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This theater actually has 4 screens (my mistake for entering 2) and it is the largest Drive-In theater in NY. It is owned and operated by the Cohen family for over 50 years. For several years back in the 70’s the Transit had operated year-round, by issuing portable heaters to their patrons. Today, it has four screens lit with double-features, and a 19-hole miniature golf course for early arrivals.
The Sunrise Drive-In opened in August 1938 and as someone already posted, it was the first Drive-In in New York.
Here is a link for the Cradle of Aviation:
Warren….The Stratton theater that you mentioned in your other post is not listed on Cinema Treasures. I did find it on Cinematours but they don’t give an address for it. If you have an address for the Stratton, you could add it if you want.
This other Madison theater was located on Madison ave near East 102nd St in Manhattan. I also found a Madison theater on a 1925 NY silent movie theater listing which can’t be the RKO Madison in Ridgewood since that didn’t open until 1927.
In 1930 when the Paramount theater opened across from the State theater, the movie playing at the State theater was a comedy called “So This Is London”. This movie featured Will Rogers, Irene Rich and Maureen O'Sullivan.
Orlando…..The Whitney was already open in 1912 because we have seen a photo of the Whitney taken that year. I do believe the Majestic opened in the early 20’s and closed around 1954. The Evergreen opened in 1913 and possibly closed around 1928.
I have found a listing for another Madison theater that was located at 1499 Madison Ave in Manhattan. I have no idea what years it operated.
Warren…..Don’t stop. I need your help! Anyway I didn’t add an address number because I wasn’t sure if the parking lot would be considered 2 South st or 6 South st. Maybe we should just go with the banks address of 4 South st.
Thanks for the info Carmine. I knew this theater was a multiplex but I didn’t know how many screens it had. I checked the movie listings and this theater is open.
The Paramount in Middletown has an address of 17 South st. The State theater was located across the street. Where the State theater used to be, there is now the Middletown Savings Bank with an address of 4 South st. The State theater was located where the bank parking lot is now located.
The State theater was built in 1921.
This theater was open in the 20’s. I found a list of New York movie theater’s from 1925 and the Majestic is on it. This theater is older than I thought. Also on that list is the Grandview, the Whitney and the Evergreen on Seneca ave.
Here is a link to a story about John Freuler and Harry Aitken:
I believe that this theater is still in business today.
It is listed on here. I did a search before and I got an “Oops!” message and no theater showed up. I just searched again and now it shows a Hollis Cinema at that address.
Thanks Peter. I’ll wait on this one until I find out for sure that it isn’t already on here.
Its closed? Does it say what time that its going to re-open? (just kidding) Would you know if this theater is on here under another name?
Here is another theater from my mystery list. The Hollis theater with an address of 19112 Jamaica Ave. Anyone have any info on this theater?
This should be the address for this theater. 203-11 Hollis Avenue with a zipcode of 11412.
Thanks Warren. There is another photo on that website of the corner where the mini-mart now stands. Actually there are two photos. In the 1949 photos you will see two stores on the mini-mart site. One appears to be a newstand/candystore and the other I can’t identify from the photo. The photos are on page 3 and they are photo numbers RW038 and RW040.
If you look at the Whitney photo on Queenspix page 4 photo RW053, does it say “The Whitney” on the building? Was this theater called The Whitney or just Whitney theater?
The Whitney and the current bank building are not the same buildings. And the “shack” in the old photo was use by the person that operated the crossing gates when the train came through.
Okay, the first store must be a double lot and the “hidden” store should be a single lot. I don’t know how accurate these build dates are but those stores show a build date of 1921.
The Knickerbocker Casino wasn’t as large as that store is today. The records show that it occupied one lot on the corner. That store is about three lots wide. There might have been two more of those old wooden homes that are shown in the photo to the left of the Knickerbocker Casino. When the theater burned down it might have burned down the two adjoining buildings and the large store replaced all three.