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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 21, 2004 at 1:48 am

Those pictures listed above seem like that same kind that played to empty houses coast-to-coast, helping kill many old theaters in the process. I think Hollywood forgot how to make movies for a while.

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Mike (saps) commented about Mayfair Theatre on Jul 21, 2004 at 1:45 am

And maybe the Lyric should have its own listing.

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Mike (saps) commented about Mayfair Theatre on Jul 21, 2004 at 1:44 am

“I was amazed to read that the Lyric is still standing(it was playing My Fair Lady when I was a boy in ‘65 at $4.00 a seat!!I know that because my aunt went to see it there as it was the only thing they could get tickets to that evening. No wonder.) It is called the Park and is now a porno house.”

Sorry to report that this too is closed and it looks like demolition is at hand. The neighboring Palace Amusements building is now a pile of rubble, and this theater’s exit doors are boarded up.

I visited this last summer, and many architectural elements and posters advertising old Asbury Park cinemas were still visible inside.

In the above link, reprinted here, you can see the Lyric in the bottom image, directly to the right of the Mayfair. It still looks the same, but with marquee and signage.

If you want an in-person look you’d better hurry because its days seem numbered.

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Mike (saps) commented about Beach Cinema on Jul 21, 2004 at 1:34 am

I was here this past weekend and they present a lovely show. The 7:10 Sunday show was packed, over two-thirds full, and it was great to see a big crowd in an old moviehouse. The words “Palace” are still set in the front sidewalk. There’s a well lit neon and flourescent marquee giving the name of the feature and its star player.

The auditorium is spotless, all on one level, with good seats and sightlines. Curtained walls and lighted sconces on both sides.

There is no stage curtain, but red lights gently bathe the screen while instrumenal verisons of pop hits play. No adverts or slides!

As the music and houselights fade, a slide of the theater’s logo, “BC” in olde english-type font, is shown, while an organ music fanfare is played. Wow!

This is followed by a film strip announcing “Starts Friday.” A nice touch that you don’t see much anymore.

After the one trailer plays, another filmstrip announces “Our Feature Attraction.”

And on with the show. I was especially happy to see that the image on the screen was bright and clear, and the sound system just loud enough.

Kudos to the owner and management, who obviously love running this local but charming showhouse.

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Mike (saps) commented about Baronet Theatre on Jul 21, 2004 at 1:20 am

I passed by this weekend and this house looks closed. Except that the paint job in front, in an Egyptian style, seems in pristine condition and there is no graffiti on the building.

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Mike (saps) on Jul 21, 2004 at 1:18 am

This theatre was torn down and an apartment building is now in its place.

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Mike (saps) commented about Astor Theatre on Jul 21, 2004 at 1:16 am

The two Gaiety’s are the same in name only. The present one, located above Howard Johnson’s restaurant, was never a playhouse or moviehouse, to my knowledge.

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Mike (saps) commented about Maplewood Theatre on Jul 21, 2004 at 1:12 am

Well, 1400 is about the size of the Astor Plaza, so it must have seemed pretty big in a small town like Maplewood. Plus, 1400 seats all on one level is pretty vast, especially with a narrow lobby flowing into a sea of seats.

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Mike (saps) commented about PlayStation Theater on Jul 16, 2004 at 6:45 am

Name that theater, Bruce!

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Mike (saps) commented about Big Cinemas Manhattan on Jul 15, 2004 at 1:23 am

There’s a half-page full color ad (or is it add?) in Time Out New York #458 July 8-15, 2004, announcing the grand opening. The ad mentions the films above, but they are also opening “Harold & Kumar go to White Castle,‘ a mainstream release, on July 30. Here is the web address:

I hope they’ve added some charm!

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Mike (saps) commented about Roxy Theatre on Jul 14, 2004 at 3:13 am

I heard these lyrics to “You’re the Top” as sung by its composer Cole Porter and thought of this marvelous site:

You’re romance,
You’re the Steps of Russia.
You’re the pants
On a Roxy usher.

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Mike (saps) commented about Joyce Theater on Jul 13, 2004 at 9:46 pm

I’d seen the Elgin movie house advertised but never visted.

Now, better a dance theater than a chuch, or worse.

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Mike (saps) commented about Maplewood Theatre on Jul 6, 2004 at 2:10 am

All on one level — no balcony.

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Mike (saps) commented about PlayStation Theater on Jul 3, 2004 at 3:09 pm

Good grief.

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Mike (saps) commented about Playpen Theatre on Jul 2, 2004 at 5:06 am

This is now a porno emporium called the Playpen, but there is a lot of theatrical detail left, both downstairs and upstairs, it you look toward the ceiling and not on the floor!

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Mike (saps) on Jun 30, 2004 at 4:08 pm

The Whitman also ended as a single screen. I remember reading that the landlord would not allow any twinning or other multiplexing, thus making it harder for management to make a buck. I don’t remember the name of the other (outdoor) mall where the York Theater was. I’m glad to see that now both the Whitman and the York will be added to the ever-growing list of lost movie houses.

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Mike (saps) on Jun 30, 2004 at 3:42 pm

Unless you mean the York theatre, which was also on New York Avenue, (the northern extension of Route 110) next to a now-closed Sears.

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Mike (saps) on Jun 30, 2004 at 3:39 pm

You are referring to the Whitman Theater, which has a listing on this site. There was a Huntington Theater on New York Avenue, which I believe is now a performing arts center.

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Mike (saps) commented about Playpen Theatre on Jun 30, 2004 at 3:37 pm

I was in there just the other day, looking around. Despite its present use as an adult bookstore and peepshow, there is still plenty to see of the old theatre.

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Mike (saps) commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 25, 2004 at 7:48 am

I passed this theater again today. It is a shame that the only surviving Times Square movie house is shuttered. As the last of a breed it should be treasured, and by more than just us. I wonder if anyone could make a go of a single screen theatre nowadays…look at the trouble filling the Astor Plaza and the Ziegfeld. But those two are really new houses, not classics. Since the Mayfair (the DeMille? anything but Embassy 2-3-4!!!) is the only movie house directly on Times Square, with that wraparound sign above it still is use, it seems a perfect spot for premieres, exclusives, maybe even a spot for the much-desired Cinerama revival, a wish that seems to crop up on many of these message boards. We have this possible treasure just sitting there. What’s a fanatic to do?

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Mike (saps) commented about Gramercy Theater on Jun 20, 2004 at 3:17 pm

I saw the restored print of My Fair Lady here a few years ago, and both it and the theater were gorgeous.

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Mike (saps) commented about Regency Lido Theatre on Jun 17, 2004 at 7:01 am

I don’t think it’s an Edwards house anymore.

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Mike (saps) commented about Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland on Jun 17, 2004 at 2:17 am

So AMC is still running this house, though not as a movie theater? If so, that’s pretty remarkable. I wonder if any other chains have repurposed their venues without selling or ababndoning them.

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Mike (saps) commented about Pilgrim Theatre on Jun 14, 2004 at 7:38 am

When I was there the marquee was still up and there was a nice vertical sign, as I recall.

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Mike (saps) commented about Bay Cinema on Jun 14, 2004 at 5:35 am

I saw the 7-½ Percent Solution here. I must say the new Loew’s is a beauty for a modern theater, big lobby, high ceilings, large cinemas with big screens and good sound. If it wasn’t so off my path I would go more often.