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Re: Monstrous Marquees
« Reply #180 on: July 09, 2014, 07:22:38 PM »


I'm surprised that they actually got that on a marquee.
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« Reply #181 on: May 17, 2015, 11:57:59 AM »
All across America in 1932:



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




White Zombie - Rialto - Allentown, Pennsylvania - 1932.




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.



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

(And yes, those ARE live actors above the marquee.)
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« Reply #182 on: May 17, 2015, 12:19:21 PM »
Another:



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.")
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« Reply #183 on: May 17, 2015, 12:23:44 PM »
Overseas:



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?)

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« Reply #184 on: May 17, 2015, 12:28:58 PM »
This one is partially identified:



Mighty Joe Young - London, England - 1949.

(Couldn't identify the theatre - The great display completely covered the name.)
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« Reply #185 on: May 17, 2015, 12:50:09 PM »
Those are all awesome, especially the White Zombie displays!
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« Reply #186 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.



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

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

Oh man! That is too awesome!

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What's sad though is almost all those grand old theatres have been replaced by multiplexes.

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« Reply #187 on: May 18, 2015, 10:34:32 AM »
A recent one:



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.")
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« Reply #188 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!"
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« Reply #189 on: May 18, 2015, 11:03:45 AM »
And just as recent:



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

(A new front on what is obviously an old theatre.)
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« Reply #190 on: May 18, 2015, 11:54:00 AM »
OK, this one is a cheat since there is no way of identifying the theatre:



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.)
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« Reply #191 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!

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« Reply #192 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!
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« Reply #193 on: August 26, 2015, 02:31:00 AM »
Here is a beauty that I just located solid info on:




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




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:



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




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


About the Fox:



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?

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« Reply #194 on: August 26, 2015, 08:00:15 AM »
Oh my word! Now that is a movie theatre!

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

Fox Theatre

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