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Thats it – because the Central Plaza, a little further up the street is 2630 Central Park Ave…
Aren’t metal detectors standard equipment at all National Amusements' theatres these days? The Whitestone and Concourse theatres in the Bx has them, and I’m told the ENY Bkln and Jamaica Qns theatres also have them. Apparently NA feels that metal detectors and a shooting or riot now and then are just a normal costs of doing business.
When I left Michigan in 1977 it was still a single. General Cinema split it in 1978, and Goodrich took it over in 1984, at which time it flip-flopped between a first-run and bargain house, depending on the prevailing market conditions in the area.
Please update to show originally General Cinema and later Goodrich Quality Theatres as the operators.
Please update address to 29430 Lakeshore Blvd.
According to the Loews Dec. 1999 directory the Loews Nassau theatre has 10 screens with seat counts of 561, 555, 307, 306, 547, 472, 200, 200, 200, 200 – Total of 3,548 seats.
The radio is saying it burned to the ground…
And the correct name is Charlottetown Mall Cinemas….
Please update to show under General Cinema chain list.
Regal did not buy out UA – they both went bankrupt and this guy Robert Anschutz bought both of them, along with Act III Theatres, out of bankruptcy. He was running them as 3 seperate companies for a short time and then merged the Regal and UA operations with Regals management running the merged company. I’m not sure if Act III was merged into this or if they remain a seperate operation.
United Artists is a strange company… the theatres that everybody hates stay open and are run into the ground, and the ones that are maintained and well-liked by the public get closed – go figure!
I guess the secret is if you happen to find a clean, maintained UA theatre that you like and return to frequently, DO NOT let the UA management find out or they will close it down (apparently it doesn’t fit their image). The UA'a that people complain about and criticize stay open forever.
Kind of an odd name for a movie house… was the owner a Druid?
Wow, you weren’t kidding – check out these house-counts: 120 – 100 – 55 – 150 – 150 – 45 – 67 – 67 – 67 – 75 – 132 – total 1028 seats – according to the Dec. 1999 Loews directory. It’s amusing that the screening room in the home office seats more people than each of the five smallest, dare I say, ‘theatres’ at this location….
The address here should be changed to 49 Westchester Square.
The 3 story glazed white brick building, taking up the whole block btwn Roberts and Ponton Avenues looks to be from the 1920s. The storefront at #49, in the center of the block has an archway above the first-floor level. above that is a white and blue tile facade with a single ‘tragedy’ mask. in the center. The stubs of the severed marquee supports are evident. Inside the storefront (a para-legal office) about the first 15 feet, is an arched white tile ceiling with many empty light sockets and appears to be the area where the box office would have been. This is all that remains to indicate that there was once a theatre there. The lady working there said she thought it had been a theatre. They had tried to put bulbs in the sockets, but the old wiring was no good and they couldn’t get at it without ripping up the tile work, and they are just tenants there. Around the back of the building where the auditorium once was is a parking lot and a circa-1950s Post Office.
Can anybody with one of those old film business books provide the opening and closing dates and number of seats?
BTW, Seth, the smart sharks (Deep Blue Sea) had in it’s audience one Michael Jackson, wearing Red pants, white shirt and a bee-keepers hat complete with netting, with an entourage of 5 very young men. After spending $60 on tickets and $40 at the stand, they left after about 25 minutes…..
Now that the old Griggs seats have been replaced with larger seats from the Astor, the heading for this theatre should be updated to show 524 seats.
Most theatres are referred to as ‘the’ – small t – “I went to the Orpheum”. Proper English, I suppose, would be “I went to the Orpheum Theatre”, except in Brooklyn, where “Yo, I went to ‘da Loweez” would be considered the proper statement. <grin>
The correct address of the former Loews Yorktown theatre is 6208 Brookpark Road, Cleveland 44109 (on the Cleveland side of Brookpark Rd.). This was built by Modern Theatres of Ohio in the 1940s and had about 1500 seats. Loews bought it in the mid-1960s, divided it in half and covered the art-deco interior with soundfold draperies in about 1968. Loews closed it in 1994 and it is being used as a church, whether the church has un-twinned it I don’t know at this time.
According to Superpages.com (Verizon phone directory) there is no listing for 1216 Broadway Brooklyn NY – I did a search for both the specific address, and also churches on Broadway, there are only 7, none at 1216, and none named Prayer Palace.
The Loews Roosevelt Raceway Theatre has 4 screens with 277 seats each, and 1 each with 166, 155, 169, 378, 508, 376 seats – for a total of 10 screens and 2,860 seats.
What is the origin of the name ‘Rivoli’?
When General Cinema was running this it was referred to (at least internally) as Reno-Sparks Cinema.
I think it was the fall of 1993 that he left to start his own booking service. I’m not sure when he retired from that and went to Florida. His wife was another very nice person, and would come to premieres and company events. Mr. D. seemed to know everybody in the business. I don’t recall meeting his children, they were grown up and married during the time I was around there.
This is another basement cinema, built in about 1978 in a 47 story apartment building designed by Gruzan & Partners. This is a true twin theatre, where the two 400+ seat auditoriums and seperate lobbies and entry vestibules are mirror-images of each other. The box office and entrance are set in a low plaza a dozen steps down from the sidewalk. Going inside, you then went down aanother floor on steps to the lobby, and from the lobby down yet another 8 steps to the auditorium. There was an escalator to come back up to the entrance. Instead of a marquee, there is a pylon sign in the middle of the plaza steps that said ‘Loews New York One Two’. New Yorkers are used to finding theatres with a marquee, and we were always getting calls from people on the corner of 65th St. and 2nd Ave. who could not find the place. As with most theatres of the era the auditoriums are unremarkable, with dark carpet on the walls and low black ceilings. The seperate lobbies, while good for preventing cross-overs, are inadequate for holding a crowd. Loews booked it with a mix of arthouse and general release product. Loews operated it from the beginning until the lease ran out in 2002. For the past couple of years Crown has been running it.
Yup, he was (is) a class act. When I met him there I was impressed that the president of the company came in and stopped to chat with the staff – he knew their names, inquired about members of their families (by name) and was very pleasant and personable. It was a surprise because I had come there from General Cinema where the company executives who came around barely acknowledged the manager and the staff was just furniture in the lobby.