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P.S. How’s your friend Steven who also worked the Granada when you were there.
To Paul Kupperberg….I remember you from the Granada Theatre days and remember Irene, the cashier talking endlessly about how beautiful the Congress was and the marble staircase in the lobby.
She was a great lady and I am glad I had the pleasure of knowing her and all from the Granada Theatre. I finally saw the marble staircase as photographed within the last two years from friends of mine. The Congress still retains a lot of it’s glamour and architecture. Reach me at
Twelve people are signed up for the Lindenhurst/Babylon Theatre tour on Sept. 11, 2005. There is room for another twelve. The neon Lindenhurst name on the marquee is soon to be taken down, this will be your last opportunity to see it in place. E-mail me ASAP if you’re interested in attending by clicking my e-mail address several comments above this posting.
The heading of this theatre should read “retail use” as the building was NEVER demolished.
We will see the exterior of this theatre which was always a twin. The exterior blue bricks are under the makeover. The tour is on Sept. 11, 2005. See the Lindenhurst Theatre website on this site for info. This twin was incresed in size in 1976.
This theatre will be on the theatre tour on Sept. 11, 2005. See the Lindenhurst Theatre on this website for more info.
They are already installed as stated several comments before. If you want to see them, I will tour the theatre on Sunday, September 11, 2005. See the Lindenhurst Theatre on this site for information.
P.S.S. This tour is open to all Cinema Treasures and THSA members.
The seats of the Beekman Theatre are now installed in the Clearview Babylon Theatre which we will be touring Sunday, September 11, 2005.
(See Lindenhurst Theatre site on this website for info.
P.S. We will get indoor tours of the Lindenhurst, South Bay Theatre and Babylon if I get access. The South Bay Theatre is a certain, a lot of improvements here. The Babylon Theatre has the Beekman Theatre seats (NYC) which I sat in last week.
Ooops!, sorry about the “ message. I am planning a tour of the Lindenhurst and Babylon area theatres on September 11 2005, on a Sunday. It will start at 10:30 Lindenhurst LIRR and end at the Babylon LIRR station with a BBQ lunch at my house and slide lecture on the area’s theatres. We will see Washington Hall (circa 1916), the Studio Theatre, the old National/Welwood/Lindenhurst site and the current Lindenhurst Theatre conversion, almost completed. BBQ lunch from 12:00 – 3:00 with slide show. Then the RKO Babylon Twin site, South Bay Theatre (1967), the Capitol/Babylon theatre (only working vertical sign in use in all Long Island, and the Alhambra and first Babylon Theatre site. You may depart from Babylon LIRR a 30 second walk from the last theatre site at approximately 6 PM. Open to the first 25 people to respond to:
This will be my first tour as New York Director of New York City of The Theatre Historical Society Of America. I will be planning more. RSVP to my website by August 31, 2005.
If you read the previous comments you wouldn’t have had
to waste your money on a phone call.
If you read the previous comments you wouldn’t have to waste your money on aphone call
Early in 1968, just around the same time as the Bushwick And Prospect in Brooklyn and the Strand, Far Rockaway in Queens ceased to operate. I know the closing features of most Brooklyn Theatres and I will post this theatre’s “swan” songs in a few days.
The theatre building has been sold to Surf Side 3 Boats (now located opposite Chateau La Mer. Windows will replace the entire Wellwood Avenue brick side of the building for the viewing of the boats. This means that the asbestoes walls have to be demolished and therefore throughout the building as well. The corner entrance and marquee will be retained as well as other “theatre” elements, the loge of five rows will probably provide the offices overlooking the sales floor “as I am told”. All the seats have been removed and the floor is being tested for “weight of boats” (It was a level theatre floor to start with, no rake whatsoever. The last four rows were raised slightly. No work is going on now. The purchase price is not known since occured December 1, 2004.
I saw this theatre last week, work is going on inside. The dome ceiling is intact as well as other features. I wonder if the original facade is under the “Redstone” N/A re-facing of the building. This may be completed by the time Theatre Historical Society visits Worcester theatres in June 2005.
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Unfortunately, they have started to gut the interior of the building on Monday, Nov. 29, 2004. So far, seats and other parts of the theatre, restrooms etc. I am sickened by this and discussing it makes it no better. They started the work WITHOUT permits as the Village of Lindenhurst has no idea ? ? ? of what’s going on. The building does have asbestos and I believe the proper permits have not been obtained. So far in three days, 3 dumpsters of waste has been removed. Goodbye Lindenhurst Theatre.
The borders might have changed but as a theatre, in its' entire run as a film house the Grand View was always listed as a Brooklyn house in reference and newspaper advertising. I know some of you from the area might dispute this but “that’s the fact”. I don’t think this place was in operation after the so called borders changed.
As a former employee of this theatre (1969-1974), I have several of the one sheets of movies that played there. While I was there, the Binn’s Driving School was near the left side and a real estate office on the right. I’ll never forget the theatre name in neon pink above a opaque glass covered marquee (flourescent backlit) with a “baby blue” border around the entire marquee. The pink neon name reflected off the copper-stoned building at night giving it it’s neighborhood charm. The “blue noen” was removed in 1971. How I miss this place and yet it will live on within me forever. Remember the Bickford’s on the same street closer to Nostrand Avenue.
This multiplex didn’t open in the summer, it opened on Dec. 9th or so with “Star Trek” on a couple of screens and auditoriums opened through Christmas Day ‘79. At the theatre’s grand opening, only three auditoriums were finished and ready for “Star Trek”. I should know, I was one of the six managerial staff members. It opened as a “Redstone Theatre” which it is still today, the same management now “National Amusements”. Redstone operated the Drive-In as well. The original “sixplex” sat 700 in each auditorium for a total of 4,200 seats. It was at its’ opening two or three years “the highest grossing multiplex in the country”. I left the next year and the film “Stir Crazy” put the place on the map and this is when the fights started. We had a large staff and everyone got along. The pay was as it was in theatre management, “very low” but Redstone was then notoriously “CHEAP”.
The Massapequa D.I. was on the other side of Sunrise where Toy R Us and other stores are now.
P.S. The Werner’s Bowling Alley is diagonally across from the theatre on the southwest corner, the theatre on the northeast corner.
The only damage is the graffiti on the exterior walls in the parking lot. There was a little water damage which can easily be repaired. Any damage to the interior now boarded up was done by the owner’s staff, who the last time in the building (for exterior maintenance to the overgrown grass) were seen “graffiting” the outside white marble facade with black spray cans. The Boat dealership which is unknown at the time states the building will remain as is and fixed up for the transformation. Since this theatre doesn’t have a severe rake to the floor, only the seats will be removed for the boats and the loge will be converted into the sales space overlooking the main floor. All the theatre elements will remain outside. I’m assuming the theatre can be put back together again at a later date should that arise. Now the question is, now that the building will not be a theatre, will the extra parcel of land for the extra parking the theatre needed in 1964 revert back to residential use. It is stipulated that this must happen and only the Village Board of Lindenhurst must uphold this covenant to the building. If not, it can result in a lawsuit by the residents around the theatre that don’t want the boat dealership there. There is a lawsuit now pending on the Werner’s Bowling Alley, closed since September, for the same reason. The second question is “Is the building being sold or being leased to the Boat dealership?” I certainly hope the boat dealership does its' homework in regards the theatre before they “buy” or “lease” the property.