"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

Everyone’s Gone to the Movies


This is so cool. 


1 Chyll Will   ~  Feb 13, 2015 7:53 pm

I was on a TV crew that shot at this theater last summer. In fact, there are dozens of old movie theaters that have been either re-purposed (as furniture stores or churches most often) or are just sitting abandoned and unnoticed by passers-by. But I can almost guarantee that each one of them has been used at one point or another recently for a film or movie set (in fact, I just worked on a set that is in an old, but still functioning movie theater in Bay Ridge just yesterday!)

2 Chyll Will   ~  Feb 13, 2015 7:57 pm

The takeaway I get from it is that it's really sad how ornamental these movie palaces were (because that's what they really were, palaces) and to see them today and in person in such decay and/or ruin. You would think the city would try to preserve these buildings somehow, but they don't even advertise them in any way, shape or form except by allowing films and TV shows to use them occasionally. It's a lot different when you see them in person.

3 rbj   ~  Feb 13, 2015 8:20 pm

Renovate it as a brewpub theater tha shows classic movies. Dinner and a movie, say Casablanca, on Valentine's.

4 RIYank   ~  Feb 14, 2015 7:33 am

There's an old theater in Providence, the Columbus, that was deteriorated well before I got here and for years just showed porn or lay fallow. Someone bought it and tried (roughly) rbj's idea, and it was actually pretty cool but it didn't quite work. Now it's run by a neighborhood and artist co-op and it's thriving, mainly music acts with some comedy now and then as punctuation. It looks great, too; someone must have ponied up a million or so for renovations.

I love Netflix and AmazonPrime, but it's kind of sad how they further fragment us, lopping off such a big chunk of Going to the Movies.

5 The Mick536   ~  Feb 16, 2015 9:01 am

[4] Not sure I understand the fun of going to the movies, maybe a drive in, but not a theatre. Keep in mind that I am old and remember the stage shows, newsreels, and cartoons. I went to double features, too, in addition to marathon Flash Gordon, Abbot and Costello, and who can remember. At home, I can get up and go to the bathroom without missing anything, rewind to rehear and talk. I don't have to tell anyone not to check their messages or not chew their popcorn loudly. I can see when I want and don't have to pee in a public bathroom or drive home, err I walk here in Burlington, sorry. I like the big screen, but rarely do I go to a movie that has comfortable seating or good sound. And I don't have to have someone stick their ass in my face when they walk to their seat.

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