Doubleday Books: A 1970s Powerhouse

I see that the fabulous blog Scouting NY has solved the mystery about this bookstore, which appears in Annie Hall:

Annie Hall - Doubleday Books

Scouting NY readers ventured guesses: Coliseum Books? Brentano’s? The Strand? The Barnes & Noble textbook annex on 5th Ave. and 18th St.? I wrote in suggesting the possibility of Doubleday Books. In my Year in Review: 1970 post, I pointed out that Doubleday Books had appeared in two of the #1 movies of that year, The Boys in the Band and The Owl and the Pussycat.

I didn’t know for sure, but it struck me that Doubleday Books had to have been a pretty big deal when Annie Hall was made. (It was located at 724 Fifth Avenue — today it’s a Prada.)

Scouting NY, having gone to the trouble of tracking down a copy of The Boys in the Band, has concluded that it was indeed Doubleday Books. Here’s the comparison image from that movie:

Boys in the Band - Doubleday Books

Box Office Boffo is proud of its role in clearing up this minor puzzle.


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