Spring Valley Cinema

Spring Valley, NY

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This Rockland County neighborhood house spent the last 15 years of it’s existence showing XXX. It closed in 1988.

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Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on July 25, 2005 at 5:45 pm

Announcing the opening of the Spring Valley Theatre, July 1962:

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“Free Coffee Served in Our TV Lounge”. I guess that was for between shows. If the movie was as good as “Judgment at Nuremberg”, who’d want to sit in the TV lounge instead? :)

bflonyguy on March 6, 2009 at 11:05 am

If this is the old theater on the main drag in Spring Valley, it was operational at least into the late 90s (maybe early 00s). You could tell it was a grand old theater in its day. Big balcony and lobby, grand staircase, and a large lounge area downstairs. All in a horrendous state of neglect. I remember, on one of my last visits, walking in to find the cashier trimming his toenails in the lobby. Really set the scene.
But I think it was one of the last surviving huge porn palaces (very reminiscent of NYC’s Adonis) in the country. Last I heard, it was sold to a local non-profit that intended to restore and reopen as a “performing arts centre”. Gonna be a tough sell in that neighborhood. It’s a busy street, but the immediate residents are pretty rough (and predominantly recent immigrants — you see the day-laborers lined up along the highway in the morning), and I’d only venture there during the day.
I thought there’d be a lot of activity on this listing. Somebody must know more than I do.

bflonyguy on March 19, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Well, curiosity got the best of me. Drove by this week, and it’s now the “Town of Ramapo Cultural Arts Center”. Don’t know the extent or quality of the restoration, but there seem to be a decent number of events on the schedule. Currently has 465 seats. The address is 64 N. Main St. Interested parties may schedule a tour by calling (845)357-6100. If I didn’t live 400 miles away, I’d call myself!

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