Roxy Theatre, 153 W. 50th Street, New York, NY 10020

Motion Picture News, September 26, 1925:Roxy“Architect’s drawing of the new Roxy (Samuel Rothapfel) theatre which is to be built between 50th and 51st Streets, on Seventh Avenue, New York City.

“According to the architect*, the theatre will be the largest in the world, with a seating capacity of  6,210**. There will be three high speed elevators to the balcony and separate and private stairways leading from foyer to loges.”

The Roxy opened on March 11, 1927 with the silent film The Love of Sunya, produced by and starring Gloria Swanson.

*Walter W. Ahlschlager
** Scaled down to 5,888

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc

Now selling “vintage” on Etsy.

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