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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
as I asked a while back what changes if any are beingmade to the auditorium itself?
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
to be frank a colorblind person would have chosen
a better color. I wonder who’s the idiot who chose the
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
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.
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
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.
did the original roadshow cut of 2001 ever play this
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.
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.
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.
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.
what was the last film to be advertised on the hugehorizontal sign over the Astor and Victoria theaters?
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
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?
since Netflix is running the film without an intermissionThe Irishman by 1 minute takes the title away from the 1956film version of War and Peace as the longest major and orstudio film released without an intermission.
is Netflix showing The Irishman at the Belasco withan intermission?
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
Hello from NYC-
as I aske din July is this theater still boarded up and
just sitting there?
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.
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