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This IS very sad news. This was a playhouse from the 1920’s. It was once a single screen. Then split into 4 screens. It however had a lot of elements left over from when it was a playhouse. This was evident mostly in the 2 upstairs theatres. Bricks walls and stone figurines still adorned the walls. The hallway between the 2 theatres and the bathrooms was a walkway with bricks on the ceiling and walls as you walked thru.
Plus each theater had 250 seats.. The two upstairs theatres were roomy and airy. One did not feel like you were in a little box
They ran 35MM right up to the last day on April 20th. Bow Tie had switched all other locations in Westchester from 35MM several months ago.
So I felt from the beginning of the year. They planned NOT to spend the $$$ to convert to digital. In addition to fixing up all 4 theatres with new sets screens sound systems. Plus other general repair on the older building.
They had floated the idea of making it a view and dine upscale theatre. It would have done well I think.As it was far enough away from Alamo Drafthouse.
A real shame and sad for the residents and downtown.
I talked to the owner and operator. he says no 16MM no 35MM. So it is digital. Do not know if he gets DCP from the studio’s. Or does a Blu Ray projection.
Yes “The African Queen” WILL show in GLORIOUS 35MM!
Lets see. It would be GREAT to see the Fair Oaks Drive in open again. It has been running since 1990. When Ron Merge the former owner and operator departed, after 23 successful seasons in 2013.. The Overlook Drive in in Poughkeepskie and The Hyde Park Drive in do very well. Having 4 different Drive In’s within 45 to 70 minutes from where I live is quite a treat.
Several people are looking to operate and RE-OPEN this GREAT Drive In Movie Theatre! The former owner had it for 23 years. Yes the cost if digital was one of the reasons he did not continue. It IS a very busy Drive In. As I have been going there since 1997.
The main screen, IS the biggest in New York State
I have been going to the Fair Oaks Drive In since 1997. The cost of going digital was too much for the former operator and owner. Plus after 23 years of running the DI, he was getting ready to move on. It was a very busy with many cars squeezing in on a nice spring summer night.
I hope that some other operator takes over and opens for the season in April or May of this year. The main screen at the Fair Oaks. Is the biggest in all of NYS
The Warwick Drive in Concerted to digital at a cost of $390,000.00 in Late Oct 2013. The Drive in IS scheduled to OPEN for the season on Friday March 21st. They will blow/plow away as much of the remaining snow as possible.
Here IS the Spring 2014 schedule of Saturday morning classics:
April 26th- The Hustler (1961) – starring Paul Newman & Jackie Gleason
May 3rd- The French Connection (1971) – starring Gene Hackman & Roy Schneider
May 10th- Laura (1944) – starring Gene Tierney & Dana Andrews
May 17th- City Lights (1931) – starring Charlie Chaplin with live organ accompaniment
May 24th- The Seven Year Itch (1955) – starring Marilyn Monroe & Tom Ewe
May 31st- Little Shop Of Horrors (1986) – starring Rick Moranis & Steve Martin
June 7th- Rebel Without A Cause (1955) – starring James Dean, Natalie Wood & Sal Mineo
June 14th- Oklahoma (1955) – starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones & Gloria Grahame
The May 17th show of City Lights. Will be a tribute to Jeffery Barker. He was the long time organist at the Lafayette. Who died in Dec 2013
Great line up this spring. So come on OUT not only for the classics. But the first run films as well!
The 90th Anniversary Celebration at The Lafayette Theatre
went extremely well. I got online at 11:25am. 95 minutes before the doors were to open. By 12:30pm there were about 500 people lined up. The doors to the theatre opened at 12:40. By 1:50pm 250-300 people were turned away because of such a HUGE turnout. Wizard Of Oz looked GREAT in 3D in the TRUE Silver Screen. There will be 2 more events. One in the spring. One in the fall. During the 90th year. Admission will be $.25.Details to come.
Tomorrow Thursday 27th. Will be the last screening of Robo-Cop. Starting Friday and running for ONE WEEK only. Will be the Sing Along version of the hit film Frozen.
Last nights(Tue 25th) BAMF Mountain Film Fest was SOLD OUT! IT was a great show with a very good selection of 8 films.Great door and raffle prizes. Many free shirts were thrown out into the crowd. Both in the orchestra and Balcony.
There are as of 10:45am this morning. 57 Tickets left for tonight’s show.Then can be purchased at Ramsey Outdoor on Rt 17.Any remaining tickets will be sold at the box office of the theatre. Doors open at 6:00pm tonight
I think they will have a hard time get 35MM film prints. Paramount has stopped and soon the others studio’s will as well.
Dam I missed this because of the SNOW! Thursday would have been a GREAT day to go. Could not make it for Friday. Even tho the snow had cleared up.
I hope they get a new movie soon. Wolf Of Wall Street has played at the Zig since Dec 25
It is is good they are going digital. But to cut the theatre in half and invest in 2 digital projectors. Instead of keeping the theater as it is and only getting one projector. Would they really generate enough revenue with 2 screens? I am not sure it is worth the $$$ for the renovation and projector etc. Keep her a single screen!
The State Theatre is a real gem. They are now showing first run films. I saw Monuments Men in the original 500 seat theater. Seats are very comfortable. They were replaced in 19898. The slope of the floor is very good. So you get a good view from any seat. Movies are now all digital. As they switched from 35MM film stock about a year ago. A beautiful mural of blue sky and clouds spreads across the entire ceiling. in 1998 the theatre underwent a $250,000.00 top to bottom renovation. A 2nd theatre with 100 stadium seats was added in 2001.
The lobby is long and adorned with mini chandlers and framed mirrors. The ticket booth is painted yellow and
authentic. Before you turn right or left to enter either theatre. There is a old carbon arc projector on display. Which was used when the theatre opened in 1927 up thru the mid 1990’s.
The parking lot behind the theater is very small. As when the theatre was built. Most people walked from nearby houses.
Parking in other private lots near the theatre WILL GET YOU TOWED! So park in the CVS complex 1.5 blocks from the theatre and take a brisk walk back to the theatre!
Prices a very reasonable $10.00. $9.00 matinee. $4.00 all seats on Tuesday. So get there early as it gets packed!
The State Cinema is a real Cinema treasure! So pass by the multi-plex and make this cinema your go to movie palace!
Feb 25 Tue and the 26th Wed. Will be a 2 night run of the BAMF Mountain Film Fest. Tickets are $19.00 and can be purchased at Ramsey Outdoor. As of today there is a good supply of tickets for both nights.
March 3rd 1924 is the actual date and day the Lafayette Theatre opened for business. March 2nd Sunday. Will be the OFFICIAL 90th Anniversary celebration!
A historian will talk about Suffern in 1924 and show slides.A portion of the first film ever shown at The Lafayette will be screened. Who’s On First. The famous A&C Baseball routine will be preformed live on stage.
Then the 75th Anniversary Wizard Of Oz, will be shown in 3D! This 3D conversion, just looks AMAZING!
Price of admission. Just $.25 just like it was in 1924!
NO ADVANCE TICKETS WILL BE SOLD! Doors open at 1:00pm!
Get there EARLY as it is sure to be a SOLD OUT SHOW!
Oh a new Silver screen was installed in Dec 2013. It looks FANTASTIC!
Sad news about Jeff. Thee will be a tribute to him. When the Classics start in mid April. No firm date yet. No titles of the films. They will again be in DCP.
It is one of the nicest classic movie places I have been to! The owner is very friendly and chatted with me for a while when i went to see The Other Guys.
JJD You do not know what you saw in Inception? It was a WASTE of 2.5 hours of your life? Maybe aliens came down and put a “freeze” on your brain BEFORE the movie!!!
The Carol Theatre IS OPEN FOR THE 2010 SUMMER SEASON! They have a NEW PHONE NUMBER! 518-494-2299!!
I live in Rockland County NY, about 60 minutes away from the Community Theatre! I am looking forward to visiting again, after going back in 2002. I missed Hot Tub Time Machine in the souless multi-plex.
They are now screening that motion picture until May 13th. For $4.00 VS $11.50! All one has to do is wait 4-8 weeks for the film to come to the Community.
It is a wonderful theater lovingly operated by a friendly and caring staff!
Fantastic news about 3D’s debut for Alice In Wonderland tomorrow!
I have been looking forward to this since 3D was announced last fall!
I called up the local Rockland AM station WRCR and talked to the hosts of the morning show about the addition of 3D!
Real 3D in a REAL MOVIE PALACE!
In fact The Lafayette is the ONLY Movie Palace, operating since 1924 in THE ENTIRE Tri-State area, that now has 3D Technology!
It will be a AMAZING experience to see a motion picture in 3D on a silver screen, in such a historic venue!
Plex it to 4! That would make it TOO SMALL to enjoy a movie!
I live in Rockland County NY, just 15 min from the boarder of NJ. The Washington Theatre is run with real PASSION under the guidance of Marco and the crew! It is a 140 mile round trip, but is worth it!
I am looking forward to visiting the theatre this Saturday to see Sherlock Homes and The Book Of Eli!