Regarding those updates from the other day, reader Graehme wrote:
CBGB Theatre?? What??? What is this? I've never heard of such a thing, despite fetishizing the world of CBGB for thirty years and more. Please elucidate, if you know more.
It’s the truth. For a brief window of time between 1977 and 1978, the Anderson Theatre on Second Avenue -- just a few steps to the south from St. Marks Place (across the street from Gem Spa) -- was an adjunct venture for CBGB. You can read more about it here.
After CB’s short tenure there, it morphed from the Anderson to The Orpheum. I remember seeing “Little Shop of Horrors” with my mother there in the 1982 or so. Since the mid-90’s, however, it’s been the home of “Stomp.”
Back to the David Johansen/Gramercy Gym debacle for a sec: I re-posted a pic on that last corrections post of the old Palladium and pointed out a doorway I thought might be the 116 in question. Bob Egan weighed back in again. Here’s what he had to say -- in typically crazy-thorough fashion:
Hi Alex, I saw your report today. You ended by thinking the door might be next to the Palladium (#124 on the map) . I think you were off by one building and a parking lot. See the details below.
#116 and #118 seem to share an entrance. But if it’s like the one in the photo of the old guy, then maybe there was another entrance on the side. It would probably be facing 14th street since it has the #116 on it and I don’t think they would put that on a door in the back alley.