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I first went to this theatre in 1992- I seen a billing of Taxi Driver and Midnight Cowboy for like $8 dollars- maybe even cheaper as I was a High School student in my junior year. I also seen a double billing of Five Easy Pieces and The Last Detail around then also.
In my senior year of high school my English teacher Bobby Glynn, assigned us Chauncer’s Canterbury Tales…there was a showing of
the filmed version of Canterbury Tales with Bonnacio’s (sp?) Decammeron Nights..that was in 93. That was awesome.
The screen was a squared 1:44:1 Full Frame- (as Kubrick would say) and I believe there was rear projection- because I used to sit kind of close and never noticed my shadow on the screen- no handpuppet action there.
I recall the upcoming features were always printed on colored legal lettersized paper (8.5x14)..each month was a different color…I recall Red, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Green and White.
And yes Hardbop, the King verdict was announced on a friday.
I sell the Pizzeria their non-carbonated beverages.
“lonely sad naked guys” need love too.
That snippet of comment had to be the best thing I have ever read here…awesome!
I was going to some rave at the Ritz near the David in 93, I had no idea there were 2 Davids- I wonder which one the Ritz was near?
Thankyou Ross Melnick, for that awesome picture of the old Waverly.
Does anyone know if IFC is going to use the name Waverly in the new theatres name?
My first movie ever there was in 1979ish, it was Peter Sellers last
film- they found him dead soon after- “Fu Manchu” was the name of the movie -or some derivation there-of.
I am happy to have an opportunity to see movies there again…I think the last time I seen a movie at the Waverly was in 2000, that was the Blues Brothers 2000…it was in the lower level…then I seen some movie with Stephen Bauer (Manny from Scarface ‘83) there also.
Last year I seen exterior work being done including the demolition
of the marquis and facade.I said to myself “Oh No- these real-estate developers want to close down another theatre”
But Thankfully thats not the case.
If you were to walk down West 41st Street going from 8th Avenue to Bway- the side closer to 42nd…there is an old movie theatre…sort of in the back of the Empire monstrosity, its near a hotel.I seen the interior of the theatre one day as daylaborers were doing some sort of work and had the doors opened up…there was a stage and a lower level of seating and a small set of upper balcony seating- The seats seemed to be a dark brownish/burgundy type..I noticed some ornate plasterwork beneath the balcony section.
my spanish being bad- I could not communicate properly the need to go in and explore….
Could this be the Anco…or does anybody know what theatre that was.
there might be a clock on the facade?It has perplexed me…
Theres also a Midway theatre in Forrest Hills, Queens on Queens Blvd.
Until logging on today I had no ideas that there were others-
The only Midway theatre I ever heard about was on Queens Blvd in Forrest Hills-Queens. I have never heard “The Eagle Theatre” referred to as “The Midway Theatre”, my basis for this fact comes from talking to members of my family, I can trace us being in Greenpoint, Brooklyn since about 1885.
I had one of the worst blind dates in the history of blind dates here, it was in the summer of 1997. My friend Joey’s latest girl-flavor Lisa hooked me up with her friend, some Chinese woman from Sunset Park: I think she was a nurse at Beth Israel.Anyway the 4 of us all decided to see Face Off with Nicholas Cage and John Travolta. Great movie… bad date.If I recall we were on the bottom floor, I don’t remember the sound or picture quality (due to the passage of time-and nothing else unfortunately:(
The Grateful Dead recorded a live performance here on October 31, 1971.It would later be officially released as Dicks Picks Volume 2 by Grateful Dead Records as GDCD4019 in 1995.The disc features Dark Star> Jam> Sugar Magnolia> Not Fade Away> Going Down the Road Feeling Bad> Not Fade Away.
I am horrified at the closings of movie theaters; movies as well as their theaters are a part of who I am. In my thirty years: I have seen countless films at countless theaters that are sadly no longer around, a theatre that comes to mind is The Commodore Theatre in Brooklyn, NY.
It appears to be another sad day for movie theatres.
RIP Jerry Orbach
The Palace Theatre can be seen in the backround of the 1973 television pilot-movie “The Marcus-Nelson Murders”. This was the movie that introduced the world to Telly Savalas as Lt. Theo Kojak.
You can see the theatre prominently featured as the character Louis Humes is being falsely arrested and detained in connection with an attemped Rape.
Heres some trivia for you:
On the door of Kojaks office…his name was spelled “Kojack” as opposed to the commonly known and accepted derevation of “Kojak”.
His brother George is also seen as a reporter named “Deems”, I wouldn’t of recognized him without his trademark curly-top, which must have been soaked into oblivion with Brillcreme..a little dab’ll do ya!
Caribe Theare can be seen directly in the backround towards the end of the 1976 film “Rockers”. This was a modern-day Robin Hood story with a happy reggae soundtrack and alot of Rastafarians smoking massive ammounts of marijuana. It also featured an all-star cast of reggae legends including Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, Richard “Dirty Harry” Hall,Jacob Miller,Gregory Issacs,Burning Spear,Kiddus I, Robbie Shakespeare.
Someone has just emailed me and just told me that the URL
I submitted for The Broadway Theatre on February 1st 2004 is no longer there..
Unfortunatly URL’s come and go.
But for all of you interested in The Broadway Theatre, just do some
online searches- thats how I ran across the URL to begin with.
Another good thing is actually capturing the whole webpage…
File>Save As> Web Page, complete (.htm .html)> Save.
Now you have pictures and text from that website for your own usage.
The Reseda Theatre’s marquis was featured in the opening sequence in Boogie Nights. That was where the title of “Boogie Nights” was actually displayed upon.
Back in the early 90’s me and my friends from our local chapter of B'nai Brith Youth Organization over at Temple Emmanuel (where are ya Rabbi Bloch?) would all get together and see movies at The Canarsie Triplex..I rememember it being a huge auditorium divided into 3 sections…one for each theatre.
The mens bathroom always hada flood at the urinals and a constant stream of putrid dis-colored vileness flowing towards the doorway.The sinks drain was stuffed with popcorn or jollyranchers, so would ultimately overflow and mix in with the urinal mess.
Now I never got mugged or felt threatened there, but it was just horrifically unsanitary.
But I never have to worry about going there again (if it was still open) since my friends from B'nai Brith all moved out to the island and we now frequent the Roosevelt Raceway theatre.
Thank you for clearing that information up for me.I was not aware of The United Artists Rittenhouse Square 3…but I will be back in Philly and shall investigate.
Thank You again.
Wow, I was in Philly on October 1st too.But I was on the other side…at the Wachovia Center for Springsteen, Fogerty and REM.
That was a very good show! The Mushroom Pizza Steak with provolone and the delicious french fries at Pats Steaks weren’t bad either.
Thanks to Cinema Treasures, I must now go and investigate. I will be in Philadelphia on October 1st.I must also take some pictures and submit them to my favorite website..which coincidentally happens to be Cinema Treasures.
I must retract my false address…it was 20th and Chestnut as opposed to the 20th and Locust.
My deepest apologies.
Happy Patriots Day.
I am glad to read that the Sam Eric 4 was never a gay-porn house…Not that anything is wrong with gay porn..or porn for that matter..but enough preaching.
I was just under the assumption that since the Sam Eric 4 at 20th and Locust was not located too far from the gay Walnut strip in Center City..where on a Saturday night at about 2am, Walnut between 13th and Juniper is jumping with tranvestite prostitutes and their pimps…I was staying at the Holiday Inn Express Midtown over the labor day 2004 weekend.
I would say that I was lead to my mis-conclusion by Johnathan Demme’s Philadelphia film with Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington..(for my money two of the best actors that Hollywood has ever turned lose on the world.)
There was that comment that the Jason Robards character made during the trial about the theatres on Walnut (maybe a nod towards Locust) …so that gave me the fodder for my assumptions…false as they may have been.
Happy Patriots Day
Wow so much history! I have been shopping at Dr Jays for years and years, and never in a million years would have ever considered that that store was a former movie theatre.
Hello me again, according to the website …the address is 25-22 Astoria Blvd, as opposed to 25-24?
Warren if you ever write that book, I would be very into reading and getting it autographed.
Gentlemen, You both obviously care enough about the cinema, so much to actually contribute insightful information to this website..and I for one appreciate your various entries of information.Like for example I will be going to my friends wedding at the Astoria World Manor in November. I wouldn’t have known that that catering hall was once a movie theatre known as the Crescent. See that aspect of its history now fascinates me. Now I will not only be looking at the hall as a building , I will be looking at as a former theatre and will give it its due respects.History is around us and its all about uncovering that history. Thank You Both, VGreenpoint