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Subject: Re: The Old Metropolitan Opera House
From: Don <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Don <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:22:42 -0600
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Bob is right.  The student desks were on the side; I always thought that
was part of the Family Circle since it was on the same level as I remember.
dond

On Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 11:48 AM, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> It was I, Donald Kane, who wrote that;  haven't I aired my
> displeasure with the use of "Don" enough lately?  : ).
>
> No, it is not dense to prefer modest, carefully detailed facades
> of the late Victorian period, to the exhibitionistic, "World's Fair"
> style that infects Lincoln Center: to me, the very idea of such a
> conglomeration seemed misconceived from the outset - something
> that might be expected in a place like D.C. or L.A.   Miles of the
> kind of "ugly and undistinguished architecture", as you call it, that
>       managed to survive the northward advance of business and fashion,
> still line lower Broadway and Fifth Avenue, and has been carefully
> preserved and adapted for thriving new businesses.  I think it is a
> bit dense to live in a city and be so unaware of one of its prime
> assets..
>
> BTW, a lot of the sets so well cared for in the new location,
> have deserved a fate far worse than a little rain or snow.
>
> dtmk
>
>
> On Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 10:58 AM, laurence hoffman <[log in to unmask]
> >
> wrote:
>
> > You must be pretty dense. The old Met building exterior was pretty ugly
> > and undistinguished. The orchestra level and entrance lobbies were even
> > uglier, more like going into an old train station lobby. BTW, I went
> there
> > from 1954 until it closed. BUT, walking into the auditorium was magic and
> > special,  unlike the new Met. The gold curtain was fabulous.
> > Also,  the sets were put out in the street after a performance and
> shipped
> > away. If that's not a dump, what is.
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > On Oct 26, 2016, at 8:53 AM, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > I never saw a production in the old Metropolitan Opera House, - and I
> > saw as many as I cared to between 1942 and 1966,  - that appeared
> > to be in any way hampered or degraded or compromised by the
> > exigencies of backstage space or of scenic wear and tear so often
> > attributed to the apparent lack of storage space, a legend somewhat
> > dependent on the recollections of passersby who recall observing
> > the flats stacked along the building's Seventh Avenue wall, but who may
> > never have ventured inside.
> >
> > It was not a dump; who savors the "magic" of a dump and "loves going
> > there"?
> >
> > Detractors have always enjoyed repeating the "yellow brick brewery"
> > remark, not realizing that to resemble a brewery in the 1880's, could
> > actually
> > be an architectural compliment of sorts, because breweries,  of which
> there
> > were many in and around New York at the time, were designed and built
> with
> > aesthetic pretensions befitting the popularity and quality of their
> product;
> > even the remote borough of Richmond, in which, I grew up, could boast of
> > several.  The yellow bricks were of the finest quality, (I still have a
> > few), and much more expensive than common red ones.  The facade of the
> > building was
> > graced with tons of matching terra cotta ornament, in a dignified, but
> not
> > ostentatious Beaux Arts manner; ostentation having been reserved for the
> > glamorous interior, admittedly, at the traditional cost of poor sight
> > lines. I
> > have read recently that there are still famous Houses in Europe where one
> > can purchase expensive seats from which the stage is invisible!.
> >
> > It was a place that reflected the tastes, and requirements of its place
> > and time, as does the present uptown successor,  which may likewise have
> > outlived both taste and suitability.  That's New York.
> >
> > dtmk
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 9:49 AM, Laurence Hoffman <
> [log in to unmask]>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> It was a dump, but it was magic. I absolutely loved going there.
> >>
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