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Awesome marquee! I’d love to visit this area.
Too bad they didn’t run another re-release. I remember the twentieth anniversarry re-release in ‘98. The theater was packed and people sang along, danced and applauded. It was a great time. 1978 was one of the last great opportunities to see such a film on a big screen.Soon into 1979, the movie palaces begun to close, the theatres twinned and tripled and small screen multiplexes took over.
I believe the Lafayette Theater in Suffern is getting it? They have the teaser promo in the lobby. If they book it, I can’t think of any place else in New York State you would want to see it. This theatre is awesome- huge screen, balcony, the works!
The Rockland Drive-In on rt.59 in Monsey, New York-the awesome maquee is still there and the gigantic screen.
Thanks David Burris and Loves movies/Hates Going-This past weekend I took a friend to the Lafayette Theater in Suffern, N.Y. I sat in awe at this old movie palace and tryed to imagine a time when it was like that every time you go to the movies! Even “Mad Money” begun to look good there. (I went to see the theater!)
Fresh writers and new ideas would be wonderful. I stopped watching television years ago. Out of the 96 movies I saw last year, I think 15 were mainstream. I’d love to make the money they make- They can move to my town and work in my factory with me for $13.00 an hour and really see what hard times are. There has to be a writer out there who can write the oscar show- a few short jokes/and the nominees are/and the winner is…it’s not a big deal-people would appreciate a shortened, to the point telecast.
I attended this theater this wekend. Every square inch of the place is still immaculate and the staff is over-friendly. Even watching “Mad Money” here was a great experience. The balcony is still open-a big plus. They have a banner up for the new “Indiana Jones” movie-hope they get it-I’ll be back. If you haven’t been here, this is an absolute must!!!!!
This is great news- I hope it is as much as a success as the Gettysburg Majestic and the Carlisle. Both had fantastic renovations and are terrific venues.
Thank You Long Island Movies-I will post the pics soon!
I rode by this Drive-In last Sunday-the screen and marquee are still standing. I want to go take pictures soon!
Regardless of the Cloverfield advertisement, I’m plain sick and tired of movies about New York and Los Angeles being destroyed. I don’t see the entertainment value or attraction. This film sounds like a bomb anyway, and “I Am Legend” will get eated up by the new National Treasure, The Golden Compas and Charlie Wilson’s War.
Wonderful news- can’t wait to see it. I took photos of the Oakland back in ‘98. I visited the nearby Paramount for a screening of “Miracle On 34th Street.” If you live in the area, and haven’t experienced this theater-it’s another must.
Good luck and best wishes to you-
I used to see three or four movies a week, not alot considering I completly stopped watching television about six years ago. I’m more choosy on what I see now, considering the price. I try to stick with art house and foreign films of better quality. I think the movie price is right for the times. People don’t realise that they have more expenses now than they did say thirty years ago. You didn’t have the cell phone bill, the internet, cable, the fancy SUV…So you had money to go to the movies and at the gas pump!
This was a weird rheater. I remember my Dad taking me here in ‘88 as a kid to see “Shakedown” The auditoriums were down in the basement and it smelled bad. It was creepy. Cine 2 was showing some odd art house film called “Girl On A Swing”. I remember passing by here in Dec. of '89 and shocked to see this theater with two huge first run films" “The Little Mermaid” and “Christmas Vacation”. I believe this theater was sandwiched somewhere between the Embassy 2-3-4 and the Criterion Center. As bad as all theese theaters may have been, they sure looked pretty all lit up in a row at night. There was nothing like it. Times Square has lost all it’s original charm. It’s sad.
The biggest problem today is that both parents have to work two jobs to support their families and the rare moments they are with their kids is not spent disciplining them, it’s spent spoiling them to make up for it. In the seventies, my mom brought us to the movies at four/five years old and you were told to be quiet once, then you were disciplined. If you are “afraid” you couldn’t make your child behave in a public place, guess we know who the parent is…
Do you mean the “Mountain Drive-in” in Liberty? In my 1982 film ad scrapbook, I have ads for this theater-never heard of Loch Sheldrake having a Drive-in, just the Strand which became the Hippodrome. I believe Mountain Drive-in closed around 1983. It showed first-run features.
I was five when “Star Wars” was released-I lived in Middletown, N.Y.,about fifty miles from Manhattan. The closest place showing “Star Wars” to us was The Monticello Twin Cinema in the catskills, about thirty minutes away. This was around July of 1977. A few Drive-Ins showed it later on, and it never really got a wide release in the Middletown area till July of 1978! I remember the Monticello theater showing it every hour on their two screens. Not unusual now, but it was back then. I more remember seeing “The Empire Strikes Back” because I was eight. We went to the Dtive-In-the second feature was that Dom Deluise film-“Fatso”– my Aunt got grossed out and we bolted! I wish I was living in California and older when it first opened at the Chinese Theatre. Must have been awesome!
Roger-you have an awesome web sight. I’ve visited and taken many pictures of theaters in the Rockland County Area, sorry I missed this one.
Were they affiliated with Waldbaums? I have a White department Store Circular- they are on the back page. There was one at the Monticello N.Y. shopping center which housed a Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema.
goldthorpe- your talking about White Department Stores-didn’t last long. Opened around 1970 and went under in 1974. They were affiliated with Waldbaums.
A great book has been published on all of Baltimores theaters, called “Motion Picture Exhibition In Baltimore” by Robert K. Headley. Borders has it. There is a great shot of the Cluster here. It’s unbelievable how many theaters Baltimore had at one time-and look at it now. The Apex must be one of the last porn theaters in the country.It doesn’t advertise in City Paper any longer-wonder if it’s closed.
I spent the night at this theater as an extra during the filming of “The Replacement Killers” back in 1997. I took a stroll and got to check out all the old theaters downtown while nobody was on the streets. A great night.
Yeah, it’s an oldie-chopped in half than chopped again- once part of a theater chain called “Cinecom” in the late sixties/early seventies. They also ran the Chester Quickway and the Squire in New Windsor. They used to show alot of foreign and independent films in the late seventies/early eighties-guess to attract the college crowd. Used to drive up from Middletown-they’d get alot of Woody Allen films and indies like “Smoke”, “Damage” and “Erotique” In the early eighties they played “Repo Man”, “Metropolis” and alot of other cool stuff.
This theater did open as a Music Makers Theater- in spring of 1976. It always had four screens. I don’t know how well it did, but from ads I have of the theater in the early eighties, they were showing half first run and half second run films. Loews did take it over.I hope the new venture is a success.