Monday, March 28, 2011

This is a picture of the front of the Eltinge, renamed Empire in 1954. After it's use as a legit house, the Eltinge went burlesque. It is backstage at this theater where Abbott met Costello. In 1941, after Mayor LaGuardia outlawed burlesque, this house was renamed Laffmovie and showed comedy features and shorts, sound and silents, on an almost 24 hour basis.

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