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robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Feb 22, 2011 at 5:52 am

With respect to the restricted use clause, a number of the Century’s operated under the Springer name before they closed. These properties were leased by Century or built by Century without the clause?

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robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Feb 21, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I always thought all the companies owned their own theatres. Thanks to this site I’ve found out that there was a lot of leasing. The Prospect, for example, was built by Century and leased to Loews. Then they got it back. The Merrick was leased to Skouras. On the other hand, Century leased the Lynbrook. In reality, though, the property restriction didn’t mean much since most of the former Century, and everybody elses theatres are gone. A big problem for many, to be of any use in the current day, was the absence of parking. I lived around the corner from the Bellerose and I would think that the majority of the business was walk in. However, on occasion, 245th Street was packed with cars for some very popular film.

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robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Feb 21, 2011 at 7:50 am

tkm, the site doesn’t have a seating capacity for this theatre. As a manager’s daughter would you know that?

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robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Feb 21, 2011 at 7:42 am

As one of the later, and smaller theatres, there was no doorman. You entered at the cashiers booth through a turnstile. The comedy/tragedy mask concept was used in a number of the smaller, later Century Theatres, the Whitman for example. Century was going to build another theatre in the Bellerose area on the north side of Hillside Avenue near Martin Van Buren High School before the movie business slid. Would you have any info on that tkm, being an insider?

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robboehm commented about Prospect Theatre on Feb 21, 2011 at 7:35 am

I’m old enough to remember the campaign of the fifties to “Help Kill the Movie Ticket Tax”. In your various posting, tkm, you mentioned that your dad was at a number of Century houses of different sizes. Was the pay the same or depended upon the house?

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robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Feb 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Appliance store was Eldee

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robboehm commented about Park East Theater on Feb 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I asked about the Park at it’s there. Enter New Hyde Park as the city and four theatres come up : Alan, Herricks, Park East and Park.

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robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Feb 20, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Yes. CT shows the seating capacity as 800. I was in it and I can’t see that as being possible. Several hundred less I would think. Funny thing about the Park, it used to have a little dinky marquee, which was appropriate for a little dinky theatre. Then when they renovated the interior they affixed this humongous marquee which looked so out of place.

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robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Feb 20, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Speaking of the Park Theatre I think the seating capacity on CT is way out of line. Would tkm have any knowledge of that?

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robboehm commented about Jerry Lewis Cinema on Feb 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Not all Jerry Lewis Long Island Theatres were twins: the exceptions being Ronkonkoma (laterly the Lakeside Cinema) and Center Moriches (Center Cinema). It seems to me the RKO Twins also had auditoriums with different color schemes.

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robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Feb 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

The theatre in Port Washington was originally known as the Beacon. It’s now been chopped up into little pieces, is called the Port Washington and is run by Clearview. There are a lot of old pictures when you look it up on CT.

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robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Feb 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Do you have any Century memoriabilia? They used to print a guide which was sent to your home. Who would have thought all these years later these items which I threw away would be treasures? Also, do you have any “in the day” pictures of the Glen Oaks or other theatres. There is only a current usage photo of the GO on CT.

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robboehm commented about Laurelton Theatre on Feb 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Yes, Chris, this is unique. Sometime back when I was trying to find a theatre in Queens and looked for it by the community name I couldn’t find it. I then discovered many of the Queens theatres were listed as Queens and not by the town names. Some had the town and Queens which made the lookup difficult. I contacted the CT people and had all those corrected. The only one right now which is incorrect is the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria which was recently added including “Queens”. I notified CT but when last I checked they hadn’t done the update.

Staten Island also has community names. I guess I should check out CT references to Staten Island for correction.

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robboehm commented about Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre on Feb 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm

If you’re ever in Toronto, make sure you take the free tour.

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robboehm commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Jan 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm

When they were showing movies, the Laffmovie, that I,as a Long Islander, ever visited. I was in the Apollo when it was first reclaimed as legit using the 43rd Street entrance and saw On Golden Pond. Also was in the Ford Center (Lyric and Apollo), now Foxwoods, for Ragtime and recently American Airlines (Selwyn). Anxiously awaiting to see what happens with the Times Square, still empty and, virtually, hidden.

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robboehm commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Jan 30, 2011 at 10:21 am

Even without the Bryant and Pix, which were between Bway and 6th, I think the 10 theatres between 7th and 8th would have probably still constituted the world’s largest movie street.

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robboehm commented about Vernon Plaza Theatre on Jan 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm

The theatre is shown in a national pharmaceutical commercial set in Vernon, TX along with other parts of town.

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robboehm commented about Majestic Theater on Jan 28, 2011 at 7:06 pm

I see the theatre is listed as the Vernon Plaza despite the fact that the marquee just says Plaza.

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robboehm commented about Queens Theatre on Jan 19, 2011 at 8:25 am

Not I, being a Nassau County person, but did do a number of weddings at Antuns.

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robboehm commented about Queens Theatre on Jan 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm

How Biblical, all the people in the fiery furnace (aka former theatre) a la Shadrack, Mishak and Abendigo.

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robboehm commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Tinseltoes – Checked and confirmed that there were presentations call “Dancing Waters” at both the 1939-40 and 1964-65 NY World’s Fairs. The first is long before the 1953 debut at RCMH. I’m actually old enough to remember it!

It would be interesting if you could include admission prices when you present your RCMH anniversary facts. Probably couldn’t even get a candy bar today for what admission prices were then.

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robboehm commented about Avon 7 on Jan 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Thanks. I never would have found it in a million years.

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robboehm commented about Hollis Cinema on Jan 16, 2011 at 10:55 am

MarkieS, I just went back to the Island site to see if there was a photo, the links no longer exist, and found a posting from you dated June 18, 2009 in which you mentioned your mother, at age 81, referring to the Island as “the itch” and seeing Intermezzo there.

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robboehm commented about Queens Theatre on Jan 16, 2011 at 10:38 am

The balcony at the Queens went on forever. I remember one time walking up toward the screen and looking back and upward. My impression was that more than half of the seats in the theatre were in that vast balcony. Having said that, I can’t imagine why the church which is supposed to be moving into the place has removed the fire escapes. Their web site boasts that they have acquired this property which has thus and so many of seats (the bulk of which are in the balcony). So how can they operate the balcony without the fire escapes? Work seems to have come to a halt on this property. And, are they expecting all the people to come by public transportaion? There is a lot with the LIRR and a number of bus lines but parking on Jamaica Avenue and Springfield Boulevard is limited. Let’s face it, one of the reasons the Queens didn’t succeed as a concert venue was PARKING!!!!

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robboehm commented about Hollis Cinema on Jan 16, 2011 at 10:30 am

To the best of my knowledge there were only two theatres in Hollis. This one and the Island. The Island had a very old looking incandescent lit marquee. I attended one performance at the Hollis in the 1950s. I thought it was clean and attractive. My only negative was the projectionist on that day was totally incompetent. He never made smooth transitions between the reels and he could be heard cursing loudly when things didn’t go right. I remember the usherette, yes usherette, saying she didn’t understand his problem because he was union.