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Bway commented about Parthenon Theatre on Apr 16, 2012 at 4:33 am

Graffiti is not just a problem on ground level, the roof level has a severe problem with graffiti too, and it’s been up there for decades, people can see it with every M train that passes the building, it should be removed up there too.

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Bway commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Feb 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Well, I hope you are feeling better Peter. Good to hear from you.

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Bway commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Feb 13, 2012 at 10:54 am

Matt, thank you so much for posting those wonderful photos! Peter, where have you been!

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Bway commented about John W. Engeman Theater on Feb 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

The theater’s current name (if open) is the name that is used for the theater. That’s to be consistent on the site, and it’s the policy.

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Bway commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jan 21, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Personally, I like the way these photos are presented in the messages, they are very vivid, and striking.

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Bway commented about Rainbow Theatre on Jan 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

Hi John, I am keeping the same hope alive for the Ridgewood Theater too… “It’s not over till the fat lady sings”, so they say…. I was disappointed in the recent photos posted of the Ridgewood. In just 4 short years, the theater’s paint is really peeling inside, probably because the building is no longer heated in the winter, or Air Conditioned in the summer, so the extreme cold, heat and humidity have already taken it’s toll.

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Bway commented about AMC Empire 25 on Jan 10, 2012 at 2:48 am

And in the 70’s and 80’s it was a hellhole. Better what it is now, than what it was then. The refurbishment of Times Square didn’t destroy the “old” Times Square, the 70’s and 80’s destroyed the old Times Square.

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Bway commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Dec 28, 2011 at 7:07 am

These photos are amazing. These are teasers! Please post some more! By the way, I can’t believe how fast paint begins to peal. This was a functioning theater less than three years ago. But it also shows how much of the original theater is still all there waiting to be preserved behind the fake sheetrock walls! I guess because the building is left unheated it begins to make the paint peal.

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Bway commented about Joy Theater on Dec 28, 2011 at 6:54 am

WOnderful! I never thought I would see THAT again!

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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?