From the Morning Telegraph, 1927-12-09, p.02
OPENING OF JARDIN ROYAL PLEASES GAY NIGHT CROWD
The Jardin Royal opened with an excellent crowd – neither the rain nor the six-day bicycle race kept them away – and it looks as though the successor to the New Yorker is going to keep the high standard of patronage set by the other Chinese places along Broadway.
Jimmy Carr, D.M., (Doctor of Melody), and his merry makers put on a very amusing show. The girls are beautiful, the show snappy, the food good – what more can one ask ?
Castle & Mays harmonize and have an extensive collection of songs.
Sven Dahl is a tenor with a pleasing voice, Jack Lewis takes care of the laughs, the Kentucky Twins are two girls who charm the eye and ear and Sam Seese, Dick Barton and Val Hanola take leave from the orchestra long enough to sing.
Jimmy Carr and his orchestra are an attraction that ought to prove a real drawing card. The dance music is excellent and the versatile Jimmy, who has some specialties and acts as master of ceremonies in addition to his musical activities, is a capable performer.
It was quite a shock to go up there with the old New Yorker in mind. They have made one clean sweep of the place and not a bit of the former atmosphere remains. Where once expensive duskiness prevailed, there is now an abundance of light color and gold trimming. Every available bit of space has been utilized. Even the area which used to be dressing rooms is thrown into the main room, and the capacity is more than doubled. The effect is spacious, airy and cheerful. No shaded lights there, but plenty of life and color.
Bix had engagements in the ballroom at 1600 Broadway, New York on two occasions. The ballroom had different names at different times. In the early days, it was known, successively, as Rector’s, the Boardwalk, and the Café de Paris. In 1924 it was the Cinderella Ballroom. Between February and May 1927, it was known as the Paul Whiteman Club. In September 1927, the ballroom was named Club New Yorker. Bix appeared there in 1924 with the Wolverine Orchestra and in 1927 with Adrian Rollini’s New Yorkers. On August 6, 1981, exactly 50 years after Bix’s death, the world premiere of Brigitte Berman’s documentary film "Bix: Ain't None of Them Play Like Him Yet" was held at the Preview Theater located on the 9th floor of 1600 Broadway.
The 10-story building at 1600 Broadway –in the heart of Times Square- was built in 1902. When it opened, it housed, in the first floor, a showroom for the horse-driven, luxury carriages of the Studebaker Brothers. In the 1910s, the Mutual Film Company had offices and storage space in the building. Charlie Chaplin was under contract with the Company from 1916 to 1918. In the 1920s and 1930s it housed the Max Fleischer studios: the first Betty Boop animated cartoon was created there in 1930 and the popular Popeye was added in 1933 to the cast of Fleischer’s cartoon characters. In 1939, the ground floor was remodelled to house the “Ripley Believe It or Not! Odditorium” ("Curioddities From 200 Countries").
It was announced early in November 2004 that the building was to be demolished and replaced by a 25-story, 136-unit apartment tower.