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Does the original exist under the church one? I hope so.
Yes unfortunately, and it has been for many, many years.
There has been talk in the local publications that the City Of NY should use the laws of eminent domain to take this theatre away from it’s current owner Jasmine Bullard, because the building if basically just an eyesore that is rotting away. I was here last night and the front of the theatre now is an encampment for the homeless who are seeking shelter under the scaffolding that’s in place around the front. I hope something will be done soon before it’s too late and it gets condemned.
Until the church took it over, that was a very nice intricate one that had to really stand our against the elevated train that used to run there. Isn’t the one on the 175th St. the original one, albeit with the Loew’s letters removed? It’s really a shame that most of the verticals, were removed because it was said they would unfortunately compromise the structural integrity of the buildings facade over time, they were really something special & you could see them from blocks away as their calling card to beckon it’s patrons. The Ewalk & Boston Commons attempted to sort of replicate the old style Loew’s verticals as sort of a homage to the originals.
robboehm, yes both the vertical and regular marquee were replaced by Loew’s in the late 30’s or early 40’s. The second vertical was made by Artkraft Strauss. I wish there were more pictures around of both types.
There is a photo with the film “Divorce American Style” listed on the marquee with the vertical in place which would put that in 1967. Meanwhile in the photo on top “Ice Station Zebra” is playing with the vertical gone, which would put us in 1968. So my guess would be sometime between 67-68 was when they scrapped it. The Shore theatre in Coney lsland had the exact same type and style vertical sign until Sandy ripped it apart in Oct 2012.
David, yes that’s what it looked like to me as well, thank you for posting the photo.
If the Loew’s Oriental opened in October 1927 the photo, must have been taken shortly after opening. The Buster Keaton Silent Film “College” opened on September 27th. Also notice the retail stores to the left and right of the theatre have not been rented out yet.
In the 1969 photo, does anybody know what the bundles were that were in front of the box office could have been?
And it was never twined, triplexed or quaded by RKO Stanley Warner.
Yes the place is crumbling away, here is some info from the NYC Department Of Buildings Site:
1) FIRE STARTED TO HEAT PIPES CAUSED PARTIAL COLLAPSE OF INT WA LLS, NO APPROVED PLANS ON SITE. STOP ALL WORK, ENTIRE SITE
2)TIE BACK ON METAL LATH & PLASTER WALL ROTTED CAUSING WALL TO BECOME UNSTABLE W/ THE POTENTIAL OF COLLAPSE.
Unless the owner does something soon, the inside will rot and fall away to nothing, like what happened to the Loew’s Pitkin.
So, basically United Artists Theatres closed the State Quad approx four Years after Loews Theatres closed the Jersey Triplex back in August of 1986.
Mintaka, thank you for sharing your memories of the Stillwell. In response to DJM78’s post, this United Skates also closed sometime in the early eighties as well, sometime shortly after the roller skating craze started to die out. I remember Genoveese Drug Store opened in the Fall of 1983, Consumers came in about 1 or 2 years later. The star logo was on the top of the theatre for many, many years after it was gone from the building, it probably was too expensive for the owner at that time to remove.
markp, yes I got to see it at the Imax in Lincoln Square, the picture was nothing short of amazing. Besides the Ziegfeld & Lincoln Square the only other theatre in the city that had it in 70mm was the Cinema 1,2,3 on Third Avenue. I hope the people at the Loew’s Jersey get the 70mm set up and running one day, but they have more pressing matters to attend to. In the meantime I continue to seek out the special films I want to see in a theatre again, whether it’s a Traditional Film, DCP, DVD or Blu-Ray as long as you have an enjoyable experience and well done presentation by staff that cares it makes for a great time at the movies for the guests.
markp, your welcome! I think the director Chris Nolan insisted that Interstellar be issued on film, even though Paramount had said “Wolf of Wall Street” would be an all digital format title. At least some theatres here in NYC have 35mm capability for repertory showings and places like BAM & Alamo Drafthouse let you know if it’s a 35mm or DCP. Not sure what the Chelsea uses, but I did see them wheeling a player with a DVD of the film they were showing, they must also use a video scaler or such, since a 480i image projected would look pretty bad on a movie theatre screen.
markp, we need more projectionists like you that are still around, dedicated to making sure the picture, sound and total presentation quality is as perfect as it can be for the guests attending film showings.
Was here last night for the classic movie “Dead Ringer” with Hedda Lettuce last night. As usual the ending of the movie was totally ruined by the automation system kicking in and causing the screen to go blank right before the movie ended and the Screenvision advertising to kick in,I swear this has happened the last 5 out of 6 times I have been here. It’s a real shame, because everything else about this theatre is usually top notch.
Guess you have to have the right connections to get to special studio vault prints. I guess it’s hit or miss with the condition of the prints that the Jersey will get. On a side note: Warner Brothers thru their acquisition of Turner Entertainment controls all Pre-May 1986 Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) releases for repertory theatres.
Do different studios have better looking or newer prints available? I did notice when I saw “Some Like It Hot” at the Jersey it must have been a fairly newly struck print at the start it featured the 2000 MGM lion logo even though it was originally a United Artists film, an old print would have never had that logo at the beginning. Therefore a new one must have been struck by the studio.
This was the only Cineplex Odeon Theatre in Brooklyn that still featured the RKO Century name one it’s marquee. It was never changed to Cineplex Odeon like the Fortway, Alpine & Kenmore were.
Thanks for that Al, They could make it blend in a little bit better with the existing architecture on Cornelia St. instead of making it look like every other modern building that’s built nowadays. Looks like they also wanted to shift the ticket booth over and have it flanked by a set of doors on either side at the front entrance.
mdvoskin, thanks for the explanation. The past couple of 35mm screenings that I have been to have all had pretty good prints, so I have been fortunate in that regard. I also seem to remember earlier this past year when I saw Cat On A Hot Tin Roof at the Jersey, that print was leaving the theatre before the entire audience had entirely left the building.
Thanks Ken Roe, you can see those bare brick walls in auditorium #1. I remember being at the Waverly many years ago, for some reason I remember it being more on the modern side of theatre design.
When they converted this place from the Waverly to the IFC, did they basically gut it to the bare walls? I was here for Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte last night in Auditorium #1 and all I could see was bare brick walls & exposed ceiling duct-work, talk about the lack of ambiance. Guess that unfinished style is in nowadays, the post industrial grungy half finished style.
Are there even any old time projectionists left who know how to do a proper changeover? Repertory films are usually not allowed to be run on a platter. Guess they better get the DCP version nowadays that’s all they know.