TGI Friday's now occupies the original entrance to the theater, which was demolished in 1960.
The Rivoli was closed and demolished in 1987. Like the Roxy and Capitol theaters, it was replaced by an unremarkable office building.
The Capitol closed in 1968 with a showing of 2001: A Space Odyssey. The landmark building was replaced by the 48-story Paramount Plaza office tower in 1970.
Kim Novak signed autographs at the gala preview of director Michael Gordon's Boy's Night Out in 1962.
Captain James H.C. Smyth of the Junior Naval Reserves and 200 of his cadets marched up Broadway to attend a showing of the nautical comedy Jack Ahoy in 1935.
'Around the World in 80 Days' Premiere
Elizabeth Taylor and producer MichaelTodd at the premiere of Todd's Around the World in 80 Days in 1956.
The Roxy Theatre
Inside the Roxy Theatre, circa 1953. The massive cinema was conceived in 1925 by Arthur Sawyer and Herbert Lubin, who hired movie palace showman and radio star Samuel Rothafel to manage the theater and direct its lavish stage shows. Less than two weeks after its opening, Lubin sold his interest in the theater to the Fox Film Corp.
Eddie Cantor starred in the Technicolor musical Whoopee at the Rivoli in 1930. One of many deluxe theaters in the Times Square area designed by Thomas W. Lamb, the Rivoli opened in December 1917, dubbed "The Triumph of the Motion Picture," with a 20-minute wartime stage show titled The Victory of Democracy and the Douglas Fairbanks film A Modern Musketeer.
The New York debut of Ernst Lubitsch's Passion, starring Pola Negri, in 1920. The Capitol also launched such seminal films as Nanook of the North and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. In 1924, Loew's Inc. acquired the Thomas W. Lamb-designed theater in the $65 million merger of Metro Pictures and Goldwyn Pictures that created MGM. The Broadway movie palace subsequently became the flagship of the Loew's Theatres chain.
Capitol Theatre Interior
Inside the Capitol Theatre, circa 1930.
Grace Kelly and Oleg Cassini arrived at the premiere of Desiree in 1954.