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That could be so. Cineplex had their offices there when they ran it. This theater had most of the orignal equipment in operation when it closed.
Big theater chains don’t care about the customers anymore. If people complain, they get a free pass to come back. When they come back, they buy more candy and soda. That’s how it works now. It’s all about the money to them. I see it happening everywhere. People can write letters and complain all they want. It will not help. That is a FACT!!!!!
Village Cinema is on 12th and 2nd ave.
The Quad has 500 seats between all four screens.
This question just came up the other day. I don’t know if there is a law thats states that the show must be shown. I was told that there is a law that you can not start the show earlier than the scheduled time. Again, I don’t know if it is true or not but supposedly someone sued because the the feature started before the scheduled time. In all of the theaters I have worked in, we would never run the show if it was empty.
Does anyone of another theater that was on Front Street a long time ago. It is now a furniture store.
It wasn’t a very bad job multiplexing it. I did the re-install back in 1998. The theaters were still pretty big. The two balcony theaters had 800-1000 seats each with a full stereo set up. The other theaters were all mono. Of course it was all old, used equipment. A few breakdowns but not too many. The building was just to big to maintain and heat. The owners rented the two balcony theaters to an indian guy to run indian movies. The indian movies did amazing business. The problem was the guy never paid the owner so he got kicked out. The calderone eventually was leased to another indian guy. It just didn’t work out.
Greenport has begun major renovations in January. They will also do major renovations after next summer.
All the screens have the correct aspect ratio. They also all have movable maskings. Someone must have forgotten to move the maskings to the right position. Since Clearview quaded it, they have kept the theater very clean.
It would do much better if they upgrade the equipment.
When you say “go through the passageway from the mezzanine”, as I remember, the passageway was about 6 or 7 steps up. When you got to the top, you had your choice to go up to the balcony seats or down a couple steps to the loge seats. Does that sound about right? Also, the Floral closed when I was 12. I didnt become a projectionist until about 6 years later. But you are right. We do have our own private little potty.
The restrooms were up there. I think I remember them being downstairs to the right when you walked in also.
If you mean the upper lobby area, as I always called it, then no. That was open. When you went up there into the upper lobby, there were chains on the stairs leading up to the balcony.
Growing up in the late 70’s until it closed in the early 80’s, the balcony was closed most of the time. We always used to try to sneak up there.
You are right. Some houses on 262nd street near 86th avenue have 2 addresses. One for queens and one for nassau.
I,m not sure why it closed but first they cut the DMV space in half. Then a while later they kicked them out completely. Hopefully they saved the dome.
The dome was still intact well into the 90’s. Then when DMV closed in the late 90’s I think a church bought it. What a suprise, a church bying an old theater.
It’s all about the money today.
I know they did renovate the theater and the booth but I never heard about a lightning strike.
It was always a problem with this theater location as far as the projection union was concerned. Even though it may technically be Nassau county, the city union covered it. I grew up and still live in Floral Park. We have the same problem. Floral Park is split between Queens and Nassau. Luckily, the Floral was definitely in Nassau (er, or was it)…… Just kidding
Vito, some of us still take pride in being a projectionist.
The Quad cinema has been an art house since it opened and continues to do very well.
When the Quad first opened, they used overseas projectors. They were not very good. In 1989, they did a massive overhaul. All new american made equipment. Today, there are no problem with presentation. The last time they lost a show was over 2 years ago.
Still going strong today.
micohen. I was always in the booth so I dont remember seeing people on the bleachers but that is what they were for. A Drive-in in New Hampshire has the same thing. I do remember seeing people there on them. Sometimes they just want to sit out in the open.