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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……..?
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
before the mandated movie theater shutdown on Mon. March 16thwas the escalator ever fixed? it had been out of order sinceOct. 2018.
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.
to moviebuff82- what renovations are you referring to?
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.
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.
Hello from NYC-
is there any further info as to whether this theateris closing? I’m still heartbroken over the closing ofthe Ziegfeld.
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.
I should think The Guns of Navarone had ROADSHOW written
all over it. I’m highly surprised Columbia didn’t do so.
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
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
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
also at least S.F. has something neither NYC or L.A. have.2 movie theaters build before the advent of WW I. the Vogueand the 4 Star.
for years Market St. was full of theaters that were1st run venues. to which when was the last time aMarket St. theater held the 1st run of a big studio film?
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.
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.
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?
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.
since they’re spending a truckload of $$$ why not just
renovate back into a legitimate theater?
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.
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?