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optimist008 commented about Mercer Mall Cinema on Jul 12, 2016 at 9:53 am

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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optimist008 commented about Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas on Jul 7, 2016 at 9:56 am

John Fink, please message me via : , also, thought that clearances have only been ended by a few studios. Glad to see Cinepolis coming to town and they are also opening in Stratford, CT.

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optimist008 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 21, 2016 at 5:44 am

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.

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optimist008 commented about Paramus Picture Show on Jun 13, 2016 at 10:04 am

mdvoskin,

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. ???

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optimist008 commented about Deerbrook Cinema on May 27, 2016 at 10:08 am

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..

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optimist008 commented about Globe Theater on May 24, 2016 at 11:27 am

RobertEndres,

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.

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optimist008 commented about Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill on Apr 1, 2016 at 11:12 am

Yes, Sundance backed out and I Pic took over….

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optimist008 commented about Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill on Apr 1, 2016 at 9:56 am

UNCONFIRMED: Heard they may be installing recliners in screens 8 & 9. Looks like everybody needs to compete nowadays….

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optimist008 commented about Villa Italia Cinema on Feb 26, 2016 at 8:21 pm

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.

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optimist008 commented about Showcase Cinema de Lux Ridge Hill on Jan 12, 2016 at 5:28 pm

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.

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optimist008 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jan 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm

Do they still give out test screening passes in front of this theater???

Thank You

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optimist008 commented about All Westchester Saw Mill Multiplex on Dec 2, 2015 at 9:43 am

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…

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optimist008 commented about All Westchester Saw Mill Multiplex on Dec 2, 2015 at 6:04 am

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.

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optimist008 commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 15, 2015 at 5:07 pm

P.S- Although they still pay full property taxes, maybe there is another tax deduction for vacant commercial property???

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optimist008 commented about Amboy Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 15, 2015 at 5:49 am

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..

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optimist008 commented about AMC Bay Plaza 13 on Aug 12, 2015 at 12:17 pm

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…

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optimist008 commented about Regal New Roc City 18 & IMAX on Aug 12, 2015 at 12:14 pm

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.

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optimist008 commented about Regal New Roc City 18 & IMAX on Aug 5, 2015 at 9:14 am

They are installing reclinners in all auditoriums and not charging extra prices for them as is done with AMC.

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optimist008 commented about Concourse Plaza Multiplex Cinemas on Aug 5, 2015 at 9:13 am

This theater and it’s shopping center are temporarily closed due to the outbreak of Legionnaires disease. But when it re opens, will the public continue to patronize it after all the Legionnaire issues ???

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optimist008 commented about Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas on Apr 6, 2015 at 12:34 pm

CORRECTION: The story appeared in the Friday, April 3 edition of www.bxtimes.com let’s hope AMC or whomever gets to open up on this site that is begging for a multiplex!!!

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optimist008 commented about Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas on Apr 6, 2015 at 12:30 pm

The property is being sold again according to today’s edition of www.bxtimes.com which indicated it could end up as an outlet mall as originally planned but from a new owner.

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optimist008 commented about Concourse Plaza Multiplex Cinemas on Mar 23, 2015 at 5:23 pm

To the above, agree with you 1000%. Hopefully the rumor of AMC going into the Whitestone Cinema property as part of the Paragon Outlet mall are true, BUT there is no activity there and the project is not listed on Paragon’s website. The area next to the Deegan southbound where two separate retail projects emerged would have been an excellent theater location…

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optimist008 commented about Loew's Victoria Theatre on Mar 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm

This theater’s exterior is briefly shown in “Cotton Comes to Harlem” which was on Bounce TV Channel 41.3 a few weeks back and will likely be repeated a few more times as with all their films…

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optimist008 commented about Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas on Mar 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm

fred1,

If you have any friends at Bow Tie, tell them that other areas of the Bronx are ripe for a theater such as the area next to the southbound Deegan above Fordham Road where two new retail projects are emerging. Also, if Regal pulled out of the downtown Yonkers retail project, they should take a look. The planned site is on Nepperhan Ave at New School Street. The area begs for a multiplex and had 3 single screens up until the 1970’s…

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optimist008 commented about Bow-Tie Bronxville Cinemas on Feb 12, 2015 at 12:12 pm

Went here the other day for the first time since Bow Tie took over and while the upstairs stinks, the sound and projection were both excellent. Interesting that they have found a matinee audience for the entire year which never was the case years back with this theater which I have patronized since the 1960’s when it was Skouras and later United Artists. Maybe the older, retired crowd is the bulk of the weekday matinee audience ???