What You'll Do
Before Times Square was a glitzy tourist haven, it rose and fell from a paradise of opulent movie palaces to a hotbed of crime and grimy adult movie parlors. Strolling past the towering billboards and sprawling stores that today flank the square, film scholar Max Alvarez transports you back to the seedy and sensational episodes in the square's history with the help of old images.
- See Images from Times Square's Past
Pictures show the square in its movie-palace heyday and 1970s decadence
- Hear Broadway's Stories
Scholar and historian Max Alvarez relates little-known stories from the area's sometimes glamorous, oft-checkered, and always interesting past
Each event is capped at 12 participants; each event requires a minimum of 6 participants in order to take place.
Film Scholar and Historian
Max Alvarez first fell in love with Times Square when he was 5 and his family took him to a Jerry Lewis flick in one of 42nd Street's movie palaces. Since that day, he's been captivated by the silver screen. He would later work in the movie industry before becoming a film scholar, speaking and researching at the Smithsonian, New York Public Library, and the Lincoln Center's Library for the Performing Arts. Photo credit: Christian Montone.
Events begin at 10:30 a.m.
November 16 | November 23
December 7 | December 14 | December 21
Where You'll Meet
Tours begin outside the Belasco Theatre.