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They just turned the lot into a public park. Soon it will be completed with an AIDS Memorial wall.
In his book MY HAPPY DAYS IN HOLLYWOOD, television director Garry Marshall (Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley) talks about working in the Tuxedo as a boy. He vividly recalls working there during a showing of Ingrid Berman’s GASLIGHT as well as attending it on Saturdays to watch Flash Gordon serials.
A very small theater located between Chinatown and Little Italy. I recall seeing BAREFOOT IN THE PARK there after its initial run at RCMH. However, if you went to the first showing in the morning, the projectionist started at the second reel.
The Kip’s Bay Cinema (I always remember the word “KIP” in front of it, was a gigantic screened theater right near the East River. It did play The Endless Summer for quite a spell and was one of the few, selected, theaters to show ET when it first opened.
Per a current biography about MGM founder Louis B. Mayer, in approximately 1949, Mayer purchased the Rivoli.
If this is the theater I recall, it was very close to the Williamsburg Bridge and informally called the “Clinton Street Theater”. It was small and off to the east of the Loew’s Delancy and Ratner’s bakery shop.
During the very early 1970’s, the building was used for housing the computer classes and business courses of Bronx Community College.
Is the Thalia the theater that showed HAROLD & MAUDE during the late sixties, early seventies for what seemed like forever? This was the theater (the only one in the tri-state area at least) to recognize this film and helped it become a cult classic.
If this is the theater that was a block or two off the Bowery on Delancy, it was much too small to hit the 1000+ seat mark. I’d say even the 800 seats is stretching it a bit. It was so small that, during the late fifties/ early sixties when it primarily played only Spanish language films, you could hear the film dialogue from the sidewalk even with six lanes of traffic rushing by.