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Bway commented about Wagner Theater on May 30, 2012 at 12:18 am

The tax photos are from the 1980’s, and there is a wealth of great photos there! Especially of Bushwick where things were at their worst. I wish they would publish the 1930’s tax photos too online.

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Bway commented about Oasis Theatre on May 30, 2012 at 12:17 am

I was afraid of that when I saw them building the new CVS on the site of the old Meyer Chevrolet. I guess the Oasis will begin yet another chapter, and I hope that doesn’t include total demolition, even if the building as been partly destroyed by fire, partly demolished, and so forth. We shall see.

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Bway commented about Walker Theater on Apr 30, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Is there any theater ornamentation left in the store?

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Bway commented about Parthenon Theatre on Apr 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

In all likeliness, the theater was built as new construction on the site of the old Trolley barn. When seeing the original facade of the building, it screams “theater”. There is an old photo that shows the right most upper corner of the building was smashed off, probably when the el was built, and to facilitate the curve for the trains. So I am going to assume the building was built just before the el was placed in front of it. The el used to end at Wyckoff station, and then go down a ramp to ride on the surface to Metropolitan Ave. The el used to not turn right onto Palmetto St like it does now, it went anothe50 or 100 feet further onto Myrtle, and then turnaround a building that used to be at the corner of Myrtle and Palmetto (where the large brick building is now, where Koletti’s used to be). It then came down a ramp around the Ridgewood Grove site, before street running on Palmetto to Onderdonk Ave where it turned down it’s own ROW as the el does. In any event, when the el was extended through Ridgewood in 1914, that’s when the sharper turn was made to go around Palmetto as it does now. It is also quite possible the corner was knocked off even at a later date when they added the catwalk for workers to walk along the track, which isn’t original to the el.

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Bway commented about Parthenon Theatre on Apr 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm

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 17, 2012 at 2:44 am

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 6:54 pm

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 6:24 pm

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 22, 2012 at 3:12 am

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 7:42 pm

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 10:48 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 3:07 pm

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 2:54 pm

WOnderful! I never thought I would see THAT again!

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Bway commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Dec 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm

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 23, 2011 at 2:32 am

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 23, 2011 at 2:29 am

This place was amazing.

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Bway commented about Granada Theater on Nov 23, 2011 at 2:28 am

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 11:28 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 16, 2011 at 3:36 am

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 16, 2011 at 3:33 am

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 15, 2011 at 2:48 am

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 15, 2011 at 2:45 am

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 8:13 pm

Wow, great spread of photos and article!

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Bway commented about Plaza Theatre on Nov 7, 2011 at 1:56 am

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 4:37 pm

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….