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Hello From NYC-
the era of building grand ornate movie theaters was
approx. 1914-1941. now many still exist in prime
condition. for instance the Castro in San Francisco
has been in continual operation since it opened
Sept. of 1922 but its was built from the get go as
a 2nd/3rd run neighborhood which is where my
question comes in. I am looking for grand ornate
movie theaters built from the get go as 1st run
venues and have continued to operate as such since
the day they opened. NYC nor San Francisco have
any left. does Chicago?
aside from Windjammer, West Side Story and HelloDolly was the Chinese ever used for a reserved seatengagement?
i just walked by 100 3rd Ave. last weekend and its
now a upscale bar Nevada Smith’s. but i am perplexed
by something. the width of the bar is no way near
the width of the theater front in the photo at the
top of this page. can someone explain this?
I was wondering has anyone seen DUNKIRK at the Dome
then saw it at another theater? could you please
describe the difference.
thanks to Mikeoaklandpark for your reply. I am still
baffled by it all. I can’t tell you the number of
BIG eagerly awaited films that I have seen where the
auditorium I see it in is virtually empty. then when
I read on Mon. morning that the film had a huge opening weekend I can’t help but wonder where the $$$ came
for people who saw IT at this theater was your
particular auditorium any where near full? i saw
it at an other AMC/Loews theater and the place
was maybe 15 percent full. so how did the
film gross $123 mil on the opening weekend?
I thank Purplepielord for his link of April 2013.
but I still don’t see how the theater in the photo
at the top could possibly have been housed in the
same building as the bar Neveda Smith’s its current
i’m assuming that when this theater opened it was a
2nd/3rd run neighborhood theater. at what point did it
become a 1st run venue?
to Al A., boy the stuff you know and I thought I knew
a lot. I wasn’t aware Mark “Shark Tank” Cuban was the
owner of the Landmark chain. what you said about
affording the same films as the places you stated is
certainly a valid point. but is the new multiplex
going to be art house fare or a mix with big studio
films. one thing I like about the Sunshine is it only
plays art house fare.
thanks for the reply. as I see it the success of the
new multiplex depends on the people in the immediate
are frequenting it. I doubt anyone else will venture
to 57St. and 12th Ave. to see a film. its kind of
like the 62 St. and 1st Ave. multiplex which opened
in 1992? while it was a modern state of the art
facility at the time it didn’t help it in succeeding
and that was a fairly residential area as well.
to Al A.– i hope you don’t mind me posting a
question on this page since the theater in question
doesn’t have a page yet. this Sept. Landmark Theaters
will open a multiplex on 57Th St. and 12th Ave. who
in the name of God is going to go to a theater on
57th St. and 12th Ave.?
I wasn’t aware Union Square was the only theater to
have it. I was just asking fellow moviegoers who
might have experienced it was it was exactly. so I
thank AL A. for his frank critique of it.
exhibitors are forever thinking up ways to get
more $$$ from moviegoers eventhough movie tickets
in Manhattan are already to frigging high. to
which what in God’s name is 4DX?
i had passed by this theater many times in my
teen years when it was an art house. to which
a question.i suppose anything is possible in the
big wide world of ours but i can’t believe this
theater went from being an noted art house showing
foreign films and low budget indies for decades
then the next week turned into a gay porn house.
I’m guessing there most have been a period of
time when it was simply closed down and unused.
Hello from NYC-
to Escott O. Norton many thanks for your reply. as
I said I saw it at the IMAX theater in the Loews
Lincoln Square complex in Manhattan and with the
size of the screen, the new laser projection system
and the A+ sound system it was like I was on the
beach with the stranded soldiers.
also if you’re ever in NYC and go the IMAX at
Lincoln Square rows h or g are the perfect rows.
thanks to Chris Utley for your thoughts on the
subject. the remakes of Cinderella, Pete’s Dragon
and Beauty and the Beast were “live action”. so
if I understand your new reply correctly the
upcoming “live action” remake of The Lion King
isn’t “live action” at all but a animated remake
using different animation technology than what
was available in 1994.
thanks to Chris Utley for your reply but it makes
me even a tad more confused. again there are no human
characters in The Lion King only animals. so if its
going to be like TJB photorealistic CGI how is it a
“live action” version?
in reference to sguttag’s comment. many of the
most beloved movie theaters across the country
were built as very grand neighborhood theaters
and only became exclusive 1st run venues years
later. for instance the Coronet in San Francisco
only became 1st run with the Todd-AO roadshow
premiere of Oklahoma in 1955.
in response to fred1’s reply- I live in NYC
so yes i have seen the Bway show 7 times in
fact but and there’s always a but. in the show
the actors aren’t playing humans they’re
playing animals. so the technique Julie Taymor
devised for the actors to play animals would
not work in a film. so i ask my question again-
since there are human characters in the show
how will they do a live action film?
since it open here will someone please tell
how Disney is going to do a live action Lion King
considering there are no human characters?
a question for devotees of this theater. when this
theater opened in 1936 was it built from the get go
as a 1st Run venue or was in built as a grand 2nd/3rd
run neighborhood theater and only became a 1st Run
venue with the advent of the modern roadshow era in
Hello Again from NYC-
I thank everyone for their reply. specifically to
Myrna38717. you mention sometimes the Uptown having
a decent crowd and sometimes not. I find that
fascinating. I have often gone to the many large
screens in Manhattan and there are only a few
people present. so when the film has a overall
HUGE opening weekend I wonder where the grosses came
from. also I have gone to the same theaters and
encountered a rather decent crowd but the film
has an overall lackluster opening. interesting to
say the least.
Is the Uptown the last single screen 1st run movie
theater in D.C.? there’s only 1 left in Manhattan,
i saw Dunkirk at the Loews Lincoln Square IMAX
auditorium and the experience was !!! WOW !!!.
the sound and projection was A+. i felt like I
was one of the stranded soldiers on the beach.
what was it like at this theater?
I saw Dunkirk this past Sat. in the IMAX auditorium
and the experience was !!!WOW!!!. it was like I was
on the beach with the soldiers. to which my question-
Christopher Nolan is one of those directors that
many people think should have won an Oscar by now.
so I have always assumed he had a big fan base. in
fact Dunkirk got great reviews many critics calling
it Nolan’s best yet, so why such a low $50 mil