Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Star Twin Cinema, Guilderland: UPDATE

Well I have finally made some progress with the Star Twin in Guilderland. Apparently it was a second-run theater (done to keep ticket prices down) which I did not remember. Look for more updates on the Theater page.

Here is an ad from 1974 with the Held Over "Cries and Whispers", "The Seven-Ups" and their 'Kiddie Show' - "My Side of the Mountain":

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Star Twin Cinema, Guilderland

The hunt is on! We are trying to track down photos and video of the Star Twin Cinema (Plaza Cine I and II) in Guilderland, NY. This two-screen theater was located on Route 155 in back of the Star Plaza (Rt. 20 & 155).

If you or a friend have any leads on photos, videos, etc. Please let us know.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Greetings Movie Lovers!

Do you remember your first movie or for that matter the theater you saw it in? Chances are you do not, then again that could just be me!

Of the hundreds of trips I took to local movie houses it’s strange how few stand out – for one reason or another – in my memory… Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Dune, Midway, Sword and Sorcerers, Star Trek the Motion Picture, Rocky, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Jaws, Quest for Fire, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Big Top Pee Wee.
And along with those memories are even more fleeting visions of the theaters themselves; Fox, Hellman, Towne, Mohawk Mall, Cine 10, Mohawk Drive-In, Carman Drive-In, Turnpike Drive-In and the Indian Ladder Drive-In. And what about the friends and family I went with? My parents, the MYF gang, birthday parties and more.

Doubtless there will be many more films, many more theaters and memories uncovered as this project moves forward. I will start with the theaters closest to where I grew up (that no-mans land between Voorheesville and New Salem) and branching out from those to Guilderland, Colonie, Albany, Schenectady and wherever else it leads.

And since I know I’ll never remember all of these theaters I’ll be asking for help from you. Anyone that has ever attended one of the movie houses that may or may not exist now, I want to hear your stories, I want to see your photos and videos. I want to see some of the great memorabilia that you’ve collected as well (I’ve heard rumors of glass ash trays from the Indian Ladder Drive-In).

I’ll thank you in advance for having a better memory than mine and for saving more collectibles than I did. And I thank you for participating in this journey to our past, for loving movies and remembering the theaters they were shown in.

Okay, dim the lights, part the curtains and roll the trailers. Here we go…

- Allen

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Welcome to Project Movie House.

As it says in the sidebar this site is to be a documentary, of sorts, on theaters I remember from growing up -- in and around the Tri-city area of Albany, Schenectady & Troy, New York.

The project was born from my forgetting the name of a theater that used to be behind the bank where my mother worked in Guilderland. Until that point we had to travel ALL THE WAY to Colonie to see a movie! So this brand new, two-screen theater was a revelation!

I saw "Jaws" there. I even took a girl. Big stuff let me tell you. I remember being in the theater, jumping out of my pants when the head pops out of the boat, holding Amy's hand, even being driven there by our parents. But could I recall the name of the place? No. I was stumped, and the search was on.

I asked my wife, I asked my friend David, I asked my parents. Nobody could remember. So I turned to the one source I knew would have the answer: Google! Surprisingly it took a while to come up with the answer. I ended up at the website of the Guilderland Public Library and their online collection of back issues of the Altamont Enterprise. God bless you nameless worker bee who took the time and effort to scan and post PDFs of all those old newspapers!

My search was ended, I had found what I was looking for: Star Twin Cinema (1973-1974). It changed ownership and names shortly after and became the Plaza Cine I and II (1974 - 1977). It was on Rt. 155 near the intersection of Rt. 20. But alas, my search was not over. I then thought hey, what about the Indian Ladder Drive-In out on Rt. 85 in New Scotland? Wonder what's up with that? And I was off on another hunt for info, photos, stories, etc.

So here we are and what I hope will be a fun trip down memory lane for you and me. Please feel free to comment, email and share your own memories, stories and photos. And watch for the next post (which I hope will be soon) as I begin introducing theaters!

- Allen

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