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The Prospect was always the “fun movie” theater compared to the “blockbuster” mode of the Keith’s. As a young child, I actually won a kid’s fire truck during the occasional Saturday morning cartoons matinee show there. Later on during my teenage years, The Prospect was a cheap night on the town with the boys or a date, along with a meal either both long gone Hurdy Gurdy’s (pizza) or Lenny’s on Roosevelt Ave (hotdogs and beer, they were VERY lenient with age verification).
We’re supposed to feel sympathy for an organization (religious or not) that pretty much desecrated what could have been a theater landmark? No religious denomination is “guaranteed” permanent use of a facility. That is why most OWN the property they worship on.
The last couple of years I went to the Astoria, it turned into a real dive. Ripped up screens, a sticky floor, and usually an odd scent for your “viewing pleasure”. It was funny that the Drake, another Queens theater that was only a dollar actually was in better condition.
The Drake was great for those one dollar movies (took a couple of cheap dates when I wasn’t making alot of money)followed by a dinner in Cooky’s Steakhouse in the mall (good steaks and the best salad bar for that type of restaurant.