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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.

robboehm commented about Bellerose Theater on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm

To the projectionists out there. I always maintained that the Bellerose had the largest, if not one of the largest, Cinemascope screens on Long Island because it’s proscenium was almost the entire width of the building, which was a big box. Any feedback?

robboehm commented about RKO Alden Theatre on Feb 25, 2014 at 7:09 am

Ad from February 24, 1929 uploaded to photos. The, at that time, Shubert. Ad for nearby neighbor Valencia, too.

robboehm commented about Cinema reservation gone bad on Feb 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm

This is not a new concept. One of the adult theaters in New York did this once to discourage “interaction” between patrons. Think about it. It made it easier.

robboehm commented about Arverne Pier Theatre on Feb 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm

Cost was reported $50,000 which, presumably, included the pier itself.

Across the boardwalk was the Arverne Pier Danse [sic] which was subsequently renamed the Boardwalk. See CT listing for that.

An aside. Fox’s lease was for five years. Ironic.

robboehm commented about Roxy Theatre on Feb 21, 2014 at 7:01 am

See photo section for May 21, 1947 ad featuring a stage appearance by Jack Benny. Jack Benny and Bob Hope were then tied for favorite comedian in that, the heyday of radio. Film being shown was enough to discourage people from seeing it twice to stay for a second stage show.

robboehm commented about Boardwalk Theater on Feb 20, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Armed with my trusty magnifying glass I scanned the photo on Page 42 of the book. A sign on the facade and a vertical, in fact, do read Arverne Pier Danse. So they probably were directly across from each other.

robboehm commented about Boardwalk Theater on Feb 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

I would go for the Pier at Gaston because of the ad. Therefore, the reference to it being at Vernam in Old Rockaway, New York, in Early Photographs by Vincent Seyfried and William Asadorian would seem to be incorrect. They, however, say that Vernam became 67th whereas other sources say Gaston did.

They also maintain that the Boardwalk was directly across from the Arverne Pier and was known as the Arverne Pier Danse Movie Palace.

Oy vey.