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Update on Organ Project: Since I was not contacted again by Mr. Kansas, I have dropped the organ project. There have been some good oppurtunities that have been lost. Perhaps someday the managment/ownership may show an interest in restoring an organ.
Wishing the beautiful Palace theatre of Pitman,New Jersey a very successful future!
As I said in my many posts, above, the Walker would be one of the most practical former theatres to restore. It is a project that should be looked into. If I would live in the area, I would have done so already.
correction for my post:They certainly have the skills and wealth of material.
Perhaps Mr Crowley & Mr. Melnick of CINEMA TREASURES could produce their own doumentary on the movie palaces. They certanly have the professional skills and well of material.
David Brinkley did a half hour (A little less without the commercials) NBC special on the movie palaces which was based on “Best Remaining Seats” back in the 1960’s.It would be nice to see this replayed. I wish A&E would have not split their special since it broke the continuity. Before Cable Vision took over the AMC channel,the host would come from various former movie palaces, so that idea is not new. There is so much material that could be made into documentaries. I would like to see a special on the magnetic S.L. Rothafel (“Roxy”)– considered father of the movie palace.
The ambiance of the Boro Park, Loew’s 46th Street and other beautiful movie theatres like it, enhanced and complimented the movie going experience for me. From what little I can remember of it, seeing a movie and then a stage show following it, was something very unique and special.
The neighborhood began turning “orthodox” in 1966. The Boro Park began showing XXX films in retaliation for the egg throwing riot
when the owner had live shows on Saturday. Loew’s 46th Street did not show XXX rated films as a continous policy.
Pay-per-view is broadcasting a lot of the special concerts and sports events.
Recently I went to a local Upstate NY multiplex where I now live. Compared to the Bough Park and Loew’s 46th Street, it is nothing more than an uncomfortable screening room.
A very beautiful theatre! The very successful Proctors theatre in Schenectady,New York (USA),has recently enlarged its stage housing to accommodate the large sets for Broadway road shows. Wishing the State theatre a successful future.
The Walker building seems to be a good candidate for a theatre restoration in Brooklyn.
I recently made a brief visit to my old neighborhood of Borough Park. Any trace of the once beautiful homes are replaced by 5 story walk ups. It has become very crowded, catering almost exclusively to a religous sect which frowns upon theatres. If Loew’s 46th Street building was not functioning as a furniture store & warehouse, it would be torn down since land is so valuable in that area.
I don’t think this will be too successful. With improvements in home entertainment, why go to a movie theatre for a concert- espcially if it can be telecasted. Also, some of the audiences could tend to get rowdy.
Tom, Mr. Kansas,Director of Development, says he is interested in the organ and will discuss it with the leadership. He will get back to me next mid week as he has a busy schedule right now.
Tom, I appreciate your interest. I will forward this to the Palace.
In the meantime, I am contacting various sources.
At least an attempt is being made. I hope some people in the area will get involved.
Nothing comes easy. If money cold be found to restore the marquee, I am sure money can evenutally be found to put in the organ. A publicity campaign should be started to help this movement get off the ground.
If Radio City Music is called “the showplace of the nation,” than the Palace is “the showplace of the New York State capital.” With so many influencial people residing in Albany,it surprises me there is a lack interest.
I have contacted Gov. Pataki and other political figures about the
Palce theatre. As part of the renovation, an organ should have been
replaced. I am glad to know there are other members interested in the Palce theatre as well.
I have forwarded information about some stored theatre organs that may be donated to the Palace to Mr. Kansas. Since there is lack of funding, some skilled people would have to be willing to give their time to install it. It really surprises me that the state capitol of New York can not find people. Proctors' theatre in Schenectady, New York certainly found ways and are now very successful. I guess it depends on the enthusiasm, intelligence, and showmanship of those in charge.
The manager of the Palace theatre recently told me there is no active plan to replace the theatre organ because of lack of funds, however he is willing to work with a grass roots movement to get one.
What a shame this beautiful theatre doesn’t have one. Perhaps there is some member that can help. Contact:George Kansas <
The Palace Theatre in Albany New York should look into buying this theatre organ.
Looks like a nice cozy little theatre. I wish the owners success.