Coliseum Cinemas

4260-4261 Broadway,
New York, NY 10033

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RobertR
RobertR on November 29, 2004 at 10:54 am

Had they kept the orchestra they could have made this a real multi-plex.

YMike
YMike on November 29, 2004 at 10:49 am

It was possible to do this because there was always a seperate entrance for the balcony on 181st. At one time there was a small hole in the floor of one of the balcony theatres and you could see the store below it.

RobertR
RobertR on November 29, 2004 at 9:20 am

The only theatre I was ever in where the orchestra no longer existed was a dollor house in Scranton Pa. I dont recall the name or if it still exists. It may have been called The Strand.

YMike
YMike on November 29, 2004 at 8:48 am

When this theatre was first twinned. The Orchestra and Balcony were seperate theaters. When the Orchestra was closed and turned into retail space the bacony was twinned and later made into a quad.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 24, 2004 at 6:15 pm

Until Garth came to town there were no major theater renovations in nyc theaters all chains were milking the public..This is when the nyc theater boom began!

br91975
br91975 on October 21, 2004 at 6:41 am

Even though I was never a big Cineplex Odeon ‘fan’ – charging for squirts of butter, offering the same major studio product at each of their venues… and the layouts of some of those C.O. houses (i.e., the First & 62nd), among other faults – I think Garth Drabinsky, for the most part, operated under the best of intentions… the best of intentions, though… well, we know how those sometimes go…

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 20, 2004 at 9:12 pm

I new Garth very well as he made me dm of manhattan south for Cineplex Odeon i never felt i could not talk to him honestly at any time.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on October 20, 2004 at 7:50 pm

When Cineplex took over and The Grand Pooh-bah came down from Toronto to tour the theatres that he thought he bought, they went here and he proclaimed that in the lobby he would install a cafe with carrot cake and coffee in fine china cups (similar to what eventually ended up in the Carnegie Hall Cinema). The RKO person who was conducting the tour said ‘You can’t use fine china cups here – in this theatre they steal the toilet seats off the toilets’. – the RKO person was advised not to tell The Grand Pooh-bah what he could or could not do…

Divinity
Divinity on October 20, 2004 at 7:19 pm

What is the lobby like here?

joemasher
joemasher on October 17, 2004 at 8:33 am

The theatre seats approximately 250 in each house. The screens are decent size, and the presentation is very good. All equipment and seats are new.

Hey—longislandmovies, Rose wants to know if you’re initals are M.C.??

br91975
br91975 on October 5, 2004 at 11:29 am

Just out of curiosity, what’s the approximate seating capacity for each of the Coliseum’s four auditoriums? What’s the size of the screens – tiny, decent, medium, etc.?

br91975
br91975 on October 5, 2004 at 11:28 am

It’s a flat marquee, Robert, about five years old, and on the front of the building, directly above the theatre entrance.

RobertR
RobertR on October 5, 2004 at 10:53 am

Is the marquee on the front or the side of the building?

jays
jays on October 5, 2004 at 9:05 am

It was a better twin than as a quad. they split the existing twin down the middle. which was already split when making the twin in the first place reducing patrons to seing a movie like they did in the mayfiar theatre downtown(a.ka Embasy 2-3-4) in the balcony theatres through a long tube that rises upward. I don’t know if any of the original remnants of the theatre remain in the other auditoriums I only went to auditorium 2 which is the right half of the old twins theatre 1 the old projection booth remain but was covered up with drapery on the side walls. one good thing they replaced the seats with a more comfortable plush seating. It looked like a patch up job on the ceiling. They also finally removed the big black illuminated sign that read R.K.O. Colisuem sign that hung on the 181st street side

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on October 3, 2004 at 6:52 am

How is this doing as a quad?

RobertR
RobertR on September 29, 2004 at 7:57 pm

The orchestra part of the theatre has been gone for eons. RKO and then Cineplex were only using the balcony.

br91975
br91975 on September 29, 2004 at 7:53 pm

Under Cineplex Odeon, the Coliseum was a twin. (I’m not sure if that encompassed the balcony being divided in half or an orchestra/balcony split.)

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 29, 2004 at 6:11 pm

It went from Century to almi century to RKO century warner to just RKO to CINEPLEX ODEON

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 29, 2004 at 6:07 pm

Joe show her this list and see if she remembers, my movie history centurys york mgr,rko commack twin mgr, warner twin ast mgr ,art mgr, national twin and new warner mgr both at the same time and then manhattan south dm Cineplex Odeon.We had many a joke and busted chops with each other and Ken N.

joemasher
joemasher on September 29, 2004 at 7:15 am

Yes, I work with her. I showed her your post yesterday, and she was wondering who you were…

joemasher
joemasher on September 29, 2004 at 5:17 am

Rose is boooking Clearview Cinemas now—she handles all of NJ, Westchester & Rockland Counties of NY, all of Long Island, CT, and PA.

RobertR
RobertR on September 28, 2004 at 6:22 am

they still book City Cinemas