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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?
EdSolero you are right about the theatre being used as a visitors center. When the theatre first closed they used the lobby for some sort of virtual reality ride. Cineplex did a nice job on the renovations but even though they opened the theatre with the Broadway entrance, it waas still too close to 42nd Street for many movie goers.
A friend of mine Paul Marx was one of the last projectionists here. A few times when I was in LA I would go visit him at the Studio. The place seemed to still be doing a good business even at the end, but I guess the real estate was worth more. I have pictures I took of him in the projection booth and of the marquee. So sad all of this is becoming history.
I believe the name was shortened to Bay Cinema when it became part of the Reade Chain. A friend was the manager of this theatre in the late seventies and he said it was so annoying that they would schedule his shows for any movie under 2 hours at 12-2-4-6-8-10 and he would scrable with the ushers to clean the theatre quick and let the line in. Every weekend they would run off schedule.
I read the above post and the story on the homepage and cant make heads or tails of any of it??? Whats the scoop? Did City Cinemas close the theatre?