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Thanks, guys. “Lost,” the pictures say it all…That is the Rex I’m talking about near the corner of Wright St on Canal; the Park was definitely the predecessor name for the Rex. I printed them & looked side-by-side, & the buildings are identical (with slight modifications).
This message is for Vito (and anyone else), but is not about the Paramount. I’m curious about a couple of other old theaters on SI. The Rex in Stapleton and the Star in New Brighton. I clearly remember the buildings with the marquees, but not in operation. The Star is listed on Cinema Treasures, but not the Rex. I’m thinking that the Park theater (the picture on C.T. looks familiar) later became the Rex. Anyone out there know about these two?
I saw “Animal House” there in 1978, only time I was ever there. Nice, local theater.
I know that the theater showed movies into the 1980’s. I think the last one I saw there was “Romancing the Stone” with Michael Douglas & Kathleen Turner (and a young Danny DeVito).
In July of 2006, I saw a concert by Dion at the Count Basie. That day it was a record 100 or 101 degrees, and when we got to the theater, a large crowd was outside – the AC was on the blink, working at about 25% of normal. They offered for everyone to watch the opening act & see how it (the temp, not the act) was, and you could get a refund anytime up until 9PM. I was in the balcony near the A/C outlet so it was tolerable. The people in the orchestra were much warmer. It turned out most people stayed for the whole show.
I remember in the late ‘50’s – early '60’s the Victory always showed the same movies as the Lane. My grandmother lived a block away, so whenever i would visit, a trip to the Victory was in order. The one movie I distinctly remember seeing there was “The Magnificent Seven.”
I’m 57, born & raised on the Island, and have no recollection of the Capitol.
I believe this theater closed in the late ‘40’s-early '50’s. The vacant building with its marquee relatively intact stood into the early-mid '60’s at least. It was located on the water side of Richmond Terrace, near the intersection with Jersey St. Anyone else out there remember this place?
In the late 60’s it was a rock club, very popular with college kids from the southern half of the Island.
My first movie date was at the Lane in 1967. Sidney Poitier in “To Sir With Love.” It had a somewhat unique “balcony.” Rather than a deck hanging over the orchestra section, it was a section that began at the back of the orchestra, and went up at a steep angle from the floor. By the way, the bagel shop in the picture used to be a barber shop, had many haircuts there.