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The Gothamist has an article on the Shore Theatre’s proposed renovation/ landmark designation; it includes several nice photos of the theatre’s interior/ exterior: http://gothamist.com/2010/03/24/shore_theater.php
The Oriental used to present live shows and concerts in its earlier years. Usually to launch a new musical, the film’s stars would often appear and perform a selection of songs from the movie; this was especially true in the 1950s. For instance, Vic Damone (who was actually from Bensonhurst)appeared at the Oriental when his film KISMET opened there. The great Mario Lanza and Kathryn Grayson were there for THE TOAST OF NEW ORLEANS. However, being 54, this was before my time.
Like many of the people on this thread, I was born and raised in Bensonhurst. The Oriental was indeed a special place…I miss it.