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optimist008 commented about AMC Bay Plaza 13 on Jul 30, 2014 at 6:06 am

John, defintely agree with all your comments. FYI: Rumor says another theater will open in the former Whitestone Cinema site as part of the Paragon Outlet Mall project opening there in 2016. Betting that National Amusements is the operator and Da' Bronx still needs more screens.

optimist008 commented about Few cinemas for Bronx residents on Jun 6, 2014 at 10:29 am

Heard from a placed exhibition source that another theater may be built as part of the Paragon Outlet Center on the vacant Whitestone Cinema property.

optimist008 commented about 4-D movies coming to L.A. on Apr 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

They were planning to open up in the Kingsbridge Armory, Bronx with developer Young Woo Associates as part of a mixed use plan which fell through when NYC instead chose a hockey related development for the armory property. When the Daily News first reported this, nothing was stated about another theater chain providing the 4D theater for CJ Group. When Related Companies wanted to develop the armory in 100% retail, National Amusements was rumored as the theater operator. That plan died as aresult of the living wage issue. The Bronx urgently needs more screens !!!!

optimist008 commented about Sunset Hills Cinema 4 on Feb 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Joe Vogel, Once again, many thanks for another informative back issue link. The great details that General Cinema took with it theaters still seems unmatched anywhere. I briefly worked for them in the mid 1970’s-Hartsdale, NY.

optimist008 commented about Parkchester community seeks to preserve 74-year-old theater on Feb 7, 2014 at 8:56 am

To the above, unconfirmed rumor that another theater will open as part of the Whitestone Cinema Paragon Outlet Mall project. The original developer of the HUB retail project proposed a theater and that project fell through, no theater there woth the newest developer. Agree with you, Bronx is “underscreened.” A theater was also planned for the original dead Kingsbridge Armory mall.

optimist008 commented about Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas on Dec 26, 2013 at 5:38 am

Heard from an insider that there is a strong possibility of another theater opening here as part of the proposed Paragon Outlet Mall. I am GUESSING it might be National Amusements once again. They could easily squeeze it in as a top floor location or basement multiplex as done with their 161 St location. But this site begs for another theater so badly…

optimist008 commented about Happy Thanksgiving on Nov 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

Many thanks to you too and belated Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks so much for creating and maintaining such a wonderful site and I look forward to the book being written by Ross. I am very happy that you are recognized by the film industry in Boxoffice magazine and elsewhere.

optimist008 commented about Sports fans seek refuge in theaters on Sep 26, 2013 at 11:35 am

Pay Per View events actually statrted out in movie theaters during the 1960’s and 70’s. Remember those telecasts of the Ali boxing matches, Daytona 500, Opera, etc?? With more cable subscribers “cutting the cord” it’s likley providers like NCM ( will flourish. They don’t even advertise their sell outs of the MET Opera broadcasts. Here in the northeast, Digiplex theaters is positioning itself primarily for pay per view events.

optimist008 commented about Syosset Triplex on Sep 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm


All old issues of Boxoffice are posted on their website,, look for “The Vault” section to find them.

optimist008 commented about Central Plaza Cinema on Sep 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm

The Hudson Mall cinema , Jersey City, NJ is the last GCC structure still standing ???

optimist008 commented about Central Plaza Cinema on Sep 21, 2013 at 6:45 am


Is it possible that another theater chain will assume the new lease??????????

optimist008 commented about Central Plaza Cinema on Sep 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm

P.S. Webmaster: The correct seat count was 1700, not 1900 back in the GCC days as a single screen as per Boxoffice magazine.

optimist008 commented about Central Plaza Cinema on Sep 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm

One of the merchants nearby tells me they are renovating and not closed permanently as said in their phone recording today. No way Bow Tie would have bought this theater and closed it after three short months. If they actually do re open, they should run specialized films to piggy back Alamo Drafthouse down the block.

optimist008 commented about Regal New Roc City 18 & IMAX on Sep 4, 2013 at 10:20 am

FYI: They are converting one auditorium near the inner concession stand into an RPX auditorium and it should open very soon as per management. Their Times Square RPX screen is good, but nothing great and not worth the extra money. I snuck in to briefly check it out!!!

optimist008 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Aug 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Are they still handing out invites outside this theater for test screenings???

Have not seen them lately

Thanks Much

optimist008 commented about Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers on Aug 12, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Google: Beech Cinema vs. Twentieth Century Fox Film

optimist008 commented about Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers on Aug 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Question: Noticed that this theater is running a few of the same films also palying up the block at Bow Tie Central Plaza. Does this mean as the newest theater here, Bow Tie now loses the distribution tracks of several major studios??? This is how it happened in the 1960’s with the advent of shopping center theaters , the downtown theater became second fiddle to the film distributors. Are the studios bound to the exhbitors with exclusive licensing agreements?? If you Google “Beech Cinemas vs. General Cinema,” you will see a past lawsuit against 20th Century Fox involving alleged collusion between exhibitors and studios here in Westchester County, NY. John J. Fink and Scott Neff, please chime in on this!!!

optimist008 commented about Movie theaters roll out marquee architecture on Jun 19, 2013 at 5:53 am


FYI: If you have a public library card, it may enable you full access to WSJ, NY Times and many other pay per view periodical sites.

optimist008 commented about Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas on Jun 19, 2013 at 5:51 am

To the above: I wholeheartedly agree with you. The area is now totally ripe for another multiplex. Take your story to the local media, I am curious if any other theater chains have expressed interest in opening up in the same area. A monumental opportunity will exist when the Whitestone closes late summer/early fall as planned.

optimist008 commented about Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas on Apr 18, 2013 at 9:46 am


It is quite doubtful that the planned outlet mall will include a movie theater. Yes, it would be smart given the immense success of the current multiplex, but not likely to occur…

optimist008 commented about Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas on Apr 18, 2013 at 7:38 am

Supposed to be closing the end of the summmer or later depending on the approvals for the Paragon Outlet mall that is opening on this site. Again, once this theater is gone, a huge void and opportunity exists for another exhibitor to open in the same area.

optimist008 commented about Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas on Apr 5, 2013 at 10:23 am

As of yesterday, their big 3 sided sign is advertising the Pargaon Outlet mall to open soon on this property.

A monumntal opportunity exists for another exhibitor to fill the void when this theater eventually closes. This was probably one of Redstone’s top grossers in NY State if not beyond. Lost opportunities exist because a majority of other exhibitors fear opening in the Bronx. 150 single screens were operating in this borough during the 1960’s and the population now is even bigger so Bronx remains under screened for sure…

optimist008 commented about AMC Loews Palisades Center 21 on Jan 21, 2013 at 5:33 am

Heard from a Regal manager that they are taking over this location. Don’t know when this may occur or why AMC might be leaving.

optimist008 commented about Update on The Ziegfeld: 'The Master' doesn't help on Sep 27, 2012 at 10:39 am

All excellent comments above!!!
John Fink: FYI-Clearview Central Plaza in Yonkers went digital a long time ago as did their nearby Bronxville location. Both theaters remain quite viable.

Off topic, but has anybody heard if any other exhibitors are looking to open in the southeast Bronx now that the Whitestone Cinema property was sold??? The entire borough remains underscreened and a major opportunity exists for a progressive exhibitor seeking market share when the Whitestone is replaced with an outlet mall.

optimist008 commented about Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers on Jun 16, 2012 at 4:39 pm

This theater is closing on June 24, 2012 as per a notice posted. Apparently this is a result of the newly opened competitior National Amusements Ridge Hill cinema.