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theatrefan commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 12, 2004 at 5:15 pm

I remember those stairwells, one of the only ways to tell this used to be a theatre. I hate to say this, but this building probably will never be used for motion picture exibition again. It would take an investor with a big dream and even deeper pockets to make this happen.

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theatrefan commented about Fortway Theatre on Aug 12, 2004 at 5:11 pm

Thanks Movie Place NYC!
I do have a copy of this book as any theatrefan should, do you know which edition is it that has the photo? I have the original hardcover version. I believe there were three versions published.

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theatrefan commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 12, 2004 at 5:08 pm

Mikeoaklamdpark,
Try it this way: http://www.artkraft.com/
I think that should work!

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theatrefan commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 12, 2004 at 3:55 pm

I think the Loew’s booking office was better at getting product for their theatres during this era, I remember Loew’s almost always having the top blockbusters of the day in the 70’s and 80’s.

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theatrefan commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 12, 2004 at 3:49 pm

Vincent,
You might want to check out Artkraft’s website: www.artkraft.com, they do have a lot of famous historical photo’s in the gallery section, some even feature movie theatre advertising. You can see many theatres that are no longer with us like the Rivoli, Criterion, etc.

Hopefully one day someone will put together a book of famous marquees and billboards of Times Square, with all the changes to the Square and all the interest surrounding it I can’t see why it wouldn’t sell well.

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theatrefan commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 12, 2004 at 2:36 pm

Wasn’t Artkraft Strauss responsible for all those type of signs, if so maybe they have an archive at their headquaters in NYC. I for one would love to see a book of all the theatre advertising during the glorious heyday of Times Square.

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theatrefan commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 12, 2004 at 2:29 pm

Wasn’t most of this theatre totaly destroyed in the creation of that horrible Toys R Us store? Is there anything that remains inside?

I once read that most of this buildings revenue source comes from those huge billboards on top of the building.

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theatrefan commented about Marboro Theatre on Aug 11, 2004 at 3:51 pm

I called Regal Entertaintment Group this morning to let them know someone ripped the boards off the front door got inside and turned on the the lights, apparently the marquee lights were on all night. The person I spoke with said they would alert the district supervisor to this problem, lets hope something gets done.

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theatrefan commented about Baronet and Coronet Theatre on Aug 11, 2004 at 2:58 pm

Loews Cineplex made millions off the sale of the property the theatre was sitting on. I remember the marble and neon in a lot of their theatres, Cineplex apparently thought that was real classy, as was selling you extra squirts of butter on your popcorn. I wonder though why towards the end of it’s exisitance the theatre changed from being a Cineplex theatre to just a plain Loews theatre, maybe a way to drum up some business. My friend used to call them Cinebucks Odeous.

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theatrefan commented about Cinema Banque Scotia Montreal on Aug 11, 2004 at 2:47 pm

This theatre was never a proper replacement for the former Famous Player Loews 5 across the street, that was a true movie palace! I suppose it’s better than having the former Simpson’s department store building standing empty and unused like a white elephant.

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theatrefan commented about Palladium Times Square on Aug 11, 2004 at 2:40 pm

rhett,

I can scan the photo, where would I post it to? Do they let you do that on this site? I hope something gets done with the Mayfair/Demille, its been empty for a very long time and its mostly intact inside.

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theatrefan commented about Palladium Times Square on Aug 10, 2004 at 10:35 pm

I remember Eric’s Place, It’s now been converted to retail. UA bought out the Sam Eric chain in the late 80’s I think. I wonder if there are any former Sam Eric theatres still operating?

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theatrefan commented about Palladium Times Square on Aug 10, 2004 at 9:36 pm

Yes, I went to see movies there when it was the Sam Eric Quad, gosh UA really ran that place into the ground. Believe me if this can happen in other cities like the Loew’s Jersey in Jersey City and the Opera House in Boston it can happen in Philly. I believe that the Boyd is the only real surviving movie palace still left in Center City.

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theatrefan commented about Palladium Times Square on Aug 10, 2004 at 9:13 pm

Land values being what they are in Midtown Manhattan, there really was no way to save these theatres, also lets remember the preservation movement had yet to be started, they wanted to tear down Grand Central and replace it with an ugly office building as well. Other Cties have seemed to save at least one former palace and use it for preforming arts centers, I wish New York had been able to, well at least we have Radio City.

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theatrefan commented about Palladium Times Square on Aug 10, 2004 at 8:10 pm

Hi Mikeoaklandpark,
Yes the original Loew’s Orpheum was knocked down to make way for an apartment bulding with modern cinemas uderneath. The 3rd Avenue entrance to the theatre is gone. Since this theatre has opened they have redone the lobby, because the ticket booth area used to be outside. The inside of this theatre is like the other Loews of this era ala the 84th St, Village 7, and 19th Street East. The one unique feature is the marquee is sort of a throwback to the old fashioned ones of yesterday, it had a curved hump in the front.
Unfortunately like all other theatres the land they were sitting on had much more value than the actual building.

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theatrefan commented about Palladium Times Square on Aug 10, 2004 at 7:35 pm

There is a magazine called “Scene” being give out at Loews theatres to celebrate the chain’s centenial 1904-2004. As soon as you open the front cover there is a picture of the Astor Plaza hosting the premiere for Funny Lady from 1975. I got my issue at the Loews Orpheum yesterday, you might want to check for it at your local Loews theatre. It also contains an interesting article and photos that chronicle the last 100 years of the Loews Theatre Chain.

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theatrefan commented about Marboro Theatre on Aug 10, 2004 at 7:30 pm

Whatever Regal is going to do i hope they do it soon, this place is about to collapse in on itself at any given moment.

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theatrefan commented about Benson Twins on Aug 10, 2004 at 7:28 pm

Yes you’re right,

I remember it being to the right as you entered the lobby. The auditoriums here always seemed kind of small, when I used to compare the Benson to the Marboro and Oriental. I remember when the Benson had “Return of the Jedi” playing in 1983, the ticket line was all the way down 86th Street.

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theatrefan commented about Benson Twins on Aug 9, 2004 at 7:20 pm

Does anyone here remember the Benson with the ticket booth outside the lobby?

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theatrefan commented about RKO National Twin on Aug 9, 2004 at 7:19 pm

Thanks dave-bronx,

I remember rignt after it closed being shocked, I wonder if theatre chains also knew about the forthcoming Ewalk-Empire duo of 38 movie screens a few blocks away. The Criterion closed rignt after the Empire opened, pretty soon so will the State.

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theatrefan commented about Marboro Theatre on Aug 9, 2004 at 7:13 pm

The Marboro is in awfull shape, I don’t think anything inside can be salvaged at this point. There is horrible water damage in the two former upstairs theatres and along the side walls of the two downstairs ones as well. Regal is just going to gut this entire cinema and rebuild it from scratch inside the shell. Other than the side walls above the exits and a chandelier upstairs, a lot of this theatres original ornamentation was lost forever in the quading process in the 1970’s

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theatrefan commented about RKO National Twin on Aug 9, 2004 at 2:55 pm

Thanks dave-bronx,

Still have the old pacer-cats type ticket stub with the RKO Century Warner Logo on it. To finish this story, Cineplex Odeon wound up buying them in 1986 along with the Walter Reade Chain for their entry into the NYC market, they merged with Loews Theatres in 1998 and had to sell off a bunch of the theatres to Cablevision’s Cleaview Cinemas in NYC, almost all of the theatres they sold off were the old former RKO & Walter Reade locations. Could the National also have been closed prior to the merger to comply with the DOJ anti-trust guidelines?

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theatrefan commented about RKO National Twin on Aug 9, 2004 at 12:12 am

DennisZ,

Do you by any chance know what year RKO Stanley Warner took over the Century Theatres Chain? I know it was sometime in the early 70’s but I’m trying to get an exact year, thanks!

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theatrefan commented about Fortway Theatre on Aug 9, 2004 at 12:07 am

The ceiling may still be painted blue, but unfortunately because of the drop ceilings in auditoriums number 3 & 4 you can’t tell. I believe the Fortway was part of the Golden Theatre chain along with the Alpine in the 1980’s before Cineplex Odeon took it over.

This theatre still has many remnants of its former single auditorium days, especially the side walls in auditoriums 2&3, and in the main theatre # 1, the proscenium is still visible along with two female figures on both sides of it. The Forway is the last of a dying breed of once glorious theatres chopped up to show movies in the era of the multimegaplex.

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theatrefan commented about Palladium Times Square on Aug 7, 2004 at 10:14 am

I went by the Astor Plaza last night, everything that Loews could salvage they took, as you look into the lobby, all of the Poster Cases that used to hang on the walls are gone, all that remains is their outline on the wall and wires dangling loose. The boxoffice ticketing system and microphone are gone, as is the schedule for what the movie and showtimes are. The marquee still has the Village sign on it, but it is dark. It’s a sad sight indeed! If anyone wants a outdoor shot of the theatre now is the time to take it.

Also you might want to check this article out from Fridays Daily News:
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