No recession at Staten Island movie theaters

posted by dfc on January 29, 2009 at 7:47 am

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Even with the failing economy, movie theaters haven’t taken that much of a hit, at least in Staten Island.

As they packed onto mass transit in record numbers, cemented “staycation” into the popular lexicon and just tried to hang on in a collapsing economy, Staten Island and the nation largely spared the moviehouse.

Hollywood emerged from last year with a 4 percent drop in overall attendance but with a take nearly even with that of 2007, at about $9.62 billion. At the borough’s three movie theaters, fans weren’t cutting back.

Read the full story in the Staten Island Advance.

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Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on January 29, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Wow! A population of almost half a million people and just 3 multiplex theaters to cater to them. That’s amazing.

But I guess the %’s aren’t that much different in Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx based on their populations. The exception would be Manhattan, but only because many people come into the city to go see a movie and make a bigger night of it.

Quite a differnce from the days when there were dozens of theaters to choose from in your borough. I’m starting to feel like one of those old geezers…..“Why, back in my day we had only one screen at each theater…and that’s the way we liked it!”


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