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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Oct 18, 2017 at 10:31 pm

Yet it was not a success on its initial release. Per Wikipedia:

“Bringing up Baby was a commercial flop upon its release, although it eventually made a small profit after its re-release in the early 1940s. Shortly after the film’s premiere, Hepburn was infamously labeled box-office poison by the Independent Theatre Owners of America and would not regain her success until The Philadelphia Story two years later. The film’s reputation began to grow during the 1950s, when it was shown on television.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Oct 18, 2017 at 10:21 pm

Look again, CC, you were right in the first place: It says Sneak Preview at the bottom of the ad…

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Mike (saps) commented about Fox Theatre on Sep 28, 2017 at 2:34 pm

When I clicked on the website link above, it seems that it is an active nightclub…

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Mike (saps) commented about Saco Drive-In on Sep 20, 2017 at 2:18 pm

NeonMichael, I even put your post into Google translate, but I still can’t make heads or tails out of it. Care to elaborate…?

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Mike (saps) commented about 1950 photo courtesy of Michael Flaherty. on Sep 8, 2017 at 10:35 am

Any new photos of the renovation?

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Mike (saps) commented about Cine 42 on Aug 28, 2017 at 12:53 pm

Ed, happy to see you back on the Deuce…!

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Mike (saps) commented about Cine 42 on Aug 28, 2017 at 11:14 am

NYer, while pictures often moved between theaters, they generally stuck to the same chain, that is the Brandt theaters moved their films among the Lyric, Selwyn, Times Square, Apollo, Liberty, Empire and Victory; the Cinema Circuit (?) moved their pictures among the New Amsterdam, Harris and Anco.

Thus, it is unlikely that a current release moved from the Selwyn to the New Amsterdam…

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Mike (saps) commented about 4th Avenue Theatre on Aug 19, 2017 at 10:47 am

There is a quick shot of the front of this theater showing the vertical blade in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, season four episode 17, near the end of the episode.

Oddly enough, the characters are supposed to be visiting Rochester, New York and not Anchorage, Alaska. Ah, the magic of Hollywood…!

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Mike (saps) commented about Paramount Theater on Aug 16, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Funeral service held here today for the victim of neo-nazi violence.

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Mike (saps) commented about Rialto Theatre on Aug 13, 2017 at 2:36 pm

Excerpt from a NY Times review of November 30, 1942:

The mortality rate in “Night Monster” is pretty high, even for the type of chiller drama the customers of the Rialto have become accustomed to over the years at the self-styled “house of horror.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Cinema Kings Highway on Aug 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Many here view this place as an aging cinema treasure, one that is about to be lost. It has a long, distinguished history before its current incarnation, so except for a couple of random newcomers (no pun intended) we don’t usually discuss the exact nature and activities of its present clientele.

So take a look at some of the older posts on this thread, and then add your impressions of its past, present or future, for the enjoyment of the many people interested in this endangered house.

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Mike (saps) commented about Babylon Cinemas on Aug 5, 2017 at 11:46 am

For that matter, I wonder how many of the Greatest Generation, or the Baby Boomers, or the Gen-Xers, etc., even care right now…

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Roosevelt Field 8 on Jul 20, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Since the “extensive renovations” entailed gutting the building to its walls and rebuilding from scratch, an updated introduction is necessary…

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Mike (saps) commented about Imperial Theatre on Jul 20, 2017 at 9:48 pm

Did you take any photos that you can add here?

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Aviation 12 on Jul 20, 2017 at 9:43 pm

I find it hard to believe that the photo on the opening page for this theater is actually an AMC theater in Seattle and not the one in Linden, New Jersey…

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Mike (saps) commented about Helen Hayes Theatre on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:08 pm

And I agree with Comfortably Cool: Three days a porno theater does not a cinema treasure make…

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Mike (saps) commented about Helen Hayes Theatre on Jul 12, 2017 at 12:06 pm

The Internet Broadway Data Base has the seat count at approximately 597, which sounds right since I believe the minimum seating to be considered a Broadway house is 499…

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Paradise Theatre on Jul 11, 2017 at 2:03 pm

This is now the World Changers Church, where the funeral of the assassinated police officer Miosotis Familia is being held. Link to NY Daily News article about sprucing up the venue in preparation for the funeral.

Text: Headline: NYPD employees add fresh coat of paint to church in preparation of slain cop’s funeral

Article: NYPD employees touched up the exterior of a Bronx church Sunday in preparation for the wake and funeral for Officer Miosotis Familia.

The civilian workers in the NYPD’s Building Maintenance Section added a fresh coat of gold paint to decorations outside the World Changers Church on the Grand Concourse — a small show of appreciation for the mother of three killed last week in the line of duty.

The employees said they were honored to contribute to Familia’s wake, which will be held Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Her funeral will follow on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

“It’s just so sad,” said paint shop supervisor Robert Cherrick, 46. “She was just doing her job.”

Parishioners also said they were eager to help however they could at the church — which was once the majestic Loew’s Paradise Theater. It has a capacity of around 4,000.

Officials anticipate over 20,000 will attend the funeral.

A mentally ill cop-hating assassin shot Familia, 48, as she sat inside an NYPD mobile command unit at Creston Ave. and E. 183rd St. around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. The 34-year-old killer was shot to death by police a block from the murder scene in Fordham Heights.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 29, 2017 at 8:51 pm

I think the love really came when it was the only one left…

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Jun 27, 2017 at 7:04 pm

No new signage as of June 18, 2017. Just the old shabby-looking marquee…

Photo posted

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Mike (saps) commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 27, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Yes, as it is currently offering Wonder Woman on two screens, and in 70mm no less…!

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Mike (saps) commented about State Theatre on Jun 27, 2017 at 4:36 pm

If this house opened with 1250 seats, and now has 527, where did the other 750 seats go?

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Mike (saps) commented about State Theatre on Jun 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm

This theater was mentioned, together with the photo added to the photo section, in the New York Daily News on Sunday, June 25, 2017 in an article about Leelanau County near Lake Michigan. Link

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Mike (saps) commented about Victoria Theatre on Jun 17, 2017 at 10:16 am

That photo does seem to show the orchestra sloping upwards at the front.

Reminds me of the seating at the Thalia…

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Mike (saps) commented about Victoria Theatre on Jun 17, 2017 at 10:02 am

Due to its central location in Times Square, there are hundreds (thousands?) of photos of the exterior, but it seems there are scant representations of the interior…