Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 9, 2016 at 8:39 am

Myron, both films opened at RCMH first run, but “premiered” elsewhere.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Dec 7, 2016 at 6:23 am

Not very well advertised to anyone not looking for it. I didn’t even know FANTASTIC BEASTS had any 70mm prints until the post above. In this era when major films don’t need to buy a newspaper ad, these things easy go unnoticed outside of the fanboy bubble.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Dec 6, 2016 at 7:52 pm

How did you know that this theatre was showing it in 70mm?

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Nov 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm

“MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE 2”, “GLADIATOR” and “THE PERFECT STORM” all out-grossed “X-MEN” that summer.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Nov 21, 2016 at 10:44 am

I think the Trans-Lux Newsreel was the first purpose built twin in the city, if you don’t count roof garden cinemas.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Nov 21, 2016 at 9:51 am

First? Here is a reliable source to dispute that

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Al Alvarez commented about Clearview's First & 62nd on Nov 16, 2016 at 2:01 pm

The seventh screen was carved out of the ground level retail space after Cineplex Odeon had trouble leasing it out to anyone else.

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Al Alvarez commented about Quad Cinema on Oct 31, 2016 at 11:28 am

Now it’s Spring 2017. It would been have quicker to just knock it down and start all over again.

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Al Alvarez commented about Cineworld at the Empire Theatre on Oct 18, 2016 at 6:14 pm

‘Cineworld at the Empire Theatre’ is the new name.

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Al Alvarez commented about Trans-Lux 52nd Street Theatre on Oct 15, 2016 at 7:22 pm

Welcome to Cinema Treasures, bonebacker2. By all means feel free to share your memories here. Most of us are more than willing to hear your accounts, and not judge them. I was a manager at theatres for over 43 years from the 70’s to the turn of the century. Most sexual acts against children in theatres occurred in suburban theatres during Disney films during that time. They never happened during more adult films. I thought your “LILI” report was enlightening and hope your share more from your growing up with cinema in NYC during the magical fifties era.

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Al Alvarez commented about New York, NY - Lin-Manuel Miranda to Launch Movie Series at United Palace Theatre (Loew's 175th St.) on Oct 11, 2016 at 8:34 pm

Hated the musical “HAMILTON” but applaud his efforts here.

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Al Alvarez commented about Gaiety Burlesk on Oct 5, 2016 at 5:01 pm

Here is a marquee shot as the Pussycat Cinema.

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Al Alvarez commented about Gaiety Burlesk on Oct 5, 2016 at 4:56 pm

A recent search on this site found that at least one of the three rooms that were once the Orpheum Dance Hall showed films as the KINGS, NEW PARIS, and PUSSYCAT CINEMA sometime in the 70’s and 80’s.

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Al Alvarez commented about Mecca Theatre on Oct 5, 2016 at 12:18 pm

“The Understanding Heart” is the newest title, opening in NY in early May 1927, so 1927 is a good guess. The other two titles opened in late 1926.

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Al Alvarez commented about New York, NY - Revamped Broadway theater may gain national historic recognition on Oct 2, 2016 at 7:04 pm

How derelict for this poster to totally ignore the cinema history of the Hudson. http://cinematreasures.org/comments?page=2&theater_id=2971

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Al Alvarez commented about Coral Gables, FL - Luxury movie theater opening soon at Merrick Park but is it needed? on Sep 29, 2016 at 8:16 pm

“After agreeing not to compete with the Coral Gables Art Cinema for movies. Both theaters are located on city-owned land and will be able to show the same films”. So how, EXACTLY, do you not compete when you are playing the SAME films?

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Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Sep 26, 2016 at 8:49 pm

Sorry, Vindanpar. I don’t understand that first part of your comment. Where does it say WSS played for 113 weeks and what does it have to do with 1966 anyway?

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Al Alvarez commented about Florida Theatre on Sep 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm

“Suddenly, Last Summer” in the photo section.

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Al Alvarez commented about Strand Theatre on Sep 20, 2016 at 6:14 am

The 9:30am shows ran from April 16 to 24. The shorter running time may have started even before then as it would allow out of town church and school groups to get back home at more reasonable hours and Roadshows always counted heavily on group sales.

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Al Alvarez commented about Strand Theatre on Sep 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

You may be on to something, bigjoe. By mid-April 1965 they added a third showing at 9:30am daily for Easter week.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:46 pm

For the April 21, 2000 re-opening, the features were: U-571, MISSION TO MARS, PITCH BLACK, GOSSIP, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, BOILER ROOM, DROWNING MONA, TROIS, THE 9TH GATE, COTTON MARY, ME, MYSELF AND I, GHOST DOG: WAY OF THE SAMURAI, READY TO RUMBLE, TOPSY TURVY, THREE STRIKES, PRICE OF GLORY, BEYOND THE MAT, FAMILY TREE, TIGGER THE MOVIE, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, CASABLANCA, TEN COMMANDMENTS, & 42ND STREET.

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Al Alvarez commented about Anco Theatre on Sep 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm

What purpose are you trying to serve with this post other than talking to yourself.

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Al Alvarez commented about Grandview Theatre on Sep 7, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Such drivel. Who cares?

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's Metropolitan Theatre on Sep 6, 2016 at 5:52 pm

It was Loews. Cineplex only did a cosmetic remodel and put in new cushion seats. Loews was still operating with 70 year old wooden seats.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Sep 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm

Cheaper prints have been getting made for twenty years due to short runs and a lack of subruns. Print quality did not deteriorate due to a lack of projectionists. The prints are just on lower quality mylar and most get destroyed soon after the first run.