Kent Cinema

959 McLean Avenue,
Yonkers, NY 10704

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42ndStreetMemories
42ndStreetMemories on December 23, 2008 at 9:27 am

Great post, Sontaran6, no need to apologize whatsoever.

I lived in Woodlawn and became familiar with your “fondly remembered neighborhood house” in the early 70s when it was a $1.00 for a double feature.

Other than the annoying green clock, that you couldn’t help but keep checking, it was a nice, clean, safe theater with excellent programming as I posted earlier.

10 cents for a Kids Matinee in ‘45 would sound right. I remember paying a quarter in the late 50s at my beloved neighborhood house.

Great memories, have a happy one yourself.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 23, 2008 at 10:42 am

Greetings Sontaran6. Great post, and may I say that is exactly, what I feel anyway, that the Cinema Treasures “Comments” pages are for.

Were it not for the many memories of the folks that attended or worked at the various theatres over the years, we’d only be able to visualize from the initial description and whatever changing era photos get greatfully supplied, as the list grows.

I’ve only been gently informed once that a subject was a bit off topic.
It was about a large non-theatre building that had long ago functioned as a niteclub.
But ironically, in that reminder about the off topic subject, I was provided with even more great info about it, and I was reminded of another theatre BEHIND the very non-theatre I had mentioned.
Which sparked a whole new set of memories I could then add to THAT theatre’s page.
So it was a bonus for me and hopefully the list.

I too had difficulty at first with posting to Cinema Treasures.
First it was a WebTV thing-(incompatible server), then once that was solved, it was remembering to “Log In” everytime I posted.
The latter being the most frustrating. As everything you’d just painstakenly written, gets wiped out if you hadn’t Logged In.
I remind/warn any folks that I forward Cinema Treasures pages to, of that very “Log In” criteria.
Now that’s, off topic!

Anyway, thanks for sticking with it, and adding your vast personal life experiences and memories to Cinema Treasures. They will now reach other generations for ever.
I’m confident that’s how CT’s creators meant for it to be used and enjoyed.
All the Best!

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 23, 2008 at 10:43 am

Oh, and remembering to click on the “Notify Me” box. Computers…Ha!

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on December 28, 2008 at 1:18 pm

My thanks to Mr. Kovar and Mr. Zornig. Old geezers romanticize, but the Woodlawn folks who shared the Kent with my family were an especially nice lot. Work has exiled me to the Midwest since the early 1970s — nothing but inhumane suburban-mall Multiplexes around here (groan!) — so I hardly ever go to movies any more, except for “Harry Potter” flicks with my grandkids. It’s sad.
I just discovered Cinema Treasures about a month ago, after acquiring a snazzy new iMac. My old steam-driven boxy Mac was about 19 cyber generations out-of-date. This Website brings back many, many happy memories.
Happy New Year!

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on December 31, 2008 at 4:53 pm

The very last movie I saw at the Kent was “There Was a Crooked Man”, starring Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda. Maybe I saw it in 1971 or so. There was a “B” feature too, but memory has blanked regarding that one. I wish I could recollect what the first flicks I saw at the Kent were, back during WWII, but I have no clue at all. Saturday afternoon B&W “action” movies from those days all merge together in my dimming memory — Westerns, War movies, Bogart, and lots of boring stuff starring Bette Davis or Irene Dunne, my Mom’s favorite actresses. I kept waiting for Bogart to eliminate the ladies, so John Wayne could get on with his “action” scenarios….

brianolo
brianolo on January 7, 2009 at 2:19 pm

The “New Kent Cinema” did have an emergency exit, directly opposite the First National illuminated clock. I remember it well as I used the exit as an entrance a few times in the 70’s when funds were low.
Saw my first movie there “Bullit” in 1969 I think. Went straight to the downstairs front row to discover everything was a blur so close to the screen.

brianolo
brianolo on January 7, 2009 at 2:19 pm

The “New Kent Cinema” did have an emergency exit, directly opposite the First National illuminated clock. I remember it well as I used the exit as an entrance a few times in the 70’s when funds were low.
Saw my first movie there “Bullit” in 1969 I think. Went straight to the downstairs front row to discover everything was a blur so close to the screen.

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on January 11, 2009 at 7:12 pm

That bloody clock appears to have been the Kent’s most memorable feature — like the Rockettes, at Radio City Music Hall! The clock should be memorialized with a humongous statue, at the corner of McClean and Kimball!
Love ya' all! Say “hello!” to St. Barnabas for me.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on June 15, 2010 at 3:16 pm

“There was A Crooked Man” is one of my favorite westerns,Fonda is the warden of a prison in the wild west.He knows Douglas has buried his loot for when he breaks out and wants it. Henry Fonda stated it was good Western,but the public had no one to pull for since both the Warden and the outlaw were on the bad side,A good Western with a strong supporting cast. Guess I am off topic, Sontaran 6.

Sontaran6
Sontaran6 on June 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm

A fire ended the building’s career as a theater. Storefronts occupied the building’s lobby until, at least, the early 1990s, when I last visited the neighborhood. Google Maps now appear to show a two-floor commercial building in the old Kent’s place. Sad!

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