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The last time I saw the Furniture store which took up the seating area of the former Rosedale Theatre, I was saddened to see another part of my childhood changed. My mother and three brothers all worked at the theatre. My Mom was the Children’s Matron (required a license) and was in charge of the Children’s section. Two of my brothers were ushers, the third changed the Marquee, and, when I was old enough (14), I was cashier.
The Rosedale Theatre entrance was located on Westchester Avenue, with a rectangular entrance and lobby. The seats were to the right, and had a low wall backing them, so that you could see the movie from any point once you entered. The exits opened onto Beach Avenue. It was relatively small, about four rows of seats, with a children’s section on the left. Saturday in the 1940’s found all the neighborhood children there to see two major features, a series of cartoons, and the latest adventures of Flash Gordon, the Lone Ranger, and Superman.