Culture on the Cheap
Give Us A Movie House
I took the above picture just over a year ago. Not only was I amused by what this person wrote, I agreed: Greenpoint does not need any more banks and yes, a movie theater would be an excellent addition to the neighborhood. What did we end up getting when all was said and done? Another god damned bank.
My sole consolation is the Bank of America (the site where the above photo was taken) and Citibank seem to be pretty popular places for the local homeless population to conduct their business— and by “business” I mean going to the bathroom and having sex. I would love to see the surveillance camera footage from these establishments. I bet it is hilarious, but I digress.
The perverse irony is Greenpoint once had six movies theaters. Yes, six. Here they
are were in order from south to north.
- Nassau Theatre (now The Princess Manor)
88 Nassau Avenue
- Winthrop Theater (demolished)
135 Driggs Avenue
- Meserole Theatre (
now Eckerd’s, I thinkRite Aid)
723 Manhattan Avenue
- RKO Greenpoint (demolished)
825 Manhattan Avenue
- American Theater (then Chopin Theater, now Starbucks)
910 Manhattan Avenue
- Midway Theater (demolished)
1059 Manhattan Avenue
The following story from the December 10, 1929 edition of the New York Times is about one of these establishments: the long gone RKO Greenpoint. Enjoy!
The above tale gives us a(nother) splendid reason for wanting a movie theater: they prevent crime. I see a letter campaign to the mayor coming around the corner folks!