Comments from Mike (saps)

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Mike (saps) on Jul 20, 2004 at 5:18 pm

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 20, 2004 at 5:16 pm

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 20, 2004 at 5:12 pm

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 15, 2004 at 10:45 pm

Name that theater, Bruce!

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Mike (saps) commented about Big Cinemas Manhattan on Jul 14, 2004 at 5:23 pm

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 13, 2004 at 7:13 pm

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 1:46 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 5, 2004 at 6:10 pm

All on one level — no balcony.

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Mike (saps) commented about PlayStation Theater on Jul 3, 2004 at 7:09 am

Good grief.

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Mike (saps) commented about Playpen Theatre on Jul 1, 2004 at 9:06 pm

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 8:08 am

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 7:42 am

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 7:39 am

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 7:37 am

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 24, 2004 at 11:48 pm

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 7:17 am

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 16, 2004 at 11:01 pm

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 16, 2004 at 6:17 pm

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 13, 2004 at 11:38 pm

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 13, 2004 at 9:35 pm

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.

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Mike (saps) commented about Pilgrim Theatre on Jun 13, 2004 at 9:31 pm

I went to the Pilgrim in the early 1980’s when it was an adult theatre. They had closed off the balcony but guys were up there anyway, doing their thing. It was a big beautiful house, and the boxes were still intact. Quite a trip for my first time in Boston. It is still standing?

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Mike (saps) commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Jun 10, 2004 at 11:10 am

I lived in downtown Brooklyn in the 1980’s and I could see the top floors and roof of the theatre, at the same angle as in the post card. I would have had a perfect view of that big rooftop sign. Alas, I was only a few decades too late.

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Mike (saps) commented about Marbro Theatre on Jun 10, 2004 at 11:08 am

Excellent photo! But according to the text, it was supposed to be a picture of the truck!

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Kameo Theatre on Jun 9, 2004 at 1:40 pm

Since this theater was known as Loew’s Kameo for almost 40 years, then owned by Loew’s until it closed, maybe it should be listed as Loew’s Kameo.

I remember being driven past this jewel on Eastern Parkway when I was a boy, and it seemed that “I, A Woman” played here for a long time. (It’s funny how my childhood theatre memories are; see Loew’s Hillside listing for my burlesque memories.)

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Mike (saps) commented about Midwood Theatre on Jun 7, 2004 at 7:59 pm

I saw Amadeus here around 1984, on a school assignment from my music class at Brooklyn College. It was a discount theatre, and it hadn’t been twinned or anything. I enjoyed the size and airiness of the house, and I’m sorry I didn’t go more often, but the next thing I knew it was closed. I always look for it when I’m on Avenue J.