Comments from RichHamel

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RichHamel commented about Astor Theatre on Feb 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Interesting article. I wonder what a post-war, 6,000+ seat movie palace in Times Square would have looked like?

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RichHamel commented about Elmwood Theatre on May 19, 2012 at 1:44 am

And the grand prize was usually a cool bike. Sorry you didn’t win Fred, but it must have been fun to be on.

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RichHamel commented about Shore Theatre on Aug 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Tinseltoes is correct. The Shore Hotel is a lowrise building on the same side of Surf Ave as Nathan’s.

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RichHamel commented about Astor Theatre on Aug 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm

I had no problem viewing. Make sure you have quicktime installed. That might be the problem.

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RichHamel commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 22, 2008 at 6:51 pm

RobertR, Great picture. I also liked the one you posted on the Loew’s State board. Keep ‘em coming!

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RichHamel commented about Kings Theatre on May 1, 2008 at 2:03 am

Well, this Manhattanite promises to make the trek to Flatbush once the Kings is up and running. I’ve already convinced friends to break out their passports for Jersey City. They were happy they did. I believe getting at least some of them to Brooklyn will be easy. I’m looking forward to it.

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RichHamel commented about Beacon Theatre on Feb 8, 2008 at 10:55 pm

On a more optimistic note, the Beacon would benefit from a Radio City-type restoration. It was Cablevision who wrote quite a large check for it.

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RichHamel commented about Kings Theatre on Dec 5, 2006 at 9:36 am

There is realistic hope for the Kings. Brooklyn has changed drastically over the last decade. Older buildings such as the former Board of Education and Williamsburg Savings Bank tower are currently being converted to luxury condos with apartments selling for over one million. A Billion+ entertainment complex is planned for Coney Island, and Brooklyn will have it’s own version of Madison Square Garden featuring the Nets. A large cultural center in the middle of Flatbush Ave is viable. The political forces appear to be for it. The time is right. I believe the Kings will be restored.

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RichHamel commented about Kings Theatre on Oct 17, 2006 at 9:30 am

Parts of the original curved marquee may still exist behind the updated one. If you stand under the marquee on Flatbush Ave and look up, it appears that might be the case.

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RichHamel commented about Kings Theatre on Jul 11, 2006 at 6:25 pm

Vincent, we do share common ground. The Kings can use a bunch of passionate people as the Jersey is fortunate enough to have. Hopefully one day the two of us, with some others, can show up with some brooms and large supply of Endust. Anything is possible as long as it’s still standing. The good news is the Borough President appears to be on our side.

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RichHamel commented about Kings Theatre on Jul 11, 2006 at 4:58 pm

Vincent, your venom should then be directed to Mayor Wagner. Much of your list of landmarks fell to the wreckers under his watch. You can also add the Roxy, Brooklyn Paramount, Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds, and countless other structures to Wagner’s list.

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RichHamel commented about Kings Theatre on Jul 11, 2006 at 12:00 pm

Vincent, this really isn’t the place for a lefty hissy fit. The fact that we can contemplate the resurrection of abandoned theaters rather than worry about simple survival five years after the worst attack on American soil is a testament to past and current leadership.

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RichHamel commented about Nostrand Theatre on May 31, 2006 at 3:19 pm

I saw Fantasia from the balcony of a sold-out Nostrand around 1975. They would schedule classic Disney films throughout the summer during the ‘70’s. The place was always packed with us kids. It was a lot of fun.

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RichHamel commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 11, 2006 at 10:18 pm

I just viewed those pictures from 2001. I also expected much more visible damage after reading some of the posts. Maybe there really is hope!

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RichHamel commented about Loew's State Theatre on Mar 27, 2006 at 10:56 am

jmen2465—I agree, Manhattan has lost a large number of theaters over the last thirty years. However, we aren’t running on empty yet. We do still have a little place called Radio City Music Hall.

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RichHamel commented about Kings Theatre on Mar 24, 2006 at 11:46 am

Jim—The Jehovah’s Witnesses already have the huge former Albemarle Theatre on Flatbush Ave. It’s unlikely they would need a second theater within such a short distance.

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RichHamel commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Feb 15, 2006 at 3:35 pm

EdSolero—I think you’re right about summer ‘74 for the Apes fest. I remember the Nostrand being sold out. The line stretched around the block. It was so popular that a couple of weeks later, the Nostrand began showing a double feature of “Planet” and “Battle”. I remember my dad taking my brother and I back for that one. We even stuck around and watched “Planet” a second time. It provided my mom with one of the few quiet days of the summer! In case you’re interested, all five films, the TV show, and the Saturday morning cartoon are being re-released as a special DVD box set at the end of March.

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RichHamel commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Feb 14, 2006 at 10:42 pm

Theaterat—I got to spend the day watching all the Apes films at the Nostrand in Brooklyn. I was only eight, but had a great time! If the Jersey shows them, I’ll try to track down the friends I was with that day and bring them along.

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RichHamel commented about Marboro Theatre on Feb 7, 2006 at 3:43 pm

Anyone who questions 10 Million for the Marboro site should take a look at some current Brooklyn real estate listings. Slightly better than average houses are selling for around 1 million. As Brooklyn continues its renaissance, the remaining theaters in tenuous shape will vanish. I hope something is done with the Loew’s Kings before a developer discovers it.

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RichHamel commented about Loew's State Theatre on Feb 3, 2006 at 4:37 pm

EdSolero—Actually, at times the traffic back then was more dangerous. Every street and avenue was two-way.

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RichHamel commented about Kings Theatre on Jan 23, 2006 at 5:34 pm

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RichHamel commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jan 17, 2006 at 4:18 pm

Vincent—Ted Turner claims to have lost most of his money in the AOL-Time Warner debacle. Better look elsewhere.

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RichHamel commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jan 13, 2006 at 1:26 pm

Yes, Bond 45 has a great sign. I’d like to see more like it.

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RichHamel commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jan 12, 2006 at 5:45 pm

Toys R Us hasn’t closed.

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RichHamel commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jan 11, 2006 at 4:29 pm

Vincent, how do you really feel about former Mayor Koch?