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Official seat count as per their hardcopy Show clock schedule:
8-200 ( Director’s Hall auditorium-a complete over hyped rip off…
Since they installed recliners, then they surely would have renewed their lease before doing so. In some states, commercial leases are filed with the county clerk and are a matter of public record. Not sure if that includes NJ…
Thank you for posting the above. Boxoffice magazine had gotten it all wrong, or maybe I DID…this was probably the first twin in the NYC tri state area….and maybe all of NY State???
Yes, this was the very first new twin theatre in America when owned by the Rogoff chain. And the mass media still wrongly states that AMC built the first twin theater. General Cinema was doing it also back then.
How many floors did it have not counting the lobby please???
Because of the retail store downturn, shopping center owners are courting alternative uses such as entertainment and restaurant tenants. This has been widely written about in the Wall St Journal, so theater chains now have an advantage when negotiating leases. Anchor stores are now passé….
Maybe a building permit has been filed by the new operators for renovation work. Or possibly the shopping center owners or management company, or local media may have some info. Wonder why Bow Tie did not renew their lease???
Good posting above and GCC’s other problem was that they were stuck in leases for theaters that became obsolete when other chains like National Amusements started multiplexing…
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Correct me if mistaken, but this might have been the very first twin cinema in America, yes, before AMC claims to have done so in Kansas City.
Excellent information above, but in some court cases,way back in the 1960’s, the courts ruled that splits were illegal. I had seen articles about them in the online issues of Boxoffice magazine.
Were tracks and splits basically the same thing as clearances which are now under the Justice Dept radar. ???
Spoke to a National Amusements Managing Director who said the their schedule is supposed to be a 50 hour week, but usually ends up being 60 hours. An assistant manager in the same theater told me he worked a double shift from 9AM to 1AM in one day. Divide these hours by their salaries and it must be quite pitiful. The typical working hours in these multiplexes are worse than ever…imagine a female manager locking up at 3:30 AM as is the case now..
Was your projectionist local the branch based out of Mount Vernon and operated Bobby Dente back then?? That local controlled Westchester County, NY. Still cannot believe it was somehow dissolved during the advent of multiplexes.
Yes, Sundance backed out and
I Pic took over….
UNCONFIRMED: Heard they may be installing recliners in screens 8 & 9. Looks like everybody needs to compete nowadays….
Thunderball opened in December of 1965, so that is when this theater would have opened, not in 1967, unless the pic belongs to another theater.
Heard they are installing recliners in one auditorium. Not sure if they will expand this to additional auditoriums at this time, guessing they will see how the public embraces it, which is likely. They love it at Regal New Rochelle which also advertises their recliners on 107.5 FM.
Do they still give out test screening passes in front of this theater???
Yes, at some point, the theater will close and be demolished to make way for an Audi dealership. The theater chain still has it’s lease to sub lease out.
Google for full news stories on it…
This theater is closing soon. They are proposing construction of an Audi dealership on this property with the ttheater to be demolished. The town of Mout Pleasant has it under review.
P.S- Although they still pay full property taxes, maybe there is another tax deduction for vacant commercial property???
So, the ceiling caved in and they decided to totally abandon this theater??? Or maybe was the coming of Regal nearby more of what influenced their decision to not re open??? They own the property so why not re open the theater until Regal opens up instead of earning no money and paying real estate taxes??? Same situation with the Whitestone, Bronx location. Vacant for three years and the planned outlet mall is still not open…but supposedly the NYC Health Dept clsoed them down to due rodent infestation during one of the last major storms that pushed rats inside from the creek behind the theater..
Heard this theater just installed recliners in all auditoriums and re did the concession areas. Has anybody been there lately ??? Concourse Plaza remains closed to due the Legionnaries plague leaving this as the only theater for Bronx movie goers…
RPX is not worth the extra money. Yes, the recliners are great, but all of the other auditoriums are slowing transitioning to them. And this RPX screen is really no bigger than the two largest auditoriums in Ridge Hill, Yonkers, NY, screens 6 and 7.
They are installing reclinners in all auditoriums and not charging extra prices for them as is done with AMC.