Showing 1 - 25 of 37 comments
I worked at the Festival Theater during the seventies and eighties. During the years, in between at other art house theaters. I came back to the Festival, in the mid eighties. I decided to leave after a short while, be of poor management.
Mikeoaklandpark, I agree the Ziegfeld had a very large screen. I remember seeing, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, there is the early 80’s.
Mikeoaklandpark, I was saddened by Irene Cara’s death and I was thinking about her Mother working there in the eighties. I’m sorry that I never met her.
The Artist’s rendering has the ticket booth, on the wrong side.
rcd55b, thank you for your response.
I remember seeing, “Dog Day Afternoon” there.
In 1978, they hired a new Manager, who previously worked for Brandt Theaters. A handsome man, who wore silk suits and French cuffs. He brought a lot of class to the theater.
miclup, we knew eachother,too.
nyer13 we generally sold 550 seats. We worked together in the seventies.
randytheicon, are you the former manager for the Walter Reade Organization?
ride the train the Coronet opened in late 1962.
Cinema North Corporation opened this theater in July 2000, first converting it into an eight screen multiplex, formerly a Jamesway Department Store. The chain of approximately ten theaters, were run by two partners who inherited the business from their relations. Their theater circuit was headquartered in Vermont, with the Carmel location being the furthest to the South. The cost of converting the theater was approximately 500k. I was the General Manager in charge of daily operations, for a number of years. I was hired for my expertise in the theater industry. My prior experience in management and customer service, included working in New York City’s premiere theaters, the Little Carnegie, the Ziegfeld and more. I have won awards for my work, most notably; In 2010, our theater was the recipient of an award from the nationally recognized organization VESID, after being nominated in both 2009 and 2010, by Careers for People with Disabilities. The award was for managing and keeping our developmentally disabled employees, gainfully employed. The award was for the prior years, while under the direction of the Cinema North Corporation. In 2005, we were recognized in a competition, for DreamWorks.
Financial problems plagued Cinema North Corporation circa, June 2010.
Mikeoaklandpark, I thought if I described myself, it would work. I am sorry, to hear that about Joe, smoking is so bad. My best friend took me to see Airplane, in an effort to cheer me up, after my boyfriend died. It was a really funny movie. I don’t remember Martha, either. I seem to not remember the cashiers very much. I did work there before in the seventies and remember the staff, more clearly, maybe since I was full time then. I remember Larry Belmonte, he was a very nice guy. What did you do when the theater closed?
Mikeoaklandpark, I must have known you too! I started working at the Festival in 1980, after the Little Carnegie closed. I was there till about 1983, also. I had long blonde-ish hair. Sure, I remember Joe Torres, he was a nice guy. Are you still friends? I don’t remember a Maria, though.
The Ward Theater, my late husband used to go there as a child in the sixties. He would tell me about the live appearances they had there, specifically The Munsters. I believe other theaters did this, as well.
rcdt55b Did you work there while projection systems changed from platter systems to digital, or was it the latter when you started?
DavidZornig, thank you for taking the time to post the link.
Mikeoaklandpark, I worked at the Festival too, mid seventies. Theresa was my mother, she passed away in 2015. I spent the late seventies to mid eighties working at the Little Carnegie Theater. I saw so many great movies, Taxi Driver, I met Jodie Foster. Later on, when I managed a theater in upstate New York, I learned projection on the three and five platter machines.
I remember the sixties and the seventies at the theater. It was managed by a handsome man, who dressed impeccably in silk suits and French cuff. He brought a lot of class to the theater.
The Ziegfeld Theatre was one of the premier theaters of its day. I have very fond memories of working there, and also seeing films there. The last being, The Wall, Pink Floyd. What a film!
steve Lewis, since you worked there in the seventies, you must have known the Managers, John Crisman and Theresa Rosenberg.
I was there when the theatre closed, with Atlantic City. It was an extremely difficult day. Fortunately the WRO, keep some of it’s other locations open. To the east, the Festival and in lower Manhattan, the Bay Cinema, not to mention the Ziegfeld.
milanp, the Baronet Coronet was part of The Walter Reade Organization, a chain of approximately 10 theater. Several of the films, you mentioned played at their other locations, most notably the Little Carnegie. They were great films, with SRO crowds, all weekend.
themazin you must have managed under Cineplex Odeon. I have also been a Theater Manager too. It was one of my most fondest times.
The introduction to this article, leaves out an important piece of history, that the theater was owned by the Walter Reade Organization, circa 1960s
through approximately 1989. I
remember the “Dollar Trilogy ” with Clint Eastwood playing
there in the early to mid sixties. They were great movies.
The Times Square Theater, was a first run picture house, part of a chain of 10 to 12 theaters owned by Brandt Theaters. I remember going there in the sixties and seventies. I remember that the balcony was usually closed off.