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Old 07-23-2019, 02:14 PM
 
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This is such a nice idea for a thread, but unfortunately quite a few people did nothing except the briefest possibly reply ("The Roxy") which makes it meaningless for many of us.

I don't have a particular single favorite, but I miss so many that are gone from Manhattan. I never experienced the grand elegant ones, but I miss the small scruffy ones, like the Theater 80 St. Marks which had marvelous classic double bills mainly from the 1930s-40s, and the cavernous large ones, like the Astor on Broadway (still there, but not for movies) which had Lucas/Spielberg blockbusters. I miss all the dollar theaters, including some that had double bills of third-run movies for a dollar. There were so many dollar theaters, and so many revival theaters and art theaters, some that were even before my time; Bleecker Street Cinema, Carnegie Hall Cinema, Regency, New Yorker - and now the Sunshine and Lincoln Plaza, too. I have a fond memory of the Quad, where an usher found my wallet that I'd dropped, but I despise what they've become since their new owner renovated and the prices skyrocketed.

Right now, I like the Film Forum for their programming. I go to the Cinema Village quite a bit, partly to support their effort to keep down prices. And I still have a soft spot for the MoMA theaters.
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Old 07-23-2019, 04:17 PM
 
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There's an RKO theater near where I live that now serves as a bingo hall and flea market on Sundays. As a kid I would go to the flea market with my father, and I remember being in awe at the existing architecture inside the theater. Granted, no way does it look that same as I'm sure it did in its glory days (all the seating has been taken out, most light fixtures missing, etc) but there's still a shell left behind that makes my imagination wonder.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RKO_Kei..._Hill,_Queens)

Here's a picture of the interior I found on Google, not my pic:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorcasino/22332021638


Is there or was there a theater you guys knew that you considered a favorite or had fond memories of?
I thought of RKO Keith in Flushing when I saw this post but you are referring to the one in Richmond Hill. I went to the RKO in Flushing in the mid 1970s and I remember it was impressive.
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Old 07-23-2019, 05:33 PM
 
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This is such a nice idea for a thread, but unfortunately quite a few people did nothing except the briefest possibly reply ("The Roxy") which makes it meaningless for many of us.

I don't have a particular single favorite, but I miss so many that are gone from Manhattan. I never experienced the grand elegant ones, but I miss the small scruffy ones, like the Theater 80 St. Marks which had marvelous classic double bills mainly from the 1930s-40s, and the cavernous large ones, like the Astor on Broadway (still there, but not for movies) which had Lucas/Spielberg blockbusters. I miss all the dollar theaters, including some that had double bills of third-run movies for a dollar. There were so many dollar theaters, and so many revival theaters and art theaters, some that were even before my time; Bleecker Street Cinema, Carnegie Hall Cinema, Regency, New Yorker - and now the Sunshine and Lincoln Plaza, too. I have a fond memory of the Quad, where an usher found my wallet that I'd dropped, but I despise what they've become since their new owner renovated and the prices skyrocketed.

Right now, I like the Film Forum for their programming. I go to the Cinema Village quite a bit, partly to support their effort to keep down prices. And I still have a soft spot for the MoMA theaters.
Went to those frequently. Paramount in Brooklyn and the RKO at 86th and 3rd that I've mentioned previously. Current Symphony Space was a movie theater, too. My first BF and I used to go there a lot since he lived nearby at 99th and Riverside .
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:59 PM
 
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This is such a nice idea for a thread, but unfortunately quite a few people did nothing except the briefest possibly reply ("The Roxy") which makes it meaningless for many of us.

I don't have a particular single favorite, but I miss so many that are gone from Manhattan. I never experienced the grand elegant ones, but I miss the small scruffy ones, like the Theater 80 St. Marks which had marvelous classic double bills mainly from the 1930s-40s, and the cavernous large ones, like the Astor on Broadway (still there, but not for movies) which had Lucas/Spielberg blockbusters. I miss all the dollar theaters, including some that had double bills of third-run movies for a dollar. There were so many dollar theaters, and so many revival theaters and art theaters, some that were even before my time; Bleecker Street Cinema, Carnegie Hall Cinema, Regency, New Yorker - and now the Sunshine and Lincoln Plaza, too. I have a fond memory of the Quad, where an usher found my wallet that I'd dropped, but I despise what they've become since their new owner renovated and the prices skyrocketed.

Right now, I like the Film Forum for their programming. I go to the Cinema Village quite a bit, partly to support their effort to keep down prices. And I still have a soft spot for the MoMA theaters.
I'm sorry, but I didnt think people wanted to hear about the floors sticking to your feet, weed smoke, and graffiti on the wall. That one was for the Metro in Downtown Brooklyn. I don't even remember what movie(s) I saw there.

But the Kenmore was beautiful - red carpet, gold banisters, and a real ticket booth, and the popcorn booth, I'll never forget the smell, I saw Return of the Jedi there, Batman (1990), and Mrs. Doubtfire LoL
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Old 07-23-2019, 07:00 PM
 
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Went to those frequently. Paramount in Brooklyn and the RKO at 86th and 3rd that I've mentioned previously. Current Symphony Space was a movie theater, too. My first BF and I used to go there a lot since he lived nearby at 99th and Riverside .
86th and 3rd Ave!

Sony movie theater!

That was the spot!
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Old 07-23-2019, 08:03 PM
 
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Lowes paradise theater on the grand concourse, off fordham rd. Actually not sure if it was ever used for showing movies, it was semi abandoned and fell to vandalism for years, closed everytime I pass by it, beautiful art deco facade will take u back decades just looking at it.
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Old 07-23-2019, 08:24 PM
 
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86th and 3rd Ave!

Sony movie theater!

That was the spot!
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Old 07-23-2019, 09:29 PM
 
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I also remember the Forest Hills Theater, around the corner. One screen in the 1970s. Then split into two screens (one bottom floor, one top floor/balcony) about when the Midway split.

Eventually, the Forest Hills Theater became a Duane Reade on the bottom floor, and a Staples on the top floor. I think Staples is gone now too.
I'm surprised that lot was a movie theater!!! To think there were 3 movie theaters not even 3 blocks from each other around 71st and Austin St.

I love to read about peoples stories and see how much has changed since. Alot of theaters that I forgot about too.

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A little trivia. The Cinemart Theater had a continuing run of the movie Deep Throat around 1973 or 1974. While it wasn't an adult theater per se (they didn't rotate in new XXX movies as far as I remember) they showed Deep Throat for weeks or months at a time.
Was this the norm in those times? The Kew Gardens Cinemas used to be abandoned during my childhood (and way before that, I'm sure) and I remember seeing some old adult film posters (drawn/cartoony posters) hanging in the entryway. I always thought it was just a XXX theater but maybe not so. This was the early to mid 90s.

In the Bronx, I was able to watch one movie at the Whitestone Cinemas and the theater in Parkchester before they closed down. RIP. Whitestone Cinemas lot currently in limbo, saw sign that a new shopping center was coming but it's been 4-5 years now and all I see as we pass it along the Cross Bronx are a bunch of cars/trucks parked there.

The Parkchester theater is now a Marshalls.
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Old 07-23-2019, 09:35 PM
 
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I thought of RKO Keith in Flushing when I saw this post but you are referring to the one in Richmond Hill. I went to the RKO in Flushing in the mid 1970s and I remember it was impressive.
I just googled that theater and my goodness, it looked so spectacular!! Even the pics of the theater in ruins look impressive. Whoever RKO Keith was/were they spared no expense with their theaters.
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Old 07-24-2019, 05:11 AM
 
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I remember the 1970s, when the Midway had a single screen.

Then in the late 1970s, the split the Midway into four screens. Two screens on the first floor. And two screens on the top floor (what used to be the balcony).

I think they redid the Midway again ... in the 2000s?

I also remember the Forest Hills Theater, around the corner. One screen in the 1970s. Then split into two screens (one bottom floor, one top floor/balcony) about when the Midway split.

Eventually, the Forest Hills Theater became a Duane Reade on the bottom floor, and a Staples on the top floor. I think Staples is gone now too.

Then there was the Continental Theater. One screen in the 1970s. Then in the late 1970s, they split it into two very long and narrow theaters, and built a third screen in a different building across the street. I think that third screen is gone, and it's just the two screens now.
I remember all that. Currently the Midway has 9 screens!

I think the former Forest Hills Theater now has some kind of eatery on the top level/second floor in place of the Staples store.

The former Continental Theater on Austin Street is now some kind of medical/health facility I believe.

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Then there was the Trylon on Queens Blvd. My family took me to see The Vanishing Wilderness there in the 1970s. One of those Sunn Classics G-rated films. The Trylon eventually became a Bukharin Jewish center.
The Trylon was still functioning about 20 years ago but probably not long after that. I remember going there and being told the air-conditioning wasn't working. So they were allowing people to go in and see if it were tolerable for them before buying a ticket. Soon after that it closed.

Another former movie theater that I remember going to was the Elmwood Theater on the corner of Hoffman Drive & Queens Blvd (Elmhurst). It was a duplex (one screen downstairs and one screen upstairs on the second floor). It was converted to the Rock Church quite a while back.
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