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bigjoe59 commented about Adonis Theatre on May 11, 2020 at 10:45 am

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to grindhouse thanks for the info. the 55th St. playhouse was showing hard-core gay porn a good three years before the Adonis started doing so. now the film that made people take note of gay porn was Boys in the Sand which opened at the 55th St. Playhouse Dec.‘71. but that was not the first hard-core gay porn film to open in Manhattan just the first people took note of. since you seem quite knowledgeable would you happen to know the first hard-core gay porn film to open in Manhattan before Boys……..?

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bigjoe59 commented about Adonis Theatre on May 6, 2020 at 12:15 pm

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to Mike(saps) thanks of the info. so it seems the theater played regular films of whatever genre till the early 60s. the first time I remember seeing an ad for the theater when till called the Tivoli was in say 1969/1970 when it was showing soft-core straight exploitation films.

just out of curiosity. in the approx. 15? years it was tied with the 55th St. Playhouse as the leading gay porn house in Manhattan the box office was always in the upper left hand corner of a rather large lobby. is that where the box-office was when it a regular movie theater?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rendezvous Cinema on May 4, 2020 at 12:59 pm

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the intro refers to this theater as a first run house as opposed to some of the other smaller gay porn houses in Manhattan which played films only after they had played their first runs. it would be interesting which films of the period this theater played first run.

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bigjoe59 commented about Adonis Theatre on May 3, 2020 at 3:33 pm

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this theater opened in 1921 as a combined vaudeville/movie theater. now when I was the leading gay porn house in the city it seemed to have the same 1.33.1 aspect ratio screen that a silent picture house would have had. so by the mid 50s it wouldn’t have been able to show a film shot in Cinemascope or Vista-Vision. so my question is when did it stop showing regular films?

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bigjoe59 commented about Adonis Theatre on May 2, 2020 at 2:02 pm

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Our memory plays tricks on us doesn’t it? I could swear the 3-D film I alluded to played the Adonis. now one thing I am 99.99% certain of is that for the longest time a poster for an “upcoming” 3-D film was in a display case right above the box office window.

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bigjoe59 commented about Adonis Theatre on May 1, 2020 at 3:07 pm

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I believe this theater showed the only 3-D gay porn film I am aware of. it was in the days when gay porn was still shot on film and shown in theaters like regular films. I can’t remember the title but it starred Jack Wrangler and the Christy twins.

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Apr 3, 2020 at 12:32 pm

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before the mandated movie theater shutdown on Mon. March 16th
was the escalator ever fixed? it had been out of order since
Oct. 2018.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 30, 2020 at 4:39 pm

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I like the recliners at the 19th Street which I go to frequently. the chair are nice and comfy but they have 1 flaw- the button to raise or lower the leg rest is on the side right against your hip. now I’m not talking about being fat or obese just being a big person my thigh is always pressing up against it. the button should have been placed on the top of the armrest.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 30, 2020 at 12:34 pm

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to moviebuff82- what renovations are you referring to?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Uptown 1 on Mar 13, 2020 at 3:51 pm

Hello- from NYC-

was this closure(hopefully temporary) something that was talked about in a hush hush way for years like the Ziegfeld or was it a sudden thing that shocked even the staff of the theater. its like the 86th St. East in Manhattan. the theater closed the last week of May 2019 and even many staff members weren’t even aware it was closing.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 12, 2020 at 3:17 pm

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I have an interesting situation I hope someone has advise on. i recently ordered the 4K discs of Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them after getting a gift card for a prominent online retailer as a birthday gift. I happened to see all three films at this theater when they were released. when i received the package a blind person could tell all three discs were opened returned re-shrink wrapped discs. so I contacted said online retailer got s refund of the gift card after\ returning the discs. so I thought I’d order them from the WBShop where I’d certainly get brand new factory sealed discs in their think cardboard sleeve. guess what? the Batman v Superman was such but the Wonder Woman and Fantastic ……… discs were again opened returned re-shrink wrapped discs. what online retailer can I get brand new factory sealed in their thin cardboard sleeves discs from. i thought the WBShop would sell such but even they sell used returned re-shrink wrapped discs as new.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Uptown 1 on Mar 12, 2020 at 12:01 pm

Hello from NYC-

is there any further info as to whether this theater
is closing? I’m still heartbroken over the closing of
the Ziegfeld.

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bigjoe59 commented about Regal Union Square Stadium 17 on Mar 10, 2020 at 3:48 pm

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to crunchocky- thanks for the info. I still think it looks like a pumpkin threw up. as I have said before a colorblind person would have chosen a better color.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Mar 9, 2020 at 1:05 pm

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I should think The Guns of Navarone had ROADSHOW written all over it. I’m highly surprised Columbia didn’t do so.

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Feb 28, 2020 at 2:38 pm

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to Howard B. thanks for your reply. for me more advertising doesn’t make a theater “better maintained”. so I would greatly appreciate it if xbs2034 could reply as to their meaning of “better maintained then in the City Cinemas days”. for me the Paris has always been the best maintained movie theater in Manhattan so I am intrigued as to what exactly xbs2034 meant.

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bigjoe59 commented about Seattle Cinerama on Feb 18, 2020 at 3:21 pm

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to MSC77- in my original post discussing Manhattan’s roadshow houses during the prime period of Sept. 1952 to Dec. 1972 as opposed to Seattle’s I listed the 7 that were “regularly” used. though they are/were fine theaters the Royale, Sutton, Coronet etc….. were not “regularly” used as roadshow houses.

also to Mike(saps)– you are correct in that the Liberty (which is now used as an event space for the adjacent Hilton Hotel) was used for the roadshow run of The Birth of a Nation Feb. 1915 it doesn’t fall into the time period I stated.

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bigjoe59 commented about Clay Theatre on Feb 15, 2020 at 3:42 pm

Hello From NYC-

it seems developers in S.F. don’t have anymore love for historic theater buildings than developers in NYC. the Clay is a small theater how can the lot be used for development?

also at least S.F. has something neither NYC or L.A. have.
2 movie theaters build before the advent of WW I. the Vogue
and the 4 Star.

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bigjoe59 commented about Golden Gate Theatre on Feb 15, 2020 at 2:56 pm

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for years Market St. was full of theaters that were
1st run venues. to which when was the last time a
Market St. theater held the 1st run of a big studio film?

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bigjoe59 commented about Seattle Cinerama on Feb 14, 2020 at 4:49 pm

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since I was talking about the fate of the prime roadshow houses in New York as opposed to Seattle I think it was a valid comment to make.

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bigjoe59 commented about Seattle Cinerama on Feb 13, 2020 at 2:39 pm

to Mike(saps)– many thanks for your reply. Boys Scouts Honor the first two times I tried only 5 theaters ever showed up. I have no idea what I clicked on. speaking of Seattle. its interesting none of the 7 theaters the studios used for their roadshow engagements in Manhattan(Criterion, Loews State, RKO Palace, Demille, Warner, Rivoli and Loews Capitol ever wound up showing “adult” films. that apparently is not the case in other cities.

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bigjoe59 commented about Seattle Cinerama on Feb 13, 2020 at 12:10 pm

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to MSC77. NYC is a big city comprised of five boroughs. but if one eliminates all the neighborhood theaters in the other four boroughs Manhattan alone had countless theaters. but if we narrow our search to just the 1st run theaters that have existed in Manhattan that’s still a hell of a lot of theaters. my question being simple. when I clicked om “all theaters” for Seattle all that comes up is five theaters. you mean in the entire history OF Seattle there have only been 5 movie theaters?

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Warner Twin Theatre on Feb 7, 2020 at 2:07 pm

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being a lifelong film buff I am still a tad confused as to what the term “grindhouse” means. if I am not mistaken this theater played several studio releases after TSON ran here. for instance Apocalypse Now played here after its run at the Ziegfeld.

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bigjoe59 commented about Times Square Theatre on Feb 2, 2020 at 12:29 pm

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since they’re spending a truckload of $$$ why not just renovate back into a legitimate theater?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jan 31, 2020 at 3:37 pm

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I thank everyone for their replies about Grimm. an additional question which I should have asked to begin with. would someone who knows the technical side of remastering for a Blu-ray disc explain why a HD transfer can’t be made from the 3 panel print shown at the Dome. if it was in damn good enough condition to show why not? thanks in advance.

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Warner Twin Theatre on Jan 30, 2020 at 3:49 pm

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based on the intro at top this theater which opened as the Strand in 1914 retained its original interior décor till it was converted to Cinerama in 1953?