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I loved all of these theatres. I remember when Cinema 5 had the Cinema Manhasset on Long Island on the Miracle Mile. They would bring the big ones out there, advertising “direct from it’s smash 6 month engagement at Cinema 1”. These would be exclusive to Long Island. Cinema 1 and Cinema 2 had such prestige in the old days,they always played art films exclusive. Now they play commercial films with everyone else and art films day and date with The Angelika or another village location. Cinema 3 at The Plaza was indeed an elegant theatre. I remember a few times being one of 4 or 5 patrons in the place, but when they played good films they sold out. This also reminds me how when we think back on good films from years ago we remember saying “oh I saw that at The Music Hall, or I saw that at The Sutton”. Do we ever say “oh yeah I saw that at AMC’s 99 plex”?
So much could have been done with this theatre, not everyone who lives in Brooklyn wants to go to The Sheepsead Bay. On the weekend the exit is backed up onto the Belt Parkway.
Dont you find it hard to believe a 12-plex closing? I am suprised nobody else wanted to take over this theatre.
Number one with Carnige Hall, Lincoln Center and dozens of other smaller venues new York does not need another symphoney concert hall. Number two if you read the description this theatre was built as a cinema from nothing but a shell. What is it that you propose is converted into a concert hall? You obviously have little regard for motion picture theatres.
Is that slime all over the walls in the auditorium? They could film a horror movie in there which could infuse some cash toward the renovations.
This theatre was very similar to the original Loews Bay Terrace excpet that was built as a single and later twinned (excellent twiining 2 huge cinemas with balconies and drapes). I think if Loews Cineplex had not been in financial troubles they might have done something with this place. Some of the theatres they still have open are being given the UA treatment and being run into the ground.
The location across the street from a busy multiplex should also give it alot of free publicity. There are always audiences who will pay the first run prices, as well as the bargain movie goer. Even with 14 screens across the street, it is possible The Riviera will play some second run films that never even played at the multiplex across the road.
Very true but he had 3 screens at the Nova in a building he owned. The Coliseum had 4 cinemas in the balcony level. Maybe there was room to add more screens there and make it a multiplex.
When did this theatre stop showing movies?
When you read histories like this you wonder why anyone would seal off a balcony?
I was suprised he closed the Nova, I thought he owned the building.
How long was this theatre closed?
Is the main auditorium here still large?
Another treasure that should live forever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This theatre is a treasure. I attended screenings here a few times over the years while visiting firnds in Boston. Why cant someone do this in New York? Heres hoping the Brattle goes on forever !!!!
Be happy to have a full time revival house, in New York all of ours closed.
Having lived in neighboring Forest Hills all my life I never knew of this theate. Thanks for an intersting discovery.
Another destruction courtesy of UA.
I live in Forest Hills and The Utopia was a great place to go see a movie because it drew a mainly adult audience. I loved this place, it was like walking back into the 1940’s. Although the theatre was not fancy by any means, it had that real neighborhood feel even as a twin. Why NY tears down all of its past never ceases to amaze me.
At the Time of Carnige Halls renovations the theatre was being programmed by the couple who opeartated the Bleecker Street Cinema. They had a lease and Carnige wanted them to upgrade the theatre to their specs. A compromise was reached that a second screen would be built that they would operate and the hall would take back the main auditorium, which Cineplex would eventually operate. This co-arrangement went on a few years and then Cineplex took over booking both screens.
I visited him at The Avco many times, that was a class house. The Picwood I am not familiar with.
How can a town not support at least one multiplex?
What was the other screen used for?
ah cool you knew him too? I couldent remember which way it was spelled.
I remember driving and seeing that theatre the “X”. I dont see a listing for it on Cinema Classics. Can one of the West coast members do a listing and tell us about it?