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It was great seeing all the “sneak preview” films on Saturday night, and then staying for the main feature afterwards. Someone posted a photo of “Death Rides a Horse” and “Guns of the Magnificent Seven” showing at this theatre. I remember seeing both of those there, as well as “Midnight Cowboy” (We had to see the sneak preview, which was rated M – now considered the PG – in order to see the then-X-rated “Cowboy”), and believe me, it was great seeing all of the films released by United Artists in that place! I miss it a whole lot!
I saw many a movie in that theatre from Joseph Losey’s “Boom” to Tim Burton’s “Batman,” and a lot of other films in between. I always went to the first show when films opened there on Wednesdays during the summer. It wasn’t a whole lot of money back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but I had a wonderful time seeing all those films on the big screen in my neighborhood.
To amcbayplaza – what you said makes sense about the closure of the Loews American in Parkchester, but the borough is desperately in need of another theatre, not just one that will play commercial features, but one that will also offer independent and art films. Though the audience for this may be small, the indie film industry is picking up steam, and right now six of the eight films nominated for Best Picture by the Academy Awards are not playing in either Bronx theatre, the first time that a majority of nominated films have not played in the borough. I am hoping that this will change in the weeks to come, and at least a couple of them will be booked.
But if AMC does re-open the Whitestone, the chances of independent and art movies opening there will be slim to none. A theatre independent of the major chains is badly needed.
I hope not. The Bronx is clearly in need of a third and, possibly, fourth movie house. The question is…which location is best suited for it.