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Tinseltoes commented about Sunnyside Theatre on Jun 1, 2011 at 6:20 am

I was finally able to correct the view, though it is hardly current. The chain store name changed from Eckerd to Rite-Aid several years ago. The Sunnyside Theatre was totally demolished before a supermarket was built on the site, with a large parking space at the front. The supermarket was eventually divided into two stores, with the drug chain at one end and Hollywood Video on the other. When the video rental store closed, an Asian bank moved in.

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Tinseltoes commented about Loew's Lexington Theatre on May 31, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I corrected the view to show the current hotel on the ground site. What happened to the introduction contributed by William Gabel? Status of Loew’s Lexington Theatre should be changed from “Closed” to “Demolished.”

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Tinseltoes commented about RKO Proctor's 58th Street Theatre on May 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm

The brownish building in the current 58th Street street view occupies the space once taken up by the theatre’s huge atmospheric auditorium.

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Tinseltoes commented about Elysee Theatre on May 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Status needs to be changed from “Closed” to “Demolished.” Explosives were used for the demolition, to a level of two stories below street level.

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Tinseltoes commented about Elysee Theatre on May 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm

The theatre was totally demolished and replaced by a multi-story building that is the Choir School of St. Thomas Episcopal Church. I corrected the view to show that.

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Tinseltoes commented about Maspeth Theatre on May 31, 2011 at 8:22 am

The current view is way off the mark! I don’t know how to correct it.

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Tinseltoes commented about Corona Theatre on May 31, 2011 at 7:56 am

The current view displayed is nowhere near this Corona Theatre. I don’t know how to correct it. Perhaps the street address is wrong. The site is just steps away from the elevated #7 subway line, which doesn’t show in any direction from the current view.

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Tinseltoes commented about Astor Theatre on May 31, 2011 at 5:48 am

Sorry, Big Joe, but I don’t know the answers to those questions. I suggest that you check the newspapers and trade journals of the time…I find the “new look” baffling. As I write this, I can’t see your query before me as I would have in the past. And what happened to the “preview” option?

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Tinseltoes commented about ex-Fox aka Capitol on May 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm

This photo requires more specific identification. The Fox/Loew’s Capitol was in Washington, DC. Because the poster resides in Philadelphia, one might assume that it shows the Fox Theatre in that city, which it doesn’t.

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Tinseltoes commented about Elmwood Theatre on May 29, 2011 at 9:47 am

The new “style” of CT removed the original name of Queensboro Theatre, used from 1928 until 1946 re-naming as the Elmwood. Site-wise, are previous names no longer listed in smaller type above the latest?

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Tinseltoes commented about Cinema Treasures relaunches with new design, photo galleries, and more! on May 29, 2011 at 8:17 am

I’m finding this VERY DIFFICULT to read. Typography (fonts?) needs to be larger and darker. They’re wiped out by the bright white background.

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Tinseltoes commented about Roxy Theatre on May 27, 2011 at 10:48 am

Ahlschlager may have made only a limited contribution to the Beacon Theatre. Some historians claim that only the lobby rotunda, which reminds of the Roxy Theatre, was designed by Ahlschlager. When S.L. Rothafel dropped the project (which was to be called the Roxy Midway), Warner Brothers took over and reportedly gutted the still unfinished auditorium for a new one designed by Rapp & Rapp.

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Tinseltoes commented about BRIC Arts Media House on May 27, 2011 at 10:15 am

Details here about the Polack Bros. Circus: http://www.thecircusblog.com/?p=11024

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Tinseltoes commented about BRIC Arts Media House on May 27, 2011 at 7:52 am

For one week only during the Christmas-New Year’s holiday period of 1952, Fabian’s Strand presented the Polack Bros. Circus on its “mammoth” stage, with three performances daily at 12:30, 3:30 and 8:00pm. “The Greatest Indoor Show on Earth” featured “famous clowns, high wire trapeze acts, performing animals, wild beasts, and more, more!”. Tickets at all times were priced at $1.20 for adults and 60 cents for children.

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Tinseltoes commented about Astor Theatre on May 27, 2011 at 6:46 am

Sixty-three years ago today, Walt Disney’s Technicolor cartoon feature, “Melody Time,” opened its world premiere engagement at the Astor Theatre. The RKO release had a “live” prologue featuring Roy Rogers and child actors Luana Patten and Bobby Driscoll, followed by animated episodes introducing such new Disney characters as “Pecos Bill,” “Johnny Appleseed,” “Little Toot,” and “Slue Foot Sue.” Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers also performed on the soundtrack, along with the Andrews Sisters, Dennis Day, Buddy Clark, Frances Langford, the Dinning Sisters, Jack Fina, organist Ethel Smith, the orchestras of Fred Waring and Freddy Martin, and many others. The Astor advertised “Special Children’s Prices At All Performances,” but did not specify amounts.

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Tinseltoes commented about Hippodrome Theatre on May 25, 2011 at 9:13 am

In its final decade, the Hippodrome was sometimes used for sporting events, such as this roller derby: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=6934

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Tinseltoes commented about Empire Cinema on May 25, 2011 at 8:00 am

Here’s a link to historical newsreel coverage of the 1928 grand opening of the Empire Theatre: http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=81113

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Tinseltoes commented about Roxy Theatre on May 13, 2011 at 11:29 am

Are you sure that Roxy was the theatre’s original name? If so, it pre-dated the world-famous Roxy in New York City by more than a decade. I’ve always thought that all other Roxys came after that.

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Tinseltoes commented about Adonis Theatre on May 13, 2011 at 11:01 am

This was advertised as the Tivoli Theatre and Roof Garden in the May 13th, 1923 issue of The New York Times. The current attraction was a subsequent-run booking of Elmer Clifton’s “Down to the Sea in Ships,” described as “The Most Sensational Photoplay of the Year.”

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Tinseltoes commented about Strand Theatre on May 9, 2011 at 7:19 am

Fifty-nine years ago today, WB’s “The San Francisco Story,” with Joel McCrea and Yvonne DeCarlo in a B&W melodrama about political corruption in the Bay City in the 1850s, opened its NYC premiere engagement at the Warner Theatre, which was still using a tiny “formerly Strand” in advertising. Carmen Cavallaro & His Orchestra topped the stage presentation, with support from The Honey Dreamers and The Albins. An extra added attraction was “The Continental” (aka Renzo Cesana), who pitched woo with the ladies twice a week on his top-rated TV show.

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Tinseltoes commented about Loew's Capitol Theater on May 8, 2011 at 8:46 am

Seventy-five Mother’s Days ago, you could treat mom to the show at Loew’s Fox, with Cary Grant and Joan Bennett on screen in Paramount’s “Big Brown Eyes,” and Mitchell & Durant and the Fred East Trio topping the stage bill. Other Loew’s options, with single features only, were the Palace, with UA’s “These Three” (Merle Oberon, Miriam Hopkins, Joel McCrea), and the Columbia with Shirley Temple in 20th-Fox’s “Captain January.”

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Tinseltoes commented about Victoria Theatre on May 8, 2011 at 7:08 am

This previously linked 1954 image is now part of a New York Times slide show of photographs by Frank Oscar Larson: View link

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Tinseltoes commented about Grand Theatre on May 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Another early view of the marquee and entrance can be seen here: View link

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Tinseltoes commented about Hollywood Theatre on May 7, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Listing it as “closed” is a no-brainer, discouraging people who read the listing from trying to visit the theatre, which is one of the last remaining Thomas Lamb movie palaces still standing anywhere in the world in close to its original decor.

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Tinseltoes commented about Coliseum Cinemas on May 7, 2011 at 7:44 am

RKO Coliseum remembered here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJZfp2ig-kQ