The stories behind the buildings, statues and other points of interest that make Manhattan fascinating. Post a Comment. It was quickly replaced in favor by the grand Astor Place Opera House, which held 1, patrons and opened its doors on November 22, But after several unsavory episodes, including a riot, plans were laid for a new, imposing theater. The interiors were lavishly decorated. Ticket prices were out of reach for the commoner. The managers quickly realized that sumptuous surroundings would not excuse mediocre productions. On the night of November 27, the audience was presented with two acts of the Puritans. But when the curtain rose for the next act, patrons were surprised to see the last scene of Lucia di Lammermoor. The critic from the New-York Daily Tribune was not pleased.
July 11, By Frank Mastropolo. Photo: the private collections of Jason Knox and Harold C. Built as a movie palace in , the Academy of Music on East 14th Street, at Third Avenue, was a place where Lower East Siders would watch first-run features in grand style. Renamed the Palladium in , the hall became a full-time rock venue where the career of classic rocker Gary U. Bonds was jump-started after Bruce Springsteen invited him to sit in during a show.
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Horace Greeley disliked The Academy of Music so much, he asked how much it would cost to have it burned, and said "If the price is not unreasonable, have it done and send me the bill. The Academy was rebuilt and remained popular for decades, but as the neighborhood changed in the early 20th century, upper class audiences drifted uptown. The auditorium was used as a vaudeville and film house until its demolition in Cinema Treasures: New York City's first Academy of Music spanned two centuries, opening wih grand opera in and being operated by William Fox from until demolition in The original seating capacity was reported as 4,, but after a serious fire in , the theatre went through a series of rebuildings and renovations that gradually reduced it to about 2, When William Fox first took over the Academy's lease, he presented only stage plays with a resident stock company. As soon as feature-length movies became the vogue, Fox switched to films, supporting them with vaudeville to counter fierce competition from neighboring theatres. Fox also moved the entrance from Gramercy Place to 14th Street, which provided more space and better visibilty for the marquee and other electric signs. When the Consolidated Gas Company purchased the site for an addition to its nearby headquarters, William Fox built a new theatre directly opposite at E. The second Academy met a similar fate, being demolished in for another of NYU's student dormitories in the area.
The Academy of Music was built by movie mogul William Fox and opened in The theater was created to fill the gap left by the demolition of its original counterpart across 14th Street at Irving Place. It was one of the major movie theatres in the Union Square entertainment district. With the demise of the legendary Fillmore East in , the Academy of Music found new life as the premier mid-range venue for rock and roll music. It was great to be on the upper levels and get to touch the decorations and cornices that had been so high above me, the same ones I had stared at as a child. Alas, these stories never have happy endings. Oh well, time marches on. Is it possible that the only intact Lamb theaters in Manhattan are the Mark Hellinger and the th Street? A interesting video record of the interior of the Academic of Music midway through its days as the Palladium nightclub, to