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Great article in the New York Times about the Kings:
Bow-Tie took this theater over fro Clearview in 2013. They plan to not renew their lease at the end of 2014 (Bow Tie has already done this to the Mamaroneck Playhouse in Mamaroneck, NY and the American Theater in the Bronx). There is a grassroots effort to make this a non-profit theater, rather than retail space, which is the most likely reuse. This is the link to the group that is spearheading the drive to make this a non-profit:
There was an column about this in today’s Journal News. The link to the column is:
This does not speak highly of Bow Tie Cinemas.
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.
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.
This was great! I was so happy to see this in the Times in Sunday!
On a first glance this looks beautiful! I’m looking forward to playing around with the site over the next few days.
Can’t wait to see the new version!
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!
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!
Use this link to see some current photos of the Cameo:
If the link isn’t “clickable” you will need to copy and paste it to see the photos.
It never was much of a theater anyways. It was more like a bunch of generic boxes that showed films.
I don’t speak French, so the narration didn’t help me, but the photos are amazing and certainly worth looking at.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.