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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!
Loew’s 46th Street had a fairly large stage and high fly. (As mentioned in a former post, I performed on it as one of the acts of a Saturday morning talent show sponsored by the Dodger’s Knot Hole Gang)The theatre needed a lot of renovations even by the mid fifties.
I vaguely remember at that time there was a woman manager who was very proud of the theatre.
Thanks, Ed. I don’t get to New York much anymore and really appreciate looking at the pictures you took.
Thank for theinformation,Pasty. I feel more showmanship and creativity is needed at this theatre- like Procotrs' has in Schenectady,NY.
I am expressing my own personal opinion- Comments should be directly related to the theatre. Some of the comments completely go off into another direction. I also wold be interested in knowing what Mr. Crowley or Mr.Melnick feel, and if they have any suggested guidelines.
I hope that a Wurlitzer organ can be again be put into the theatre.
I think many people in the region, such as myself, would go to hear it. WIth the right creative programing, this beautifully restored theatre should be able to survive in this century.
I take pride in being a member of Cinema Treasures and find most of the other contributing members are intelligent and courteous. Posting irrelevant comments is selfish misleading, and wastes space; Calling it “thread drift” still doesn’t change the situation.
The area surrounding Loew’s 46th Street and Loew’s Boro Park was very nice through the mid 1950’s- then families began moving out to the suburbs, etc. As the Hasidic community moved into the area,and the older generation died off, the physical appearance of Brough Park began changing as well- part of this was the closing of The 46th Street and Boro Park.
Like Proctors'theatre in Schenectady, New York, it is good to know
how well The Palace theatre is being developed to serve the people in the 21st century.
As this page gets longer, like others on “Cinema Treasures,” people should not take advantage and waste space with information that has nothing to do with the theatre.
Members shold read the above posts before repeating information. This is what makes the pages on this site crowded.
The Darling theatre is briefly mentioned in Herbert M Engel’s book titled “Shtetl In The Adirondacks.”
Correction to my post above: “…great contribution of his great-grandfather…” Sorry, Mr. Lamb.
Those on the committee of the Glove theatre restoration, should consider getting theatre seats. (Many times there are great offers on Cinema Treasures)The folding chairs now used in the auditorium are hard to sit on through a performance. The musuem is nice, but limited.
It is wonderful to have Mr. Lamb communicate with Cinema Treasures.
I, like most of the members, respect and appreciate the great contribution of his grandfather to theatre design.
This theatre gives the mature audience a chance to see quality films
in the New York State Capitol region.
It is wonderful to know there still are small independent theatres such as the Courdersport surviving in small American towns. I wish the theatre countless years of success.
The Benson contributed to the neighborhood when it showed decent films. X rated features were shown for only a short period of its history. Lots of poeple from the neighborhood and surrounding area
went to this movie house.
I think it is a tribute to Roxy (Samuel L. Rothafel’s nick name) that so many theatres were named for him and his New York theatre. I have an original edition of Hall’s book, and still find it one of the best resources on the topic of movie palaces. (Sadly, many more theatres have been demolished since the book was written.) It is nice to know that this small little Roxy theatre has survived into the 21 century. I wish the owner continued success.
The important point is that the Keith Albee is not being destroyed
and will have some future.
As I said in my Oct.27th, Nov.8th & Nov.9th posts, some interested person or group should take an interest in trying to restore the Walker theatre. It is still intact, covered by a shell, and would be affordable. It is a more practicacle idea than trying to restore theatres in the borough that are too far gone. If I did not live so far now, I certainly would have tried to started something. A theatre like this should be preserved for this & future generations.