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oknazevad commented about Washington Township Cinemas on Sep 15, 2016 at 10:16 pm

Sudden developments here. The sign out front says its under new management and temporarily closed, while the theatre Is no longer listed on the Bow Tie website. No news I can see about it anywhere.

oknazevad commented about PlayStation Theater on Sep 10, 2016 at 8:11 pm

Wow, that list is a master list of every major film of the first 25 years of my life and then some.

Question, though. Does anyone have the capacity of this place when it was a movie theatre? The 2100 figure is for the current concert venue for concerts with general admission, but the figure is 1166 for reserved seating. (They put out a lot of folding chairs. 568 according to their seating chart.) so I wonder what the capacity was when it was all fixed seats.

oknazevad commented about Apollo Theatre on Sep 8, 2016 at 12:43 pm

Fortunately the entire Theatre District (or “Theater Subdistrict” in city planning documents) is subject to all sorts of requirements when it comes to theatre preservation. That’s part of the reason they were removed, because they are already subject to preservation. So the alarmism isn’t necessary.

Of course, the one thing not mentioned in the wailing and gnashing of teeth regarding these theatres is that one screen movie theatres are totally out of the question these days (see the fate of the Ziegfeld), so the only possible use is legit theatre. And the existing Broadway producers and landlords (the Shuberts, Nederlanders and Jujamcyn) were afraid to over saturate the inventory of theatres, so that’s why it took new landlords to even bring back the three that did return to Broadway use, and even then one is Disney’s own (not rented out), one is used just by Roundabout (again, not rented out) and one is a total barn that is only for mega-musicals (and is currently rented to Cirque du Soleil). That inventory issue is a valid concern.

oknazevad commented about Anco Theatre on Sep 8, 2016 at 8:00 am

This is the prior Wallack’s at 30th & Broadway, demolished 1915, not the 42nd St one.

oknazevad commented about Liberty Theatre on Jul 10, 2015 at 8:46 am

Actually, the Liberty’s original lobby became part of the Ripley’s Odditorium. Apparently there is still a connecting door between the two that’s kept locked. But it is possible to go through the restaurant into the auditorium.

oknazevad commented about 777 Theatre on Jun 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Correction to the above description: there’s only one 150ish seat theatre at this space. The other two blackbox theatre spaces mentioned are nearby at 8th & 43rd, and owned by the same company (Roy Arias Studios), so they’re on the same website, but those are not here. The current 777 theatre is really just on of the two former movie auditoriums converted to live theatre use, while Grey Line Sightseeing is still using the other one. (It’s also not a triplex, nor has it ever been.)

oknazevad commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Jun 5, 2015 at 11:34 am

This place would make a great cabaret/piano bar type performance space.

oknazevad commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Jun 5, 2015 at 11:33 am

Actually, neither of these statements are accurate. Firstly, there never were any orchestra boxes, just a pair of murals (long ago painted over) where such boxes would be; the theatre was always intended as a small cinema, and didn’t have a true procenium stage setup. And the floor wasn’t leveled, it just never had much slope to begin with.

oknazevad commented about Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Jan 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm

Well it’s now 2014, and the hotel on the upper floors is about to Koenig not already. Best part is they have kept the theatre for use as a performance venue, with the first concerts already scheduled. Good to see it preserved like that.

oknazevad commented about Liberty Theatre on Jun 27, 2013 at 2:08 am

So it seems the Famous Dave’s has closed (I went there once on a Friday night just after all the shows got out; it was pretty empty, so I’m not surprised.) But the front portion, where the bar is, is still operating as the “Liberty Diner”, while the main auditorium is available as a rental reception space. See

oknazevad commented about Liberty Theatre on Jun 24, 2013 at 1:27 am

Based on the height above the sidewalk, that “nowhere” is probably the loading dock.