Located along Dekalb Avenue, an area that once had a theater presence comparable to Times Square, the Beaux-Arts Albee Theater opened in 1925. It was established by Edward Albee and Benjamin Franklin Keith, who both sought to promote a more highbrow form of vaudeville. Along with the Metropolitan and Paramount Theaters, The Albee was a part of the Subway Circuit–a group of theaters easily accessible by subway, which played shows passing out from Broadway. In the first years after its opening, the Albee exclusively played vaudeville, but the program was eventually dropped around 1935, when the Depression forced it to discontinue the tradition. (more…)
Last year, Untapped Cities contributor Matt Lambros took us into the abandoned Loew’s King Theater in Brooklyn, a theater designed with inspiration from the Paris Opera Garnier and the Palace of Versailles. Although it was Loew’s flagship theater, high maintenance costs along with the arrival of the multiplex doomed this beautiful space like many other grand theaters of the era. But in 2010, the City of New York announced a $70 million renovation to restore the Kings Theatre for use as a performing arts center by 2014.
The Economic Development Corporation recently released photographs of the renovation:
Every year, the Los Angeles Conservancy hosts Last Remaining Seats, a series of screenings held in several of the historic Los Angeles movie palaces. Last year, we checked out the ornate Los Angeles Theater. This year, we attended the screening of La Bamba inside the Palace Theater. The Palace was built in 1911, designed by architect G. Albert Lansburgh, a graduate of Paris’s prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts famous for his landmark buildings in San Francisco and extravagant theaters (he designed over 50 nationwide). In Los Angeles, he was responsible not only for the Palace, but the Orpheum, Wiltern Theatre, El Capitan Theatre and Shrine Auditorium as well. (more…)
Handprints of actress Joan Crawford outside Theater 80 in the East Village
Did you know NYC has its own version of LA’s Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (albeit on a smaller scale)? In the early 1970s, Florence and Howard Otway purchased a theater on St. Marks Place and converted it into a revival movie theater, showing classic films as well as plays. The Otways invited some of their Hollywood friends and film stars to leave their mark on the pavement outside of Theater 80 (named for its address–80 St. Marks Place). (more…)
In April 1865, after the scandal that rocked the nation, Edwin Booth knew he had to do something to redeem his family’s name. Though he had nothing to do with his brother John Wilkes Booth’s assassination of Abraham Lincoln, he knew that the prominent Booth family was irrevocably stained. But rather than slink away into obscurity, Edwin endeavored to do something that would contribute to the cultural life of New York City forever after. Upon a visit to the Garrick Club in London, he realized that it was exactly the type of place that New York City needed: a club where actors could socialize with the elite and elevate their status from rabble-rousers to artists. In 1888, he founded The Players Club at 16 Gramercy Park South together with fifteen other incorporators, including Mark Twain and General William Tecumseh Sherman. The club celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, and it’s the oldest club in New York City that’s still in its original location. Untapped New York will host an exclusive tour of the Players Club for a select group of readers, sign up here. (more…)
Here are some curated events happening in Paris for the month of January. If you have any events you’d like featured for the month, please leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list.
EVENTS Paris Face Cachée
Registration: January 11 and 23
Event: February 1, 2 and 3 Paris Face Cachée invites Parisians and visitors alike to flirt with the forbidden, to encounter the unknown and to unearth the original facets of Paris in 70 different organized events in Paris and its environs. During February 1, 2 and 3, sign up to visit airport runways, to discover an artisanal beer laboratory, or to participate in an Urbangaming competition in Montmartre. Ticket prices range from 7-24€, and registration takes place during two days only – January 11 and 23, so be sure to book, and book quick! Head over here for more information, or visit the Paris Face Cachée events page where the registration will be taking place.
Jardin d’Acclimatation: Free Entrance every Monday for the month of January Bois de Boulogne
75116 Paris, France
What better way to chase the winter blues away than spending a day at the Jardin d’Acclimatation, the 150-year old park in Bois de Boulogne? Entrance is free every Monday for the month of January, and unlimited rides on the Petit Train (the train that takes you from Porte Maillot to the Jardin), the Enchanted River, the roller coaster ‘Papillons d’Alice’, and pony rides are offered as well.
Cirque D’Hiver Bouglione
110 rue Amelot 75011 Paris
Shows running up to March 17, 2013
The Circus is in town! Head over to the Cirque d’Hiver in the 10th arrondissement for a couple of hours of trapeze artists, animals, and clowns. With its Corinthian columns and oval shape, this circus venue, which opened in 1852 under the name Cirque Napoléon, resembles a Colosseum and has been run by the Bouglione brothers and heirs since 1934. Tickets can be bought here.
The Winter Sales
January 9 – February 12, 2013
Don’t be surprised by the number of people you see toting numerous shopping bags with tousled hair and a wild look in their eyes — the annual winter soldes have arrived in Paris. Paris has government-regulated sales twice a year – in January and July – and the frenzy lasts for five weeks, drawing crowds into malls and shopping streets all over Paris. My advice would be to go early in the mornings on weekdays, and to avoid the malls on Saturdays, when it becomes a battleground. Profitez bien!
FAIRS CIDISC, International Record Fair at the Espace Champerret
January 19 – 20, 2013
Record lovers rejoice! Spend a weekend digging through vinyl records at the Convention International des Disques de Collection (CIDISC) at the Espace Champerret. Entrance: Free. Possibility of finding those hard-to-find vinyls you’ve been searching for: Priceless.
ART Huang Yong Ping, Bugarach Galerie Kamel Mennour
Up to January 26, 2013
The Mayan apocalypse may not have pushed through, but Huang Yong Ping’s exhibit at the Galerie Kamel Mennour is still a chilling reminder of “what could have been” had the predictions come true. Decapitated animals, a mountain resembling Bugarach, and a helicopter representing reprieve are still on exhibit until January 26th. Entrance: free.
Ennemi Public – Group Show Galerie Magda Danysz
January 12 – February 16, 2013
Ten artists attempt to answer this question “Who is today’s public enemy?” in the group show ‘Ennemi Public’ at the Galerie Magda Danysz. Themes of imprisonment, destruction and vandalism are tackled by participating artists Mat Collishow, Jean-Michel Pancin and Vhils aka Alexandre Farto. Entrance: free.
Johan Creten, The Vivisector Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin
January 12 – February 23, 2013
Get drawn into the world of Johan Creten’s sculptures which are monumental and fragile, like run-away fairytale characters, seemingly possessing a hidden power. And as all good things come in three’s, also on exhibit are Jean-Michel Othoniel’s installations and sculptures which draws inspiration far and wide from Brancussi to Baroque, and Pieter Vermeersch’s canvases.
January 13, 2013 Chatelet Theatre Musical de Paris
Tango? Electro? Why not? Singer Silvana Deluigi and jazz bass players Oliver Sens present a show where tango, ambient electronic music and improvisation join forces to create an exciting hybrid of contemporary music. Followed by tango dancing at the Grand Foyer, so don’t forget your dancing shoes. 5€, free seating. Buy your tickets here.
MUSIC Sophie Hunger – Concert
January 29, 2013
Don’t miss the concert of folk-pop-blues singer Sophie Hunger at La Cigale. The Swiss songwriter/singer’s home-recorded debut album ‘Sketches on Sea’ and her engaging live performances led her to appear at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and amidst glowing press and a steady fan base she toured Europe for her studio album debut ‘Monday’s Ghost’. Digitick and FNAC are great sites to purchase tickets.