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I remember the unusual marquee extending past the building onto the side wall when I first moved to the Flatlands area in 1981
I grew up in Warbasse across from Trump Village and I think this tiny theater -which existed only nine years from 1969-1978, was more a victim of “Pay TV” once Warbasse and Trump got HBO, the Trump Cinema went XXX. Still as a kid growing up…this was sort of our neighborhood’s own,private theater.
The $10K,$25K,$20K and $50K Pyramid shows were taped here. As a college student,I spent the better part of Winter 1981 attending tapings of $50,000 Pyramid here- the last Pyramid to be taped in NYC. By then The Elysee was a bit shopworn…but I have fond memories of those Pyramid tapings. I believe the short lived Blankety Blanks, with Bill Cullen was taped here as well. You would often hear fire truck sirens from the fire house across the street from The Elysee on both shows.