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Mike (saps) commented about Brooklyn Heights Cinema I & II on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:49 am

I believe the acronym Dumbo stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass.

I hate for any cinema to pass, but this did seem to have the smallest screens in town, and that includes the Quad and the Cinema Village…!

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Mike (saps) commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jul 28, 2014 at 11:02 am

Amazon has “Cast a Giant Shadow” in several formats — DVD, Blu-Ray, VHS and instant streaming (free for Prime members.)

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 28, 2014 at 7:02 am

Hey man! Good to see you back. I’ve missed your witty and informative comments…!

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Fantasy 5 on Jul 18, 2014 at 5:28 am

The new marquee is up, and the ddeath of ballyhoo continues. Some neon lines, the AMC logo, and that’s all, brother. No space for titles of films or any other promotions.

I don’t understand why exhibitors now make the consumers do all the work. First the list of movie theaters in newspaper display ads were eliminated, then the ads themselves are few and far between, and now the theater marquee does not even say what is playing inside. At least they still use one-sheets.

And of course, the brand new but ill-advised seating has not yet been replaced or improved.

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Mike (saps) commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jul 18, 2014 at 5:18 am

Boys, boys, you’re both pretty.

Now why don’t you each take the high road and delete most of your own recent posts.

Thanks in advance!

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Mike (saps) commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Jul 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Maybe it has been landmarked…?

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Mike (saps) commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 29, 2014 at 3:18 pm

UA Lynbrook still has the same sticky candy counters and the same broken seats. And maybe even some old programs lying around…! You can go re-live your youth, but at premium prices.

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Mike (saps) commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 28, 2014 at 2:45 am

It was the Royale (with an e) Theatre, now the Bernard B. Jacobs.

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Mike (saps) commented about New Mission Theater on Jun 27, 2014 at 7:34 am

Per Alamo’s facebook page dated May 7, 2014:

Sorry to have been dormant on this page for so long. Permitting has taken WAY longer than expected but we are almost through the process and renovation should begin in earnest very soon. We are 100% committed to restoring and opening this… space. Stay tuned for more info and details soon! The Alamo Drafthouse IS coming to the Mission.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Jun 17, 2014 at 4:46 pm

This theater is on the “updated” page but I don’t see hide nor hair of any difference in the listing.

How do theaters get on the updated list when they don’t seem to be actually updated?

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Mike (saps) commented about Strand Theatre on Jun 16, 2014 at 3:28 pm

And, exactly how many angels can dance on the head of a pin? Thanks in advance…

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 13, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Since it opened on December 27, 1932 and screened its first film on January 11, 1933 (exactly two weeks and one day later) I am going to guess that movies were part of the plan from the beginning.

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Mike (saps) commented about Music Hall on May 31, 2014 at 6:31 pm

I saw a movie here the other day while visiting nearby Ogunquit, Maine, and it is even more beautiful in person. The auditorium is lovely, and there is a thick red curtain and valence covering the screen before the show. I expected it to open vertically when the show started, but was delighted to see that it rose up instead, with a big screen in the middle of the proscenium and the valence in place. A welcome and classy presentation.

In addition to the beauty of the auditorium, the downstairs bar/lobby is like a vintage nightclub, all rich dark blues with discrete lighting and a hide-away vibe. Must be a great place to have private parties.

And the upstairs lobby with the concession stand and entrances to the auditorium has a classic yet historic feel of a movie palace lobby, but one built before the boom of the 1920’s, with lots of wood and muted tones.

All in all, well worth a visit if you are anywhere near the area. Plus the bustling former shipping center that is Portsmouth has lots to do and see (and eat and drink) so my short stay there left me very satisfied.

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Mike (saps) commented about Saco Drive-In on May 31, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Just came from a few days at Ogunquit and made a special trip to this drive-in, and I am very pleased to report that the digital projection is effin' awesome!

This has to be the clearest and brightest drive-in presentation that I have seen in decades. It had the quality of a high-end hardtop. The screen is white and in great shape, with no noticeable flaws, and the sound was crisp and static-free.

X-Men looked sensational, even in the dark scenes, and the glossy Other Woman was as shiny as a new penny. (The movie itself was dreadful, but it sure looked swell on the big screen!)

This is how it should be done. Showmanship and professionalism it its best. Kudos to all involved.

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Mike (saps) commented about Cinemagic & IMAX in Saco on May 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Cinemagic website

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Mike (saps) commented about Saco Drive-In on May 11, 2014 at 1:21 pm

Theater’s open for the season; have the digital projectors been installed?

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Fantasy 5 on May 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm

It’s a cock-up. They tried to install the recliners but it turns out the space is four inches too short, so the leather seats are installed but they don’t recline.

Sounds OK, and the seats are wide enough and soft enough, but they are not long enough to support your legs; I felt like I was perched the entire time and could not get into a comfortable position. I couldn’t even brace myself on the seat in front of me, because it is spaced so far away in anticipation of the recliners.

They also don’t rock, because they are not designed as rockers. They’re a hybrid that misses the mark.

And there is no “under the seat” area, because the non-reclining part of the seat goes all the way down to the floor. Jeez!

I sure hope they replace the seat parts with proper-sized seats. The ironic thing is they spent all that money to make the guests more comfortable and achieved the opposite result.

And one more thing — when the Fantasy re-opened, AMC’s web page said now featuring recline seats, with a photo; that bit of false advertising is now gone.

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Mike (saps) commented about Babylon Cinemas on May 11, 2014 at 7:45 am

Babylon auditorium photo mentioned above now posted in photos.

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Mike (saps) commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 15, 2014 at 8:52 am

Maybe you saw a dvd made from a bad public domain print, Joe?

According to TCM.com — “All the delays and extravagances sent Bird of Paradise far over budget. It had been budgeted at $450,000 and ended up costing at least $725,000. Though the film performed well at the box office, it did not make back its cost.”

That was an astronomical cost in 1932, and I would be very surprised if The fastidious Selznik would release a sub-par product. Unfortunately, the movie fell into the public domain decades ago. It reminds me of the Howard Hughes’s picture The Outlaw, where he fussed over every frame, and now all we have today are scratchy, blurry copies of his magnum opus.

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Mike (saps) commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Per Lamont Cranson’s comment under the very advertisement mentioned above for “Bird of Paradise” – King Vidor’s B&W version of a hugely popular stage spectacle opened simultaneously in New York at the RKO Mayfair in midtown and the RKO Albee in downtown Brooklyn on September 11th, 1932. 20th-Fox’s later Technicolor remake opened at the Roxy (with stage show) in March, 1951.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on Apr 13, 2014 at 2:57 am

And it’s $8. for movies starting before noon, slightly higher for 3D or IMAX movies.

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Mike (saps) commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 5, 2014 at 6:33 am

That rave review makes me want to see the movie again, even though I just saw it a few months ago in its 3-D incarnation.

To quote form the review “…the comicalest of all is Bert Lahr with an artistically curled mane, a threshing tail, and a timid heart. As he mourns in one of his ballads, his Lion hasn’t the prowess of a mow-ess; he can’t sleep for brooding; he can’t even count sheep because he’s scared of sheep. And what he wants is courage to make him king of the forest so that even being afraid of a rhinocerus would be imposerus. Mr. Lahr’s lion is fion.”

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Fantasy 5 on Apr 4, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Reopened today (4/4/14)

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Mike (saps) commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 4, 2014 at 11:22 am

The internets are your friend.

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Mike (saps) commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 3, 2014 at 2:23 pm

The story of the Wizard of Oz' difficulties at the box office upon its initial release is a bit apocryphal.

It was the second most popular movie of 1939 (after Gone with the Wind) and the third most popular movie of the entire 1930s (after GWTW and Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs) according to more than one internet source.

A good read on the creation and history of The Wizard of Oz can be found in Aljean Harmetz' The Making of the Wizard of Oz, which is still available in many local libraries.