Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez commented about Dream Theater on Feb 12, 2016 at 2:15 am

Nice find, David.

Never heard of this one before.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 29, 2016 at 1:08 am

Bil, there was a three week festival of Kirk Douglas films in rotation in the fall of 1986 before “TOUGH GUYS” opened. I went with whatever was playing Fridays.

Because of the 1978 strike, a subrun of “GREASE” is possible. Maybe someone with a historic Variety subscription online can check up on that.

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Al Alvarez commented about Paris Theatre on Jan 28, 2016 at 4:29 am

…and the Paris ran Hollywood arty ‘blockbusters’ like “ROMEO AND JULIET” and “HOWARD’S END”.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 27, 2016 at 4:22 pm

I have placed the lists here in an easier to read format. Let me know if you find any omissions or errors and I will correct them.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 24, 2016 at 9:55 pm

I’ve started working on a more recent release list. Unfortunately (and ironically) the newer lists are more difficult to compile than the old ones because the films changed more often, timeclocks were less reliable or missing and the ads were sometimes not even bought.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 24, 2016 at 3:18 am

I recreated an excel version from the original post. If you want a copy of that, just write to me at . Mind you, the opening dates are NOT exact. I only search weekly Sunday papers.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 23, 2016 at 10:09 pm

Thanks for digging those up, Bill. I no longer have them.

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Al Alvarez commented about Paris Theatre on Jan 22, 2016 at 2:30 am

The Walter Reade and Maysles are single screens.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jan 12, 2016 at 3:49 am

And who the hell calls it Lowes?

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Al Alvarez commented about Carib Theatre on Jan 11, 2016 at 12:22 am

I was fortunate enough to have visited several times as a kid. This place was extraordinary. Although I don’t remember a parrot, the lobby was a Caribbean tropical dream with real plants, pools and a skylight roof. A parrot would not have been out of place.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Mall of the Americas 14 on Jan 3, 2016 at 6:33 pm

This theatre has now closed.

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Al Alvarez commented about Blue Balcony Cinema on Jan 3, 2016 at 2:37 am

No longer showing movies.

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Al Alvarez commented about Tribeca Cinemas on Jan 2, 2016 at 11:26 pm

Closed last summer and soon to be demolished.

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Al Alvarez commented about Frank Sinatra Draws Thousands at Paramount Theatre in 1944 on Dec 29, 2015 at 3:55 pm

The movie was “OUR HEARTS WERE YOUNG AND GAY”.

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Al Alvarez commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 on Dec 27, 2015 at 1:50 am

Good work, MarkP. I am glad you got the job. Too bad the crowd control is so poor here.

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Al Alvarez commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 on Dec 27, 2015 at 12:40 am

Went to the 7:20pm showing of “H8TEFUL” on Christmas Day. The doorman quickly informed us that our home printed advanced $20.00 ticket had to be redeemed at the boxoffice, making it necessary to return downstairs to stand in line. After waiting in a lower lobby standing in line for 45 minutes we were finally allowed to climb up two non-operational escalators and into the auditorium at 7:25pm with the Overture already completed and a “CINERAMA” logo inexplicably on the screen. There was no top or bottom masking, making the screen look sloppy, but the presentation and sound were otherwise excellent. Seating continued for another ten minutes as people stumbled over other’s feet trying to find a seat even as the opening credits ended and the action started. No seats were reserved and some ended up in the whiplash front row.

At the ten minute intermission a repeat of the seating fiasco took place a second time as some in the audience had been waiting for three hours already desperately needed a bathroom break. Others ransacked the free program table as if it were a bargain basement rack when word got out that the programs had unique posters in the centerfold for each of the eight main characters. I will leave a review of the film to other sites but this awful experience at the Regal E-walk could never be confused with any other Road Show I ever attended. Perhaps Tarantino got confused with the 1940’s exploitation V.D. warning movie roadshow experience.

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Al Alvarez commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Dec 22, 2015 at 6:50 pm

I know personally that time clouds memories, vindanpar. The “OKLAHOMA!” 1983 re-release was at Cinema 1 and the “MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY” previews were at the Beekman.

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Al Alvarez commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Dec 22, 2015 at 5:20 am

Neither “RAN” nor “MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY” opened at this theatre. “RAN” opened at the Cinema I and “MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY” opened at the Beekman. You need to do a little research before posting false memories on this site.

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Al Alvarez commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Dec 22, 2015 at 4:06 am

This theatre was piggy-backed twinned in 1962. The downstairs screen was left intact when a new theatre was built on top. When exactly did “OKLAHOMA” ever play here? I can’t recall this prime first run ever doing retro in the 80’s. Demand was too high for first-run.

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Al Alvarez commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Dec 22, 2015 at 3:11 am

Nope. Cinema 1 & 2 opened as an art house twin in 1962. It was triplexed in 1988 and two main screens remained the same because the third screen did not affect screen width in any way. You did not see “OKLAHOMA” here in TODD AO. They had 70mm at best.

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Al Alvarez commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Dec 22, 2015 at 12:27 am

Wrong Coronet, Vindanpar. The second screen here was piggybacked on top. The screen size was not affected as there was no split.

Jerdone, the Baronet/Coronet was a prime first run screen since the upper east side became the main movie-going area in NYC in the early sixties and local art houses started grossing more than Broadway theatres with non-action films.

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Al Alvarez commented about Kings Cinema on Dec 21, 2015 at 3:29 am

Most Americans had never heard of AIDS until Rock Hudson died in 1985. It was the first time Ronald Reagan even said the word in public. The King closed in 1986. Straight sex clubs were still in full operation years later since it was still considered the “gay disease”.

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Al Alvarez commented about Normandy Theatre on Dec 18, 2015 at 3:43 am

The Normandy, like the Surf, were not opened by Wometco.

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Al Alvarez commented about Normandy Theatre on Dec 18, 2015 at 2:52 am

I don’t think RKO ever operated theatres in Florida.

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Al Alvarez commented about Surf Theatre on Dec 18, 2015 at 1:13 am

Thanks for this!