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Never did Cinerama.
paul, the theater was built in 1922 so the 1950’s style obviously came at a later date, probably after the fire they had. They also, obviously, changed the facade and the marquee adding the vertical. See the pictures section for the way the exterior looked early on after it became the Babylon, having started life as the Capitol, a sister theater to the Capitol in Riverhead which subsequently became the Riverhead.
Seeing a movie in a crowded multiplex is as enjoyable as going on a cruise one one of those new eleven story vessels that have more than 4,000 passengers.
The long goodbye.
Several years later they only manage a maximum of three bookings in the main space per month.
According to the March 16, 1970 Box Office Magazine the 300 seat Main Street was created in conjunction with the ½ million dollar “curb to curb” renovation of the RKO Proctor’s. The decor was oriental red and gold. The preview of the theater occurred on Wednesday, the 11th with a showing of Tell Them Willie Boy is Here.
Uploaded three pictures from the RKO Quad site originally posted in 2011 by Movieswithdad.
Uploaded a companion photo to the original proposal which would have incorporated the Loew’s marquee.
Uploaded a photo of the entrance.
I find it really odd that a number of entries mentioning the Main Street Cinemas and photos are on this RKO sit but no one ever created one for the Main Street itself. I will do so now.
Uploaded photo bearing RKO and Proctor names.
Uploaded a picture from the day.
I had previously suggested the Willoughby, Starr and Park.
The South Bay Facebook page shows the way the theater will look whenever they finish the reno. The reality is that as of two weeks ago it looked like an abandoned building that should be demolished.
Announcement was originally made in October 2016.
I’m with you, Joe. We’ll see if Bway weighs in on this.
The Starr, Willoughby and Park (aka Park Palace) were all on Knickerbocker in the DeKalb vicinity. Any clue what it’s use was before demolition to check back on CT?
Bway-None of the theaters on Cinema Treasures in Ridgewood have a DeKalb or Knickerbocker address. If it’s on CT it’s probably Brooklyn.
I tried to find the Facebook entry you refer to but was unsuccessful. How, exactly, did you access it?
Really big and ugly. Uploaded a bunch of pix I took today. Presumably there is a parking garage in the building because there certainly isn’t any in the area on the street.
Currently the home of the Broadway musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Movie chains are like banks. They are forever changing. I currently have an account with Chase. The original account was seven different banks ago.
I think it would be cheaper to put the name of the theater on the marquee or on the verticals. It would always be up to date and never need to be changed.
As far as CT is concerned many of the listings refer to the chain name in addition to the theater itself. So you have Carmike, AMC, Loew’s, RKO, Century, Bow Tie, ad nauseum.
Cineplex signage is still intact despite the rebranding of other theaters to reflect AMC.
Another reality of that site I don’t think there would be sufficient parking for a massive theater. The original theater was on the second floor of the mall. A little nothing.
Several years ago it was announced in the press that there would be a new theater at the Sunrise Mall. Nothing since. I found out about the intentions for a 2017 opening at the Regal site when I was looking to see when they planned on opening the new Lynbrook, which is now well under construction.
Since I was in the area of the Sunrise Mall I scouted to see where the theater would be. There was no new construction which would have been obvious for an IMAX and, I forget, around a dozen screens. That’s when I went back to the Regal site and saw the Massapequa Mall had been deleted.
With two large multiplexes in nearby Farmingdale I really don’t know why they had considered this site anyway.
The Google street photo is still the same. How often does that update.