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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

As has been mentioned before here, when the run was not exclusive, the Ziegfeld was out-grossed even by tiny houses like the Baronet and Waverly. The 54th street location even required hired ‘screamers’ for premieres since not enough passers-by mobbed the entrance to see celebrities.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jul 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Bigjoe59, you can catch it on TCM once in a while. It is not great but, hardly as bad as its reputation.

By the way this link has some great vintage Times square theatre shots;

http://stuffnobodycaresabout.com/2013/06/07/old-new-york-in-photos-29/

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jul 1, 2014 at 6:31 am

Techman707, you are correct, but the Capitol name was not changed back until later in the year so the early ads suggested a Cinerama presentation.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 30, 2014 at 9:51 pm

“CHEYENNE AUTUMN” opened on December 23, 1964 on a two shows a day (three on weekends) roadshow basis at the Capitol. It did run a NYT full page ad on October 4, 1964 announcing the holiday opening at the Loews Cinerama. This may possibly account for bigjoe’s Cinerama conundrum. It ran until February 23, 1965 when it was replaced by “LOVE HAS MANY FACES”, a wide release.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 28, 2014 at 6:06 pm

“GIGI” programs are easily found on ebay. “CHEYENNE AUTUMN” not so easy.

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AlAlvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 16, 2014 at 12:40 pm

According to the NYT in April 1955, the Paramount VistaVision screen was 64ft x 35ft, the Roxy Cinemascope was 64.5ft x 26.5ft, the Warner Cinerama was 67ft x 24.5ft.

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AlAlvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 16, 2014 at 6:49 am

BobbyS, the Warner Cinerama was the Strand. http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2975

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AlAlvarez commented about Angelika Film Center on Apr 21, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Zoetmb is off the mark. Most Manhattan theatres are threatened by property values, not quality presentation, film choice, nor attendance. The Cinema 1-2-3 will eventually go as it is prime real estate. The Regal Union Square is going nowhere anytime soon as it is one the highest grossing in the city and has small ground level footprint.

Theatre owners did everything possible to delay DVD windows but the market forces made this unsustainable. Who cares about the window when audiences lose interest after two weeks anyway. Less theatres will help the remaining ones survive, and eventually every neighborhood will have one single multiplex serving it.

The mega chains are not so concerned about profits in NYC as long as the theatre is a cash cow that can produce quick revenue that can be invested elsewhere before the studio share is even due.

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AlAlvarez commented about Vue West End on Apr 19, 2014 at 6:24 pm

Thanks for that clip rasLXR. It was fantastic!

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AlAlvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 12, 2014 at 7:48 pm

bigjoe59, the film was not the whole show. A fourth week was rare at the Capitol in the early thirties.

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AlAlvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm

I think Bill’s comment is accurate.

MGM agreed the results were less than expected and early tracking showed a lack of adult interest. “PINOCCHIO” did twice the business.

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AlAlvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 3, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Since it was barely released in 1939 and had most of its runs in 1940, it came in fourth place behind “PINOCCHIO” and “BOOM TOWN”.

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AlAlvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 3, 2014 at 3:24 pm

“WIZARD” had a hard time attracting adults the first time around. It was only a big hit in NYC and that was mostly because Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney were added in person to help fill the house.

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AlAlvarez commented about Springs 3 Theatre on Mar 18, 2014 at 6:41 pm

In 1970 this would have been an ABC Florida State Theatres Ultravision Theatre. A similar one opened in Deerfield Beach just a few months later.

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AlAlvarez commented about Angelika Film Center on Mar 18, 2014 at 6:28 pm

zoetmb, your angry rant at the March of Time is appropriate in spirit but ignorant in theme.

Dermycar’s customer service is as rare and refreshing as any theatre manager could ever offer. I think you should celebrate that which we can preserve. Human decency. He didn’t build it, book it or sound proof it.

The Angelika Center was a noisy basement cinema the day it opened to rave reviews and a huge success for over twenty four years.

Your denial of dermycar’s efforts is the main reason classic theatres close.

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AlAlvarez commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Mar 18, 2014 at 11:08 am

Bigjoe59, I do know the book, and while it makes for very entertaining reading, it does have some sloppy research. Perhaps Rolston can produce an updated version with a errors corrected and a more consistent definition of what he considered a “Roadshow” and in what country.

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AlAlvarez commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Mar 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Yes Bigjoe59, it was three shows a day with reserved seats and should probably have been included.

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AlAlvarez commented about Empire Cinema on Mar 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

That “Tea Room” was a full service restaurant and serious and damaging alterations were made in 1967.

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AlAlvarez commented about Empire Cinema on Mar 10, 2014 at 8:25 am

The Odeon Leicester Square interior and exterior have been altered several times and used to include a full service restaurant for pre-theatre meals and snob appeal separate seating and entrances.

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AlAlvarez commented about Empire Cinema on Mar 2, 2014 at 6:58 am

Since the original design of all the Leicester Square cinemas had been altered several times over the years, what would you list? Behind the facade of the VUE West End is an all new building and the Empire was already a messy three-plex by 1985.

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AlAlvarez commented about UA Court Street Stadium 12 on Feb 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/1 1115

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AlAlvarez commented about Times Theatre on Feb 17, 2014 at 6:40 am

A great marquee shot can be seen here

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AlAlvarez commented about Samuel J. Friedman Theater on Feb 1, 2014 at 4:17 pm

The address should be 261 West 47th Street.

http://www.manhattantheatreclub.com/

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AlAlvarez commented about Cineluxe Theater on Jan 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Name change to Cineluxe needed here.

https://www.facebook.com/CineluxeTheaters

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AlAlvarez commented about Gold Coast Drive-In on Jan 19, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Thanks for this, Bricetx.

Do you know anything about the mini cinemas added in the early late 60’s? In particular, where were they located and what projection system was used?