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Don’t think I have seen those pics before. Thanks, Warren!
Yes Mr. Doc, that feeling of loss can’t compare to the likely daily loss of patron’s bodily fluids that ensued on the floor and the seatbacks of the Savoy in it’s latter years. Tawk' about a sticky floor! DOH!!
Hey Warren, I beat you to it…and then some. Scroll up a few posts. Thanks for posting!
That sticky-ass floor in there had a personality all by itself! Some days I got up and almost lost my sneakers!! —Lee
Hey Erwin. Glad you dug that pic I dug up, but I wasn’t on this planet until 1957, so I cannot comment on those 1950’s years. ;o) That facade was definately there in the 60’s-70’s according to my memory. All I really remeber is the Steve Reeve’s “Hercules” movies and those Bowery Boy features…..and the free hot dogs and buttered pop corn. LOL! From what I remember of the lobby, it was fairlt ornate kinda like the Valencia and the RKO Keith in Flushing….but not quite as detailed and smaller in scale. Interesting memorabilia!
I was even able to read the marquee. This is what was playing at the time. A film made in 1922!!
Looky heeya! I believe this is actually a photo from the 20’s or 30’s of the Savoy when it was still called the Rialto. Ya' think this is the one I was referring to? It was found on a site called QUEENSPIX.COM. Chime in if you can on this. Thanks! —-Lee
This thread still has a life. Very cool. Those Steve Reeve’s “Hercules” movies really stuck in my head for some reason. —Lee
Didn’t frequent bars in my pre-teen years. ;O)
What about that other old church on the other side of the street with the graveyard out in front of it just down the street for Sutphin Blvd? Still there? —-L
My dad closed the store sometime in the 70’s. He was there for 12 years, previously with Steinway $ Sons. I still can smell the popcorn, and feel the sticky floors on the sole of my sneakers at the Savoy. I remember a huge church nearby that was set back like 300 feet from the street. Furniture store next door. Bar on the corner that the owner was shot in a robbery. Also, King’s mansion across the street with those big cannons were cool. Memories are sweet but get elusive as the years go by and most folks don’t seem to give a shit anyway, Very sad and probably happens with every generation. See what a Google search can do? Get me all depressed! LOL CYA!!!!
>>>The only other theatre still standing in Jamaica from that era is the ex-Loew’s Hillside on Sutphin Boulevard just off Jamaica Avenue, now converted to offices and warehouse space.
posted by Warren on Mar 21, 2004 at 10:15am<<<
The Valencia theatre is a now a church I believe, and has not been “murdered”. ;o)
My dad owned the piano store next door in the 60’s-70’s. He was friends with the manager/owner of the Savoy, Mr. Levy, which got us free movies, popcorn, hot dogs and cokes…..and Steve Reeves in “Hercules”, etc. Go ahead…beat that! —-Lee