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Sign on marquee is gone. A walk around the block reveals “1680 Madison Street” a 54-unit, five-story building in the former auditorium.
Jackson Heights Cinema site to become Target.
The theater has been demolished.
When my mother asked for “two tickets in the Loge,” I had no idea what she meant."
Sign on marquee:
“1-2-3 bedrooms from $2300 a month.”
When I walked by today, there were no construction guys or any indication that work has been done.
Update: Times News of Lehighton, Tuesday, January 19, 2016,
Update: Times News of Lehighton, Monday, January 18, 2016
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.
A last took at Keith’s from Queens Brownstoner.
New York Times – October 17, 2015.Metro To Become Fitness Center
Nitehawk Cinema eyeing the Pavilion.
DNA Info reports the Coliseum may become a shopping center.
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.
A Google Street View search for 360 Delaware Avenue shows Palmer House, the senior residence that replaced the theater.
Blakeslee Boulevard is the local name for Route 443.
The Sunshine is for sale.
This will replace the theatre.
The theater will be demolished for Affordable Housing.
The Pavilion may become residential.
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.