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DaveM & Markp, If the balcony was walled off at that point, I wonder how they projected the films on the orchestra screen. Did they have to add another projection room downstairs like the Jersey did? When they finally created a quad, they must have split the lower level into two, I wonder if it was only the section of seats directly underneath the balcony section like had been done at the Jersey. Multiplexing these two Wonder theatres did help them survive a bit longer than the other three, which never had been cut up. I believe the Paradise was closed by Loews in January of 1994, a few months before they changed the name to Sony Theatres.
Words almost cannot express how amazing it was to be here yesterday, the photo’s do not do this place proper justice. Met a lot of wonderful folks along the way as well. Thank You ACE Theatrical for allowing us to go on an incredible tour of the most majestic wonder theatre in Brooklyn The “Loew’s Kings”!
Joe, I have checked the NYC Department of Buildings information system website, it does not look like any demolition permits were issued for the upper levels. So there might be a good chance that some of the original aspects of the Delancey as a Movie Theatre could indeed exist in the upper portions of the building.
Yes, they had the same RKO block letters on the theatre marquee when they closed this theatre in 1999. White letters on a black background. They titles of the films were still visible years after that, before they started to gut the place inside. I was inside recently, it does not look like there is anything left.
When this multiplex first opened, on the second floor concession stand they supposedly had a vintage-antique salvaged Loew’s signage above the stand, I wonder if it was truly vintage & if so which original Loew’s Theatre it came from? From the photo I have, it looks like it would have been a roof sign.
Was here for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, last week. I tell you there is nothing like seeing real 35mm film projected on the silver screen in a real movie palace! Plus the mighty Robert Morton Wonder Organ being played before the show was like the icing on the cake. I can’t wait to see a 70mm film here when they get it up & running. Did the Jersey originally have 70mm capabilities?
Are there any photo’s out there of the inside of this theatre?, I also wonder if there is anything left of the original auditorium & balcony inside, some say there is still some stuff intact inside. Makes me wonder.
Matt, Your photography of this palace is absoloutly amazing. I can’t wait to see your book on the Kings when it comes out. I used to go into the lobby when it was an electronics store, but they had so much stuff it was kind of hard to make a lot of the terra cotta details out, never got as far as the auditorium though.
How did Loew’s originally cut this place up into a Quad? It must have been quite an undertaking to do the restoration work on it after it was all chopped up.
How did United Artists originally Quad this place way back in 1986? I cannot seem to remember. BTW I spoke with someone on 18th Avenue & they told me they had a friend that had rescued a bunch of seats from the dumpster outside for their own home theatre in their basement, I wonder if they call it the Walker?
I can’t wait to see this place tomorrow, I have waited so long for this moment. Based on all the photo’s that have been posted the Kings looks absolutely stunning. Long live the Loew’s Kings Brooklyn Wonder Theatre!
Do you think AMC keeping the Loews, Cineplex Odeon, Star & Magic Johnson name on the buildings has anything to do with the Screenvision Advertising & Fandango Ticketing contracts that Loews Cineplex entered into right before the merger agreement with AMC?
Rode by this past weekend and all the signage on the outside of the theatre complex still says LOEWS, wonder when they will change it to the AMC nameplate?
It’s so sad to see this as just a hole in the ground, where the Marboro once was. They can demolish the theatre itself, but they cannot demolish our memories that we have of this place and all of the great movies we saw here growing up.
Unfortunately not of trace of the Fortway exists in the inside of the former fiveplex, where the Great Wall Supermaket now resides. But as you can tell from VinnyBrooklyn’s photos, at least they somewhat preserved the Marquee for the supermarkets sign.
The movie theatre Tony Manero (John Travolta) walks under in the opening scene of Saturday Night Fever was the Benson Twin, which was next to the Chase Manhattan Bank off of 20th Avenue and 86th Street, not the Loew’s Oriental, but you also can see the Loew’s Oriental in the very start of the film, when the B train is zooming by, it’s way off in the distance of that shot.
Didn’t Cineplex Odeon also come in and take over the Loew’s Metropolitan once Loews Theatres didn’t want to run it anymore?
Cineplex Odeon ran the Fortway, Kenmore, Kingsway, Metropolitan for many years when no other chain would come near these older houses in Brooklyn.
Originally the theatre was made into a twin in the mid 70’s by splitting the orchestra and balcony sections.
Later in the early 80’s the balcony was split into two thus creating a triplex theatre. Two theatres above and a single theatre underneath.
I had the unique opportunity today to attend the 1:00 P.M. tour of the Loew’s Paradise today and let me tell you, words cannot express how astonishing this place is, you need to see it to believe it. I would encourage anyone who is the least bit curios about the Loew’s Paradise to try to attend these tours, they are quite remarkable Mr. Lopes should be commended on his efforts for getting the tours of the Loew’s Paradise off the ground and running. Thank You Loew’s Paradise Management and Mr. Lopes for a splendid tour!
I had the unique opportunity today to attend the 1:00 P.M. tour of the Loew’s Paradise today and let me tell you, words cannot express how astonishing this place is, you need to see it to believe it. I would encourage anyone who is the least bit curios about the Loew’s Paradise to try to attend these tours, they are quite remarkable! Mr. Lopes should be commended on his efforts for getting the tours of the Loew’s Paradise off the ground and running. Thank You Loew’s Paradise Management and Mr. Lopes for a splendid tour!
Here is a recent article about the future of the Marboro from the Courier Life Newspaper:
Run-Down Marboro Movie House Waits For Next Act
Retail & Office Space to Take Over Marboro Movie House
By Charles Hack
The site of the grand old Marboro Movie Theatre that entertained Bensonhurst residents by the thousands for seven decades but became a home for squatters and pigeons is set to start a new life as offices and commercial space.
The renovation couldnâ€™t happen soon enough, say residents who argue that the building at 6817 Bay Pkwy. has become a blight in the neighborhood since its closure in July 2002.
But movie enthusiasts wanted the building to be restored as a movie theater as the owners had once planned.
Philips International, which bought the building in December, plans to develop Ethan Plaza with ground-floor retail and offices or medical uses on the upper floors. They expect the building to be occupied in April 2008.
According to a listing by Massey Knakal Realty Services, the proposed development includes 61,7000 square feet of office space.
Offices are planned on three levels, with the penthouse at the top floor having a roof terrace.
United Artists Theatre Group sold the property to Marboro, LLC, a Philips International Holding company based at 295 Madison Ave. in Manhattan, on Dec. 19, 2005 for $10.3 million.
United Artists Theatres had sold it to United Artists Theatre Group for a nominal fee of $10 in June 2003, under whose ownership it had languished in a state of limbo and disrepair.
Rumors that it was to be renovated as a theater did not materialize. United Artists had received a permit from the Department of Buildings to repair and upgrade the existing theater. The permit was originally filed in 2003 and re-filed as recently as March 2005.
Howard Feuer, district manager of Community Board 11, said that the proposed commercial development is as of right, and welcomed that the site is to be redeveloped.
â€œWe would have liked the movie theater to have come back. That was our hope,â€ said Feuer. â€œBut that didnâ€™t happen for a very long time. It is not good to have such a large block with nothing going on. This is the best alternative to a theater.â€
He also said that the scale of the proposed building is in keeping with the surrounding community, and the developers would not be coming to the board requesting a variance.
â€œThis is not a grand project that will really dwarf the community,â€ said Feuer. â€œThey are not looking for any special privileges.â€
But ever since it closed the theater has been a problem for the community. In August 2005 the Buildings Department received a complaint saying that the vacant movie house has been closed for several years and is now being inhabited by homeless people, pigeons, and â€œother kinds of nuisances.â€
Complaints that the building was left open and unguarded go back to 2003.
â€œIt goes through periodic states of disrepair,â€ Feuer said. â€œThere is no alarm on the front door, leaving the possibility that someone can pry open the door and get in.â€
Dennis Montesi, the president of the 83rd Street Block Association at Stillwell Avenue, said he recently saw several homeless people entering and leaving through the front door of the building, which has been busted open several times over the years.
â€œItâ€™s an eyesore to the community,â€ Montesi said. â€œGod forbid if someone sets it alight. The apartments alongside would burn. It would be a disaster here.â€
â€œIt should be cleaned out and sealed up,â€ Montesi said.
The theater, designed by prolific theater architect Charles Sandblom, has a long history. Records show that a certificate of occupancy was issued for a 2,246 seat theater, stores and offices in 1928. Another one was issued in 1979, but this time it was for a four screen theater with a total seating capacity for 1,453 customers.
Calls to Phillips International were not returned in time for publication.
Feuer said he feels nostalgia for his youth when he would watch double features at this and other former movie houses. This is something his 18-year-old daughter has not had a chance to enjoy, he said.
He sent several letters to the previous owners, requesting that they reopen it as a movie house.
â€œWe had a lot of big theaters in Brooklyn and now we have none,â€ said Feuer. â€œItâ€™s really unfortunate but life goes on. We will have good tenants bringing revenue to West 10th Street and Bay Parkway.â€
Montesi said the permanent closure of the theater was one more in a string of losses to Bensonhurst, which has included bowling alleys, film theaters, supermarkets and other amenities. This leaves little for seniors and youth to do, he said.
â€œWhat else are they going take away?â€ Montesi said. â€œItâ€™s out of control.â€
Given the fact that the Kingsway sold for Five Million in 2000 & the Fortway sold for just over 4 million last year, Ten million does seem kind of high, however Massey Knakal is asking Fifteen million for the Alpine site. Real Estate prices just keep going higher & higher.
It just seems really impossible to operate a movie theatre in Brooklyn for the fact that the land on which it sits on has become such a valuable commodity in today’s Real Estate market.
The New York City Department of Finanace Office of the City Register Automated City Register Information System or ARCRIS. If you look under property records, then by parcel indentifier the borough is Brooklyn and the block is 6575, the lot is 1. you will then see a document for assigment of the deed for that amount. Regal was simply waiting for the highest bidder to come along for the property & they got over 10 million for it.
Using the ACRIS system you can look up what any former theatre sold for, its all a matter of public record.
The UA Marboro Quad had been sold by United Artists Theatre Group LLC to PL Marboro LLC For the sum of Ten Million Three Hundred Thousand Dollars (10,300,000.00) included in the bill of sale is a provision that prohibits the property from being operated as a Motion Picture Theatre for a twenty year period.
So much for a replacement movie theatre for the Marboro, Thanks Regal Entertainment Group for getting rid of the last surviving Movie Theatre in Bensonhurst Brooklyn & giving us another office complex.
Here are some quotes from AMC Chairman Peter Brown which appeared in Variety:
While the merger was seen as a signpost in the wave of consolidation sweeping exhibition, AMC chief exec Peter Brown, who will lead the new company, said, “We’ve never been fixated on the bigger concept as much as we’ve been fixated on the better concept.”
Brown said current Loews theaters will continue to operate under their current name, but added, “Over time, we’ll end up with just one brand”
Anyone care to guess just which brand that will be?