New Theatre

8008 Rockaway Beach Boulevard,
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 12, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Hello Mike. It’s good to be back….I think. I wasn’t gone that long. It was around 3 years, 7 months, 11 hours and 15 minutes. But who’s counting. LOL

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 12, 2014 at 9:47 am

Welcome back, Lost Memory! It’s been like five years. Glad to see you posting again.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

A June 2, 1921 article in The Wave about the New Theatre being sold that year, states that the New Theatre was built in 1913 for the Kramer brothers (K & K Amusement Corporation).

robboehm on February 5, 2014 at 10:19 pm

In all the ads I’ve seen for the New they favored the spelling theatre.

Eaglo on March 10, 2013 at 8:15 pm

The second photo link is indeed the New Theater before it was demolished. The Belle Harbor was the final name of the Park Theater which was located on Beach 116th Street. That building still stands.

kencmcintyre on January 26, 2010 at 8:19 pm

It looks like I posted the 4/10 image on the Park page on 4/11/09.

robboehm on January 26, 2010 at 8:16 pm

I have confirmed that the 4/10/09 image is, in fact, the Park Theatre when it was the Belle Harbor.

robboehm on January 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm

There is no way the image posted 4/10/09 is the New Theatre when you compare is with the image posted 4/16/09. It has been suggested it is the Park but all the Park links are no longer working. Also it was never posted on the Park site for confirmation, but that wasn’t done. Could you please do so Ken.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 16, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Here is the New Theater in 1969.

kencmcintyre on April 11, 2009 at 1:17 pm

OK, I will post it over there. Thanks.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 11, 2009 at 1:16 pm

I could be wrong, but I don’t think that’s a photo of this theater. It might be a photo of the Park Theater which was located in Rockaway Park. You should post the photo on that listing and see if anyone can confirm it. Anyway, it’s a nice photo.

kencmcintyre on April 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm

The view from the side in the 1950s photo at the top matches the front view in this 1980 photo:

AndrewBarrett on March 11, 2008 at 12:52 am

In the book “Nickelodeon Theatres and Their Music” by Q. David Bowers, a Wurlitzer ad from 1914 is reproduced on page 143.

The New Theatre

K and K Amusement Corporation

Boulevard and Pleasant Avenue

Charles Kramer – president

Woody? [could be “Teddy”,“Tedore”(Theodore?) or “Moore] Klein [manager?]

Rockaway Beach, N.Y.

“It is impossible for a whole orchestra of fifteen or more pieces to render such music or follow the pictures as well as your Wurlitzer orchestra [photoplayer?] under the control of one musician”.

[signature indecipherable].

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 13, 2006 at 7:52 am

From a newspaper called “The Wave” dated March 4, 1954:

“Three movie theaters advertised in the paper that week. The Gem Theater in Far Rockaway was showing "Hondo,” with John Wayne and “Forbidden,” with Tony Curtis and Joanne Dru. The New Theater on Beach 80 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard (called “The Itch” by those who attended the theater on a regular basis) was showing “The Man Between,” with James Mason and Claire Bloom. Coming attractions included “Tarzan and the Leopard Woman.” The Park Theater on Beach 116 Street was showing “The Eddie Cantor Story” and “Highway Dragnet” with Richard Conte".

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 21, 2005 at 11:58 am

A little trivia about Dalton Trumbo mentioned above:

“Ian McLellan Hunter agreed to "front” for Dalton Trumbo, the real author of Roman Holiday (1953), because Trumbo was blacklisted. Hunter passed along a portion of the money he “earned” for writing the film to Trumbo, but he kept the screenwriting Oscar, which the Academy awarded to him without having any idea that they were really honoring a blacklistee. Shortly afterwards, Hunter himself was also blacklisted. Trumbo’s wife, Cleo, was finally presented with the award in 1993, long after his death in 1976. The Oscar she received was actually a second one, because Hunter’s son wouldn’t give up his father’s Oscar, so two awards for Best Screenplay of 1953 exist. The story credit was corrected to credit Trumbo when the restored edition was released in 2002, nearly fifty years after the original release".