135 New Dorp Lane,
135 New Dorp Lane,Staten Island, NY 10306
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Newspaper ads in the SI Advance started to appear on July 5th, 1947 for this theatre.
The right half of this building is now a Subway sandwich shop. The appilance store relocated to New Dorp Plaza South about a year ago.
During the early 1980’s, I had a store in the Lane Theater building. One of the projectionists there told me that at one time, the New Dorp/Staten was an overflow theater for the Lane. They would show the same film and walk the reels across the street, as they ran out at the Lane. I’m not sure which years this would have been, but it’s my guess that he was talking about the 1930s and/or 1940s. In the 1980s, the former New Dorp was easier to discern, as the appliance store took up the whole space and (I believe) the fire exits were visible on the side of the building, which faced North towards the railroad tracks. The lot next door, where the animal hospital would later be built, was then vacant.
I was in the plumbing supply place at 135 New Dorp Lane last week. The New Dorp must have been a small theater. The existing dropped ceiling is low and you can tell by looking at the back the back of the building from Jacques Avenue that it wsn’t much higher. The barest hint of a projection area can be seen at the back of the store where the ceiling drops even further. I have no idea if it still exists. The building was long ago split down the middle. Over the years many alterations have taken place. An applicance store is in the other half.
Ken, I know precisely what you mean. It’s an adventure that demands the sort of time and energy that would seem quite tiring to those looking in from the outside; but in fact it is quite an energizing experience and the sun always seems to set much too early!
Thanks Ed; Exhaustive, but not that exhausting LOL. I love wandering around cities seeking out cinema buildings. I took over 800 photos on this last visit and would love to have done a lot more but time was against me!
Glad to hear you are enjoying my input.
Ken… I truly envy the job you’ve done capturing images of all these former theaters on film (or digital media, as the case may be). What an exhastive – and it would seem exhausting – visit you had in our fair city this past May and June! I’ve been on a few photographic safaris myself over the last year or so (though none as ambitious as yours) and you inspire me to find more time to pursue that interest. Good show!
A June 2006 view of the re-faced and altered Staten Theatre: