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Update, the orange Korean supermarket is in full swing, went in for a peek and got the look of death, aka “what the hell are YOU doing in here” . Hard to believe I went on dates here through the 80’s and with my grandma in the 70’s. Saw all the classic 80’s horror flicks there! Kinda disgusting, they sell these softball size live frogs to boil and eat out of an old rubbermaid. ….Probably have illegal dog and cat too…
Orange, its freaken orange now. I would have been better off torn down now. Now its gonna be a korean supermarket, but worse, a orange one.
Great to see whats going on to the area, the “new” stores that took the theaters place are now gone and the entire place is empty, just a matter of time before the job is done and its all torn down for “another” restaurant!
I dont know if my email is posted, its
I will post pics tonight, if time is there to do it! Ed, email me and we’ll see if we can get down there. Tom ,I didnt forget you bud, it’s just been nuts! But I’ll call you soon.
It doesnt matter that we cover topics that have already been discussed. Thank God that there are still people willing to talk about it.Heck, I’d go see Running Scared at the Keith’s every week if it was open and it was the only thing playing! Some of the newer members may not have the time to read the entire thread and would rather ask a question. I dont mind.
Tom, college point will just have to do for now!
Well since I’ve snuck in once, let me grab my dad’s old super 8 and you bring the popcorn! JUST KIDDING! But it sure sounds like a damn good time!
Think anyone will ever mourn the closing and demolition of the College Point multiplex? LOL
There is not Kam Ying anymore, its just a old sign stating parking for stores that are no longer there. No mention of the Quartet. What “mod” letters? Do you mean the big numbers that let the way to the auditoriums? Those are all gone also, victims of the gutting.
It was triplexed in 75' and closed in 86' if my memory is correct.
One of the movies that was played right before it was closed was “running scared” with Billy Crystal. The movie poster sat fadding in the display case in front of the theater for almost 2 years after it shut.
Not to worry, I’m fine! I will post more pictures later today, as I do have a newborn in the house and can only jump on here once in a while. Davebazooka, thanks for matching that photo to that drawing. Actually right above that “illuminated window” there is indeed a good size chunk missing but most of the procinium is still there above that hole. Its just too dark for my little camera to light up with the flash. The seats are long gone and like I said, the place is no worse off than lets say the new amsterdam but thats in time square not in flushing where it seams most dont care. Its all about location. If I was loaded, I’d buy the freaken place myself, retore it and use it for movies during the week and for a concert venue on the weekends, ala Beekman theater. Our young friend Tom, also known as Cartoonsonfilm was brave enough to join me on my second recent trip. We were lucky enough to find bits of the plaster molding on the ground before it was to be carted off so in a way we both have a tiny momento. Also to the suggestion that we all chip in and by it. Dont forget the yearly taxes and insurance added to a place that size!But like I said, If I had the dough I’d buy it, Hell I’d even live in it like the phantom of the Keiths or somthing. The lady I originally talked to doesnt know I took photos so dont go asking she had also said that a few weeks ago, a crew came in and removed any “valuble artifacts” which would be incorporated into the new building, light fixtures, glass and some plasterwork. Who knows now. I was also told that january 1st was the date they had to be out. So who knows. I’ll have to don my Indiana Jones hat at least 1 more time before they close shop.
Oh I forgot, let me give a short breakdown as to what the photos are
1. Looking at the stage,this is to the direct right, looks like the reminants of a box balcony ossome sort
2. Also next to he stage
3.Hole in the ceiling, this is really high and is probably 30 feet across
4.5.&6. Left side of the theaters wall, much of this was covered by a dummy wall during the triplexing.
7. Crown moulding in the ladys lounge
8.painted entrance ways in the ladies lounge
9.10. Main foyer, the part that will be saved
Lets see what I can come up with today!
Wow, it worked!
OK gonnatry this photobucket thing! Sorry if some of these pics are dark. My lighting was limited. If everyone likes, I’ll get more! Many more! Here she is!…
My guess as to the subject of the murals were maybe early flushing? Trees and gardens and such, I know for certain before the Keith’s there was the Flushing hotel, and before that was another flushing hotel that burned. Before that there were plant nursary’s where many of the local old trees got their start. Maybe it represents that?
I’ve got $42 bucks also, we’re almost there! Er..kind of anyway. How the heck do you post on photo bubket? Is it self explanitory? Not so computer savy here! I can also email them no prob with that
Oh I forgot to add, the woman i was talking to in there had said that they were given an order to stop all work last week and the reason its still been open is all the equipment is being removed. She said that because of all the b.s.Boylemin or however you say and spell it is putting it up for sale again. So it could be back to square one.
Ok,now I get to rattle everyone up. All this talk of the open store front on the left of the building had me thinking. Since I’m off this week, (wife just had the second baby!) and I had some free time , I decided to take a ride over. WITH my digital camera and a small camera. I went today and parked the car. Ladies and Gents, I just walked in the place. There were two cars parked in the rear of the auditorium, (the back wall of the store front goes right into the back of the auditorium. That round room that was mentioned on the right was indeed the ladies lounge. I did take pictures and I will post them once i figure out how to do so. In the meantime , anyone who wants them emailed, just get back to me. LOTS of plaster work is still there while LOTS more has been ripped out, I also took a few shots of a few cool painted murals that havent been ripped out yet. About 1/6 th of the ceiling is ripped to the beams. The stage floor is gone, meaning a hole straight through to the basement. I was planning on running into workers so i was going to use a little (police persuasion)but i didnt. I heard some voices coming from the lobby and it seems they built a plywood temporary structure for offices. Right in the middle of the room so as not do disturb the lobby.I actually knocked on the door and a woman answered. Nicest woman, but I fibbed and told her that I was passing and saw some teens in the open door and “i didnt want them touching their cars”,LOL! She and I chatted for 15 minutes but I’m sure I’d be able to do it again with maybe Ed or Warren? I’m not showing up with a tour ,but maybe one person would want to go. She and I were chatting about the theater and we were standing inside those doors that led from the foyer into the auditorium. They are the original doorways because on the auditorium side, the decorative molding is still there. Anybody wanna take an early ride there tomorrow. You have to see this place and I need more photos.
We should exchange numbers or somthing and maybe meet up there , not much just 2 or 3 of us so if the place is open again, well, you know, stregnth in numbers. And I WILL bring a camera and flashlight!
Prospect wasnt the name of the street, they are refering to the theater, Prospect at Jagger, like the Mets at Shea. Jagger was Main st north of the lirr. I also beleive Kissena blvd was known as Jamaica blvd back then.
The usher ED? Is that the guy who was supposedly hit by a bus at one time? Is he still around? Thats the guy who would dress up during horror movies to scare the patrons.
The auditorium probably looks much worse than it really is, any decor around the stage , the arch and the stage area was all spray painted flat black to darken it when it was triplexed and the screens were hung over all the decoration. I remember seeing the movies in the upstairs auditorium, and if you squinted and let your eyes adjust to the darkness you’d see all the decorative plaster work. I was able to see it better 7 or so years ago when i was able to sneak a peak after the outer plywood wall came down after a storm. ITS NOT THAT BAD! Unless they hacked it away after I saw it that is.
How could i forget, they moved a few blocks down and it was in the quartets right side opposite mikes comic hut, How could anyone forget, WIG CITY!