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Most Americans had never heard of AIDS until Rock Hudson died in 1985. It was the first time Ronald Reagan even said the word in public. The King closed in 1986. Straight sex clubs were still in full operation years later since it was still considered the “gay disease”.
The Normandy, like the Surf, were not opened by Wometco.
I don’t think RKO ever operated theatres in Florida.
Thanks for this!
aeterna, who was Weingarten?
I can’t find any sign that this was ever a twin although it did run two features per night with separate admissions in the early nineties. In 1994 it ran Bollywood features under the name Bombay Cinema while still showing an earlier showtime of a mainstream film under the name Hollywood Cinema.
There is a Snapple Theater down the block
sixstringrob, the 1924 Hollywood Cinema was located at 1921 Hollywood Boulevard and closed in 1933 before this one opened.
Before yelp, you never knew, now did you? So many legit businesses have been killed that way by their competitors. I have no dog in the AMC battle. I actually quite dislike AMC, as I once worked for that horrible company. But this story is probably fake and that theatre is just fine. I have recently attended and it is well run.
I worked in the movie theatre business for 34 years. We often closed theatres for bed bug extermination. Here is the rub. It was always someone who didn’t like the movie, didn’t get a free pass, and then went and complained to the press. I have never seen a bed bug, but I have seen many con-artists. There are no bugs. There are no exterminators. It’s all just part of the BS business of the show. Enjoy the movie.
There were two in 1943, Robboehm.
Thank you. What a shame.
What about the lobby?
Nice article on the two Fendelman Grove cinemas here.
According to a NY Times July 17, 1970 ad, they ran a different sneak preview of another film each night at all theatres playing “PAINT YOUR WAGON” for the third weekend, apparently to help jolt attendance. In this case it appears they ran “NORWOOD”(Friday),“KELLY’S HEROES” (Saturday) and “THE MOLLY MAGUIRES” (Sunday).
That run of “PAINT YOUR WAGON” would have been in July, 1970 when it went to popular prices.
The rejected expansion rear exterior design can be seen here.
That’s the New Amsterdam, of course.
Theatre fan, it would been the largest screen, whichever that was. It failed certification due to HVAC noise, but later Lucasfilm advertised uncertified theatres in the trade papers. Cineplex Odeon noticed and started to do the same. It was all just one big con job on movie-goers.
Managers (and ushers) throughout the country are taught how to change Xenon Bulbs, though not often in New York City. When I worked NYC theatres in the eighties with mostly lazy old union projectionists, we had some of the worst sloppiest, presentations in the country, a fact often mentioned in scathing newspaper articles and movie reviews.
The Ziegfeld is owned by a conglomerate descendant of Kinney Parking that is tied to Time Warner and a myriad of mobsters.
Cablevision owns the theatre lease, not the building.
Great photo! Thanks David & LIFE.
Not sure what you are trying to say, Tony West. You may want to re-write that comment with some grammar. This theatre is now a speciality film first-run house.
GPACRAMP, I stand corrected. This theatre was indeed always on the Bronx side of Marble Hill.