Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Eat This Grauman's!
Amidst the tattoo shops, bong malls and karaoke joints on St. Mark's Place in New York City lies a hidden film history gem. Before DVD's and VHS tapes walked the earth, Theatre 80 was a popular revival house that showed classic films to an audience hungry for the oldies but goodies. The theater was so popular, in fact, that starting in the 70's, classic films stars who were still kicking would be invited to gala openings where they could meet their fans and try their hand at immortality by placing their hands or feet into wet cement on the sidewalk.
The last movie played at Theatre 80 over ten years ago, replaced by an off-off Broadway theater venue, but the marks of the stars are still present on the sidewalk outside- just waiting for an old film fan to come and relive the magic.