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I was doing summer stock up there in the 70’s and I believe this was the theater where a bunch of us went to see “The Spy Who Loved Me.” Carefree days !
Fond memory of 1958 when I was in high school. My Mom & I went to see Elaine Stritch & Don Ameche in “Goldilocks.” A fun musical in a gloriously classy theater. AND —– we spoke to Margaret Hamilton at the stage door !
I am reading a Dean Martin biography which states that Jerry Lewis did a comedy act here in 1942 when he was 16, and got discovered by an agent, who signed him up the next day.
But fortunately for everyone on this site who dares to voice a thought or opinion which stirs up your Messianic complex, there’s only one of YOU, thank God. How I wish Fabian’s Brooklyn Fox existed instead of you.
That most unpleasant aroma detected by everyone on this site is the dung-like condescension with which you spray your knowledge upon all of us. We on this site enjoy the companionship of sharing our friendly knowledge of an era which will never be forgotten, but which will never return. But the way YOU do it seems to indicate that you mistakenly believe yourself superior to all of us. We know that’s just not true, simply from detecting your tone. And as for your threat —– don’t mess with a gay Italian from 50’s Brooklyn, ‘cause I got friends in Red Hook who’ll lay you out to whale-SHIT !!! Have a lovely day, but lock that bathroom door next time you ascend your throne.
Warren, how come your shit don’t stink ? I have noticed you snide tone all over this site, and the smell of it doesn’t add cachet to your knowledge.
This place became a “dollar movie” where I saw “Over The Brooklyn Bridge” starring Elliot Gould.
I know what you mean, filmguy ! I’m 62 and live in Brooklyn. We once had over 250 theaters; many of them movie palaces. We now have less than a dozen, mostly crummy plexes. The nearest thing we have is the Loew’s Jersey over in Jersey City.
I’m so happy to say that I, too, was lucky enough to have a Castro experience all the way from Brooklyn ! I was visiting my sister in the ‘80s, and had never seen “Gilda” with Rita Hayworth, believe it or not. I got to see it, complete with organ serenade, and was happily dazzled !
In the 1950’s, 42nd Street was a wonderful place. One Friday night after classes at Xaverian High in Bay Ridge,my friend Ray Bush & I subwayed over for some spaghetti and then went to the Bryant to see “The Opposite Sex” with June Allyson & Joan Collins. Fond memories of a carefree youth when New York was truly New York !
I live ten or fifteen minutes from this theater, and a friend tells me it may be closing. Anybody else know anything about this ?
Someone posted a list of theaters from 1965 on this site, and the Earl is listed, showing “Mary Poppins.”
I remember seeing “The Turning Point” and “Who Is Killing The Great Chefs Of Europe ?” at the Avalon. Kings Highway was great in those days ! Also saw “Sweet Charity” and “Paint Your Wagon” at the Kingsway: big movies & big theaters !
In 1968 when I got out of the army, Flatbush Avenue was like the Times Square of Brooklyn: movie theaters, restaurants, book stores,record stores,ice cream parlors, and Macy’s. I was living in a furnished room (!) on Marlborough Road. How well I remember walking over to the Albemarle to see Bette Davis in “The Anniversary.” I also went down the street to the Loew’s Kings to see Kim Novak in “The Legend of Lylah Clare.” Imagine having FIVE movie theaters within walking distance of each other !
Someone mentioned the Anderson Theater on the lower east side. I actually went there with my mother around 1970 to see a stage revival of Kurt Weill’s “Mahagonny.” Yes, I guess all these theaters would have closed anyway, but what a heart-breaker that the 46th Street is almost intact,but is now a furniture store ! I would definitely go to the movies there if it re-opened. I’m just a few subway stops away.
In November of 1965, just before I was drafted, as a young man of 22, I went to see “Anya” at the Ziegfeld, and sat there totally enchanted. The critics decimated this last lovely operetta, and the developers decimated this last lovely theater. Now I’m a senior citizen of 62, and we have “Mama Mia” and multiplexes. Anybody got a time machine ?
This is one of the theaters I attended during my college years of 1961-1965 at the University of Windsor as a refugee from Brooklyn !
I remember seeing “I’m No Angel” with Mae West in the late ‘60s and losing a beautiful white silk scarf given to me by my father’s girl friend Rita. The things one remembers !
JustOldBob: Patty McCormack & Robert Wagner NEVER
took home the “magic statue”, although Patty was nominated.
I saw a great double bill here, maybe in the 60’s: “Pocketful of Miracles” and “The Best Man”.
I knew this would come, but I didn’t want to think about it. Although people still go to the movies, it seems there is no way to protect theaters from voracious, space-seeking developers. We indeed live in another world from the one in which I lived when I used to come home from Xaverian High School and wait for the bus in front of the Alpine. Although I mostly go to the Pavilion, since I live near there, I have been to the Alpine countless times. I went there in the ‘80s especially to see Dottie Lamour’s very last movie, “Creepshow II”. I took my Mom there to see a revival of “E.T.” I’ll certainly try to get there one more time before the end. If this keeps up, going to the movies will go the way of vaudeville. To quote my late Mom: “I’m glad I’m on my way out.” frankie from Brooklyn
In ‘67 or '68 I took my 2 kid sisters, ages 10 and 12, to see “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, complete with intermission music & exit music ! At a neighborhood theater ! Going to the movies was a family event in those days ! frankie from Brooklyn
I can vouch for the Lafayette. I took myself up there Saturday morning to see a sparkling b & w print of “The Road To Morocco.” My only complaint was not seeing Dottie’s name on the marquee ! Fond memories of technicolor musicals at the Biograph (with sheet music on the walls !) and Mae West at the Elgin. I wonder if anybody ever found that gorgeous white scarf I lost there that was given to me by my father’s girlfriend Rita ? (The things we remember !) Radio City Music Hall ? I took my 4th grade class there in the ‘70’s to see “1776”, and they kept getting up for refreshments ! But they loved hearing the cast album in class. Film Forum had a jam-packed showing of the deathless “Cobra Woman.” (“What have you got against Maria ? She was a GOOD WOMAN !!!”) frankie from Brooklyn
On an afternoon off in maybe the ‘80s I went to the Thalia to see my girl Dottie Lamour in “Slightly French”, and I brought my lunch ! How we film buffs depended on the Thalia before video ! My sister & I went to the Symphony to see “Barbarella.”
Right, but it could have been a revival. Neighborhood theaters used to bring back older movies once in awhile.I saw “Samson & Delilah” at the Avon on 9th Street in the late 50’s or early 60’s.