Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Aug 29, 2016 at 8:04 pm

I will give “CALIGULA” a pass since it was eight years after the Roadshow era and quite an anomaly. But “LAST TANGO” was very much a part of the trend to move Roadshows out of Broadway and into the prestigious upper east side, before the whole concept died out with spontaneous youth audiences controlling all ticket sales in the mid-seventies. I do think “CALIGULA” uncut had a souvenir program, though.

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Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Aug 29, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Let’s not forget that “LAST TANGO IN PARIS” was a roadshow AFTER “MAN OF LA MANCHA”. We have a legacy of ignoring movies, and theatres we find morally offensive in hindsight. But not here on Cinema Treasures.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews 34th Street 14 on Aug 24, 2016 at 7:12 pm

The oldest FREE PASS hustle in the industry. Sign up at your own peril. It only hurts the business.

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Al Alvarez commented about IMAX Theatre at Sunset Place on Aug 23, 2016 at 11:00 am

Although the AMC Sunset Place opened in late 1998, the IMAX opened later in 1999 and closed in 2003.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Aventura 24 on Aug 22, 2016 at 6:14 am

Since the opening is so recent, newspaper microfilm at your local library might be your only choice.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Aventura 24 on Aug 21, 2016 at 3:25 pm

He doesn’t have this theatre, but Mike Rivest has a good collection here; http://movie-theatre.org/

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Al Alvarez commented about Fort Pierce Drive-In on Aug 7, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Flyer ads added in the photo section.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's Orpheum Theatre on Aug 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm

According to the New York Times, the Orpheum also had a “large frontage” on 87th Street and extended the full block.

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Al Alvarez commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 25, 2016 at 6:53 am

I worked for Cineplex Odeon who once owned the Plaza and the Cinema 3. People were constanty going to the Paris and the Cinema 3 looking for the Plaza. Due to the long runs at all three theatres, even veteran New Yorkers couldn’t remember which was which. In the days of exclusive runs, cash tickets and long lines, believe me, it was a problem.

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Al Alvarez commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 22, 2016 at 8:38 pm

Cinema 3 was not really near Cinema 1 & 11. The Plaza Hotel was two blocks away from the Plaza Theatre and the Sutton was not really quite on Sutton Place. But that is New York for you.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 19, 2016 at 9:07 pm

Theatre, Theater, they are not.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 19, 2016 at 7:55 pm

vindanpar there is no Schubert. There is a Shubert (and for a while there, a Little Shubert). Franz and his grammar nazis are simply playing with you.

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Al Alvarez commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 19, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Many people went to the Plaza Hotel looking for it there.

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Al Alvarez commented about RKO 86th Street Theatre on Jul 18, 2016 at 2:01 pm

bigjoe, that was a link to another website, not a photo posting. “MY FAIR LADY” went wide in June 1966.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm

Check this one out: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/13922

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 21, 2016 at 9:35 am

The area between 23th Street and 42nd street on the west side is the fastest growing housing area in the city.

And yes, this twin was open way before AMC made up their fake story, but twin theatres date back to the silent era.

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Al Alvarez commented about New Theatre on May 31, 2016 at 6:48 am

Hi Lorenzo. I used the “Loews” just to identify it. It can be searched as Astor Plaza. (This may have to do with the fact that it was built by Walter Reade but opened by Loews.) I remember this discussion a while back for classic cinemas that were now churches with performance spaces. The folks at CT seem to feel that new members trying to find what a building used to be were more likely to search that those who already knew where classic cinemas were located and what they were now. I can see the logic.

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Al Alvarez commented about New Theatre on May 30, 2016 at 9:35 pm

Cinema Treasures usually lists the latest name on top if the venue is still operating as a theatre of sorts. Hence, the Loews Astor Plaza in New York is listed as the Playstation. If you search for the Astor Cinema, the NEW theatre will appear at the bottom as an option.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 26, 2016 at 9:05 am

Mike, those grand systems were bastardized within years and featured many classic films. Today, they are bastardized within weeks, keep the high prices, and expect the latest hyped super hero stinker to rip off the public for them. Some people seem willing to pay extra to sit in the trunk of a car BEHIND the screen as long as they can tell everyone online that they “saw” the latest.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 25, 2016 at 8:04 pm

By the way, I will never forget the audience approval applause at the THX sound silence certified screenings when the un-properly secured wall sound panels rattled loudly for their enjoyment. That, they said, was some AWESOME sound they would gladly pay extra for.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 25, 2016 at 7:46 pm

Mike (saps), although I originally shared your frustration (and that other gone rude angry poster) about these trivial comments, I now kind of disagree. I think the idea that these posters care about what latest gimmick these forgettable films will be shown in when even the cinemas and distributors don’t, is historically fascinating, and it will mean something in the future. Will X-MAN 22: CALIGULA" play in TINKLE-SMELL-O-RAMA this weekend? Or will “STAR WARS: CHAPTER 7a NINJA TURTLES” show in FEEL-O-RAMA THX/1138, with sound or just digital video with tingling smelly seats? I just hope they remember that John Holmes porn films once opened on 42nd street in “70MM: 3D: FEEL ME, SMELL ME-O-RAMA, NOW”. And so few cared to make it such an AWESOME cinema treasurable memory at the time.

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Al Alvarez commented about Swap Shop Drive-In on May 25, 2016 at 6:45 am

David, the daytime flea market became more popular than the Drive-in and it reminded everyone that they were the same location.

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Al Alvarez commented about Cinema 3 on May 20, 2016 at 9:21 am

It closed in 1997.

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Al Alvarez commented about Temple Theater on May 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm

The Temple showed movies from 1926 to 1929 and again in 1940. At some point it was also known as the Federal.

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Al Alvarez commented about Anco Theatre on May 7, 2016 at 11:39 am

This is the Candler, not the Anco.