REMINDER: A&E “Breakfast with the Arts” airs this Sunday!

posted by DanCP on June 16, 2006 at 5:45 am

The A&E channel will be airing a series of segments on the NYC Loew’s Wonder Theaters that I am told will include a segment on the Loew’s Kings.

Set your DVRs! Sunday, June 18th between 8am-10am on A&E.


Comments (9)

longislandwally75 on June 18, 2006 at 11:08 am

found out to late…do you know of a re-air date?


Luis Vazquez
Luis Vazquez on June 18, 2006 at 3:05 pm

I thoroughly enjoyed the A&E special but was left wanting more. Much More!!!!! The theaters are incredibly special and represent an architectural legacy that will never be duplicated. That all five of these theaters still exist is a miracle, but this show could easily have done a hour or more devoted to their history and current states of condition. It was truly uplifting to see what has been done by voulnteers to rescue the Jersey. Why can’t the same be done for the Kings! It is already owned by the city. The borough presidents office could easily earmark discretionary funds to jumpstart this project and Brooklyn corporate sponsors could be enlisted as well. I was disappointed that we saw virtually none of the 175th St. theater in this special. I also was surprised that they didn’t devote more to the Paradise since it has just been reopened. I wanted to see more of the architectual details.

Maybe I would never have been satified no matter how much they showed! :–)

I was great to see these theaters given the attention they desparately need if we are to preserve them for future generations.

Has someone set up a Friend’s of Loew’s Kings organization? If not, would the people at Friend’s of Loew’s in New Jersey help the people of Brooklyn set up a similar organization?

Why doesn’t someone do a 2 hour documentary of Movie Palaces of New York! They could include not only the Wonder Theaters, but Radio City, The Roxy, The Hollywood. The Paramount (both Manhattan and Brooklyn), The Capitol, The Rivoli, The Pitkin, the list goes on and on. I would love to see the same thing done for the Movie Palaces of downtown Los Angeles.

BhillH20 on June 18, 2006 at 6:25 pm

I totally agree with the part about the movie palaces of downtown Los Angeles!!!

Mikeoaklandpark on June 19, 2006 at 12:55 am

I don’t understand why Barbra Strisand won’t get the ball rolling on the Kings. She worked there and it shuld have a lot of memeory for her. She is doing another tour and will donate money to charity.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on June 19, 2006 at 3:19 am

hdtv267… I believe I have seen Osborne introducing movies on TMC from an ornate old movie palace a few times. I don’t recall that he discussed the theater in any detail (or introduced a movie that had premeired at that theater, for instance), but I know it’s been done before. I’d love to see that concept expanded upon, however, with Osborne travelling out of L.A. to tape those sort of introductions.

Anyway… the A&E segments were really great, but I agree with Luis V that there was disappointingly little from the Loew’s 175th Street. I’m glad they placed a lot of emphasis on the Jersey and Kings, however, raising awareness for the desperate need to restore the latter by celebrating the former’s wonderful work in progress. Kudos to Ross and all the CT regulars (such as Warren Harris, Orlando Lopes and Bruce Freidman). I definitely came away wanting to see so much more!

I never knew that Ross was affiliated with the AMMI until I saw this show. That is a terrific museum and I encourage anyone in the NY area to make the trip into Queens for a visit if for no other reason than to check out the wonderfully detailed cut-away scale model of the Roxy Theater’s magnificent interior. That alone is worth the price of admission.

Bway on June 19, 2006 at 5:23 am

I also taped the special (and watched it last night). It showed some great interior of these theaters. I too wish there was more on the 175th St. They had plenty of interior footage of the Valencia, also a church, so am surprised they didn’t have much on the 175th St.
The Kings, while in terrible need of attention, seems to be “better” than I had thought it would be, especially considering it was closed for 30 years. Of course, again, it’s a mess, but it could be a lot worse after 30 years of neglect.

Bud K
Bud K on June 19, 2006 at 8:16 am

I too Enjoyed the special very much, here in Sacramento the closet thing to any of these theaters is in Oakland at the “Paramount”

What is Needed is the Movie Stars and great leaders to rally and support the restoration of these awesome buildings and interiors

What about Mr. Gates stepping down from Microsoft his old Friend
in Seattle restored the Cinerama what a Better one up to restore the Kings and the Fox Oakland !

jon6444 on June 19, 2006 at 8:31 am

hdtv267 has a great idea…instead of always using the one reel wonders to fill gaps, they should produce programming about a particular theatre, chain or architect. It could be a great way to bring awareness to these gems.

I think it would be neat for TCM to screen movies from their archives in movie palaces…Maybe some live broadcasts from the theatre while simultaneously broadcasting on TCM…..Maybe a world premiere of a restored print.. It could be a great opportunity for all involved.

genahy on June 20, 2006 at 8:31 pm

If anyone has taped this, please contact me.

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