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optimist008 commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Oct 20, 2017 at 9:52 pm

Is their “Screen X” three sided screen similar to the USA Barco screens???

optimist008 commented about Concourse Plaza Multiplex Cinemas on Oct 3, 2017 at 7:49 am

Glad you enjoyed it. Last time I visited, one of the auditoriums smelled and as with the other theaters in this chain, cannot help wondering why it has not been upgraded. Heard that many area patrons either flock to AMC Bay Plaza, or Magic Johnson’s Harlem cinema…

optimist008 commented about Cine 42 on Aug 29, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Good stunt scene outside this theater in the 1980’s NYPD film “Shakedown” Scene, if I recall, is a cop jumping off the marquee on to a motorcycle…

optimist008 commented about Park Hill Theatre on Aug 22, 2017 at 1:43 pm

The Enchanted Room was located diagonally above the theater. The Facebook page “I Grew Up in Yonkers” has gone into detail about it..

optimist008 commented about Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX on Jul 9, 2017 at 10:36 pm

Joe, many, many thanks for all of your insightful postings.

Does the theater chain or does the property owner generally pay for a new theater blueprint and is only a conceptual required if a lease is not yet signed??? Who generally pays for the conceptual rendering???

Many Thanks

optimist008 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 27, 2017 at 11:57 am

When they install recliners, does the landlord pay for the entire renovation or just some of it???

Read that due to the retail downturn, many retail chains now have extra leverage with leases, renovations, etc.

FYI: AMC Bay Plaza, Bronx renovations cost slightly over $ 7 million as per it’s listing on for recliner installation and much other work.

optimist008 commented about Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas on Jun 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm

For sale signs posted again on this property which was first sold by National Amusements in the second largest sale price in NYC for that year for the construction of a Woodbury Commons type outlet mall and it fell through for unknown reasons.

Then a big, big, NYC housing developer bought it for whatever…nothing happened…theater still stands in a borough that remains severely under screened with it’s population the largest ever. Over 100 single screens in the Bronx back in the day !!!

optimist008 commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Jun 20, 2017 at 7:49 am

Can they claim this property as some type of tax write off??? If not, why didn’t they sell it off before retail went down hill??

optimist008 commented about Greenburgh Multiplex Cinemas on Jun 6, 2017 at 6:46 pm

Mark P, This is a nice little multiplex, and although the seat counts are small, all auditoriums are very wide and feel spacious with very wide screens.

optimist008 commented about Greenburgh Multiplex Cinemas on Jun 6, 2017 at 7:59 am

Seat count as per their hard copy showtime schedule:

1 140
2 132
3 141
4 138
5 257
6 257
7 143
8 142
9 132
10 140

optimist008 commented about Parmatown Mall Cinemas on May 25, 2017 at 7:51 am


Good, amusing posting above !!!

FYI: Google Ron Lesser vs. General Cinema to see the lawsuit mentioned in my post above and join the Facebook General Cinema Memories group.

optimist008 commented about Parmatown Mall Cinemas on May 24, 2017 at 7:51 am

dave-bronx, Can only guess that either GCC outbidded the others for Star Wars or they were in collusion with Fox that previously gave them the Westchester County, NY exclusive run of “The Towering Inferno” at Central Plaza, Yonkers, NY resulting in court case brought by Lesser Cinemas who wanted to run it at their Beach Cinema in Peekskill, NY. Google and that lawsuit is online.

optimist008 commented about Parmatown Mall Cinemas on May 24, 2017 at 7:45 am


optimist008 commented about UA The Movies at Sunrise Mall on Apr 9, 2017 at 8:04 pm

Maybe they come not come to terms regarding their lease. RKO Century had planed on building a theater in Yonkers, NY as part of the current Costco-Stew Leonards site. They ended up in court over many varied issues and it never was built.

optimist008 commented about UA The Movies at Sunrise Mall on Apr 9, 2017 at 9:55 am

robboehm. See if the local press will update on the theater. Or if near the construction site maybe somebody there will tell you. Maybe revised plans have been filed with the building dept??

optimist008 commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Mar 21, 2017 at 7:57 am


Not sure about the above theater chain project in the financial district, but the NY Post reported months back that either Cinemark or Cinepolis may build a basement theater in a soon to be revamped office building next to the Federal Reserve. Anybody heard if a theater planned for Hudson Yards mega project??

optimist008 commented about Cinema Shoppers World on Mar 7, 2017 at 8:10 am

It was actually invented in the early 1950’s by Ben Schlanger. Google it’s official name : RCA Synchro Screen.

optimist008 commented about Showcase Cinemas Bridgeport on Jan 23, 2017 at 3:24 pm

Guessing that maybe the older theater will close when their lease is over and they are just waiting it out.

optimist008 commented about Staten Island, NY - UA movie theater and Toys R Us to close in Hylan Plaza on Jan 16, 2017 at 9:58 pm

What theater chain is coming in?? Also, FYI: There are several subscription upcoming construction websites such as Dodge Reports, Bidclerk, CMD construction, etc that post detailed project plans( yes, new movie theaters and recliner remodeling jobs) for the purpose of soliciting contractor bids.

optimist008 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jan 4, 2017 at 7:17 pm

Was the showing of Dunkirk a test, advanced or just a private screening??? I previously went to a few tests screenngs here when they were more common, and have not seen the folks outside from NRG or wherever doing the invites lately…or maybe I am looking at the wrong time of day???

optimist008 commented about Central Plaza Cinema on Dec 30, 2016 at 11:40 am

Comfortably Cool, many thanks for posting the ad above and which newspaper site did you get it from please???

optimist008 commented about AMC Essex Green on Dec 27, 2016 at 11:53 am

What a shame that AMC just does not care…and to think their major NYC theaters have problems after we all thought they would be so great…They need a major wake up call.

optimist008 commented about Bloomington, MN - Mall of America to close movie theater this year on Dec 23, 2016 at 7:59 am

Hard too imagine that another theater will not be opened considering how mall developers are re purposing their spaces into food or entertainment related tenants due to the retail downturn. And is it true that this was one of General Cinema’s top grossing locations way back???

optimist008 commented about City Center 15: Cinema de Lux on Dec 2, 2016 at 3:30 pm

Official seat count as per their hardcopy Show clock schedule:

1-158 2-156 3-131 4-112 5-341 6-215 7-222 8-200 ( Director’s Hall auditorium-a complete over hyped rip off… 9-191
10-409 11-170 12-126 13-339—IMAX 14-211 15-200

optimist008 commented about Bow-Tie Wayne Preakness Cinemas on Nov 22, 2016 at 3:41 pm


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…