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Some 1940’s and some now shots
New York Premiere of East of Eden
As the house of hits
Yes but it was reborn as one of the citys great roadshow houses.
I never knew it was the “House of Hits” :)
Now this is a Cinemascope screen.
Fun times in 1957
In its heydey
A pic from its opening
The alternate name of Jerry Lewis Cinema should be added here.
This is probably another case of destroy it so it can’t be landmarked like what happened to the Rivoli and Sutton.
Great video on the Kings
So the theatre is intact inside with no entrance?
This place looks great for a theatre closed 30 years, what about the interior?
Thats one sharp looking auditorium, nothing like that in the US as far as I know of.
Grover Whalen was president of the first New York Worlds Fair in 1939-40
Will the Dupage page ever get unlocked? I would love to know how the battle ended and if the facade and marquee were saved?
Still just sitting looks like nothing is going on.
Now THATS what a theatre marquee should look like.
This tells the whole story
This is the first I ever heard of “Thrillarama Adventure” which opened here.
What an awesome marquee
Seems like “Windjammer” is being screened in England
Here is that story before the link stops working.
Movieworld to return
BY VICTOR G. MIMONI
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 8:00 PM EDT
To those moviegoers who were shocked when the Movieworld multiplex theater in the Douglaston Plaza shopping center abruptly closed – fear not, your summer is saved.
The seven-screen picture palace has scheduled its grand re-opening for Friday, June 27, managed by an independent partnership of local entrepreneurs, according to partner Mark Serale. â€œWeâ€™ll be showing a variety of films for kids and adults,â€ Serale said.
Their opening bill includes the new Disney film â€œWall-eâ€ on two screens, along with summer fare from kid-friendly â€œKung Fu Panda,â€ and comedy â€œGet Smartâ€ to explosive thrillers â€œThe Hulkâ€ and â€œWantedâ€ to â€œSex and the City.â€
â€œWe only signed the lease about three weeks ago,â€ said Serale. â€œWeâ€™ve put a state-of-the-art digital sound system in all seven theaters, and all new seats in three of them,â€ he said, adding, â€œThe others will be getting new seating soon.â€
The group had sought to take over the theater when the previous operator â€œwalked away,â€ almost three months ago, according to Serale, but were rebuffed at first. â€œThe landlord called us back about a month ago saying it was available, so we took it.â€
In order to get back into operation as soon as possible, management concentrated on sprucing up and put in a whole new â€œcaf/â€ service bar.
â€œWeâ€™ll be serving premium Italian ices, gelati, ice cream and pastries under the â€˜Dâ€™Angeloâ€™s of N.Y.C.â€™ label,â€ said partner Sal Corrente. â€œThese are family recipes being made here in the city,â€ he said. â€œYou can make an evening of it or even book a party, right here.â€
Managing partner Jay Levinson already operates a movie theater on Long Island. â€œWe grew up in Roslyn,â€ said his brother Stuart, also a partner, â€œWe love this location – itâ€™s like our back yard.â€
Serale, who grew up in Fresh Meadows, expressed excitement at the chance to offer Queens some of whatâ€™s been missing in film entertainment.
â€œWe have several ideas, such as morning shows for moms, where they can bring their stroller right into the theater,â€ he said, adding. â€œThey deserve the break.â€
â€œWe also want to have something of an â€˜art houseâ€™ here, showing films that youâ€™d otherwise have to go to Manhattan to see,â€ he said.
Among their ideas, management wants to bring back â€œclassic 70 millimeter films in stereo,â€ like â€œLawrence of Arabiaâ€ and â€œWest Side Story,â€ and would â€œlove to have midnight showings of cult films.â€
Serale admits that some of their planned innovations, like digital projection to match the digital audio, will have to wait until after the summer movie season, or, like late night showings, would involve negotiations.
â€œWe signed a long lease and weâ€™re in it for the long haul,â€ he promised.
Is this open this year?