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Comfortably Cool, Are there any photo’s that exist out there that shows the original Alpine’s auditorium & lobby before it was twinned by Loew’s & then subsequently gutted by Golden?
The photo’s on that site are from 1973, the Exorcist was the film on the Fortway marquee photo, there is also a shot of the lobby in the pre-multiplex days & a shot of the drinking fountain that was once in the lobby. There are no auditorium shots unfortunately.
The Theatre Historical Society of America (THSA) has interior photo’s of the Fortway as a single, have you seen those? I have not seen Alpine interiors as a single on their site, but there are descriptions in the comments that give a pretty good description of it when it was a single.
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As a Five-plex I remember the main auditorium level had two smaller screens carved out on the extreme left & right side, what is the center section in the photo was the big main auditorium which sort of had the shape of a Y, there were also two theatres in the original balcony section as well. Flanking the original proscenium were these two female figures that I had taken pictures of, I will have to post it here, I nicknamed them the “Nymphs of Celluloid” I wonder whatever happened to them? There is also a photo of them in Ben Hall’s Book: The Best Remaining Seats.
It really is a shame it’s gone, it was a very nice theatre to catch a film. I wonder if there is anything left after it became the supermarket?
I know when AMC walked away at the end of May 2006, the Alpine was closed for about a weeks time until the current operator assumed operation. Not sure of what happened between Golden & Cineplex Odeon. You are absolutely right the Fortway was a much nicer theatre, probably because it was not gutted like the Alpine was to make it into a seven-plex.
I think having something like Napoleon Bonaparte’s death mask on display in the bar does make it kind of creepy & ghoulish, Orlando. Also in this day and age, I doubt highly that there will be any type of marquee, possibly a Alamo Drafthouse sign but no traditional marquee, just look at the one in Yonkers.
walterk, Thanks for the clarification, 1540 was the Loew’s Theatres Headquarters Building, so it seems like the Pickers has nothing to do with the Loew’s Oriental. On a side note, according to the new book that just came out on the Loew’s Kings Theatre, Dorothy Solomon Panzica one of the best Managers Loew’s Theatres ever had was the manager of the Loew’s Oriental right before she became manager of the Kings, anyone remember her here at the Oriental with any stories to share?
Yes, I thought it seemed a little strange as well, that’s why I posted it. The only company I can find on the NYC Dept Of Buildings certificates of occupancy is “Hawthorne Amusement Corp.” perhaps other members can shed more light on this.
According to the NYC AGO website, this theatre was built by the Picker family and later taken over by Loew’s along with the Boulevard, Spooner & Burland in the Bronx. Here is the Link: http://www.nycago.org/Organs/Brx/html/LoewsBoulevardTheatre.html
Comfortably Cool, What other local theatres did Loew’s have to divest in the NYC Metro area based on the 1948 consent decree?
Here is the link to the story: http://qns.com/story/2017/01/04/douglaston-macys-movie-theater-move-lowes-home-improvement-looking-move/
Sad that there is absolutely no acknowledgment of what movie palace had formerly stood on this site before, the RKO Albee. While an artifact from the original RKO movie palace may be hard to come by nowadays, how about a nicely framed color or black & white photo on display somewhere in the lobby?
That being said, presentation here is top-notch and auditorium #1 is capable of showing 35mm film, all of the rest are standard DCP. The food and drinks they serve here are also quite delicious if that is your sort of thing. I also wonder if the repertory programing they do has affected the BAM Cinematek in any way?
The auditoriums are located on the following levels: Sub Level(Basement)-auditoriums #1-3, Third Floor-auditoriums #4-5, Fifth Floor- auditoriums #6-8, Seventh Floor- auditoriums #9-10, Ninth Floor- auditorium #11, Eleventh Floor- auditorium #12.
Concessions are on the main level and fifth floor, UA also put one on the third level when they took over in the Summer of 2001 although I don’t think they used it very much. UA also added all of the arcade games on the third level as well, Regal never had them there originally.
I hope they do not remodel the David Rockwell designed lobby to the current AMC look, with it’s red circle lights, circle carpeting etc. Loews always had a very nice lobby design from the mid nineties on, but I always felt like they skimped out on the actual auditoriums themselves, that definitely could use some new seating, carpeting, wall curtains, side light fixtures. Also maybe they could also put a AMC MacGuffins bar where the Loews Club was originally supposed to be on the Upper Mezzanine Level.
Not much is left of any Movie Palace in Montreal unfortunately.
From the Montreal Gazette- http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/little-trace-remains-of-montreals-glamorous-theatre-era
Loews Theatres was well known for it’s lack maintenance and refurbishment program during that era. It was Cineplex Odeon that really did give these old theatres a new lease of life.
Is this the Orson Wells they are refer to, expanding to Downtown Boston?
From Boxoffice Magazine April 1985
United Artists Communications opened the renovated and newly subdivided Babylon Triplex Theatre in New York recently.
Originally the Babylon Theatre, a 25-year-old
landmark on Main Street, the new house opened with “Dune” and “Starman.”
UA reopened their Rivoli theatre in Manhattan just two months earlier.
Bernard Myerson, president of Loews Theatres, and Eugene Heller, president of Hartz Mountain Industries, Inc. announced that they have entered into an agreement to build a new state-of-the-art, ten-theatre complex in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey at the intersection of Routes 95 and 46.
The theatre will be part of a Hartz Mountain Industries complex which will include a hotel, office buildings and retail stores. Loews presently operates theatres with Hartz in several other areas of New Jersey, Loews Harmon Cove Quad and Loews Meadows six in Secaucus, Loews six in Wayne and a quad, Loews Showboat, in Edgewater.
The new Loews tenplex in Ridgefield Park will have approximately 5,000 seats and is scheduled for a June 1985 opening.
Opening Info From Boxoffice Magazine Januay 1984
The Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas, a new ten-screen complex, opened recently.
The Whitestone located on the site of the former Whitestone Drive-In offers a choice of ten first-run movies under one roof.
The former Whitestone Drive-In was opened in 1949 as a single screen and was twinned in 1978.
It remained an active theatre operation until last year when construction began on the new indoor complex.
The new cinema is located on Bruckner Boulevard and Hutchinson River Parkway and is easy to reach fromall of the metro area.
The Whitestone complex will seat over 4300 people. The cinema site provides acres of free, parking for over 1500 cars.
The Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas are operated by Redstone Management of Boston.
As Orlando had already kindly pointed out this ticket stub is from Century’s Mayfair Theatre in Brooklyn, not this theatre. Please move this photo over there, thanks.
It probably would have been re-purposed for retail like the original Loews Bay Terrace in Queens.
I hate fixed width & height screens, with no adjustable masking. Regal tends to do this a lot now. They will have a scope film playing on a flat screen with bars on the top and bottom, it looks terrible, so those the pillar-boxing you described. How much lazier can these huge chains become?