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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.
As a prospective nightclub owner, the task of opening a nightclub is a monumental undertaking. You need to sign a rental lease or buy the property outright.You need to pay utilities and taxes. You need to obtain a lot of insurance. You need to hire security and other staff members.You need to get that liquor license.
That last one is a biggie!!
Starting any business requires sound capital and responsible financing prior to beginning the licensing procedures.
I covered this very topic on Febuary 1st 2003 at:
A website chronicling the history of the Broadway theatre:
Okay heres some self-promotion or “plugging” (as we say in showbiz):
I actually supply Boulevard Drinks at 48 Journal Square (a few doors to the left of the Loew’s Jersey) with their Orange, Lemon-Lime, Lemonade, Grape, Fruit Punch, Pina Colada drinks. I recommend all of you enjoying a nice hotdog here and washing it down with one of my delicious beverages. Spiro is a good guy and a great customer…buys a lot from me too and I appreciate that in these strained economic times!
Seriously though nothing can be better than watching a cinema classic at the Loews Jersey and then walking about 10 feet away and enjoying a hot dog and a drink.I have done it plenty of times myself and enjoyed it each time.
Duplicated from /theaters/1381/
Okay heres some self-promotion or plugging(as we say in showbiz):
I actually supply Boulevard Drinks at 48 Journal Square (next door to the Loew’s Jersey) with their Orange, Lemon-Lime, Lemonade, Grape, Fruit Punch, Pina Colada drinks. I recommend enjoying a nice hotdog and one of my delicious beverages..Spiro will hook ya up!
Seriously nothing can be better than watching a cinema classic and then walking 10 feet away and enjoying a hot dog and a drink…I have done it plenty of times myself and enjoyed it each time.
The theatre has a website:
ATTENTION ALL READERS:
THERE IS A BULK OF LOEWS PARADISE INFO LOCATED AT
Borrowed from /theaters/1381/
Also known as Loew’s Paradise. This Grand Concourse movie palace still stands. Plans to restore are in limbo. The organ console is now at the fully-restored Loew’s Jersey on Journal Square in Jersey City, NJ.
(originally posted by DougDouglass on Aug 4, 2002 at 6:47pm)
Speaking of Roger Anthony’s Dec 25 2003 7:16pm posting:
Back in 1997, me and my friend Joey were going to open up a nightclub at this location: “The Double J Lounge”. I was in negotiations with the real estate broker. However my friend’s financing fell through.This has been the norm, as far as our business ventures go: finances usually are non-exsistent…we’re both working-stiffs. The moral of this comment: Starting any business requires sound capital and responsible financing prior to beginning the licensing procedures.
I remember seeing Pulp Fiction here. Back in 1999: I seen South Park in mid-august with no air-conditioning,that theatre was hot as hell.
As a little kid in the early 1980’s, me and my mom would take the A train out to see our relatives, who at the time lived in the Ocean Village houses at Beach 60th Street/Beach Channel Drive in Arverne-Rockaway Queens. Then when we got there Me, mom and all of the relatives would pile on the bus and go to see a movie at the Surfside Twin.Rockaway at that time still had an amusement park, shortly after crack burst upon the scene,that amusement park closed, the whole peninusla of Rockaway went on downward crime-driven spiral.
This was the theatre that my mom would take me to every Saturday afternoon back in the early 1980’s, we would smuggle in our own potato chips, pretzels and soda…the red-vested clad ushers would never search my moms Associated shopping bag…we would take the subway a few stops to the Steinway Street station and then walk down Steinway Street to 30th Avenue the theatre…as a little kid it seemed like a long walk.The four blocks were very long. There was a chinese restaurant (now a gothic cabinet craft) across the way and sometimes we would go in for some lunch before beginning our personal film festival. We would buy one adult and one child ticket and sneak from movie theatre to movie theatre, at that time it was 4 theatres, 2 on the top floor and 2 on the ground floor.We would get there at 1pm and leave at around 10pm and then head back to Greenpoint on the G train.The last movies… I’ve ever seen there were End of Days and American Beauty….coincidentally they were both in the ground floor- left theatre closer to 30th avenue, when seen.R.I.P UA Astoria Sixplex.
The exterior was featured in the backround of The French Connection as the Rio Piedras Theatre. This was the first Brooklyn area scene right after the opening sequence in Marsailles. Gene Hackman was dressed like Santa Claus and Roy Scheider was dressed as a hotdog vendor, they had the Oasis Bar under narcotics surveilance. Anyways the marquis of this theatre can be seen in the backround as their suspect flees down the block.“Have you ever picked your feet in Poughkipsee?”