Lane Theater

168 New Dorp Lane,
Staten Island, NY 10306

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LarryChorman on December 28, 2004 at 11:52 am

My first movie date was at the Lane in 1967. Sidney Poitier in “To Sir With Love.” It had a somewhat unique “balcony.” Rather than a deck hanging over the orchestra section, it was a section that began at the back of the orchestra, and went up at a steep angle from the floor. By the way, the bagel shop in the picture used to be a barber shop, had many haircuts there.

uncleal923 on September 28, 2004 at 7:26 pm

Hello Everybody;
I never was to the Lane, but we owned a business in the area around it. You may be wondering why I am writing this. As I worked the area I learned how important the theater is to the people of New Dorp. I know that it’s a landmark for those people. I don’t have the money, but I think someone should fix it and presents plays there. In other words, it should be restored and used for legitimate theater, like they did for the Patchogue Theater (Now the Patchogue Center for the Performing Arts) out here on Long Island. The Art Deco should be repaired. The store I worked, GW Hot Bagels and Deli was about two blocks up the street, and before finances forced our deli closed, I couldn’t wait for the day I would deliver to the Lane, which never came.

Vito on August 12, 2004 at 4:17 am

The sound system at the Lane was a small 50 watt tube amplifier which today would be rather sub-standard, but in it’s day was considered acceptable. Th Paramount sound system, which was upgraded in 1954 to include magnetic stereo sound, was far better than the Lane or St George. Another problem with the Lane was the introduction of Cinemascope, the stage area could not accomadate a larger screen, so Cinemascope was shown letterbox style on the same screen it had always had, with monophonic (optical) sound.

Garth on August 11, 2004 at 5:15 pm

it never measured up to the st george or the paramount, and the sound was crummy.

Vito on June 10, 2004 at 1:18 pm

I think her name was Josie

MTota on June 10, 2004 at 1:02 pm

What was the name of the old woman with the flashlight that used to chase the kids out the balcony? Loved this theater. Does anyone know how much they are asking for it?

Vito on January 17, 2004 at 8:06 am

I worked for Mr.Moses back in the 1950s. Elias was a real old fashion showman. One of my jobs was changing the marquees at two of this theatres, The Lane and The Victory, and come rain or snow or wind or rain the marquees HAD to be changed. Mr Moses would then inspect the Lane marquee before I could put away my latter. Those were the good ole days of the downtown movie house.What I would give to see Mr. Moses standing in the lobby greeting the patrons and good ole Vic the projectionist running up the stairs at the last minute to start the show. Sometimes when we had a good crowd Mr. Moses would send me up to the booth to play records till Vic arrived to start the show. I sure miss The Lane.

gflinn on October 17, 2002 at 1:20 pm

The Lane in Staten Island was designed by the noted theater architect John Eberson. The 1948/49 Theatre Catalog shows a photo of the Lane.

Jean on September 29, 2002 at 6:49 pm

The theatre ( club ) is currently for sale. Inside are “7,000 sq. ft. including lobby, private lounge, 2 baths, 3 bars, open dance floor or theatre, stage, seating are and private offices”. ( As per Century 21 Sept. 2002 )