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Time for my annual post about seeing “2001” at the Capitol on June 15, 1968. Best moviegoing experience of my life. Next year: the big 5-0!
I attended this show. It was my first visit to the Ziegfeld, the first of more than a hundred to follow. I used to think the shows were 70mm but they probably weren’t. They almost always mentioned 70mm in their ads when they were showing a film in that format.
Movieholic: that would have been a great way to save the Ziegfeld. If I was a billionaire, I’d have paid for it myself.
How sad that all we can do now is look back to the good old days at the Ziegfeld. To be honest, I never thought it would actually close. I always figured it would be saved by landmark status or something like that.
I just finished watching Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, and I had similar memories from when it was the Christmas 1975 attraction at the Ziegfeld, and how beautiful it looked and sounded from the 5th row.
It must be one of the few theaters to be mentioned in an Academy Award-winning Best Picture and Best Screenplay. From “Marty” (1955), partially filmed on location in the Bronx: “I hear there’s a good picture in the Loew’s Paradise”.
Good one, Mark! 😊
One thing that made the long wait bearable was just being able to sit in the Kings and look around at the beautiful job they did with the theater.
I got there at 7 and security was very fast, but hardly anyone was there yet. It was like airport security: open all bags, go through metal detector, people being wanded, etc. My friend mentioned that it was advertised in the NY Times the day before, and that may have contributed to the unexpected box office crush.
I was at the Barry Lyndon show. The 8 PM show started at exactly 8:46 PM. It was annoying, but the movie and the orchestra were so great that the long wait was soon forgotten. The theater staff in my section were extremely nice and helpful. They did continue to seat people after the show began, but they did it in a very quiet and unobtrusive way. I’m very glad I attended this show.
Saw Walking Dead star Norman Reedus in the lobby at intermission. He was going into a private party room on the second floor of the Kings.
I believe “Rosemary’s Baby” was also condemned.
In 1988 my dad went to a weekly Catholic Mass where he was asked to take a pledge that he would not go see Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ”. That immediately made him want to see it, which he did. And he liked it.
On the way to Radio City for Blazing Saddles on Thursday night, I passed by the Ziegfeld. Construction was still going on with whatever they’re turning the theater into, but it did still say Ziegfeld Theatre on the outside of the building, high up on the brick wall, and the marquee is still up. Maybe they’re going to keep them?
TCM did have an annual screening of classic movies for the rest of the country to coincide with their big festival, called The Road to Hollywood. Sadly, I don’t think they do it anymore. I was lucky enough to see All About Eve, To Kill a Mockingbird and Cabaret at the Ziegfeld, complete with Robert Osborne hosting special guests (Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Spike Lee), and all for free admission. Needless to say, all shows were filled to capacity.
I also saw The Birds in Huntington, Long Island, NY: Tippi Hedren on stage interviewed by Ben Mankiewicz in another sold-out show. Just the other night, Blazing Saddles with a live appearance by Mel Brooks sold out the almost 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall. The audience for classic movies on the big screen is out there, and waiting for more events like these.
One of the best moments of the Mel Brooks appearance for me was when he talked about how he and Anne Bancroft loved going to see movies at Radio City Music Hall. He said they went so many times. He couldn’t believe he was now standing on the great stage.
I only found out about it earlier this week from markp’s comment above, on August 29th. It was a coincidence that it was scheduled so soon after Gene Wilder died.
Mel talked about meeting Gene backstage at a Broadway play Anne Bancroft was starring in, and that Gene was also in. They hit it off right away. Mel was grateful to Gene for stepping into the role of Jim in Blazing Saddles at the very last minute after Gig Young came to the set drunk on the first day of shooting. He said Gene was a comedy genius.
It’s been a long time between movies for me at Radio City, not since The Blues Brothers in 1998(?). That made last night’s showing of Blazing Saddles extra special. Mel Brooks came onstage after the movie and told hilarious stories for an hour. He has more energy at age 90 than I ever had.
Orchestra and all three mezzanines were sold out. Ticket prices started at $70. If they had such a big success with a movie showing, maybe they’ll do it again soon. A lot sooner than 18 years from now, I hope.
“A Man for All Seasons” played roadshow at the Fine Arts for more than a year (12/12/1966-12/17/1967).
Khartoum was shown in the correct Ultra Panavision ratio on 8/6. It was really something to see.
I checked when I first found out about it. I think they were $55.
Orlando, was there a big crowd? If the event was a success, maybe more film showings will be added to the Kings' menu?
This theater has used the curtains every time I’ve seen a show here (at least 5 times).
Too bad I can’t go. It’s the same day as Paul McCartney’s MetLife stadium concert. I hope they show more movies at the Kings in the near future. Pete, I hope YOU can go!
And how many people who didn’t have the dedication and pride in their work that our friend Pete has would’ve simply cancelled that show?
During their Lafayette years, Pete and Nelson were directly responsible for some of the most memorable movie screenings I’ve ever attended.
The Ramapo Arts Center is also accessible by NJ Transit train. It’s 3 blocks away from the Spring Valley station, on the Pascack Valley line (a different line than the one that takes you to Suffern).
I hope the Classics series finds a new home, but it’s sad to think that the Citizen Kane show I attended on 6/4 was my last classic movie at the beautiful Lafayette, and I never knew it. It was a great 13-year run.
Time for my annual post remembering the one and only time I saw a movie at the Capitol. 48 years ago today: “2001: A Space Odyssey”.