October 1981: Times SquareGreat TV Entertainment…?

Posted on 27th December 2018 in "Times Square"
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Cover of October 1981 TV listings magazine for Showtime and The Movie Channel


 
 

 

According to the October 1981 issue of Great TV Entertainment, the official schedule for Showtime and The Movie Channel, Times Square was shown six times on The Movie Channel, on October 25, 27, and 31. I could have sworn it was shown many times more than that; the showings must have continued into November, or perhaps it was also shown on HBO like everybody, including me, remembers.

 

October 1981 TV listings for Showtime and The Movie Channel Relevant text: SHOWTIME THE MOVIE CHANNEL TIMES SQUARE Two misfit teenagers become runaway rebels roaming the streets of New York City. They find fame--and disaster-as the rock ’n’ rolling Sleaze Sisters. Trina Alvarado and Robin Johnson co-star. Language. (R-1:51) Oct.25,27,31-M

TIMES SQUARE
Two misfit teenagers become runaway rebels roaming the streets of New York City. They find fame–and disaster-as the rock ’n’ rolling Sleaze Sisters. Trina Alvarado and Robin Johnson co-star. Language. (R-1:51) Oct.25,27,31-M

 

 

Times Square got a photo and a little blurb, which was more than Let It Be got. Maybe that’s why Let It Be is one of the few movies that’s now harder to see than Times Square. (… Nah.)

The photo, typically, isn’t a frame from the movie. It’s a publicity still shot on set that is making its first appearance in this magazine. The AFD/EMI/RSO promotion people had been sitting on this gem for a year. No wonder the movie flopped.

October 1981 TV listings for Showtime and The Movie Channel, contents page detail

 

 

Great TV Entertainment, October 1981 (monthly (publication) (AAT ID: 300311879))
20.75 x 13.5 cm. (work);
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(images)
 
©1981 TVSM, INC.

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Times Square Hits US Cable TV, October 1981

Posted on 15th December 2018 in "Times Square"
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Robin Johnson's head shot for TIMES SQUARE, in costume as Nicky Marotta, photographed by Yoram Kahana, printed in 1981 for the film's showings on The Movie Channel. Text: THE MOVIE CHANNEL ROBIN JOHNSON is an uninhibited product of the streets who sets New York City on edge as a wild runaway from authority in "Times Square." See it in October on THE MOVIE CHANNEL.

ROBIN JOHNSON is an uninhibited product of the streets who sets New York City on edge as a wild runaway from authority in “Times Square.” See it in October on THE MOVIE CHANNEL.

 

A year after its brief run in theaters, Times Square made it to HBO, and I watched it every single time it ran. This was before my family had a VCR, but my dad had access to a Sony Porta-Pak open-reel video recorder, and I recorded the movie across four reels, during four broadcasts, in glorious black-and-white, and watched it many times over the next few years, until I went off to college and the Porta-Pak went back to wherever it came from. I do still have the reels, but nothing to play them them on, assuming there’s still a signal on them. There’s a slim possibility that the American trailer is also on one of those reels: it was used to promote the movie on HBO, and I remember poring over the movie every time I saw it wondering how I kept missing the scene where Nicky and Pammy were splashing each other in the river.

The only thing inaccurate about the above is, although I and everybody else I’ve spoken to who also watched those cable screenings remember vividly that it was on HBO, the only evidence I’ve ever found indicates that it was actually The Movie Channel. And so far, I’m also the only one willing to admit that my memory may be faulty on that one detail. Times Square fans can be obstinate.

This photo is TS-57-26/1 from the US Press Material folder, with The Movie Channel’s logo replacing AFD’s on the now slightly expanded white border. The caption is edited from the one supplied with that photo, over a year before. After all the variants and previously unseen promotional photos that came out as Times Square was released around the world, its television debut was promoted with one of the first shots ever released.

 

 

[TS-57-26 Movie Channel variant]
black-and-white photograph, AAT ID: 300128347
US, 1981 ; 8″ x 10″ (work)
1981-10 Head shot Movie Channel variant_1080px.jpg
1080 px (H) x 865 px (W), 96 dpi, 345 kb (image)

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+