Lane Theater

168 New Dorp Lane,
New Dorp, NY 10306

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 22, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Landmark information can be found here.

dangel
dangel on November 6, 2008 at 5:48 pm

1.8 million for sale $10,000 a month to lease

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 7, 2008 at 11:33 am

This is a NY Times article dated September 25, 1988. It gives the opening date for this theater as February 10, 1938.

dfc
dfc on October 7, 2008 at 9:27 am

I walked by the Lane Theater this morning and the roll gate was up. Someone was inside doing something. It’s listed with a new realtor who doesn’t show a name, only the phone number 718-234-0052, on a sign attached to the building. The Lane has been for sale since 2002.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 30, 2008 at 6:26 am

Here are new links to images described above on 10/26/07:
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dfc
dfc on September 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Still for sale, but with a different realtor. Just a phone number, no realty company listed on the sign.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on November 20, 2007 at 10:17 am

If you could see closely the design and patterns of the walls immediately adjacent to the proscenium and the ceiling, you would see that they bear a striking resemblance to the design and patterns of the Auburn Schine Theater, a once-remarkable outer space atmospheric from John Eberson. It was almost as if Eberson “practiced” on the walls of the Lane before taking the designs to the full stage of the Auburn.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on October 26, 2007 at 8:07 am

This architect’s sketch of the futuristic auditorium makes an interesting contrast to the photo that I posted here two years ago:
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dfc
dfc on August 26, 2007 at 2:46 pm

The Lane theater is still for sale, with a different realtor. It’s back to being listed with Century 21. No info on their websites http://www.c21papp.com/ and http://www.domsold.com/ regarding the theater.

Bill Hebner
Bill Hebner on August 25, 2007 at 1:37 am

Don’t know how much things have changed in the past year, but the possibility of a revival house might not be that far-fetched. Stapleton Heights (I think) basically along/near Van Duzer St. has become more artsy. With the right promotion, it might be feasible. Parking near the theater does suck, but it is fairly accessable by public transit, with the bus that runs from the ferry to New Dorp Lane, bus routes on both Hylan Blvd. and Richmond Rd., and the train.
I’m not really a businessman, so I don’t know enough about a project like this. I just wanted to point out the possibility.

dfc
dfc on September 8, 2006 at 2:36 pm

Still asking $1.8M! Figured with the real estate slump they’d drop the price by 25% to to $1.35M. And even that would be way too high.

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168 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY (The south side of New Dorp Lane between 8th & 9th Streets)
Commercial Buildings,Development/Conversion Sites,Outer Boroughs
The Lane Theater: formerly a historic 550 seat movie theater. The Lane offers 1,000 square feet of 1 story prime New Dorp Lane retail space. The space then opens up into 6,000 square feet of 3 story high open space, offering many possibilities for development/use. Located on one of the island’s premier commercial strips. Walking distance from the New Dorp train station & municipal parking. Marquee & ceiling land marked by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Property will be delivered vacant. Asking Price: $1,800,000

uncleal923
uncleal923 on August 14, 2006 at 10:37 am

There’s a concert venue out here in Patchogue and the town took the liberty of placing signs marked “no theater parking” in many of the lots. However, people still park there. The place is an old vaudeville house.

Garth
Garth on August 14, 2006 at 10:34 am

gustave i hate to be a pessimest but i think you are whistling past the graveyard , as they used to say. another thing sounding the death knell , in addition to the buildings' condition as vito described , is the severe lack of parking in the area. there is a municipal lot , but you must pay to park there . new dorp lane has meters and the surrounding residential streets , where each house has 2,3 or 4 cars , is very limited.

uncleal923
uncleal923 on August 14, 2006 at 10:23 am

Then, maybe it can be done. I now live on Long Island, but my family wants to move to S.I. Every so often I visit Staten Island, and my family once had a store there. I would pass and think this would be a great place for concerts or old movies.

Vito
Vito on August 14, 2006 at 3:42 am

Last time I visited, which was about a year ago, the building had begun to deteriate, some walls in the upper balcony area and lower lobby had some crumbling, also there was a terrible stench, pidgeons have made it home now. there is no orchestra seats and the booth is gone. As Lost Memory has pointed out, I recall a few years ago a provision in the deed which prohibits showing of movies, perhaps that can be overturned. It will take a lot of money, and with movie attendance on the decline, even for classic films, It may be a struggle to find investors. Howver it does have a better shot than the poor ole Paramount had.

uncleal923
uncleal923 on August 13, 2006 at 5:53 pm

What can be done to bring it back? Does anyone know?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 13, 2006 at 8:45 am

This is a 1991 NY Times article about the Lane Theater.

POSTINGS: New Dorp’s Lane; Landmark Theater to Disco?

Published: December 8, 1991

“The Lane theater in the New Dorp section of Staten Island, renowned for its intergalactic, Buck Rogers motif, may soon become a disco under a proposal now before the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The theater, at 168 New Dorp Lane, is one of the borough’s oldest; it was built in 1938 by John Eberson and closed in 1989, when it was Staten Island’s last single-screen movie house. A designated landmark since 1988, it is also contains one of the city’s few largely intact examples of a Depression-era, Art Moderne-style theater interior.

The theater’s owner since 1986, Henry Picciurro, has proposed a plan by Ronald Vittorio, a Staten Island architect, that would level the auditorium floor and cover balcony areas with removable panels to create a restaurant, a dance floor and a sound system.

The plan is opposed by many preservationists and local residents, who note, among other things, that the ceiling, which is painted like a sky bursting with astral explosions, would be perforated with sprinklers.

Mr. Picciurro countered that the Lane can no longer operate as a theater because of a deed restriction and economic realities. “There isn’t much else it can be used for,” he said.

A decision by the commmission is expected by next month".

dfc
dfc on June 26, 2006 at 2:49 pm

Asking $1.8 Million! No one will buy it at that price and the property taxes are $19000/year.

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dfc
dfc on June 12, 2006 at 11:18 am

The Lane is for sale – again. This time a different realty company’s sign is attached to the marquee. The landmarked interior makes the Lane a difficult sell.

AnthonyS1957
AnthonyS1957 on May 11, 2006 at 6:49 am

I remember seeing “The Return Of The Living Dead” at the Lane in 1985.

Garth
Garth on April 18, 2006 at 9:49 am

i have to agree that an art house would not last on s.i. Before the UA 14 closed they tried booking a few art or foreign films . I went to a couple of screenings and you could count the patrons on one hand. The high rents that dfc spoke of would be tough to meet for any business opening there. Also , i was in the area last saturday , it was practically a ghost town. I recall years ago it would take a half hour to drive down new dorp lane on a weekend due to high traffic…

dfc
dfc on April 17, 2006 at 5:43 pm

I don’t think Staten Island can support an ‘art house’ type movie theater. Even in Manhattan the smaller ‘art’ and ‘revival’ houses are mostly gone. The DVD has replaced those kinds of movie houses. What’s hurting New Dorp Lane are the high property taxes on the commercial buildings. Landlords have to raise their rents to cover increased costs.

Vito
Vito on March 23, 2006 at 1:22 am

Garth, I heard someone was looking for partners to open the Lane for
independent (art house)film showings. Too bad about New Dorp Lane, I hope it does not go the way of Stapelton.