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I am dubious about these big plans. I passed by the other day and not only was there not any work being done but there was also a Space Available banner up.
Well, I always knew this theater as Eastside Playhouse. It had a bit of a old-school feel with a ticket window at the sunken entrance and a long, narrow auditorium. I saw quite a few films there actually. Last one I recall was The Others… Now it’s a giant carpet store, sadly.
I completely forgot about this venue. For some reason, I only came to this area when it was freezing cold? The last film I caught here was the infamous Brenda Starr in ‘89. Great marquee, at least they kept that intact.
I definitely saw Big Night on 58th St. in late ‘96 and I didn’t think it was at Paris but I could be mistaken. Does anybody have a copy of Sept. 20 New York Magazine?
I actually began to return to State when it became a second-run house under Virgin Mega Store. That was the opposite experience, always spookily quiet. I caught quite a few discount shows there though the price kept increasing. The Weather Man was probably my last visit.
I used to patronize this place quite often in the 90’s. By the time I arrived the decor was very white, stark, almost clinical. Ironically, I believe it’s now an NYU Medical Center. I caught Here on Earth in spring 2000.
This venue was definitely still open in the fall of ‘96 when I had the pleasure of catching Big Night there…
Such a busy thoroughfare, it’s sad that this feisty twin couldn’t cut it. The grand marquee was probably the most distinctive thing about it though… Only movie I recall seeing here was Out of Sight.
By the time I caught Queen of the Damned there in ‘02, the theater had slipped into a bit of disarray, sloppy housekeeping, disrespectful patrons, etc. My companion looked at me and said “Sutton Place has changed, no?”
As a teenager in the 80’s, I considered this weird venue a fun place to catch a flick. I have a vague memory of a spiral escalator transporting you downstairs? I didn’t visit often, but I remember going for Making Mr. Right.
I used to visit quite often. They actually showed a good selection of indie flicks and you were guaranteed not to be annoyed by pesky patrons. It was what you’d consider a charming “neighborhood dive” of Yorkville. Last film I caught there may have been The Informers.
By the time, I had the displeasure of finding about this theater in ‘87, it was already in decline. Granted, the film was The Blob but the audience was under impression that participation was required with hisses, boos, etc. I think I avoided all Times Square theaters after that.
Despite its schlocky pedigree, I found myself going to this theater quite often. Location, I guess! The first film I saw as a Manhattan resident, Married to the Mob, was shown here. But yes, ugly carpeting, weird lighting and every tacky design you can imagine about the 80’s.
I lived across the street circa 1991. Never my favorite, the only films I remember seeing were The Replacements and Oscar. I seem to recall they had a slow turnaround time, they showed The Doctor for what seemed like months.
This was a good venue for catching offbeat art films and avoiding crowds. Always empty, not shocked to see it go.
Not sure if the closure dates above are correct cause I definitely watched Unhook the Stars here in ‘96. Can we get a confirmation on its final week in business?
Not sure who owned this theater when I caught Art School Confidential there in ‘06. But the projector broke right in the middle of the film. A barely articulate girl made an announcement that we were all entitled to refunds as long as we still had our stubs. I did, always keep 'em! Handled okay but gave me impression it was amateur night.
Can’t really fault Clearview for this closure. Nice venue, last film I watched here was In Good Company.
The only movie I remember seeing here was The Jetsons, which probably reflects poorly on my celluloid choices. Great location, undistinguished decor, except for it’s big bright lobby.
Definitely worth the long drive from Port Jeff for that discount! I could even be persuaded to take in something slightly high-brow in my youth like Nell. The structure itself, probably crumbling but it’s an impressive sight.
I remember taking the bus to Smith Haven Mall and then walking across the highway to the Stony Brook Triplex. Probably not a good idea in hindsight. Right next to the bowling alley and not far from Friendly’s, the trifecta! Last film I remember seeing there was Mrs. Winterbourne.
Misinformation here. I worked at the Herman’s and the Twin was to the right of the Sporting Goods store. There may have been a space in-between as well. Regardless, it was a cute cinema, never very popular. For some reason, the only movie I recall seeing here is Outrageous Fortune
@CSWalczak: That shot of Coram Cinema in it’s current state of graffiti grime was frightening. Having lived in the W-section in the mid-90’s, I remember when it was shiny and new. Never my favorite theater in the area, I do recall seeing a few memorable shows here like Casino.