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I remember someone telling me that there was a water issue with the space. So I was surprised when it became a bowling alley.
Re the comment above, the entrance was at the far west side of the building on Jamaica Avenue. I was never inside so have no idea of the layout. When it became a bowling alley the lanes were at the front of the building parallel to Jamaica Avenue. You could see them from the street or, in my case, from the Long Island Rail Road.
As per prior years, theater closed “For the Winter” in mid-February as the weather, which has been terrible, must have cut into business even with Fifty Shades, Still Alice and American Sniper as the last shows.
I’ll have to check that out when I’m in the area tonight. It was still around at Christmastime.
Thanks, Joe. Hopefully the Vogue will be updated for the AKA and you will insert the other?
This is for Joe- the Elite which you mention in your 2012 comment is not on CT. Could you insert it.
For xsallnow – If you have addresses on these venues you have more than enough to create them on CT. There are many theaters on the site without much more than a name.
Another one of the, seemingly, common changes in management from Loews to Century.
During what period was this run by Century? I became interested in movie theaters, particularly Century, in the early 1950s and it was not one of theirs at that time. The only reference I remember to “Parkside” was their theater at Nostrand and Parkside.
How does that photo compare with the one in the photo section above? That is a modified hump back with just the “Avalon”.
But, as you see, in the heading the name under Loews was not Avalon, which makes it even more strange. There was always an interesting relationship with Century. Loews also built the Manor which became Century’s Vogue. Century built the Prospect in Flushing and leased it to Loews. I think there were a couple of others. At one time Loews was negotiating to acquire Century.
How odd. Although Loews built this theater it was under Century management within the year until it closed. They didn’t think highly enough of it to manage it themselves but honor it down the road?
When the Quartet was about to open they had an “open house” for the public.
Surprisingly good condition. At least as a furniture store it’s assured that the roof is in tact.
David, if you read the heading for this theater you will see that it was, at one time, Cinematheque and the address was 125 as in the ad.
Of the former Century circuit few of the original buildings remain as theaters, if, at all. As larry indicated, the Franklin. Also the Fantasy and Lynbrook (which was a leased property and due to be demolished for a newer theater) and the Meadows. The Shore location now houses the new Shore.
A lot of these restorations are bogged down in bureaucracy. A lot of money was put into the restoration of the Paramount in Stapleton, Staten Island before red tape shut it down.
Good question, RobertR. One series of comments says the owner of the building wants the theater out. Lease expired in December but he’s willing to extend until June. Manager of the theater said no.
Other comments say manager was behind in rent and evicted.
Per my comment above. Since a large part of the clientele must have come in from Queens the opening of the Linden Blvd. and Jamaica venues must have cut into their business. Always happens. New theater in, old theater closes.
Article didn’t indicate the seller’s ID. Incidentally it is expected that a demolition permit will be filed immediately. So if anyone wants to take final pictures…….
According to an article in today’s Newsday the Green Acres Commons, which is an expansion of the Green Acres Shopping Center will cost $83 million. The two story, 220,600 square foot building will take two years to complete. There will also be additional 163,330 square feet of additional restaurant and retail space. According to property records the cost of acquisition of the theater was $22.5 million. Previously $500 million was paid for the Green Acres Shopping Center proper which, I’m presuming, did not include the Green Acres theater. The original mall is undergoing extensive renovation.
Also, relating to an earlier comment of mine, it is anticipated that the shopping center attracts almost 75% of it’s business outside of Nassau County. I would imagine the percentage of “outside” theatergoers from the theater would have also been large.
The ad posted by Mike Rivest shows the theater was reopening as a twin on November 27, 1974. The description should be changed to reflect this.
Despite a goodly number of theaters on Long Island it’s been tough to find venues where these play. There are basically only two art houses; one with three screens the other with one. So films move in and out fast. They announced that the total revenue for the majority of the Oscar nominated films was less than what a big block buster would achieve. Duh. If it isn’t booked into a theater it’s not going to make money.
Just saw the 1993 movie Lost in Yonkers on TV. Façade of the theater used prominently. For interior photos go to location shots for Lost in Yonkers. There are a couple of them.
And, theoretically, they’re supposed to start tearing down the Lynbrook to build a new one. Of course that has been pending for about a dozen years.
Never heard of the second film on the marquee in the postcard, Honolulu Lu until now. Starred Lupe Velez, Leo Carrillo and Bruce Bennett.