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Converting it into that church was the same as demolishing it. It’s gone. One way or the other, it’s gone.
The Embassy was considered to be the “better” movie theater in the neighborhood.
The manager was famous.
Everyone called it the “Kineema”, with the accent on the second syllable.
It was well loved by everyone.
“What’s playing at the Kineema?"
The Kinema was where you went to see movies.
There was no need to leave the neighborhood.
I remember that the Lyric was not a large movie theater.
It was at the Lyric that I saw “King of Kings”, probably in
the 1940s – I was about 8 years old.
I was impressed and did not even know that there was such a thing as a “silent film."
Admission for kids was 11 cents.
This was my favorite movie theater. I loved to go there and just look around. It was magnificent.
It was a mistake to demolish it.
I was an usher at the Roxy during the summers of 1953-1955. I was at the world premier of “The Robe”, and I remember that the program began with a film of a symphony orchestra playing the last movement of the Tchaikovsky fourth, ostensibly to show off CinemaScope for the first time. The curtain then closed and when it was reopened to begin “The Robe” the right hand side of the curtain did not move. It was a disaster. After the film began, the curtain did eventually open. For a young high school kid, it was a great place to work for the summer.