St. George Theatre

25 Hyatt Street,
St. George, NY 10301

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Garth
Garth on June 4, 2006 at 6:59 am

i just came from the 10am screenings of the film festival. the experience of seeing a movie again ,in 35mm on a 40 foot screen , at the st.george theatre was awesome. it was hard to concentrate on the features, i was too busy looking around at the magnificently restored theatre. in my youth they almost always had the balcony closed or only the forward lower level would be open. now sitting in the top row , the height was enough that one could almost feel a bit dizzy. i’m almost tempted to go back for the 2pm screenings. the festival is showing “narrative features” and short films , so i can’t really recommend the fare. but to anyone who is a fan of old theatres or who went here in the old days it is well worth it. if they ever do movie nights showing classics like “the big sleep” or “the godfather” i will definetly be there.

RobertR
RobertR on May 24, 2006 at 4:57 pm

Not a high point in the bookings for the St. George :)
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RobLeddy
RobLeddy on May 24, 2006 at 10:45 am

This is a traditional film festival just like Sundance, Tribeca etc. A union projectionist will be on staff. The opening night film is The Celestine Prophecy in 35mm and tickets are only $5. It is close to being a sell out. Info at http://www.sifilmfestival.org/

VincentParisi
VincentParisi on May 12, 2006 at 3:43 am

Rob is this a contemporary film festival or will there be classic films as well?

Vito
Vito on May 12, 2006 at 1:46 am

Thank you Rob, my only concern was that the 35mm projection equipment I installed in the original booth was going to be used.
By NYC law, This would require using the services of a licenced motion picture operator. Since 35mm film will be used I will pass this information on.

RobLeddy
RobLeddy on May 11, 2006 at 12:15 pm

Yes there will be a complete 35mm Film Projection set up, from screen to projector to audio. It’s a rental from a company named CRT Film & Video. They are working n conjuction with a local Staten Island company Pro Sho. The majority of the films screening at the theater will be 35mm from my understanding. Films were scheduled particularly at the St. George because they had 35mm prints available. Those that do not have 35mm prints will screen in a video format. The opening night film will be announced this Monday and it is absolutely a 35mm print.

Vito
Vito on May 8, 2006 at 10:50 am

Rob, When I stated there was no such thing as a 35mm screen I was of course speaking of the differences between a screen used to project film or slides and a screen designed for DVD or rear projection video etc. My question should have been, are you suppling a screen for film projection? Of the 20 or so movies being shown are anyone them planned in 35mm.

Vito
Vito on May 8, 2006 at 9:14 am

Rob, there is really no show thing as a 35mm screen.
Projection screens come in many sizes for use with DVD,video,slide or film. Are you suggesting that some of the movies will be presented on 35mm film? If so will the equipment I installed in the original booth be used.

RobLeddy
RobLeddy on May 8, 2006 at 7:58 am

I am a consultant for The Staten Island Film Festival and the fest is renting 35mm to screen at the St. George Theatre. There may be a few films screened from video, only if they do not have a 35mm print.

Vito
Vito on April 15, 2006 at 3:29 am

Robert, it would be terrific if Mrs Rosemary held a 35mm classic film festival similar to the one presented this year at the Ziegfeld in New York. In January of 2004 I had the projection booth up and running again, I can only hope it remains that way now.

RobertR
RobertR on April 14, 2006 at 9:25 am

That’s a shame, I thought they would be running film.

ThePhotoplayer
ThePhotoplayer on April 14, 2006 at 7:20 am

Was the theater the only secion that was designed by DeRosa, or did he design the entire building?

Vito
Vito on March 31, 2006 at 7:12 am

That’s not film, they should call it what it is, a DVD/Video festival

RobertR
RobertR on March 31, 2006 at 2:29 am

According to the web site the Staten Island Film Festival starts on
Thursday, June 01

Vito
Vito on March 23, 2006 at 1:30 am

garth,I wondered the same thing, there has not been any more talk about movies, Mrs Rosemary and her daughter have my info and knows I am available to help with such a project. I would only be interested in doing film. I just hope they were not discouraged by the dvd disaster held there recently.

Garth
Garth on March 22, 2006 at 12:40 pm

will they ever have a classic movie night? (no dvd projections please)….

Vito
Vito on January 20, 2006 at 4:30 am

What a marvelous idea, and so in keeping with the spirt of the good ole days. I am so proud of Mrs Rosemary and family for their outstanding efforts. When ever I drive by the theatre I always have a big smile on my face because it is so alive and well.

moonchild981
moonchild981 on January 17, 2006 at 5:41 pm

Theater fund-raiser lets you name your seat
To raise $$ for ongoing restoration, St. George Theatre patrons can have their names affixed to seats
Sunday, January 15, 2006
By TEVAH PLATT
ADVANCE STAFF WRITER

The owners of the St. George Theatre are counting on community spirit to bolster the once and future majesty of the historic performance center.

To raise funds for the ongoing restoration of the theater, contributors who have been enchanted by the ornate theater, its productions, or its ambitious owners will have their names inscribed on the theater’s mahogany and red velvet orchestra and mezzanine seats in months to come.

The revitalization of the baroque-style theater has been driven by the labor and life savings of dance teacher Rosemary Cappozalo (known to Islanders as Mrs. Rosemary) and her daughters, Doreen Cugno, Luanne Sorrentino and Rosemary Hillers.

The family hopes the “Jump into the Hot Seat” campaign will raise $150,000 to pay for air conditioning, an advanced rigging system, its newly refurbished seats, and the continued restoration of the theater that first opened its doors to Hyatt Street in 1929.

On Feb. 12 at 2 p.m., the theater will host an event and tribute to Big Bands to honor “chairholders” who will see their names (or those of their companies or loved ones) on the seat-mounted plaques for the first time.

Already five months into the six-month campaign, the theater hopes to more than double the $68,000 it has raised to date. “We need a big push,” Mrs. Cugno said.

Such a push may come from the campaign’s committee members, Charles LaGanga of Dongan Hills, Bob Cutrona of Emerson Hill, and Jay Anderson of Eltingville, who will be ardently soliciting $200 and $400 donations — for mezzanine and orchestra seats, respectively — on the theater’s behalf.

FOR ‘ALL OF ISLAND’

“This theater is a jewel that should shine as a beacon of light from the North Shore to the South,” said LaGanga, the avuncular community leader, waving his arms with enthusiasm. “It’s for all of Staten Island. So I’m gonna go to the grassroots — I’m going to the banks, to the foundations, and to everyone I know. And I’ll be on the ferry passing out brochures.”

“When you see the energy of Mrs. Rosemary and her daughters, and the blood and sweat they put into the theater, you’ve got to help,” said Cutrona, who is naming a seat in honor of his daughters, Marley, 6, and Mia, 4, students at Mrs. Rosemary’s Dance Studio.

Anderson was instrumental in arranging contributors' eligibility to receive a 25 percent tax credit for their donations.

Lisa Mazzarisi Schroder and Kurt Schroder of Richmond purchased orchestra seats in honor of their daughters, Juliet, 11, and Jozie, 8, both Ms. Cappozalo’s students who performed in the recent Spectacular Christmas Show at the St. George Theatre.

“My husband Kurt and I are truly grateful to Mrs. Rosemary and her daughters for sharing their artistic passions with our family,” said Mrs. Schroder, adding that she cried through most of the Christmas show “because it was so beautiful.”

Chairholder Christine Asperti of Sunnyside, also naming a chair for her children, put her enthusiasm simply: “Going to the St. George Theatre is probably the single best thing a Staten Islander can do. When people walk out of the shows there, they’re just gleaming.”

AnneMarie and Vincent Colandrea of Dongan Hills will put the name of their family-owned business, Colandrea New Corner Restaurant, Brooklyn, onto a St. George chair.

SPECIAL AFFINITY

Because the restaurant is almost as old as the theater, and because its success has depended on “the family’s sacrifices,” Mrs. Colandrea said she felt an affinity between the restaurant and the theater she enjoys attending with her whole family.

“This dream is on its way to becoming a reality,” she said of the St. George Theatre. “It will definitely happen with everyone’s support.”

Last year, the St. George Theatre brought singers Don McLean and Gloria Gaynor and the Alvin Ailey dance company to the Staten Island stage. Upcoming performances include “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka” in February, “Clifford’s Coming to Town” in March, and comedian Jackie Mason, live on the stage this April Fool’s Day — really.

The advanced rigging system that donor dollars will fund would bring more elaborate productions — the St. George could host a show similar to that of Cirque du Soleil, Mrs. Cugno said.

In other words, says Mrs. Sorrentino, “We would have no limits.”

For information on how to become a chairholder, contact the St. George Theatre at (718) 442-2900.

Tevah Platt is a news reporter for the Advance. She may be reached at

GregK
GregK on December 27, 2005 at 3:38 pm

The St George Theater just completed its 2nd annual “Christmas Spectacular” last week on Wednesday, December 21, 2005…A total of 8 shows. Most of the shows were either sold-out (or close to sold-out) and, based on the audience reaction, they were very pleased with the performance…Smiles all around. I had the privilege of again playing their fine Allen Theatre Organ at the start of each show, a'la Radio City Music Hall. In all, it’s estimated that about 12,000 or so people got to see the show and hear a theatre organ once again at the St. George!…It was a very rewarding experience to say the least. Our best to Mrs. Rosemary, her daughters, the staff and all the wonderful volunteers at the St. George Theatre for another successful community event! May God bless them all in the years ahead and may they continue in this fine and glorious tradition!!

Vito
Vito on October 16, 2005 at 1:09 am

It is great to see that marquee again, it was taken apart and replaced with a plan overhang sign. Any idea what year that photo was taken?. Would you have any of the Paramount marquee before 1970?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 15, 2005 at 1:57 pm

This is an old photo of the St. George Theater.

Vito
Vito on October 12, 2005 at 1:55 am

Thanks for the post edroogie, it is a shame the film festival folks are so ignorant to what it means to show classic films. I don’t blame Mrs Rosemary since I don’t belive it was the St George theatre people who set up this program, my understanding is that it was an outside agency. Unfortunatly these showings will, through word of mouth, send a very negitive message regarding the theatres film presentations, and could hurt future 35mm film presentations.
The sad truth is it was totally unecessary, all of the films shown are available in crisp, and many times pristine, 35mm prints which could have been shown on a larger screen in the proper aspect ratio.
Sounds like it was a disaster, we can only hope any future film showings will be handled by people who know how classic movies should be shown.

edroogie
edroogie on October 11, 2005 at 7:42 pm

very disappointing. went to see the “abbott & costello” flick, and not only was it a dvd video projection, the portable screen (set up in front of the closed theater screen) was about 15' wide. Audio was unintelligable at times. looks like slightly over 100 people paid $8.50 each to see this. I can only hope things will change in the future. Perhaps she’s doing well with Jackie Mason shows for $72.50 a pop, but as a movie venue, this was embarassing. Looks like I’m off to Loew’s jersey city to see REAL classic film projected on a REAL screen…done by REAL movie buffs whom CARE about presentation.

RobertR
RobertR on October 11, 2005 at 8:18 am

Heres a great Academy Award double bill
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RobertR
RobertR on October 7, 2005 at 2:36 pm

I did not mean anything disprespectful about calling her that it just seemed odd. Now that I understand it started from her students calling her by Mrs Rosemary it makes more sense.