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In 1967 as the 50th Street Cinema it showed Avant Garde films starting with the Shirley Clark Documentary PORTRAIT OF JASON.
I can confirm PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES was advertised at 200 W 48th street on June13, 1980 (NYT) so I guess it did go legit at least for a while. Did PUMP BOYS really run that long?
I don’t have show a Kitty Kat but I recall a cinema upstairs from the West Side Twin that showed porn when the West Side was still showing Disney. Was that the Ramrod/Pussycat2/Kitty Kat?
Marylyn Chamber’s INSATIABLE? Well, I didn’t know you were going to bring up the classics, Ed.
Here is how I see it:
121 W 48 BELMONT
121 W 48 CINEMA 48
148 W 48 VANDERBILT
194 W 48 48th St MUSIC HALL
200 W 48 CINE LIDO
217 W 48 48TH STREET
220 W 48 LONGACRE
247 W 48 CARUSO (Hindenberg)
247 W 48 EDYTH TOTTEN
247 W 48 HINDENBURG
247 W 48 PRESIDENT
153 W 49 WESTMINSTER
153 W 49 WORLD 49th ST. (Westminster) (Embassy 49)
210 W 49 RAMROD (Mini)
210 W 49 PUSSYCAT 2
215 W 49 AMBASSADOR
215 W 49 CINE ROMA (Ambassador)
235 W 49 CINEMA 49
1604 BROADWAY BIG TOP
1604 BROADWAY CIRCUS
1607 BROADWAY BRYANSTON WEST (T-L 49)
1607 BROADWAY EMBASSY 49th (T-L 49)
1607 BROADWAY PUSSYCAT WEST (T-L 49)
1607 BROADWAY TRANS-LUX 49th
1607 BROADWAY TRANS-LUX WEST (T-L 49)
1620 BROADWAY RIVOLI
1620 BROADWAY RIVOLI-2
1620 BROADWAY UNITED ARTISTS-1 (Rivoli)
1620 BROADWAY UNITED ARTISTS-2
I realise some of these sequences may have changed over the years.
That gadget with the blinking red light sounds like a night vision goggle. When a bootleg DVD is traced to a particular theatre, the goggles and bag searches can help track cam corder pirates on new movies.
I don’t think we can hold AMC Empire responsible for Times Square audiences but their staff behaviour and absence of duty managers is indeed often unforgivable.
I show the Cine Lido at 200 West 48th which I believe to have been the Latin Quarter prior to becoming this. Perhaps it later became the Pussycat or the name moved along. The Trans-Lux 49, (1607 Broadway) was the one I thought was the Pussycat.
I also suspect the Pussycat 2 may have been the Ramrod and even more surprised to find that, oddly, I care.
Ed, I thought the Pussycat was the Trans-Lux 49th Street. Were the Pussycat and Grand Pussycat separate theatres? Was the Cine Lido perhaps the Pussycat 2?
I think the Lido East became a Chinese Restaurant and may still be that.
Fight films and live feeds made money but not worth the trouble. The crowds were rowdy and violent and often tore the place apart, especially when the signal failed. Brooklyn theatres had a particularly tough time with staff abuse and shootings.
This theatre name needs to be changed.
Give us a break. Odeon holds more premieres because they have more seats. Every single distributor knows the presenatation is far superior at the Empire.
It appears it remained the Irish for a little over year until it reverted back to the Miami, most likely the result of the war disrupting the Irish economy and. It then ran silent films for a while as well.
I have read that 42nd street theatres in the seventies grossed as much as the rest of Manhattan put together. Based on the concept of an economy of businesses that pays its own way, these crap houses with their exploitation, sexploitation and blaxploitation certainly appeared to accomplish an economic success model. No matter what one feels about crack whores, the Shuberts, crooked politicians, pimps, Disney, the police, male hustlers, the Brandts or Popeye’s Chicken – 42nd Street may have been the first true experiment in undisturbed capitalism. It should have been preserved and studied.
For the Hollywood version, see IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, not ILSA, SHE WOLF OF THE SS.
Ed, I found a December 9, 1972 NY Times articles announcing a raid on the San Francisco Adult Movies at the basement of 1531 Broadway, between 45th and 46th, former premises of Ripley’s Believe It or Not. Could this have been the Frisco again in 1982?
Sorry Warren, I thought you were saying 1938 was too EARLY for Ireland. I re-read the NY Times article and it does say that the Miami will show only Irish films when renamed the Irish Theatre, the first being ROSE OF TRALEE.
Ed, The FRISCO and NIGHT SHIFT TWIN in the Movie Clock above are two Manhattan porn houses I had never heard of before 3/10/82 .
Ok here are some Meadows stories to help put all this nastiness behind us and start some new nastiness.
Ed Bernhardt, bless his heart, a Mr. Magoo style driver, once drove (literally) into the local bank.
On my arrival in QUEENS, I asked Ed if the typical New Yorker read the New York Times. Ed responded that the “typical New Yorker could not read” and I should “stop assuming ANYONE read the New York Times”.
Ed also taught me that Arabs can never anti-semetic as they are all semites.
On the opening weeks of the Cineplex Odeon Meadows, a sold out showing of THE PRESIDIO was moved from a 400 plus screen to a 200 plus screen after construction workers removed the projector while finishing ceiling drywall without telling anyone. Refunds and anger ensued.
On THX certification day, the post office heater kicked in and the whole building shook for five minutes. We failed the test.
A hot water/cold water problem caused steaming toilets and urinals for the first few weeks, a fact that perplexed locals. Oddly enough, a basement crank flushes every toilet and urinal in the building, an oddly satifying act of power for me at the time.
Although we had several 306 projectionists, only two, Sal Mancuso and Randy knew what they were doing. Randy was arrested on site one night accused of stealing an Oscar by the widow of a Manhattan retiree who won it for a 1940’s film that won in all four major categories. (look that one up!)
The cinema received hate mail for NOT showing THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST.
Some man called nightly for over a year to tell us he had a red bow on his head.
One Sunday night four men armed with shotguns came in the front door and robbed the manager’s office while holding customers at gun-point in the lobby.
THE BLOB remake was a big hit here.
Once I went into the projection booth and could not find the projectionist. I closed a roof door that was creating a draft and went back to call the Union. They sent a replacement several hours later. The next day I found out the projectionist had wondered on to the roof for sun bathing a fallen asleep. He was fired.
Staff who caught a Yamuka wearing young man masterbating in the auditorium while watching WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? asked him to leave the theatre. To our dismay, he walked out screaming “My parents won’t let me do it at home either!”.
I remember STEEL as one of those “so bad, it is good” films. It is the story of construction workers putting up a high rise and fighting all kinds of silly problems, personal or otherwise. The soundtrack treated the climax as if it was a ROCKY type triumph with a lot of whoppin' and hollerin'. A real redneck saga from the “who cares?” genre.
Could this have been the TAPIA in the late sixties?
Wow! I didn’t realise I had started this. I looked up Queens, New York on Cinema Treasures. Fresh Meadows wasn’t there. That was my point.
Former manager Ed Bernardt once jumped the erxpressway rail with his car and landed on a snow mound on the boulevard across from the theatre. He wasn’t hurt but maybe we have the address wrong.
I managed this place for over a year and this is first time I have heard of it not being in Queens or on the Boulevard. My letterhead did not say Fresh Meadows or Expressway in the address line.
In the mid seventies, once the downtown houses turned to soft core and blaxploitation, a bus ride to Miracle Mile provided access to the Coral, Gables, Miracle and eventually the Cinematheque. The nearby Twin Gables and Trail provided other choices. When the Coral and Gables went, the Miracle split into two and then four screens. The Twin Gables became the Gables Triple and the whole neighborhood soon settled for the Miracle Center Multiplex outside the Gables. That short-lived latter complex was so daunting even the parking lot was a challenge, so steep my Toyota fell backwards and threw me out every time I tried to get in. Nowadays locals make due with the AMC Sunset Place, a new stadium seated improved version of the Bakery Center, Riviera and Sunset. Alas, the city of Coral Gables has no movie theatres to keep the little shops on Miracle Mile alive at night.
THis site has a photo and some history as the Gate (162 Second Avenue)
This theatre should be listed as located in Queens.
This is now listed twice.
The Tower opened in the late twenties and was given the art deco treatment when it became a Wometco house in the early thirties.
ROSE OF TRAILEE 21 October, 1938 release in NY as showed in Variety and the NY Times at the Irish Theatre.
Known as the Irish Theatre for the brief run of the film version of ROSE OF TRALEE in 1938, the first film made in Ireland.