Comments from WilliamMcQuade

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Nov 24, 2017 at 3:27 pm

It was de designated at the behest of than Borough President Donald Manes. He voted against upholding designation of the Loews Triboro . He was very anti preservationist. He was a subject of a corruption probe and later committed suicide

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Granada Theater on Nov 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm

A performing arts center mixing classic movies and live entertainment would have saved it.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Granada Theater on Nov 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm

A performing arts center mixing classic movies and live entertainment would have saved it.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Granada Theater on Nov 22, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Had the pleasure of visiting the theater on a THS tour . Met a new owner who seemed very upbeat on its future. Chicago always had the most ornate theaters in the country. In our throwaway society,we toss something aside when we deem it is no longer needed. Sadly we will be remembered by what we destroy instead of what we retain.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Oct 18, 2017 at 4:19 pm

Comparing a functioning RKO to this is like comparing a Cadillac with a Kia.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Jun 30, 2017 at 11:54 am

It was bland because of the color is is now painted. The original color scheme would obviously have been anything but bland . Rapp and Rapp did really knockout lobbies .While this was not a knockout it was still quite good

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Jun 28, 2017 at 7:02 pm

The Kings was way more far gone than the Paramount. The theater itself is in much better condition

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Jun 28, 2017 at 4:11 pm

They have the top half and can replicate the bottom half by using the top part as a guide. To get to 3,000 seats they would have to do upstairs as well If they brought back the Kings anything is possible.Add to that they would have access to photos and the original blueprints.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RIVOLI Theatre; New York, New York. on Jun 15, 2017 at 5:21 pm

Why the Roxy or Paramount or State or Brooklyn Fox? It is was always about than as it is now – The Benjamins . Art means nothing . NYC has lost so much over the years. Times Square is a big tourist trap. Anything that made it special or unique is long gone. By the way, I live in NYC and see how it has changed over the years and not for the better.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jun 13, 2017 at 10:24 pm

Last word. If it has not been done in 30 plus years it is not happening. If you want to continue to hold onto it please do.I am moving on. I will see the restored lobby when the building is finished. I want to see the restored Brooklyn Paramount which should be great

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jun 13, 2017 at 7:35 pm

Look at the photo on this page. Are you kidding? I have been in hundreds of theaters over the years as a historian. Many were derelict and some were in better condition than the Keith’s. They all had one thing in common and that is they never reopened . If you think this could ever be brought back as a functioning theater you do indeed believe in pipe dreams.No one in their right mind would sink money into it even if their was interest in it.The building itself may be unsafe . I was in it years ago and you could see that.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jun 13, 2017 at 4:27 am

The community does not care about it. The politicians also do not give a hoot.More importantly there is nothing left to save. I worked on saving it during the 80’s . Save what you can as trying to restore the theater as it was is a pipe dream.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Uptown Theatre on Jun 7, 2017 at 6:08 pm

Live in NYC but have been in it a few times. You in Chicago should know how fragile they are. You lost the Southtown,Tivoli,Nortown,Granada and most of the loop theaters. Lesson 1. Do not put your faith in politicians as they will screw you every time. Secondly,they can be reused as The Kings And Brooklyn Paramount are. It would be an act of civic vandalism if this came down. Get civic minded people together to save it. Good luck

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Elmwood Theatre on Jun 1, 2017 at 4:09 am

Does anything remain of the original ornamentation inside or is it all gone?

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on May 26, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Whatever is in the auditorium will go down when they demolish it. Doubt anything will be saved

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on May 25, 2017 at 11:24 pm

Different developer this time. May get done now

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on May 25, 2017 at 10:35 pm

Just read that Landmarks Preservation gave OK for plan to build condos above the lobby. It will be glass enclosed and will serve as the entrance to the condos . It is finally coming to fruition . At least that will be saved as the rest of the building is a wreck. Would be nice if they could restore the fountain.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on May 22, 2017 at 10:26 pm

Just heard on news the renovation is starting. The seating will be 3,000 seats and not the 1,500 mentioned previously . I want to go back and see the finished product

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Kings Theatre on May 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm

For a brief moment,it looked like Loews 175th Street. It was the Kings and wished it had been used much more than it was.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Kings Theatre on May 9, 2017 at 5:43 pm

Small portion in the theater . Was dimly lit and not really worth watching unless you were a Gotham fan which I am.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Kings Theatre on May 6, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Watch Gotham on Fox Monday night 5/8. The preview shows the interior of the Kings featured. Interesting to see how the theater is shown in this and how long the segment will be.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 25, 2017 at 4:45 am

I was involved in the attempt to save the Triboro in Astoria and the Keith’s. I was in it years ago and it is beyond saving. It is simply to far gone. In addition,there is no use for it especially in view of the neighborhood. The populace simply does not care about it.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 17, 2017 at 7:07 pm

It was closed for over 30 plus years with no maintenance. The fact that it looks this good is flat out amazing. Kudos to the company that did the renovation. Waiting to hear about the Paramounts reopening. Sadly the Fox is no longer with us.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Loew's State Theatre on Apr 12, 2017 at 5:14 am

Times Square is now nothing more than a Disneyland for adults . It is a shell of what it used to be. It is a tourist trap. By the way,I live in NY and avoid it like the plague.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Loew's State Theatre on Mar 27, 2017 at 1:49 pm

To Mark. Palaces all over the country were torn down. Google San Francisco Fox. Most gorgeous theater ever and it went down .