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I will have to find the newspaper article about it. If it wasn’t the first multiplex, then it was the first quad. I know that for sure. I’ll get back to everyone.
The Quad is the first theater to be a multiplex in the United States. It opened in the 70’s as a quad and continues. It still does very well, too. The only thing that has changed with the box office is that it is now closed in by glass.
It sound like the box office got robbed. I’ve been the projectionist there for 11 years now. They have been robbed about 3 or 4 times during that time. It’s very easy because the box office is so close to the exit.
Not to mention all the outsourcing. How many times have you called an american company for customer service and someone from India picks up. How many Seven Elevens are owned and run by americans. None that I have seen. Cheap labor. That’s what it’s all about. Nothing else. It does not matter how hard you work anymore. It’s all about money. Screw the customer. Give them a free pass to come back. They will just buy more popcorn and candy.
People do anything to save money. If they would just put a little money into the place, then maybe they would be doing better.
Single screen. Ran chinese movies.
I remember this building as “Eldee electronics” or something like that in the early 80’s
Floral Park ends at Union Turnpike. This theater is well north of union.
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.