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The bar was, as my friends at that time put it “an old geezer bar” and I believe that I only went in there once.
The Eagles Nest made GREAT hamburgers!
BTW….The year that I bought the car from that dealer was in 1966.
Groundstar…I have a feeling that I was there at the same time as you. I had posted previously about the “coffin” on the side of the screen when the “House on the Haunted Hill” played there and also the seats having some sort of “vibrator” under them during the “Tingler” movie.
Groundstar…..I remember a bar on the corner of Metropolitan and Nurge ave. You lived near the cemetary that was behind Cleveland Park. Do you remember a used car dealer that was on Metropolitan ave near the coner where Grandview ends at Metropolitan? I can’t remember the name of the dealership and none of my friends remember either. I bought my first used car there.
I wish the Madison had been converted to a church like other theater’s. The Madison was the “crown jewel” of Ridgewood theater’s and it’s been reduced to a “department” bargain store. It’s kind of sad, isn"t it.
The city has a guide available that tells you what you are allowed to alter on a landmark building. You can download a copy if your interested in reading it. The guide is in Adobe Acrobat format. If you don’t have the Adobe reader installed on your computer, don’t try to download the guide until you install the reader.
(Former) LOEW’S VALENCIA THEATER (now Tabernacle of Prayer for All People), 165-11 Jamaica Avenue, Borough of Queens. Built 1928; John Eberson, architect.
Landmarks Preservation Commission. Designated February 23, 1999; LP-2036
Located on Jamaica Avenue at Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, the major commercial center of the borough of Queens and once a major theater center for Queens and Long Island, the Loew’s Valencia is the borough’s largest and most famous remaining movie palace. Designed by theater architect John Eberson and opened in 1929, the 3554-seat Valencia was the first of five so-called “Wonder Theaters” built for the New York-based Loew’s chain of movie theaters to serve the major metropolitan population centers outside midtown Manhattan. Eberson, who created the “atmospheric theater” type, was one of America’s most prolific and influential theater designers, and the Valencia was among his most important commissions. Its romantic, brick and glazed terra-cotta facade was inspired by Spanish and Mexican architecture of the Baroque or “Churrigueresque” period, with detail including elaborate ornamental terra-cotta pilasters, cherub heads, half-shells, volutes, floral swags, curvilinear gables and decorative finials. The Valencia entertained the people of Queens for half a century. Since 1977, it has housed the Tabernacle of Prayer for All People, which has maintained the building’s exterior almost completely intact.
I’m not clear on how much a building classified as a “landmark” can be modified. I’ll try to find out more about it. Here is link for NYCGov and this link has a photo of the church:
This building was registered by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1999.
In one of these message areas “Newtown” came up and we weren’t sure what or where Newtown was. Here is the description for Newtown:
“Newtown was the first of Queensâ€™ three original towns. Newtown was established in 1642. The township included an area within the limits of present-day Corona, Forest Hills, Glendale, Ridgewood, Maspeth, Middle Village, Newtown Creek, the East River and Flushing Bay”.
While you people are working on the Folly-Grandview situation, I’m researching more theater’s. I found this one:
Elton Theater located at 4217 New Utrecht Ave which is near 42nd St in Brooklyn. Does anyone have any knowledge of this theater?
I don’t really know all the lines, just those. I have seen that movie so many times that I should know the lines by heart.
“We use the old ones for greasing the stones. If they are killed it is no loss” “Are you a master builder or a master butcher?” “God made men. Men made slaves” “It would take more than a man to lead the slaves from bondage. It would take a god.”
How much time do we have, maybe I’ll do the whole movie for you.
You “see” Thomasina Aquinas on-line? You need a vacation or I need glasses. She isn’t related to Sally, is she?
How about the “Ten Commandments”? Do we know when this theater closed so I can come up with an appropriate movie?
Peter….Thats a good one. Maybe we should research this theater to see if the movie “Oh God” was shown there. That might make the “conversion” easier.
This theater does look very similar to the Wyckoff theater. When I compare the two photos, this theater looks slightly larger than the Wyckoff does. Do you believe that they had the same architects?
That building appears to be in very good condition. Maybe all former movie theater’s should be converted to a church.
It appears that very few if any changes were made to this building as it looks the same now as it does in the 1915 photo that I have of the Wyckoff theater.
Nice photo Bway. I assume that the Folly/Grandview stood next to the building with the white wall and the large wooden building in the 1910 Folly photo extended from the Folly theater to the corner. Is that close?
That building does qualify as a contender for the “Ugly building of the year” award.
Bway…..Thanks for posting that photo. Maybe now people can better understand what I was talking about when we first discussed this theater. The open space to the right in the photo is where the wooden house stood that I mentioned. I see that the factory building is still there. At one time it was a knitting mill but I have no idea what it is used for today. Like I mentioned previously, there were no side windows on the building. You can see in the photo the side door that we entered the Majestic through to find a way to the roof. Behind the car parked by the stop sign is a fire hydrant which limited how many cars could park in that area. Between that and the driveway further down, most of that side of the street was clear of parked cars. Opposite that building is a row of parking garages (not shown in the photo) which made that enire area a great place to play ball.
SG….Am I “the confused amongst us”? Well, I wouldn’t be so confused if you didn’t keep changing the dates on these theater’s. I’m going to let you and Sally and whoever wants to research this theater handle it from now on. Good luck!
The dates that are posted in this message section cause most of the confusion here. I’m not going to mention any names as you can read the messages in here to find out who posted these dates. Now, one person claims that the Folly closed in 1918. Another person comes along and claims that the Grandview was built in 1914 on the same site as the Folly was located. How can that be? Was this a two story multi-plexed theater? I doubt that very much.
If that isn’t enough to confuse you, someone links the Folly, Grandview, Evergreen and Wyckoff theater’s together somehow. What comes next, is someone going to post that the RKO Madison was built on top of the Folly theater and then air lifted to Myrtle ave? Isn’t this becoming kind of silly?
I have always been curious as to why this theater closed. It operated for approx. 15 years. If it did close in 1928 then the depression should not have played a role in it’s closing. It was a decent sized theater in a good location so it should not have had a problem drawing customers. I do agree that the expense of installing sound equipment contributed to it’s closing. IMHO this theater was either run poorly or something else contributed to it’s closing that we are unaware of.