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AlinNYC commented about Roxy Theatre on Oct 19, 2020 at 5:35 pm

I’m the one who posted that comment on the Water Winter Wonderland site. It was based on my hazy high school era recollections of that neighborhood, so I was wrong in a few details. But I was right that the picture of the older white building above is not a picture of the Roxy Theatre. It is a picture of the former Roxy Bar, which was actually 2 blocks north of the theater. That building, believe it or not, is still standing. The Roxy Theatre is alas long gone, and was, as shown, faced in yellow/orange tiling.

AlinNYC commented about Film Forum on May 25, 2018 at 5:35 am

The Film Forum is currently closed for renovation, which will include adding a fourth screen. They are planning to reopen in July.

AlinNYC commented about Night Shift Theatre on Sep 15, 2008 at 3:55 am

The Indian restaurant is in the former Night Shift space upstairs. There was a Burger King in there for several years. The Grey Line is in the space downstairs where the Hollywood Cinemas used to be. Here is a picture of the building from a couple of years ago when the Burger King was still upstairs:
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AlinNYC on Jul 9, 2007 at 11:06 pm

This theater is famous for presenting the Takarazuka revue troups. They produce live musical revues and shows featuring all-female casts playing all roles, male and female. They’ve been very popular in Japan for over 90 years. So I too doubt that this theater has any history as a movie theater.

AlinNYC commented about Criterion Theatre on Sep 27, 2005 at 6:34 pm

Also, Bar Harbor is ON Mt. Desert Island, so it’s not really “nearby.” Just saw this lovely theater last week. It currently plays a mix of first-run movies and live music shows in its undivided auditorium.

AlinNYC commented about Claridge Theater on Aug 23, 2005 at 9:27 pm

I lived in this building in 1987-88. I shared a huge apartment with my cousin and his wife that was built directly over the lobby of the old theater. It was, in fact, the first place I ever lived in NYC. The apartment, which was reputedly built for the theater’s owner, featured an incredible living room that was like a theater itself with a staircase that wrapped around the room in an ascending series of balconies and a dome that rose 30+ feet above the floor. There was beautiful dark oak woodwork everywhere and the master bath had luxury plumbing fixtures straight out of the ‘20’s, including a wrap-around spray shower.

From the master bedroom one could walk right out onto the roof over several offices that fronted on Ave. P (I remember a dentist’s office in there). There was no AC in the apartment and during the hot summer months we would have parties with several folks sleeping out on the roof. I met my ex-wife (we were married for 15 years) on that roof in ‘87. There was also a sealed door in the apartment that apparently led out into the auditorium (which had been stripped of most of whatever detail it once had, and covered with ugly, glitzy junk).

I still remember the sounds of the wedding receptions beating up through the walls and floors at night, and the crowds of joyful people out on Ave. P. So I was really shocked, and a bit saddened to see the old place gone on my last drive out that way. Time marches on I guess…