Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cracking the Code

I successfully cracked the code to Boxoffice Magazine's online Vault. Not really, it was free and pretty easy to do. But, I did find three interesting clippings, one each for the Turnpike Drive-In, Indian Ladder Drive-In and the Mayfair Drive-in.




Thursday, October 21, 2010

Research Road Trip

Heading to V'ville in a couple of weeks to meet up with a representative of the New Scotland Historical Association. Will gather photos and interviews for the archives.

- Allen

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Star Twin Cinema, Guilderland: UPDATE

Star Twin Cinema (1973-1974)
Opened on September 19, 1973 the theater changed ownership and names shortly after and became the:
Plaza Cine I and II (1974 - 1977)
6141 State Farm Road, Guilderland, New York.
It was on Rt. 155 behind the Star Plaza, near the intersection of Rt. 20. The building currently houses the Smith Center (Center For Disability Services).

The Plaza Cine was a second-run theater owned my Sam Ermides, president of Star Plaza. Ermides took over ownership and management from James Armendello, Frank Keening (Mayor of Kingston) and “Chili" Caruso. The three original owners also had a twin-screen in Menands and a single screen in Gloversville.

Of the many benefits that the theater was to provide were that residents “need no longer waste precious gas driving to theaters miles away.” And there is “plenty of parking space -- acres and acres -- immediately in front of the theater.” Admission at the time was $2 for adults, $1.50 for seniors and $.75 for children.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Star Twin Cinema, Guilderland: UPDATE

Research, research, research. A never ending slog through the morgues and archives of local papers. But sometimes it turns up a kernel, or nugget, of information that you didn't see before.

Here is a (very bad) scan of a photo from the Altamont Enterprise from a front page article about the opening of the new Star Twin Cinema in Guilderland. I'll share more particulars in the next post.

As always click on the image to see a larger version.
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