Going to the movies on March 28, 1970

According to that week’s issue of the listings magazine Cue, one of your movie options is Airport, the disaster blockbuster starring Burt Lancaster.

Seems like a strange choice for the Easter week feature at Radio City Music Hall. But it’s also odd that Radio City regularly showed movies back then…and doors opened at 7:15 in the morning!


Another film playing in the city: The Boys in the Band, based on the off-Broadway play about a group of gay men attending a birthday party in Manhattan. This month, it was just released on DVD. You definitely can’t see it at the Loew’s State, which shut down several years ago.


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3 Responses to “Going to the movies on March 28, 1970”

  1. Steve Says:

    It was always a great treat when I was growing up in suburban NJ to come into the city with my grandmother and go to Radio City, where you got a first run movie and the stage show with the Rockettes. And that was all year, not just for the Christmas and Easter shows.

    And I remember seeing Planet of the Apes at Loew’s State on one of the 1st trips that my parents let me and brother take into the city on our own. We then took the subway to the Village, where we were puzzled by people asking us if we wanted to buy “grass.” To this day, when I’m on 8th St I get a flashback to what went through my 11 year old mind – someone trying to sell a little plot of sod.

  2. Ricky Says:

    On my first trip to NYC in 1978, while in college at the University of Kansas, we saw the Radio City Christmas Show, with the movie “Pete’ Dragon”. We were surprised that when some farm animals came on stage that the audience started applauding. That’s when we realized we weren’t in Kansas anymore.

  3. Steve Lewi Says:

    My first and only time at RCMH was seeing the movie Airport in 1970. I was 10 years old and I remember how impressed I was by the theater and what a magical experience it was and I had chocolate covered ice cream bon bons. What a treat!

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