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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.
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.