The Great Theatre Massacre of 1982

morosco
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Posted: 3/31/13 at 11:38am
Wonderfully poignant. from RC in Austin, Texas
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defyingravity11
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Posted: 3/31/13 at 12:05pm
Thank you so much for that! I knew bits and pieces, but it's wonderful to see all that narrative put together with the historical images.
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E.Davis
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Posted: 3/31/13 at 12:14pm
Love Susan Sarandon's face... PRICELESS.

Otherwise this is a very sad yet informative article.
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frontrowcentre2
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Posted: 3/31/13 at 04:11pm
I was there for the big rally in front of the theatres on March 22, 1982. Joe Papp, Tammy Grimes, Christopher Reeve (prior to his accident), Betty Comden and Adolph Green were all there and staged an act of civil disobedience standing in the path of the bulldozers. they were all carted away in paddy wagons. Then the demolition began with a vengence....so sad to lose those beautiful old theaters but (we were assured) a newer even better theatre would be built into the new hotel... which is how we got The Marquis.

Not long after most of the historic theatres were granted landmark status. It will make future demolitions much harder (though not impossible.) Even sadder then was to stroll by the old Biltmore theatre, it had been damaged by vandals and fire and looked... well, like a setting for FOLLIES.

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Mr Roxy
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Posted: 3/31/13 at 04:29pm
This is alledged progress.

To think the barn known as the Marquis replaced them. NY has lost so many theaters (legit & movies) it goggles the mind.
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Kevin Norte
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Posted: 1/29/14 at 03:48pm
Would you believe The Original Morosco Theatre is still standing. I only recently became aware that New York's Morosco Theatre was Oliver Morosco's second. The first opened in 1913 in Los Angeles. While its name was changed after Morosco became somewhat notorious, the name "Morosco Theatre" can still be seen in the facade behind the marque.

Checking out Broadway's old theaters of the superb
Wilmingtom
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Posted: 1/29/14 at 04:06pm
I was there and remember it like it was this morning. A heartbreaking experience.
PalJoey
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Posted: 1/29/14 at 04:43pm
This still breaks my heart.
yr pal,
joey




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Kevin Norte
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Posted: 1/29/14 at 06:01pm
I became an activist with Save The Theatres during that period. My job on March 21 1982 was to tie up a pay phone at the Court House so that Joe Papp and Company, who were waiting at Cafe Ziegfeld could get in place. My efforts were futile because the judge set the dissolution of the Protective order for the next morning. My boyfriend was on the other end of the phone. I was 20 and he was 19. Honest. It was horrible in a Titanic sort of way but we bonded. The next day, we climbed into the ruins through an unguarded fire escape next to the adjoining hotel and took a piece of plaster and a Playbill from the final show that played there. No one has to believe us. They did not salvage anything. The lights, curtains, seats, and everything as if was planning to open were destroyed that day in a savage brutal act that was an emotional assault that both of us were never quite over. In our grief, well, there was a bright spot. We are married now and were the volunteers who gave the recent tours of the Morosco Theatre in Los Angeles. People are actually captivated with the tale of the Great Theatre Massacre of 1982. NRDC were our side's attorneys and inspired me to become an attorney. My husband became a planner.
I believe that for many of us the passion still runs raw even after 30 years.
Thank you and remember, Save The Theatres.
Smaxie
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Posted: 1/29/14 at 06:53pm
If the theatres had been replaced by a fabulous building - elegant, distinguished, properly scaled - it would still have been a sad loss for the theatre world, but one could look at the new building with pride and say, look at the beautiful edifice we got in their place! Instead, we got the daylight obscuring, soul-crushing concrete excrescence, the Marriott Marquis. It's a bleak, depressing fortress, with no connection or relation whatsoever to the city it's in. Once inside, you could be anywhere in the United States or the world for that matter, which seems the antithesis of a New York experience - or perhaps exactly the bland, faceless, personality-free quality the Marriott company had in mind when the monstrosity was designed and constructed. I still hope for a day when someone - anyone - says, 'You know what? We made a terrible mistake. The architectural renderings got screwed up and the design that went up was really intended for Skokie, Illinois. We've decided we're going to just take it down, and start all over.'
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jimmycurry01
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Posted: 1/30/14 at 04:38am
Speaking of... where is that awesome thread detailing Broadway's lost theatres? There were some great pics there.
Jacobonce
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Posted: 1/30/14 at 08:41am
"The architectural renderings got screwed up and the design that went up was really intended for Skokie, Illinois."

Psssh, I live near Skokie, IL and there isn't a single building there that is as ugly as the Marriott Marquis.

Updated On: 1/30/14 at 08:41 AM
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StageStruckLad
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Posted: 1/30/14 at 12:11pm
I wonder if the architectural firm that "designed" that Marriott monstrosity now hangs its head in shame? Probably not.
macnyc
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Posted: 1/30/14 at 01:13pm
Thanks for posting the Keith York City link. Fascinating!