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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.
I’m happy to hear that MapQuest is messed up and for a change it isn’t me.
If you click on the map link above for this theater, it shows Freshpond rd and Metropolitan ave which isn’t even close. The Times Weekly says the Whitney was by 68th ave and Freshpond rd. If you check on a real map, 67-05 is closer to 67th ave. Is it any wonder that I get confused.
Somewhere along the line these addresses got mixed up. The Whitney should be at 67-05 where the bank is. Its possible that the records I read converted the addresses wrong since they go by modern addresses when you search them. If thats the case then the building(s) to the right of the Whitney were demolished in 1916 and it would also mean that the Pondrand Amusement co. owned the Whitney and not the adjacent property.
Okay, is that the Whitney where the water tower is located in the QueensPix photo? I think the confusion is due to the street addresses. Didn’t they use a different numbering system back then? The Whitney appears to be the first building. That little “shack” if owned by the transit system most likely had no address. That “shack” is the property that shows up on current records as the 31 ft lot.
Warren…If you click on the link above where Bway posted the current photo and tell me if the photo in your book looks anything like the current bank building.
That date is accurate. Whatever was located at 67-05 was demolished for “violating city ordinances”, whatever they were. Does FDYB list a seating capacity for the Whitney? It’s possible that the Whitney was located on the smaller adjacent property at 67-03 Freshpond rd.
According to documents I have read, this theater was demolished on July 25, 1916. As of now, I cannot find a valid reason for the demolition.
Thanks for the info Warren. This Nassau was the smaller of the two.
Thanks Warren. As usual your correct, the American theater and the Chopin theater are one in the same. I don’t know which name came first. I read an article that said the Chopin theater played alot of Polish movies in the late 40’s along with some American movies.
While I’m still in Greenpoint, how about this theater. The American Theater on Manhattan Avenue between Greenpoint Avenue and Kent Street. Does anyone know anything about this one?
Never mind, I found it. It was the RKO Greenpoint Theater located at 825 Manhattan Avenue and its already listed here.
There was a Winthrop Theater on Driggs ave about 3 blocks from the Cinema Warsaw. Maybe thats the theater Orlando is thinking of.
I added those three theater’s. The Nassau Theater at 337 Grand St is not in Greenpoint but in Williamsburg. The Nassau theater that was in Greenpoint was located at 88 Nassau Ave and is already listed on here.
The site that I found these theater’s on mentions an RKO theater located on Manhattan Avenue between Cayler Street and Noble Street. Does anyone know the name of this RKO theater so I can check to see if it is already listed here.
Thanks br91975. If this is the Cine ! & 2 then the address for this theater should be 711 7th Avenue.
There is a Cinema 1 & 2 listed for Manhattan with an address of 711 7th Avenue.
FUN? Is this suppose to be fun? Somebody forgot to tell me that. Actually your right about just needing a name and address. Thats one of the reasons for these messages, the additional info can be posted later.
Since you have dual citizenship you can add anyone of your choosing or add them all if you like. There are more where those came from. I can find theater’s with no problem. It’s the additional info like an accurate address and making sure they aren’t multi-named theater’s thats the hard part.
Am I sharp or what. Anyway, all I need now is the seating capacity and that should be enough to add them on this site. Those theater’s posted above with Jamaica ave as an address are using the old numbering system which makes finding more info on them difficult.
Peter….Thanks for looking these theater’s up. The Nassau theater at 88 Nassau ave is already on here. I found these on a Brooklyn message board. Since you found them listed on Cinema Tour, I’ll assume they are movie theater’s.
How about some theater’s from Brooklyn? These were supposed to be in Greenpoint but they could be in Williamsburg. Anyone have any info on these theater’s?
Winthrop Theater 135 Driggs Ave
Nassau Theater 337 Grand St
Midway Theater 1059 Manhattan Ave
Are any of these on here under another name?
Here is some trivia for you:
The Birth of The Movies
“Beside Macy’s Department Store in Herald Square New York City there is a plaque commemorating the first public showing of a motion picture on a screen in the United States. It was here, on April 23, 1896, at Koster and Bial’s Music Hall in New York City, that Thomas Alva Edison presented a show included scenes of the surf breaking on a beach, a comic boxing exhibition, and two young women dancing. A review in The New York Times described the exhibition as "all wonderfully real and singularly exhilarating.”
Peter….File this away for future reference. There was also a Jerome Ave in Arverne Queens which is now called Beach 61st Street and there was also a Jerome Ave in Hollis Queens which is now 109th Ave.
In Jamaica, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, Jerome avenue is now called 101st Avenue.