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Lost Memory commented about Whitney Theatre on Oct 7, 2004 at 11:10 am

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.

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Lost Memory commented about Whitney Theatre on Oct 7, 2004 at 9:47 am

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.

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Lost Memory commented about Nassau Theater on Oct 6, 2004 at 3:02 pm

Thanks for the info Warren. This Nassau was the smaller of the two.

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 6, 2004 at 11:11 am

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.

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 6, 2004 at 10:54 am

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?

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 6, 2004 at 10:42 am

Never mind, I found it. It was the RKO Greenpoint Theater located at 825 Manhattan Avenue and its already listed here.

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Lost Memory commented about Cinema Warsaw on Oct 6, 2004 at 10:07 am

There was a Winthrop Theater on Driggs ave about 3 blocks from the Cinema Warsaw. Maybe thats the theater Orlando is thinking of.

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 6, 2004 at 9:55 am

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.

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Lost Memory commented about Peepland on Oct 5, 2004 at 9:35 pm

Thanks br91975. If this is the Cine ! & 2 then the address for this theater should be 711 7th Avenue.

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Lost Memory commented about Peepland on Oct 5, 2004 at 6:47 pm

There is a Cinema 1 & 2 listed for Manhattan with an address of 711 7th Avenue.

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 5, 2004 at 4:28 pm

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.

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 5, 2004 at 4:21 pm

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.

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 5, 2004 at 4:12 pm

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.

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 5, 2004 at 3:59 pm

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.

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 5, 2004 at 3:39 pm

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?

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 5, 2004 at 1:48 pm

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.”

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Lost Memory commented about Garden Theater on Oct 5, 2004 at 12:03 pm

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.

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Lost Memory commented about Garden Theater on Oct 5, 2004 at 11:58 am

In Jamaica, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven, Jerome avenue is now called 101st Avenue.

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 5, 2004 at 11:56 am

Thanks Erwin. Okay take the Garden theater off the list. How about the other four?

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 5, 2004 at 11:17 am

I found the following five theater’s that were listed as movie theater’s and at one time or another were supposed to be located in the Richmond Hill section of Queens. I don’t see them on this website unless they are listed under another name. If you have any info on them post it here or feel free to add any or all of them to Cinema Treasures.

Garden Theater, Jamaica Avenue Seating 980
Amus Palace 2818 Jamaica Avenue
Crescent Theater, 2125 Jamaica Avenue
Liberty Square Theater, 304 Lefferts Blvd
Dreamland Theater, Oxford (Now 104th st) & Jamaica Avenue

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Lost Memory commented about Pix Theater on Oct 5, 2004 at 8:52 am

This theater was called the Gem theater when it first opened. At some point in time it was renamed to the Pix theater.

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Lost Memory commented about RKO Hamilton Theatre on Oct 4, 2004 at 9:34 pm

This is another theater that is allegedly designated as a landmark:

(Former) HAMILTON THEATER, 3560-3568 Broadway (a.k.a. 559-561 West 146th Street), Manhattan. Built 1912-13; Architect Thomas W. Lamb. Terra cotta supplied by the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company.
Landmarks Preservation Commission. Designated February 8, 2000; LP-2052

Summary

Constructed in 1912-13 as a vaudeville house during one of New York’s theater building booms, the Hamilton Theater is located in the Hamilton Heights area of Manhattan. Designed by the great theater architect, Thomas W. Lamb, the building is one of his significant pre-World War I theaters in New York City. Lamb also designed the Regent and Hollywood Theaters, both designated New York City Landmarks. The Hamilton’s developers, B.S. Moss and Solomon Brill, were major builders and operators of vaudeville houses and movie theaters in the New York City area. At the time, vaudeville was the most popular form of theater in the United States. The Hamilton’s two neo-Renaissance style facades, facing Broadway and West 146th Street, are dominated by large, round arched windows with centered oculi. The upper stories feature cast-iron and terra-cotta details including caryatids, brackets, and Corinthian engaged columns. In the 1920s, movies eclipsed vaudeville in popularity; in 1928, the Hamilton was sold to the newly-created Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO) Radio Pictures, Inc., which converted it to one of the first movie theaters to show “talking pictures” in New York City. The theater’s final screening took place in 1958; afterwards, it was used as a sports arena, a discotheque, and a church. The Hamilton Theater’s imposing terra-cotta facade is a reminder of the prominent place held by vaudeville houses and movie theaters in New York City’s diverse, early twentieth-century neighborhoods, and is a tribute to its talented architect, Thomas W. Lamb.

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 4, 2004 at 5:11 pm

I don’t have those lists on my computer. I printed them out because I have a bad habit of erasing files that I’m not sure of what they are. I have so many websites in my bookmarks that I’m not sure if I can fit anymore. All this research is taking a toll on my mouse too. Its been acting strange lately. I might stop at the mall and buy it a cheese package to perk it up.
The website that I read about the Scott theater had messages about the 1940’s and 50’s so I assume that it was a regular theater.

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 4, 2004 at 5:00 pm

Your welcome Peter. South Street is on my queens listing. I don’t know what I did with the Brooklyn street change list or I would look up Division st. for you.

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Lost Memory commented about Grandview Theater on Oct 4, 2004 at 4:55 pm

I don’t believe that the Scott theater is from 1914 but I’ll keep looking for a date on it.
BTW…South Street in Jamaica was renamed to Liberty Avenue.