Comments from Jeffrey1955

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 6, 2017 at 1:40 am

Glad to hear it, BobbyS! Now we just need several million dollars…

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Jeffrey1955 commented about Drake Theatre on Jun 15, 2017 at 4:43 pm

Gone, gone, gone…and they don’t even bother mentioning it anymore. Queens Chronicle

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jun 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm

Of course the building is unsafe — in its current condition. Of course it would require a huge investment. That doesn’t mean it’s not possible or that there’s nothing left to save. Building a condo/office complex utilizing the air rights rather than demolishing what’s there is not beyond comprehension. Neither is an indoor concert venue in a densely populated area with access to mass transit that currently has none. Pipe dreams simply require someone with imagination to pay for the pipe.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jun 13, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Also, “there is nothing left to save” is disproved by all the photos that have been posted here.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on May 26, 2017 at 11:57 am

At least the plan to use the landmarked lobby as the entryway makes more sense than the original plan, which was for the lobby to be encased in glass. (Given that the lobby would really only be visible from within, that made no sense at all. What would anybody have seen — the back side of the walls enclosing it?) However, as anyone who has seen all the photos of the surviving auditorium posted here knows, the fact that the rest of the building will be demolished is tragic. “According to the current estimated project schedule, removal of historic material will begin next month and the demolition of the non-landmarked surrounding building will begin in late October.” I assume that the “historic material” to which they refer is limited to the pieces of the lobby that need restoration — not all the artwork and architectural details that remain in the rest of the building.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on May 25, 2017 at 8:42 pm

I’ve heard that before too! lol

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on May 25, 2017 at 5:38 pm

I thought they gave the OK to that plan years ago. The plan is unchanged, and still makes no sense. As for “finally coming to fruition”…have heard that before. Over and over and over again.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about Projectionist Bruce Sanders takes a smoke break on Mar 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm

I hadn’t noticed this here before. That is a beautiful tribute.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Mar 21, 2017 at 2:11 pm

The main problem with Flushing has been that the primarily Asian community (it was mostly Korean for a while, but that may have shifted) consists of people who have no memory of the theater or any connection with its heritage. (At this point, that would probably be the case no matter what the ethnic makeup of the area.) There is no community support for preserving or rehabilitating the Keith’s because as far as they know, it’s been a boarded-up, vacant, out-of-context hulk sitting in their midst for as long as anyone can remember. And all the ownership changes and redevelopment plans that have focused on high-end apartments and/or condos have essentially been irrelevant to them as well.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Mar 11, 2017 at 4:06 pm

I didn’t even know there were still prints. Thought everything was digital now.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Mar 8, 2017 at 1:29 pm

My recollection too, though that seems like it was several owners ago. It was a silly plan to “preserve” a portion of the lobby behind glass, while destroying all the remaining artifacts of the remainder of the entryway, lobby and auditorium.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Mar 4, 2017 at 10:08 pm

I’m not going to try scrolling back through the comments, but I’m pretty sure we’ve been through “proceeding according to plan” and “starting imminently” on here alone for at least a dozen years…

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Jeffrey1955 commented about Drake Theatre on Sep 1, 2016 at 5:51 pm

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.”

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 17, 2015 at 10:53 am

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.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about Kings Theatre on Feb 7, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Great photos!

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Jeffrey1955 commented about Kings Theatre on Jan 28, 2015 at 10:56 am

? 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

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Jeffrey1955 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Dec 17, 2014 at 8:11 am

So Cinema 3 is like watching a movie in your living room – only a lot more expensive.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about Ridgefield Playhouse on Nov 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about Prospector Theater on Nov 29, 2014 at 5:23 pm

The Prospector had its Grand Opening on Nov. 20th and is now showing movies.

Ridgefield Press pre-opening story: http://www.theridgefieldpress.com/37945/prospector-prepares-to-open-its-doors-for-good/

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Jeffrey1955 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Aug 19, 2014 at 1:11 pm

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?

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

I think JamesD was referring to SWC, not to you.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 16, 2014 at 12:46 am

Shhhhh! You’re imagining that!

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

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.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 12, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Not reading Chinese, I wouldn’t know. But I thought most residents of Flushing were Korean.

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Jeffrey1955 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 12, 2014 at 11:06 am

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.