Saturday, April 23, 2011

This Week on 42nd Street: 1986


Here are the double and triple features that played the Deuce twenty-five years ago this week. Theaters are listed in east-to-west order.

NORTH SIDE OF THE STEET

Rialto: BASIC TRAINING / MADMAN

Victory: "3 Adult Hits"

Lyric: POLICE ACADEMY 3 / THE PROTECTOR

Times Square: APRIL FOOL'S DAY / FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER

Apollo: EYES OF FIRE/ HELL NIGHT

Selwyn: BAND OF THE HAND / THE LAST DRAGON


SOUTH SIDE OF THE STREET

Cine 42
Theater I: CRITTERS / DEADLY BLESSING
Theater II: THE TOXIC AVENGER / BLOODSUCKING FREAKS

Harris: P.O.W.: THE ESCAPE / EXTERMINATOR 2 / DELTA FORCE

Liberty: MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY / SAVAGE MAN, SAVAGE BEAST / KING DICK

Empire: SHAOLIN KUNG FU / SHAOLIN VS. LAMA / SHAOLIN RED MASTER

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I first visited NYC around this time in 1986.

Johnathan said...

Just curious, what did these grindhouses look like on the inside? Also, what would you consider to be your favorite grindhouse films? I'm a collector of these films and am trying to narrow down a list of double features to play for friends at my house.

Temple of Schlock said...

Johnathan, a terrific site to learn about the theaters on 42nd Street is cinematreasures.com. Go there and look up the names of the theaters and you'll be rewarded with a plethora of information. Except for the Cine 42, which was built in the early '70s as a single-screen "action house" (and twinned later in the decade), all of the theaters had large, ornate interiors with balconies when they were built years earlier as vaudeville or legitimate show palaces.

As far as recommendations for "grindhouse" films, that's a tall order indeed, since "grindhouse" isn't a genre but rather a type of theater that ran porno, horror, action and exploitation movies. A great place to start would be Bill Landis' book "Sleazoid Express."

Mykola ( Mick) Dementiuk said...

You can read my book "Times Queer" for a feel of how it used to be in the mid-60s. On Amazon or my web pages

Dante Fontana said...

BASIC TRAINING??? As in the Direct Cinema documentary directed by Frederick Wiseman??

Temple of Schlock said...

Ha! Dante, you just gave us the biggest laugh we've had all week. No, it was the Rhonda Shear sex comedy BASIC TRAINING, available on DVD from MGM.

venoms5 said...

Wow, the South side definitely had the best marquee value that week!