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I believe Irving Ave runs parallel to Myrtle Ave, on the side that the “Madison” theater is on (even numbers). The odd numbers are on the Ridgewood Theater side, and that is the wrong side of Myrtle Ave to get close to Irving Ave. But who knows, the Madison Theater does not touch near to Madison Ave. Woodbine St is the cross street for the Madison, and then it’s another whole block away till you get to Madison St, so who knows……
Thanks for the info on the interior jazzara. I can’t believe it is now a fiveplex.
I remember it when it was a single screen theater, but didn’t go there often as it always seemed to play “weird” movies.
Thanks so much Mark. It is such a treat to get some interior photos, They are so hard to find of so many of the theaters (either current or past).
Those pictures are almost a year old now, I assume it must have gotten so much worse of the last year. Who knows how bad it is now!
What I find amazing is that the theater deteriorated so quickly! Obviously, it was falling apart before they closd it already, as some of the deterioration couldn’t have happened overnight. But so quickly it looks like a cave!
The photos apparently were taken in the fall of 2003, so all the deterioration you see happened in just a little over a year, seeing that the Marboro closed in July 2002!
Here’s some photos I found on the web of the Marlboro’s interior in it’s current state of disrepair:
I was on Jericho Turnpike this evening, and it is clearly in Nassau COunty. However, the signs do say Jamaica Ave. Actually, for a few blocks, the signs are actually “double-signed” with both “Jammaica” and “Jericho”. They are about 90% Jamaica Ave signs (on both sides), and the remainder “Jericho” signs, many times right nect to, or under the Jamaica Ave signs. The truth is, that the Bellerose is/was physically in Nassau County, so the address above is wrong saying that it is Queens. It’s just “Bellerose”, NY. The “Queens” should be dropped. However, the “jamaica” address appears to be correct.
Also, just for the record, the Bellerose is no longer a carpet store, it is now a “Martial Arts & Supply Center”.
The Bellerose is physically in Nassau County, not Queens, since it is on the south side of the street. The Nassau-Queens line runs down the middle of the street in front of the theater. There is no question that the theater is in Nassau, and not Queens. However, I still can’t confirm what they call Jamaica/Jericho in front of the theater. Running “Jamaica Ave” only gives you odd numbers, as someone said above. Running Jericho gives you the even numbers on the other side of the street, so it appears that address should say “Jericho”, not “Jamaica”. A simple way to solve this is to see what the “Carpet Store’s” address is, since it now occupies the building. What’s the name of the Carpet Store?
Does anyone know when the Major theater, and later the Canal Cinema closed to movies? I’m assuming it was probably the late 80’s or 90’s? The way the interior looks, it couldn’t have been “that” long ago, as the mirrors are even still on the walls in the former lobby area.
A bridal store and law office, among other businesses are in the two story building that repaced the Star Palace. The store buildings definitely date to about the early 60’s, so the Star Palace was probably demolished in either the late 50’s or the early 60’s.
I believe the land that the Granada Theatre occupied is now a part of the Suffolk District Court property. If so, no building currently occupies the site of the theater, as it is a part of the lawn of the Suffolk District Court building now. The current extension of the Court Building may have slightly been built over part of the site that the Granada occupied.
That’s great to hear. I didn’t think anything other than that till reading this thread, so was a bit sad at first.
I no longer live in Brooklyn, so don’t go to the Ziegfeld as much as I used to. I have been planning to see “The Terminal” anyway, and I think your post just made me plan a trip to the city with a friend, with a sidetrip to see “The Terminal” at a certain theater…
I used to pass by the Gramercy Theater everyday when I was in college (I used to go to Baruch College). That was back in the early 90’s. I always enjoyed seeing the marquee at that time, because at that time, they usually had the actual font used in the title of the movie that was playing there. For example, “Fantasia” was displayed on the marquee, just like Disney wrote it on the movie posters. I remember movies playing for weeks on end at the Gramercy. (Disney’s Fantasia must have played for almost one whole semester!). I also rememer seeing “Three Men And A Little Lady” up on the marquee for many weeks.
In my three years of walking past the Gramercy everyday, I never saw a movie there (and really wish I had). By my last year at college, they were playing pretty weird films there. I was really sad a year or two later when I went by, and the theater was closed and abandoned (and looked a mess). That was probably in the late 90’s. I have not been by there in quite a while, but apparently, the museum was playing films there, but now they are also gone, so i guess it’s closed once again.
I am really sorry to hear that the Ziegfeld is not open as much as it used to be. I had no idea. I admidt, I haven’t been there in a while, but when in Manhattan, and in the mood for a movie, I always used to check to see what was at the Ziegfeld first, before going to a movie.
The last movie I saw there was “A Thin Red Line”. I have seen many movies there, and nothing beats the screen there. It’s a great “old feel” theater.
Wow, that’s a switch! A theater being “opened” for a “porn” theater. The usual path is an old theater that gets the misfortune of being turned from a “normal” theater to a “porn” theater, like the fate so many of Manhattan’s theaters suffered. The only good thing though is that sometimes it keeps the theater “alive” until better days. Case in point, the New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd St. A beautiful and ornate theater that suffered the fate so many Times Square theaters suffered in the 70’s and 80’s, being turned to porn. And now look at it, Disney bought it, restored it, and now it’s playing Disney Theater like the Lion King.
What a turnover – from porn to Disney….
Well, as for the Sutter, I guess it didn’t have a nice life. What cross street is it near? I stayed at the Canterbury in on Sutter when I was there, and was wondering if it was near there. Does the building still exist?
Warren, to answer your question about some of the Patchogue theaters, I researched a few of them, and added the Lyceum, Rialto, Granada, and Star Palace theaters to the site. The theater listed as “59” East Main Street is probably the “Ward and Glynne’s Patchogue Theater” which is now the “Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts” listed as 71 East Main Street currently. “71” is the address they use now, but “59” is within the storefronts connected to the theater (I checked this morning), so that may have been the address they used previously, before the renovation. 59 is around where the “Trio Restaurant” is now, but it is a part of the Patchogue theater building’s storefronts.
The Granada was not The Plaza, as it actually was on West Main Street near Railroad Ave. Of all the Patchogue theaters only the “Ward & Glynne” one remains (thankfully so, as it was the most palatial) – and of course the 1960’s “Plaza” which is in ruins.
Here’s the result of my research of some of the Patchogue theaters:
(Ward & Glynne’s, now The Patchogue Theater is linked above)
Yes, you are correct. I checked again, and “Ward & Glynne” was in front of “Patchogue” in the original name.
Just to add a bit more, when they were restoring the Patchogue theater in the late 90’s, all the seats were removed and they actually had obtained the velvet seats from the Imperial Theater in Manhattan to repace the old seats. So the Imperial’s seats are now a part of Ward & Glynne’s palatial Patchogue theater…..just a little theater trivia…
I think the Lyceum Theater was located on the land that is now occupied by the Patchogue Fire Department on Lake Street, but am not sure. It was either there, or where the Patchogue Village parking lot is now.
The original name for the Patchogue Theater was the Patchogue “Ward and Glynne” theater and opened on May 23rd 1923.
It originally had 1330 seats, although at some point it was expanded.
The Rialto Theater had 817 seats.
Funny you should ask, as I just made an entry here on the site for another of the Patchogue Theaters:
I live near there so will find out some more about the one at “59 E Main St”, as I have few books on the history of Patchogue. I do know that the Rialto burned to the ground in either the 60’s or 70’s (more to come, as I was going to add an entry for that one too). I don’t know anything about the Granda theater, but so many of Patchogue’s Main St and South Ocean Ave buildings burned, so that may have been the fate of that one too. The Plaza Theater “could” be The “Granda, but the Plaza seems like "60’s construction at it’s worst”, so it couldn’t be that old unless it was horribly remodeled from an older theater in the 60’s.
Patchogue had many theaters at one point, so it’s possible that they are all seperate ones.
Thanks Warren. I figured as much, as the street in front of the “Major” certainly doesn’t look like the quiet street in front of the Canal theater in the photo above. Any other information on the “Major” anyone has would be greatly appreciated since it’s not yet listed on this site.
I tried searching the net for some more info on the “Major”, and it brought me actually back to this site and another post by you on March 19th under the “Pix” Theater!
Maybe someone should make a listing for the “Major” on this site, using this little bit of info we have. Eventually, maybe others can add a little more info if they know anything as we go along. At least we now know it was also called the “Cinema Giglio” also at one time, and that it seated about 599, and it’s address is 277 Canal St. I don’t know if that’s enough to make an entry on this site, but I guess it’s a start. I don’t want to “steal” your information and take credit for it, so if you want to do the honors….
It’s interesting to go into that store it is now because, much of the ceiling plasterwork is still there. I didn’t even kow it was a theater when I first went in the store, but once inside it was screaming “theater”, that’s how I discovered it. I already sort of picked up on it in the former lobby area. I guess the owners of the store were wondering why I was constantly looking at the ceiling instead of their merchandise! Alot of the ornamentation still exists in both the lobby and what was the small auditorium. When I went back outside, sure enough, there was a marquee too (which I totally didn’t notice), that’s how I really knew I was just in a theater.
I think I was in this theater some months ago, maybe you guys can help. If I was, it has been converted to retail space. If not, it is another theater on Canal Street (unlisted here) that I was in.
It looks like it may be a different one that I was in, but maybe someone can shed some light on the one I was in, if this isn’t it. I don’t think it is the same theater as the “Canal St Theater” because from the photo in this listing, the area in front of it doesn’t look like the “chaos” of Chinatown. The street looks way to quiet.
The theater I was in was on Canal St, in the “Chinatown section”. It’s in the really congested area somewhere west of Centre St, but I don’t know the exact cross street. It’s on the same block as Burger King and McDonalds on the north side of the street. It’s about mid block, and you enter into the “junk store” it is now through what used to be the lobby. You then enter what was the auditorium. It was not a large theater, but all the plasterwork still exists on the ceiling. Does anyone know anything about this theater?
Just to add, during the Depression, when the sound equipment was installed, that’s when the Patchogue theater became a “movie” theater, and remained that way until closing in the 80’s. Now, after it’s restoration it is mostly a legitamate theater once again, although they still can show movies there (and on very rare occasions still do), but never current movies.
The address for the old Plaza Theater is 393 East Main Street.
Here’s the direct link to those photos. They are very interesting.
I wish photos of other theaters were as easily gotten. There are so many that I would love to see interior photos of. I saw a few movies in the old Plaza Theater, the last one being Ghostbusters. That was probably a year or two before it closed.
The abandoned theater has been a complete blight in recent years for East Main Street in Patchogue. There have been many plans, but none of them pan out. Everytime people complain about the condition of East Main St, The Plaza comes up again. If I am not mistaken, it was a Twin theater in it’s final years.