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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?
I remember playing Vincent and Theo at the Cinemart and getting complaints about the dialogue being muffled and inaudible. I guess it was no different at the Paris.
The theatres official web site seems to be down
The lowlifes at City Cinemas are at it again destroying another theatre facade so they sell off the building.
To Geo1…the solid plan and good financial backing says it all. I agree 150%. (as a side note, I too wanted to buy a theatre years ago, and also had one drawn up, but…)
and to TonyM, Thanks, I guess when Loews abandoned it 30 years ago, they took the projectors so they could use them at other locations. Its a shame.
And finally, that the deadline has been extended cant be bad news, so lets all hope.
posted by movie534 on May 1, 2008 at 8:39am
If you look many posts ago I linked some movie clocks that show the Kings was re-opened twice since Loew’s closed it and independantly run.
Yes I have all the Cinemart bookings from the 80’s until 1995 I will dig them out and start posting them. I think I might have some of the Drakes also.
01/15/82 Saturday the 14th (first run) & Fort Apache the Bronx
01/22/82 Neighbors & Stir Crazy
01/29/82 Ghost Story & Halloween 2
02/05/82 Time Bandits & 9 to 5
02/12/82 Sharkeys Machine & Altered States
02/26/82 Evilspeak (first run) & Friday the 13th
03/05/82 Venom & The Fan
03/19/82 Amin the Rise & Fall (first run)
04/12/82 Silent Rage (first run)
04/19/82 Silent Rage & Stripes
04/16/82 Raiders of the Lost Ark (reissue)
04/23/82 Death Wish 2
04/30/82 Richard Pryor Live on Sunset Strip & Neighbors
05/14/82 Dr Butcher & Hell Night
05/21/82 Quest for Fire
05/28/82 Missing & American Werewolf in London
06/04/82 Clash of Titans (reissue)
06/25/82 Monty Python Live at Hollywood Bowl (first run)
07/02/82 Conan the Barbarian
07/09/82 Grease 2 & Grease
07/23/82 The Challenge (first run)
07/30/82 Raiders of the Lost Ark (reissue)
08/20/82 Rocky 3
08/27/82 Rocky 3 & Eye of the Needle
09/10/82 Things are Tough All Over & Up in Smoke
09/17/82 Best Little Whorehouse in Texas & Cannonball Run
09/24/82 Road Warrior & Sharkeys Machine
10/01/82 Star Trek & Alien
10/08/82 Legend of Lone Ranger & Flash Gordon (reissue)
10/19-10/11 matinees Secret of Nimb
10/15/82 Concrete Jungle (first run) & Goin' All the Way
10/22/82 Fast Times at Ridgemont High & Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
10/29/82 Pink Floyd the Wall & American Pop
11/05/82 The Burning (first run) & Final Conflict
11/12/82 Slumber Party Massacre (first run) & Maniac Killer
11/19/82 Funeral Home & Zombie
11/24/82 Horror Planet (first run) & Screamers
12/03/82 Nurses for Sale & Forbidden Pleasures
12/10/82 Trick or Treats & Alone in the Dark
Came across a few boxes of old Haven files in my attic thought everyone would enjoy some of the second run fare.
06/26/81 Cheech and Chongs Nice Dreams
07/10/81 Clash of the Titans
07/17/81 Flash Gordon & Popeye
07/24/81 Dragonslayer & Airplane
07/31/81 Stripes (reissue)
08/07/81 For Your Eyes Only
08/21/81 Great Muppet Caper & Incredible Shrinking Woman
08/28/81 Escape From NY & Scanners
09/04/81 Superman II
09/11/81 Endless Love & Xanadu
09/18/81 Under the Rainbow & Private Benjamin
09/25/81 Private Lessons & American Gigolo
10/02/81 American Werewolf in London & Motel Hell
10/09/81 Dead & Buried & The Fog
10/16/81 Blowout & Dressed to Kill
10/23/81 Carbon Copy & Up in Smoke
10/30/81 So Fine & Any Which Way You Can
11/06/81 Mommie Dearest
11/13/81 All the Marbles & Thief
11/20/81 Demonoid (first Run) & The Hand
11/25/81 Halloween 2 & Legend of Lone Ranger
12/04/81 Body Heat
12/11/81 Prince of the City
12/18/81 Kentucky Fried Movie & Airplane
12/25/81 Raiders of the Lost Ark