.  They have a "Blobfest" every year to commemorate being featured in that sci-fi classic.

Here is their website;  http://thecolonialtheatre.com/category/events/blobfest/ (http://thecolonialtheatre.com/category/events/blobfest/)

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on May 13, 2014, 08:45:41 AM
To our North:


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5198/13986970840_f459f791b9_o.jpg)

Dr. Phibes Rises Again  &  Death Master, The - Downtown - Toronto, Canada - 1972.

By the time I moved to Toronto the Downtown theatre had become a second run grindhouse showing four flicks from the sixties in one continuous loop. No newspaper ads with start times or anything like that and although the price was right, the interior of the theater really made you feel as if you had hit the skids. Accordingly, it was just perfect. It lasted until about the turn of the century.

 :)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on May 13, 2014, 10:53:57 AM
The SHRINKING MAN marquee was right!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 13, 2014, 10:55:51 AM
The SHRINKING MAN marquee was right!

Yeah.  Fifty-seven years later and we are still talking about it.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 17, 2014, 02:52:31 AM
Here are a couple from the '60's:


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2897/14016756450_fa2a70a115_b.jpg)

Birds, The - RKO Palace - New York City, New York - 1963.

(If you were not into birds, you could see the dancing girls next door.)


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2920/14016722479_bde3b1d749_b.jpg)

Night of the Living Dead - Fulton - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Oct. 1, 1968 - 1.

(Premier Showing)


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2908/14016790227_29a81b03f3_b.jpg)

Night of the Living Dead - Fulton - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Oct. 1, 1968 - 2.

(Premier Showing)

"Night of the Living Dead" would have been a helluva movie to see cold in 1968.  Imagine being one of the very first to see this movie - and then going home to explain it to family and friends.  I wonder if they would have  believed you?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 17, 2014, 03:51:20 AM

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5315/14203276834_e88875cf28_o.jpg)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers - Rivoli - New York City, New York - 1978.

(None of the remakes were as good as the original.)


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5484/14223530473_f1cdb2d4ea_b.jpg)

Star Trek: The Motion Picture - Regency #1 - San Francisco, California - 1979


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2914/14203276954_18c3919bee_b.jpg)

Friday the 13th & Don't Go In the House - Cinerama I & II - New York City, New York - 1980
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 17, 2014, 04:21:31 AM

I am re-visiting the first post in this thread:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2902/14200960742_799217f1c8_h.jpg)
(Click on picture for full-sized image)

Frankenstein  &  Dracula - Victory - New York City, New York - 1952 - 1


Below the Name DRACULA you will see a rare "Frankenstein" poster.  Here it is in color:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5231/14203883084_506670fbf2_b.jpg)

FRANKENSTEIN - Poster - 41x27 - Re-issue - Realart - 1951

(Kinda makes you wonder what the whole picture would look like in color, huh?)


This is the real reason I am re-posting the very first picture:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2907/14203276284_a372f83e68_b.jpg)

Frankenstein  &  Dracula - Victory - New York City, New York - 1952 - 2 - Box Office

(I found this un-identified picture and KNEW that I had seen this box office in another picture, somewhere...  So I looked back through my pictures and found it was the Victory in the first post!.  The cashier looks a little anxious at being alone at night.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on May 17, 2014, 11:20:10 PM
I am re-visiting the first post in this thread:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2907/14203276284_a372f83e68_b.jpg)

Frankenstein  &  Dracula - Victory - New York City, New York - 1952 - 2 - Box Office

(I found this un-identified picture and KNEW that I had seen this box office in another picture, somewhere...  So I looked back through my pictures and found it was the Victory in the first post!.  The cashier looks a little anxious at being alone at night.)

And I'm glad you did! She looks cool! I really miss the days when you got a real ticket made from a thin piece of coloured cardboard that came up through a metal slot on the cashier's desk as you paid for your admission.

 8)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 18, 2014, 08:54:46 PM
And I'm glad you did! She looks cool! I really miss the days when you got a real ticket made from a thin piece of coloured cardboard that came up through a metal slot on the cashier's desk as you paid for your admission.

 8)

Of course, it wasn't only to add the cashier.  I also uploaded a much larger version of the first picture and an example of the Realart Frankenstein poster.

I like to think of the cashier, peering out into the dark night.  She had no idea that 62 years later, she would be someone of interest to people from all over the world through something called an "Internet". 

I think she looks lovely.  I'm sure she was admired by many of the male customers who bought tickets from her.

I wonder if she is still alive?

 
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 19, 2014, 01:37:49 PM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5032/14220330031_355b6bc0c7_o.jpg)

Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus, The  &  Manster, The - Capital - Worcester, Massachusetts - 1962.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on May 19, 2014, 01:45:44 PM
Nowadays you need that loan shop next to the theater to afford the tickets.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on May 19, 2014, 02:15:37 PM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5032/14220330031_355b6bc0c7_o.jpg)

Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus, The  &  Manster, The - Capital - Worcester, Massachusetts - 1962.

Cool! Worcester, Massachusetts is Freddie Poe's home town!

 ???
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 20, 2014, 12:02:29 AM
Hmmmmm. Are you sure that's not Worcester, Massachusetts?

 ???

You're right.  I goofed the state abbreviation!  (I corrected the original post.)

Please MODIFY your last post and change the state name in the quote from me.  That way, we won't have a mis-identified photo left on the Internetweb.

I'm trying very hard to correctly identify pictures for future users.

Thanks,

Adam
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 20, 2014, 05:37:54 PM
Here are a couple triple-features:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5595/14253354713_dd69248581_b.jpg)

Night of the Living Dead  &  Dawn of the Dead  &  Day of the Dead  - Fulton - Pittsburg, Pennsylvania - Oct. 31, 1986.

(This was a fun Halloween night for the kids too old to trick-or-treat!)


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2897/14253354513_c884e7c061_b.jpg)

Evil Dead & Evil Dead II & Army of Darkness (AKA: Evil Dead III - Beverly Cinema, Los Angeles. California - 1990's.

(I haven't been able to pin down an exact date, but "Army of Darkness" was released in 1992.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 20, 2014, 05:56:33 PM
All across America in 1932:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5200/14253354153_4fa0ffd10b_o.jpg)

White Zombie - Regina - Los Angeles, California - 1932.


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2924/14230884512_80f7347e5e_b.jpg)

White Zombie - Rialto - Allentown, Pennsylvania - 1932.


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2920/14046570290_593b75c3e9_b.jpg)

White Zombie - Rivoli - New York City, New York - 1932.

(Are those live actors or life-sized dummies above the name of the theatre?)


Today, "White Zombie" is considered one of Bela Lugosi's more interesting minor films.  But in 1932, Lugosi was fresh from his 1931 sensation, "Dracula".  Consequently, the campaign for "White Zombie" went all out from coast to coast.  I wish we had photos of marquees from more of the theatres showing this film in 1932.
 
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on May 20, 2014, 08:16:12 PM
Those WZ displays are great!  :)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 20, 2014, 08:28:38 PM

Notice in the last two WZ pictures that the central signs have outsized "T"'s in the title?

I wonder why?  I don't recall that in any of the posters.  I don't see it repeated in all the other iterations of the name.

Strange.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 21, 2014, 07:01:13 PM

This one is interesting:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2919/14054321739_22bb313222_b.jpg)

Trick 'r Treat  &  Creepshow - Beverly Cinema - Los Angeles, California - Oct., 2009.
 

(The Beverly Theatre is a small, older theatre that might be called an "art house".  It shows older movies.  This picture was a surprise.  I was not aware that "Trick 'r Treat" had been shown in any public venues.  As far as I knew, "Trick 'r Treat" went straight to video.
 
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 23, 2014, 08:02:57 AM

Three little neighborhood theatres:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2912/14062763387_a9c29067fc_o.jpg)

Murder In the Music Hall  &  House of Dracula - Fox Alcazar - Bell, California - 1945.


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2912/14269522383_623d98a38c_b.jpg)

Eye For an Eye, An & Howling, The - Dilworth - Charlotte, North Carolina - 1981.


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5077/14062739670_e0471e7bd3_b.jpg)

Bride of Frankenstein - Alex - Glendale, California - Oct., 2005 - (Plus Spook Show)


(The only one of the theatres above that is still standing is the Alex.  It is so sad to see all the small, independently-owned theatres going dark.  So many fond reflections for so many of us older patrons - and when we are gone, even the memories will have winked out.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 23, 2014, 08:15:23 AM

Here are two early posts that I have now identified:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2935/14062700779_c77d6c6b70_b.jpg)

Brides of Dracula, The  &  Leech Woman, The - Towne - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - 1960.


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5312/14269522173_d307e0287a_b.jpg)

Mummy, The  &  Curse of the Undead - Paramount - Syracuse, New York - 1959.

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 23, 2014, 08:21:50 AM

This theatre looks like it's open only part-time:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5471/14062684268_8072d20d35_o.jpg)
(Click on picture to view full-sized image.)

Dr. Scream's Spook Show  &  Esmeralda  &  Faust - Riviera - Three Rivers, Michigan - Oct., 2011 - (Saturday Spook Show, Sunday Esmeralda, Tuesday Faust)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 23, 2014, 08:39:17 AM

This one is billed as "All Horror":

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2930/14249016754_a62d27f848_c.jpg)

Rasputin the Mad Monk  &  Reptile, The - Fox - Detroit, Michigan - 1966.

(The gentleman in the foreground was unidentified.  I suspect he is the manager of the theatre.  You might want to look up images of the Fox Theater in Detroit.  It was a true "movie palace" - an amazing place.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 23, 2014, 08:54:59 AM

I wish I could have seen these two shows:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5155/14062684238_d96db35a74_b.jpg)

Uninvited, The - Globe - New York City, New York - 1944.

("The Uninvited"'s" premiere theatre)


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5559/14062831407_46802ac85f_b.jpg)

Spook Show - (Regular bill: Thrill of Brazil, The  &  So Dark the Night - Orpheum - Los Angeles, California - Oct., 1946.

(The year and month I was born.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on May 23, 2014, 08:59:28 AM
Those are all great!

 8)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 24, 2014, 09:48:07 PM
Here is one in full color:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2915/14262171224_ae03d2b0b6_o.jpg)
(Click on picture for full-sized image.)

Birds, The - Plaza - El Paso, Texas - April 20, 1963.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 28, 2014, 04:56:17 AM

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3737/14309584183_5854e53002_b.jpg)

2001: a space odyssey - Loew's Capital - New York City, New York - April 3, 1964.

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on May 28, 2014, 07:45:18 AM
2001: A Space Odyssey wasn't released until 1968 though.

 ???
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 28, 2014, 05:17:45 PM

Our North East:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5157/14293860595_b786b9eb16_b.jpg)

Planet of the Apes - Loew's Capital - New York City, New York - 1968.



Down under:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2931/14102771730_e66a98cd14_b.jpg)

Planet of the Apes - Regent - Sydney, Australia - 1968.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 28, 2014, 08:57:39 PM

Star Trek:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5198/14288893644_c4d4a91136_b.jpg)

Star Trek - Varsity - Athens, Ohio - 1979.


Vs.


Star Wars:

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3725/14289391195_937bbb53e5_b.jpg)

Return of the Jedi - Sam Eric - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 1983.


(It's a close call, but I think Star Wars has a slight edge.)

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 03, 2014, 07:06:01 AM
(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5549/14266276756_15dbf8fa1b_h.jpg)
(Click on picture for full-sized image.)

Krull  &  Mack and His Pack  /  YOR, the Hunter From the Future - Goldman - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 1984.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 03, 2014, 09:15:23 AM
Krull  &  Mack and His Pack

I like looking up the forgotten movies on these marquees. Mack and His Pack??
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 03, 2014, 09:36:13 AM
I like looking up the forgotten movies on these marquees. Mack and His Pack??

Yeah - that one sent me looking around the Internet, too.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: scott_of_smeg on June 03, 2014, 06:35:06 PM
Thank you for these pictures. I studied each one carefully in awe. Great stuff
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 03, 2014, 06:44:06 PM
Thank you for these pictures. I studied each one carefully in awe. Great stuff

You're welcome.

There are some more out there, but I am trying to identify what are usually anonymous pictures.  Luckily the same pictures are posted in many places and a lot of pictures are taken of a few of the more popular theaters.  Cross-matching architectural features and looking up movie release dates helps to pin these things down.

Anyhow, that MY excuse for slowing down in my posts.  I'm running out of the easy ones.

I will try to post more as often as I can.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 05, 2014, 06:29:59 PM

The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco:


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2930/14352023651_25bf2ed6f5_b.jpg)

Black Sabbath  &  Evil Eye - Warfield - San Francisco, California - 1964.

(A late Karloff picture and an Italian thriller, both released in 1963.)



(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5114/14353788212_a2c7d8d6ab_b.jpg)

Planet of the Apes & Beneath the Planet of the Apes & Escape From the Planet of the Apes & Conquest of the Planet of the Apes & Battle For the Planet of the Apes - Warfield - San Francisco, California - 1973

(All five "Planet of the Apes" movies in a row!  Oh, my aching butt.)

You will note the changes in the Warfield's marquee over the 9 years spanned by these views.  I think that was due to changes in city laws concerning structures hung out over sidewalks.  After all, 'Frisco is a place known for earthquakes. 

Some of these old marquees are very imposing structures.  It is not unusual to come across pictures of fallen marquees - especially in places where there are heavy snow storms.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 05, 2014, 07:01:16 PM
I'd seen this photo (usually cropped) a number of times before, but it was never identified:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5482/14168706898_12d3ae6936_o.jpg)

Bride of Frankenstein - Amusu - Balmain, Australia - 1935 - 1.

(Turns out this "coming feature" poster is a 24-sheeter from down under.)


Another angle, showing more of the Amusu Theatre:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5536/14168762960_b219d1f3a0_o.jpg)

Bride of Frankenstein - Amusu - Balmain, Australia - 1935 - 2.

(I always wonder when I see a person like the lone woman in this photo.  Who was she?  Why was she alone?  What would she think if she knew someone was wondering about her so many years later?)



Just the Poster:

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3854/14168706738_3900f50a8b_o.jpg)

Bride of Frankenstein - Amusu - Balmain, Australia - 1935 - 3.

(Note that a star in the original "Frankenstein", John Boles is starring in the currently-showing feature "She Married an Artist".  Even those posters are 6 or 8-sheeters.  Compare them to the size of the doorways.)

The person who took these photos was very interested in the fact that "Bride of Frankenstein" was coming to his town.  And he must not have been alone.  Seriously, when have you ever seen a "coming soon" poster so much bigger than the poster for the feature "now playing"?


Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 05, 2014, 07:10:28 PM

Elsewhere in Australia:


(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3906/14168857917_0f20d821fa_b.jpg)

Bride of Frankenstein - Plaza - Sydney, Australia - 1935.

(How did the cashier conduct business with the box office wrapped in a cardboard Frankenstein head?)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 05, 2014, 10:56:21 PM

"FINAL WEEK".

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3884/14168857067_805894298c_c.jpg)

House of Wax - Globe - Stockton-On-Tees, England - 1953.

("3 Dimensions".  If you compare to the size of the people in the street, that's a pretty big poster.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 06, 2014, 12:06:50 AM
("3 Dimensions".  If you compare to the size of the people in the street, that's a pretty big poster.)


It's not the 24 sheet.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img837/5257/wvt5.jpg)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 06, 2014, 11:23:55 AM


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5316/14375523893_a63a4d3364_o.jpg)
(Click on picture for full-sized image.)

Damien: Omen II - Riverside - Cleveland, Ohio - June 19, 1978.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 06, 2014, 11:55:11 AM

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5472/14168857797_dd8f64c239_o.jpg)

Cobra Woman  &  White Savage - Helena, Montana - May 4, 1950.

("Cobra Woman" was released in 1944 and "White Savage" was released in 1943. On this day in 1950, the Budweiser Clydesdales were being displayed on Main Street.  Not sure why that is, the calendar does not indicate a holiday.)



Here is an interesting postcard photo of the interior of the Antlers Theatre circa 1920:

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3835/14356921601_1326379bbd_b.jpg)

Something tells me they watched a lot more westerns than horror/sci-fi movies in this town.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 06, 2014, 12:44:07 PM
This is an interesting moment in time:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2920/14168856307_558d77250e_b.jpg)

Tarantula - Rialto - Louisville, Kentucky - December 8, 1955.


Louisville, Kentucky was a big tobacco town in 1955.  Phillip Morris was a huge employer.  They decided to throw a bash for their employees at the very plush Rialto Theatre.  Note the headliners were "The Hank Snow All Star Jamboree featuring The Duke of Paducha".  Also featuring "Elvis Presley with Bill and Scotty and Don".

Elvis Presley would not record "Hound Dog" until July of 1956.  After that, he was a one-named performer who took 2nd bill to no one.


Here is a shot of the live show that night:

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3886/14173910907_6b9147683b_b.jpg)

On stage are Scotty Moore, Elvis, Bill Black and D.J. (Dominic) Fontana - billed as "Don".

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 06, 2014, 01:08:56 PM
On stage are Scotty, Elvis, Bill and Don.

Don't know who "Don" is? That's Scotty Moore on guitar, Bill Black on base and D. J. (Dominic) Fontana on drums. Maybe Fontana went by the name "Don", for a while?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 06, 2014, 01:17:06 PM
Don't know who "Don" is? That's Scotty Moore on guitar, Bill Black on base and D. J. (Dominic) Fontana on drums. Maybe Fontana went by the name "Don", for a while?

Yes.  D.J. was going by the nickname "Don" and that's how he was billed that night.

I think I will go back and put in their full names - for clarity.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 06, 2014, 01:19:58 PM
Yes.  D.J. was going by the nickname "Don" and that's how he was billed that night.

Maybe he didn't want to sound so "Italian"?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 06, 2014, 01:23:42 PM
Maybe he didn't want to sound so "Italian"?

He was playing for a basically country crowd.  Every time he told them his name was "Dom", they probably repeated back "Don"?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 06, 2014, 01:36:32 PM
Last gasp:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2908/14332226496_b6429e98d6_b.jpg)

American Ninja  &  Teen Wolf - Chicago Theatre - Chicago, Illinois - 1985.


(This was the last [or very close to it] regular bill before the Chicago Theatre went out of the movie business.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 06, 2014, 02:59:42 PM

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3864/14375523003_f670a613f4_b.jpg)

Star Wars - Mann's Chinese - Hollywood, California - May 25, 1977 - 1



(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2897/14168760710_f04c97c3f3_o.jpg)

Star Wars - Mann's Chinese - Hollywood, California - May 25, 1977 - 2
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 06, 2014, 03:11:03 PM
Memphis, Tennessee:


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5192/14353884731_944ff0df68_b.jpg)

Invisible Man Returns, The - Strand - Memphis, Tennessee - 1940.



(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3836/14173478540_22bde8f60c_b.jpg)

Masters of the Congo Jungle  &  Terror From the Year 5,000 - Strand - Memphis, Tennessee - 1958.

("Masters of the Congo Jungle" was a B&W French documentary about the Belgian Congo.)




(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2902/14375525153_2cca6e29ab_o.jpg)
(Click on picture to view full-sized image.)

3:10 To Yuma  &  Incredible Shrinking Man, The - Princess - Memphis, Tennessee - 1957.

(Note the outdoor concession stand.  What'cha suppose that woman is carrying?)

                                   DRIVE  SAFLEY
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 06, 2014, 03:33:22 PM


This is a good-looking old theatre:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2914/14168669249_6c8764431d_o.jpg)
(Click on picture for full-sized image.)

Return of the Fly  &  Alligator People, The - Palms - West Palm Beach, Florida - 1959.

(I would definitely have wanted to escape the Florida summer heat by spending all afternoon taking in this double feature.)

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 06, 2014, 04:08:32 PM

("Masters of the Congo Jungle" was a B&W French documentary about the Belgian Congo.)


Strange DF with "Terror"!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 06, 2014, 04:09:46 PM
(I would definitely have wanted to escape the Florida summer heat by spending all afternoon taking in this double feature.)

Yeah, I'm there! Get the popcorn!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 07, 2014, 07:27:10 PM
Looks like they broke all their T's:


(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3864/14183272749_3bec6b2f59_b.jpg)

Atragon  &  Lost World of Sinbad, The - Alden - Globe City, Arizona - 1963
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 08, 2014, 07:11:09 PM
A little photo fakery here:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5539/14191529388_66d5700d7e_o.jpg)

Frankenstein  &  Dracula - DeMille - New York City, New York - 1950's.

(This photo and another photo of the DeMille Theatre showing "Psycho" in 1960 (poster earlier in this thread) appear to be identical except for the posters.  One or both pictures were manipulated by publicists.)

______________________________________

To refresh your memory:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7364/14168000094_fb8dcf6a0d_b.jpg)

________________________

UPDATE:  Found this to support "Psycho" photo authenticity.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3888/14398505893_bd2c942bbb_b.jpg)


(But why is the word "Shocker" reversed on the falling banner?)



Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 08, 2014, 07:52:11 PM
(But why is the word "Shocker" reversed on the falling banner?)

Because the wind blew it uʍop ǝpᴉsdn.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 08, 2014, 11:23:04 PM

Times Square;

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3883/14378689614_0608631c7e_b.jpg)

Maze, The   &  Roar of the Crowd - Amsterdam - New York City, New York.

"Leaps at you from the screen!"


("Roar of the Crowd" was a movie about Indy 500 car racing.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on June 08, 2014, 11:29:22 PM
I wonder what that "Toys/Souvenirs/Jokes" gift shop next to the "Psycho" theater had on the shelves back then (1960).
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 08, 2014, 11:32:04 PM
I wonder what that "Toys/Souvenirs/Jokes" gift shop next to the "Psycho" theater had on the shelves back then (1960).

Fake vomit, rubber hot dogs, plaster-of-Paris dog poop and the old fake nail through the finger gag. etc.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on June 08, 2014, 11:36:55 PM
Fake vomit, rubber hot dogs, plaster-of-Paris dog poop and the old fake nail through the finger gag. etc.
All winners in my book.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 13, 2014, 02:12:04 AM

Sorry I haven't been keeping this up, but life has been getting in the way.


(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3851/14224316037_2f32cfc57d_b.jpg)

Rattlers  &  Bug  - Dilworth - Charlotte, North Carolina - circa 1978.

(They may be "Two 'Horrible' Movies", but the price of a ticket is only a buck.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 13, 2014, 02:16:09 AM
Jolly old England:


(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3839/14409617824_52f831c811_o.jpg)
(Click on picture to view full-sized image.)

Evil Dead, The - Prince Charles Cinema - London, England - Unknown date.

Evidently, the Prince Charles has had special showings of "Evil Dead" throughout the years.  No telling when this was taken.  The artwork below does not look 80's vintage.

(Whoever snapped this picture managed to cut off all the good stuff below - Grrrr.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 13, 2014, 02:22:58 AM

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3855/14407391031_9f40813deb_b.jpg)

Fearless Vampire Killers  &  Nightmare Castle  &  Island of the Doomed - Grand - San Francisco - 1967.


(Look at the wonderful old houses in the background.  The most recent picture I saw of this theatre, it still had the upper structure of the marquee, but it was covered in graffiti and the building was being used as a Dollar Store, a really tacky one - sigh.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on June 13, 2014, 08:40:33 AM


Fearless Vampire Killers  &  Nightmare Castle  &  Island of the Doomed - Grand - San Francisco - 1967.


(Look at the wonderful old houses in the background.  The most recent picture I saw of this theatre, it still had the upper structure of the marquee, but it was covered in graffiti and the building was being used as a Dollar Store, a really tacky one - sigh.)
[/quote] Such a shame. All change is bad.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 13, 2014, 09:21:05 AM

Look at the wonderful old houses in the background. 


The ground floor is shops, though there is likely apts. (or the shop owners quarters) on the upper floors.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 13, 2014, 09:24:33 AM
Evil Dead, The - Prince Charles Cinema - London, England - 1981.

You sure the date is right? I wouldn't have thought Raimi would get marquee billing, at that time.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 13, 2014, 10:55:29 AM
You sure the date is right? I wouldn't have thought Raimi would get marquee billing, at that time.

The date was taken from the picture source.  There were no cars visible.

I assumed it was right because of all the  posters, etc. below.  I guessed that if the movie was 10 years old, the decorations would probably be less, or it would have been playing with a sequel or other feature.

I can't be sure.

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 13, 2014, 06:38:21 PM
A testament to our love of big apes:

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3905/14224159310_ac8d3526b7_o.jpg)
(Click on picture for full-sized image.)

Mighty Joe Young - Criterion - New York City, New York - 1949 - 1

OK, here's the deal: This is supposed to be a photograph of an acrobat performing stunts above a New York City crowd for 1949 premiere of "Mighty Joe Young".  Notice the gorilla is wearing sneakers.

I've seen enough publicity pictures to think this was a genuine 8X10 photo that has been touched up by the press to make it easier to understand in a smaller newsprint format.  Details that would have been hard to see, have been outlined in ink.

The people across the street at the Hotel Astor seem to be looking up in the direction of the "gorilla".  And the men tending the cable are looking in the right direction, too.  Look closely at the near side of the street between the acrobat and the cable tenders, and you can see a portion of the Criterion Theatre with the words "Mighty Joe Young".



(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5573/14224153448_75eb99bd4b_b.jpg)

Mighty Joe Young -  Criterion - New York City, New York - 1949 - 2


This 2nd picture is a street-level view from the other end of the street, showing the opposite end of the Criterion Theatre marquee.  Half a buck for a movie in 1949 - even though it is big city prices for a premiere.

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 13, 2014, 06:56:33 PM
The date was taken from the picture source. 

There must have been a lot of people looking at that marquee and thinking "Who the hell is Sam Raimi?"  :laugh:
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 13, 2014, 08:14:39 PM
There must have been a lot of people looking at that marquee and thinking "Who the hell is Sam Raimi?"  :laugh:

You're right.  I have found announcements on the Internetweb for several special showings held at the Prince Charles Cinema - One as late as 2014.

I altered the original post.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 13, 2014, 08:33:58 PM
I've seen enough publicity pictures to think this was a genuine 8X10 photo that has been touched up by the press to make it easier to understand in a smaller newsprint format.

Yeah, somebody drew a gorilla "suit" on the guy.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 14, 2014, 08:14:26 PM
The 1970's:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5114/14400264066_29808c61e5_b.jpg)

Willard - Criterion - New York City, New York - 1971.

"Willard Tears 'em Up"  (What looks like an inkblot test is supposed to be a rat facing you.)



(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5499/14400264236_ef17b6a94e_b.jpg)

Exorcist, The - Paramount - Memphis, Tennessee - 1973.



(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3840/14400264326_e1d90147b5_b.jpg)

Operation Thunderbolt  (AKA: Mivtsa Yonaton)   &  Godzilla On Monster Island - Amsterdam - New York City, New York - 1977.

(Another odd pairing.  "Operation Thunderbolt" was an Israeli documentary about the 1976 hostage rescue at Entebbe.  Not to be confused with the 1978 made-for-TV movie.)



(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3881/14400264406_24f852ea95_b.jpg)

I Spit On Your Grave - Studio - Memphis, Tennessee - 1978.

(Did newspapers refuse to carry ads for this title - Or was it a promotional ploy to stir up controversy?  - Reminds me of the 'protestors' in "Matinee".)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 14, 2014, 08:23:37 PM
I love the unique vertical look of this old theatre:

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3845/14443682593_155d9ef802_b.jpg)

Forbidden Planet - Globe - New York City, New York - 1956.

(This is the same Globe Theatre that is seen premiering "The Uninvited" in 1944 - in an earlier post in this thread.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 14, 2014, 08:31:42 PM
Not really a monster movie itself, but a movie about a legendary horror actor:

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/14443682753_febbf8aefe_o.jpg)
(Click on picture to view full-sized image.)

Man of a Thousand Faces - RKO Palace - New York City, New York - 1957 - 1



(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3892/14443682743_1dba646624_o.jpg)
(Click on picture to view full-sized image.)

Man of a Thousand Faces - RKO Palace - New York City, New York - 1957 - 2

"Don't step on that spider..."


Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 16, 2014, 05:22:21 AM

Pretty picture:

(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2902/14248328700_6729b93a73_h.jpg)
(Click on picture to see larger image.)

Isle of the Dead  &  Marshall of Laredo - Uptown - San Antonio, Texas - 1945.


(See the full-sized image here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/51514834(*at*)N00/14248328700/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/51514834(*at*)N00/14248328700/) )

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mord on June 16, 2014, 08:39:49 AM
What an odd double bill ...Karloff & a western.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 16, 2014, 10:38:32 AM
What an odd double bill ...Karloff & a western.

I think this kind of thing happened pretty often.  Some independent producer would made an oddball film, but did not have the money to make two at a time.  That meant it had to be paired with whatever was available.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 17, 2014, 11:13:55 PM

A funny double-bill:

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Mars Attacks the World  &  Road To Reno - Steuben - Hornell, New York - 1938.


"Mars Attacks the World" is a re-edited feature length version of the serial "Flash Gordon Goes to Mars".

"Road To Reno" has nothing to do with Crosby & Hope.  It is the story of a former silent film star trying to make it as an opera singer.  The Reno angle must involve her attempts to shed western actor husband Randolph Scott.

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: CreepysFan on June 18, 2014, 03:52:37 PM
(http://i1170.photobucket.com/albums/r529/creepy1972/mms1_zpseb724896.jpg)
     
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Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on June 19, 2014, 09:28:13 AM

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5513/14443682753_febbf8aefe_o.jpg)
(Click on picture to view full-sized image.)

Man of a Thousand Faces - RKO Palace - New York City, New York - 1957 - 1



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(Click on picture to view full-sized image.)

Man of a Thousand Faces - RKO Palace - New York City, New York - 1957 - 2


Those pictures of Manhattan from 1957 are great!

 8)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 20, 2014, 03:09:48 PM
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Astor - New York City, New York - 1955 - 1



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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Astor - New York City, New York - 1955 - 2


James Dean, walking in the rain, with the Astor Theatre in the background in 1955.  The following year his first major movie, "East of Eden", would open in the Astor.  Seven months after that, when "Rebel Without a Cause" premiered in that same theatre, Dean was already dead.



Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 20, 2014, 04:08:24 PM

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Astor - New York City, New York - 1955 - 1


That's a big-ass poster!!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on July 09, 2014, 05:54:14 PM


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Mountain Top Motel Massacre  &  Initiation - Selwyn - New York City, New York - 1986
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Haunted hearse on July 09, 2014, 07:22:38 PM
([url]http://i1170.photobucket.com/albums/r529/creepy1972/mms2_zps3bdfa43c.jpg[/url])

I'm surprised that they actually got that on a marquee.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 17, 2015, 11:57:59 AM
All across America in 1932:

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White Zombie - Regina - Los Angeles, California - 1932.


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White Zombie - Rialto - Allentown, Pennsylvania - 1932.


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White Zombie - Rivoli - New York City, New York - 1932.

(Are those live actors or life-sized dummies above the name of the theatre?)


Today, "White Zombie" is considered one of Bela Lugosi's more interesting minor films.  But in 1932, Lugosi was fresh from his 1931 sensation, "Dracula".  Consequently, the campaign for "White Zombie" went all out from coast to coast.  I wish we had photos of marquees from more of the theatres showing this film in 1932.

Looks like "White Zombie was given a great release all over.  Here is another theatre that went all out.

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White Zombie - Princess Theatre - Montreal, Canada - November, 1932.

(And yes, those ARE live actors above the marquee.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 17, 2015, 12:19:21 PM
Another:

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Body Snatcher, The & Brighton Strangler, The - Globe - Bridgeport, Connecticut - Dec. 1, 1945.

("The Brighton Strangler" is a 1945 RKO picture starring John Loder described in IMBd this way:"After suffering a head injury during the Blitz, an actor comes to believe himself to be the Brighton Strangler, the murderer he was playing onstage.")
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 17, 2015, 12:23:44 PM
Overseas:

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Son of Kong - Taishokan Theatre, Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan - 1935.

(See the person in the open window above Kong's head?  Now, see the cable on Kong's arm holding the hapless victim?  I think that if the person above pulled on that cable, it would look like Kong is inserting the victim into his open mouth.  Just a guess on my part.  But, wouldn't it be cool if it really worked that way?)

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 17, 2015, 12:28:58 PM
This one is partially identified:

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Mighty Joe Young - London, England - 1949.

(Couldn't identify the theatre - The great display completely covered the name.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on May 17, 2015, 12:50:09 PM
Those are all awesome, especially the White Zombie displays!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on May 17, 2015, 06:52:32 PM
Looks like "White Zombie was given a great release all over.  Here is another theatre that went all out.

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White Zombie - Princess Theatre - Montreal, Canada - November, 1932.

(And yes, those ARE live actors above the marquee.)

Oh man! That is too awesome!

 :o

What's sad though is almost all those grand old theatres have been replaced by multiplexes.

 :(
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 18, 2015, 10:34:32 AM
A recent one:

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Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The - Fox - Taft, California - 2014.

(A 2013 movie described in IMDb thusly: "When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.")
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on May 18, 2015, 10:38:42 AM
A recent one:

And a perfect example for "they don't make 'em like that (see previous posts), anymore!"
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 18, 2015, 11:03:45 AM
And just as recent:

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X-Men: Days of Futurepast & Godzilla - Avon - Decatur, Illinois - 2014.

(A new front on what is obviously an old theatre.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 18, 2015, 11:54:00 AM
OK, this one is a cheat since there is no way of identifying the theatre:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7659/17799134786_5372832f4e_b.jpg)

Lady and the Monster, The  &  Curse of the Cat People, The - Standee - Cincinnati, Ohio - 1944.

(Presumably life-sized standee figures would have stood in front of this backdrop - or patrons could have had their pictures taken in front of it.  Sweet either way.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Gossamer on May 18, 2015, 12:06:21 PM
Monsters for Sale thanks for digging up these pictures.  The pictures of various theatres showing Lugosi's White Zombie are amazing.  I always assumed for some reason that since it was a lower budget film it never received much attention.  It is my personal favourite Bela movie a glad it got the release it deserved.  Thanks so much for finding the photos!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 18, 2015, 12:12:02 PM
Monsters for Sale thanks for digging up these pictures.  The pictures of various theatres showing Lugosi's White Zombie are amazing.  I always assumed for some reason that since it was a lower budget film it never received much attention.  It is my personal favourite Bela movie a glad it got the release it deserved.  Thanks so much for finding the photos!

The hard part is identifying the theatres.  Luckily, many of them have unique architecture and other photos of them (playing other movies) can be found on the Internet.  Sometimes it takes a lot of digging!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on August 26, 2015, 02:31:00 AM
Here is a beauty that I just located solid info on:


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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man - Fox - St. Louis, Missouri - 1943


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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man - Fox - St. Louis, Missouri - 1943 - - An ad made from a heavily edited copy of the above photo.


And now that we have nailed this one down, we can finally confidently identify the two close-ups of these poster displays:

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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man - Fox - St. Louis, Missouri - 1943 - Poster Display - Left Side


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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man - Fox - St. Louis, Missouri - 1943 - Poster Display - Right Side


About the Fox:

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The Fox still stands today and has been restored.  A true movie palace with an amazing interior.  Imagine seeing our monsters in such a setting.  How about a showing of Chaney, Sr.'s "Phantom" with the proper organ accompaniment?

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on August 26, 2015, 08:00:15 AM
Oh my word! Now that is a movie theatre!

 8)

Sadly only plays are staged these days at the Fox. No movies. Here's the website:

Fox Theatre (http://www.fabulousfox.com/)

 :(
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on August 26, 2015, 09:47:07 AM
How about a showing of Chaney, Sr.'s "Phantom" with the proper organ accompaniment?

If I were in that theater watching "Phantom", I'd be keeping an eye out for falling chandeliers!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on December 18, 2015, 02:05:26 PM
A friend posted this on Facebook.The Plaza-George Street,Sydney.1935

The Bride of Frankenstein
(http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e179/Ravenville/12391071_969759906422415_3345720324115881911_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: marsattacks666 on December 18, 2015, 02:06:41 PM
A friend posted this on Facebook.The Plaza-George Street,Sydney.1935

The Bride of Frankenstein
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Fantastic photo.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on December 06, 2017, 05:11:13 PM

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Revenge of the Creature - Okinawa, Japan - 1957 or 1958
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Sean on December 06, 2017, 08:16:58 PM
i wish theaters did stuff like that today. :(

Completely agree.😎
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on December 17, 2017, 03:37:11 AM
Here's another big monster - at least his marquee: (Click on pictures for larger images.)


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                           Godzilla, King of the Monsters - 1956 - Loew's State, New York City, New York - A - B&W



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                          Godzilla, King of the Monsters - 1956 - Loew's State, New York City, New York - B - Color

This 2nd peek of the same display, taken from inside cab, gives us a taste of how colorful those old posters really were for movie-goers of the time.  As charming as they look in black-and-white, they must have been overwhelming in person. 

Many posters  were so huge you could not have seen the entire thing without backing out into the street (not a good idea in big city traffic), they were dazzlingly colorful, and often stood side-by-side with a whole row of other theaters' displays.

(Note that Godzilla appears to be holding a sign that reads, "No Parking".  Boy, they really work their stars at Loew's.)

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on December 17, 2017, 05:27:53 PM
It's 1938 and all across the country Universal Studios has re-released "Frankenstein" and "Dracula" as a double-feature.  The crowds are huge and Universal is making big profits off their monsters:  (Click on any of these pictures to see larger images.)


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                         Frankenstein and Dracula  - St. Louis Theatre -  St. Louis, Missouri - 1938 - A

That looks like a pretty respectable sized daytime audience waiting to be buy 25 tickets to a pair of 7 year-old movies.



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                        Frankenstein and Dracula  - St. Louis Theatre -  St. Louis, Missouri - 1938 - B

Bela "Lugsi"?  I guess even the large theaters sometimes run short of letters on the long scripts.



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                        Frankenstein and Dracula  - St. Louis Theatre -  St. Louis, Missouri - 1938 - C

It's after dark - time for the 35 crowd.  (Couldn't they have borrowed an "O" from another theater? - I would have replaced the word "TWO" with a numeral "2" and used that letter "O".)

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                                Frankenstein and Dracula - Victory - Salt Lake City, Utah - 1938 - A

The monsters are loved in Salt Lake City, too.  From the look of that pile of bicycles, this must be a Saturday matinee.



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                                Frankenstein and Dracula - Victory - Salt Lake City, Utah - 1938 - B

The Victory Theater has two box offices and lines of customers stretching both directions on the sidewalk.  (Seriously, how long did it take for the kids to untangle that briar patch of bikes when the show let out?)

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                                     Frankenstein and Dracula - Strand - Youngstown, Ohio - 1938

This is my favorite photo of this group.  Click on this picture to see the happy young faces.  (Wonder where all the bikes are?)

The Strand was a tiny theater that was kind of tacked on to the side of a hotel.  It was so little, there was no room for stairs.  The projectionist had to climb a ladder to enter the projection room.

Of the three theaters above, The Strand's picture was the hardest to attribute.  (The St. Louis has done business under many names and is currently presenting symphonies; The Victory burned down in 1943.)

There were lots of Strand theaters all over the country.  Even with periodic remodeling and name changes, many of the huge theaters in very large cities can be located without too much work.  But the patchwork Youngstown Strand was stuck in a corner between other buildings and probably not photographed all that much.

I had to trace it through the Isaly's Dairy store next door.  I learned that Christian Isaly did business in only 3 states.  Then I tracked down all the Strand's in those states through the Cinema Treasures site. I searched their listings for demolished theaters and read the comments of people who remembered them.  Luck!  One of them mentioned a nearby Isaly's and looking though the members' photos, I found one similar to the one I was trying to identify.

See?  That's why it takes me so long to make new "Monstrous Marquees" posts.  (That, and my natural sloth.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on December 19, 2017, 07:15:22 PM
Bela "Lugsi"?  I guess even the large theaters sometimes run short of letters on the long scripts.

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                        Frankenstein and Dracula  - St. Louis Theatre -  St. Louis, Missouri - 1938 - C

It's after dark - time for the 35 crowd.  (Couldn't they have borrowed an "O" from another theater? - I would have replaced the word "TWO" with a numeral "2" and used that letter "O".)

I'm guessing that the fellow who slapped the letters together on the sign just wanted the artsy tapering effect from top to bottom. He could still have achieved the effect though since he had an extra space available on the left side of the bottom line.

 :-\
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 02, 2018, 11:57:17 AM

From "over there":

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Frankenstein's Daughter - Le Colorado - Paris, France - 1960's
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 02, 2018, 02:46:44 PM
"Fille of Frankenstein"! What'd they do, remove all his bones?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: ChristineBCW on June 07, 2018, 02:32:29 PM
These are soooo excellent.  That CREATURE FROM BLACK LAGOON... my my, or that giantized Frank head outside the lobby.  Who needs steenkin' trailers when theaters could put THESE up?!!  I do love those long-lines full of kids, so excited to see both Frank & Drac.  (Just think of the MESS that the floor was in after both, in one sitting.  "Bring in the firehoses!")
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Joseph_Baeza on June 07, 2018, 03:54:05 PM
What an awesome thread!  Nothing better than seeing our favorite monster films on the Marquee in their glory days!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 07, 2018, 05:06:05 PM
The Warfield Theatre in San Francisco:


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Black Sabbath  &  Evil Eye - Warfield - San Francisco, California - 1964.

(A late Karloff picture and an Italian thriller, both released in 1963.)



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Planet of the Apes & Beneath the Planet of the Apes & Escape From the Planet of the Apes & Conquest of the Planet of the Apes & Battle For the Planet of the Apes - Warfield - San Francisco, California - 1973

(All five "Planet of the Apes" movies in a row!  Oh, my aching butt.)

You will note the changes in the Warfield's marquee over the 9 years spanned by these views.  I think that was due to changes in city laws concerning structures hung out over sidewalks.  After all, 'Frisco is a place known for earthquakes. 

Some of these old marquees are very imposing structures.  It is not unusual to come across pictures of fallen marquees - especially in places where there are heavy snow storms.


I was glancing through this old thread and noticed an omission for the top picture:  Next door to the Warfield is the partially hidden Crest Theater.


Comedy of Terrors, The, Kid Galahad & Wild and the Innocent, The - Crest - San Francisco, California - 1964

Kid Galahad was an Elvis Presley movie about a boxer & Wild and the Innocent was an Audie Murphy film about a trapper.  An odd triple feature.

(Don't know how I missed spotting The Comedy of Terrors in my original post.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 10, 2018, 04:12:49 PM

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Horror Castle & Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies - E.M. Loew's Center - Boston, Massachusetts - 1964
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 10, 2018, 04:30:14 PM
Here's a photo of the real thing...

([url]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3mOXVueZMMc/UvjOqtpeiNI/AAAAAAAAWz0/D-Ur-pFEAt0/s1600/screen-capture-2.jpg[/url])


Here is another view:

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Day the Earth Stood Still, The - RKO Mayfair - New York City, New York - September 18, 1951

(The people at the bottom of the photo look so tiny.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 10, 2018, 05:40:37 PM
That billboard/display must be 60-80 ft. tall! It's certainly no poster, so it would have to be hand painted.


I wonder if that is a permanent display area? It looks like it's covering up windows.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 10, 2018, 05:59:37 PM
That billboard/display must be 60-80 ft. tall! It's certainly no poster, so it would have to be hand painted.


I wonder if that is a permanent display area? It looks like it's covering up windows.

I've seen other pictures of the RKO Mayfiar using the same space for several different films.

Looks like it could be made up of a couple thousand 3-sheet sized posters - with separate lettering applied on top.

Appears to be on a scaffolding-type structure held away from the windows.  It sure would spoil the view for any tenants.  (Hope they got a break on the rent.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 10, 2018, 06:38:25 PM
Looks like it could be made up of a couple thousand 3-sheet sized posters - with separate lettering applied on top.

I can't imagine anybody setting up presses to print one copy of (one part of) a poster. I also can't imagine painting a billboard that big, either. I appears to actually be there, so it's gotta be something!
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 10, 2018, 06:56:05 PM

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Doctor X -  Rex - Flagler Street, Miami, Florida - 1932

This one was a bear to pin down.  Not much exists about this theater - at least with this name and this marquee.  I didn't even find it referenced in cinematreasures.org .
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 10, 2018, 07:34:48 PM
Cool! Never seen a DOCTOR X 24 sheet.

I just got a DVD of the b/w version of DOCTOR X.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 10, 2018, 09:15:40 PM
That billboard/display must be 60-80 ft. tall! It's certainly no poster, so it would have to be hand painted.


I wonder if that is a permanent display area? It looks like it's covering up windows.


(https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1731/40914239540_b0c87c3b37_o.jpg)


Permanent.  The windows underneath have been bricked up. 


This is a BIG picture.  If you click on it, you can see it full-sized and see just how they constructed the whole thing.

I found various configurations of this corner marquee going back to the 30's, when the theater was the Loew's Mayfair.

Today it looks like something out of "Blade Runner":   https://tinyurl.com/y9brl95y


(Thanks for making me go looking for this - I love the little details I have discovered finding and identifying all these old marquees.)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 10, 2018, 11:35:40 PM
This photo is much later. Is it even still a theater?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 10, 2018, 11:42:07 PM
This photo is much later. Is it even still a theater?

No.

It was turned into a triplex in 1976 and lingered for a while.  I think it was gutted for renewal some years ago.


It was amazing in its heyday.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on June 26, 2018, 03:52:24 AM

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   Psycho - DeMille - New York City, New York - 1960 - 1


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   Psycho - DeMille - New York City, New York - 1960 - 2
 
     


Here is another view of this one:

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      Psycho - DeMille - New York City, New York - 1960 - 3

So...  The 1950's RKO Mayfair was being called the DeMille by 1960.
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See more of this particular Psycho Marquee Here:

          https://youtu.be/DjRzj_Ufiew

Looks good lit up, huh?
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Mike Scott on June 26, 2018, 11:45:28 PM
Looks good lit up, huh?

Yeah, that was cool!  Boy, what a bunch of stiffs those theater managers were!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on August 06, 2018, 11:23:20 AM
From another member:

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Friday night: Dracula and Creature from the Black Lagoon
Saturday night: Frankenstein and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

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Lehighton, Pennsylvania, August 3 & 4, 2018


Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: segeorge on August 06, 2018, 12:46:01 PM
That really pales in comparison to the older examples. 
Just one correction--the Drive-in is in Lehighton, PA; I'm in Delaware.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on August 06, 2018, 12:49:07 PM
That really pales in comparison to the older examples. 
Just one correction--the Drive-in is in Lehighton, PA; I'm in Delaware.

Correction noted - Thanks.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on February 06, 2019, 11:48:14 AM

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Frankenstein & Dracula - Uptown - Chicago, Illinois - 1938


Yet another example of the 1938 re-release pairing of these two great horrors.  How nice to see such a huge crowd turn out for two 7-year-old films.  Wonder how much longer the line stretches beyond the left border of the photo?

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Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on February 06, 2019, 12:45:54 PM
I love this thread!

 8)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 21, 2019, 01:43:17 PM

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Scared Stiff - Border - International Falls, Minnesota - 1953 - (Postcard)

Not sure why we needed another take on Bob Hopes' Ghost Breakers (1941), but I think it turned out to be one of Martin & Lewis's most popular films.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 21, 2019, 01:54:33 PM
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Alligator People / Return of the Fly - Anthonty - Anthony, Kansas - 1959 - (Postcard)

What a great double bill!  Pre-60's sci-fi kids were in hog heaven.

Sputnik had flown just two years before.  Soon, Saturday matinee sci-fi would be swamped by outer space stories and tales of aliens.
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Memphremagog on April 21, 2019, 03:38:06 PM
The Lyric Theater: 42nd St,. New York 1971

Abominable Dr.Phibes w/ Yog, Monster From Space

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Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 28, 2019, 01:53:58 AM
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                                                        (Click on picture for larger image.)

Big Trouble In Little China & Enter the Dragon - Apollo

Psycho III & Fear No Evil - Times Square

Aliens &  Dungeonmaster - Lyric                    - New York City, New York - 1986



Three 1986 releases head-lining three earlier releases.  Just beyond the Lyric is the corner of the Victory/New Victory (whichever it was being called this year.)

Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 28, 2019, 02:04:23 AM

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Gate, The & Texas Chainsaw II & Eye of the Tiger, The - Times Square - New York City, New York - 1987


Just one year later...  The Times Square Theater is doing triple features and the Apollo Theater is boarded up.

(On the bright side - the city has added color!)
Title: Re: Monstrous Marquees
Post by: Hepcat on May 06, 2019, 08:34:25 AM
Just one year later...  The Times Square Theater is doing triple features and the Apollo Theater is boarded up.

Very sad. Times Square was still a fun place well into the eighties.

 :(