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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jan 10, 2020 at 10:01 pm

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to Al A.– as you said in a previous post Kennedy’s book begins with a negative slant so I shouldn’t be surprised by what he says in the book. in your last post you say “in that he is right”. well kind of if you’re talking strictly about box office returns maybe.after The Sound of Music finished its record run at this theater the studios released Oliver, Funny Girl and Fiddler on the Roof all on roadshow engagements. for instance many people consider FOTR the greatest musical ever made.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jan 9, 2020 at 11:25 pm

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the link to the interview with Kennedy doesn’t seem to work but I did read the interview when the link was first posted. it seems just that he book was going to have a negative viewpoint. his statement referring to Hello Dolly as a “well dressed dinosaur” is the epitome of a left handed compliment. granted Streisand should have been twice the age she was but in terms of her performance Streisand WAS every inch Dolly Levi. I still don’t get the comments about “over produced” musical numbers. one of the things I liked about the film was its lush production numbers. to criticize a film version of Hello Dolly for “over produced” numbers is just plain bizarre.

also in the interview Kennedy refers to Doctor Dolittle as an “ugly bomb”. I always liked the film. plus the recent restord/remastered Blu-ray disc from Twilight Time is A++. people who have never seen the film and are just aware of its somewhat off reputation after viewing the Blu-ray disc will wonder what all the naysayers were talking about.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:23 pm

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during the exclusive first run of Old Ironsides in 1926 not only did they have a live orchestra playing the score but they had people behind the screen doing sound effects during the battles scenes.

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Jan 7, 2020 at 7:55 pm

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I had tickets for a matinee of the Ben-Hur rerelease the day after Judy Garland died. when you entered the lobby right before the theater proper they had portraits of all the great stars that had played the Palace. Garland’s had a black wreath around it.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jan 7, 2020 at 12:10 am

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to vindanpar- does Kennedy’s book discuss musical roadshows only of the ‘60s? for me the modern era of roadshows started with Oklahoma(Oct. 1955) to Man of La Mancha (Dec. 1972). while there were many musicals released during the 60s I’m hedging the bet more were released on a continuous performance basis to use an old term rather than on a roadshow basis. in other words if Kennedy sticks to only roadshow musicals of the '60s it must be a shorter book.

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Jan 6, 2020 at 8:55 pm

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as I asked a while back what changes if any are being
made to the auditorium itself?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jan 5, 2020 at 11:06 pm

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I love your comment since I well remember your comments on Kennedy’s book “Musical Roadshows”. I wonder if he even saw Hello Dolly in its original TODD-AO projection at this theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Regal Union Square Stadium 17 on Jan 1, 2020 at 9:59 pm

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to be frank a colorblind person would have chosen a better color. I wonder who’s the idiot who chose the color?

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bigjoe59 commented about Regal Union Square Stadium 17 on Jan 1, 2020 at 9:08 pm

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to ridethectrain. since you post frequently here don’t you find the color of the new seats off-putting? as I said it looks like a pumpkin threw up. plus they’re nowhere near as comfy as the new seats at the AMC/Loews 19 St.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Dec 31, 2019 at 8:00 pm

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I own several souvenir programs(140 in fact) and one of my favorites is the one for The House of Rothschild which premiered at this theater. what makes it special is not only is it in mint condition but it contains the special mini program just for the premiere at this theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Golden Gate Theatre on Dec 30, 2019 at 8:52 pm

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I would likewise am interested in what souvenir program vindanpar has for 2001. the program you posted on pg.1 of the photo section for this theater is the same one I bought at the Loews Capitol approx. 2 weeks after the film opened.

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bigjoe59 commented about Golden Gate Theatre on Dec 29, 2019 at 9:45 pm

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I find it odd that 2001’s roadshow engagement “in Cinerama” at this theater would have sold a different souvenir program then the one sold at the Loews Capitol in Manhattan.

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bigjoe59 commented about Golden Gate Theatre on Dec 28, 2019 at 8:05 pm

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did the original roadshow cut of 2001 ever play this theater?

also I saw the film at the Loews Capitol in NYC and the program they were sell was the same as the one on pg.1 of the photo section.

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Dec 28, 2019 at 6:51 pm

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has anyone heard anything on the grape wine per se as to whether Netflix will allow films from other studios to be shown. I remember when this theater closed at the end of August Tom Bernard the co-head of Sony Pictures Classics lamented the loss their favorite theater for showcasing their Oscar Bait films. lets face it considering how many original films Netflix streams the vast majority are simply not in the same class as Marriage Story or The Two Popes.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Dec 17, 2019 at 12:11 am

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has anyone who frequents this theater been to the Regal Union Square recently? a number of the auditoriums have new seats which are uncomfortable if you’re a taller than average. plus the color is hedious. they look like a pumpkin threw up. a color blind person would have picked a better dolor.

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bigjoe59 commented about Regal Union Square Stadium 17 on Dec 17, 2019 at 12:01 am

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i went to this theater Fri. 12/13 to see Uncut Gems. the new seats are uncomfortable if you’re taller than average' for a guy. also the color of the new seats looks like a pumpkin threw up. a color blind person would have picked a better color.

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bigjoe59 commented about Astor Theatre on Dec 8, 2019 at 11:15 pm

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what was the last film to be advertised on the huge
horizontal sign over the Astor and Victoria theaters?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 28, 2019 at 10:53 pm

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to Howard B. I thank for your reply but I guess we differ on what can deemed a “roadshow film”. for my viewpoint The Hateful 8 doesn’t qualify.

also I read the article on Netflix taking a lease the theater. the one downside is simple- they only show Netflix films. I only joined the site recently but from reading reviews the past year or so of the original films they’ve streamed most have gotten at best mixed reviews. Roma, The Irishman and Marriage Story seem to be rare exceptions. in its 71 years this theater has shown indie American films and foreign language films from the top art house distributors so to limit yourself to one company/distributor doesn’t make sense.

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 26, 2019 at 10:48 pm

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to Howard B.–

how was The Hateful Eight a roadshow in the traditional sense of the term. did it play exclusively at 1 theater with matinees on Wed. , Sat. and Sun. and evening screenings seven nights a week?

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bigjoe59 commented about Belasco Theatre on Nov 25, 2019 at 11:10 pm

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since Netflix is running the film without an intermission
The Irishman by 1 minute takes the title away from the 1956
film version of War and Peace as the longest major and or
studio film released without an intermission.

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 25, 2019 at 10:47 pm

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is Netflix showing The Irishman at the Belasco with
an intermission?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 24, 2019 at 10:44 pm

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I’ve been thinking about this theater being solely a Netflix house for the foreseeable future. for 71 years this theater has been a prime showplace for the best in low budget American indies and the crème of foreign language cinema. but if it stays a Netflix house what will they fill it with? as I have said before most original Netflix films aren’t exactly Oscar material. so since films of the caliber of Roma, Marriage Story and The Irishman are few and far between again what will they fill this theater with? after all once a film debuts on Netflix who’s going to pay to see it in a theater?

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bigjoe59 commented about Pacific 1-2-3 on Nov 21, 2019 at 8:23 pm

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as I aske din July is this theater still boarded up and just sitting there?

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bigjoe59 commented about Astor Theatre on Nov 21, 2019 at 8:17 pm

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in reference to da-Bunnyman’s 4/5/18 post. when Ben-Hur opened Dec. 1925 at the nearby George M. Cohan Theater during the sea battle and the chariot race they used a widescreen process called I believe Panascope.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Nov 19, 2019 at 10:26 pm

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I am apparently one of the very few people who liked Justice League(which i saw at this theater) as released. to which a question i hope someone can answer as best they can. talk about the much asked for Snyder Cut and been much in the mews lately which prompts the question. at the beginning of 2017 when it was announced Snyder would be leaving the film because of his daughter’s tragic death. so it’s my thought that if he didn’t finish shooting the film how can there be a Snyder Cut?