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theatrefan commented about Walker Theater during conversion to Target on Oct 30, 2017 at 5:23 pm

For a theatre that’s been closed for almost thirty years, it still looks remarkably well preserved. They must be taking very good care of the roof on this former Bensonhurst movie palace.

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theatrefan commented about Walker Theater during conversion to Target on Oct 30, 2017 at 5:19 pm

It looks like most of the upper part is still intact thankfully, thanks for the photo MARKW.

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theatrefan commented about Walker Theater during conversion to Target on Oct 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm

MARKW, Thank you for these photo’s, it’s great to see just how much of the Walker theatre still is intact even after the UA Quading, NBO-AnnieSez-Mandee alterations. Also great to see you back on the site as well. Too bad we could not save the Marboro.

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theatrefan commented about Kings Theatre on Sep 11, 2017 at 10:10 am

Here is the official Obituary for Dorothy Solomon Panzica, Regal Queen of the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Brooklyn:

Dorothy Solomon Panzica September 13th 1913 – August 23rd 2017

WELLSVILLE – Dorothy Solomon Panzica, 103, of 4192B Bolivar Road, passed away on Wednesday (Aug. 23, 2017) at Manor Hills. She was born on Sept. 13, 1913, in Summerville, Mass., the daughter of William and Sarah (Schneider) Rose. She was predeceased by two husbands, Benjamin Solomon and Charles Panzica.

Dorothy was raised in Brooklyn and was employed by Loew’s Theaters throughout her career, beginning as an usherette, and retiring as the General Manager of the Loew’s Kings Theater in Brooklyn. She and Charles moved to Elm Valley in the mid 1970’s and after Charles passed away, she moved to Cummings Circle in Wellsville, where she resided for many years before moving to Manor Hills in 2011.

Dorothy was well known in the downtown Wellsville area for her kindness and generosity, and for giving away dollar bills folded like shirts to almost everyone she met.

She is survived by a sister-in-law, Frances Rose of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and several nieces and nephews, including Jerry and Sonya Goodman of Pikesville, Md.

She will be buried next to her beloved husband, Charles, in the Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island. Please consider memorial donations to the Hart Comfort House, 141 E. State Street, Wellsville, NY 14895. To leave online condolences, please visit embserfuneralhome.com. Published in Wellsville Daily Reporter on Aug. 24, 2017

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theatrefan commented about Oakville Town Centre Cinemas on Jun 26, 2017 at 5:22 pm

No other Famous Players complex had quite the true “street of theatres” look like this one did, but the ones still around and in current operation are the Kildonan Place Cinemas in Winnipeg and the Esplanade 6 in North Vancouver. The stadium seating craze in the late nineties unfortunately rendered a lot of these cinemas obsolete well before their time.

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theatrefan commented about United Artists 64th & Second on Jun 20, 2017 at 9:39 am

This location was also one of the first to feature CDS or the Cinema Digital Sound system, circa 90/91. I wonder if there is a also a list of DTS & SDDS initial installations for their launch in 93 & 94 respectively?

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theatrefan commented about AMC Loews Village 7 on Jun 20, 2017 at 9:35 am

Auditorium #3 used to also be THX certified, I wonder if this was the same one they installed Dolby Digital sound in?

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theatrefan commented about Sunshine Cinema on May 18, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Yes folks, the Sunshine Cinema is a goner unfortunately, it’s slated to close in January 2018 –

http://nypost.com/2017/05/18/lower-east-sides-landmark-sunshine-cinema-to-close/

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theatrefan commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Apr 17, 2017 at 1:54 pm

In between Loews Corporation & Tristar Pictures there was another owner that operated under Loews Theatre Management – Here is the New York Times Story –

July 11, 1985
Loews Unit Sold

The Loews Corporation has completed the sale of its movie theater division to a group headed by A. Jerrold Perenchio, the former co-owner of Embassy Communications.

A source close to the negotiations put the price at $160 million. Bernard Myerson, who is a partner in the acquisition, will continue to serve as the chief executive of the theater chain. Mr. Myerson will also serve as chairman and president of the parent company, the Loews Theater Management Corporation. In 1984 the Loews Theater division accounted for 1.4 percent of the Loews Corporation’s revenues. It reported income of $20.3 million, up from $15 million a year earlier.

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theatrefan commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Apr 13, 2017 at 2:06 pm

When Loew’s lost the apostrophe from it’s name it was never quite the same, just part of some giant conglomerate unfortunately.

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theatrefan commented about Loew's State Theatre on Apr 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Those sure were the good old days!

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theatrefan commented about AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 on Apr 13, 2017 at 1:57 pm

You are welcome!

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theatrefan commented about UA Court Street Stadium 12 on Apr 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Multiplex popcorn can be hit or miss, depends on how they make it. I always like to see them popping it right in front of me, otherwise who knows how long its been sitting around.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 on Apr 13, 2017 at 5:21 am

The partnership was dissolved some time ago, with AMC solely in charge of any remaining Magic Theatre locations. Magic Johnson has nothing to do with the running of any locations that remain, so one can assume they will be re-branded to AMC. Another sub brand that Loews Cineplex used was Star Theatres in the Michigan market, those are all goners too with the re-branding.

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theatrefan commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 21, 2017 at 8:16 am

Thanks for posting, there are a lot of the old grind-houses that used to be on the Duece in this film you can still make out many of the marquee’s towards the end of this film.

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theatrefan commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Mar 21, 2017 at 8:12 am

The three chains mentioned were Cinemex, Landmark & CineMark, there is also another Landmark location planned for the far west 50’s I believe. Have not heard of any theatres for Hudson Yards planned.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 21, 2017 at 4:54 am

Regal also has one that is called Cinebarre but it’s only in 7 of their locations so far.

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theatrefan commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Mar 21, 2017 at 4:43 am

You forgot about Regal I believe they have stopped masking in certain locations as well. Anybody here know what ever happened to the planned Cineplex Odeon project in the Wall Street area from the mid nineties that never came to fruition? I suppose the financial difficulties they were having during that era put the brakes on it.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm

They were a bit ahead of the times, because nowadays having a bar in your theatre is very in vogue with chains like Alamo Drafthouse and such.

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theatrefan commented about 86th Street Grande Theatre on Mar 20, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Thanks for the detailed description TonyV, I really liked the RKO Zig-Zag style with all of the chaser bulbs in yellow & white. The Kenmore Theatre in Brooklyn used those type of letters you described on it’s marquee until it closed in 1999, wonder if it was the last one in the city to still have that style.

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theatrefan commented about 86th Street Grande Theatre on Mar 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

The vertical on the E-Walk was a great example of an LED simulation that was supposed to resemble the old neon style of days gone by.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 20, 2017 at 8:06 am

Yes, such a prime location could be better put to use than just storage. It’s a shame the Back Lot was not commercially successful, perhaps a Loews Club would have done better back in early days.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Loews Orpheum 7 on Mar 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm

AMC should really donate one of the neon Loews signs its in the process of getting rid of to The Museum Of The Moving Image in Astoria Queens for preservation purposes.

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theatrefan commented about AMC East Hanover 12 on Mar 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm

How are those big glass vaulted ceilings holding up over the years? Do they ever leak when it rains? Loews took this design and ran with it all throughout the nineties all over the country.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 19, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Also it has a great art-deco inspired vertical, very simple but elegant at the same time. Lincoln Square could have used one like this, I hope they don’t get rid of it completely. What every took over what used to be the “Back Lot” in this venue?