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Bway commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Dec 28, 2011 at 6:52 am

Yes, MORE photos, these are GREAT!! Peter, you are missed, it’s been a while!

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Bway commented about Joy Theater on Nov 22, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Sounds wonderful! So happy the Joy has a happy ending…or actually, a great new beginning!

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Bway commented about Bay Shore Theatre on Nov 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm

This place was amazing.

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Bway commented about Granada Theater on Nov 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

That is correct. It was approximately where the courthouse is now. I believe it was next to the last older building to the east is, so partly where grassy area is, and the east extension.

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Bway commented about Best Buy Theater on Nov 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Yes, I believe that is because the UA Twin is no longer in operation, so the best known name is used. If however the Rivoli was currently open, it would be titled the UA Twin.

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Bway commented about Best Buy Theater on Nov 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

By the way, the search feature on the site searches current AND former names. If you search “Astor Plaza” for this theater in the search box above….one theater comes up. The Best Buy Theater. So if you are searching theaters by their “most famous name”, even if the name is now some other name, the theater will come up in search.

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Bway commented about Best Buy Theater on Nov 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Ed, in reference to “using the most recent name” is a decision that was made for consistency. Many theaters had several names, and sometimes it’s latest name is it’s most popular. Sometimes, it’s old name was the most popular, sometimes some name it had in the middle. For consistency’s sake, they chose to title theaters by their most recent name. For every theater that may have suffered by having it’s “most recent name” as the current heading name, there are others that benefited from it. It makes sense for consistency, and otherwise subjective things would have to be used to title a theater.

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Bway commented about Bay Shore Theatre on Nov 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm

WOW! Amazing photos! I can’t imagine that that lobby photo was taken after the theater was closed. They destroyed it I assume. Does the YMCA use the old building shell, or was it razed?

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Bway commented about Gramercy Theater on Nov 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Fantasia played for many weeks there. I remember it on the marquee when i used to go under it every day around 1990 and 1991.

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Bway commented about RKO Hamilton Theatre on Nov 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Wow, great spread of photos and article!

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Bway commented about Plaza Theatre on Nov 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I don’t know how the Granada met it’s end, but the Unique, aka The Rialto burned to the ground in the 1970’s and was not used as retail afterwards, the fire was a complete loss.

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Bway commented about Chopin Theatre on Oct 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

I guess I am “trained” now on how theaters operate, but I do understand what you are saying. When I was a kid, we would just go to the movie theater and just spend all day there. Gone are the days of going to a beautiful movie Palace like the Madison, Ridgewood, Oasis, Elmwood, or fill in a blank…. Kids today will never know the feeling of walking into a large building like that chosing between the balcony or downstairs, and coming into the dark building with the credits from the showing before going….

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Bway commented about Chopin Theatre on Oct 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I wonder if that really was a foolish practice, and I wonder why more theaters didn’t do it. While I can totally understand some of the negatives (large 2 hour+ gap between showing times for a movie – meaning that if you couldn’t make the 7:00 showing the next one would be before 11:00, and that’s if the movies shown are under 2 hours). Some of the positives would be that they could in essence make the theater a “twin” without having two screens. If people didn’t care for one of the movies showing, perhaps they would like the other, meaning that week you wouldn’t lose that patron.

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Bway commented about CM Performing Arts Center on Oct 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

I am sure you are right. I wrote the blurb for the top of the page when I added this theater. I remember as a teenager “cruising” through that parking lot with friends and know I did it in around 1986 1987, but thought we did it a little later too, and didn’t realize the theater closed by 1987. The whole shopping center fell into complete disrepair by the late 80’s (perhaps when the theater closed). What is now Wendy’s was an abandoned KFC for years. They even tore the whole east end of the shopping center down (to the right of where the supermarket is now), they center went all the way to the end of the parking lot there. It started improving after they tore that down and gave the whole place a facelift.

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Bway commented about Haven Theatre on Oct 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Here’s a photo of the Haven from the net:

http://viewoftheblue.com/photography/woodhaven/nyc4.jpg

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Bway commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Paradise, the Federal Aviation Administration has nothing to do with the city….the plan WAS approved by the city if I am not mistaken. Why should the city have to pay for something they have nothing to do with?

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Bway commented about Commack Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 26, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Hahaha, I don’t remember that, but at least I’m consistent!

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Bway commented about Commack Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 26, 2011 at 3:19 pm

Thanks for the link to the article. Ironic that the Commack Cinemas closed after being sold to “Lowe’s”…. Now if this had been a Loews theater, imagine the play on spellings and words that could have been….

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Bway commented about Commack Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 26, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Wow, you know you are getting older when things you remember brand new and opening up 20 or 30 years ago are now closing…..

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Bway commented about Sunwave Twin Theater on Sep 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Yes, that is a theater that really closed before it’s time, the Brookhaven Multiplex was not even 20 years old, and wasn’t in bad shape. I remember going there as a teenager, and the place was mobbed on a Friday night with lines of people waiting to get into the theaters….

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Bway commented about Sunwave Twin Theater on Sep 22, 2011 at 6:12 pm

The Multiplex must have been right on the verge of opening. By the way, the old Drive in at the Multiplex site also had an “indoor” theater for when weather was bad. That old indoor theater was incorporated into the new multiplex built around it and was the 13th theater in the multiplex.

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Bway commented about Plaza Theatre on Sep 21, 2011 at 5:03 am

We also exited from the side door of the Plaza when I saw my last movie there. It was the left theater if facing front, and used the side door to the alley by the cleaners/Dunkin Donuts side.

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Bway commented about Sunwave Twin Theater on Sep 21, 2011 at 4:58 am

That’s right around the time the Patchogue Multiplex opened at the old Patchogue Drive in site. The Patchogue Multiplex closed the old Patchogue Theater (now the performing arts theater on Main St), the SunWave, and the Plaza in one swoop.

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Bway commented about Williamsburg Theatre on Sep 20, 2011 at 6:27 pm

The Broadway Theater (Lowes Broadway) also had a shortened name on the marquee…. “Bway”….

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Bway commented about Plaza Theatre on Sep 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Hopefully it will hang on your new building one day. Or at least one that looks like it…with the original on display in your lobby or something…. One day.