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Does anyone remember trash shoots under the seats? I remember as a kid looking down and seeing light from the basement.
One more memory… When I was a very young child I remember them having matrons for the Saturday afternoon shows. Scary old ladies with flashlights!!!! The manager was Mr. Resnick, he used to call me Victor instead of Vincent. The stuff you remember…
Thank you Joe for the photo link and to everyone adding their memories to the glories of this old movie house. The photo of the upstairs lounge reminds me of all the times I did my homework there while I was an usher (there was alot of downtime while the movie was running).
For most of my life I thought I lived in Flushing but later found out that I was really in Kew Gardens Hills. The theater was on Parsons Blvd between 79th Ave and 78th Rd. My phone exchange was also AX1-%%%%.
I lived down the block from this theater from 1955 until 1980. When I was two years old my mother and aunt took me to see THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, a very traumatic experience to say the least. From 1970 to 1973 I worked as an usher at the Parsons. My most â€œinterestingâ€ memories are having to watch the LOST HORIZON musical remake for 3 months and the really bad Kung Fu movie DEEP THRUST for a month. There was only one balcony but there were 3 sections: left, middle and right. The ceiling was about 30 feet high, so when you had to change a bulb you had to crawl a catwalk in the ceiling. Changing the marquee was alot easier because you just stood on the roof and hoped you had enough vowels. I used to play baseball in the parking lot.