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John Averitt, around 1991, drew up plans for City Cinemas for a three-screen cinema to be located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the former Liberty Storage Warehouse building at 43 W. 64th St. (the building that used to have the small Statue of Liberty on the roof). As I recall, 2 of the theatres were to have around 200 seats each and the third was to have around 300 to 350 seats. The name of the project was Liberty Walk. The landlord was intending to put in a passageway through to 65th Street on the ground floor, lined with restaurants and clubs, and the theatre upstairs. I don’t remember what the plan was for the upper floors of the building were. While the landlord was having studies done in regard to altering the buildings structural system to accommodate the theatre, Loews announced they had signed for a substantial number of square feet in a mixed-use high-rise development to be built on the site of a nearby post office. They were planning 10 screens for what they were, at the time, calling Loews Lincoln Metroplex. This announcement effectively put the kabash on City Cinemas 64th Street project, and the drawings just sat in the drawer at the home office for years.
John Averitt was also responsible for the catastrophic twinning of the Sutton. I didn’t know he was dead. What happened to him?
Al is right. After the theatre pays for a annual permit to have the marquee structure over the sidewalk, and another annual permit to have the illuminated signs on the structure so your signs can be seen, some numb-skull bureaucrat sends Parks & Recreation comes and plants a tree so your sign can’t be seen. And if you so much as think evil thoughts about that tree, Parks is right there with a summons.