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robboehm commented about Lyric Theatre on Mar 8, 2014 at 7:12 am

Ragtime did very well early on. I didn’t have a problem with the acoustics (does that really matter in a day when everything is overmiked?) and didn’t really find it cavernous, just unappealing.

robboehm commented about Apollo Theatre on Mar 8, 2014 at 7:04 am

Well, the 43rd street side of the Lyric facade is more impressive than that of the Apollo. Of course they could really have come up with some amalgams: Ricollo, Apric, Lyap. As you may recall the ANCO was for Ann Cohen.

robboehm commented about Plaza Theatre on Mar 6, 2014 at 6:01 pm

Interesting that the opening day was August 28, 1931 when only a couple of weeks before on August 8th the anticipated opening was six weeks away.

The name Plaza was chosen, firstly, because of it bordering on Crescent Park and, secondly, because it was in keeping with the Spanish architectural structure of the building.

robboehm commented about Savoy Theatre on Mar 6, 2014 at 10:04 am

Can’t believe they were taking phone reservations in 1920! Seating capacity was greater as the Rialto than the Savoy. Somewhat surprising figuring the former also accommodated a 25 piece orchestra and a “gigantic pipe organ”.

robboehm commented about Savoy Theatre on Mar 6, 2014 at 7:06 am

The Rialto opened on December 1, 1920. At a cost of a half million dollars it was hailed as: “one of the largest photoplay houses in New York bearing comparison with any other theatres on Broadway”. The opening film was “Something to Think About” with Gloria Swanson and Elliot Dexter. The house also boasted a twenty five piece orchestra and a gigantic pipe organ (mentioned in a much earlier comment on CT). There was a special exhibition agreement with Famous Players-Lasky and Paramount.

Although other references to this theatre show it as being built by Al Schwartz after the success of his Rialto in Brooklyn, it was purported to be a local project using a local architect and financing. It was to be operated by the Long Island Motion Picture Company, two of whose officers were the Alterman Brothers who are listed as the new owners when the theatre reopened as the Savoy in 1929.


robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Mar 5, 2014 at 7:24 pm

The Queens went porno after it was closed by Century. The Plaza in Corona also continured for a time as Spanish language.

robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Mar 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

You’re right, Meadows was NY Life. Lynbrook was one of the Calderone theaters that was leased out. Century had the Valley Stream and the Lynbrook. All the rest were Skouras, subsequently UA. I always figured Century didn’t own the Argo. When the whole building went up there was an announcement that the Elmont Theater would be coming. When Century did a project they always had “a new link in the chain of Century Theaters” signage. And it did operate after Century let it drop. I believe the ad said “Goodman’s” or something similar.

I’ll check out the wikipedia site after I finish this.

robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Mar 5, 2014 at 10:32 am

I’ve heard about that clause. Yet, if what you say is true, when the Community was closed and twinned I don’t remember it still being Century.

But the reality is the way the motion picture business went of all the Century owned or leased theaters the only ones still operating are the Meadows, Roosevelt Field, Franklin, Fantasy and Lynbrook. I’m not including the Shore because that’s a rebuild. As far as commenting, I never complained to Prudential and mentioned it on CT when I first learned about it in 2009.

Love to know the whole Century history, all the theaters that passed through their management and what ever happened to those comedy and tragedy masks that were part of the decor in the Glen Oaks and a couple of others theaters. I think they were also in the Argo.

robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Mar 5, 2014 at 7:02 am

I made my comment on the projectionist at the Hollis Theater (on the Glen Oaks site) because there was a discussion about projectionists. I actually lived in Bellerose (Nassau) so also did neighboring theaters. Projectionist at the Bellerose was an artist. The film I was attempting to see at Hollis was Tunnel of Love with Doris Day and Richard Widmark.

robboehm commented about The most interesting parking lot ever on Mar 4, 2014 at 5:36 pm

I think that’s even more sad than the ones which are in tatters.

robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Mar 4, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Tevhmsn I have no idea what you’re talking about. I never said or inferred the Hollis was in a shopping center. My comment had to do with a lousy projectionist at that site, which was on Jamaica Avenue.

robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Mar 4, 2014 at 11:13 am

Hollis Theater in Hollis, NY on CT. For whatever reason the picture used above is the back of the theater. As I said it was an add on to the shopping center.

robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:57 am

See my comments on the Hollis site about the totally incompetent projectionist: didn’t make one transition and was swearing so loud you could hear him in the theater. The usher said, “I don’t understand it; he’s union”. Yes, I said usher.

robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:46 am

Too often the pictures I want to see don’t play within a 25 mile area. Theaters are too into the “blockbuster”. Else, they’re only around for a week. Took an act of God to find Her and Philomena. Never got to Dallas Buyers Club, the one about saving art from the Germans and several others.

robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Mar 2, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Glen Oaks shopping center opened in 1951. The Glen Oaks was an add on sometime later.

Somewhere in the comments a contributor wondered about the age of Century founder A. H. Schwartz. I saw an obit for him in 1938. The quality of the microfilm was poor but I think his age was only in the late 50s.

robboehm commented about Parkville Theatre on Mar 1, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Purely by chance I came upon a notice in the August 11, 1919 Brooklyn Eagle that the Beverly Amusement Corporation was building the 1,600 seat Parkville Theater at the intersection of Gravesend and Church and that there would be stores on the Church Av side. It was going to be outfitted with an organ costing approximately $ 20,000. Obviously not the same Parkville. Was a theater built on that site? Did one replace the other? Was the theater mentioned in the piece opened under another name?

robboehm commented about Lily Theatre on Mar 1, 2014 at 10:36 am

After posting the above reference to the million dollar purchase I came upon another article indicating the Floral had been built at a cost of $ 100,000. The Floral had stage and film capabilities and a balcony. The other theaters in the purchase were strictly for motion pictures, did not have balconies and had smaller seating capacities. So the one million tab for the four seems inflated. Or, perhaps, one or both articles were incorrect.

robboehm commented about Savoy Theatre on Mar 1, 2014 at 10:30 am

The former Rialto opened as the Savoy on December 28, 1929 under the ownership of local businessmen, the Alterman Brothers. In addition to a complete renovation there was the installation of a Western Electric sound system.

The Savoy became the first theatre in Queens to serve as a first run house for Warner Brothers films.

robboehm commented about Radio City Music Hall on Mar 1, 2014 at 8:32 am

In this Oscar season I’ve uploaded a photo of an ad from February 18, 1948 for “A Double Life”. Ronald Coleman won best actor 1947 a month later qualifying because the film played a limited engagement in LA the previous December.

robboehm commented about AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7 on Mar 1, 2014 at 8:27 am

If you ever get to eastern Long Island try to attend a performance or a film at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (Westhampton Theater). It’s not huge but it’s intact and a jewel box. Sag Harbor has a nice interior too (see photos on CT).

robboehm commented about Century's Floral Theatre on Feb 28, 2014 at 2:18 pm

In a real estate piece in the April 24, 1927 Brooklyn Eagle there was a discussion about the development of Floral Park. It was anticipated that 300 new homes would be built within the year. It was also noted that the Floral, which actually read Floral Park on the front of the marquee, had just opened the prior Monday, April 18th, and had been built at a cost of $100,000.

robboehm commented about Lily Theatre on Feb 28, 2014 at 7:31 am

According to a reference in the September 22, 1928 Brooklyn Eagle the Lily was acquired, along with the Park (New Hyde Park), Floral(also Floral Park) and Bellerose theaters, for $1,000,000 by a new corporation. Century?

robboehm commented about Washington Street Theater on Feb 25, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Will Dunkin – An informed source tells me the reference is actually to the Washington Theatre in uptown Manhattan.

robboehm commented about Malboe Theatre on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm

To mauriceski long after the fact, when I came onboard CT there was a lot of confusion of the manner in which Queens theaters were listed. To that end I contacted the powers that be and made sure only community names appeared and that the word “Queens” was only acceptable for Queens Village.

robboehm commented about Jamaica Theatre on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I never remember the Jamaica ever being open. When I was a teenager I would sometimes take the bus to Jamaica to go shopping. I would pass this empty hulk on my way to Montgomery Wards. In all those years I never saw any sign of vandalism. We live in a different time.