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What gives? Both Seth and BigJoe have triple entries? How did that happen guys? You can remove the duplicates at your end.
Would be nice to actually have pictures of the theatres on Cinema Treasures.
And were all of the Lamb theatres unique? Were there a number of designs repeated at various locations with just a change in the facade to reflect the name or to conform with local requirements?
In more recent years chains have built cookie cutter venues on Long Island.
BigJoe- Anything other than 8th to Broadway and above 50th is off the beaten path for a go to destination. Music Hall being the exception.
Also, Ed, if you want to update something, rather than put it in the comment section, where it’s not always picked up, go back to the Home page and use the Contact logic to “Update Cinema Treasures”.
Ed, the CT logic is that the listing carries the last name. However, that is not always the case. As long as the AKAs are in place that should not be a problem. As far as cross referencing is concerned, when a theatre is established on CT the input screen provides for the inclusion of prior names. If the provider doesn’t “provide”, they don’t exist. It’s then up to the rest of us to flesh out the entries.
Mike (saps. It seems to me they should not show the chain operating the theatre. They change so often. Meadows had Cineplex Odeon forever; Shore still does.
It was different when management was more permanent and you could have your RKO, Loew’s or Century.
Where the Fantasy is located you can see it from the LIRR. It would be good advertising. For something like the Shore it’s in Huntington but off the beaten path so it’s not really a factor. The original marquee on the original Shore just had the name, as did the Alan in New Hyde Park. In later years signboards were added to both.
Now, more than ever it’s time to try to get inside and take pictures. It was announced that The Village of Great Neck Estates Board will hold a public hearing on August 6 (2014)on a plan to raze the theatre to make way for a new apartment building with retail space and parking. The latter is something which is sorely needed.
There are attempts to have the building given Landmark status. At the minimum the Historical Society wants the facade preserved.
Anybody see the facade? Doesn’t look like anything, much less a theatre.
Probably will be part of the $600 million reseating project mentioned on the CT home page.
William McQuade does 340 MP mean anything to you?
Flushing Meadow Park has acres of parking and subway service. Really more accessible than Astoria or Flushing proper. As far as Bobby’s racism comment, I think the US is becoming more racist every day.
According to an article on theatre in Northport, N.Y. in Newsday for July 13, 2014, the cost of the conversion from movies to stage cost $3.7 million. The 1950 renovation which I alluded to in an earlier posting, cost $100,000. The article quotes the current seating capacity as 400.
According to an article in the Sunday July 18, 2014 Newsday on the history of theatre in Northport, N.Y., the original Northport Theatre hosted vaudeville acts and was used as a community center for recitals, commencements and roller skating (the seats were removable). In 1918 the soldiers training to become World War I pilots at Brindley Field were entertained here.
In the 1920s it was only opened on weekends. In 1930 talkies were initiated. Two years later it burnt to the ground.
Like RKO had a presence in Queens and Long Island to protect. There was the Alden in Jamaica and the Albee in Brooklyn. Without checking I’m sure the Keith’s closed before RKO opened the four sets of twins, Commack, Babylon, Rockville Centre and Lawrence.
But there are also a goodly number of Koreans, correct?
Bottom line, for most of Flushing proper, English is the second, if at all, language.
What then is right. Flushing is not an appropriate location for a performing arts center. Ethnicity of the area wouldn’t support it in any fashion.
I’ve added a photo dated 1935 of the interior of the original Southampton Theatre.
Ad is dated 1924. Have no idea why it loaded side ways. Don’t have the techie knowledge to correct.
At a 1997 meeting on he history of Southampton, oral history given by one of the participants alludes to the fact that, at some point, a roof had been added. Then, to accommodate hot summer days, panels were removed from the outer walls to allow for the circulation of air. The seating capacity was also reduced, supposedly, considerably.
The presence of an additional theatre on Main Street, which was destroyed by fire in the mid to late 1920s was also mentioned. No name was given. Back to research.
Manager Polley was again in the news in February 1914 when he announced that he was going to build an 800 seat air-drome next to, and fully independent of, the Babylon. Matinees and performances in bad weather were to be held indoors. Didn’t happen.
Riley’s Capitol in Riverhead was sold in April, 1925. This was less than a year after they lost their Capitol in Babylon as a result of bankruptcy. The theatre was sold for a reported $100,000 but one of the Riley brothers purchased $20,000 stock in the new company which redecorated the premises and renamed it the Riverhead.
Too many performing arts spaces on Long Island; one, long established, already in Westbury. Poor management, opening was more than a year behind schedule and the bookings are few and far between; bad location.
The new theatre hosted a performance of “The Eternal City” for the benefit of the Southampton Hospital. More than 919 people were admitted and many were turned away. The $202.43 raised seems meager by today’s standards. Hospital fund raisers were also held in subsequent years.
From the South Side Signal (Babylon) 10/17/1913:
“Captain Harrison L'Hommedieu, proprietor of the Alhambra, is planning to transform the hall into an uptodate theatre. He proposes to remove the second floor, and add large windows on the side, raise the floor of the first story on an incline, put in a good-sized stage, and otherwise make it an ideal playhouse. This will mean the losing to Babylon of its only large public dance hall, though it will make a more modern auditorium for other public gatherings. The cost of the proposed change will be well above $6,000.”
Well, that didn’t happen and he sold the building, excluding the motion picture equipment to the Odd Fellows.
The 1925 photo posted by Ken Roe shows the Bablyon with a very “home town” facade. This is a far contrast to the current modern one.