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Thanks for your comments Louis. I found this site looking for information on another old movie theatre (Palm Springs) and it has some good information, links and comments that I can use on my site. I’m glad you enjoy the old photos like I do.
Yeah, that’s what I thought – it was way west of the 79th Street Art Theatre/Twin II Cinema. I went by there yesterday because the expressways were clogged in heavy rain – it’s all a giant flea market now.
Frank ‘n Bun was a very popular drive-in on the southwest corner of 27th Avenue and 79th Street in the 50’s. There is an aerial photo of Northside and Frank 'n Bun at: http://www.pbase.com/donboyd/image/85074956
You’re correct, it was the porn of the time (1960’s) but when you say porno most people today think of the raw explicit raunchy stuff leaving absolutely nothing to the imagination and that just wasn’t the stuff being shown at the 79th Street Art Theatre in the 1960’s. I’m just clarifying the word “porno” so people don’t think it was the porno of today and past few decades.
Harvey, I’m certain that it had nothing to do with the Star II if the Star II was at the 79th Street Mall. Was that west of Northside Shopping Center on 27th Avenue?
I wouldn’t say it was always porno. My buddies and I went there in the mid 1960’s and porno movies weren’t shown anywhere because they weren’t legal at the time. Back then it was the 79th Street Art Theatre, not a twin at the time, and it showed sexy B movies and nudist flicks. There was no gay side to it or we wouldn’t have gone there.
One more correction: the stats at the top say it had 800 seats, but the newspaper article about the grand opening says it had 1200 seats.
As posted by Al Alvarez above, the correct name was the Palm Springs Theater. There was no Cinema and no Mile in the name.
The grand opening was on December 20, 1962 and it was added to the east end of a shopping center that had been open for about three years. I attended many movies there starting in 1962 through 1966.
Yesterday I scanned a newsclipping describing the grand opening and it is located online at http://www.pbase.com/donboyd/image/92675326