Comments from Metropolite

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Metropolite commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Feb 27, 2018 at 11:23 pm

Sign on marquee is gone. A walk around the block reveals “1680 Madison Street” a 54-unit, five-story building in the former auditorium.

Metropolite commented about Jackson Heights Cinema on May 2, 2017 at 7:25 pm

Jackson Heights Cinema site to become Target.

Metropolite commented about Palace Theatre on Dec 22, 2016 at 9:50 pm

The theater has been demolished.

Metropolite commented about Oritani Theatre on Oct 30, 2016 at 9:01 pm

When my mother asked for “two tickets in the Loge,” I had no idea what she meant."

Metropolite commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Oct 30, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Sign on marquee:

“1-2-3 bedrooms from $2300 a month.”

Metropolite commented about Ridgewood Theatre on May 19, 2016 at 1:27 am

When I walked by today, there were no construction guys or any indication that work has been done.

Metropolite commented about Palace Theatre on Jan 19, 2016 at 9:26 pm

Update: Times News of Lehighton, Tuesday, January 19, 2016,

Metropolite commented about Palace Theatre on Jan 19, 2016 at 9:23 pm

Update: Times News of Lehighton, Monday, January 18, 2016

Metropolite commented about Newark Symphony Hall on Nov 6, 2015 at 11:14 pm

Adding The Mosque’s broadcast history …

Bremer Broadcasting’s WAAT began in Jersey City, later moving to Newark’s Hotel Douglas at Broad and Hill.

Frank Bremer moved the studios of WAAT-AM 970 to The Mosque which he bought in 1944.

In 1947, he created WAAT-FM 94.7, building a transmitting facility atop First Mountain in West Orange.

In 1948, WATV-13 was New Jersey’s First Television Station. 1020 Broad Street became known as “Television Centre Newark.” Studios for AM-FM-and TV remained at The Mosque. FM and TV transmitted from West Orange. The AM towers were on Belleville Turnpike in Kearny.

In 1953, TV transmission moved to the Empire State Building. 94.7 FM is still on First Mountain as WNSH, a country music station. 970 AM, now WNYM, transmits from Hackensack.

Metropolite commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Nov 6, 2015 at 10:51 pm

A last took at Keith’s from Queens Brownstoner.

Metropolite commented about New Metro Twin on Oct 17, 2015 at 11:41 am

New York Times – October 17, 2015.
Metro To Become Fitness Center

Metropolite commented about Pavilion Theatre on Aug 26, 2015 at 11:18 am

Nitehawk Cinema eyeing the Pavilion.

Metropolite commented about Coliseum Cinemas on Jul 27, 2015 at 8:20 pm

DNA Info reports the Coliseum may become a shopping center.

Metropolite commented about Fair Theatre on Jul 19, 2015 at 5:31 pm

This theatre is not in Jackson Heights. The neighborhood boundary according to the local Community Board and post office is two blocks south at Northern Boulevard. The Fair, at Astoria Boulevard and 90th, is in East Elmhurst, ZIP 11369. Jackson Heights is 11372.

Metropolite commented about Palm Theater on Jul 5, 2015 at 1:01 pm

A Google Street View search for 360 Delaware Avenue shows Palmer House, the senior residence that replaced the theater.

Metropolite commented about Mahoning Valley Cinema on Jul 5, 2015 at 12:34 pm

Blakeslee Boulevard is the local name for Route 443.

Metropolite commented about Sunshine Cinema on May 9, 2015 at 12:56 pm

The Sunshine is for sale.

Metropolite commented about Savoy Theatre on Feb 24, 2015 at 1:12 pm

This will replace the theatre.

Metropolite commented about Center Cinemas on Dec 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm

The theater will be demolished for Affordable Housing.

Metropolite commented about Pavilion Theatre on Dec 8, 2014 at 10:45 pm

The Pavilion may become residential.

Metropolite commented about Loew's Lincoln Square Theatre on Aug 23, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Programs that originated from CBS Studio 60 included “I’ll Buy That,” “Double or Nothing,” “It’s Magic with Paul Tripp,” and “The Robert Q. Lewis Show.”

Metropolite commented about Quad Cinema on Aug 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm

New York Times- Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Owner to Renovate and Upgrade Quad Cinema By Allan Koznin

Charles S. Cohen, the president and chief executive of the Cohen Brothers Realty Corporation, has bought the Quad Cinema, the Greenwich Village theater that has for decades been a hybrid art-house and first-run theater. The sale was completed on Wednesday, Daniela Sapkar, a spokeswoman for Mr. Cohen, said.

Normally, news of a real estate magnate buying an old, classic theater might be cause for alarm. But Mr. Cohen has long been fascinated with film, and has a second career as a producer and distributor, through the Cohen Media Group. He also runs the Cohen Film Collection, which includes 700 titles, among them recent films as well as classics by Buster Keaton, D. W. Griffith, Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard, which the collection has restored.

Mr. Cohen’s plans for the Quad include a renovation and technical upgrade, for which the theater will close in early 2015. It is expected to reopen in the late spring of 2015. He has overseen theater reconstruction before, most notably the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International, on East 59th Street.

“New York City has perhaps the greatest concentration of serious cinema lovers in the country,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement, “but for too long, these great, knowledgeable fans have had few places to see classic and important films on the big screen. The always-vital Quad Cinema will now become an even more important destination for classic films and compelling new ones – and the moviegoers who love them.”

Mr. Cohen did not provide details for the Quad reconstruction, but Ms. Sapkar said that the theater would maintain its four-screen configuration, and that its name would not be changed. At present, the plan is to devote one screen to classic cinema and repertory films from the Cohen Film Collection and from other distributors. Two screens will be devoted to straight bookings, and the fourth will be used for the theater’s existing Quadflix program, for films without distribution.

Metropolite commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Jul 10, 2014 at 9:54 pm

On July 10, 2014 NY.Curbed.Com reported ….

Plans for Ridgewood Theater’s residential conversion were announced last fall, so what’s going on at the site now? Not much, but that may soon change; permits for the project were approved this week. The plans call for adding two stories to the three-story building, and created 50 apartments (10 more than previously reported).

Owner Bushburg Properties recently told Curbed that they are still in the planning stages of the development, working to bring contractors on board and finalizing their designs. The first floor will be an entertainment/cultural venue, and the permits make clear that the existing exterior of the theater, which is landmarked, will remain. Nataliya Donskoy is the architect.

Metropolite commented about Paramount Theatre on Apr 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm

In 1960 WRLB (Radio Long Branch) 107.1 signed-on from studios on the second floor, since moved to Neptune under new owners. On April 21, 2014 a man jumped or fell from still-used 384-foot tower behind the building. Newspaper story said neighborhood is “blighted and ready for large-scale urban redevelopment.”

Metropolite commented about York Theatre on Mar 24, 2014 at 7:53 am

The 1960 series “Naked City” is currently seen on MeTv. In “The Succession of Heartbeats” a car being chased by the police shows the York as the they turn from 64th onto First.