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I grew up on the Lower East Side and if you went to the Academy of Music to see a movie, you were really “moving on up”. My mom took me to see “The King & I” w/Yul Brynner (it was just on TCM). We never went to Luchow’s, as she shied away from German food, but the Automat was right down the block at 14th & Union Square, near Klein’s.
I went to the Palestine/Winston when I grew up on the Lower East Side. They played a lot of sci-fi movies, such as ‘War of the World" w/Gene Barry & “When Worlds Collide” by George Pal. On the corner of Houston & Clinton, there was a lunchonette, where we got lime rickeys and pretzels.