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The property changed hands; demolition permit still in effect but nothing has happened. From an article in Queens Chronicle, Sept. 1, 2016, by Christopher Barca:
But while one block begins to blossom, the one that houses the former Abbracciamento’s Restaurant a short walk up Woodhaven Boulevard still sits dormant.
Shortly after eatery owner John Abbracciamento closed the restaurant and sold the building — which included a handful of small businesses — for $9 million more than two years ago, plans to demolish the block and build a new apartment building in its place were filed.
However, the site was sold again for $10.85 million in February 2015, just a few months before a permit allowing for the teardown was approved by the city.
The only noticeable action taken since has been the removal of the building’s marquee, which remained after the site’s conversion from a movie theater into a restaurant.
Graffiti has continued to accumulate on the sides of the structure and on the permanently closed window gates.
However, city records show the demolition permit was issued to the owner, 62-98 Realty LLC, on Aug. 23.
A Department of Buildings spokesman said it isn’t unusual for such a long time to elapse between permit approval and demolition beginning.
“Most permits last about a year once they are pulled,” the spokesperson said. “Some developers wait until they are ready to do the work before they actually pull the permit.”
It makes me crazy when I see how they’ve restored the Kings in Brooklyn and now they’re going to restore the Brooklyn Paramount as well. Perhaps I should be hopeful that the tide is turning and perhaps there’s a chance for the Keith’s as well, but with the complete lack of neighborhood interest and the fact that it’s QUEENS after all, I’m not going to hold my breath.
? LuisV’s comment is not cut off on my computer. It says:
Here is a great link to some incredible photographs of the fully restored Loew’s Kings Theatre! FREE Tours to the public will be offered on Saturday, February 7th from 12:00 – 4:00 PM! I can’t wait to see it for myself! http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2015/01/26/behold_brooklyns_magnificently_restored_kings_theatre.php#more
So Cinema 3 is like watching a movie in your living room – only a lot more expensive.
This theater is now known as The Prospector, after having been demolished and rebuilt to look (front facade, at least) like the original Ridgefield Playhouse. All future information about the new version will be posted under The Prospector.
The Prospector had its Grand Opening on Nov. 20th and is now showing movies.
Ridgefield Press pre-opening story:
The similarity of facade design between the Cinema I/II building and Lincoln Center is obvious, and the fact they were built around the same time makes it seem more than a coincidence. So the question is, was there an actual plan to have these Cinemas be the East Side film showcase for Lincoln Center, or was it simply an attempt to capitalize on the publicity around Lincoln Center’s opening?
I think JamesD was referring to SWC, not to you.
Shhhhh! You’re imagining that!
At this point, all these calls to go ahead and tear it down and arguments over who is to blame are meaningless. They got approvals years ago, yet nothing has happened. Obviously the leeches who have controlled this process from the beginning have not yet sucked all the money out of it that they can. More shell corporations trading ownership back and forth, more agents collecting transaction fees, more design firms collecting commissions, more permits and bribes, more politicians having their palms greased one way or another… it will simply continue until there is no more to be squeezed out, and then something will happen. Tommy Huang dumped oil in the basement, and it has been a black hole ever since.
Not reading Chinese, I wouldn’t know. But I thought most residents of Flushing were Korean.
I’m sorry, but if the current residents of the area don’t know or care about the theater – despite all the efforts to inform them and interest them in its history and potential – then they’ve already got exactly what they deserve. Neither condos nor a “preserved” lobby will bring Flushing “up” – they will simply enrich the pockets of the developer.
And so it goes…
CinemaDude, THANK YOU for that wonderful post!
The restaurant that expanded into the theater space is closing. You can see the former marquee in the photo.
So Patrick Thompson did nothing and made $10 million on the property. Maybe JK Equities can also do nothing and make $20 million?
Interesting! Though the “Boulevard Latin Cuisine” sign makes no mention of a theater, as the old one did. Wonder if they’re still utilizing that space.
I suppose they could have shown films made at Gold Medal Studios in the Bronx… ;)
Interesting! But who, among the general public, would have understood that claim?
The World’s First All Purpose Motion Picture Theatre? Hmm… not sure what they meant by that. How about Radio City Music Hall? How about most other movie palaces with stages? Peculiar claim. Anyway, that claim was about as accurate as the artist’s rendering in that ad, which bears absolutely no resemblance to reality!
I saw a story about this on the news and was ready to vomit. Not a word about the historic nature of the building…just matter-of-factly that the landlord was going to demolish and rebuild it and the congregation was going to have to find another home.
In the case of the Paradise, it appears to be that the megachurch had megabucks that the owner couldn’t refuse. In the case of the Keith’s (and I suspect in most cases) it is politicians in the pocket of developers.
I somehow missed the fact that the resplendently restored Loew’s Paradise in the Bronx has been bought by a mega church, and construction workers there had already managed to start a fire on Nov. 5 that caused heavy smoke damage. It’s a shame that so few of these stories end in Happily Ever After.