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Astyanax commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Feb 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

That theate directory, at it’s zenith would also include the Astor, the Victoria and also the Waverly. Curious how Walter Reade Jr., the consummate showman, would have adapted to the changing era, had he not perished in a skiing accident.

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Astyanax commented about Plaza Theatre on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm

NY’s Channel 13 had abroadcast this weekend of the original Bedazzled with Dudley Moore & Peter Cook. This little gem, not to be confused with the recent re-make, was the quintessential film to premiere at the Plaza.

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Astyanax commented about Plaza Theatre on Jan 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

I may have been the 6th person who saw the Hunger, but not at the Plaza, but at the Kips Bay with a double feature with a Viveca Lindfors film, Night Games. Both were dark, b/w, depressing, Scandinavian films, Per Oscarsson received accolades for his acting in the Hunger. Would certainly not want to sit through either one of these again.

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Astyanax commented about Plaza Theatre on Jan 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm

A movie-going experience like no other. Warm and intimate, with dedicated and professional staff. Preferred it to the Sutton, and even the Beekman. Frequented it during the Rugoff-Cinema V era. Only recently did I learn that Ilya Lopert a reknown producer and foreign film importer was an owner preceding Rugoff. I recall an off-handed comment in the original Auntie Mame movie where the characters are returning from a classics matinee at the Plaza. Can’t fully describe what a unique experience it was to put the world behind you and be enveloped in the theatre’s rarefied atmosphere.

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Astyanax commented about Rainbow Theatre on Jun 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

Sad loss of a lovely auditorium.

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Astyanax commented about Park Avenue Theatre on May 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I was unable to open the photo of the lounge area, but I fondly recall the comfortable lounge areas of the Little Carnegie and the Beekman.

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Astyanax commented about Fine Arts Theatre on May 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm

The coffee service in the art house chains was only practical when they were specializing in the showcasing of foreign language art films. When they started day & dating the Broadway houses with mainstream product and broad appeal, the free coffee was no longer practical.

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Astyanax commented about Fine Arts Theatre on May 19, 2012 at 5:10 am

Was just commenting yesterday standing on line in the freezing winter to see “They Shoot Horses Don’t They”. Back in the 60’s the Rugoff theatres were serving coffee in most of their lounges.

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Astyanax commented about Rainbow Theatre on Jan 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm

With all the arts activities going on in East Williamsburg you would think that someone could come up with a viable plan for a mixed-use venue. I’m assuming that the Rainbow is still being used as a house of worship and not subject to the temperature extremes afflicting the Ridgewood.

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Astyanax commented about Gramercy Theater on Aug 25, 2011 at 7:17 am

I strongly agree with John that the 88 photo collection of the 2nd Ave subway has special value in how it chronicles the communties along that transportation route. Particularly fascinating is the intricate grid of stations and trackworks, which raised noise levels and dust. Going into a movie theatre was indeed a respite in that era.

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Astyanax commented about Jean Renoir Cinema on Aug 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

To think that 34 years ago before the advent of video & cable,you could open a speciality boutique mini-cinema and show vintage classics and edgy product. At least Ilene Kristen is still around, hamming it up on “One Life to Live” (at least for the time being!)

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Astyanax commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Be glad that many of the theatres have been converted into churches, many of which have been well maintained. Several years ago I attended a funeral in the Loew’s Bedford, which closed down as a movie theatre decades ago. The interior was well maintained and showed clear signs of its former grandeur. I have not seen the interiors of the Savoy or the Kameo both in Crown Heights, or the Albemarle on Flatbush Ave., but fortunately all three are still standing and serving a prime community function. Let’s not rule out the Brooklyn Parmount or the Loew’s Metropolitan.

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Astyanax commented about Loew's Paradise Theatre on Aug 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

Since I don’t get into the Bronx often was curious how often this venue was in use.

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Astyanax commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 12, 2011 at 6:34 am

There’s still hope for the Loew’s 175th St., and by a strectch, the Loew’s Kings. Too bad that that the renovation of the Prospect in the Bronx failed to attract an audience. Unsure what’s happening with the Loew’s Paradise.

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Astyanax commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

The destruction of the Roxy and the original Penn Station were indeed criminal acts!

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Astyanax commented about Embassy Theatre on Aug 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Too bad this movie palace could'nt be saved. Every Main St. needs a brightly-lit movie marquee. Although Orange has a lively commerical strip, it’s somewhat forlorn without the Embassy.

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Astyanax commented about Graham Theater on Jul 18, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Across from Katz Drugs there was a kosher deli, Adelman’s(?), which was a regular stop for a hot dog after the Lindy matinee.

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Astyanax commented about UA Duffield Twin Theatre on Jun 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Only time I was in this theatre was to see the showcase engagement of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. A Randforce house, it was not particularly distinguished and didn’t compare to the chain’s other venues including the Savoy, the Commodore or the Alba, and was totally out of league with the downtown flagship heavyweights such as the Fox, the Paramount, the Albee and the Metropolitan.

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Astyanax commented about Graham Theater on Jun 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I never went to the Graham, but knew the Lindy well. Would never describe it as a palace, but as a kid I would frequently accompany the candy man who went up and down the aisles with his treats on a tray. In the mid 50’s Katz Drugs modernized their storefront and interior and was the showcase of the Graham Ave commercial strip.

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Astyanax commented about Lyric Theatre on Jun 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

The marker should actually be closer to B'way.

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Astyanax commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on May 30, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Is the interior now completely gutted?

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Astyanax commented about Sutton Theater on May 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Before being acquired by the Rugoff Becker circuit and becoming the flagship of the Cinema 5 chain, who were the orignal owners?

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Astyanax commented about Lyric Theatre on May 30, 2011 at 10:16 am

I question the map location of the theatre based on the street address. Before the construction of the Lindsay Park Housing complex, Siegel Street began at Broadway, 2 blocks to the south. These blocks contained residential and light manufacturing units. The address listed for the Lyric would have placed it between B'way & Leonard St. and not at the corner of Manhattan Av.

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Astyanax commented about Avenue U Theatre on May 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm

The vintage bus forces me to real;ize that the photo was taken over 40 yrs. ago. I remember when the new marquee was installed and the sense that the Rugoff chain was finally trying to spruce up the place.

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Astyanax commented about 55th Street Playhouse on Apr 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Harvey appears to have been an extraordinary individual with an acute sense of how to mold opinion and develop trends. Janus Films had a remarkable collection. Is the company still active? If so, who are the current owners?