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Empire Theatre, 42nd Street in Manhattan, New York City.


Part of my series entitled: "My Manhattan in the Eighties"


"Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting" 


Originally opened as the Eltinge 42nd Street Theatre, in 1912. During the depression it became a burlesque theatre; and then in 1954, it changed its name to the Empire and became a movie theater. 

At the genre’s peak in the late '70s and early '80s hundreds of kung fu movies were hitting 42nd Street, West of Broadway; which is often refered to as "The Deuce."


The whole kung fu look became a fashion statement, with karate robes, “Ninja” T-shirts, and China-bowl hats becoming frequent sights around the Deuce—it wasn’t unusual to see a dude decked out in an entire black belt’s outfit, holding lethal silver balls and nunchaks. As you walked down 42nd Street, you could often hear Carl Douglas’s one-hit wonder song “Kung Fu Fighting” booming from ghetto blasters. 

"Empire Theater" - NYC, NY. - 8x10" B&W Print in a 11x14" Black Matte

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  • Photo is digitally printed on heavy 14 pt stock, semi-gloss, high quality paper using 5-Color Pigment/Dye Reactive ink producing vivid colors and sharp, crisp details.   

    Each 8x10" print comes matted in a high quality 11x17" black matte that is beveled cut with white core and 4-ply thick (about 1.4 mm or 1/16 inch).  Also included is an 11x17" backing board.  Both are enclosed in a plastic sleeve. 

    Prints will last up 100+ years when maintained in proper conditions.  We suggest using "UV-Filter Glass" in your frame which will protect your photograph from 99% of harmful UV rays, as well as provide crisp image resolution for many years.


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