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I have been trying to add an entry to the Demolition blog here on the site, but can’t seem to find a link to do that. I even sent an email to the site, but never heard back. In any event, here’s some photos from this morning, the Plaza’s Last morning, the bulldozer is ready for this afternoon’s demolition.
I wish they would save the letters, they held up better than the theater itself, and have become so iconic to East Main St…..
I am going to add the new photos to the photo link above
I have passed that theater for many years on the LIE, and am almost positive it always said Commack Cinemas instead of Multiplex Cinemas like the Brookhaven Multiplex Cinemas did in Medford.
Here’s a photo I took a year or two after the Brookhaven Multiplex closed:
I think it always said Commack Cinemas like it does there.
The Brookhaven Multiplex Cinemas in Medford used to say just “Multiplex Cinemas”, but it’s real name was the Brookhaven Multiplex Cinemas.
Demolition is to commence on Tuesday Sept 13, 2011 at 2:30PM on the Plaza Theatre.
Tonight is the Plaza’s last night….final curtain call.
The “Bushwick Twin” thing has been on the marquee for almost a year, don’t know what it means either….could just be someone who was fooling with the letters they found inside….
Howards moved there about 10-12 years ago when there used to be a Rockbottom Store next to Staples, and it expanded into the space where Howards used to be. Currently, it is a tanning salon, once Rockbottom went out of business. Similarly, about 10 years ago, when Waldbaums expanded, they took over the space where La Strada used to be, and they moved into the theater space next to Howards, and currently is a different Italian restaurant.
Before Howards or the Italian Restaurant occupied the theater site, all three stores combined (the liquor store, Italian Restaurant, and Howards) used to be a Carpet store.
With prices like that, the theater will probably go down with the rest of this mall. The place is like a ghost town.
That is great news. Every time I have walked by the place over the last few years, I felt more and more discouraged that anything would ever come of the place again.
That is great news!
Yes, I remember that too. It’s a good thing they changed it, as otherwise it sounds like a church theater conversion instead of a live theater.
A batting cage is where you can practice hitting a baseball. Balls are shot at you and you try to hit them.
Well, they tore off the whole right side of the theater, which is where the parking lot is now, that was the lobby area, etc, probably about ¼ or 1/3 the building. Also all the stores that were along Fresh Pond Rd are pulled off, which is where those bushes are in front. The auditorium is the only part that still remains and is the CVS. Inside, there’s nothing to remind you it was once a theater…if you didn’t know, you would never realize it was once a theater.
Joe, the Colonial Theater is right where it always was….. I even added a photo of it now!….
The street view needs to be reset to just around the corner, someone clicked “update” on the side instead of the front. The marquee and everything is still there.
It’s still hard to look at this theater after the current owners willfully destroyed so much of it, and so needlessly. It still disgusts me. It was a great place, I remember it was like walking into a timewarp. Ironically, the last movie I saw there was around 1995, and it was very ironically, “A Stranger Among Us”, a movie starring Melanie Griffith who was a cop going under cover in a Hasidic Brooklyn Neighborhood and the culture clash that ensued…. Ironic.
So did the theater reopen?
Actually judging by the street view, it appears to be a Capital One Bank now.
Great to see you back Peter!
The street view has been set way off on this theater. The theater was up north a few blocks over at 37th Ave and Junction Blvd.
Someone incorrectly clicked update street view at the Payless Shoe Source store. The theater was about two more clicks to the left, where the Duane Reade Drug Store is.
It looks like the theater is now a bank.
This theater should not be listed as “demolished”, as it appears the building still stands.
Does this building even exist? Looking at the old photo posted on Feb, 3, 2007 by JF Lundy, and then looking at the street view, no massive fascade like that exist at 40th and 15th.
Does any of the original ornamentation of this theater reamin in the supermarket? The exterior is quite attractive, even today.
The Parthenon had such beautiful brickwork too, I can’t understand why they would have covered it over with that aluminum siding. Talk about making a pretty building into one of the ugliest things around….