Arion Theatre

73-26 Metropolitan Avenue,
Middle Village, NY 11379

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tomcory
tomcory on October 27, 2008 at 6:25 am

Of course I remember Willie’s! Best damn hot dogs and knishes on earth. While we’re at it, anybody remember Zweibel’s (sort of a 5 & 10 store) a little further down Metro on the same side of the street?

reel222
reel222 on October 26, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Does anyone remember Willie’s Deli which was down the next block on the same side of the street?

tomcory
tomcory on June 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm

THANK YOU, Warren, for sharing these photos. I felt like I was right back there again…

Bway
Bway on June 30, 2008 at 1:35 pm

That’s just how I remember the Arion.

johndereszewski
johndereszewski on February 23, 2008 at 10:59 am

As it was the closest $1 movie house to Greenpoint, I would often take the Q-54 bus – when it was still the B-54 – from Brooklyn to visit it. I specifically remember seeing Footloose here and – despite the poor print and dreadful sound – enjoying it greatly. (I clearly concur with the Arion’s technical and maintenance shortcomings – but you could not beat the price!.)

Decembra
Decembra on January 15, 2008 at 6:24 pm

The Arion (“The Itch”) ….I grew up in Middle Village on Furmanville Ave.—it was safe as young kid back then to go to the movies on a Saturday afternoon with friends. Elvis & Ann Margaret movies, King Kong vs. Godzilla movies (……yes…the matron shined that flashlight in my eyes and told me if I did'nt stop crying I would have to leave). My friends would make fun of me all the way walking back home. Great memories.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on December 4, 2007 at 6:41 pm

I tried blowing that photo up, but it’s not high enough resolution and breaks down pretty quickly. However, I was suspicious due to the small number of letters — and it looks to me like it says
TEMPORARY CLOSED
FOR
[SOMETHING]
Cannot make out that last word.
Anybody remember a time in the late 60s when the Arion was closed?

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on December 4, 2007 at 1:40 pm

Obviously, Doug Leblang’s paintings are intended to be somewhat idealized memories of his old neighborhood, some more accurate than others. Note that on his website he has another one showing the front of the Arion on which the background color of the front ARION sign differs from that on the one we originally saw. Also note that he’s got a photo of the Arion from what appears to be the late 60s (unfortunately, it doesn’t expand if you click on it) and it clearly shows a larger illuminated marquee area than does his painting.

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on December 4, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Thx for providing the website URL above, LM, but is there any way to enlarge those postage-size pix of the Arion and the 1949 shot of the Metropolitan Ave station? – Ol' squint-eye Jim

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on December 4, 2007 at 12:14 pm

The number on the marquee is a 6, but you’re right, that depiction is completely wrong. Even the style of movable marquee lettering looks too modern. I don’t know who the artist is or why or when this picture was created, but it should not be confused with reality.
On the other hand, the photos on that site are wonderful.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on September 6, 2007 at 1:55 pm

What’s left of the Arion SHOULD be the building to the rear of and spanning several storefronts on the south side of Metropolitan Ave., with 73rd Pl. a few stores to the left (looking northward; Lutheran Cemetery would be another block to the left) and 74th St. intersecting with Metropolitan across the street just to the right.
I think.

Bway
Bway on September 6, 2007 at 1:25 pm

The Arion must have been a quite small theater, as I am trying to find it on local.live, and I was having trouble, but I think this is an aerial view of the building….

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RobertR
RobertR on August 18, 2007 at 4:44 pm

Another kiddie double bill from 1969
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RobertR
RobertR on August 18, 2007 at 4:23 pm

The Duke on a huge second run
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McGinty
McGinty on March 14, 2007 at 2:00 pm

I lived on Metropolitan Ave. and 71st St. in my pre-teen years, so the second-run Arion was my favorite theatre for quite a while. I was only 11 or so, but the theatre seemed gigantic to me at the time.
It was pretty rundown, with red duct tape over the upholstered seats, but they charged $1.50 for kids and I was there pretty much every weekend. They had a smoking and a non-smoking section! I remember a double feature of the corny Western comedy The Villain &
the equally corny Hot Stuff. I also saw Chapter Two, California Suite, Kramer vs. Kramer, the Who’s The Kids Are Alright, Apocalypse Now, Breaking Away, Foxes & The Changeling there. They
had an eclectic booking policy, as I remember quite a few softcore sex comedies playing there, mostly Italian stuff like Wifemistress and The Sensuous Nurse. Sadly, the wily clerk there wouldn’t
let us in. I also remember the infamous Caligula having quite a long run there. They had lobby cards in addition to the movie posters which you don’t see anymore. When I saw that it became
a Jamron Drug store when I moved back to Queens years later, I wasn’t surprised….I was just glad it lasted as long as it did.

AntonyRoma
AntonyRoma on August 31, 2006 at 11:04 pm

Thanks BrooklynJim. The buildings behind the bus just didn’t look like my recollection of Niederstein’s exterior. I haven’t been in that area since the late ‘50s, and frankly I thought it was further east on Metropolitan Ave.

Here’s a map link to the surrounding areas, showing theaters:
>>http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?name=Niederstein%27s+Restaurant&addr=6916+Metropolitan+Ave&state=NY&csz=Flushing+NY&ds=n&uzip=&mag=1&desc=%28718%29+326-0718&country=us&dma=&cat=ent&resize=l&trf=0&lat=40.712063&lon=-73.886066&mlt=40.712063&mln=-73.886066&rezoom=1&.intl=us&addrtype=12&compass=&BFKey=tht<<

Ugh, that was ugly. But it would have included the Ridgewood and most movie-houses of my youth with the exception of those in Richmond Hill and Jamaica.

Shalom, ciao, and excelsior,

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on August 31, 2006 at 3:00 pm

‘Tonino, go to www.subwaywebnews.com and when the title page appears, click on “Bus Photo of the Day” at left. When that appears, scroll down to the Archives listing and click on “X.” Then scroll down six rows. The photo and summary you want are in the #1 spot at far left.

I haven’t attended either the theater or the restaurant since the mid-‘70s, but I believe they were relatively close, perhaps a few blocks at most. Ciao.

AntonyRoma
AntonyRoma on August 31, 2006 at 12:56 pm

“Tonino, aye. True theater historian, present and accounted for.

((For Middle Villagers, Ridgewoodites and Glendalers who used to grab a meal here before or after screenings at the Arion, Ridgewood, Oasis, RKO Madison, Maspeth, Drake or Elmwood Theaters:

http://www.subwaywebnews.com/Buses4/8498ndrstn.jpg

Niederstein’s Restaurant closed 2-8-05. The pic was taken before the wrecking ball struck. It’s a fast food joint now.))

Duh, it sure says that Niederstein’s was in the picture to me.!!! And I know who “writted” it.

BUT, I could always rely on lostmemory to provide accurate, as well as informative, information. That’s why I asked if he could verify it.

And I tried available combinations and permutations at ?website’s Archives (under buses), ? ti verify.

Guess I’ll go back to the hockey game now.

Shalom, ciao, and excelsior

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on August 30, 2006 at 1:44 pm

Variation on an old joke: I went to a Cinema Treasures fistfight, and a hockey game broke out!

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on August 30, 2006 at 12:53 pm

‘Tonino, if you go to the website’s Archives (under buses), you’ll see that the location was verified in their capsule summary.

“BrooklynJim could use a refresher course in remedial reading. This drivel is enough to cause a true theatre historian to cringe.”

Three days into his CT membership and Art Theatre already displays an all-wise and sarcastic mouth & keyboard. (Sounds as if he could be related to another pedantic, personality-deprived imbecile we know all-too-well. Maybe Lost Memory isn’t the only one who knows how to morph his multiple screen names!)

I wrote that many of us may have eaten at this restaurant “before or after screenings at the Arion, Ridgewood, Oasis…” etc. The place, with a history all its own, is gone forever. Culturally, we tend to mourn theaters no longer there as well as other places associated with those neighborhoods, such as Niederstein’s. But this newbie couldn’t figure that out and went for the cheap shot instead. What did YOU contribute regarding the Arion, Art?

Just more bilge. KMA.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on August 30, 2006 at 12:18 pm

Will the true theatre historians please stand up!

Artie
Artie on August 30, 2006 at 12:07 pm

Niederstein’s is a restaurant. This webpage concerns the Arion Theatre. BrooklynJim could use a refresher course in remedial reading. This drivel is enough to cause a true theatre historian to cringe.

mikemorano
mikemorano on August 30, 2006 at 11:38 am

Perhaps your a bit confused. The comment was posted by BrooklynJim. Niederstein’s is closed.

AntonyRoma
AntonyRoma on August 30, 2006 at 11:16 am

And I know this is Niederstein’s restaurant how? Can lostkemory verify this?

Shalom, ciao, and excelsior

BrooklynJim
BrooklynJim on August 30, 2006 at 9:38 am

For Middle Villagers, Ridgewoodites and Glendalers who used to grab a meal here before or after screenings at the Arion, Ridgewood, Oasis, RKO Madison, Maspeth, Drake or Elmwood Theaters:

http://www.subwaywebnews.com/Buses4/8498ndrstn.jpg

Niederstein’s Restaurant closed 2-8-05. The pic was taken before the wrecking ball struck. It’s a fast food joint now.

Progress.