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Both auditoriums of the State and the Erie were demolished. The Erie went down in the 70’s, and the State in the mid-80’s. The arcade and lobby building of the State is still standing. The marquee is used for local business advertising, although the “STATE” letters are gone.
There are two former Jerry Lewis Theatres still open in North Jersey—the Valleyview Twin in Wayne, and the Kinnelon 1-2-3 in Kinnelon (a.k.a. Meadtown Cinema).
Creative Entertainment is a film booking service, like Lesser Theatres.
The Times Square is still standing. About three months ago, the front was boarded over and work began inside to clean it up. They’ve also ‘reattached’ the stage, which had been bricked off to serve as retail space some years ago. What will they use it for?? To my knowledge, it’s available for restaurant or retail space. It cannot be used for legit, as the load in for the stage would be on 42nd St, and that’s not allowed by city ordinance.
I believe you’re thinking of the Olympia at Broadway & 107th, which was demolished last year—the Columbia Cinema building is still standing.
Someone stole it years ago. The man who was restoring the Paradise a few years back was in contact with the people at the Loew’s Jersey, as they had just completed restoring their clock. He was set to order replacement parts until…
It’s entirely possible and something we’ve been talking about….for now it’s “The Terminal” followed next month by “I, Robot”.
The Zieg does employ union projectionists, full time!
The Ziegfeld is open—-we’re now showing “The Terminal” and will open “I, Robot” there on 7/14.
And across Route 3 from the Meadow 6 and Plaza 8, Loews also had the Harmon Cove Quad, which closed in the early 80’s. All 3 (4, 6, and 8 were open at the same time for a short while).
The Anthony Wayne is alive and well, functioning as a 5-screen Clearview Cinema….
The booth is still the same today. In fact, today, Sunday 5/23/04, RCMH is hosting the World Premiere of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azcaban”.
The Proctor’s in Mt. Vernon was gutted around 1995 and ‘filled in’ with offices. It still looks very much like a theatre, however. Next door, in a separate building, Proctor’s Drug, and old fashioned pharmacy, still operates.
I am not sure what became of the Loew’s, but I believe it’s been torn down.
Oddly enough, Clearview Cinemas books this theatre through our subsidiary, Cinema Services!
I’ve been in the Alden recently—the manager took me to their storage room which is the balcony and proscenium. There’s a drop ceiling from the balcony front to the stage, and the seats have been removed. Other than that, it is very much intact!
And this one opened way before February 2004! It replaced the GCC Brunswick Square Mall Cinema.
First, I am a Division Manager for Clearview and have been to the Bellevue many, many times as it is in my territory. The seats are spaced in the theatre as they were when it was built—-there was never leg room in the balcony—that’s they way it always was. The only difference is there’s a wall down the middle now. Last year, Clearview invested in sound upgrades for all of our theatres. I don’t believe there are any other sound issues at the Belle that I’m aware of.
Second, the photos are in the archive at THSA. Instructions for ordering can be found on the website.
The Theatre Historical Society has pictures of the Bellevue—you can order them at www.historictheatres.org
The exterior is exactly the same as built, except for the marquee. One of the former retail spaces was annexed into the lobby to enlarge it.
The auditoriums currently are actually pretty good. I would certainly not call it a ‘homeless shelter’. The downstairs theatres have large screens and digital sound. In no way is the theatre ‘skeevy’.
The local college, RPI, has just purchased the theatre and has proposed to turn the office building portion of this complex into a boutique hotel. There has been no talk of auditorium restoration as of yet. I was last in the theatre, about 5 years ago, the place was not too bad. There was some major plaster damage, and the window in the back of the projection booth was smashed out allowing many, many pigeons to roost in the booth. The equipment is covered with pigeon droppings. The theatre features two balconies connected by a series of complex ramps, rather than stairs. On one of the landings I saw a vending machine that was still on, believe it or not, that dispensed soda. I decided to see if it worked. I dropped my quarter, the cup came down, no ice filled the cup, no syrup, and a few drops of water came down! There was also popcorn still in the popcorn warmer that was there since the theatre last closed in the 70’s! It has since been cleaned out. In the manager’s office, there were boxes and boxes of “FILM JORNAL INTERNATIONAL” magazines, some dumped on the floor. Most were from the 60’s & 70’s.
There were one or two on Staten Island….and before the Whitestone closed, it was ‘triplexed’ in the late 70’s, early 80’s…
In many, many theatre history circles the Loew’s Rochester has the reputation as the most unfortunate-looking of theatres of that size. Warren’s comment above does not seem to be an opinion, rather a statement of fact. It did indeed have that reputation.
The whole Apollo/Victoria arts center concept was to be a project of Time-Warner, pre-AOL. It is my understanding that they’ve pulled out of the project completely, and it has stalled. A church group uses one or two of the Victoria’s auditoriums from time-to-time.
A McDonald’s now sits on the site.
The lobby building is due to be demolished soon in the next wave of ‘urban renewal’ in White Plains….
The State was taken over in the early 90’s by a theatre employee who de-twinned it (piggyback configuration) and was restoring it. One night, about 10 or 12 years ago now, the theatre collapsed.