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Do you remember the two old matrons that used to work at the Quartet throughout the 1970’s. I believe they were sisters. One was named Marguarite. She was old and withered looking and used to talk out of the side of her mouth. The other one was, I think her sister, she had a fuller face. She was less hard on the eyes than Marguarite.
Also, do you remember a guy who worked there. He was a young usher with a red headed afro?
Sorry about your problem with the C word, Warren, and you’re probably right, but Rosie was bad news. She used to work at both the U.A. Bayside and the Quartet. She was an epileptic and sometimes she would have seizures on the lobby floor of the Quartet in the 1970’s, which was more fun to watch than some of the exploitation fare. If I seem like a p k about this it is because she would throw kids out for the hell of it, just to have something to do, complaining that they were talking too loud. Once in the summer of 1980 I saw her across the Street from the U.A. Bayside where the BLUES BROTHERS was playing. We looked at each other as if we might have knew each other. I said something to the effect of ‘didn’t you work at the Quartet?“ And she replied "and the Bayside as well. How many times did I throw you out?” laughing as she said it. Anyway, I thought that strange. So, I guess one person’s poison is another’s champaigne.
The theatre moved across the street or I-95 because Bayer wanted to move there in it’s place.
I remember young Michael Hockstein, Henry â€" the older manager who looked like a bald Jose' Greco, and Rosie â€" who was a bonafied cunt. Whatever happened to Michael?
I met Terry Levene and dealt with him in December 1979 and January 1980 at his office in the building that housed the SELWYN theatre. I was introduced to him by the manager of the theatre I worked at THE LOEW’S ASTOR PLAZA. I was a college freshman at Iona College, and I was working at writing. Terry came to see a film and my manager introduced me to him and I told him I was studying writing, and he gave me a business card to show him some scripts.
On Xmas vacro of 1979 I dropped off a few treatments and pitched Terry some ideas. He was a nice, middle-aged subtle, soft spoking man. He was a portly version of Roger Corman, but you get the idea. Also, Terry had a foreign accent, which lead me to believe it was either British, Australian or South African. At, barely, 18, I couldn’t decipher.
In January 1980, I met him to pick up the scripts. Needless to say, Terry didn’t of course take them, but he gave me some advice and suggestions, and he couldn’t have been nicer.
Two years later, around the time he released DR. M BUTCHER or whatever the hell it was called, I read in Variety that he was sponsoring a contest by people to write treatments.
Anyway, it wouldn’t surprise me if the resourceful Levene was still at it. It was interesting reading about him here. I cannot find out much about him in Books or IMDB.
For what it’s worth, just watched THE KLANSMAN at home on a cheap DVD bought for like a buck at the discount store. There seems to be a lot of them floating around. While THE KLANSMAN is, I hate to admit, outstanding exploitation sleeze and Lee Marvin is the man, the version making the DVD rounds is heavily, heavily edited. The only version of this film in tact is the Paramount VHS version released in 1990. So, even if our curiosity prompted us to go to the FAIR when and if THE KLANSMAN finally played, they would might show the EDITED dvd version on their video projection.
Guys you’re right. It is a video format. Just called the Manager, and he confirmed VIDEO.
That staff must really enjoy getting all the calls from us.
WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY OTHER QUESTIONS: WHY THE F—K did they close THE DOUBLE FEATURED, 2 THEATRE PLAZA!!!!!!!!!!
Funny thing, grew up in Bayside, took the 7 train practically everyday into Manhattan from Flushing—all throughout the 70’s. One day I decided to stand, and that was in Christmas 1983, and first noticed the marquee. At the time PLAZA was showing 1990: Bronx Warrior. The other theatre had Spanish film. Also, when Die Hard 2 opened, they had it on a double bill with Die Hard 1. Thought you would like to know.
Nuts I was all set to go on Sunday to see the classic KILLER FORCE. ARE YOU SURE THEIR PROJECTED ON VIDEO?
I’D EVEN SEE A RED PRINT OF THIS JUST TO SEE IT ON THE BIG SCREEN.
Are they still showing double features in the one available Walgreens Cinemas?
Sometimes, when it was a twin, the Post would list the showtimes, and it appeared that each of the two theaters had single features, yet if you called the theater or noticed a weird gap in the showtimes, you would know they were showing double bills.
I can’t reach anybody there by phone. HELP!
Remember this theater from the early 70’s. It was like movie heaven. Each of the three had a thousand seats. Opened in 1969. Bill was 1) Krakatoa east of java, 2) Lion in Winter 3) Funny Girl. At the time, Orange was not built up with stores or malls, so you had this big theatre complex in the middle of nowhere, but it was quite modern and beautiful â€" think movie heaven. It was one of the first of it’s kind, and showed first rate, first run entertainment like all the road show movies, even though they were of a dying breed.
I remember that during the summer of 1969 they showed, at the same time: Patton, Airport, and Mash. Separately of course. At the time they were big money makers.
In 1973/1974, one of the three was gutted into two, so it became showcase 4. In the summer of 1974, they utilized some of the oversized lobby space and made a fifth theatre, but it was too damn small, almost the size of a giant screen television or one of the mini Criterion theaters in Manhattan.
Around Christmas of 1974, they had all the big disaster films at this theatre before they hit second run houses. The gutted first theater showed Earthquake in one and Airport 75 in the other, the next big theatre showed Godfather Part II, the next big theater showed Towering Inferno, and the small mini showed The Man With The Golden Gun.
I started going to this theatre since 1999. It was the best theater for screens. I know it has been actively running since 1983, when they had 1990: Bronx Warriors in one theater and totally Spanish films in the other. I grew up in Bayside between 1969 and 1980, and as many times I rode the 7 train, I never saw the Plaza until one day I was standing up and saw it. Never new theater existed.
My question is did this theater show American double features in the 70’s, or was it all Spanish. Thanks.
Greetings concerned citizens:
I don’t mean to throw my weight around, and I am not trying to brag, but I happen to be the original architect who renovated and twinned the PLAZA theater, and I don’t take kindly having my work made a mockery of. Also, I am not going to stand for it. I’m sure gifted surgeons don’t stand for it, therefore, why should I. Again, not throwing my weight around, but I became a pioneer in twinning movie theaters back in the 70’s. If any of you people think that was an easy thing to do, I’d like to see you try. My MAJOR accomplishments include: The RKO COLISEUM (all renovations), Loew’s Paradise, RKO KEITH, RKO FORDHAM. I have not renovated theaters in quite awhile as I am frequently asked to lecture worldwide. Also, because of chains like National Amusements, they are building multiplexes from the ground up.
Lastly, it’s easy to mock somebody, and it costs nothing. I am not asking for any sort of prize, just let it stand as a footnot in history.
It’s funny, one time in the ‘80’s I saw Taxi Driver there at the Twin, and everybody started laughing when Travis walked by the theater.