Casino Theatre

113-18 Liberty Avenue,
Richmond Hill, NY 11419

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Casino Theatre

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This neighborhood house in the South Richmond Hill district was located a few blocks from the larger United Artists Lefferts Theatre. It opened in 1922 as Our Civic Theatre. By 1940 it had been renamed Casino Theatre and was operated by Prudential Circuit. It closed as the Casino Theatre in 1979. It mostly played sub-runs and double features.

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PKoch
PKoch on May 31, 2007 at 6:21 am

Martin’s was right near where I lived in Ridgewood for many years, until it was replaced by a Rainbow Shop. I remember the slogan “It ain’t just paint”, Warren.

Neither my mom nor I would classify either Martin’s or Rainbow as one of “those little shit shops”, although even they would be preferable to the burnouts, shooting galleries and homeless and junkie squatting places that many in Ridgewood, including my family and I, feared after the post July 13 1977 blackout looting and arson in Bushwick.

LuisV
LuisV on June 12, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Regarding the posting of 8/17/04 above….the Casino was NEVER a pornographic theater. I grew up in the neighborhood and know this for a fact. The closest porno theater was the Austin on Lefferts Blvd in the leafy neighborhood of Kew Gardens. It has since been mulitiplexed (I am told in a loving way) into The Kew Gardens Cinemas specializing in art house films.

PKoch
PKoch on June 18, 2007 at 9:25 am

Thanks, LuisV.

jedweber
jedweber on December 13, 2007 at 1:51 pm

The Casino was one of my neighborhood theaters growing up in the 70s.
(Actually my neighborhood was Howard Beach, which never had any theaters, so Ozone Park and Richmond Hill were the closest.)
My aunt worked there as a matron. This was actually embarrassing for me, since my friends enjoyed pelting matrons with popcorn and Jujubes at other theaters, and I’d have to warn or beg them not to do it here.
I know I saw many kiddie matinees here, although I can’t for the life of me recall what any of the movies were. Later I saw “Tommy” here (on a double bill with “Aloha, Bobby and Rose,” I think), and sat through it twice, even though the sound was awful. (The passing “A” trains didn’t help.)It was not a very appealing theater, a step below the Crossbay, and only a choice when we couldn’t get someone to drive us to Forest Hills or Valley Stream, L.I.

PKoch
PKoch on December 13, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Thanks for your post about the Casino, J.D., and welcome to Cinema Treasures.

The only film I ever saw at the Casino was “Serpico” in early April 1974.

Bway
Bway on April 19, 2009 at 9:54 am

Here’s a street view of the old Casino Theater. Does anyone know if any of the interior features still exist?

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LuisV
LuisV on April 19, 2009 at 10:09 am

Thanks Bway for the link. I haven’t been to the old casino site since my family left the neighborhood way back in 1986. The auditorium looks bigger than I remember it. But I always have to remember that the Ziegfled has only 1,100 seats and it is now the largest single screen still showing movies. That makes it only slightly larger than the Casino. As a matter of fact, if you remove the seats in the rear of The Ziegfeld (the raised section) then the Casino and Ziegfeld are about the same.

Be that as it may, my recollections of the Casino are that it was non descript. The ultimate also ran theater; the theater you went to because it was playing the movie you wanted to see and it was close and no other reason. Oddly though, I still miss it!

Deansboy811
Deansboy811 on July 10, 2009 at 9:41 am

I used to work at the Casino theater in the 70’s, and even though it wasn’t the grandest of theaters it was still quite quaint and had a great neighborhood vibe. As for being sold-out only once" that is far from true. We were sold out on many occassions, I particularly rememember when “Staurday Night Fever” played and we were sold out for 2 weeks straight! It was a fun job for a youth growing up in the 70’s as so many of us kids from the neighborhood worked there. The front foyer had great acoustics and we would sing all the songs from SNF as well as Grease and it sounded so cool. (the manager wasn'y to happy though..LOL) Great memories!!

muffler
muffler on June 21, 2010 at 10:26 am

On Feb 7th-13th 1932.. the New civic Theater at 114 Liberty Avenue played the following double feature each day in order with the last one 2 nights: Age of Love/Gay Buckaroo, An American Tragedy/The Lone Trail, Personal Maid/White Devil, Monkey Business/Enemies of the Law, Frankenstein/Men in Her Life. I have the original poster.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on May 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

For some reason, the street view is off by a block to the east. The theatre was located near the next corner to the right, adjacent to the Radio Shack.

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