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It’s interesting to note that when Century started expanding into shopping centers they also left their normal stomping grounds of Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island for the Richmond and the Paramus.
Picture of original structure uploaded.
Photo of the Prospect in the day uploaded.
Uploaded photo showing vertical
Uploaded a picture from the 40s. Nothing on the marquee. Was it closed then?
Uploaded picture from the day.
Photos uploaded of the marquee in the day, the interior and the empty building before demolition.
There is no real link. Just below the name of the theater there are several option; photos is one of them.
You have to look in the photos section.
Photo uploaded of marquee in the twin phase.
Photo uploaded with marquee showing Triplex.
Photo of opening marquee uploaded.
Splashy marquee shot for Network uploaded.
Photo uploaded with Eldee as the first retail tenant. The basic form of the marquee was retained in the signage. The Park, however, never had a vertical, to my knowledge.
Interior photo as single screen space uploaded.
Ad from the day uploaded.
Uploaded photo taken after closure from American Classic Images. Marquee is quite beat up at this time. When Jericho Turnpike was widened the front of the marquee was hit several times. The neon around the signage was covered with aluminum and the “A Century Theatre” was removed.
Uploaded photo of a later marquee in the 1950s. Note the vertical is gone. Was there until shortly before.
Uploaded day and nighttime photos of the period when a triplex. Didn’t realize the boxy marquee was over the shell of the original humpback/turtle.
1940 ad from Newsday and brief 1939 article announcing the reopening of the former Roosevelt Theater as the modern Nassau uploaded.
Big problem is there is no community push. The thing with Queens, it is the most diversely populated borough with the majority of the people of more recent origin than when the Keith’s was functioning.
Some places created auditoriums on the stage area or in dressing rooms. Both present here.
There is still talk about preserving it. Just what is left to preserve after all this time? Anybody been in there lately?
Not all the proposed projects make it to completion: the Paramount in Stapleton, Staten Island was killed by bureaucracy; the Times Square on 42nd Street reno also died. I agree that it’s encouraging when you hear about some of these projects but I think the Keith’s is just too far gone with no real push.