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In the late 1990’s, preservations & Mayor Guiliani agreed to preserve as much of the “old Times Square” & Broadway theatres as possible. Very funny that the Duffy Theatre & Gaiety Theatre are being demolished. Was the agreement that they made, some sort of joke??? Developers of today have no mind of their own, since they insist on mimicing the current trends (i.e. of Times Sq). A solution is to restore these old structures, & if they desire a modern structure to rise, make an addition to the existing site (i.e. the theatre that housed Howard Johnson’s). There are times when the NY Landmarks Preservation Commission fails, as many NYers would agree.
Bless the Landmarks Preservation Commission for prohibiting that naughty wrecking ball from demolishing the facade of the glorious Henry Miller’s Theater. Restoration of the Georgian facade is a great idea, but what good is a facade without its core…the Georgian-styled interior??? Passed by the former theater tonight, & what a heart-breaking sight!!!!! The interior of the theater could have been restored too, don’t you think?? Erasing years of Broadway history, & erecting a modern theater in a 1917 exterior is a case for the Guinness Book of World Records for shameful developers. Rebuilding the interior from scratch is a waste of time, effort, & disrespectful to its history. Anyone feel the same?
Even though I live closer to Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills, I occasionally take a stroll to the Cinemart on Metropolitan Ave to check out a good movie. I recall an elaborately carvered, impressive Coffered ceiling in the entranceway, painted black, gold, red, & white. I probably saw that ceiling two years back.
Last summer, however, I noticed “heartbreaking” industry standard, paper-thin, lackluster paneling concealing that ornate ceiling. If the Coffered ceiling was in place since the theater was built in the 20’s, why cover it up now, or cover it at all? Conclusion: Some people just don’t know what’s good! Can we convince the theater to remove that modern eyesore? That would feel so good! By the way, the intricate design of the carved ceiling balances sound so much better than modern accoustical tile. E-mail
A member on our site, m_acevedo, posted a very interesting point on another theater strand regarding the Trylon on Feb 12, 2004. It is as follows: “Another local â€œghostâ€ theater I have kept my eye on is the beautiful little deco palace the Trylon. One would think that Queensborough Hall would go out of its way to salavage a relic of the era of the fabled 1939 World’s Fair, especially they are so keen these days to promote the legacy of the old Fairgrounds as the possible site of the 2012 Olympics.”
A useful link providing Trylon history & its architectural importance to the Forest Hills/Rego Park landscape, as well as support options can be found at – http://www.hdc.org/trylon.htm Show you care! Thanks!!! ^._.^
P.S. Perhaps we can start an online petition for the Trylon Theatre? Any ideas?
Hi fellow theater history enthusiasts!!!
I’m a new member on this board. It’s great that we have such a site to spread the awareness of the current status of theaters worldwide. So many theaters are endangered worldwide by carelessness, and the greed of landlords & developers. Hopefully, more people will see our postings, & realize the need for preservation!!! Remember that our path to the future is marked by a strong foundation of the past. It’s a shame to see the 1939 Art Deco Trylon Theater sitting there in a state of disarray. I believe the Trylon Theatre on Qns Blvd is not a landmark at this point. It baffles me as to why Melinda Katz won’t give her approval to the NY Landmarks Preservation Commission (http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/html/about/), which is creating a major burden towards landmark designation. Selfish, isn’t it?? Is Joseph Nocerino an option? If you feel that any site is worthy of landmark designation, e-mail