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Good Job everybody! We need to keep these theatres around!
They are our cinematic history!
We cannot let them disintergrate as old films have and continue.
The memories might fade but we can’t allow these legends to!
Thankyou very much Pmullins…was it a fun place.
the only time I was in one of those theatres,
I almost got molested in the mens room..that was the Harem on 42 in ‘94 and I was 19 years of blonde dynamite!
Greenpoint to the rescue- I passed by this theatre all the time on my route.I always wondered if there was anything theatre related here-it did boast the tell-tale signs of a movie theatre-that being the huge auditorium in the back.
I do that kind of theatre-hunting all the time.I drive the
other people nuts because I always park the van and get out and walk around the perimeter of the building looking at old steel girders that must have held up old ornate theatre-marquis
Lost Memory I’m sure you will agree with me that at least this theatre didnt fall into disrepair as the Loews Paradise did (prior to its extensive rehabilitaion)with its leaky cielings from a hole in the roof that was never repaired.
okay I must correct some of your misconceptions about the relationship of Club Exit to the Chopin.The Chopin was on the bottom floor..Club Exit is on the top floor, Club Exit encompasses what used to be a bingo parlor.Club Exit:It has never been on the first floor.Trust me on this one, I am a lifelong Greenpoint resident who used to frequent the Chopin as a little kid and hangs out at Club Exit as an adult.I know my stuff.
Just signed onto Cinematreasures again-
this was on Manhattan Avenue between Freeman and Eagle-I believe.
I havent really been down that end of the neighborhood in a while.
hope that helps
I personally purchesed what equipment was left in the projection booth and installed it in the Beach Cinema.
posted by Gilbert Carney on Apr 15, 2006 at 3:03pm
When I was 12 me and my uncle rented a beach house in Bradley Beach and would often check out movies here, its great to hear (or technically see) someone make reference to this treasure.
posted by TC on Sep 19, 2005 at 12:17pm
This link is also null-and-void and also “http 403 forbidden”
I really was looking forward to checking that one out too,
I was there 4/20 for Bruce….that building is amazing
posted by TC on Sep 14, 2005 at 4:54am
The above link is null-and-void.
ps too bad though as I was looking forward to seeing it.
“The Fast Lane nightclub next door…"seems to be a bowling alley, last week after the after-party (please forgive the word-redundancy) it appeared that they were projecting a movie above the lanes.
Word on the street:A certain musician uses this place for After-party’s anytime concerts are played up the block at the Asbury Park Covention Hall.
If the new owners just bought the theater in 2002 and turned around and offered to sell it for 3 million, it appears that their intention all along was to just sell the property at a profit and not renovate the theater or build anything to replace it. Sounds very similar to the Keith’s in Flushing.
posted by Lost Memory on Jul 14, 2005 at 10:12am
I Agree with you 100%…the real estate market in the Greenpoint-Williamsburgh area has went through the roof…realistically 3million
although extremely high is about what a parcel of land would run…
once demolished builders can build a 10 or 20 apartment complex chock-full of yuppies paying upwards of $2000 just for the privilege of living a block away from the J Train( one stop to Delancey Street -Lower East Side-hipster central)
And who suffers in the end, film goers like ourselves who dont really have a neighborhood theatre to call our own..Closest theatre for Greenpoint/Williamsburgh folk is the Kaufmann 14 in Astoria or the Center in Sunnyside..thats it.
Happy New Year to all my co-contributors on CinemaTreasures. org,
The Chopin had a bingo hall above it.
You used to have to go up a long flight of stairs…and when you got up there there were shopping carts for whatever strange reason…
me and my friends used to play a game …“outrun the shopping cart
rolling down the stairs”…once you cleared the forst landing you were home free, but if your cart tipped over onto its side, it would cease to roll…basic Greenpoint Physics 101.
I am in the process of drawing a map of the theatres layout, i remember it as if it were yesterday as opposed to some 20 years ago since it closed.
I known exactly where the Hollywood Twin was. They were located on
Eighth Avenue in the mid to late forties.I believe the bulding is used by some tour bus company.
Hollywood Twin is listed here:
I am off to Amazon to get this “Sleazeoid Express” book.
Thank you EdSolero,
My thought processes warranted me to actually rationalize that a question would fall into the auspices of Help Wanted. As I did want help getting a particular question answered.Once again the CT forum, came through flying colors.
I was in the Harem in 1994 and almost had a very bad experience in the downstairs mens room, luckily i ran out in time.
I remember actually passing by the Harem years after (cautiously as you could imagine)-Therefore I am going to give you a demolition estimate of between 1998 and 2000.
Feliz anos nuevas
WWW.MIDDLETOWNCINEMAS.COM is your correct link.
Yes it was a query on my part,In your oppinion what would be a better method for getting my query (or questions) answered here.
ChrisB and Hoppy would you send me your shots also..
Academically speaking, the arrival of vcr’s and videotapes on the adult scene lit the proverbial fuse of destruction for the porno houses. This advent meant that you didnt have to throw your raincoat on for a night at the sticky cinema. I was 19 when I went to my first and only porno house,The Harem on 42nd Street in NYC (possibly now BB Kings).It wasn’t a 16mm or 35mm projection-they had a video projector, which sort of goes with that conversation in Boogie Nights with Jack Horner, Floyd Gondola and The Colnel about how the future of porn was video.
Lets not forget about the delicious Yonah Schimmel Knishes next door, My favorites are the Red Cabbge ,Cabbbage, Sweet Potato and Regular… I remember the Sunshine when it was a wharehouse, often I would pass by the Sunshine on the way to Yonah Schimmels on Chrystie and Houston Street..I’d see the door open up and would glance in. In fact I bought fireworks in there in 1995 (as a wharehouse ofcourse)…its great to see a movie over there.
The link is actually fascinating, I had no idea how ornate this former theater really was, the site itself has some amazing images.
your hyperlink of 8/24/04 was incorrect…
you had one to many .asp (Active Server Pages)extensions.
Heres the correct address:
When I was a little fellow, my uncle used to rent a beach house with his friends in Bradley Beach, I think we even seen a show here in the 1980’s. Is Nardi’s Italian Restaurant still around?
Its great to see a movie theatre lasting this long-so many theatres-I have been to in my 31 years have ceased.. (UA Astoria, Boulevard, Chopin Theatre, Commodore Theatre..etc)
According to RobertR’s Jan'68 “Carmen,Baby” article,The Sunnyside Center (then called Rugoff’s Center) was showing porn? Can anyone tell me what kind of porno was “Carmen,Baby”– was it softcore, hardcore, bondage, fetish…I am amazed that porn was showing up the block from the Sunnyside Jewish Center.