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How about the Plaza? That was around before either of the others.
Did the gunman reenter thru the exit door? The way he was decked out he couldn’t have come back in thru the lobby (or could he). A number of NY metropolitan theatres have metal detectors. Sad commentary on the times in which we live. School and theatre shootings; people being trampled to death at the opening of a special sale. And all the hype about new products being introduced at midnight. Outrageous hours for special sales. What’s the big deal about being the first? In the day there was an age requirement for movies and other events. I’m sure the 3 month old would have really appreciated the movie and the 6 year old would have been terrified (and, parenthetically, the audience would have been pissed by screaming children). This movie was not rated G, was it? It’s also interesting that some people who escaped the Century went to see the movie at another multiplex in town the next day which appeared to be empty.
Lost Memory has a reference to the Central in 1923. The text accompanying the sketch referred to by Tinseltoes makes the 1962 theatre as new. For a half million it should have been.
Ads always referred to it as Twin Lawrence
From my Toronto trips I would say that anything that is still intact from “the day” is now used for concert or legit presentations. There are very few single screens in Toronto. If you want to do some research just enter Toronto and look at every theatre. If CT says single screen and open then look at the individual entries for details. And on that subject, the Beacon in NYC is a concert venue. There are a few Broadway Theatres which have films in their history, but I can’t recall if any of them were originally film or just showed films at some point. Also, on Staten Island, the St. George has been beautifully restored and sometimes shows films. Some fabulous pictures on the site. Also check out the Hudson in NYC. Great restoration. A lot of the biggies became churches. The Albemarle in Brooklyn is amazing.
In San Francisco, the cavernous Golden Gate is used for live theatre. I believe it started out with films
That was then. The restoration is superb. They even included mirrors in the lobby which were part of the original design but not installed at the time of consturction. As I commented above, this is a must see. Unfortunately the Winter Garden, under the restoration/landmark rule does not have a regular projection system. When they do have a film presentation, which they did when last I was there, they had to bring in “portable” equipment.
A lot of the modernity described was also incorporated in Prudential’s Mid Island Theatre in Bethpage albeit with a more box like facade.
Trying to read the marquee. Can’t. Do they light the vertical?
But still no pylon
Another restaurant on the site.
The drive in closed in the 1980s. The driving range about ten years ago. The owner has made no effort to sell the property. Target has expressed an interest in building on the site but recent legislation bars new box stores on 25A. The developer has once last opportunity to appeal the ban which coincided with the upgrade of the 18 acre parcel from retail to recreational, a ruling which the owner had previously tried to overturn. In the past the NYS Court of Appeals rarely grants such motions. And so the pylon stands rotting in the midst of weeds, an unproductive eyesore.
I would doubt it. By 1951 that type of lettering was no longer used. The background was white opaque glass and the raised letters affixed on tracks.
That would be good since no pix of the theatre seem to be around.
From the photo above it would seem that the screen must have been very small in the beginning. Since the proscenium was very small what did they do to accommodate CinemaScope and the like?
PapaCat you should post your comments on the 43rd Street on the 43 Street site.
Don’t bet on it.
The universal thread in the comments is the lack of upkeep of theatres.
Not accessing, Ed. Says the page I’m looking for doesn’t exist.
Pretty dramatic photo in Black and White. Whets the appetite.
Ed it’s nice that you’ve posted current photos but, reviewing the comments, there is not one photo, or link, to see what the theatre looked like in the day. What kind of marquee was there? The interior was supposed to have been nice…….
From what I’ve seen on CT Carmike is an agressive company and, currently, they are not in the northeast.
It’s independent. Clearview wouldn’t want it. They deal with multiple screens. They are supposedly looking for other LI locations. Shame the Islip needs major remediation work for some sort of problem. That would be a good site.
But the upward slope was only for the first seven or so rows so the people wouldn’t have to crane their necks up to see the screen.
As you can see from the youtube video, the main floor is now level, as I mentioned previously. I really think they are limiting their options by taking this action since the building is long and sight lines could be problematic. Obviously, movies will not longer be an option. And there is talk of constructing a movie theatre in town.
Carmike website now shows the Marketplatz Center address referred to by Chuck. Since no one has added this to CT, despite the exchanges above, I will do so, with the hopes that the locals can flesh out the skeletal information available to me.