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Offline Jeffsayyes

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Re: Jackson Theater
« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2008, 07:07:28 PM »
I also saw WallE last weekend. not only were there subtitles, but some of the scenes where something was written in english now had the things written in spanish. like complete reanimation to spell something in spanish.
pretty weird.

theres not much dialogue in wallE - so for the first 20 minutes or so we were wondering 'is this in spanish???'

this is such a treasure. i wish they could make the screen brighter. cant we get some govt funds to improve it?

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Re: Jackson Theater
« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2008, 07:13:02 PM »
You know, I took my little girl (22 months old) to her very first movie in a theater on Saturday!!!!  We went to see Wall E at the Jackson Theater.  She loved it, and it was really a great experience all around. 

I told a whole bunch of people about it, with all sorts of tales of clever things that she did, and how surprised I was that she really sat through the whole movie, etc.  Over and over again people said things like "Oh my!  Is that place safe?"  or "I've never been in there.  Was it clean?"  I was really shocked that so many neighborhood residents had such a bad impression of the theater.  As I said in my earlier post, I think that the theater itself is spectacular, and that the managers are positive, contributing members of the community. 

I hope this thread serves to bring more people through the door. 

PS - Wall E was great, and really worth seeing even if you are an adult without kids in tow.  :)


That's good to know cuz I had the same feeling about the theater (and I've lived in JH for over 10 yrs).  It alwys looked kinda skeevy to me from the outside so I never attempted to go there.  :-\  I might consider going now if I want to catch something and not stray too far.



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Re: Jackson Theater
« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2008, 09:53:15 AM »


 I have very fond memories of the Jackson in the 50's. An enormous hall with the well remembered children's section and the stern matrons with flashlights to find children who had sneaked into the adult seats. A big candy counter and stairways leading up to the high balconies. Yet it wasn't the grand style of the Jackson and the Boulevard theatres but rather the lowly Earle and Colony theatres that are the one's I remember best. The Earle used to have colored flyers that kids would collect for a free or discount admission to the Saturday show. It was as always a cartoon, a serial(the last one I saw was Dick Tracey versus the Claw or was it Crime Inc. ?)then followed by a kid friendly double bill of a cowboy film or science fiction film and maybe Francis the talking mule or Ma and Pa Kettle.
I mentioned in another posting the wonderul interior of the Earle. All dark green and crystal. I went back to visit it some few years ago when it became the Eagle(why on earth change the name?) and the Indian management kindly allowed me to have a look round although clearly dumbfounded that anyone would be interested. The interior had been gutted-nothing remained of it. Even the subdued lighting that I remember was replaced by bright lights. So what remains of the Earle is the E that starts the Eagle which if I am right is the  only hint of what was before the Eagle had landed.

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Re: Jackson Theater
« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2008, 12:22:57 PM »
I saw Wall E at this theater as well and was really disappointed by the theater.  I could hear the sound from the theater next door in the background throughout the film, I tried three different isles before I found a seat that wasn't broken and it was hot.  Actually, there's a sign in the lobby near the ticket taker that says something to the affect of "its as cool in here as its going to get, so don't bother asking".  I would a theater in the neighborhood that shows first run films.  I would also like it if there were a few indy films like Frozen River in the mix.  And I'm not saying that they shouldn't be subtitled in Spanish, that's fine by me but I'd like the theater to be in better shape and have a broader selection of films.

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« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2008, 05:25:51 PM »

 I have very fond memories of the Jackson in the 50's. An enormous hall with the well remembered children's section and the stern matrons with flashlights to find children who had sneaked into the adult seats. A big candy counter and stairways leading up to the high balconies. Yet it wasn't the grand style of the Jackson and the Boulevard theatres but rather the lowly Earle and Colony theatres that are the one's I remember best. The Earle used to have colored flyers that kids would collect for a free or discount admission to the Saturday show. It was as always a cartoon, a serial(the last one I saw was Dick Tracey versus the Claw or was it Crime Inc. ?)then followed by a kid friendly double bill of a cowboy film or science fiction film and maybe Francis the talking mule or Ma and Pa Kettle.
I mentioned in another posting the wonderul interior of the Earle. All dark green and crystal. I went back to visit it some few years ago when it became the Eagle(why on earth change the name?) and the Indian management kindly allowed me to have a look round although clearly dumbfounded that anyone would be interested. The interior had been gutted-nothing remained of it. Even the subdued lighting that I remember was replaced by bright lights. So what remains of the Earle is the E that starts the Eagle which if I am right is the  only hint of what was before the Eagle had landed.

Wow.  What a beautiful piece E train!  Thank you for sharing your vivid memories and your eloquent prose.  :)

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Re: Jackson Theater
« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2008, 11:48:51 PM »

I went back to visit it some few years ago when it became the Eagle(why on earth change the name?) and the Indian management kindly allowed me to have a look round although clearly dumbfounded that anyone would be interested.

I think the name change was an attempt to dissociate from the reputation the Earle had when it became an adult theatre.

For as long as I can remember the Earle was a porn theatre when I was growing up, but when I went there for  the last JH Film Festival I got a very Deja Vu feeling as if I'd been ther before. I can certainly see the suggestion at it's glory days gone by. I think it's a gret spae and am glad to see it has a unique purpose in our community.

I do think the theater is under utilized and has the potential to offer much more in terms of arts programming. I wonder how open the owners of the place would be to such an idea.


 
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Re: Jackson Theater
« Reply #21 on: September 04, 2008, 07:38:17 AM »
Great historical article today about the Jackson 123: Jeremiah Moss, pseud., “Jackson Triplex,” Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York, 4 September 2008. The image-hosting link within it doesn’t seem to work right now, but it may be an anticipatory link to photographs not yet uploaded, so by the time you read this post, it may work. By the way, I adore his blog and read it often.
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« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2008, 11:19:59 AM »
I've had great memories of Jackson Theater.  I remember back when I was in Junior High (IS145) some friends and I would go there all the time.  It cost $3.00 at the time and we were able to see all the showings.  Im not sure how it is now being that its been an extremely long time that I visited Jackson Theater.  However, the exterior still looks the same and they seem to be busy.

Like most mom and pop establishments corporate America has taken over.  Everything form book, hardware, candy stores have been effected by major chain retailers (Barnes & Noble, Home Depot, Multi/Mega Plex Theathers). I am happy that Jackson Theater still have it's loyal movie goers.  I do admit (from my last J. Theather experience) that the film quality may not be up to par but it has tradition.

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Jackson Triplex Theater on 82nd St
« Reply #23 on: October 20, 2009, 05:22:34 PM »
Another theater has just closed its doors - the Jackson Triplex on 82nd St.

Some news from Queens buzz on the unfortunate cancellation of the 2009 Jackson Heights Film and Food Festival - http://www.queensbuzz.com/.  
 
The Jackson Triplex theater owners were evicted (by Sheriff) for lack of payment.  The JHFFF Committee worked really hard to pull off the event this year (after the unexpected closing of Eagle Theater) but the last-minute closing of the Jackson Triplex could not be overcome.  

Some info about the history of the theater here: http://cinematreasures.org/theater/4022/

And more info about the cancellation of the film festival: here
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Re: Jackson Triplex Theater on 82nd St closes doors for good
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Re: Jackson Triplex Theater on 82nd St closes doors for good
« Reply #25 on: October 20, 2009, 05:44:41 PM »

Jesus ..some great times sneaking into that Theater . How can a movie house not make money ?
I'm glad I grew up in Jackson Heights/Elmhurst in the 70's and 80's 

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Re: Jackson Triplex Theater on 82nd St closes doors for good
« Reply #26 on: October 20, 2009, 06:33:23 PM »
Jesus ..some great times sneaking into that Theater . How can a movie house not make money ?
I'm glad I grew up in Jackson Heights/Elmhurst in the 70's and 80's  

I'm not surprised that place didn't make money. It was absolutely filthy inside there. A real shame. Maintenance is expensive, but essential.

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Re: Jackson Triplex Theater on 82nd St closes doors for good
« Reply #27 on: October 20, 2009, 06:49:02 PM »
Where's aronan? if this isn't a kick in the butt to start things, I don't know what is. This theater is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen and it would be a tremendous shame if anything were to happen to it. There is definitely a need for a movie house around here, we have the culture to surround it. the market is coming back, it's time to stand up.

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Re: Jackson Triplex Theater on 82nd St closes doors for good
« Reply #28 on: October 20, 2009, 06:56:24 PM »
I'm here I'm here.  Doing what i can, and it ain't easy. I have a little more info about the Eagle, but nothing terribly exciting. I'll be in touch soon with whatever I can figure out.

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Re: Jackson Triplex Theater on 82nd St closes doors for good
« Reply #29 on: October 20, 2009, 08:49:17 PM »
yo, forget the eagle. Triplex is the gem diamond!

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Re: Jackson Triplex Theater on 82nd St closes doors for good
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