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robboehm commented about Granada Theater on Jun 27, 2010 at 1:30 pm

When you look at the theatre situation there are a lot of sections of the island that are no longer serviced. When I lived further west there were still art house venues in Huntington and Malverne. The other art houses disappeared a long time ago. I rely on the Westhampton Performing Arts Center and the Hampton Arts theatres for my independent experience. They are a lot closer to me than Patchogue. Sag Harbor often has an odd ball but that’s a haul. They were going to try something like that in Riverhead but that never came off. The Suffolk Theatre still sits there, more than 75% of the storefronts are empty as are the apartments over them. But there are several art groups, one of which I do portrait modeling for, and the Blues Festival which is a big draw. Vail-Levitt is still plugging along but is not a real force in the community. The towns have changed so much over the years and so have people. There is no sense of committment. Witness the diminishing sizes and graying of church choirs and all the community chorales and orchestras that have disappeared due to lack of membership and community support. You’re going to have a haul. Since WHB is flourishing maybe you should network with them.

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robboehm commented about Granada Theater on Jun 27, 2010 at 10:48 am

Possibilities- Hans and his wife confirmed that the only post theatre use of the space was as Two Guys (perhaps they were named Jack and Jerry). In Hans' books the Granada doesn’t get the attention of the Patchogue and the Rivoli. He does have clippings from the newspaper with additional details on it which I have quoted above. There is also a photo of the grand opening which I’ll have to scan and get somewhere where I can provide a link to CT.

Also in our last conversation he said his records show the marquee being removed in 1965 not 1967 as above. He also said the theatre closed in 1947 due to lack of business even though they tried to get a new audience by showing foreign films. His research is more general so there maybe more on that. I stop by the Patchogue Library one day and, hopefully, they have an index for data in the advance, rather than my going through the whole year 1947. When I was trying to get more info on the Center Cinema in Center Moriches I was fortunate that there was an index for the local paper. I would never have found the information otherwise since several years were involved. When I was trying to create the Rocky Point Cinema I had some first hand info pointing me to a time frame and then poured over microfiche just to get skeletal info. Without the pointer it would have been impossible.

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robboehm commented about Henry Miller's Theatre on Jun 27, 2010 at 10:33 am

And don’t forget the successful revival of Cabaret originated there when it was the Kit Kat Club. Then a piece of something from the levelling of the surrounding buildings crashed through the roof and the show transferred to Studio 54 (which began it’s life as the Gallo Opera House).

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robboehm commented about Henry Miller's Theatre on Jun 27, 2010 at 3:37 am

Hopefully it will do better under the Sondheim name. It’s career as the Miller was checkered. It’s ironic that one of it’s biggest hits in recent years was Urinetown when the theatre was due to be levelled.

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robboehm commented about Granada Theater on Jun 27, 2010 at 3:33 am

Lost Memory just disapeared from CT never to be heard from again.

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robboehm commented about Empire Theater on Jun 25, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Pardon me but something has got to be wrong here. All we have is the name of the theatre, the city and state. Yet three people’s names are given as having submitted this.

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robboehm commented about Seaford Cinemas 8 on Jun 24, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Re Ken’s 2009 posting the Bar Harbour Theatre opened in the Bar Harbour shopping center. It has it’s own blurb on CT.

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robboehm commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Now that this is cleared up maybe we should shift to the Granada site for any additional info on that theatre. I put one comment there today and am researching something else.

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robboehm commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Point of order Tinseltoes. After Alaska and Hawaii entered the union the total number of states is 50.

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robboehm commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I didn’t question them about the sloping floor and they didn’t volunteer anything. I did get a few more bits on the Granada which I put on that site. If you notice in the heading of the Granada it specifically mentions Two Guys.

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robboehm commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Georgy Girl – spoke to Hans and his wife and they only remember Two Guys. Any chance the Two Guys were Jackie and Jerry?

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robboehm commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 21, 2010 at 3:39 am

Love the clip NYer, never saw the movie.

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robboehm commented about Bay Shore Theatre on Jun 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm

I gather that posting is a no no because of space constraints. The preferred method is to load them onto your Flikr, or whatever account, and link them.

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robboehm commented about Granada Theater on Jun 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Possibilities – I checked my book it’s Hans Hemke. There are two copies of his two books in the Patchogue Library. One each in regular circulation and one each as reference in the LI Room. He has a listed phone number so you can also contact him directly.

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robboehm commented about Granada Theater on Jun 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Georgy Girl, Lost Memory has been lost to CT for some months. You’ll have to rely on my contact with Hans.

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robboehm commented about Granada Theater on Jun 15, 2010 at 10:26 am

Hans Lemke wrote two books on Patchogue. The above information came from photos of newspaper clippings he sent me which didn’t make it into the book. He is a single great resource on Patchogue. You should contact him.

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robboehm commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 14, 2010 at 3:21 am

Georgy Girl, Hans actually wrote two books. Neither addresses what happened to the Granada. In fact neither mentions the Granada. I was in touch with him and he gave me some photos of newspaper pieces on the theatre, including a photo. Next time I speak to him I’ll ask about Jack and Jerry’s.

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robboehm commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 12, 2010 at 4:47 am

I realize that the AID auto store was not a theatre. I said so. What I also said is that if any building looked like a theatre it was this one. I have no knowledge of the store Georgy Girl is talking about. We agreed that the auto store she was talking about had probably been the Granada Theatre because of the location and the sloping floor.

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robboehm commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 11, 2010 at 5:12 am

Don’t “do” Patchogue that often. Don’t know the CVS reference.

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robboehm commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 10, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Georgy Girl the Granada was on the south side of West Main. I think the auto store you’re referring to is just west of 112 on the north side of the street. From the exterior it looks like it had been a movie theatre. I have been assured that it was not.

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robboehm commented about Plaza Theatre on Jun 10, 2010 at 5:12 am

Georgy Girl there is nothing at the Multiplex site other than the pylon and a fence. What’s going on behind is an unknown. Is the building still there? Is something else being built?

Also my memories go back further to the Granada which, even when I was a child was closed. See CT for details. The court complex is on or about that site.

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robboehm commented about Farragut Theatre on May 31, 2010 at 5:13 am

Odd that a company which, until many years later, was exclusively Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island should purchase Manhattan office space.

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robboehm commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on May 30, 2010 at 9:22 am

Although the Century affiliation is alluded to in conjunction with RKO, it should be pointed out that Century originated this house; one of two ventures off Long Island, including the Richmond on Staten Island. I also saw an add for a Century’s Dayton (Ohio) but don’t know if was part of the East Coast Century chain or the West Coast one.

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robboehm commented about Farragut Theatre on May 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

When Century issued it’s movie Guides, the Farragut Theatre Building was listed as the point of origin. I seem to recall the editor as A.A. Hovell. There were the Brooklyn, Northern Queens and Eastern Queens-Long Island editions. Were Century headquarter also in this building? In later years they were headquartered in the Community Theatre Building and then, subsequently, in their own, free standing building on Verbena Avenue in Floral Park.

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robboehm commented about Radio City Music Hall on May 30, 2010 at 9:07 am

And don’t forget live shows such as Gotta Get Away. I remember a Broadway stage actress, I think her name was Allison Reed, being onstage alone, picture that, doing these little ballet grande jete leaps, for some reason or other. They also used the screen for some travel footage.