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Here is some information on the seating capacity for each of the Alpine’s auditoriums. Theatre 1: 393 seats, Theatre 2: 373 seats, Theatre 3: 211 seats, Theatre 4: 216 seats, Theatre 5: 188 seats, Theatre 6: 188 seats, Theatre 7: 191 seats.
Here is some information on the seating capacity for each of the Kingsway’s auditoriums. Theatre 1: 433 seats, Theatre 2: 429 seats, Theatre 3: 315 seats, Theatre 4: 550 seats, Theatre 5: 450 seats.
Here is some information on the seating capacity for each of the Marboro’s auditoriums. Theatre 1: 489 seats, Theatre 2: 433 seats, Theatre 3: 214 seats, Theatre 4: 289 seats.
Remember the days when presented in 70 mm and Dolby stereo actually meant something. I still remember seeing Indiana Jones and the temple of doom in 1984, what a thrill! I wish we could go back to those days of showmanship by movie theatres.
Like so many other theatres, United Artists spent absolutely no time and effort on the upkeep of the Marboro. I remember the last time I was here when this theatre was still open for business, it was falling apart at the seams. the plaster was crumbling, the carpets were torn, the roof leaky and the seats all broken. I honestly can say I don’t blame people who wanted to go to the UA Sheepshead Bay. If and when this renovation project ever happens they will have to gut the place, very little inside is salvagable.
Those photos are sad. To see such a once great theatre in such awful shape is depressing. Regal just walked away and threw the keys away, letting the vandals destroy the place. But they can never destroy our memories!!!
It was twinned in 1976, and triplexed in 1983, at the very start of Saturday Night Fever, when the B Train zooms off, you can see the Loew’s Oriental Building and writting in faded paint Loew’s Oriental. Does anyone remember the upstairs theatres with the orange seats?
I am not wrong Carl, I grew up two blocks away from the Benson and I know the area. In the movie Tony buys two slices at Lenny’s Pizza, then goes into Shirtown on the corner of 86th St. and 20th Avenue, how is it possible that you can see the marquee of the Oriental if it’s actually two Avenues over from 20th Ave? Trust me it’s the Benson Marquee that you see in the movie. The Oriental did not even have a stainless steel marquee like the one shown in the movie.
An upcale cinema in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn? Where would the customers come from? Regal operates an indie/foreign division called Regal Cinema Art, maybe they will be in charge if the project goes thru.
In Saturday Night Fever, Tony (John Travolta) runs under the marquee of the Benson Twin Theatre, not the Oriental. You can see the Chase Bank and the 20th Avenue subway entrance clearly in the backround.
Did they ever have concerts at this theatre?
The Marboro theatre will reopen in 2006 with stadium seating, Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound and a brand new interior, this has been confirmed by the Regal Entertainment Group Construction Department. A much needed and missed theatre will be coming back to serve the residents of Bensonhurst Brooklyn!
I remember this theatre one being part of the RKO Century Warner Chain, Then Cineplex Odeon.
There was talk in the early 90’s of modernizing this theatre into a true multiplex, unfortunately it never happened because of parking. In the film “Angie” with Gena Davis there is a brief shot of this theatre at the start of the movie. The marquee lit up at night is visible in this scene.
If you go to the NYC Dept of Buildings Website, you will see that permits have been issued for this theatres address. The building is still owned by Regal as well.
Regal Entertainment plans to start construction sometime later this year with the work ending sometime in 2006.
The former Cineplex Odeon Kemore Quad is in the process of being turned into a Modell’s Sporting Goods Store, the inside has totally been gutted of any theatre related items. The marquee of this former movie palace has been stripped of it’s neon Kemore lettering, it’s been covered up and Modell’s signs are now on all three sides. A trully sad sight indeed for this former vaudeville theatre in Flatbush Brooklyn.
Apparently Regal Entertainment Group plans to turn the former UA Marboro into a tenplex scheduled to open around 2006. The ten auditoriums would feature all digital sound with stadium style seating. This project would be similar to what was done with the United Artists Midway in Forest Hills, Queens. This project would bring a much needed movie theatre back to the residents of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. I hope it actually gets done.
The Capitol Theatre opened on October 24, 1919, on Broadway in New York City. The central feature of the Capitols expansive lobby was a white marble staircase. Designed by Thomas Lamb, the lush auditorium seated 5,300. Crystal chandeliers, walnut paneling and elaborated gold ceilings created the illusion that this was indeed a palace. The Capitol was demolished in 1967.
The Loew’s 72nd Street theatre opened on February 20th, 1932. The large auditorium seated 2,673 patrons. Architect Thomas Lamb based the design on temples in Thailand as well as the Mosque Adinah in Maldah. The theatre was demolished in 1961. An aparment house now occupies the site.
The Canal Theatre opened in New York City on September 8, 1927. Designed in the popular Spanish baroque style, it was one of the first movie palaces to feature the â€œAtmosphericâ€ style in its auditorium. Theatre seated almost 2,400 and featured a Wurlitzer organ. In 1957, the curtain came down on the Canalâ€™s last show and theatre closed.
The Jersey Theatre opened on September 28, 1929. The Italian baroque movie palace seated 3,200 and was designed by Rapp and Rapp. Atop the Jerseyâ€™s exterior clock tower was a life-sized sculpture of St. George who slayed a sculptural dragon every Quarter-hour. Loews closed the Jersey Theatre in August 1986.
The Valencia opened in September of 1929 in Jamaica, Long Island. Architect John Eberson based his design on Spanish architecture motifs. Extensive use of wrought iron railings, ornate tile work, sculpture and murals created a Latin illusion. Eberson deigned the auditorium to resemble a moonlit Spanish garden in festival regalia. Loews closed the Valencia in 1977 and donated it to the Tabernacle of Prayer for All People
The Paradise opened in the Bronx on September 7, 1929. The 3,800 seat auditorium, designed by John Eberson, featured a sky ceiling which included stars laid out in the constellation of Marcus Loewsâ€™ astrological birth sign. The Paradise was one of the five Loewsâ€™ â€œWonder Theatresâ€ so named because each was equipped with identical Robert Morton pipe organs (the â€œWonder Mortonsâ€).
The Kings Theatre opened on September 7, 1929 on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Designed by Rapp and Rapp, the lavish auditorium seated 3,600 and featured a mammoth dome high above the audience. Extensive use of walnut paneling and carved walnut columns along with deep, rich colors and heavily gilded ornamentation created an opulent scene for theatre patrons.