St. George Theatre

25 Hyatt Street,
St. George, NY 10301

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GregK
GregK on December 27, 2004 at 12:39 pm

The St George just completed its 1st annual Christmas Spectacular last week on Wednesday, December 22, 2004. A total of 7 shows. Most of the shows were close to sold out and most attendees were very pleased with the performances. Smiles all around. I had the privilege of playing an Allen ADC 4500 Theatre Organ at the start of each show, a'la Radio City Music Hall (which was loaned to the theatre by Steve Frank of Allen Organ Studios of New York thru a cooperative effort of myself and NYTOS). In all, about 10,000 or so people got to hear a theatre organ in the St. George in over 50 years! It was a very rewarding experience to say the least.

Greg K

poppy
poppy on December 19, 2004 at 10:34 am

Long live the ST. George Theater. I remember going there many times on dates, back in the 50’s. The good old days.

Jean
Jean on December 7, 2004 at 7:03 am

The evening was wonderful! Red carpet, a string trio, klieg lights, 4 trumpeters, wonderful food,open bar, waiters//waitresses galore, singing from an Irish tenor, a 16 piece band, awards, Senator Marchi (who had attended the St. George back in 1929), a huge Christmas tree, organ music( An Allen Organ loaned through the NYTOS ) played by Bernie Anderson and Greg Klingler, and 400 people. If you would like to see photos of the evening, feel free to e-mail me.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on December 6, 2004 at 8:31 am

How did the event go Saturday night?

Jean
Jean on November 30, 2004 at 3:01 pm

Tomorrow ( Wednessday ) there are plans for a temporary installation of an Allen Organ console to be installed at the St. George Theatre. This installation is in preparation for the 75th anniversary of the theatre’s opening which was on December 4th, 1929. The gala re-opening is to be this Saturday! The “loaner” will be at the theatre for about a month. Meanwhile, the nice folks at the New York Theatre Organ Society ( NYTOS ) are trying to aquire another organ for permanent installation in the theatre. We’ll keep our fingers crossed, and hope this comes to fruition! Thanks, NYTOS!

YMike
YMike on November 19, 2004 at 7:05 am

Sounds great. Hope it happens.

Jean
Jean on November 18, 2004 at 7:36 pm

Yankee…..

I have just been informed that someone will be coming to the theatre soon to check out the projection room. The St. George Theatre will try to start showing classics in the spring. Films that are planned are Casablanca, Gone With the Wind, and The Wizard of Oz.

YMike
YMike on November 18, 2004 at 1:05 pm

On the St. George web site there is mention of a classic movies night comming soon. Anyone know when this is happening?

nlttak
nlttak on November 14, 2004 at 9:08 am

Hi: For whatever it’s worth, The St George Theatre Wurlitzer organ console is now in a private home in Arlington Minnesota. It would be really nice to see it eventually returned to the theatre. It’s been around the country. First it was reinstalled in a pizza restaurant in Texas, then to a private home in Ontario, CA. then to Century Pipe Organs in Minneaplis and finally sold to Lawrence Crawford of Arlington MN. Best wishes: Terry Kleven…

Jean
Jean on November 14, 2004 at 4:44 am

Saps,

I have introduced the new owners to the gentleman who plays the organ ( a 1928 Wurlitzer ) and shows classic films at the Union County Arts Center in Rahway, NJ. They should be meeting this week to discuss classic films, etc. I am also trying to get an organ for the St. George as well. If you are in NYC ( staten Island ), why don’t you come to the theatre’s 75th gala anniversary, December 4th? For more information, visit their web site. In addition, should you wish to see more photos of the theatre’s interior, feel free to e-mail me.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on November 14, 2004 at 12:36 am

What’s the latest on the classic film series? I’d love to see a great old movie in a great old theater.

owneroftheatre
owneroftheatre on October 13, 2004 at 4:20 pm

The theatre will not be sold.

ghost6873
ghost6873 on October 13, 2004 at 1:24 pm

If you haven’t already don so, you guys better get this theatre its landmarks status. There are plans in the works for someone to buy it back from Rosemary, at a sum that she may not resist, and to level the entire block to make way for a tall residential tower, as well as commercial space. It is inevitable that a building will go up next door, but do not allow the theatre to be vulnerable!

owneroftheatre
owneroftheatre on October 8, 2004 at 10:26 pm

Hi Jean,
Vito, Please contact us at the theatre regarding classic movie series, we want to get this going.
Peter, Please contact us at the theatre regarding classic movie series. We need your assistance.

thanks
Doreen
718-442-2900

Jean
Jean on September 23, 2004 at 10:56 am

Yes Mike, but seeing IS believing. One has to go inside to appreciate the true grandeur and splendor of this theatre.

I am so glad the theatre is FINALLY open to tour goers of Staten Island and the St. George area. Hip, hip, hooray for Mrs. Rosemary and her family!

YMike
YMike on September 23, 2004 at 7:17 am

In the Brooklyn section of today’s NY Daily News there is a nice picture of the balcony of this theatre. Is that what it looks like now?

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on September 16, 2004 at 8:04 pm

I do hope the plans for films come through. For an idea of the types of shows you might want to consider running, check out two film classics series that are currently running in the New York/New Jersey area:

Big Screen Classics at the Lafayette Theatre, Suffern, NY – www.bigscreenclassics.com (this is the series that I run)

The Movie Palace Experience – at the Union County Arts Center (Rahway Theatre), Rahway, NJ – www.ucac.org (Bernie Anderson is in charge of this series)

Feel free to contact me if you’d like any assistance.

Pete Apruzzese
Director of Film Programming
Big Screen Classics at the Lafayette Theatre

Garth
Garth on September 16, 2004 at 5:53 pm

recently i again toured the theatre, ms rosemary is doing a spectacular job.like vito, i would very much appreciate an occasional classic movie night.the thought of seeing a film in this venue is very exciting,perhaps it could be once a month or so….

Vito
Vito on September 6, 2004 at 11:09 am

Thank God!
Doreen, the red valance above the stage curtain can also be lowered for cleaning. I cleaned it as best I could. I’m off to Hawaii, where I lived for 10 years, see you in about two weeks.

owneroftheatre
owneroftheatre on September 6, 2004 at 10:52 am

Stage curtain is still there and in working condition!!!!

Vito
Vito on September 6, 2004 at 5:22 am

I am comcerned about the speaker system. The one removed was an
Altec model A4 Voice of the Theatre with two 15" woofers and a hi Frequency horn loaded in an 800 lb cabinet. If anyone knows were we might get a speaker of that type please let us know. I just hope my Altec Lansing poer amplifiers are still in the booth. Doreen, you did not mention the red stage curtain, is it still there?

Jean
Jean on September 5, 2004 at 9:05 pm

Hi Doreen,

I KNEW of the hole in the usher’s dressing room. As a matter of fact, I got on hands and knees to pull stuff in that was inside that hole. Some of the items were tattered ushers uniforms, a wallet, iron items, pieces of signs, and plenty of liquor bottles! :) Did you see the Snow White cardboard ad that was found and the Lifesaver’s display? Some of the stuff is really great. Other items are difficult to decipher. The graffitti was there from earlier times ( probably the 70’s ). Other than that I know very little except for what you told me.

owneroftheatre
owneroftheatre on September 4, 2004 at 7:39 pm

JEAN,
SHE (AND YOU KNOW WHO I’M REFERRING TO) CLEARED THE STAGE OF EVERYTHING. THE ONLY THING SHE LEFT US WAS JUNK! You have no idea of the damage she has cost us: every seat in the front mezz. was slit, the marble mantel and wall in the orchestra was torn to pieces, grafitti in every restroom, holes in dressing room walls, the roof was neglected and will cost us millions to repair interior dome, hole in the center of the stage, I could go on and on — BLATANT VANDALISM DONE BY THE CARETAKER HERSELF!!!!!!

YOU FAIL TO REALIZE THAT WE ARE ONLY WORKING WITH THE BEST IN THE THEATE AND RESTORATION BUSINESS. Of course, we are restoring the phone booths and they will be working soon.
As to the items you mentioned, anything of value was saved but whatever is gone was gone before we took over. Please keep in mind that we are restoring this magificient theatre because we LOVE it and have many fond memories of it as native Staten Islanders. The theatre’s best interest is always our upmost priority.

Vito,
Yes, the screen is still there. We look forward to meeting with you to start a movie series soon.
Doreen

BobFurmanek
BobFurmanek on September 3, 2004 at 11:51 am

Thanks so much Warren. I’ll add those to the listings.

That’s probably the case with the Orpheum. The sign on the facade makes no mention of movies.

Thanks again!

Bob

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 3, 2004 at 11:45 am

Bob, I can’t find any listings for the Paterson Orpheum in FDYBs. Perhaps the Orpheum was never used as a movie house, or had a later name. The Passaic Palace had 1,400 seats, and the Clifton Strand 665.