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dave-bronx™ commented about Strand Theatre on Oct 15, 2004 at 1:27 pm

So Schwartz and Landis kept the rights to the projected new theatre and didn’t sell them to Cineplex with the rest of the company?

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dave-bronx™ commented about Strand Theatre on Oct 15, 2004 at 1:05 pm

When it was announced that the Cinerama was going to be demolished and an office building put in its place, it was also stated there would be a new multiplex theatre in the basement, similar to what happened with the Loews State. However, once the old theatre was down, the developer stated that plans changed and there would be no new theatre in the building at all. I doubt there was ever a plan for a new theatre, and it was a BS story on the part of the developer just to get the theatre down without a lot of noise from the public. The old theatres closing came at the same time as RKOs takeover by the Canadians (who were scrambling to get office space set up at 126 E. 56th St 20th flr. The RKO offices had been upstairs of the Cinerama Theatre). When the announcement came that there would be no new theatre, there was no fuss made about it by the Canadians in the trades.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Oct 13, 2004 at 10:49 am

Next door at the Cinema I in the late 60s Martin Sheen was employed as an usher. He was fired when he set up the ticket-holders line across the street in front of Bloomingdales – and held up traffic on Third Ave. for 10 minutes when they brought the line across and into the theatre…..

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dave-bronx™ commented about Empire Drive-In on Oct 12, 2004 at 8:00 am

The Empire was run by General Cinema through at least the early 70s that I’m aware of – it was part of the Buffalo Division.

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dave-bronx™ commented about East Side Drive-In on Oct 11, 2004 at 10:51 pm

This should be listed under General Cinema.

This and the West Side Drive-In (and Carousel Lanes, Peter Pan Snack Shop and Amy Joy Donut Shops) were all General Cinema operations in town before they ever built their first indoor theatre here, the Southgate Cinema.

The first occupant of the retail building on the East Side’s site was Giant Tiger – when they went out of business Uncle Bill’s moved in.

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dave-bronx™ commented about New Metro Twin on Oct 11, 2004 at 9:19 pm

There were only a few films made in the Cinerama process, not enough to justify the expense of a new installation.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Ocean County Mall Cinema on Oct 11, 2004 at 7:26 pm

This needs to be listed under General Cinema.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Ritz San Jose on Oct 11, 2004 at 6:55 pm

Cool, that’s an urban legend shot put to rest – I’d heard that one for years…..

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dave-bronx™ commented about Ritz San Jose on Oct 10, 2004 at 8:27 pm

Wasn’t the Pussycat chain owned by Rosemary Clooney’s husband? (I forgot his name)

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dave-bronx™ commented about Columbia City Cinema on Oct 10, 2004 at 5:12 pm

This needs to be listed under General Cinema, who operated it for its entire run…….

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dave-bronx™ commented about AMC Chestnut Hill 5 on Oct 10, 2004 at 12:55 pm

We started having the ushers cleaning the auditoriums in cleveland around 1978, when they put out that ridiculous ‘Timmy the Trashcan’ trailer.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Northpark Mall Cinema I & II on Oct 10, 2004 at 12:08 pm

The Northpark Cinema closed in 1987.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Cinderella City Cinema on Oct 10, 2004 at 12:00 am

The theatre and the shopping center of which it was part was built on a landfill, a former garbage dump. It suffered from structural problems throughout its life due to the settling of the ground beneath it. I believe the entire shopping center has been demolished.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Cinderella City Cinema on Oct 9, 2004 at 10:49 pm

I need to amend the location – the Cinderella City Mall was in Engelwood, Colorado. The Cinema opened in 1968 and was demolished in 1979.

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dave-bronx™ on Oct 8, 2004 at 6:05 am

As far as I know after GCC left it MJR Theatres took it over and was still calling it Livonia Mall and operating it as a bargain house.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Dort Mall Cinema on Oct 7, 2004 at 5:48 pm

Seat counts were 425? I thought it was about 450, but if I told you 425 then , that’s what it was. It was a long time ago. I hated that theatre, badly proportioned, never should have been split, plus it was in a dead mall. I hated that town, too. What a sorry-ass place that was.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Dort Mall Cinema on Oct 7, 2004 at 4:22 pm

Yup, thats me. 8/75 thru 2/77 at Dort…. where did you get my name?

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dave-bronx™ commented about Dort Mall Cinema on Oct 7, 2004 at 2:51 pm

When I worked there in 1975 the address on our stationary, my business cards and the incoming mail was 3600……

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dave-bronx™ commented about Angelika Film Center on Oct 7, 2004 at 3:41 am

BTW, Camden: What theatres are in closed subway terminals?

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dave-bronx™ commented about Angelika Film Center on Oct 6, 2004 at 8:38 pm

Once upon a time, New York City had cable cars, like San Francisco still has. The building housing the Angelika was originally the headquarters for the cable car company and the basement that is now occupied by the 6 theatres was originally where the motors pulling the cables were located. The building, now known as the Cable Building, was built in 1894 to the designs of McKim, Mead & White.

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dave-bronx™ commented about American Airlines Theatre on Oct 6, 2004 at 2:19 pm

A former doorman at City Cinemas, who had previously worked at the Selwyn in the late 80s-early 90s, told me that at some point while he worked there they closed the orchestra and made all the customers sit upstairs in the balcony. This was because the rats in the orchestra section were chasing the customers away.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Peepland on Oct 6, 2004 at 2:08 pm

Wasn’t the Cine 42 group of theatres run by Norman Adee?

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dave-bronx™ commented about Continental Art Theatre on Oct 5, 2004 at 6:57 pm

The Continental, along with the Heights and Westwood were part of a chain of “art” theatres with other theatres in Columbus. I think it was called Bexley Theatres.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Hippodrome Theatre on Oct 5, 2004 at 6:49 pm

I remember taking a shortcut through the alley btwn Euclid and Prospect where the Hipp’s stage doors were – and that windowless auditorium structure was towering above the street, and was nearly as tall as the Hippodrome office building. It had stage doors that they could (and I’m sure at some point did) march elephants through.

I believe one of the last times that the Hipp was doing capacity business was in the 60s during Beatlemania and “A Hard Days Night” played there. It was packed to the rafters with screaming teenage girls.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Hippodrome Theatre on Oct 5, 2004 at 3:49 pm

I think the THSA figure may be incorrect. The 4500 seat figure is the ‘as-built’ capacity and came from the list in the back of ‘American Picture Palaces’. The Palace in Cleveland had 3600+ seats and the Hippodrome was way bigger, and always acknowledged locally as the biggest movie theatre in town with over four-thousand seats. Perhaps as the years went by it was re-seated with bigger seats, or official capacity reduced when they closed the upper balconies. Roger Stewart – how many seats in the Hipp when you worked there?