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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.
Nice to know there is someone innovative enough in Brooklyn to take a chance.
I vaguely remember the vaudeville, as a I was very young. Would love to get more info. Those were the days when Borough Park was at its best.
The Schine brothers were loyal and cared about people. Although successful, they never let it go to their heads. They were very special!
ENjoyed the Beacon Theatre photographs very much.
I absolutely agree with Warren, who is one of the most respected and informative contributing members on Cinema Treasures.
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?