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Yes, it’s very possible that the Orpheum originally had an auxiliary entrance on Third Avenue. That was certainly true of its main rival, the RKO 86th Street, which had an auxiliary entrance on Lexington Avenue. Both theatres were designed by Thomas Lamb, though the Orpheum was four or five years older.
The Third Avenue entrance was the one used for Loew’s Cine.
It’s a crisis situation here: View link
The Orpheum Twin photo shows the Third Avenue entrance. The photo with Jerry Lewis on the marquee shows the 86th Street entrance before the Orpheum’s interior was sub-divided.
On October 30, 1935, The New York Times reported that: “Charles A. Sandblom, architect, has planned a motion-picture theatre for a site at Bath and Twentieth Avenues, in the Bensonhurst section. The building will be the fiftieth theatre in the chain operated in Brooklyn by the Randforce Amusement Corporation. The site is close to the housing development at Cropsey and Twentieth Avenues recently begun by Joseph P. Day.” It’s possible that the theatre was never built, or that the report refers to a modernization of an already existing theatre.
Don’t see any history as a cinema. Why is it listed here?
How old is the theatre? Is this the original name?
“Roosevelt” was such a long name that they economized on the vertical sign by using just the first letter “R”, followed by animated arrows pointing at the building.
Here’s the Roxy overshadowed by a bus during the 1954 CinemaScope engagement of “Garden of Evil.” At this time, the Roxy had dropped stage shows, but would resume them when the novelty of CinemaScope wore off: View link
Loew’s did not run porno at the Gates. By that time, the theatre had been leased to an “indie” that was too cheap to delete the name from the marquee…This previously linked photo shows the side entrance that was used only for display: View link
Two exterior photos can be found here: View link
I just happened to be the unit publicist on “The People Next Door,” which was produced by Herbert Brodkin for Joe Levine’s Embassy Pictures in late 1969 and early 1970. Most interiors were shot at a studio on East 126th Street. Exteriors were filmed in Westchester County except for a few at a high school in the outskirts of Great Neck, Long Island:
Several exterior photos as Regent and Slave can be found here: View link
Two exterior photos as church can be found here: View link
The second sentence of the introduction is awkwardly phrased. I would suggest changing it to something like “Later, it became one of the few theatres in Westchester County that were operated by the Cinema 5 chain.”
The Park Hill Theatre first opened on February 27th, 1926. Seating capacity has been variously reported in trade directories as between 1,100 and 1,200.
No longer operated by RKO: View link
This listing is starting to read like a script for a Three Stooges comedy short. I’m unsubscribing!
A daytime image here that gives a wider view than the one displayed in the introduction: View link
No actual name was given in this “Building Plans Filed” report from the 6/20/35 issue of The New York Times, but it was almost certainly the Drake: “Woodhaven Blvd, west side, from 62d to 63 Sts; 1-story brick moving picture theatre, 100 x 200; Thesium Amusement Corp., 441 Av. P, Brooklyn, owner; Paul Greenbaum, architect; cost, $40,000.”
Thanks again, Bob! The Scarsdale Picture Theater was obviously not this theatre, and should have its own listing…And concerning the Scarsdale Plaza, The New York Times reported on April 17th, 1931 that “Irving Rosenthal, owner of the Bronxville Theatre, announced yesterday that the Turner Construction Company has begun work on a 1,200-seat motion picture house in Scarsdale, to be owned and operated by Mr. Rosenthal. The site, 140 by 200 feet, is in Belmoy Road. Rapp & Rapp, architects, put the cost of the project at $400,000.”
The is the second Elmwood Theatre that I know of that has been converted into a church. The other is the considerably larger Elmwood in Elmhurst, Queens, NY.
Gabe, please file a report after you’ve seen it. I can’t imagine how it will be accomplished technically. Will the music be erased from the soundtrack so that the orchestra plays it “live?” And what about the movie’s dialogue and sound effects? And will the orchestra play in front of the screen or in the pit? It seems to me like an event for fans of the movie, and not for someone who has never seen it before.