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Ed Solero commented about Westbury Drive-In on Nov 25, 2014 at 11:48 am

In winter, the sun sets in these parts between 4:30 and 5pm. Plenty dark for a movie by 5:30. Sometimes, in summer, movies didn’t start late enough so that the first 15 minutes of the program weren’t washed out by remaining daylight!

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Ed Solero commented about Show Palace Theatre on Oct 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

I don’t recall theaters immediately adjacent to Show World, GeorgeCheeksSr. Up along Eighth Avenue about a block up was the Cameo (which became the Playpen), and further up from there at 47th Street was the Hollywood Twin, and then the Adonis further still, around 50th Street. All of these were on the same side of Eighth Ave as the Show World, but not on the same block.

Aside from the theaters, I remember tons of bars, cabarets, novelty stores, peep shops, and adult book shops. Possible you may be thinking of some cabarets, where they may have had live sex shows on stage? They probably featured marquees above the entrance, like the cinemas did.

Unless you’re thinking of the Venus, Eros, and Capri, theaters, which were all on the same block between 45th and 46th Streets, but on the other Eighth Ave – same side as Show Palace.

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Ed Solero commented about East 86th Street Cinemas on Oct 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Bigjoe59… Sorry for the delayed response, but I don’t have notifications set up for this cinema. The answer to your question is in the description at the top of the page. The single screener was divided, first in two, and then, later, into its current quartet format. All within the same structure original structure. Had the original building been torn down, with a new edifice erected in its place – as with the old Loew’s State on Broadway – then we’d have two separate listings on CT (again, see the seperate entries for the Loew’s State and the replacement Loew’s State Theatre 4 herein.)

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Oct 1, 2014 at 9:09 am

As techman707 says, souvenir programs were not limited to just “Roadshow” engagements. Programs (official, licensed, or otherwise) continued well into the 1980’s. I picked up many of these at the local multiplex, not just the big houses in Manhattan.

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 13, 2014 at 7:47 pm

Next version of CT website software must include a “like” button! Thanks AlAlvarez, as usual.

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 13, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Just my curiosity here… Was the roll out of Tango intentional? Or was its slow penetration (if you’ll forgive the expression) into smaller markets a matter of the controversial explicitness off the film? And was the New York engagement (and any others that followed) on a hard ticket basis?

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 8, 2014 at 5:54 pm

The Lynbrook is chock full of historic sticky spots! One or two I may have contributed myself around 30 or 35 year ago.

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Ed Solero commented about AMC Fantasy 5 on Sep 7, 2014 at 9:20 am

One of these days I’ll park to take a pic with my cell, when I’m driving by. The marquee is awful. Just a drab slab of tan over the doorway, with the generic reddish AMC logo centered against it. The same dress-down they did to the old Meadows in Queens.

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 7, 2014 at 8:49 am

Techman707… Here’s an image of the ad posted last week by NYer.

My question is, how often did Times Square roadshow engagements day and date with other regional engagements?

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 1, 2014 at 10:37 am

Could be as simple as missing overture, entr'acte, and exit music, trimmed for general release. That is, assuming the original roadshow version had an intermission. I’m not expert enough to know whether every single roadshow presentation included an intermission – regardless of the film’s running time.

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Ed Solero commented about Lyric Theatre on Aug 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm

So, the theatre was re-christened sometime in the last week or so. I have pics I’ve uploaded showing some of the new signage.

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 7, 2014 at 6:12 pm

This listing is all but ready for the “demolished” label. The space the theater once occupied is now just a hollowed out concrete and steel cavern. The rest of the building’s interior has nearly all been stripped down to iron and mortar as well. I just posted a picture from last week, where you can still make out, behind the construction netting, the fenestration and some of the signature wrought iron work that decorated the facade just above the Mayfair/Demille’s entrance and canopy. I image that these elements, too, will be hacked off and carted away in due time.

Meanwhile, I still wonder (and worry) about the fate of the landmarked Embassy 1 (Newsreel) Theatre, one block to the south. Restored and used for over a decade as the Times Square Visitor’s Center and Museum, it has now been closed and, once again, boarded up.

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Aug 7, 2014 at 6:01 pm

There are absolutely no stage facilities whatever, Mikeoaklandpark. And there’s barely any lobby space at all. I’ve uploaded a photo from last week. Alas, while Ken’s initial revision to the introduction above was a bit premature in saying the place had been boarded up, this is, in fact, what has since happened. A fresh barrier of plywood is now in place, covering the entire entrance right along the sidewalk.

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Jul 8, 2014 at 3:42 am

This part of the block has been under scaffolding for some time (including the Palace Theatre entrance and the Doubletree Suites Hotel entrance on the corner of 47th), so it is difficult to get a good, representative photograph; but I will try to snap a shot in the next day or two, to update the gallery.

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Jul 8, 2014 at 3:39 am

One correction… The building is not boarded up. It is cordoned off, at the sidewalk, but you can still see into the outer and inner vestibules. One of the doors is always open, as this is a staging area for workers of the Times Square Alliance, who keep the area sidewalks clean and empty out the trash bins. There is also a sign that says the entrance is still open for access to offices at 1560 Broadway.

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Jul 7, 2014 at 5:16 am

A little behind on posting this, but I walked by this theater (as I do every week day) about a week ago, and noticed signs outside stating that the Times Square Museum and Visitor Center is now “permanently closed.” The signs refer folks to a website for the Times Square Alliance, but there is no informatin there about the closure (except an echo of the message already on display in the outer vestibule).

Here’s a link to the Museum and Visitor Center page on that website.

I wonder what will now become of this restored little gem?

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jul 1, 2014 at 4:23 am

Hey techman707… It is true that those latter day souvenir booklets were not made to accompany a two-a-day hard ticket engagement, but the booklets themselves were very much in the same style and content as those old, classic roadshow souvenirs. I know, because I actually have a pair of vintage booklets – one for “HOW THE WEST WAS WON” and the other for “IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD.”

The HTWWW booklet is distinct from others that I own, because it originally came in a hard cover (unfortunately, lost over the years by youthful neglect). Not sure how may other program booklets were that extravagant. Did they typically charge for the booklets during the Roadshow era? Or were they handed out, complimentary?

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 29, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Oh, I know, Mike. I’m now a Lynbrook resident, these last 7 years plus. I’ve been back on a few occasions, and those are most definitely the same seats I remember from 1979!

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 29, 2014 at 6:11 pm

Techman707… thanks for that info. That is what I thought, based on the slope on the floor I noticed when I snapped those pics of the demolition site.

As for programs… They actually outlasted the Roadshow era, well into the 1980’s and probably – with diminishing frequency – the very early ‘90’s. I still have my souvenir booklets for the original Star Wars trilogy, several Roger Moore-era Bond flicks, Warren Beatty’s Reds, and even Rocky II! A few of those were purchased at first run engagements in Times Square, but I recall some of them being available even at the candy counters of some of the local neighborhood theaters, like Century’s Green Acres, Sunrise Cinemas, and the UA Lynbrook.

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Ed Solero commented about Westworld Cinema on May 22, 2014 at 4:16 am

LeonNorman1814… Try posting it to the Strand Theatre page. The Orleans was carved out of the backstage area of the old Strand, while the main house was twinned to become the RKO Cinerama I and II around the corner on Broadway. Would love to see that pic.

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Ed Solero commented about Babylon Theatre on May 22, 2014 at 4:06 am

The street view should be corrected. The theater would have been located to the south of Sunrise Highway, just on the other side of the railroad tracks. George Street comes into a T interesection with Deer Park Ave. Not sure if the theater was on the actual corner of George and Deer Park, or across the street, opposite the terminus of George St, facing east.

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Ed Solero commented about Tug of war over the Jersey on May 15, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Would hope there’d be room in the schedule for the Promotor to step aside, say one or two days a week, so that the FOTL can continue to run their movie programs…. with a generous subsidy from profits, of course. I mean, don’t they deserve that much respect in this situation?

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on May 12, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Another couple of shots posted, that I took a week or so ago. The shed doors located directly in front of the old theater entrance, were open and I was able to take a shot of the open space clear to what might have been the back wall of the auditorium (meaning, the farthest wall from Seventh Ave.

Having never seen a movie at this Embassy, I do not know how the theater was oriented with respect to the building’s footprint. However, as I was standing there, I could see where the floor began to slope down and away towards the back. You can’t make it out as well in the photos, as you could with the naked eye, standing in that doorway.

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Ed Solero commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on May 12, 2014 at 6:37 pm

The slope starts around the point where that orange meshing is, sloping down towards the back wall, and also more steeply to the left, it appears. Not sure how the auditorium was oriented within the building, as I never attended a film at this theater.

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Ed Solero commented about AMC Fantasy 5 on May 12, 2014 at 6:29 pm

If they ever re-build the Lynbrook – and that is a big “IF” – the Fantasy may suffer some consequences. Of course, I think the place will still have some legs, because of its location. There are always young people spilling out of bars and restaurants, in RVC, particularly on weekends. The theater never lacks for foot traffic.