Were Roxie ushers male or female?

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    Dec 31, 2007 4:51 PM GMT
    In Cole Porter's song "You're the Top," he says:

    "You're the pants on a Roxie usher"

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    Dec 31, 2007 5:00 PM GMT
    You know, I don't know a damn thing about Cole Porter other than that the rock band U2 did a Cole Porter song once, called Black and White, and I thought they did a magnificantly eerie, somewhat dark and somber job of it. I loved it.

    Hell I don't know, maybe Roxio ushers were androgynous?

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    Dec 31, 2007 5:05 PM GMT
    De-lovely is a wonderful movie about CP from a few years back. Kevin Kline plays CP.
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    Dec 31, 2007 5:11 PM GMT
    lmao...you know Caslon, I'll go rent it soon and watch it sometime, just for you, and tell you what I think. I do like Kevin Klien. He was hot, with that dreamy Tom Selleck, in In and Out a dozen years, more or less, back.icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 31, 2007 5:15 PM GMT
    It's a de-lovely way to start the new year! ... icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 31, 2007 9:01 PM GMT
    WAG:

    For many years the "Roxie" was the oldest continuously operating movie theatre in San Francisco. I think - during the 70's - it turned into a porn palace. I don't even know if it still exists.

    I was once told that the SF "Roxie" was a play on the name of the NY "Roxy" theater.

    The (NYC) Roxy for many years allowed only male ushers, many of whom were actor wannabes or college students, and known for their good looks and tight fitting uniforms. During WW II I am told that women were used as ushers and, scandalously for that time, wore the same tight fitting pants.

    Since Porter wrote his song in the early thirties I am betting he was making a sly wink to good looking young men in tight pants.

    The Roxy was home to the 'Roxyettes' - who later became the 'Rockettes' when they moved to Radio City sometime during the Depression.

    The Roxy closed and was demolished in the early 1960's.

    But again - just a WAG.

    If you ever get a chance to go to Radio City for their 'Christmas Show' go. it's worth the experience to do once. I haven't been there since they closed Lindy's though: I still remember their cheesecake.

    I had an elderly aunt (when I was very young - she was secretary to a President of GE and pretty well off) who would take us on a weekend pilgrimage to NY every Christmas with stops at Radio City, Lunch at Lindy's, Skating in R Center, a concert, and window shopping on 5th culminating in a trip to FAO Schwartz. She loved going to the Rainbow Room for dinner (VERY FANCY).

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    Dec 31, 2007 9:51 PM GMT
    Yes, they were male! ... icon_biggrin.gif Ok, now I can get excited...well, I would if I could...talk about damaged goods ... icon_eek.gif

    "The last day of the conclave, one of my dreams came true. I've always wanted to meet someone who wore "the pants of a Roxy usher." The Roxy was my favorite childhood haunt— the golden age of the movie palace reached its pinnacle with this grandest of all theaters. During a lunch break between tours, I was introduced to Simon Saltzman, a writer from Chatman, New Jersey.

    "I went to the Roxy in 1956, straight from high school. D-Day, The Sixth of June was my first picture there. We had inspection every morning. It was like the army, with military-type pants. The ushers' officers were tough. It was actually more like being in the marines. I didn't brush with celebrities often, but I did take Sonja Henie on her skates up in the elevator when she was performing there. When AMC shows Anastasia, they precede it with a Fox newsreel of its premiere at the Roxy and you can see me in uniform opening the door. I was there during the last gasp of the glory days. It was impeccably maintained, right up to the end. When the Roxy was demolished, it was like losing a member of the family." "

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    Dec 31, 2007 11:02 PM GMT
    If you ever come to NYC during holiday time make sure to miss the Radio City show. WHat a waste of money. And TIRED......! If they injected adrealine into that show it would take and hour to work!
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    Dec 31, 2007 11:09 PM GMT
    I was in a show with the Rockettes many years ago. Nice girls, but not real bright. They were doing a number where each girl had a xylophone sewn into the back of her costume, and each girl would play the xylophone of the girl next to her in the line.

    One of the girls told me in the green room that the newest Rockette was so dumb that, on the day they first got their costumes, she went around asking everyone how she was supposed to play the xylophone on her own back?

    Oy.

    BTW, Caslon, I though It's De-Lovely was a serious downer. I couldn't imagine a more joyless version of the life of the man who wrote so many great songs....and some of the performances (Alanis Morissette? REALLY?) were just bizarre.
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    Jan 01, 2008 1:27 AM GMT
    Almost totally off-topic...

    At my first teaching job I had Cole Porter's piano in my office. No one else on the faculty wanted it because it went out of tune so quickly (it was a 1929 Bechstein). When I left, it was exiled to the faculty lounge, where I imagine it's living out its days as a conversation piece (which is mostly how I used it).