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Bway….Your right about the Starr theater being on the other side of Knickerbocker ave. For some reason I thought it was located at 230 knickerbocker when it was really at 233 Knickerbocker ave. I never knew there were so many movie theater’s in that two block area. I’m interested in this Knickerbocker Airdome at Knickerbocker & Halsey st. Maybe you should include that area in your next photo shoot.
If anyone knows the address for this theater and the years that it opened and closed, please post it here. Thanks!
I entered the Cambria theater on Cinema Treasures. As usual, I’m confused with the two Knickerbocker theater’s that you mentioned cjdv. There was a Starr theater at 233 Knickerbocker and the Willoughby located at 260 Knickerbocker that I’m familiar with. The Knickerbocker-Casino that you mentioned at 274 Knickerbocker would be very close to the Willoughby, in fact all three theater’s would have been on the same side of the street within two blocks of each other. Were the two Knickerbocker theater’s used as movie theater’s?
Thanks for your help with the Boardwalk theater cjdv. The address given for that theater is 16-18 Boardwalk. I just found a Boardwalk listed on the map but that is located in Rockaway near Jacob Riis Park. And it is just plain “Boardwalk” on the map, not avenue or street. That Boardwalk runs from appox. Beach 159th st to Beach 169st. I cannot find a Boardwalk listed for Arverne or Far Rockaway. If this theater was located in Arverne then the location “16-18 Boardwalk” may have been changed to another street or avenue name.
Cinematours lists an address for the Boardwalk theater in Queens as 16-18 Boardwalk. It does not specify street or avenue. I did a map search for “Boardwalk” in Queens and found nothing.
No address is listed for the Boardwalk theater in Staten Island but a map search does show a Boardwalk Avenue in Staten Island. It is located near Poillon avenue if that is of any help to you. It is very possible that these are both “summer” theater’s and may be difficult to find info on them.
Warren…I still have the Cambria theater with an address of 219th St & Linden Blvd. I assume that is in Cambria Heights, Queens.
The other is the Boardwalk theater. Actually, I found two listings for a Boardwalk theater on Cinematours. One is listed for Queens and the other as being in Staten Island.
Thanks Warren, I appreciate your help. This is another one of those multi-named theater’s that I can remove from my “mystery” list.
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.