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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on May 20, 2018 at 7:31 pm

“MIDNIGHT COWBOY” never got an “X”. It received an “R” rating and decided to go with the “X” instead. It was allowed to revert to the “R” rating a year later, as per the rules.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on May 20, 2018 at 5:54 pm

“MIDNIGHT COWBOY” had a self imposed X rating and became a big hit. Jack Valenti did more for X-rated films by attacking this film than he could have possibly imagined. After this film became a hit, mainstream Hollywood studios (Universal & Fox), self imposed X-ratings on many of their movies and were greatly rewarded for it by the boxoffice.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on May 20, 2018 at 2:01 pm

“WITHOUT A STITCH” opened at the State and the Cine (Orpheum 2) in January 1970. It was rated X at the time.

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Al Alvarez commented about Nite Owl Theater on May 19, 2018 at 5:17 pm

David, I seem to recall something called ‘Intermedia’ that ran Andy Warhol and other avant garde films back in the early seventies.

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Al Alvarez commented about Nite Owl Theater on May 14, 2018 at 1:30 pm

David, there were groups that did that back then, but they mostly rented existing theatres. The old Grove Movie on Virginia Street and the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Coral Gables before it became the Cinematheque, often played film society shows.

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Al Alvarez commented about Nite Owl Theater on May 12, 2018 at 7:50 pm

Miami’s longest-running 35mm film screening series. Really? How is that really possible?

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Al Alvarez commented about Carver Theatre on May 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm

http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2018/05/08/city-of-miami-may-buy-renovate-former-theater/

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Al Alvarez commented about Tribeca Cinemas on May 10, 2018 at 6:12 pm

If you scroll all the way down on that site, it says it is closed.

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Al Alvarez commented about O Cinema Miami Beach on May 9, 2018 at 8:05 am

Regal operated it when it was sold in 1999 and then closed in 2000. Wometco probably still owned the property.

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Al Alvarez commented about Kings Theatre on May 4, 2018 at 5:30 am

Exactly when did you think that couldn’t be required in this country? You can also require the applicant to speak English AND Spanish.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Apr 11, 2018 at 7:41 pm

The Embassy was showing “GRAND ILLUSION”, the Alden (Regency) was not advertising and the Lincoln Square was long gone. The NYT Times Machine is your best, but that is what pretty much what I can see there.

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Al Alvarez commented about Costello Theatre on Apr 11, 2018 at 7:25 pm

The Embassy 72nd street was open in 1959, as was the Alden (later Regency), Studio (later Cinema Studio), Beacon, Loews 83rd Street, Colon, and Colony right up to the Yorktown on 89th Street (later the New Yorker). The Loews 83rd Street played “ANATOMY” in late November.

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Al Alvarez commented about Costello Theatre on Apr 11, 2018 at 6:55 pm

And, Guarina, the Loew’s 72nd street was on the East Side.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Apr 11, 2018 at 6:52 pm

Guarina, scroll up to “nearby theatres” and you will find some. Start here

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Al Alvarez commented about Costello Theatre on Apr 11, 2018 at 5:02 pm

By the way, “ANATOMY OF A MURDER” was playing on Friday, November 27 with a featurette called THE WONDERS OF PUERTO RICO". The Loews 72nd street is listed here but the search feature does not appear to work.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Apr 11, 2018 at 4:55 pm

Guarina, the original Lincoln Square burned down in 1950.

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Al Alvarez commented about Costello Theatre on Apr 11, 2018 at 4:52 pm

Guarina, the Loews 72nd street was showing “LIBEL” with Olivia de Havilland and Dirk Bogarde plus “THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN HAWKS” with Robert Taylor.

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Al Alvarez commented about Landmark at 57 West on Apr 8, 2018 at 6:47 pm

Easy. The hundreds of thousands of us who live in Hudson Yards, Hells kitchen and Lincoln Center who don’t want to go to The Village to see a movie when The Empire, 34th Street, and Regal E-walk are all showing the same ten super hero comic movies on every screen.

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Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 6, 2018 at 2:44 pm

Mike (saps), you will find those lists around page 73.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Mar 27, 2018 at 8:28 pm

The Christmas 1969 film at the State One was “Gaily, Gaily” with Beau Bridges. A rare film to find today.

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Al Alvarez commented about Landmark at 57 West on Mar 22, 2018 at 4:58 pm

I think if Lincoln Plaza never opens, it has a chance as a specialty house. Otherwise, it will have to rely on day and dating with Lincoln Square and Magnolia releases from Mark Cuban.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Mar 22, 2018 at 2:17 pm

AMC didn’t stop Moviepass here. It was the other way around.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Look up the battle MP is having AMC and you will see that a piece of concessions is part of it. Spending money on tickets is not the same as building theatres. This is all going to court.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 21, 2018 at 11:45 am

By the way, UK ticket prices are much higher. Cineworld is a mostly British based company run by Israelis from main offices in Poland.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 21, 2018 at 11:40 am

MP is now demanding concessions percentages from theatres because the business model is not working. They are trying to cut into theatre profits without actually making any investments in theatres. It is a racket scam AMC and Regal will soon be forced to eliminate.