16006 Northern Boulevard,
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The Roosevelt Theatre opened in 1926 with a seating capacity of 1,758.
In 1971, this was the first quad ever opened in New York. I remember the projectionist telling me that when it opened people came from all over the country to see it. Architect Maurice D. Sornik was the architect for the conversion, and theater look was very funky 1960’s.
The lobby was located in the middle of what once was the original auditorium and the theaters built around the perimeter. The restrooms were the only thing on the second floor besides the projection booth and were reached by climbing a huge staircase. When the Quartet first opened, there was not all the automated projection equipment and actually had four projectionists for a very short time.
UA let this house crumble in the early-1990’s. There was talk about expanding it but they just quietly closed it.
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