Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 26, 2017 at 6:45 pm

bigjoe59, the building was being used as a storage facility. Cinemex is doing a complete remodel and will be in putting in digital projectors, recliners and food service to seats. With five or six more screens in the area, the Cinema 1,2,3 and the Beekman’s total five screens will now have to share product in the zone with a newer and better facility. The last time Cineplex Odeon opened there it was just another out of the way multiplex in an over-screened zone. (The plan to close the Baronet/Cornet & Beekman was delayed for years.) Now the Cinema 1,2,3 will have to pay 2017 rent with less product and inferior older facilities.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 26, 2017 at 3:36 pm

Once Cinemex re-opens at Clearview’s First & 62nd we may see some movement here. Right now they can get their pick of the top films without much competition.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 25, 2017 at 10:21 pm

Eisner wanted just that. Drabinsky did not.

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Al Alvarez commented about Targets on Jun 25, 2017 at 9:49 pm

Wrong again, Warren. As an exclusive run of this early Peter Bogdanovich classic, this is a very important part of this cinema’s history.

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Al Alvarez commented about Roxy Theatre on Jun 25, 2017 at 9:38 pm

Famous Theatres that still exist and Famous Theatres that once were are two different topics, and maybe Cinema Treasures should address that.

Cool, I am happy that you still see a Roxy at TGI Fridays on 50th Street and 7th avenue. I don’t.

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Al Alvarez commented about Roxy Theatre on Jun 25, 2017 at 9:51 am

Comfortably Cool, could it be that the building isn’t there to see anymore.

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Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Jun 25, 2017 at 9:37 am

I think you mean “Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting” and that was summer of 1969. The summer of love.

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Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 23, 2017 at 11:34 am

Shouldn’t you credit TCM for this information?

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Al Alvarez commented about State-Lake Theater on Jun 23, 2017 at 11:33 am

Shouldn’t you credit TCM for this information?

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Al Alvarez commented about Criterion Theatre on Jun 20, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Yes, that was the Claridge Hotel. But by 1969 when “PAINT YOUR WAGON” opened on a Roadshow basis at the State Two, “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” was already showing the world what Times square had become and by January 1970 Loews State would be showing Swedish porn “WITHOUT A STITCH” on Twin One while these hotels were still operating.

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Al Alvarez commented about Criterion Theatre on Jun 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm

I don’t think the tearing down of these theatres lead to the descent of Times Square into vice, but rather the other way around.

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Al Alvarez commented about United Artists 64th & Second on Jun 20, 2017 at 9:09 am

davidcoppock, unlike other chains, UA theatres were never aligned to any particular distributor in New York City and never had many locations.

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Al Alvarez commented about Victoria Theatre on Jun 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm

There is an interior photo on page six.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 1, 2017 at 10:22 pm

“…the large auditorium of the City Cinemas 1,2,3, is a historic, showplace…”

I know where you are coming from HowardBHaas, but isn’t it ironic that this screen was once considered by Variety as ‘an intimate art house sure-seater’.

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Al Alvarez commented about Rialto Theatre on May 26, 2017 at 10:08 pm

Also, the Cineplex Odeon takeover was in 1987 not 1978.

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Al Alvarez commented about Lakeshore Drive-In on May 7, 2017 at 9:19 pm

Hmmn. Can you tell how you see that from that muddy pic?

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Al Alvarez commented about Lakeshore Drive-In on May 7, 2017 at 8:18 pm

Three screens in 1971. Four from 1972 to 1985.

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Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 26, 2017 at 11:44 am

The R rated “ALL THAT JAZZ” opened in late 1979 and may have screened at RCMH.

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Al Alvarez commented about Windmill International on Apr 20, 2017 at 10:59 pm

No mention here of the West End musical version of “Mrs. Henderson Presents”. I love this theatre’s history.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Apr 20, 2017 at 10:46 pm

Don’t forget the TLC Chinese (no longer Grauman’s) on Hollywood Boulevard or the IFC (no longer Waverly) in Greenwich Village. At least they are still there.

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Al Alvarez commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Apr 16, 2017 at 11:23 pm

Ed LaPidus, stagehand at the Ziegfeld, could get that done. Don’t ask how. He never actually did anything, but he got paid every week. This scraggly mess of a man often escorted stars down the red carpet at the Ziegfeld. I never quite understood his position. Stagehand Union politics.

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/01/26/style/the-man-who-rolls-out-the-red-carpet.html

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Apr 16, 2017 at 12:00 am

How did this get in here?

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Al Alvarez commented about Quad Cinema on Apr 15, 2017 at 5:46 pm

Re-opening ad in the photo section.

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Al Alvarez commented about Quad Cinema on Apr 14, 2017 at 5:29 pm

The Quad did play quite a bit of hard core porn in the early seventies when the major distributors refused to play first-run in the village, so that may have been the hooker era. This lack of mainstream product lead to a major lawsuit by the Quad owners against all the major theatre chains and distributors operating in New York at the time for unfair trade practices. The Quad won that lawsuit and went first-run dropping most x-rated titles.

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Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Melba Moore?