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I was the relief assistant manager there in 1976. We played The Gauntlet starring Clint Eastwood and Sandra Locke during Christmas. The RKO down the way was playing the remake of King Kong. I believe Mrs. F. was the manager and there was a Beth and a Billy on staff. Great times!
When I was stationed at NTC for Radioman School, I walked down Rosecrans to watch McArthur there. Beautiful theater. I had worked for Century Theatres in NY before I joined the Navy and wanted to see the inside of the theater as much as the Movie. Neither disappointed.
I was Mr Decatsky’s assistant manager 1976 through 1977 (Bill Podzamsky). He hired me as an usher at the Century’s Meadows and went with him to the Prospect when I was promoted. Lots of great memories. I remember a projectionist who always drove a marathon checker cab because they were so safe. Fun job that really set me up for success when I went into the Navy.
I remember Charlton Heston and going to that movie with my father. JHS 74 had our graduation there when they were showing Ryans Daughter. Thinking back I didn’t know that my first job would be there and be such a part of my life!
It was under 800, I don’t remember exactly. Only things I have are some movie stills from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and my original nameplate. I do remember when it became an evening house the Teamsters were trying to unionize the managers and Mr. Tawfik was on strike. When I came to open the theatre someone had sliced the bottom of the screen and cut open the syrup containers. I used duct tape on the back of the screen. Fortunately it was an Xrated movie and no one was looking at feet!
I started at the Meadows as an usher for Mr. Decatsky in 1972. Went to the Glen Oaks for Mr. Twin and to the Prospect as Mr. D’s assistant manager. They made me a relief Asst so I wound up in Bynum and Nassau during the week and back at the Prospect in Flushing. I learned a lot from Mr. D. and eventually went into the Navy.
My first job was as an usher here in May 1972. We wore tuxedos and Mr. Bernard Decatsky was the manager. John Vess a was Chief of Staff with his brother Mike, Larry Ackerman and Ed Monahagn. Ed Bernhardt was managing the Prospect in Flushing and Mr Jackson was the DM. I became Mr. D’S Asst Mgr and we moved to the Prospect when it became a duplex. Eventually left and went to the Navy. Great times at this theater and at the Horn & Harare which became a Bagel Nosh. Sorry to hear that it’s down on it’s luck.