Comments from AlAlvarez

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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?

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AlAlvarez commented about George M. Cohan Theatre on Jan 15, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Welcome home, Lost Memory.

We sure missed you.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 8, 2013 at 8:09 am

SethLewis, I think you just gave a perfect example of why they don’t. Once the reviews and the word of mouth got out on “NINE”, it had no chance to recoup its costs. The costs of money today requires immediate results and many DVD/BLU RAY release rights are sold based on opening week grosses. Only small films can afford a build-up and carefully aimed marketing campaign. When a bunch of teenagers show up for “NINE”, who never heard of Fellini and hate musicals anyway, you just lost your shirt on twitter.

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AlAlvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 26, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Love the Roxy book, Ross Melnick.

I didn’t know the Rockettes predated Radio City Music Hall until I read your book.

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AlAlvarez commented about Rick Nelson Screening Room on Nov 23, 2013 at 6:27 am

The ad I saw in the Village Voice had it listed as ‘RICK’ Nelson, and indeed showing gay porn. Perhaps the name had nothing to do with the famous sixties entertainer but rather whoever was the owner at the time.

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AlAlvarez commented about 777 Theatre on Nov 21, 2013 at 3:50 pm

LeonNorman1814, could you be confusing this with the Cine Twin and Jocx at 711 Seventh Avenue. That venue is listed here; http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/8365

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AlAlvarez commented about 777 Theatre on Nov 21, 2013 at 10:01 am

New use.

http://www.royariasstudios.com/#!777-theatre/c1t44

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AlAlvarez commented about United Palace on Nov 14, 2013 at 5:14 pm

Markp, take the “A"or the "C” train from the Port authority NORTH to 168th street and then walk up to 176th Street on Broadway.

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AlAlvarez commented about Olympia Cinemas on Sep 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Thanks for these great ads, Mark!