My post last week about the rediscovered Loews Valencia in Queens, New York and the golden age of movie theaters sparked a lot of reaction, including this note from my longtime colleague on Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide, Rob Edelman, who lives in upstate New York. He wrote that my piece “certainly brought back memories, and it made me think of the beautifully restored movie palace complex in Schenectady that my wife Audrey and I regularly visit. It's called Proctors.
These days, Proctors is not just a monument to history. It is home to a wide range of concerts, national tours of Broadway plays, etc. But films still are screened. For example, Proctors presently is showing selections from the list of the American Film Institute's top 100 films. Sure, you can see these titles (A Night at the Opera, the Gable-Laughton Mutiny on the Bounty, Sunrise, etc.) on DVD, but it is a treat to revisit them in a theatrical setting—and on a large screen—and enjoy them in the company of like-minded film aficionados.” Here is a link to the history of PROCTORS.
Rob also attached a number of Proctors-related photos (see below) that he took just last week.
Another old friend, the talented jazz pianist Judy Carmichael, wrote, “Coincidentally, I was just hired to do a concert at TWO old theaters, one in Spokane (the Bing Crosby Theater) and one not far from my home in Sag Harbor, New York. I've included a link to an article about it.” Click HERE.