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If the new owners just bought the theater in 2002 and turned around and offered to sell it for 3 million, it appears that their intention all along was to just sell the property at a profit and not renovate the theater or build anything to replace it. Sounds very similar to the Keith’s in Flushing.
posted by Lost Memory on Jul 14, 2005 at 10:12am
I Agree with you 100%…the real estate market in the Greenpoint-Williamsburgh area has went through the roof…realistically 3million
although extremely high is about what a parcel of land would run…
once demolished builders can build a 10 or 20 apartment complex chock-full of yuppies paying upwards of $2000 just for the privilege of living a block away from the J Train( one stop to Delancey Street -Lower East Side-hipster central)
And who suffers in the end, film goers like ourselves who dont really have a neighborhood theatre to call our own..Closest theatre for Greenpoint/Williamsburgh folk is the Kaufmann 14 in Astoria or the Center in Sunnyside..thats it.
Happy New Year to all my co-contributors on CinemaTreasures. org,
The Chopin had a bingo hall above it.
You used to have to go up a long flight of stairs…and when you got up there there were shopping carts for whatever strange reason…
me and my friends used to play a game …“outrun the shopping cart
rolling down the stairs”…once you cleared the forst landing you were home free, but if your cart tipped over onto its side, it would cease to roll…basic Greenpoint Physics 101.
I am in the process of drawing a map of the theatres layout, i remember it as if it were yesterday as opposed to some 20 years ago since it closed.
I known exactly where the Hollywood Twin was. They were located on
Eighth Avenue in the mid to late forties.I believe the bulding is used by some tour bus company.
Hollywood Twin is listed here:
I am off to Amazon to get this “Sleazeoid Express” book.
Thank you EdSolero,
My thought processes warranted me to actually rationalize that a question would fall into the auspices of Help Wanted. As I did want help getting a particular question answered.Once again the CT forum, came through flying colors.
I was in the Harem in 1994 and almost had a very bad experience in the downstairs mens room, luckily i ran out in time.
I remember actually passing by the Harem years after (cautiously as you could imagine)-Therefore I am going to give you a demolition estimate of between 1998 and 2000.
Feliz anos nuevas
WWW.MIDDLETOWNCINEMAS.COM is your correct link.
Yes it was a query on my part,In your oppinion what would be a better method for getting my query (or questions) answered here.
ChrisB and Hoppy would you send me your shots also..
Academically speaking, the arrival of vcr’s and videotapes on the adult scene lit the proverbial fuse of destruction for the porno houses. This advent meant that you didnt have to throw your raincoat on for a night at the sticky cinema. I was 19 when I went to my first and only porno house,The Harem on 42nd Street in NYC (possibly now BB Kings).It wasn’t a 16mm or 35mm projection-they had a video projector, which sort of goes with that conversation in Boogie Nights with Jack Horner, Floyd Gondola and The Colnel about how the future of porn was video.
Lets not forget about the delicious Yonah Schimmel Knishes next door, My favorites are the Red Cabbge ,Cabbbage, Sweet Potato and Regular… I remember the Sunshine when it was a wharehouse, often I would pass by the Sunshine on the way to Yonah Schimmels on Chrystie and Houston Street..I’d see the door open up and would glance in. In fact I bought fireworks in there in 1995 (as a wharehouse ofcourse)…its great to see a movie over there.
The link is actually fascinating, I had no idea how ornate this former theater really was, the site itself has some amazing images.
your hyperlink of 8/24/04 was incorrect…
you had one to many .asp (Active Server Pages)extensions.
Heres the correct address:
When I was a little fellow, my uncle used to rent a beach house with his friends in Bradley Beach, I think we even seen a show here in the 1980’s. Is Nardi’s Italian Restaurant still around?
Its great to see a movie theatre lasting this long-so many theatres-I have been to in my 31 years have ceased.. (UA Astoria, Boulevard, Chopin Theatre, Commodore Theatre..etc)
According to RobertR’s Jan'68 “Carmen,Baby” article,The Sunnyside Center (then called Rugoff’s Center) was showing porn? Can anyone tell me what kind of porno was “Carmen,Baby”– was it softcore, hardcore, bondage, fetish…I am amazed that porn was showing up the block from the Sunnyside Jewish Center.
who wants to go bowling with me.
I am dead serious here.
I am compelled to check this place out.
I fall asleep in the movies all the time, atleast this time they have a mattress for me.
I am amazed at knowing that a movie theatre is entombed inside a hotel.
Any idea what kind of movies would be shown there, I am kind of curious if any propoganda films might enter into the scheme of things in that neck of the woods.
Thankyou for the update though.
Vlad (a/k/a Greenpoint)
Hi I passed by the theatre on October 6th and was surprised to see it closed.
I was so in disbelief that I decided to snap a few pics with my
camera phone and here they are.
The site is still barebones, nothing on there but these 2 pics.
Hopefully I’ll be getting over to that neck of the woods to snap some more pics ASAP.
I made a mental note to myself to always carry my digital in case i happen to spot other note-worthy items.
History is amazing.
I had no idea that there was ever a movie theatre at this stripmall.
I briefly hung out in Canarsie from about 1992-1995.I would be in that stripmall for knishes at “KingDavids” (now a laundromat).
Does anyone know if the Russian Banquet Hall that turned into the Rite-Aid drug store- which is in the western corner of the stripmall was the theatre?
Sadly I was only able to experience the Apollo Theatre as its final incarnation of The Academy and fortunate enough to even make it into the backstage area and into a few of the afterparties…it was a great place to see shows.
In order to get into the venue, you would enter through the 239 West 43rd Side. ..in reality that must have been the emergency exit for this venue during its earlier days.
The main West 42nd Street entrance and lobby became the makeshift storage area for roadcases (boxes that would transport the equipment)
and whatever else needed to be stored away from the eyes of the concert-goers…garbage dumpsters etc.
The bathrooms were reached by descending down a flight of stairs into the basement. They were poorly kept (well atleast the mens room was).Grafitti and urine were prevalent everywhere.
Next to the bathroom stairs was the merchandise stand…I picked up some
nice stuff here (that doesnt fit anymore- as alot happens in 10 years)
The stage that acts used was a temporary stage- it wasn’t an original stage. The stage was made of plywood platforms, which were painted black and set upon construction grade steel scaffolding.They hung a black tarp along the bottom of the stage surface, which touched the floor.I made note of all of this walking backstage, where I was able to catch a side-view of the stages skeleton.
The backstage area was reached by a set of stairs. Each dressing room was a tiny 8x8 (in comparison Roseland on W.52nd St. has huge basement dressing rooms) There were about 1 or 2 dressing rooms per level, I imagine there were about 5 levels.
Whenever they had an afterparty it was usually in the balcony section bar.
The baclony was reached from the main level (orchestra) by a set of stairs on each side.
I began going there in 1994,I met a few of the big names in metal- Pantera, Crowbar, Biohazard, Suicidal Tendencies, Down.The parties were always ill-maintained and if you made it upstairs before the security started locking the place down for the invittaion-only afterparty.You were set.
There was a suicide here during a March 26th 1996 Black 47 performance, an off duty cop shot himself in the heqd and the bullet, went through another 2 people (some Kennedy magic bullet action)
That might have been the last time I was there March 26th 1996
So the now former parking lot at the corner of 8th Avenue & W. 42nd was the former site of the Anco theatre.Thats amazing I too parked my car in there. I never even knew or even thought that a theatre could have been on that spot.After reading this its completely plausible.
Thank you for answering my question.
forgive the double entry- aol was cracking out on me (site not found…blah blah)