Lane Theater

168 New Dorp Lane,
Staten Island, NY 10306

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JHUniverse on April 21, 2010 at 3:36 pm

During the early 1980’s, I had a store in the Lane Theater building. One of the projectionists there told me that at one time, the New Dorp/Staten Theater (across the street at 135 New Dorp Lane) was an overflow theater for the Lane. They would show the same film and walk the reels across the street, as they ran out at the Lane. I’m not sure shch years this would have been, but it’s my guess that he was talking about the 1930s and/or 1940s. In the 1980s, the former New Dorp was easier to discern, as the appliance store took up the whole space and (I believe) the fire exits were visible on the side of the building, which faced North towards the railroad tracks. The lot next door, where the animal hospital would later be built, was then vacant.

bsperry on March 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Is Elias a correct spelling and was he different from the Charles Ellias who was a Concessionaire and Office Manager at Yankee Stadium in 1939?

Thanks for any help.

Garth on February 21, 2010 at 6:18 am

This site has a 1940’s video of New Dorp Lane with a shot of what must be the old New Dorp Theatre :

Vito on November 15, 2009 at 6:51 am

Sure is bitter sweet to see the Lane today.
Bitter because I would have loved for the ole girl to remain a movie house.Sweet because I am happy the theatre did not end up like the Paramount in total disrepair and left to die.

Lppokong at that SILive article I was sad not to see any pictures of the front of the auditorium I would love to see what they did with the stage area. Anyone have any photos of that?
Also, anyone know what the old projection booth is being used for?

AdamBomb1701 on November 13, 2009 at 9:48 am

The Lane Theater re-opens tonight as “Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club.” Gilbert Gottfried will be the first attraction. More View link

Garth on October 25, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Does anyone know how Vinnie’s is doing? I read there’s another comedy club at the old UA 14….

Garth on September 25, 2009 at 7:18 am

The video was frustrating to watch but had a few good images. When I was there the theatre was locked up so I couldn’t take a look. I also haven’t seen any more activity or updates on the Paramount , the club was supposed to open by next month. The high rise project across the street is dead in the water , I was told…

Vito on September 25, 2009 at 2:33 am

I may have been a bit rude with the guy who did the video. It was not good but I guess I was disappointed in what we actually go to see. I cut my teeth in this buisiness in that wonderful ole theatre and so it may have been a dificult for me to see the way it looks now. Like they say, If I may reverse the phraise,one mans treasure ia s another mans garbage. I just want it to be 1950 again and the Lane looking like it did then. Silly ole fool that I am.

Garth on September 24, 2009 at 10:46 am

The other day I had business on New Dorp Lane and while there I had a look around. I was stunned by the amount of shops that had gone out of business and had “For Rent” signs in the windows. The ones that have managed to survive didn’t look like they had many customers. It will be interesting to see how Uncle Vinnie’s does when it opens….

Vito on September 20, 2009 at 9:43 am

That was aweful!
The guy taking the video spent most of the time showing us his big fat head and very little of the interior. What you do see is photographed so poorly it is difficult to view. A lot of panning jumping and swirling around. A 10 year old child could have done a better job. Too bad really.

Garth on September 20, 2009 at 9:32 am

If link doesn’t work you can go to YouTube and type in Ryan Maher Lane Theatre.

Garth on September 20, 2009 at 9:30 am

YouTube has a tour of the ongoing renovation at []]([/url)[/url]

Jean on August 10, 2009 at 1:41 pm

Glad the marquee will stay.

Garth on July 20, 2009 at 5:40 am

I saw it yesterday as well , and all the other signage (for rent , etc.) has been removed from the marquee. I wish them well , this is a tough economy to start a business in…

shoeshoe14 on July 19, 2009 at 11:41 pm

Was biking by there today and can vouch on the comedy club as there’s a banner outside saying just that. This strip of the nabe has lots of retail and bars and restaurants with neighborhoods behind it.

Vito on July 18, 2009 at 5:46 am

When I worked the lane in the 50s and 60s we had a lot next door and street parking was free. For some I guess the SIRT would be an option, but New Dorp lane parking is not so easy anymore. But then of course whst is.

Garth on July 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Is there still a municipal lot nearby? If not they will face the same problem as the Paramount. Even as a drinking spot, anyone going there will drive,despite boozing. They will be too cheap to take a taxi in this economy . Grandpa Munster , are you out there?…..

Vito on June 22, 2009 at 9:12 am

Great to hear the buliding is going to be put to good use. Please let us know what is involved in the renovation.How will the space be modified etc.

dangel on June 15, 2009 at 10:26 am

HI. It’s Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club soon to open at the Lane Theatre- They are renovating. They have a existing business in Point Pleasant NJ. Check out their website in NJ.

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dangel on April 17, 2009 at 7:18 am

Hi. The buyers for the Lane Theatre are really planning a comedy club…I will keep you posted…They also spoke at a Community Board Meeting.

Garth on March 22, 2009 at 9:08 am

I think the ship has sailed on that. “Grandpa” Al Lewis had one once on nearby New Dorp Plaza . It folded fairly quickly – and that was in a good economy. Now everyone is strapped except maybe teens – and it was a youthful clientele that helped bring down Club Element , the Lanes former night spot. Also the parking issue. Finally , the area’s not doing so great -there’s a lot of vacant storefronts in Kmart Plaza…..

Vito on March 22, 2009 at 5:43 am

I believe they tried that once.
The Lane never had a stage but I think a few years back someone built a small one in front of the original screen area.
Since movies are dead there I would like to see the theatre used as a comedy club.

dangel on March 21, 2009 at 7:41 pm

The New Dorp Civic Assoc. reports there is interest in opening a comedy club at the location. Check out the New Dorp Civic’s website for updates. They are having a speaker on the project.

Vito on February 24, 2009 at 3:36 am

Ah that marquee, they seem to have kept it pretty much intact.
Missing now, or covered up, is the hardware for attaching the letters.
As a teenager I spent many a cold winter evening changing that marquee.
As Mr. Moses told me when i was hired, “the marquee must be changed every time we change movies, which is usually three times a week,
no matter what the weather"
Yes sir Mr. Moses, I am on it.