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DavidWallick commented about Mamaroneck Playhouse on Apr 20, 2014 at 9:51 pm

There was an column about this in today’s Journal News. The link to the column is:

http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/columnists/phil-reisman/2014/04/19/mamaroneck-movies-vaudeville-landmarks/7926763/

This does not speak highly of Bow Tie Cinemas.

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DavidWallick commented about Riverdale Twin on Aug 2, 2013 at 2:59 am

I only remember being in this theater once. My grandparents took me there to see Oliver. I specifically remember a coin-operated popcorn machine in the theater — put in 25 cents and get a tall, narrow cup of popcorn. I have never seen that in any other theater.

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DavidWallick commented about AMC Loews Vestal Town Square 9 on Dec 31, 2011 at 3:08 am

We just experienced the new seats — totally amazing! Each seat is a huge leather seat that fully reclines with an electric motor. The seating capacity of each theater has been reduced probably in half but it seems like a totally luxury theater now.

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DavidWallick commented about Cinema Treasures featured in the New York Times on Aug 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm

This was great! I was so happy to see this in the Times in Sunday!

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DavidWallick commented about Cinema Treasures relaunches with new design, photo galleries, and more! on May 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

On a first glance this looks beautiful! I’m looking forward to playing around with the site over the next few days.

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DavidWallick commented about We're relaunching Cinema Treasures next week on May 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Can’t wait to see the new version!

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DavidWallick commented about Airport Drive-In on Mar 23, 2011 at 1:48 am

I saw a great double feature of Revenge of the Nerds and Porky’s Revenge here in 1985 — a perfect couple of drive-in flicks!

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DavidWallick commented about Oakdale Mall 3 on Mar 23, 2011 at 1:30 am

I was a college student in Binghamton from 1981 to 1985 and saw many films at Oakdale. But my strongest memory from Oakdale was seeing a matinee of John Sayle’s Eight Men Out in the late 1980’s and being the only person in the theater. I just hope the other 2 screens had some customers at the time!

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DavidWallick commented about Cameo Theatre on Dec 28, 2010 at 2:59 am

Use this link to see some current photos of the Cameo:

share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AcMnLNo3Zt21q

If the link isn’t “clickable” you will need to copy and paste it to see the photos.

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DavidWallick commented about Jefferson Valley Mall Theater Closes Again on Dec 8, 2010 at 8:12 pm

It never was much of a theater anyways. It was more like a bunch of generic boxes that showed films.

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DavidWallick commented about French slideshow of shuttered NY treasures on Apr 29, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I don’t speak French, so the narration didn’t help me, but the photos are amazing and certainly worth looking at.

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DavidWallick commented about Scarsdale Plaza Theater on Apr 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm

In the late 1970s, the Scarsdale Plaza had an admission policy of 99 cents at all times. I remember they had a bowl of pennies at the box office to use for change.

Also, there are scenes in “The Muppets Take Manhattan” that were filmed in the lobby concession stand area of this area.

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DavidWallick commented about Mount Kisco Cinema on Nov 4, 2009 at 4:50 pm

I first was in this theater in the early 1980’s when it was a twin and it was fine this way. As a five plex, it feels like sitting in a small jet airplane to watch the film on a tiny screen.

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DavidWallick commented about Crown Cine on Nov 4, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Amazing — the theater has now been closed for just over ten years (in was flooded by Hurricane Floyd in September 1999 and never reopened), was demolished and replaced by a chain hotel, but the sign at the edge of the road is still there in 2009!

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DavidWallick commented about Gaslight Cinema on Nov 4, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Not only was this theater demolished a few years ago, but the condominium/retail/hotel project that was supposed to occupy the site never happened. The site of the former Gaslight is now just a large hole in the ground in downtown Petoskey. Shame!

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DavidWallick commented about "Apocalypse Now" 30th Anniversary on Aug 18, 2009 at 2:00 am

I was lucky enough to see this at the Ziegfeld during the original reserved performance run in 1979. It was an amazing cinema-going experience, something that would be hard to believe today. I remember the audience walking out in near silence and being handed a program book with the credits as we exited the auditorium. And if I’m not mistaken, the ticket price was $4.

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DavidWallick commented about Dover Theatre on May 16, 2008 at 6:21 pm

I passed by this theater on May 11th and it has been turned into a sort-of strip mall (with most units still available for rent). The side length of the theater, which is against a parking lot, has been opened up and divided into individual storefronts. So I’ll assume that at this time, there is little chance of the auditorium being intact inside.

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DavidWallick commented about Dover Theatre on Mar 8, 2007 at 1:36 pm

I visited this theater many times when it was open. I worked the summers of 1978 to 1981 at a camp in Wingdale, the next hamlet south. A good night off from camp was dinner at Four Brothers Pizza Inn (still in business just down the block) and a movie at the Dover Theater. It was the only theater for a 20 mile radius. I clearly remember seeing Star Wars there in 1978, a full year after the original release.

The theater has probably been closed 20 years by now. The building is used as a deli and has been for almost the entire time that the theater has been closed. Although I haven’t been inside (I usually still get pizza when I pass through this town a couple of times a year), it appears that the deli is just using the lobby area. I would guess that the auditorium (400-500 seats) is probably just walled off behind the area the deli uses and most likely abandoned in the state is was when the theater closed.

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DavidWallick commented about Cameo Theatre on Feb 24, 2007 at 11:40 pm

I happened to drive past this theater today. I lived in Binghamton from 1981 to 1985 and I hadn’t seen this theater since then. Binghamton used to have a number of old, single screen theaters. Now, the movies in Binghamton are basically just two large, modern multiplexes without any character or charm.

Although this theater has been closed since 2002, it appeared (at least from the outside) to still be in fine shape — no deterioration or vandalism were noticeable. It is a shame that it is just sitting there and not used for any purpose. It was a real neighborhood theater. It is surrounded by houses, with a few commercial buildings across the street and there is no parking lot. Two of the other three single screen houses in the area have been demolished (Crest, Cinema Endicott) for commercial development (did we really need another chain pharmacy?). Luckily the Towne in Endicott survives as a performing arts center. I only wish someone could find a fitting use for the Cameo before it is too late to save.

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DavidWallick commented about Goodwill Theatre on Feb 11, 2007 at 12:48 am

I would bet that En-Joie is the correct spelling. Everything in the area with an E-J in the name is named after the Endicott Johnson shoe company. It was a company town way back when and Endicott Johnson built many things for the workers, this theater included. They also built schools, parks, and other recreational and community facilities. The golf course in Endicott (neighboring village) is named the En-Joie, the same name as this theater had.

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DavidWallick commented about Cinema Endicott on Nov 26, 2006 at 11:51 pm

I believe the site is now a chain drug store or the parking lot for a chain drug store — I’m not sure that is what the neighborhood needed. I remember this as a nice single screener. I remember when “An Officer and A Gentleman” played here for 5 months straight — every day the marque said the same thing when I passed by.

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DavidWallick commented about Kings Theatre on Nov 26, 2006 at 2:11 pm

A great article on the Loew’s Kings appears in the New York Times of November 26, 2006. The link for it is below. FYI, links from the Times only work for a short period of time unless you are a member of their Time Select program.
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DavidWallick commented about Kimball Theatre on Nov 26, 2006 at 1:43 pm

In response to the last comment, I saw what remains of the theater two days ago. The front entrance, which would have been the lobby, is still standing. The auditorium is completely gone. Given that this is Yonkers, I wouldn’t be surprised if it stays this way for some time to come.

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DavidWallick commented about Art Theatre on Jan 18, 2006 at 10:45 pm

It’s sad that this theater was destroyed by fire. I was a college student in Binghamton from 1981 to 1985 and never visited the theater because it was a porno theater at the time, but in its later life, it showed some wonderful films, films that otherwise would not have found a commercial run in Binghamton.

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DavidWallick commented about Neighborhood Theaters in Lower Hudson Valley on Dec 22, 2005 at 10:00 am

Many of the small (less than 10 screen) theaters mentioned as surviving in Westchester were originally single screen houses. Bedford has gone from 1 screen to 2 over the years, Bronxville and Larchmont have gone from 1 to 3, Mamaroneck has gone from 1 to 4, and Mount Kisco has gone first from 1 to 2 and then from 2 to 5. I kind of decribe being in one of the 5 theaters in Mount Kisco as watching a movie in a 737 airplane.