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KennethJacowitz commented about Wall Street Theatre on May 19, 2019 at 7:55 am

Bob K, , rfkjunior, I tried to email again, but the email you left me bounced back like it did in August 2015.

Former Wall Street Theatre manager from the mid 80s. Please share a way I can contact you. If you still have questions for me. I’ll be happy to help you.

Or please share your questions here.

KennethJacowitz commented about Chopin Theatre on Nov 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Renamed The Chopin when Greenpoint became a Polish neighbourhood.

For years after Chopin closed you could still see some letters on the marquee. Then it became a Roy Rogers, before becoming a Starbucks which it still is. I don’t believe the McDonald’s was ever part of the movie theatre but a separate business space.

KennethJacowitz commented about Jackson Heights Cinema on Mar 28, 2017 at 6:07 pm

Went there yesterday hoping to salvage something, anything.

The Jackson Heights Theatre is gone…

KennethJacowitz commented about Palace Theatre on Apr 22, 2016 at 1:36 pm

April 22, 2016

MELBOURNE’S century-old Palace Theatre will be demolished, after a council appeal to save the building was quashed by Victoria’s planning tribunal.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal rejected heartfelt appeals from lovers of the entertainment and music precinct.

The theatre building will be replaced by a 12-storey hotel development, comprising 143 hotel rooms, a basement carpark and a “signature” bar and restaurant.

KennethJacowitz commented about Fair Theatre on Aug 25, 2013 at 7:15 pm

So take us on a tour inside.

KennethJacowitz commented about Fair Theatre on Jul 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

MarkieS, the classic films sound great. And I like Bollywood and Kung Fu. Porn, I don’t want to see with strangers.

But HOW do you know what is playing so you can plan ahead? I just called and they have no recording, and the website has no information. I told the box office guy he would get more business if people knew what they are playing. I’m not traveling so I only know what is playing when I get there.

Mike, classic quote!

KennethJacowitz commented about Fair Theatre on Jul 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm

How do you know what is playing? The website isn’t updated, the Marque just says new shows twice a week.

I’ve passed by the Fair now and again, but never bought a ticket. What can I expect to see, and what is the inside like?

KennethJacowitz commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 3, 2013 at 9:51 am

Years ago someone posted here a marvelous list of movies shown at the Ziegfeld, but I can’t find it on the list. Could please someone re-post it?

Besides loving the list, what prompted me is a friend trying to find out where a picture was taken. The picture is from the Midtown area, an unusual building or temporary structure upon which an enormous poster for the 1978 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band movie is being applied.

Anyone have any idea?

KennethJacowitz commented about Wall Street Theatre on Nov 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm

I was the manager for CinemaNational from around 1985 to 1987. This was an old vaudeville theatre with a stage and proscenium arch. Carbon arc projector when I was there. Wasn’t showing the better films like when I managed the Greenwich Twin in Greenwich, CT, more like “Halloween III,” Friday the 13th part 6, “Purple Rain”, “Batchelor Party”, etc.

KennethJacowitz commented about Greenwich Twin Cinemas on Nov 14, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I was the manager for CinemaNation from September 1982 to around 1985. This was originally a vaudeville theatre. Supposedly W.C. Field’s and Fanny Brice played here. Behind the screen was the fire curtain, and a large stage and flies. Halfway up the stage left wall was a still sand filled fire box with an empty pack of Lucky’s, which I left there in the hope someone else would find and enjoy how the Lucky’s invoked the 1930s â€" 1940s. The upper fly gallery was empty, but cross the stage you could see a storage area with hugh rolled up…curtains, set backgrounds, I don’t know. One of my ushers as brave/stupid enough to cross the narrow walkway that reached across the top of the stage. It was the only way to the other fly gallery, no ladders on the other side, and the length of the walkway had no rail or handholds. The rolls were too dirty and heavy for him to unroll them in the packed fly.
Downstairs below the stage were the shells of dressing rooms. Carbon arc projectors until we got the platter system around 1984. Also new seats, and the enclosed the balcony as a separate arts theatre, even though I once showed the Rick Springfield vehicle “Hard to Hold” (I called it hard to bear" up their. I think the arts company was Universal Classics, and if I am correct that the first arts film upstairs was “The Return of Martin Guerre,” then the balcony arts film theatre opened August 28,1983. Later, October 2,1983, I had the pleasure to show the re-issue of “Rear Window” after nearly 40 years. I had to wear my (uck) CinemaNational polyester coat, but I wore a next tux shirt and bow tie underneath. This was as close to hosting an Alfred Hitchcock opening as I would ever get! I also showed the re-issue of “Rope,” maybe “The Trouble with Harry”. Also “This is Spinal Tap. Downstairs in the main theatre I showed "Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life” “My Dinner with Andre” (which arrived with unnumbered reels, we had to piece the order together by noting which dishes were served in which order), and among many others, the worst main stream movie ever made, “Six Weeks”. At one point my district manager, John Hynes, told me that of all the chain, it was my screen they were going to silverize so I could show 3-D films. It was an honor it was fantastic it was…So I got to show “Jaws 3-D,” “Space Hunter in the Forbidden Zone” and “Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn”. All the mid-80s 3-D films were cheap exploitation, no wonder it quickly died out for another 20 years.

KennethJacowitz commented about SoNo Cinema on Aug 11, 2010 at 12:28 am

Great theatre. The Sono would have great double bills, like the one I saw in late 1982, “Cutter and Bone” and “Winter Kills”, foreign films like “Hail Mary” which played for weeks despite the protests, smoke and stink bombs, bomb threats, etc. I spent an even with Kevin, one of the employees, drinking beers and listening to threat after threat as they were left on the answering machine, hours after hours.
And of course midnight movies like “Rocky Horror,” “Liquid Sky” (particularly popular in Connecticut), “The Forbidden Zone” and many, many others I am so lucky to have seen.
Kudos to the owner/programmer Brian Fox, and his great staff starting with Kevin!

Ken Jacowitz