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I visited the American last Saturday night to see ‘Flushed Away’ and was overall impressed with the theatre (the film was pretty good, too). The lobby is in excellent shape, and while the auditorium I was in – the main right orchestra – was a little run-down (slight water damaged on the ceiling, the floor in need of a paint job in spots), and the men’s room stalls didn’t have doors, it’s obvious Stewart Epstein knows he has a valuable and all-too-rare commodity on his hands (a neighborhood movie house) and does the best he can in maintaining it on a presumably limited – at best – profit margin.
I walked by last night and the marquee was illuminated… not to tout new movies or a grand re-opening as of yet (at least for now), but to broadcast to interested passersby the availability of 15,000 square feet for lease, being offered by Robert K. Futterman. The exterior one-sheet display cases, as they have been for months, were also lit up, while the entrance doors were covered from the inside by a black tarp. Let’s hope, as shaky a proposition as it currently is, that someone swoops in, realizes its possibilities, and reopens it as a cinema.
After several years of lying in wait, the Music Palace has been demolished, presumably to be replaced by the retail/residential development which first came into discussion in the late ‘90s.
Does anyone know if the Plaza is currently being converted – or should I say reconverted? – into a multi-screen cinema or did the people who ran it since it reopened last year pull out altogether?
That appears to be the case, Howard, as both their telephone recording has been turned off and their listing in today’s NY Post Movie Clock advises potential guests to call the theatre for showtimes. Meanwhile, the New Metro Twin website for several weeks made mention that ‘The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, & the Wardrobe’ was scheduled to open there on December 9th, but, sometime last week, that announcement had been removed. I suspect all that evidence points to Peter Elson having given up the fight, not that the Metro had a fighting chance under his management…
According to the June 30, 2005 Canarsie Courier article posted below (http://www.canarsiecourier.com/news/2005/0630/TopStories/016.html), the Canarsie Theater and the other properties within the bulding which houses it may become the new home of the Word Aflame Community Church…
Plans Set To Convert Canarsie Theater Into A Church
By Charles Rogers
If negotiations taking place within the next few weeks go as planned, the Canarsie Theater, with an exterior that has been in a rotting state for more than a year and a half â€" will be turned into a church by next spring.
Rev. Rudolph Mitchell, spiritual leader of the Word Aflame Community Church, at 9530 Avenue L, who recently met with contractors and principles, told the Canarsie Courier that a purchase â€" â€œin the $1 million rangeâ€ â€" is currently in the works.
â€œWe looked at renditions and blueprints for the building, including the group of stores that had been associated, and showed some of them to our congregation at last Sundayâ€™s services,â€ said Rev. Mitchell, â€œand they were not only very receptive, but they were blown away!
â€œDuring our meetings with the other principles, many other facets of what the building would house came up,â€ he said. â€œFor instance, the store that was on the corner of East 93rd Street will be utilized as a Community Resource Center, where there would be social services provided, including administration of after school programs, youth activities and perhaps a day camp facility.â€
The first phase of the construction, which would be completed by March, 2006, will include complete renovation of the front and side of the building. Within that phase, offices, a community day care and learning center and a sanctuary to seat 800 people will be constructed. A book store and community resource center will be completed by November, 2006. Other amenities will eventually be added, such as a banquet hall and conference rooms.
Rev. Mitchell said his wife, Dion, an assistant principal at Bushwick High School, is handling all the aspects of the learning center, including setting up the curriculum.
He said the Word Aflame Church is an Apostolic church and that the physical property of the church itself would be â€œmedium-sized.â€
â€œWe have the support of a bank that has given us tentative loan approval pending a few minor negotiations and we are asking our parishioners and others to offer their support,â€ he added. â€œWe are extremely excited about the project.â€
While not an official landmark, the Canarsie Theater was once the center of community social life here. In recent years, however, it fell victim to a poor economy and falling patronage. The last feature movie, as emblazoned on its decaying marquee, was a remake of â€œCheaper By The Dozen,â€ starring Steve Martin, which played there in December, 2003.
What architectural elements (screens, curtains, concession stands, etc.), if any, remain from the space’s movie theatre days, gmad?
Loews has to be losing money on it, so why not just close it and pay out the rent for the remainder of the lease?
Do you know when the lease is scheduled to run out, William?
I’m certain the color photo in the intro is that of the main entrance to Symphony Space (or, what was at the time, THE entrance to Symphony Space). The Symphony Space marquee was boxy, as is the marquee in the photo above (the two Thalia marquees of recent vintage were both curvy in form) and the first image within the Peter Jay Sharp slideshow on the Symphony Space web page (http://www.symphonyspace.org/institutional/rental.php) illustrates both a downward sidewalk slant and an entranceway similar in form to that of the original Symphony Space.
You caught me, Mark, just as I was typing my message – good eye…
Both Chuck1231 and lostmemory’s recently posted links are actually links to images of the New Beverly Cinema: /theaters/1156/
The color photo in the introduction above actually shows a conversion of the Symphony Space entrance, which is still there and is separate from the entrance to the Thalia.
Why would Clearview be resuming at the Ziegfeld the engagement of a film (‘The Baxter’) which completely tanked in its 47-theatre, tri-state run, and, from all reports, most notably at the Ziegfeld? Seems to be, to say the least, highly unlikely. I suspect, as per Totoro’s post from September 5th, the Ziegfeld will be re-opening on the 23rd with ‘Flightplan’.
Make that ‘decrepit’ from my comment yesterday…
Agreed, Ian; the Independent Film Festival of Boston is a super film festival. I’ve managed to catch a few screenings when I’ve been back home and I’ve been very impressed – with the quality and diversity of the films which have been shown, the guests who’ve come to town with their films (Steve Buscemi and Bill Pullman, I know of, to name a couple), the panels, and the overall operation.
The Boston Film Festival could be a great compliment to the IFFB, catching the films ready to make the festival rounds in the fall; to think of the slate of films this year’s festival alone could have brought to town: ‘Shopgirl’, ‘A History of Violence’, ‘Elizabethtown’, ‘Brokeback Mountain’… the list goes on…
The street address of the Thalia was/is 250 W. 95th Street.
The ideal for the Boston Film Festival would be for it to be helmed by a committee consisting of Robin Dawson (who I understand is heading operations for this year’s festival) and the programming directors of the Brattle and Coolidge Corner Theatres and the film program at the MFA. The result would be a group of individuals who have contacts within the world of Hollywood (Dawson) and those who have the same within the art-house and independent film worlds. There’d obviously be a lot of work to do to achieve a modicum of its reputation, but at worst Boston could potentially have a film festival that could potentially at some point be mentioned in the same breath as the NY Film Festival.
I was told by someone who snuck a look during the final months when the Pilgrim was still open for business that the balcony had become decripit from neglect and unsafe for physical occupation.
Prior to the dual-engagement run of ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ at the Village East and the Angelika in the spring of 2003, the main auditorium of the Village East, with new seats then recently installed, was sold in ads in the Village Voice as having stadium seating.
This was my neighborhood supermarket when I first moved to NYC; I never would have guessed the building which houses it was once a movie theatre. Thanks to everyone for your memories and the information you posted, and thanks to you, Warren and Ed, for the photos.
Maybe I’m wrong, but shouldn’t they have been, or weren’t the above comments supposed to have been posted on another part of this site?
Guess this is one of many demarcation points of film nerdom (and it’s not remotely close to being a truly useful exercise), but does anyone else, after certain, presumably beloved theatres close, on occasion wonder or imagine what new releases would have been booked into them? (i.e., it doesn’t seem a stretch for me to conceive, for example, ‘The Constant Gardener’ having been booked into the Beekman… )
Pest control notices = proof that the ‘end’ for the Beekman and the other buildings on its block is near; I’d guess demolition is likely to begin sometime between mid-October to early November.
What’s the layout of the three screens at the Kent?