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bamtino commented about Linwood Theater on Jan 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Again, status needs to be changed from “Demolished” to “Closed,” sinc the CVS at this location actually operates within the shell of the theatre. Also, the address listed is incorrect. Theatre was actually located at 168 Fletcher Ave., Fort Lee, NJ 07024.

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bamtino commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on Nov 21, 2007 at 5:43 am

Status should be changed to “Closed.”

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bamtino commented about Hackensack Drive-In on Nov 21, 2007 at 5:39 am

Replaced by 324-unit Waterside Village complex of one- and two-bedroom apartments, built in 1985, the theatre was located (for mapping purposes) at 99 Valley Road, Little Ferry, NJ 07643. Status should be changed to “Closed/Demolished” and function should be changed to “Housing.” I’ve seen reference to 1960 as the year of opening but I’m not certain of the accuracy of this information.

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bamtino commented about Linwood Theater on Nov 21, 2007 at 5:04 am

Status should be changed to “Closed” since the CVS at this location actually operates within the shell of the theatre. Also, function should be changed to “Drugstore.”

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bamtino commented about Loews Showboat Quad on Nov 21, 2007 at 5:00 am

The space is now home to a Trader Joe’s so function should be changed to “retail.”

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bamtino on Nov 8, 2007 at 6:43 am

This is a duplicate entry.

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bamtino commented about Academy Theatre on Jul 13, 2006 at 6:18 am

It turns out that, in addition to the tax preparer to which Ken refers, the building is actually home to a rooftop garden design, installation, & maintenance business, accounting for the previously mentioned rooftop garden!
(Sorry, discovered this a few months ago but neglected to post.)

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bamtino commented about National Theatre & Roosevelt Theatre on May 14, 2006 at 5:57 pm

I’ve been researching this location, on and off, for a while and have found conflicting reports about its original ownership and build date so I apologize in advance for any inaccuracies in the following information.
The full address was 111-117 East Houston. The site had been home to a household supply manufacturer from 1871-1911. I believe the theatre was built by Louis Minsky and Max Steuer, open by May 1913, and was known originally as the National (along with the National Winter Garden). In March 1935, it became the combination house known at the New Roosevelt Theatre. Simply the Roosevelt by September 1936, it exhibited Ukrainian, Soviet, Yiddish, and Chinese movies in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The National Winter Garden, located on the sixth floor, seated 299 and was known as the Rooftop Theatre from at least the mid-1940s through the building’s closing. The theatre proper was known as the Downtown National from at least 1941-1951.
The theatre was closed when it was purchased by the Transit Authority in 1958.
I believe the lot on which it existed sat empty until the recent construction of the first building in the large Avalon Chrystie Place mixed-use development currently underway on both sides of East Houston. The particular building on the site, the foundation of which had to be built around 4 subway lines underground, will include a new community center and gym jointly operated by the Chinatown YMCA and University Settlement, a 60,000-sq.-ft. Whole Foods supermarket â€" the chain’s largest in Manhattan â€" and 361 rental apartments, 80 percent of which will be market rate and 20 percent for low-income tenants.

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bamtino commented about Cosmo Theatre on Dec 17, 2005 at 5:28 pm

According to a Warren comment on another page, the 1943 FDY lists this theatre with 1246 seats. The 1955 edition states that it seated 1150. In addition to the updated seat count, the function should be listed as retail, as per previous comments.

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bamtino commented about Delmar Theatre on Dec 16, 2005 at 5:25 pm

As the Gotham, this theatre was in operation, exhibiting motion pictures, by at least 1922.

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bamtino commented about Koster & Bial's Music Hall on Dec 16, 2005 at 12:49 pm

The Manhattan Opera House to which ERD refers opened in 1904 and was a different theatre. Hammerstein’s first MOH is the theatre to which the text refers.

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bamtino commented about Chelsea Theater on Dec 13, 2005 at 11:03 am

I’ll see if I can find out the answer to that. The 1919 references I’ve found match the 312 8th Ave. address.

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bamtino commented about Cinema Studio on Dec 13, 2005 at 12:33 am

The original theatre on this site, the Arcade, was in operation by 1919.

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bamtino commented about Music Palace on Dec 13, 2005 at 12:22 am

The theatre was open, as the Universal, as early as 1919.

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bamtino commented about Chelsea Theater on Dec 13, 2005 at 12:07 am

The theatre was in operation, exhibiting motion pictures, by 1919.

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bamtino commented about Gem Theatre on Dec 12, 2005 at 11:34 pm

I neglected to properly list the theatre’s status as “Closed/Demolished.” Harlem Hospital Center now utilizes the land on which the theatre once stood.

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bamtino commented about Eagle Theatre on Dec 12, 2005 at 4:28 am

The theatre was in operation by 1922.

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bamtino commented about Columbia Cinema on Dec 12, 2005 at 3:37 am

I believe this theatre was also known as Broadway Theatre and Nuevo Edison, in addition to the other names mentioned in the description and posts.

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bamtino commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on Dec 9, 2005 at 4:29 am

Uh… I think the Greater Union is in Australia (mate). So, I don’t think it’s caused too much of a drop off, though they do appear to have some pretty decent bookings!

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bamtino commented about Claremont Theatre on Dec 6, 2005 at 11:02 pm

The two-story theatre building occupied the entire block between 134th and 135th streets (with 90 feet of frontage on each).

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bamtino commented about Academy Theatre on Nov 30, 2005 at 10:44 pm

I believe the building in the “now” photo is a functioning business and that the tree is part of a rooftop garden. (Just judging by what I’ve noticed during a daily commute which takes me westbound on E. Houston.)

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bamtino commented about Jean Renoir Cinema on Nov 9, 2005 at 1:19 am

The Camelot Twin, listed elsewhere on this site, was reported to have existed at 2nd Ave. and 10th. Could it have used this space five years earlier?
The Gate Theater which, along with its alternate name, Tambellini’s Gate Theater, should be listed as Previous Names for this theatre, was mostly used as an Off Broadway venue. It was located, along with the Cricket Theater (AKA Cricket Playhouse), another live venue, in the former Second Avenue Baptist Tabernacle building (erected in 1909, replacing the original church structure which had been built in 1849), a 14-story structure at 162 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003. One theater was in the basement and the other on the 1st floor. The auditoriums apparently seated 135 and 250 persons, though COs for the property report capacity as 165 and 350.
In the later half of the 1960s, the Gate Theater screened many underground, experimental, and short films, including, in 1964, Martin Scorcese’s “What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?” In December 1977, the location became home to the Theater for a New City.
Today, the structure is home to Urban Outfitters.

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bamtino on Nov 9, 2005 at 1:06 am

If this was, in fact, the Gate, it would then be a duplicate entry for the Jean Renoir Cinema, listed elsewhere on this site. (Hadn’t realized this until a couple of minutes after my previous post.)

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bamtino on Nov 9, 2005 at 1:00 am

I’ve only encountered one reference to this theatre: a display ad in the March 1, 1972 NY Times.
Could this have been the Gate Theater, perhaps in conjunction with the Cricket Theater (AKA Cricket Playhouse)?
These theatres, home mostly to Off Broadway productions, were located in the former Second Avenue Baptist Tabernacle building (erected in 1909, replacing the original church structure which had been built in 1849), at 162 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003. One theater was in the basement and the other on the 1st floor. The auditoriums apparently seated 135 and 250 persons, though COs for the property report capacity as 165 and 350.
In the later half of the 1960s, the Gate Theater, also known as Tambellini’s Gate Theater, screened many underground, experimental, and short films, including, in 1964, Martin Scorcese’s “What’s a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This?” In the late 1970s, the location became home to the Theater for a New City. Today, the structure is home to Urban Outfitters.
Am I on the right track? Was this the home of the Camelot Twin?

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bamtino commented about Juliet I & II on Nov 8, 2005 at 11:14 pm

Finally nailed down the address for this one: 1474 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10028.
The opening attraction, on December 25, 1970, was indeed The Aristocats.
According to COs, the first floor auditorium had seating for 300 while the upper level theatre seated 480.