PARAMOUNT THEATRE
SEPTEMBER 20, 1964
TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY, USA
UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY SPECIAL CHARITY CONCERT
"AN EVENING WITH THE BEATLES"

TWO MEGA-RARE BLUE "V.I.P." MEZZANINE TICKET STUBS
THE ORIGINAL CUSTOM CONCERT PROGRAM
AND
THE FIRST EVER SEEN ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPHS OF
THE BEATLES ON STAGE AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE
TAKEN FROM THESE MEZZANINE SEATS

CONDITION : NM-
ITEM#: CA091
PRICE: ------

 
  DESCRIPTION
(ACTUAL SCANS)

ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18, THE BEATLES PLAYED THEIR FINAL "PAYING" VENUE FOR THEIR 1964 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN TEXAS AT THE DALLAS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CONCERT, THEY FLEW TO A RANCH IN MISSOURI where they enjoyed a short break from the GRUELING PACE.

EARLY IN THE MORNING OF THE 20TH, 200 people descended on a small Walnut Ridge Regional Airport in Arkansas, in anticipation of The Beatles' return, since the group had switched planes there the previous day. The aircraft they had arrived in waited on the runway, and a number of photographs and home videos were made by local residents. A local crop duster craft was mobbed after teenagers mistook it for The Beatles' plane. Unbeknown to them, Paul and George had arrived an hour before, and watched the event from a truck parked near the runway. John and Ringo arrived on a small commuter aircraft, AND As they disembarked they were surrounded by excited fans. They were joined by PAUL and GEORGE, and all quickly boarded A PRIVATE plane for New York.

THE BEATLES WERE HEADED FOR THE HERALDED PARAMOUNT THEATRE, IN TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY,  WHERE They  WOULD perform for no fee at A charity concert in aid of the United Cerebral Palsy of New York City and Retarded Infants Services. TITLED "AN EVENING WITH THE BEATLES", THIS SHOW ROUNDED OFF THE GROUP'S EXHAUSTING FIRST FULL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR - their only U.S. benefit show of their THREE tours OF 1964, '65 AND '66.

The Beatles were due onstage at 10:45pm but the other acts' sets were cut so they could go on 45 minutes earlier. Outside the Paramount Theatre, 200 police officers attempted to control 100,000 fans. Tickets for the concert had each been sold for $50 and $100 to a combination of young fans and New York's wealthy elite. 380 OF THE $50 seats were sold and 225 more went for THE $100.00 SEATS. In all, the concert raised $75,000 WITH 3,682 people in attendance. Ed Sullivan paid a backstage visit to The Beatles, and Gloria Steinem was reporting for Cosmopolitan magazine.

THE GROUP FLEW BACK TO ENGLAND ON THE 21ST, ARRIVING AT LONDON AIRPORT AT 9:35PM. WITH THEIR REMARKABLE NORTH AMERICAN JAUNT NOW PAST BUT A BRITISH CONCERT TOUR JUST AROUND THE CORNER, THE BEATLES QUICKLY RETURNED THEIR ATTENTION TO RECORDING, AND THE COMPLETION OF "BEATLES FOR SALE", THEIR SECOND ALBUM OF 1964.

FAB 4 COLLECTIBLES IS EXTREMELY PROUD TO OFFER ONE OF THE RAREST ARCHIVES FOUND IN BEATLES CONCERT EPHEMERA. FROM THIS PARAMOUNT THEATRE CHARITY EVENT, THE INCREDIBLE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

TWO INSANELY-RARE BLUE "V.I.P." MEZZANINE "AN EVENING WITH THE BEATLES" TICKET STUBS, EACH MEASURING APPROXIMATELY 2" X 3". BOTH ARE IN NEAR MINT CONDITION, WITH NO WEAR EVIDENT AT ALL. THE STYLE OF THESE PARTICULAR TICKETS DIFFERS GREATLY FROM THE STANDARD TICKET SEATING THAT WERE DISTRIBUTED. TO DATE, THERE HAS BEEN ONLY ONE OTHER BLUE "V.I.P." TICKET THAT HAS SURFACED, AND THAT EXAMPLE WAS A FULL TICKET.

THE EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE "AN EVENING WITH THE BEATLES" CUSTOM CONCERT PROGRAM FROM THIS EVENT, ONE THAT IS among the rarest IN EXISTENCE OF ALL BEATLES CONCERT PROGRAMS, WITH LESS THAN TEN SURFACING TO DATE. MEASURING 10" X 6", THIS FOLDED, FOUR PAGE PROGRAM IS PRINTED ON NICELY TEXTURED WHITE THIN CARDBOARD. GRADED IN BEAUTIFUL NEAR MINT MINUS CONDITION, IT DISPLAYS  VERY MINIMAL AGING, WITH NO RIPS OR TEARS OR TAPE STAINS. THERE IS BARELY PERCEPTIBLE HORIZONTAL FOLD THROUGH THE CENTER, BUT DOES NOT HINDER OR AFFECT THE PRESENTATION OF THE PROGRAM IN ANY MANNER. IT OBVIOUSLY HAS BEEN STORED FLAT SINCE THAT NIGHT.

FOUR 4" X 3" ORIGINAL PHOTOS TAKEN FROM THESE MEZZANINE SEATS - THESE ARE INDEED THE FIRST EVER SEEN PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE BEATLES ON STAGE AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE FROM THIS EVENT. TO OUR KNOWLEDGE, THERE HAS NEVER BEEN ANY PHOTOGRAPHS TO SURFACE FROM THIS VENUE. THESE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN WITH A POLAROID CAMERA OF ITS TIME, EVIDENT OF THE A HIGH GLOSSY, SLICK FINISH TO THE PHOTOS THAT HAS GREATLY PRESERVED THEM AND ALL REMAIN IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. THEY ARE ON A THICK, HEAVY PHOTO STOCK, WHICH IS INDICATIVE OF A POLAROID PRODUCT FROM THE MID 1960'S. THESE PHOTOS RATE RIGHT UP THERE WITH ONE OF OUR FINEST ACQUISITIONS.

THIS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY ARCHIVE FROM THE BENEFIT PERFORMANCE, WHICH BROUGHT TO A CLOSE THE BEATLES' FIRST FULL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OF 1964.

videos of the actual performance have NEVER surfaced EITHER,
but here is
FOOTAGE from outside THE paramount theatre
on the evening of the show. the interview heard is of beatles press officer
Derek Taylor, speaking about Beatle fans, fan mail, and the handicapped.

 

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