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Woody: The link you posted did not work, for me. I would like to see those Manhattan theater photos if you could post the correct link for them; thanks …
The important thing is that it is still open, and has not been razed, as other similar theaters have (The Pilgrim in Boston comes to mind). Whatever you may think of the owner, she has sunk some money into it by renovating parts of the interior (the workmen used to come in at 12 midnight, when it closed, to do their work). And whatever you may think of the clientele, they have paid money to keep the theater open by their patronage. Anyone who has been to Passaic lately, especially at night, knows that families are not going to go there to see Shrek.
The Byron-Carlyle has been renovated and has reopened as a playhouse.
In the 80s, the balcony consisted of a small dark room in the center, some stools along the wall, and a small restroom for men at the top of the back stairs. Around 1992 or so they renovated the other bathroom, at the top of the front stairs, that had always been locked, and that revealed beautiful marble stalls, with a small lounge at the entrance. They converted the dark room into a small video room with chairs and screened male porn, while the downstairs main theater showed straight porn. A few years ago, I heard they installed booths upstairs, so that may be why they are prohibited from opening the balcony.