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Orson Bean mentioned this theater, when he did the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson (First Aired: Sep. 23, 1976) also with Orson Welles; And actress Carol Lawrence and actress Kay Lenz.
I was just in Newark today for a job interview and while I was taking a selfie of myself in front of the marquee…I was berated by local denizens “is that your welcome sign?”. I am educated and have no idea what they were saying…but it is such a shame that this place is not open. I have a certain cinephilic thirst for movie palaces…I have been told that it is tragically in horrible shape internally :( Apparently, they haven’t had anything inside for 30 years or better…
To the Maroney family: Thank you for your perseverance in keeping this celluloid love story going. I will make a pilgrimage to your neck of the woods, as soon as I get my act together with a license and vehicle..42 years and still unlicensed. :(
I was just near here at 10 am…I had been at a 9 am job interview….dindt venture inside, as I was headed back to the city to deal with other potential work related stuff
That is awesome QT.
And I blame Netflix. Hulu. And various multitudes of streaming services.they are doing to cinema:what tv did to radio some 70 years back. I myself am guilty of streaming,however I still make my presence felt in multiplexes and support the fine art of cinema. Put down the laptop and get to the movies.
God bless you for keeping the indie cinema open. You have taken it back to the old school concept before multiplexes and stadium seating. I look forward to making a pilgrimage there.
thank you very much, what a classic shot.
My mom took me here to see cheech and chong movies in the 80’s, as a little tyke….mommy whats the smell? I concur with fred1…yes it was later a nightclub…in the 90’s i frequented a heavy metal club across the street
rest in peace, another part of my childhood gone.
I don’t get out to Douglaston too much these days, I kind of forget there was a movie theatre there
I love Jehovah’s witnesses as they respect their buildings….any old movie theaters that I have visited now under their control are in immaculate condition…I just wish they’d program 35mm movies…which must look amazing.
the above link is the demolition crew bringing the dome down. this is tragic. it looked like a great place.
good riddance, I have only been here one time for the latest Jason Bourne installment back in summer 2016.There was a plethora of problems here, the AC broke..and we all had to move to a different theatre…I welcome the NITEHAWK people there, I have spent quite a many days and nights in there drinking and eating and watching films…they will be a great addition to the Park Slope citizens.
I am going to miss this place though,I have seen quite a few films here going back over the years. I bought tons of dvd’s here too…as the box office used to sell dvd’s at a point. Sadly there is a lot of competition from other indie houses…the Angelika and Film Forum are a stones throw up West Houston. The Cinema Village and Quad Cinema and new Metrograph are all in walking distance.
fun fact:on the way to the Chelsea to see die hard with a. vengeance… I stopped in and bought fireworks in here back in 1995…pre-pre Houston street/LES gentrification. at that point it was a storage warehouse/hardware store.
an all-you can watch special….sounds quite enticing.
I would like to see a PHISH show there….I love the seating
how many seats does (or did) this theatre hold?
Hello CT: I remember this story. James Brown asked to see his report card and actually told him that he needed to improve his grades or he couldn’t hang out there anymore.
frank zappa played here 10/23/1977
my deepest condolences, remember our dearly departed are just not in our presence,they are now within our souls.