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Offline syd barrett

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Old Theatres in Astoria....
« on: June 28, 2010, 09:25:06 PM »
Hi
Remember that Key Food on 31st off Ditmars used to be "Astoria Bowl" with the ice rink upstairs?? Way back in the 30s and 40s....That same place was the "Grand Theatre" You could see from 33rd St that it was a huge venue. The Grand closed in the 50s and the Ditmars theatre opened.
Now its a post office...go figure.

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Re: Old Theatres in Astoria....
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2010, 10:08:11 PM »
I remember seeing Escape From New York at the Strand on Broadway.  The Strand was the perfect venue for that movie what with the graffiti on the walls and the usher spraying yard guard before the movie started!

Found this photo on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/40045986@N00/3067201854/

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Re: Old Theatres in Astoria....
« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2010, 07:16:44 PM »
Key Food on 31st off Ditmars used to be "Astoria Bowl" with the ice rink upstairs?? Way back in the 30s and 40s....That same place was the "Grand Theatre" You could see from 33rd St that it was a huge venue. The Grand closed in the 50s and the Ditmars theatre opened.

I always wondered what all that was up there.

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Re: Old Theatres in Astoria....
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2010, 07:20:05 PM »
Can anybody tell us what else was around the Strand in the 40's?  Where did you go to eat on dates?  (If this was previously discussed on Astorians, just post the link.)

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Re: Old Theatres in Astoria....
« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2010, 07:52:08 PM »
This is the old UA Movie Theatre that was on the corner of Steinway and 30th Ave which is now a NYSC and Duane Reade http://cinematreasures.org/theater/2557/

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Re: Old Theatres in Astoria....
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2010, 10:25:56 AM »
This is the old UA Movie Theatre that was on the corner of Steinway and 30th Ave which is now a NYSC and Duane Reade http://cinematreasures.org/theater/2557/

I remember that theater....we used to go there all the time in the 80's and early 90's.

It was very old, but really classy looking inside with the grand staircases and red curtains. Towards the end of it's life punks and hoodlums started taking over the place. I'm pretty sure I remember people being shot in that theater. I also remember that a piece of the marquee fell onto Steinway street once, which was pretty scary because we would always stand under there.


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Re: Old Theatres in Astoria....
« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2010, 11:24:40 AM »
Here is the biggest and best theatre Astoria had

http://cinematreasures.org/theater/1542/

As a teen I saw Bye Bye Birdie  and west side story in this beautiful theatre

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Re: Old Theatres in Astoria....
« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2010, 05:32:49 PM »
Here is the biggest and best theatre Astoria had

http://cinematreasures.org/theater/1542/

As a teen I saw Bye Bye Birdie  and west side story in this beautiful theatre

Was that on Steinway also?

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Re: Old Theatres in Astoria....
« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2010, 05:47:41 PM »
yes ,it was on Steinway one block north of the Astoria on the same side of the street

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Re: Old Theatres in Astoria....
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2013, 02:48:09 PM »
the theater on 30ave was the astroia.In the 1950s tow movies 10 cartoons LLSAT AFTERNOON FOR 25 CENTS.iN THE 1960S SAT AFTERNOON EVREY WEEK WAS A NEW HORROR MOVIE .jhs 126 ALSO HELD THER GRADUATION CRROMONY THERE .tHE OTHER THEATER ON STEEINWAY AN 28AVE WAS THE LOWES TRI BORO.


 

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