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Sorry about the geographical reference. I’m not originally from Philly, so the streets are a little confusing at times to me. Also, I was trying to remember the quote, I may have been wrong in the directions given in the movie to Ned Beatty.
I just checked the Netflix database (from where I rented the movie) and it seems that “Mikey and Nicky” has a 1976 release date on it. Given that “The Laughing Policeman” was released in 1974, and that it was billed as a supporting feature on that marquee, I don’t think this was the same Palace theater that was in Philly. Most of the movie was in fact filmed in LA, so it might have been a theatre from that town. Also, the theater shown in this movie looks like it was in good shape, not some run-down about to close flea pit.
In the movie MIKEY AND NIKEY, starring Peter Falk as a small-time gangster, there is a scene at a “Palace Theatre” in Philadelphia. The location of it is given in the movie, I believe, as “14th and Hall.” It’s prominent in the scene where Ned Beatty, playing a hitman, tries to track-down the man Peter Falk’s buddy. I watched the movie on DVD today and the marquee is prominent and shows anouncements for some Kung-Fu movies as well as THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN (!). I wonder if this is the theater used in the movie.
Just a few words about the Kon-Tiki:
I lived in the area where the theatre was until 1968. I was 8 years old, so that gives you some idea of my age. That part of Trotwood borders North Dayton and has gone steadily downhill economically. I remember when the Kon-Tiki opened and one of the reasons I think the owner went with a south seas flavor was because the movie version of “Hawaii” had opened at the near-by Salem Mall a year or so previously to great acclaim.
In the 1970’s, the Kon-Tiki became an “indoor drive-in”, which is to say it showed a lot of off-beat independent movies. I remember the following movies showing there during this time: “Flesh Gordon”, “Sssss”, “Fantastic Invasion of Planet Earth”, and all those Emmanuel movies. The last time I went there was around 1982 to see “One Down, Two To Go” a blaxpotation flick.
I live outside Philly now, but it still hurts to hear about the Kon-Tiki being demolished.