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Gloria Swanson standing in the ruins of the Roxy Theatre after demolition October Said to be the picture that inspired Sondheim to write Follies

Roxy bronze doorways leading to auditorium from grand foyer

American Grindhouse is a documentary detailing the history of grindhouse and exploitation cinema from it’s birth in 1913 through years of changing themes to the modern day, identifying why it came about and the legacy left behind. There are interviews and soundbites from many of the people involved and film clips showing some of the more famous, or infamous, examples of the genre. gore and violence of the 1970’s.

One Way Ticket To Hell (aka Teenage Devil Dolls) theater marquee.

N Y C 1952

N Y C 1952

Soho, 1986.

New York City before its gentrification

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Trash and Vaudeville, 4 St. Marks Place, NYC - former Hamilton Home

“Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? . . . this is the time to take a stand, to reverse the tide, so that we won’t all end up in a uniform world of steel and glass boxes.” - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Entrance to the old Roxy Theater, NW corner of Avenue & Street, adjacent to the Taft Hotel. Razed in

#flashbackfriday One of our favorites by Department of Bridges photographer Eugene de Salignac. #dumbo #nycarchives

One of our favorites by Department of Bridges photographer Eugene de Salignac.

U.S. Greenwich Village, NYC, c.1964.             The dress is to die for........

themaninthegreenshirt: “Greenwich Village, NYC 1964 - love this photograph ”

Lexington Avenue, Near 110th Street, Harlem], 1946

New York City after the second world war - in pictures

1977 man in meditation outside boutique, Manic Panic on St. Marks Place. Opened by 2 sisters, was the first punk style boutique.  The sisters were singers in the original Blondie line up.  Some history in comments. Victor George Maracol, photog. Bowery Boys.

A photo by Victor George Macarol of the boutique Manic Panic (and a man in meditation), 1975

Vintage New York City:   The Roxy Theater in New York had 5,920 seats. 1927-1960.

Interior Shot of the Roxy Theater, New York City, the Most Glorious Movie Palace Ever Built. Uncredited Photograph 1927 The Roxy was designed and run by Roxy Rothafel, a man who made Sid Grauman look like a piker.