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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 17, 2011 at 8:23 pm

So sad to see these latest photos. The Jewel is fading fast…..

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Touche !!!!!

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 16, 2011 at 6:38 am

Ed, I didn’t realize the Amsterdam was closed for 12 years.I was a tourist and wanted to see the theater and the manager let me walk around. A Jane Fonda movie was showing. The theater pales to the beauty of the Keith’s. Dark wood everywhere except the lobby. I was also a tourist when the demo crew were taking apart the Times Sq. Paramount in the late 60’s. Now that was a major crime and should have never happened. It only got worse when the Loew’s State came down years later.

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 15, 2011 at 9:09 am

Wonderful photo Matt…I had no idea the theater was in such good shape considering it has been closed for so long. The New Amsterdam was used as a 2nd rate movie theater until it was bought by Disney and restored. But it was never left to the weather and empty for 1 day and the Keith’s looks as in good shape considering. It should never be used as a movie theater, those days are gone, but for live performances as it was designed to do.

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Apr 14, 2011 at 8:54 am

And here they have not. One palm greases the other… Its the “Chicago Way”. And if one does not believe it, just ride down one of the streets and take a gander. Our west side had tons of movie houses, not ONE today. Despair everywhere. Everybody wants their cut. Laws have never been enforced here. Every time a new police supt. is appointed it is the same old thing. Now that warm weather is approaching, the drive-by shootings are increasing and innocent children are being caught in the middle. It happens almost every night. At least NY has a vision and I applaud them.

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 14, 2011 at 8:42 am

SWC,you paint a pretty grim picture of the area. I guess it all comes to money and who will invest theirs or someone elses. I sense you know what you are talking about from your writings and photos. I don’t think subsidized housing is the way to go for the Keith’s, but it might unless things in this country change in real estate. I find it hard to believe tennants walking by the glass enclosed lobby will be fascinated time after time of the beauty of Thomas Lamb’s design!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Apr 14, 2011 at 8:27 am

Bravo for NY!! Which leads me to think Chicago lacked in many ways. When the real estate hustlers on the west side in the 1950’s were working on overdrive to convince people to sell and avoid living in a slum, their predictions came true. The area never recovered and from what I can see, there is very little hope. Where are the aldermen, mayor, city council members all these years? Talk about safety, it is the opposite of NY. Here the area is over 60 years since it slid down and nothing has changed. NY should be applauded for thinking ahead and at least trying with a new vision while preserving the past.

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

I didn’t realize the Brookyln Paramount was stilled owned and used by the college. I agree with Scott. It is a real gem and would be thrilling to see it once again returned to all of her glory!

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm

The brass plaque of Marcus Loew is in the upper lobby of Loews Lincoln Square theater in Ny upper west side. All their auditoriums are named after famous Loews theaters in NY. Of course now its called AMC Loews Lincoln Square. At least AMC had the guts to keep the Loews name. Scott, you are right Joe’s love was the Paradise and would have loved to usher there but was too young. I never saw him at the Marbro either. I moved in 1960. The Brookyln Paramount was in excellent shape ten years ago when I visited. Alot better than the King’s and would not take much to bring it back to life. But I doubt if anyone would want too with the Loew’s Kings being in the news so much and with all the talk of a new life.

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Wonder if light rail would help the area with all the commuters running around. It would add to the charm of the Keith’s wouldn’t it?
On the other hand, if they can’t agree what to do with the Keith’s and start going, laying tracks in the middle of the street would really be a pipe dream (pun intended).

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Apr 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I am really amazed how NY Loews wonder theaters are all still standing and all with a bright future it seems. In Chicago this is not the case. Our beautiful and if not more stunning than Ny’s movie palaces are long gone and never had a chance. Our West Side was just as beautiful as any in NY: the Bronx, Brookyln etc. Why did these neighborhoods not slide down as ours did? It has to be the powers in charge. Why did the west side and south side home to many movie palaces turn into such slums? I would love to have some answers!

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

Excellent point about Stallone Scott. I’m still laughing!! I figured Joe Ducibella must have started as an usher at the Marbro in 1961 since he turned 16 at that time. I don’t think B&K hired under that age. I am still wondering if they will call the Kings Loews’s Kings or just The Kings. The Paradise in the Bronx is called The Paradise in ads, but Loew’s Paradise is still on the sign above the front entrance.

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I don’t ever remember a female usher at any B&K theater in Chicago. Mostly always at the candy counters and ticket booths so probably the story is true about Barbra Streisand. I wonder if Sly Stone as well as Neil Diamond is true about them being ushers at the Kings. Maybe Babs has a soft spot in her heart to do a beneifit there. That would indeed be something!!!!!

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 9, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Great pic’s! I am amazed that the Keith' was still using the block lettering on the marquee that was the standard for movie theaters in the 20’s & 30’s. Here in Chicago, all of our theaters were switched to white milk glass and black or red plastic lettering hung on them. The grandaddy of them all being our famous Chicago Theater marquee which was just taken down two years ago and replaced with the same glorious design and size bulb for bulb. Time had taken its toll on the wiring. They did a beautiful restoration. The vertical was done four years using the same design and size. Breathtaking at night!!

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm

All the owner needs is a price from the Ace group or whoever is in charge and the organ would be headed back to Flatbush…All crated up and roar'n to go!

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 3, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Another shell game or did they call it pea game in its day when people would set up stands near theaters maybe RKO Keith’s and try to wow the public and their pocket books while thousands were in line to buy a ticket for a movie/stage show.. Nothing is really new. The shell games get bigger, and the egos of some even bigger!

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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 2, 2011 at 10:56 pm

SWC, you are the greatest. Also love your photography….

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 2, 2011 at 8:28 am

Ziegfeld Man, you sure come up with cool videos. As far as “hope” is concered, I bet you won’t hear “hope” & “change” anyhwhere to be found in the presidental election of 2012!

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 2, 2011 at 8:10 am

Thank you for the video. I will attend opening night in 2014. Have you been to any show at the Loew’s Paradise? What did you think? When I mentioned I was at Rev Ike’s 20 years ago, I meant to say only one time. I was snooping around the looby when a patron said I should come during services, everybody welcome. Well I did, but I must confess during the service I kept an imaginary silver screen showing a hollywood movie in my mind!

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BobbyS commented about Patio Theatre on Apr 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm

What is holding up the re-opening of this beautiful gem? I am eager to pay my admission at the box office. I recently paid a visit to the Music Box on a matinee during the week and was surprised to pay $8.25 senior. I thought that was high. The ticket agent said the city tax is to blame. Is that true?

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BobbyS commented about Marbro Theatre on Apr 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Scott, Joliet is having a mayoral election soon and all candidates are saying things about the budget which is millions of dollars in debt will have to change. For one thing, the city of Joliet gives the Rialto theater $700,000 yearly just to keep the doors open. Yes the theater makes a profit for their touring shows, but if the grant disappears, who knows. Umemployment is 12%, one of the highest in Il. cities. Go to Loew’s Kings Cinema treasure site and see the latest video on Loew’s 175th theater. It is called United Palace Theater now. Also The Rialto Theater in Joliet is doing their 15th annual organfest with two organs, grand piano and live band on stage and entertainment. It will be on April 30th 7pm. It may be the last one due to the fact the Rialto management produces. If anyone wants to see a beautiful and I mean beautiful movie palace in operation, this is the time to see it. Tickets are $33, parking free. Do you feel like taking the train up north Scott? It does stop in Joliet.
I would like to get a ticket for you.

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 1, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Thanks Ziefeld man for the video link. I loved it. I was in Rev Ike’s Church 20 years and thought it was amazing and wished more movie palaces would have the same fate rather than a parking lot or some bland office building.

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 1, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Ziegfeld Man, I am glad to hear Flatbush Ave is thriving. It was not the case when I was there in the 80’s. Maybe this King’s project will be a success. Do you think they will call it Loews’s Kings or just Kings?
WilliamMcQuade, you said Chicago lost many palaces in the past. Three of the most beautiful that are close to my heart was our B&K Paradise(which I thought was so much more beautiful then the one in the Bronx), the beautiful Marbro & Granada which were located on the west and north side of Chicago . These were movie palaces in every sense of the word!!

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 1, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Ace Company must have a optimistic view of the economy to intend on filling the seats of the King’s for 200 shows in a year. I wish them all the luck. They must be planning on making quite a return on all the money they will be spending in the next three years. I only hope in years down the road their company doesn’t go into receivership and once again NY gets the King’s for back taxes! If they are successful beyond their dreams, I have another palace right here in Chicago for them to get involved in, our own beautiful Rapp & Rapp Uptown Theatre. We need their help!!!!!!!!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Mar 31, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Scott, excellent thought. I’ll have to go to the Uptown page and see what you wrote. That could be the twist. Buy it so nobody else will.
Hard to believe it has been three years. Well they certaintly aren’t running it into the ground. They are making necessary repairs and for security. I guess the Riv must be doing good busuness. It has been alive & well for a very long time. Sure wish we were talking about our beautiful Paradise booking live shows. Of course one would be taking their life into their hands to attend one of these shows even if the place was around today. I am hearing scary stories on the economy and I think entertainment could be very much affected or the way people get it. Who would ever believe property values so very much down and the price of gasoline very much up!