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I hope this theatre can somehow be saved and restored.
The Tampa theatre is a beautiful theatre. However, comparing it to the Ziegfeld in New York is ludicrous. The Ziegfeld was built during another era, for another type of movie going generatrion. “Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.” Things should be put in perspective.
Radio City Music Hall (first called the International Music Hall) was not originally built for motion pictures. The only movie palace left in the theatre district area is The Hollywood(Mark Hellinger)
which became a legitimate stage theatre, and now is a church.
Hope more members will send in information about this interesting theatre.
I agree with Patsy, it would be nice to see some interior photographs of the auditorium and lobby. It is wonderful to know that the Michigan theatre is being restored with such devotion.
Theatre Rehabilitation Master Plan is such a general term. It would be interesting to know what was actually done. Much success to those involved in managing this beautiful theatre.
When the Center’s (RKO Roxy) first presentation opened it was a success and the(International)Music Hall’s presentation a failure. The Center seemed to become a “sacrificial lamb” to save the Music Hall. When it was demolished in 1954 after having been an NBC TV studio theatre, New York lost a beautiful distinctive architectural edifice.(As it did with so many other buildings.) I realize that this was a “practical” move, but it still saddens me just the same.
Beautiful Art Moderne theatre. Does it have an organ?
Hope the Journal Times article may get some influencial people interested in the resotration of the Uptown/Majestic before it gets too late to be done.
I join all the other members in congratulating Patrick, Ross, and the staff of CINEMA TREASURES.
Correction on my March 6 post- spelling typo on the word improvement.
Also, totally agree with RobertR.
What a shame it will be when the Alpine closes, as mentioned by THEATERAT on his March 5 post. With all of the technological imporovement and changes, this century is losing so much glamour and fun that the movie entertainment once offered. Like many members of my age, it was an era I am glad to have lived in. Hopefully some people will try to bring it back in some form, or keep what ever is left of it alive.
Wishing much success to the new owners of the Grand. I am sure the loyalty and love they have for this theatre will make it and outstanding entertainment edifice.
I remember the beautiful multi colored lights in the auditorium. Yes,
the Brooklyn Paramount was absolutely stunning. The lose of this and other movie palace masterpieces of architectural design is very sad as one retrospectively looks back. In reality, to restore this theatre would be staggering in price- most of the theatre would have to be reproduced since so much of the original interior is gone. Of course if someone thinks they can do it-more power to them!
Nice to know this theatre is being preserved and remaining functional.
Thanks for the wonderful historic theatrical pictures you contribute, Warren.
Both Flatbush and DeKalb areas of Brooklyn were nice little “Broadway” theatre districts-espcially as I remember them in the 1940’s and 50’s when I was a child. There were also so many beautiful neighborhood theatres in Brooklyn then. Now they are mostly all gone- the results of a continually progressing technological society that lacks enough historical sentimentally.
The theatre you are mentioning, East Coast Rocker, was the Harbor theatre located at 9215 4th Avenue, Brooklyn. More information about it can be found on this site.
How true! When I gave a background of the movie palaces to many of my young theatre arts students, they became angry that so many of these theatres were destroyed. Of course the modern young generation can not miss what they don’t know exsisted. That it is why it is important to save some of theatres that are left and use them in a positive way as centers of the arts. It usually enhances the community as well. Also,book,documentaries, lectures, and sites such as CINEMA TREASURES are important in educating the public in this subject all our members are so dedicated to.
Correction for above post, last sentence. : Where I live now, many theatres in the Upstate NY region have been saved and are used as cultutal centers; Proctor’s theatre in Schenectady, the Palace in Albany, and the Glove in Gloversville.
There was political pressure from the religous sector at the time of Loew’s 46th Street & the Boro Park. As I mentioned in an above post, I spoke with the manager of Loew’s 46th Street shortly before it closed, and he told me the theatre was doing well and there were plans to refurbish it- (That was the time they were having concerts and bingo during the morning or day)then it suddenly closed. Of course with the changing times these type of theatres eventually would have closed as movie theatres, but may have survived as an arts center-given the right neighborhood support. Those type of people-many cultured and interested in the arts- had moved. Where I live now, many theatres in the regio have been saved are used as cultural centers-Proctors' theatre in Schenectady, The Palace in Albany, and the GLove in Gloversville.
When I had some rough years as a teenager in the late 1950’s, the Boro Park and Loew’s 46th Street were the places that I could go to for a few hours and escape. It was not only the features they showed, but the atmosphere of the two theatres that comforted me.
Borough Park also had a large Italian population. When Loew’s 46th Street had a one time showing of THE GREAT CARUSO as an anniversary retrospective of MGM in 1964, the auditorium was packed; And this was on a weekday at 6:30 P.M.! (It was a double feature,the other film was SHOWBOAT) The ambiance of this beautiful movie palace added so much to the enjoyment of viewing this film.
Very well said, Theatrerat.
If there would have not been that neighborhood dispute in the late 1960’s, perhaps the Boro Park could have at least survived in some form or other-as the West End on 52nd street. Ehile having 2,346 seats, the auditorium still had to me had a nice cozy, intimate feeling. The theatre was a real charmer!