Comments from Astyanax

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Astyanax commented about New Delancey Theater on Sep 24, 2010 at 8:25 am

Thanks Tinseltoes for the vintage photos. I hadn’t realized that the original marquee was so extravagent and included the blade sign, and that that portion of DElancey St., south of Allen was so vibrant with activity. In my memory I only saw the non-descript stainess steel-yellow backdrop box.

As for any confusion with the Winston, that theatre was on Clinton St, and is listed in CT by its original name, the Palestine. The narrow lobby of this house had a large “W” set in to the inlay flooring.

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Astyanax commented about Baronet Theatre on Sep 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm

A real pity that this gem should meet such an end. Did Walter Reade rename Manhattan’s Baronet in homage to its Asbury Park sister movie house?

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Astyanax commented about Rainbow Theatre on Sep 19, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I recall the pizza joint across the street from the Rainbow, but the site that I was referring to was across the street from the park on Graham & Scholes and probably predated the JASA senior center.

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Astyanax commented about Rainbow Theatre on Sep 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Going back to the late 50’s does anyone recall a pizza parlor on the NW corner of Graham Ave/Scholes St? It was in a double storefront in the Maujer Street Housing Development. Great place to grab a pie after a movie at the Rainbow. If childhood memory serves, it ranks with the best of DiFara’s.

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Astyanax commented about Tompkins Theatre on Sep 7, 2010 at 8:33 am

According to Ken’s photo,m the frontage seems fairly large for a neighborhood house located on a residential street. Tompkins Ave. at the corner, is a larger thoroughfare but not a major artery.

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Astyanax commented about Plaza Theatre on Sep 6, 2010 at 8:37 am

Thanks Al for the reference to the American Musical schedule in 1974. Going through the pages of that VV edition, the head spins at the humber of summer film festivals, including the Carnegie Hall Cineam & Cinema Studio. In addition to the art house fare, you could catch a double feature of Bananas & Sleeper for a buck. So much for technological progress with Netflicks & On Demand.

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Astyanax commented about Art Greenwich Twin on Sep 6, 2010 at 8:13 am

Saw one of the Pink Panther movies here in the summer of 1975. It had a great GV ambiance, better than the tacky commercialism of 8th Street although the Art & the 8th St. Playhouse were constant haunts. Can’t imagine what it was like to have had the Loews Sheridan across the street.

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Astyanax commented about Symphony Space/Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre on Sep 5, 2010 at 11:55 pm

In the mid 60’s you didn’t have to leave a six block stretch of B'way to feast on the schedules of both the New Yorker & the Thalia. There was little need to go beyond the neighborhood.

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Astyanax commented about Symphony Space/Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre on Sep 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Snagging a copy of the Thalia’s schedule in the 1960’s was a rite of summer. One could spend hours poring over the incredible scheduling of classic double features. Mind boggling that this could be done before the advent of the PC. In addition, acquiring the film rentals must have been a mammoth task in itself. Although I’m a packrat, it’s unlikely that any of these schedules survived in my packing boxes nearly 50 years later.

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Astyanax commented about Loew's Canal Theatre on Sep 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Thanks B'way for the picture series on the Second Ave. El. It’s clear that the El trains throughout the borough defined the physical grid of Manhattan, and how urban renewal was a factor of taking down the el lines and redesigning blocks and neighborhoods.

Also blows me away that in 1939 World’s Fair goers could reach Flushing Meadow on the 2nd Ave. El.

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Astyanax commented about Directors Guild of America Theater on Sep 1, 2010 at 11:11 pm

The premiere attraction for the 1952 opening was Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, a film that has been drawing a lot of attention lately.

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Astyanax commented about St. George Playhouse on Jul 30, 2010 at 2:33 pm

The photo shows what a jewel box the Playhouse was. As much as I’ve enjoyed the Brooklyn Heights twin across the street, it has all the charm of a auto mechanic’s garage.

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Astyanax commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Terrific view of what appears to have been the original marquee; quite elegant. Also liked the summer straw hats!

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Astyanax commented about Kenmore Theatre on Jul 27, 2010 at 4:08 pm

I happened to walk by the Kenmore site a couple of weeks ago. The temperature was soaring and I missed walking past a theater lobby and getting a blast of cold air. What a pity that the Flatbush movie palaces are all shuttered, although there is slim hope for the Loews Kings. The urban turmoil of the ‘70’s was a major contributor to the demise of these theaters and although it is easy to blame population shifts and major crime, we also have to consider the lack of product. Apart from the occasional Star Wars / Lady Sings the Blues / French Connection / James Bond movies, Hollywood (and the breakdown of the studio system) could not come up with enough product to consistently sustain these venues. The blax-sploitation flicks and the kung fu movies were sure to attract the very element that would want to act-out the violence and the mayhem represented on screen. With the increased availability and affordability of air conditioning and color TV, why go out. All in all, I could have dashed into Models for a quick respite from the blistering heat.

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Astyanax commented about Rogers Theater on Jul 12, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I didn’t realize that there was an el running on Rogers Av. until I saw Walter H’s post from two years ago. Anyone have other info on this?

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Astyanax commented about Alhambra Theatre on Jul 10, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Curious how one social service program is pitted against another if indeed the Alhambra is suppose to give way to affordable housing. City contracts have paid for upgrades to the site to accomodate the day care center and keep it in code compliance. This investment would be lost if the program closes. Is there no other site in Bushwick where the housing program can be realized? Even in its current use, the theatre building is still serving the community.

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Astyanax commented about Alhambra Theatre on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Grand Street Settlement held a rally on the steps of City Hall a few days ago protesting the closure of the day care center despite the critical need in the community. Both the landlord and city negotiators appear to be deadlocked.

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Astyanax commented about Republic Theatre on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I’ve only watched Citizen Kane on the small screen. Having been to the Republic, I can imagine the even greater impact of seeing that film in such a grand setting.

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Astyanax commented about Rogers Theatre on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Good insights from John D. Sub-sub run nabes had a smaller operating “nut” than the larger palaces so from an economic perspective, it was not unusual for the Rogers, like the nearby Grand & Graham survived the much grander Republic and the Alba.

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Astyanax commented about United Palace of Cultural Arts on Jul 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm

What a fitting tribute to such a spectacular setting. If only we could convince the church owners to upgrade the theater name. United Palace is such a clunker!

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Astyanax commented about Cinema 23 Fiveplex on Jun 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Sorry that this theater closed but I could only tolerate going there once. The closet-sized theaters and the overall tacky environment made other alternate locations worth an extra 10 minutes of travel time.

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Astyanax commented about UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 on Jun 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm

The UA Sheepshead Bay 14 is a place to see a movie, but not necessarily the place to enjoy the movie. The expansion and upgrade about 8 years ago only made matters worse. I share Gringe’s memories of the Century’s Brooklyn theaters with the exception of the Kings Plaza hodge-podge.

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Astyanax commented about Normandie Theatre on Jun 19, 2010 at 4:10 pm

The opening day ad had incredible snob appeal. Nonetheless I regret that this theater was not around long enough for my adult enjoyment. I pass Lever House with some frequency, and there is occasionally a tinge of resentment that this landmark replaced the original Normandie.

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Astyanax commented about Rainbow Theatre on Jun 18, 2010 at 10:20 pm

On the 50th Anniversary of the release of Psycho, I recall being spooked out of my wits by a childhood friend while seeing this movie at the packed Rainbow.

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Astyanax commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I saw Psycho in my local movie house with a middle school buddy who tapped me on the shoulder and shouted “BOO!” at a critical moment in the movie. Of course I jumped half-way out of my seat. Fellow moviegoers were either too engrossed or freaked-out to comment on the disturbance.