Route 59 Theater

320 West Route 59,
Nanuet, NY 10954

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Route 59 Theater

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Located in the Thruway Plaza, it had a red tile facade with aluminum 1950’s style lettering on it, very period and probably seen as ugly and outdated when it closed in the mid-1980’s. Beyond the facade, not much is memorable about this site, currently an American General Financial office.

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JeffD
JeffD on September 4, 2007 at 6:16 pm

Shoeshoe14 –

You must be referring to the old Rockland Drive-In — NOT the Route 59 theatre. The drive-in was/is a few miles west up the road from the former Rt.59 theatre we’re talking about.
Best, Jeff D.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 5, 2007 at 3:31 pm

I know that one was on West Maple, but I was on Route 59.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on September 29, 2007 at 6:22 pm

Here is a 1963 ad for “How the West Was Won” in 3-strip Cinerama at the Route 59. Notice the date at the top. Most likely this big premiere never took place that night.

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 29, 2007 at 6:48 pm

It’s a good bet that all theater were closed that night, as well as in the rest of the country.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 7, 2008 at 6:43 pm

This site has some interior photos:
http://tinyurl.com/3dlgex

Coate
Coate on April 30, 2008 at 10:36 am

Anyone have access to microfilm of THE JOURNAL-NEWS or another Rockland County newspaper? I wish to verify the closing date of the ROUTE 59’s run of “This Is Cinerama” and the title of the film that followed it. (I believe “This Is Cinerama” premiered there on Feb. 12, 1964.)

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on May 8, 2008 at 6:16 pm

“This is Cinerama” closed here on 3/10/64. “Seven Wonders of the World” opened on 3/11/64:

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Followed a month later by “Cinerama Holiday” on 4/8/64:

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Less than a month after that, “South Seas Adventure” on 4/28/64:

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By July 1964, the theater was showing the movie version of “McHale’s Navy” – quite a comedown from the glories of Cinerama:

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Coate
Coate on May 9, 2008 at 12:14 am

Thanks, Bill!

MovieMan____1952
MovieMan____1952 on June 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm

As manager of the Route 59 Theatre from 1963 to 1965 I ran reserved seat performances of “Mutiny On The Bounty”,“Lawrence of Arabia” as well as the 3-strip showing of “How the West Was Won in "CINERAMA.” We followed “West” with the original “This Is Cinerama” and “Cinerama Holiday.” In addition to the 3 Cinerama projectors we had to install a 4th projector for the Lowell Thomas “introduction” in the old format to “This Is Cinerama.”

These special Cinerama projectors have a 6 sprocket “pull-down” as opposed to the normal 4 sprocket pull-down.

I enjoyed seeing the newspaper ad for “West” in Bill Huelbig’s comments as well as the interior photos from Kencmcintyre’s comments.

This was a Skouras Theatre at the time later to become UA Theatres.

The CINERAMA neon sign was later taken down off the front of the building and left on the lobby roof. I wonder if it’s still there?

Ken Lehman, former manager.

MovieMan____1952
MovieMan____1952 on June 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Forgot one thing…the Premier night of “How The West Was Won” was canceled because of the assassination of JFK…Nov. 22, 1963. What a let-down after months of planning.

Ken Lehman, manager

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