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The original Thalia was a super great theatre
Used to go there all the time in the late 70s/early 80s. They poured soda out of a 2 liter bottle!
In the early 80s this theatre would alternate between XXX and bizarre regular movies (mostly horror or westerns that you never ever heard of).
I remember watching one horror flic and 45 minutes in, it suddenly turned into another movie! The producers just edited a different film onto the ending!
The place stunk of cigars and the guy who took your tickets had a giant motorcycle chain across his chest!
The oddest thing I remember was just before the movie started women would walk down the aisles saying “last chance” and old codgers would get up and go out with them through one of two exit doors on either side of the screen!
In the seventies they used to run old Laurel & Hardy and W.C. Fields flicks periodically.
To get to the theatre you had to walk down a long stairwell We used to say we were going to see and “underground” film!
It’s a shame most of the theatres on 42nd street are one. Fond memories of going to the Apollo in the early 80s. Price of admission was 75 cents at 11am and would rise to $1.25 in the afternoon.
They left the lights on inside and I always thought it was because they were afraid people were going to kill each other. One day a guy ran down the aisle and sat next to me with a toaster in his lap!
Moments later the cops came in and dragged him away.
Another time they were jackhammering in the back and no one complained!
It was a wild time but if you were a poor HS student, you could see a first run flick with an older film for next to no money. I was always convinced some people lived there!
Theatre showed XXX flicks in the mid-80S.
I didn’t see any mention of this, but in the early 80’s this theater ran XXX features. I can still remember being a wide eyed college id in Hollywood for the first time passing the marque which advertised Ron Jeremy in The Marriage of Sulka – a M2F sex change gal!
Glad there are revivals, but the screens are smaller than TV monitors!
This was a great little “underground” theatre in the 70’s. They always had retrospecitves like Laurel & Hardy. Sad that it’s closed
The final film at this theatre was The Prize AND Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter.
The word on the street in Hwd Bch was that the owner ran away with the money and that’s why it closed.
How it stayed open at all is a made man’s mystery. Adult tickets were 35 cents. there was no parking and the theatre was pretty much hidden from all except those who lived in Hwd Bch. That said, the only other movie house nearby was a 20 minute ride away!