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Far from a true Cinema Treasure, I will throw a little love her way. This was the only theater in the country as stated by Chip26 that first shows started at 10:00AM. It was perfect for students and seniors or even the lonely to catch an early show at bargain matinee prices. It was not an unusual sight to see a train of twenty or so wheelchairs with adults and kids heading for the theater for a day at the movies. I’m sure it was a welcome treat for people who obviously had difficult lives. I’m glad it was there for them.
When I started coming here in the late 70’s it was a well run machine with no nonsense matrons during the day and it was a clean, safe pleasure to see the latest feature on Friday morning before lunch. “Star Wars”? Nah, that was for the real Cinema Treasures but a “Caddyshack” or “Kramer vs. Kramer”? Sure and if in Theater 6 in Dolby Stereo all the better.
A lot of people complain about United Artists but many don’t know the corporate headquarters were right on Long Island and UA was at the time the largest theater chain in the country. UA Theaters were well kept up and had first class management. It was when UA was sold to some company in Colorado in the early 90’s that the company started to fail. That is when all the great single screens closed and upkeep was abandoned. So kudos to Prudential/United Artist Corp up into the 80’s for great theaters.
Opening and Reno ads in photo section.
Marquee featured in “Teenage Mother” 1967 filmed through out Massapequa in photo section. “Teenage Mother” played through out Long Island as both main feature and the second half of a double bill but the closest to Massapequa and the Drive-In I’ve been able to tell is the next town over, Amityville.
The December 29, 1960 Grand Opening ad for the “Fascinating” Pequa in photo section.
Grand Opening Wed October 19 1960 ad in photo section.
Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis & Rose Byrne filmed a movie premiere party scene in the lobby here for the 2014 “Annie”. Shot in photo section.
79 cent policy ad in photos.
I know it’s a pipe dream but it would be wonderful if Disney took it over like they did the El Capitan in LA. Install a fabulous digital marquee that can be seen up and down the block. Still have other studio premieres there, but they could open their own pictures there exclusively for say two weeks before the other Manhattan multiplexes get it. Do shows and Disney film festivals. If it can work in LA with competing Graumann’s just across the street, it could work here.
The 2002 comedy “The Guru” starring Jimi Mistry, Heather Graham & Marisa Tomei filmed a big Bollywood number here. Screen shots in photo section.
Lindenhurt’s own Pat Benatar shot a live 35th Anniversary concert here in 2013 that has played on the Palladia HD Channel.
Please sgreenberg report back on her reaction. I can’t imagine it would be anything but a thrill for her to see how glorious this cinema treasure looks now.
“Oklahoma!” actually opened at The Cove, Bayshore & Patchogue Theaters the day The Syosset opened. As patryan6019 stated, The Syosset wasn’t reserved seats yet but they were the only theater on LI to play it in Todd AO. “Oklahoma!” however did return, on March 2 1962 with reserved seats and was replaced by the exclusive Long Island Premiere of “West Side Story” on April 13 1962.
May 17, 1959 Poison Victim Gets $2,000! Apparently in a labor dispute, someone spiked the Coke machine with arsenic. Yikes! Article in photo section.
In doing some research I ran upon a fact that was surprising. This and the Deer Park Theater located just a mile an half away opened only 20 days apart. The Deer Park Theatre opened on July 30,1959 and this, on August 19, 1959. Both in shopping centers on Deer Park Avenue. Obviously a growing time for Suffolk County. Opening ads in photo section.
In doing some research I ran upon a fact that was surprising. This and the North Babylon Theater located just a mile an half away opened only 20 days apart. The Deer Park Theatre opened on July 30,1959 and The North Babylon, on August 19, 1959. Both in shopping centers on Deer Park Avenue. Obviously a growing time for Suffolk County. Opening ads in photo section.
Saw “Into The Woods” on New Year’s Eve. It’s time for Bow Tie to stand up. Yes, I know this house isn’t a consistent sell out. But it is, without question, as everyone here knows, one of the world’s premiere theatres, literally, holding dozens of east coast premieres a year. Movie stars and film makers seen all over the globe posing at the opening of their major motion pictures in this beautiful cinema treasure. And she’s a wonderful state of the art hall that us mere mortals can experience movies at their best.
The first offense was walking to the front doors to see all the one sheet cases in dire conditions. They haven’t been updated in decades. Old dirty looking fabric, faded old metal frames and all three cases having wrinkled ill installed one sheets. Don’t think Meryl Streep, who attended the World Premiere of the film just a few weeks before would have appreciated seeing her image practically falling out of the frame. C'mon, how much does a few yards of red velvet and some new frames cost?
Then, my favorite seat was once again broken. Pull the seat down and it lowers practically to the floor. It’s time for new seats. This grand lady doesn’t need big leather recliners, but the hard metal old lumpy stuffed ones have seen their prime. If you are charging $15.00 for a feature and $19.00 for 3D, a comfortable seat is not unreasonable.
I can accept the digital pre-show, I get it, but this is not some neighborhood dive, this is New York’s Bowtie Ziegfeld Theater. No one needs or more importantly, wants six trailers. It’s not 1975, trailers are everywhere and we’ve seen them all before we walk into the auditorium. Three trailers, the next attraction, the one that might come attached to the feature and one more is more than enough. After six, commercials, and policy, the audience is exhausted.
The staff, as always were wonderful, honestly, the best in the city. One couldn’t ask for a more friendly, courteous crew, who understand who their patrons are and care. Ushers, concession, management, all wishing this nice size early matinee crowd a happy new. I hope it is a happy new year for Bowtie’s Ziegfeld Theatre and her staff. They deserve it.
For techman707 a trip down memory lane for you in the photo section.
Open all season, the Christmas attraction in 1965 was “Thunderball”. Surprised to see shows starting at 5:30pm. Ad in photo section.
“My Fair Lady” open an exclusive Long Island Roadshow engagement on December 22, 1965 and played thru June 14 1966. The next feature was the general released “Stagecoach” starring Ann-Margret & Bing Crosby. Opening day ad For “My Fair Lady” added to pictures.
The Director of “Interstellar” addresses complaints about the sound in The Hollywood Reporter.
I’ve heard two national critics mention the sound mix on “Interstellar” was bad so the problem isn’t The Ziegfeld’s. Usually sci-fi films win the sound Oscar, let’s see if it even gets a nomination.
“Hello Dolly” opened the theatre with reserved seats on March 26, 1970 and played through August 19, 1970. “Patton” moved over from The Syosset on August 20 1970 when The Syosset picked up “Woodstock”.
December 16 1983, the beginning of the end for this grand lady. Triplex opening ad in photo section.
The last three engagements, “The Gazebo”, the double bill of “On the Waterfront” & “The Caine Mutiny” and the last show, “The Wind Cannot Read” as posted by MarkDHite opening day ads now in photos.
Charlton Heston & Co-Star Tina Chen made a live personal appearance on opening night of “The Hawaiians”, a sequel to “Hawaii” on July 17, 1970. Opening night add in Photo section.