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Old 07-24-2019, 06:15 AM
 
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The Haven theater in Woodhaven was my local movie theater growing up. I saw the original Planet of the Apes there. It closed more than 20 years ago and became a discount store. The Glen Oaks movie theater was my next local theater when I moved and it's been closed for at least 25-30 years and is now a Walgreens. MovieWorld in Douglaston was a nice place and that closed last year. None of these places were fancy but it's a shame they are gone.
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Old 07-24-2019, 12:38 PM
 
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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.
Here's another change. On the west corner of Austin and 70th Road, there used to be a Disney Store in the 1990s. I think it's gone now. Before that, in the 1970s and early 1980s, it was a gas station.

To the north of the Disney Store, on 70th Road, there was a Blockbuster. And a Numero Uno Pizza across the street.

But yeah, 3 theaters and 9 screens in the 1980s, in the Austin/Continental area. You can still see the marquee of the old Forest Hills Theater. Of course, it now says Duane Reade.
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Old 07-24-2019, 12:44 PM
 
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Bleecker Street Cinema ... Cinema Village

I remember those from the 1980s. I was an NYU film student. I'd watch movies in class. Then between classes, I'd watch movies at those places. This was the early 1980s, and I didn't yet own a VCR.

I saw Motel Hell at Cinema Village. And classic fare at the Bleecker Street Cinema.

I often went to the 8th Street Theater. (Or was it the 8th Street Playhouse?) I saw a David Cronenberg triple feature there: Shivers, Rabid and The Brood. They also ran a series called "Classic Cinema of the 1970s." A series of double features. I remember Straw Dogs, Badlands, McCabe and Mrs. Miller were part of that series.
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Old 07-24-2019, 12:47 PM
 
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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.

I once saw an XXX film there in the 1980s or 1990s. It was the only time I ever went to an XXX theater. Not many people in the audience.
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Old 07-24-2019, 01:13 PM
 
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The LIRR runs under or very near the Kew Gardens cinema and you could hear the rumblings of the trains as they went by.
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Old 07-25-2019, 03:11 PM
 
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Only theater I i had growing up was Essex St (on Grand St.) in LES. I had good memories here as a child. Before closing, I remember having to watch movies with our feet up since rats were wild. I wish i remember the last movie played here but I remember when the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles played (1990). I think the last movie I ever saw their was Poetic Justice (1993). I believed they closed down in 1995.
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Old 07-25-2019, 03:20 PM
 
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My go to was the one in New Dorp in Staten Island. It had about 3 screens and each ticket was 8 bucks. It closed about 3 years ago.
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Old 07-25-2019, 05:18 PM
 
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Have to mention first: the Thalia, on W 95th just off Broadway. Wonderful showings, foreign, artsy, classic. And it had a weird set up, where the seats in the front rows were actually higher than the rows behind them, sort of like a mid-hall dip in the floor. Something to do with the history of the building --- I don't remember exactly, but I don't think it had been built to be a moviehouse.
Also cool were places that featured midnight cult movies: the New Yorker, at 88th and Broadway. The 8th Street Playhouse in the village. I think the St Marks Theater on 2nd Avenue had midnight films too.
Cinema Studio, Broadway and 66th. Metro, 99th Broadway. Olympia 110th Broadway. All fine places to see flicks.
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Old 07-25-2019, 05:19 PM
 
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My go to was the one in New Dorp in Staten Island. It had about 3 screens and each ticket was 8 bucks. It closed about 3 years ago.
The Lane!

Saw Star Wars there. Single screen then.
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Old 07-26-2019, 05:14 AM
 
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I never saw any movies at this one but I remember walking by it when visiting a friend/former colleague nearby in Astoria.

https://qns.com/story/2002/01/10/ast...ter-8-decades/
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