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robboehm commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 12, 2014 at 8:43 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 12, 2014 at 1:35 am

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.

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robboehm commented about Southampton 4 Theatres on Jul 10, 2014 at 8:56 pm

I’ve added a photo dated 1935 of the interior of the original Southampton Theatre.

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robboehm commented about Garden Theatre on Jul 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Ad is dated 1924. Have no idea why it loaded side ways. Don’t have the techie knowledge to correct.

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robboehm commented about Garden Theatre on Jul 10, 2014 at 3:14 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about Babylon Theatre on Jul 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about Riverhead Theater on Jul 8, 2014 at 8:23 am

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.

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robboehm commented about The Space at Westbury on Jul 8, 2014 at 4:21 am

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.

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robboehm commented about Garden Theatre on Jul 8, 2014 at 4:17 am

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.

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robboehm commented about Alhambra Hall on Jul 8, 2014 at 4:09 am

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.

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robboehm commented about Babylon Theatre on Jul 7, 2014 at 4:18 pm

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.

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robboehm commented about Babylon Cinemas on Jul 6, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Reference is made to a comment made by Ken Roe on October 31, 2004 and those made by Orlando the same year. The original Babylon closed in 1922(see elsewhere on CT) the same year the current theatre, then called the Capitol, opened. After the Capitol went bankrupt in 1924 it was reopened under new ownership in February 1925. Presumably the name was changed to Babylon at that time because there is reference to theatre magnet Mike Glynne being injured in an automobile accident on the way to the opening of the Babylon theatre in February 1925.

According to one source, Glynne only acquired this Babylon, together with the Regent and Carlton in Bay Shore and the Garden in Southampton, in 1926. According to another, those four theatres were acquired by B.S. Moss from the Brewster circuit in 1926 never mentioning Glynne.

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robboehm commented about Southampton 4 Theatres on Jul 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Land for the theatre was purchased in December 1926 for a reported $100,000. That was pricey. $100,000 was more usually the cost of the building.

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robboehm commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jun 26, 2014 at 1:13 am

But I trust you are familiar with the book. I actually ordered mine online from Walmart.

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robboehm commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jun 25, 2014 at 10:27 pm

Really. I notice it’s not listed on the NY Drive In site. As a Drive In person have you ever crossed checked all the Drive Ins mentioned in The American Drive-In Movie Theatre by Don and Susan Sanders to see if they’re all on Cinema Treasures? I checked the ones from the Lost Broadway Theaters book.

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robboehm commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jun 25, 2014 at 10:10 pm

On the Drive In site. I think they said 600 cars.

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robboehm commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jun 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Tried phone books, newspapers the public library, people who lived there. Needless to say some of the information on that site, or any other, can be questionable.

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robboehm commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jun 25, 2014 at 9:39 pm

If you look at the photos section in the reference made by Drive-in 54 there is information from the Peconic Bay Shopper. They did a subsequent followup article, too. That site shows a drive In in Centereach, NY. I, a theatre nut, do not remember it nor can I find reference to it anywhere else.

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robboehm commented about Skyway Drive-In on Jun 25, 2014 at 3:29 pm

According to a Greenport time line the Sky Way opened in 1950.

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robboehm commented about Fort Sam Houston Theatre on Jun 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm

The Army Entertainment site indicates the Fort Sam Houston is the second oldest of the military theaters. Didn’t specify which was the first.

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robboehm commented about McGuire Theater on Jun 23, 2014 at 2:42 pm

When I was in the Army back in the 1960’s there were three theatres on the Fort Dix post, The Timmerman, which was a modern venue which could have been a focal point of any town, and two others, of the military type. Would be nice if someone could get info on these.

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robboehm commented about Ed Mirvish Theatre on Jun 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm

As you can see, telliott, it now is. But the last name used it not always the case on CT, for whatever reason.

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robboehm commented about Paramount Theatre on Jun 17, 2014 at 7:40 pm

And, remember, they did a major reno on the St. George which is just down the road and has parking and access to Manhattan via the ferry.

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robboehm commented about Crescent Theatre on Jun 15, 2014 at 1:35 am

Re my May comment. Two unique films on the same subject.

Also, while doing research on the Unique Theatre in Patchogue came upon a reference that the 400 seat Unique Theatre opened in Sayville on July 29, 1913 under the management of Walter Smith. Oddly enough the theatre was just north of the Crescent at the intersection of Gillette and Main. Sayville historical never heard of it.

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robboehm commented about Paramount Center for the Arts on Jun 13, 2014 at 1:25 am

As seen in the news for the funeral service of Tracey Morgan’s associate. Surprised to see the seating isn’t all that large since it has a very broad street presence.