Comments from WilliamMcQuade

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jul 12, 2022 at 3:49 pm

I used to go to Times Square regularly . I went to all the picture palaces with 1 glaring exception .I never went to the Roxy.I went to see Around the World. Was in the Capitol the most. HTWWW was great in Cinerama. The Buffalo stampede was classic.The addition of the Japanese garden was nice. A shame every great building in NYC ends up demolished.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Apr 27, 2022 at 5:27 pm

Do not hold your breath waiting for the landmarked portion of the theater being reassembled as promised. Would not surprise me if it is now in pieces in a landfill. Politicians do no care.They never had and never will.I no longer get involved with anything involving NY or federal government A pox on them all

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Loew's Triboro Theatre on Apr 27, 2022 at 4:54 pm

Used to live in Astoria. Once the theater went so down that signaled the end of Astoria for me. A golden opportunity was sacrificed to feed the pockets of a few politicians Nothing changes in NYC.Once the greatest city in the world is a shell of what it used to be

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Ornamentation on Mar 30, 2022 at 5:33 pm

Another shame where our society treats these buildings as disposable .Many could be reused in other forms. It is much easier to knock them down

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Dec 21, 2021 at 8:46 pm

Will it ever go forward even if and when the pandemic ends ?

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Dec 21, 2021 at 2:41 pm

Pulled out of using the spot. Who owns it and what if anything are the plans for its future use ?

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Kings Theatre on Dec 21, 2021 at 12:46 pm

Thanks. Where do things stand re Paramount after LIU pullout?

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Kings Theatre on Dec 21, 2021 at 12:24 pm

Live in NYC and never hear of anything happening here.How do they hang on? Brooklyn Paramount redo a casualty of Co Vid .Wonder if it officially dead .

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Oct 21, 2021 at 7:50 pm

Jeff. For 3 months nothing said Now we restart a conversation and we are beating a dead horse.If Ed wants to continue fine.I am out of here. May be awhile before I return .Best wishes to all.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Oct 21, 2021 at 7:20 pm

Ed. Loews Wonder Theaters. Paradise Bx Currently closed 175th St NYC Now a church Jersey Operates part time showing classic movies Queens Valencia Now a church ..Open for services Brooklyn Kings. Currently closed Open sporadically for live shows. Stanley Jersey City Jehovah’s Witnesses temple. Open for services 42nd St theaters not picture palaces .Neither are legit theaters Beacon Open for live shows and Hellinger now a church .A far cry from what we once had

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Oct 21, 2021 at 3:26 pm

See it has apparently happened.Sort of anti climatic now. A sad chapter in NYC history has closed. Demolition of classic buildings in the city started with the Roxy in 1960.It ramped up in mid 1960’s with the demolition of the NY Paramount. Now all picture palaces in NYC now gone. The outer boroughs have kept pace in destruction .Thank God I was in most of them before they were pounded to dust in the name of progress.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jul 15, 2021 at 5:13 pm

Does anyone else remember the Japanese garden which replaced the back of the orchestra ? Thought it was great .Saw West and the 3 panel Cinerama was great. The buffalo stampede and climax of the train shootout were great.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 14, 2021 at 9:32 am

If only it were true. Keith’s R.I.P.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 11, 2021 at 10:57 am

I said my peace and no need for any politics on this and anything else going forward. I no longer care about any of it. I am 75 and all I can say is thank god I am old. Could not deal with it if I was 30 years younger. Take care I am almost 75

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 10, 2021 at 8:58 pm

Sorry but seeing 2 theaters destroyed by the same politician deserves notice. Generally I am apolitical but seeing this brought back many painful memories. The Triboro in Astoria in 1974 and the Keith’s in 1986 .If it offended your sensibilities I apologize

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 10, 2021 at 10:21 am

Give it a decent burial .Knock the whole thing down before it falls down. I am a theater historian that was in the initial effort to save it .Wave the white flag . Thanks Dems. This one is on you as dems sealed its doom much like they did with the Triboro 12 years earlier

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Loew's 72nd Street Theatre on May 13, 2021 at 5:19 pm

I heard a rumor it had a small area used for patrons with dogs. Is this true?

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Loew's 72nd Street Theatre on Jan 7, 2020 at 7:06 pm

A typo in my latest post. Not backing asks should read not backlit as. Sorry for the typo

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Loew's 72nd Street Theatre on Jan 7, 2020 at 6:58 pm

A duplicate of this lobby can be found in the Loews Syaracuse in NY. The auditorium is a duplicate of the Loews 175 th St in NYC. Both theaters designed by Lamb The filigree work in the auditorium is not backing asks the one in Syracuse

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Ambassador Theatre on May 28, 2019 at 8:33 pm

Was lucky enough to visit the theater in the mid 80’s during a THS convention. Would love to have seen it when it was still operating. At least you guys have a few palaces .Here in NYC all have been torn down in the name of progress. The whole city is going down the drain so this should have been expected . Shame this beautiful structure was sacrificed in the name of progress.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Nov 24, 2017 at 9:27 am

It was de designated at the behest of than Borough President Donald Manes. He voted against upholding designation of the Loews Triboro . He was very anti preservationist. He was a subject of a corruption probe and later committed suicide

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Granada Theatre on Nov 22, 2017 at 12:41 pm

A performing arts center mixing classic movies and live entertainment would have saved it.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Granada Theatre on Nov 22, 2017 at 12:41 pm

A performing arts center mixing classic movies and live entertainment would have saved it.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about Granada Theatre on Nov 22, 2017 at 9:31 am

Had the pleasure of visiting the theater on a THS tour . Met a new owner who seemed very upbeat on its future. Chicago always had the most ornate theaters in the country. In our throwaway society,we toss something aside when we deem it is no longer needed. Sadly we will be remembered by what we destroy instead of what we retain.

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WilliamMcQuade commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Oct 18, 2017 at 10:19 am

Comparing a functioning RKO to this is like comparing a Cadillac with a Kia.