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Hey Pete I agree with you 100% on all of your points! Especially on reason three.With all the hard work you and Nelson and Bob did over the years, be it the classic series,special weekends or just seeing a regular Hollywood flick made The Lafayette a very special place.
Some of the “magic” may be missing without you guys at the helm,but “The Show Must Go On”
Hope to see many familiar faces and new ones for the spring season of classic films!
The appear to be running films that were “Oscar” Winners over the years. Some may not be as family or senior citizen friendly as in the past.
Better to have a classic films series then none at all.
Classic Films WILL be returning to the Lafayette Theatre on April 11th! They will begin at 11:30am on Saturday’s
The Town Of Ramapo will be sponsoring the films along with BCG.
April 11th Marty â€" (1955) Ernest Borgnine & Betsy Blair
April 18th Some Like It Hot â€" (1959) Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon & Marilyn Monroe
April 25th West Side Story â€" (1961) Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn,
Rita Moreno & George Chakiris
May 2nd The Thomas Crown Affair â€" (1968) Steve McQueen & Faye Dunaway
May 9th Midnight Cowboy â€" (1969) Dustin Hoffman & Jon Voight
May 16th Network â€" (1976) Faye Dunaway, William Holden & Peter Finch
May 23rd Rocky â€" (1976) Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire & Burgess Meredith
May 30th Annie Hall â€" (1977) Woody Allen & Diane Keaton
June 6th Raging Bull â€" (1980) Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci & Cathy Moriarty
June 13th Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid â€" (1969) Paul Newman,
Robert Redford & Katherine Ross
This was fine as a single screen, not to bad as a twin. It is now HORRIBLE!The seats were NEVER re-done since it was a SINGLE SCREEN! Not only are they old and uncomfortable BUT they are all at a slant in all 4 theatres. This is bc they were set up to face one screen!
Clearview fixed up many of their other in Westchester, NJ and Rockland with new seats and better sound systems over the past few years.
This theatre got nothing! Not even new carpets! So you get uncomfortable seats poor sound small screens 4 little boxes that are supposed to pass as theatres!
The last INSULT is the $11.00 price! I went there on Tue which is free if you have Optimum Cable Tripple Play.
The staff is friendly!
Clearview TEAR DOWN THIS CINEMA AND BUILD A NEW MODERN 4 SCREENER!
Yes Clearview is not a big chain. The run one theatre that used to be independent The Warner In Ridgewood NJ. It is a quad but retains a lot of the elements from when it was a single screen. The manager is very nice and she works hard on keeping customers happy.
Have you ever been to the Washington Theatre in Washington NJ?
Digital projection IMO it not good as 35MM all this hubbub digital IS OVERRATED! Digital is going to HURT and put out of business many of the independent cinemas. Then the ONLY choice people will have is AMC REGAL and CLEARVIEW! Once that happens ticket prices will be $14-16 + more for a 3D film!
SUPPORT THE INDEPENDENT CINEMAS like The NEWTON Theatre in NEWTON! The Lafayette In Suffern NY and the Washington Theatre in Washington NJ!
They are all 3 GEMS with heart soul character! The owner at the Washington theatre and the staff are the nicest people!
This theatre is a TRUE GEM! I have been attending movies here for over 10 years.The staff is very friendly and helpful. The popcorn HOT AND FRESH! The screen is LARGE the sound crisp and clar without being overly loud!
The Picture House has HEART and SOUL! IMO Why would you want to go anywhere else?!?!?
I am looking forward to coming down to this GEM of a theatre! This theatre has HEART AND SOUL! Marco Joni are doing a GREAT JOB!
I will try to come down this Sunday or Fri,you are about 75 miles away from me, but I am sure it will be worth the drive!
Hi I am a bit confused about the post Washington Theatre Re-Opens. I know it had been taken over in 2006 I spoke to the owner on the phone and he was very friendly.Did he sell the theatre to new owners/operators?
Rhett I understand you and many others (including me)LOVED the Classic series on Sat mornings and took the time and effort to attend. Movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age were for the most part better then the movies produced today.
It is understandable that many who attended the Classic Series may not be as interested in the current crop of films put out today.
But my thinking is If there are some current films that one wants to see, why NOT take the special trip up to The Lafayette 4 or 5 times a year?
Tonight over 500 people chose The Lafayette as “THE PLACE” to See Slumdog Millionare!!
We were all treated to a Pre-show concert on the Ben Hall Memorial Mighty Wurlitzer.The heavy red curtain rose and the “Lets all go to the lobby” lit up the screen with the organ playing along.
It is sad that Nelson and the classic series will not light up the sliver screen this spring and fall as it did for the past 6 years.
For those who want to take a trip back in time to a REAL MOVIE PALACE The Lafayette Theatre Awaits!
This Sunday 2-22-09 The Rosendale Theatre will celebrate it’s 60th Anniversary!! The BIG DAY will begin at 2pm and for $15.00 you can eat drink and mingle with other theatre buffs.
This also includes a screening of a classic western!
Blood On Moon the acclaimed 1948 western staring Robert Mitchum will light up the big screen. It was the debut film way back in 1949!
If you are a fan of Movie Palaces then COME DOWN TO ROSENDALE THIS SUNDAY!
Hey T228 I agree the Ritz Cinema would be a GREAT place to see BIG SCREEN CLASSICS! While the distance you live from the Lafayette would make it impractical to come all the way up for a current film, I am in in disagreement with you in regards to the choice of venue.
Yes a new multi-plex with big screens large auditoriums and stadium seats is nicer then the older “Shoebox theatres” I go there over the Clearview Shoebox Theatre near me.
However I ALWAYS go to The Lafayette when they offer the same film as the Palisades mall. It is WELL WORTH giving up Stadium seating and some other comforts to go to a real Old Time MOVIE PALACE!! The BIG AMC’s will ALWAYS be around, Gems like The Lafayette are VERY SPECIAL and getting rarer every year.
If anyone has not yet seen Slumdog Millionaire it WILL be lighting up the silver screen at The Lafayette this Friday the 20th! It is the odds on fav to WIN BEST PICTURE on Sunday!
Say NO to the BIG BAD MALL and the little shoe box size theatres and come to Sufern NY where a REAL MOVIE THEATRE AWAITS!!
Rhett, while I feel extremely sad that Nelson,Bob, Pete and the rest of the staff who did such a wonderful job with the classic series and special events are no longer involved with the Lafayette.
I treasure all the wonderful events they presented since taking over the theatre beginning in Nov 2002(with the Grand RE-Opening with Harry Potter with over 800 people in attendance!
The silent movie Steamboat Bill Jr with a 20 piece orchestra! The Sci-Fi spectular The 3D Weekend(where they ran out of the deluxe 3D glasses the first night and had to send someone BY CAR to Boston t FRI NIGHT to get more!
When you came into the theatre everyone knew your name . Nelson Bob and Pete always took time to say hello and thank you for coming.It felt like you were part of a family VS just another faceless warm body to fill the seats at a mutti-plex.
I equally enjoyed going to a regular film on a Fri or Sat evening, with the organ playing before each show and the curtain opening the â€œLets All Go To The Lobbyâ€ cartoon playing and enjoying BIG BLOCKBUSTERS: The Dark Night, The Latest Harry Potter flick, Spider-man ,Iron Man, Casino Royale , The Matrix, The Lord Of The Rings Series
Even smaller films such as Flash Of Genius, Becoming Jane, Bee Movie, Flushed Away, Little Miss Sunshine whisked me away for a wonderful evening of movie magic!
Does anyone on this board TRULY THINK that going to a cut up little SHOE-BOX with a POSTAGE STAMP size screen (LIKE CLOSTER) or any of the other theatres in the Rockland, Westchester, or Bergen County can compare to The Lafayette?!?!?
Folks The Lafayette IS STILL IN BUSINESS! The organ WILL still play on Fri and Sat nights the heavy red curtain will still open and the movie will still be splayed EDGE TO EDGE on the GIANT SILVER SCREEN!
So DO NOT GIVE UP ON THIS FINE,UNIQUE, STUNNING GRAND MOVIE PALACE!
IT IS THE ONLY ONE OF IT KIND IN THE ENTIRE TRI_SATE AREA
IT NEEDS AND DESERVES ALL OUR SUPPORT JUST AS MUCH AS IT DID
THE PAST 6 Years!
Is this theatre under new ownership for the upcoming 2009 season?
I would be very surprised if ANY shows take place at The Paradise in the near future. I got the same answer in July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov. “We are booking shows for the fall and beyond”
Unless a new management company takes over operation of this GRAND PALACE, NO SHOWS WILL BE OPENING HERE!
It was a BITTERLY COLD day outside this morning but it was wonderfully WARM and TOASTY inside the Lafayette Theatre for the annual Christmas screening of Itâ€™s A Wonderful Life!
When I arrived at 10 am the crowd already snaked from under the glowing marquee down the sidewalk curving around the corner and extending far down Washington avenue!
When I finally made it inside the warm interior of the the grand old lady I quickly made my way up to the balcony for a prime seat!
Soon after getting comfortable the sold out crowd was treated to a wonderful performance of holiday tunes from the Golden fingers of the ONE and ONLY Jeff Barker on The Ben Hall Memorial Mighty Wurlitzer!
Then Nelson and Abby donned the stage all dressed up and did a great reading of â€œThe Night Before Christmasâ€
Santa then made an early appearance all the way from the North Pole! Old Saint Nick thanked everyone for coming and said â€œI donâ€™t go to the Palisades Mall!â€ I only make stops at REAL THEATRES!â€
One more surprise a beautful young lady sang Holly Night to the delight of the full house.
Then it was time for the show to begin! The curtain opened and some shorts played along with a GREAT Warner Brotherâ€™s cartoon.
The the heavy read curtain closed and re-opened and the movie magic began with the opening scene of the timeless â€œItâ€™s A Wonderful Lifeâ€
The experience of seeing this classic with 1000+ people in attendance was INCREDIBLE!
Thank you to Nelson, Abby, Bob, Pete, Jeff Barker and the entire staff of The Lafayette Theatre Rocklandâ€™s ONLY Movie Palace
It was fun to see The Dawn Of The Dead at the Abby.I have not seen a continuation of the “Big Screen” program at the Abby Cinema’s in 2008.
Lets hope they do more of these screenings as it brings in extra business and gives a variety as opposed just to showing regular Hollywood fare.
The Newton Theatre is once again doing very well selling out on Fri and Sat nights now that Galaxy has been running the cinema for the past 6+ months.
That is what happens when you have management who is experienced and knows how to run a cinema and treats their customers with respect!
If you HAVE NOT gotten your tickets for It’s A Wonderful Life taking place THIS SAT DEC 20th make sure to DO SO! The show WILL SELL OUT BY 1045am on SATURDAY morning!
Advanced ticket holder’s WILL be admitted when the doors open at 10:30am SHARP!
If you SNOOZE YOU LOOSE!
The original theatre is intact, it has not been split. The 2nd theatre is a few store fronts down in what used to be a drug store
I have been to the Cedar Lane Cinema a number of times.I have NEVER experienced any problem close to what was described in the above post.
The film was crisp and clear and had no sound or projection problems.
It is not as nice as the Lafayette but a much better choice then a multiplex that charges $11.50 VS $4.75
Plus the town has a GREAT ice cream shoppe and bakery!
Not far from Ten
Concerts are a fine draw, but with ticket prices from $40.00 to $100.00+ the Paradie needs to have tower priced events.Classic films from the 40’s 70’s would be a good draw.
I was told that the schedule for Mid Oct to Dec WILL be ready soon. I will post when I have the information.
Looks like there is “TROUBLE IN PARADISE!” I was told in July that “There will be a BIG Schedule of shows for the fall”. I have called back 4 or 5 times since then and been told that “In a few weeks we will have the schedule up”
I even received a call back from the manager of the Paradise in response to one of my calls around Aug 22nd, promising the unavailing of the fall/winter schedule.
I hope that some events will be taking place at this Grand Movie Palace. However with the bad economic times that seems to be unlikley.