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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
This theatre can be best remembered as being the exterior location for one of the best pieces of dialogue ever captured on film.
The film was 1971’s “The Omega Man” with Chuck “Moses” Heston as Robert Neville, scientist/lone non-mutated survivior of bio-warfare.
Neville has just come out the Olympic, smiling after seeing yet another screening of the film Woodstock and has just looked up at the late-afternoon into dusk sky and becomes concerned…
“There is no phone ringing! dammit!"
"There is no phone!”
“Oh my God its almost dark!"
"They’ll be waking up soon!”
If you happen to own the Omega Man dvd.During that Woodstock sequence,you can zoom in on the theatre marquis and will be able to notice that something involving Mohammed Ali is happenning there.
The East 13th Street portion (or rear of this theatre’s building) can be seen in Taxi Driver. The action with Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster and Harvey Kietel all take place around the corner from The Jefferson.
The Astor Plaza is on its way out also.
I am a vendor for Reese- owners of Tads steaks. Tads closed out of this location about 2 weeks ago. We picked up our beverage dispenser and said goodbye to a very lucrative cutomer…I had no idea about MTV being the culprit here, a VP over at Reese told me that they were “letting the lease lapse”. I was under the impression that the lack of the tourist dollar led to the demise of TAD-255 at 1515 BWAY.
1515 BWAY needs another studio for TRL like I need another hole in my head. What is happenning here?
I seen Rocky V in 1990,The Godfather Twenty-fifth anniversary re-release in 1997 and The X-files Movie in 1998 at this theatre. This was a great theatre. You would have to take a few escalators to get down to the theatre level.
I am saddenned by the loss.
I seen Oliver Stones “The Doors” here in 1991. I was like 16 and snuck in the side exit. I walked in backwards and then reversed myself for the ultimate walk up the stairs against the crowd and managed to get into the theatre for the next showing.That was a fun memory from a fun time in life.
Eric, I beleive I might be able to get in contact with Angel and Arthur, they were my customers, whom I use to sell to.I think you have a great idea, hopefully your investor friends might be able to keep the $6.double feature price plan, I do have the beverage situation coverered.Drop me a line and we can try to get the ball rolling.