Thursday, January 24, 2013

What was playing at the Palace 50 years ago this week?

The answer? A double feature of two thrilling, chilling Horror Hits: Tower of London and The Vampire and the Ballerina. That's the ad (above) that ran in the Journal on January 19, 1963.

I wonder how long the theater was billed as the "Now" Palace?

Sadly, you don't get to see a true double feature anymore, except at the drive-in. And even then, the two movies never really seem to relate to each other, as these two "spook shows" do.

Tower of London (1962) with Vincent Price was one of those period costume horror films. Here's a poster (below) that gives you a better idea of the kind of mayhem that takes place in the movie.

The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960) was an Italian horror film released in the states by United Artists. Here's the movie poster (below).
(Courtesy wrongsideof
And here's the actual trailer. It's got some nice, moody cinematography.

But by George, that's one ugly vampire. You won't see one like that in any of the Twilight movies.


Anonymous said...

What fun todays blog was!

-Alan D Hopewell said...

I missed thatone too, darnit!