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bigjoe59 commented about St. Francis Theatre & Baronet Theatre on Jun 20, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Hello-

a friend of mine told me The Ten Commandments(1956) roadshow run at this theater lasted only 15 weeks. TTC’S roadshow run at the Criterion in Manhattan lasted well over a year. is the length of TTC’s roadshow run at this theater correct?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinema Village on Jun 20, 2019 at 3:20 pm

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to Mike(saps) thanks for the info. on the photo pages for this theater is the ad from when the film opened and was surprised to see it was rated R. I was never aware it had been officially rated. I remember some the sex scenes being quite graphic so I’m surprised it didn’t get an X rating at the time.

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bigjoe59 commented about St. Francis Theatre & Baronet Theatre on Jun 18, 2019 at 4:01 pm

Hello from NYC-

did this theater ever host any roadshow engagements in the 1952-172 period?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinema Village on Jun 18, 2019 at 2:35 pm

Hello-

I rather enjoyed A Very Natural Thing which opened here the summer of 1974. its one of the top gay themed films ever in my opinion. oddly I don’t think its ever been issued on home video, vhs or dvd let alone Blu-ray.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 13, 2019 at 1:21 pm

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to stevenJ thanks for the reply. you’d expect since the exterior was a fa├žade on the Columbia lot they’d at least build one that actually looked like the New Amsterdam Theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 11, 2019 at 3:08 pm

Hello from NYC-

at the beginning of Funny Girl Barbra Streisand walks into what is supposed to be the New Amsterdam Theater on 42 St.. as any native New Yorker will tell you the interior looked nothing liked the New Amsterdam. this has always been a big mistake for me. to which what L.A. theater was used for the interior of the New Amsterdam?

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bigjoe59 commented about Directors Guild of America Theater on Jun 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm

if i am not mistaken this was always a 1st run theater. to which what was the last film to play here before the Directors Guild too kit over?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jun 11, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Hello-

in my search for the 1st purpose movie theater in Manhattan a fellow poster mentioned a theater with the name City Photoplays which I had never heard of. i later found the theater on a list but can’t remember the website. i thought my fellow poster might have meant the Variety Photoplays at 3rd Ave. & 14 St.. but the list i found listed a seating capacity that would have been too for the Variety Photolays. so where was the City Photoplays theater to which my' fellow poster referred?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cosmo Theatre on Jun 9, 2019 at 12:53 pm

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traveling west along 116 St. just before you get to 3rd Ave. one sees that the auditorium section still exits. has it been gutted or simply covered over for retail use?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jun 6, 2019 at 3:49 pm

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I thank my fellow moviegoers for info on the roadshow engagement policy. now does anyone know of a first rate book on the subject? Kim Holston’s “Movie Roadshows” not only a few mistakes but omits films altogether as well.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jun 6, 2019 at 3:20 pm

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I thank everyone for help with my “first theater built from the ground up with the intent of showing movies” question. opened Feb. 1913 and the Rialto opened April 1916. so wouldn’t the Crescent which was located at 36 W. 135 St. and opened on the night of Dec. 16, 1909 be the first. granted it was built to showcase both films and live acts but weren’t the Regent and the Rialto built as combo houses as well?

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Jun 3, 2019 at 11:27 am

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thanks to robboehm for your reply. my astonishment was not so much on the length of TDOAF’S reserved seat rum at the Palace but that in S.F. it wasn’t even a roadshow run at all. it has always fascinated me why a studio would open a film on a roadshow run in one city but not others. I always assumed if a film opened on a roadshow run in Manhattan it did so I every city it opened in.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on May 7, 2019 at 3:32 pm

Hello-

a question for my fellow moviegoers. for the first several years of the movie biz whatever “movie theaters” existed in Manhattan were music halls. vaudeville theaters and legitimate theaters etc… renovated to show movies. but I have always wanted to find which was the 1st theater built in Manhattan brick by brick from the ground up with the intent of being a movie theater. any guesses as to the answer or how to find out?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on May 6, 2019 at 12:57 pm

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it was customary when a roadshow engagement finished the film would move to another 1st run theater in Manhattan on “continuous performances at popular prices”. but does anyone remember a roadshow engagement that went from reserved seat to continuous performances at popular prices in the same theater?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC 84th Street 6 on May 3, 2019 at 2:56 pm

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why does this theater have an absurdly long time between the 8:35a.m. and 1:40p.m.showings of Long Shot?

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bigjoe59 commented about Regal Essex Crossing & RPX on May 3, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Hello-

i just became aware of this theater and got all excited
thinking they had had restored Loews Delancy but the address
is different. is the Loews Delancy quite close to this
theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Valentine Theatre on May 2, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Hello-

the last film i can remember seeing here was
A Clockwork Orange.

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bigjoe59 commented about Ward Theatre on May 2, 2019 at 2:15 pm

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can anyone remember the last movie to play here? the only film i can remember seeing here was The Three Stooges Meet Hercules.

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Castle Hill Theatre on May 2, 2019 at 2:07 pm

Hello-

as pellboy asked June 2013 is closing date of 1969 as stated in the intro entirely accurate?

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bigjoe59 commented about Pilgrim Theatre on May 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Hello-

as I asked seven years when did this theater close down as
a movie theater?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Apr 28, 2019 at 2:24 pm

Hello-

to the best of my recollection when Krakatoa East of Java opened June 1969 at the Warner Theater (47 St.& Bway) it was not continuous nor reserved seat but a reserved performance policy.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 22, 2019 at 2:21 pm

Hello-

another question about roadshow films on Blu-ray. when Cleopatra premiered at this theater June 1963 it was 4 hours. it was cut down to 3hrs. 40 mins. and then 3hrs. 15mins. for its run at neighborhood theaters around NYC. the Blu-ray is the New York cut as its known so Fox at least kept the trims. but why are some companies better at keeping the trims than others?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 21, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Hello-

to Al A.– thanks for the correction as to the length of

      Half A Sixpence's roadshow run at the Criterion 
                      which was 11 weeks not 6. but even at 11 weeks 
                      doesn't that make it the shortest roadshow run 
                      in the seven houses I listed?
                

to vindanpar- the currently available Blu-ray disc of

           Cleopatra in terms of richness of the colors
                           and the crispness, clarity and sharpness of 
                           both the picture and the multi-channel 
                           tracks is he very definition of !WOW! when 
                           Taylor descends from the Sphinx her outfit
                           is bright shiny gold with a capital G. so
                           I have no idea what the quote you quoted
                           is talking about. 
                
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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 19, 2019 at 2:58 pm

Hello-

again thanks to Al A. for your font of knowledge about the roadshow policy. of the seven houses the studios used for their roadshow engagements during the 1952-1972 period (Criterion, Loews State, RKO Palace, Demille, Warner,Rivoli Loews Capitol) the shortest roadshow run I can remember was Half A Sixpence at the Criterion which ran a grand total of 6 weeks. either Paramount or the management of the Criterion or both decided to pull the film. my point being simple- apparently if a roadshow run wasn’t doing business it would/could be pulled rather quickly. therefore I assuming that TGSET’s box office at the Warner was in fact sufficient enough to keep it there 44 weeks otherwise as HAS demonstrates the theater and or studio would have no trouble pulling it.

another thought. the blu-rays discs of Hello Dolly and Cleopatra make those two films truly come alive. anyone watching these two films for the first time on blu-ray disc will certainly wonder why they’re considered flops duds, etc… the answer is simple- they’re considered flops, duds etc…. because they cost too damn much for the dollar value of their day(June ‘63 and Dec. 69) there was no way they could possibly break even.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 18, 2019 at 3:42 pm

Hello-

to Al A. as always thanks for your font of knowledge when ‘ it comers to the roadshow policy. another question. I hope to find it again but a few years I came across a site that listed Manhattan’s roadshow engagements listed by length of run with the theater listed. now I saw The Greatest Story Ever Told twice during its roadshow run “in Cinerama” at the Warner. I enjoyed it regardless of the reputation the film has. now the list stated TGSET roadshow run at the Warner lasted 44 weeks. at the time the film was a big loss for UA since it cost to damn much for the dollar value of the day to turn a profit. but if it was a disappointment for UA why in God’s name did the Warner keep it for 44 weeks? some roadshow runs that were considered successes didn’t run 44 weeks.