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I grew up on 61st street (64-74). Once every two years or so someone would break in to the old Belvedere when it was still closed, prior to being Fredrick’s. We went in with flashlights looking around. It was the spookiest place I ever went to until that time. There was evidence of a bum or two living in there, but we never saw them on the streets. Rats and mice were everywhere. it smelled real bad, lots of mold from leaking walls. The curtains would fall apart when touched. The stage was there, but I don’t remember going up to the camera room, but I did go up to the balcony.
Them of course someone’s parent would call the cops and they would tell us all to get out of there or else they are going to lock us in there.
Every time I go back east, I walk Myrtle Ave and enjoy the memories
I remember the bowling alley. It had an upstairs where the bar was I think. i played in a league there in the late 60’s (As a kid) The golden pins was our name. (I sucked). the upstairs would be off limits at night I remember and I believe completely closed in its later years.
I do remember sneaking around by the pin retrieval machines when we could, but never saw any remenants of a movie theatre.
Where was the Oasis theater? I rememebr the name, but can’t place it.
Thanks for the help.
My name is Dan. I grew up on 61st St. man, do I remember those Theatres. I went to St. Matthias, but moved to the island before High School. I live in San Diego and frequently travel. Every time I go to the East coast I try and stroll Myrtle Ave from Cooper to Wyckoff sampling food all along the way. I then get on the M to metropolitan and back to fresh Pond where my car is parked.
I don’t know anyone left there but my aunt on 79th. Of course I see her as well. (When I tell her I’m in town)
The main thing I remember was sneaking in before the security guy got to us. We would open the E doors and a burp of kids would rush in and scatter. He didn’t stand a chance of catching but maybe one or two of us and then spend the rest of the movie asking kids for their tickets.
My favorite restaurants are Joes on Forest. I bring my Airline Suppliers and customers there for some great NY hole in the wall Italian food. They love it!!
Thanks for the memories,
I remember running away when I was a kid and it was so cold out that I snuck in the Madison and stayed for 1/½ days watching Patton over and over and over again. There were so many places to hide. I was scared to death during the night, but it was warm. I eventually went home of course.