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Hi I passed by the theatre on October 6th and was surprised to see it closed.
I was so in disbelief that I decided to snap a few pics with my
camera phone and here they are.
The site is still barebones, nothing on there but these 2 pics.
Hopefully I’ll be getting over to that neck of the woods to snap some more pics ASAP.
I made a mental note to myself to always carry my digital in case i happen to spot other note-worthy items.
History is amazing.
I had no idea that there was ever a movie theatre at this stripmall.
I briefly hung out in Canarsie from about 1992-1995.I would be in that stripmall for knishes at “KingDavids” (now a laundromat).
Does anyone know if the Russian Banquet Hall that turned into the Rite-Aid drug store- which is in the western corner of the stripmall was the theatre?
Sadly I was only able to experience the Apollo Theatre as its final incarnation of The Academy and fortunate enough to even make it into the backstage area and into a few of the afterparties…it was a great place to see shows.
In order to get into the venue, you would enter through the 239 West 43rd Side. ..in reality that must have been the emergency exit for this venue during its earlier days.
The main West 42nd Street entrance and lobby became the makeshift storage area for roadcases (boxes that would transport the equipment)
and whatever else needed to be stored away from the eyes of the concert-goers…garbage dumpsters etc.
The bathrooms were reached by descending down a flight of stairs into the basement. They were poorly kept (well atleast the mens room was).Grafitti and urine were prevalent everywhere.
Next to the bathroom stairs was the merchandise stand…I picked up some
nice stuff here (that doesnt fit anymore- as alot happens in 10 years)
The stage that acts used was a temporary stage- it wasn’t an original stage. The stage was made of plywood platforms, which were painted black and set upon construction grade steel scaffolding.They hung a black tarp along the bottom of the stage surface, which touched the floor.I made note of all of this walking backstage, where I was able to catch a side-view of the stages skeleton.
The backstage area was reached by a set of stairs. Each dressing room was a tiny 8x8 (in comparison Roseland on W.52nd St. has huge basement dressing rooms) There were about 1 or 2 dressing rooms per level, I imagine there were about 5 levels.
Whenever they had an afterparty it was usually in the balcony section bar.
The baclony was reached from the main level (orchestra) by a set of stairs on each side.
I began going there in 1994,I met a few of the big names in metal- Pantera, Crowbar, Biohazard, Suicidal Tendencies, Down.The parties were always ill-maintained and if you made it upstairs before the security started locking the place down for the invittaion-only afterparty.You were set.
There was a suicide here during a March 26th 1996 Black 47 performance, an off duty cop shot himself in the heqd and the bullet, went through another 2 people (some Kennedy magic bullet action)
That might have been the last time I was there March 26th 1996
So the now former parking lot at the corner of 8th Avenue & W. 42nd was the former site of the Anco theatre.Thats amazing I too parked my car in there. I never even knew or even thought that a theatre could have been on that spot.After reading this its completely plausible.
Thank you for answering my question.
forgive the double entry- aol was cracking out on me (site not found…blah blah)
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.