Prospect Theatre

41-10 Main Street,
Flushing, NY 11355

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heffer
heffer on August 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm

The Prospect was always the “fun movie” theater compared to the “blockbuster” mode of the Keith’s. As a young child, I actually won a kid’s fire truck during the occasional Saturday morning cartoons matinee show there. Later on during my teenage years, The Prospect was a cheap night on the town with the boys or a date, along with a meal either both long gone Hurdy Gurdy’s (pizza) or Lenny’s on Roosevelt Ave (hotdogs and beer, they were VERY lenient with age verification).

GlenBarrie
GlenBarrie on August 1, 2013 at 9:03 pm

The Prospect was my second choice for a theater in Flushing in the sixties, following the RKO Keiths which was a short walk away. The bus hub was closer to the Prospect. I seem to recall stars and clouds, on the ceiling that seemed to move, but it was a smaller theater, and usually the better films played at the RKO. The last movie I recall seeing there was, “No time for Sergeants” with Andy Griffith, I had seen many others there, but I just don’t recall. I left NY in 1969.

techman707
techman707 on June 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

The description isn’t quite accurate. I worked as a projectionist at the DeMille Theatre in Manhattan until 1974 when it was closed due to a fire. In the beginning of 1975 I went to work at Century’s Prospect in Flushing. At that time it had recently been TWINNED. I was the projectionist in the downstairs auditorium, which was untouched after the twinning. The theatre had two projection crews, one for upstairs and one for downstairs and ran reels in both theatres. Sometime in 1977 I was asked to switch jobs with one of the projectionists at the RKO Alden in Jamaica (across the street from Loews Valencia) because the Alden was being turned into a quad and the projectionist who worked there was afraid to run platters (he had worked the Alden as a single for 40 years and was 90 years old). About a year after I switched with him they decided to split the Prospect’s downstairs theatre making it a triplex and installed platters in all 3 theatres. Now, there was only one crew for all 3 theatres, requiring the projectionists to run all 3 theatres going up to the original upstairs booth as well as running the 2 downstairs theatres. The climb to the upstairs booth could give a healthy person a heart attack, it was a pretty high climb. John Conway, the 90 year old projectionist I had switched with, having no choice, learned platters and worked at the Prospect, climbing the steps, with no problems until it closed. I believe he was about 99 when it closed.

PROSPECT – R-I-P

LarryH320
LarryH320 on April 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm

That is cool. Thank you.

LarryH320
LarryH320 on April 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm

That is cool. Thank you.

LarryH320
LarryH320 on April 5, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Seeing Al Jolson, as a kid is imbedded in my memory and when skimming here, I caught the name and dug further.

robboehm
robboehm on April 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I’m impressed. That was really imbedded in Warren’s post.

LarryH320
LarryH320 on April 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I saw the posting from Warren G. Harris of October 5, 2004.

robboehm
robboehm on April 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Larry H – I’m confused. How did all of the above discussion on the Prospect lead to your revelation of where you were on August 12, 1949?

LarryH320
LarryH320 on April 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm

WOW! Now I know where I was August 12, 1949. My father took me to the Loews Gates Theater to see Al Jolson.

tinamehler
tinamehler on February 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

The pay may have been better at the larger houses, due to bonuses that were allocated on the basis of the theaters income, and the profit sharing that was in place at the time.

robboehm
robboehm on February 21, 2011 at 10:35 am

I’m old enough to remember the campaign of the fifties to “Help Kill the Movie Ticket Tax”. In your various posting, tkm, you mentioned that your dad was at a number of Century houses of different sizes. Was the pay the same or depended upon the house?

tinamehler
tinamehler on February 20, 2011 at 10:10 pm

There was also an enormous water tank on the roof- and dressing rooms behind the stage that were from the theater’s vaudeville days. There was a large orchestra pit in front of the stage that was not filled in until the theater was divided up..and the Ushers Room was where the large bags of popcorn were stored…I guess it was just re-warmed on the candy stand! I think this theater had 2 box-offices- and the lobby was totally mirrored on both sides. I remember my dad telling me that the best remedy for removing chewing gum from seats and floors was Coca-Cola! He swore by it-and it dissolved the gum rather well! IremembeseeoOOliver!herethere.ininin in

the 1970’s

tinamehler
tinamehler on February 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

If I remember correctly- Century used to show various famous “fights” or Boxing matches that were not available on TV at this theater…I also remember my dad taking part in a campaign to STOP PAY – TV in the 1970’s- The forerunner of Cable as we know it. Century knew its years were numbered!

tinamehler
tinamehler on February 20, 2011 at 11:58 am

Warren G. Harris..are you still around? If you or anyone else needs detail info. on this or any other Century Theater Circuit theater from the 1960’s to the 1980’s, please post your question here, and I’ll be happy to tell you whatever I can remember! My late father was a Century Theaters Manager for 30 years, so I grew up hanging out with him while he was working…he managed theaters for Century until he finally retired in 1986, and then they closed the last theater he managed- The Prospect!Regards.

robboehm
robboehm on April 21, 2009 at 9:59 pm

It’s interesting that the picture always comes up for the Deanna Durbin picture Up in Central Park. My aunt was commissioned to come up with textile designs about Central Park and was driven thru the Park in a horsedrawn carriage to get images. The final product was exhibited in Bonwit Tellers windows with a tie in to the movie. For informational purposes my aunt was Libby MacGregor who also did some spectacular batiks.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on April 20, 2009 at 10:24 pm

Here is a larger version of the photo posted by Ed Solero on 5/18/06:
http://tinyurl.com/d2rl7n

robboehm
robboehm on April 19, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Sometime after the Propect returned to the Century Circuit it was twinned. However, both auditoriums opened at different times. The
ads ready “Twins, one at a time.” And then, subsequently there was another divide and then … …The Oceana, Tuxedo and Sheepshead reverted to Century at the same time as the Prospect, also the Plaza in Queens, I believe.

meredithlee
meredithlee on April 18, 2009 at 10:59 am

Eureka! That’s it, thank you all so much! It’s so hard to tell from most of the photos but there was one photo in particular posted by Ken Roe that has the elevated train steps coming down to the street near the theater. Exactly the shot in the movie.

meredithlee
meredithlee on April 18, 2009 at 9:43 am

Thanks Fred. I don’t see a Prospect Theater listed for the Bronx on this site. Was there one near an elevated train there that’s not here? In one of the pictures of this Flushing theater it does say that the elevated LIRR was a block away – maybe it’s that staircase?

fred1
fred1 on April 18, 2009 at 6:22 am

The 7 train goes underground at Main St. .The theater you talking abot is in Brooklen or the bronx

meredithlee
meredithlee on April 18, 2009 at 1:45 am

Does anyone know if this Prospect Theater is the same one seen briefly (once at night, once in daylight) in the 1982 Italian slasher film NEW YORK RIPPER? By pausing the frame and looking at any pictures found here it doesn’t really look the same, but it definitely says PROSPECT on the marquee in the film and doesn’t look like the other PROSPECT in Brooklyn. Also, in the film it looks like there was a store across the street from the theater called LONDON HATS. And there’s a long, elevated train staircase at the end of the block – the 7 train?

William
William on March 4, 2009 at 11:41 am

From bobosan’s post on Dec. 13th. 2008, The movie playing at the Prospect was MGM’s “Wife vs. Secretary” (1936).

robboehm
robboehm on March 3, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Warren G Harris are you out there? In a much earlier posting you said Century orginially traded the Prospect for the Avalon and Manor in Brooklyn. The name Avalon was retained. What did the Manor become since none is listed as such?

robboehm
robboehm on March 3, 2009 at 9:52 pm

And then Loews tried to buy out the Century chain. The theatre chains are like banks with the buys, sells and name changes.