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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Movieland on Sep 11, 2006 at 8:24 am

Here a description of the title logo sign materials from the Gramercy link.

“Sometimes the company would buy professionally made cut outs that were in the same typeface as the movie poster. These were foam-core letters, painted, and then nailed or stapled onto wooden frames, that were then wired through holes in the little tracks on the marquee. These could be as wide as the marquee and, while not particularly heavy, could be unwieldy, especially in the wind. They looked very spiffy and were used in the last years of the 1970s and early ‘80s, when the Gramercy went first run.” (Peter Damian)

I can’t do better than that. The distributors were rebilled for this and at some sites for plastic backlit logos such as the one teh Ziegefld still uses. They also took care of many poster window and internal displays.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Sep 10, 2006 at 2:13 am

I guess since Alger Hiss lived in the Village as well they could have just used the Sheridan.

Check out the cool Rudolph Abel cloak and dagger stuff at this site. The European may be among those listed.

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Al Alvarez commented about Manhattan 1 and 2 on Sep 9, 2006 at 11:31 am

I now understand that a concession stand divided the two lobbies and that Cineplex Odeon moved it to combine the two sides during their infamous faux-marble refit.

As a Bollywood site it was the New York outlet for Eros films, one of the two main distributors of Indian films. It appears these theatres have a history of distribution owners.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Sep 9, 2006 at 10:42 am

Francesca, if you mean Alger Hiss, his son’s book of memoirs is called A VIEW FROM ALGER’S WINDOW.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Carnegie Hall Cinema on Sep 9, 2006 at 3:56 am

John, WHO’S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR? premiered at the Carnegie Hall in September of 1969. You most likely saw LONESOME COWBOYS at the nearby 55th St. Playhouse earlier that year.

THE HARRAD EXPERIMENT, best known for a nude Don Johnson, showed in early August of 1973 on subrun.

Jacquie and Sid can both be found on www.imdb.com

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about 777 Theatre on Sep 8, 2006 at 9:11 am

I remember when Cineplex Odeon ran the Carnegie Hall and Jackie Reynal booked and ran the Carnegie Screening Room. They shared the same box office but charged different prices. Cineplex eventually bought out her lease and renamed the second screen Carnegie Hall 2.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Manhattan 1 and 2 on Sep 8, 2006 at 8:58 am

Ed, I think the second Eastworld on 61st street was the BYRON – FIRST AVENUE SCREENING ROOM – ART EAST location at 110 East 1st Avenue.

In the 90’s there was also a Westworld gay porn venue on West Side Highway near Christopher Street.

It is possible that Cineplex Odeon combined the two lobbies.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Big Cinemas Manhattan on Sep 8, 2006 at 6:42 am

From the opening ads it looks like RKO took the two existing theatres and remodeled the lobby to a common box office when they launched the twins. The previous theatres were primarily used by Avco Embassy and National General film distributors, respectively so they could guarantee themselves a lucrative east side run when the Baronet/Coronet and Cinema 1 & 2 were tied up with long runs.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Big Cinemas Manhattan on Sep 8, 2006 at 1:51 am

Ed, John, that WAS the opening day name for the Manhattan Twin. It became the RKO 59th Street Twin later.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Gateway Theatre on Sep 7, 2006 at 2:13 pm

The Gateway was one of the flagships of the Wometco chain in the 50’s and 60’s and, as Ft. Lauderdale’s most luxurious theatre, it often played exclusive runs and roadshow engagements. Many first-run films were brought to Miami and the Gateway just after their Manhattan premieres in order to catch the snowbirds on vacation.

It was often dated with the prestigious Carib on Miami Beach.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Gateway Theatre on Sep 7, 2006 at 2:04 am

That documentary about the DEEP THROAT phenomenon played nationwide a few years back and was not a graphic sex film.

CONSPIRACY OF SILENCE is a separate film and an indictment of the Irish Catholic church. This is an specialised (arthouse) movie theatre.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Reminder: Keep comments on topic! on Sep 5, 2006 at 11:02 am

I like hearing a little about the old neighborhoods and type of films the theatre showed. It adds a unique personality to those theatre pages.

As for the story of plaster, I scroll on when irony eludes me.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Reminder: Keep comments on topic! on Sep 3, 2006 at 1:01 pm

Lost Memory, so happy you are still around. I would like to think Warren, Ed and I are happy you are.

Even when we think you are are tiresome, we know we can be too.

New paragraph!

Not that there is anything wrong with that that.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Trail Theatre on Aug 31, 2006 at 8:56 am

At some point operated by Claughton Theatres.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Tivoli Theatre on Aug 31, 2006 at 8:55 am

There was another Spanish house with live shows along Flagler Street and towards downtown that closed in the late fifties/early sixties. It was displaced by 1-95 construction and was called Radio Centro or Radio City. Any ideas?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about North Side Twin on Aug 31, 2006 at 8:41 am

I was recently informed that the amusement park behind the North Side Mall and home to the morning Rick Shaw Show go-go girls was segregated to whites only, well into the sixties. Does anyone have any information on this?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Beach Theatre on Aug 31, 2006 at 8:27 am

This was a Florida State Theatre at one time and a Brandt house during it’s later years. It mostly ran roadshow, twice a day, exclusive runs such as HELLO, DOLLY! for long runs.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about 167th Street Twins on Aug 31, 2006 at 8:14 am

The copy above should have mentioned that this was a Loews house from the period when the Westchester, 170th Street, Riviera, Bay Harbor, Lauderhill and, eventually the short-lived Konover, made the Loews name well known in South Florida.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about 72nd Street Playhouse on Aug 30, 2006 at 9:08 am

LOL. VIXEN was a political statement with redeeming social values. Well, the last ten minutes were, anyway.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Kings Theatre on Aug 30, 2006 at 3:57 am

A little deceptive advertising. The opening month of 1776 broke RCMH attendance records due to the live Christmas Nativity show being so popular.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Now showing: Too much on Aug 29, 2006 at 5:30 pm

So a profitable 12 screen theatre in a one-horse house is being pushed out of business by the incompetent beaurocrats who planned a new expensive never-to-be profitable 20-plex in a location where no one goes after dark.

Close the new white elephant, count your loses and never elect this clan of assholes again. Piracy is not a problem in Redwood. City planners are your pirates.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about 55th Street Playhouse on Aug 29, 2006 at 1:37 am

Dave-Bronx, CinemaRadio allowed people with hearing problems better access to the soundtrack by bringing earphones and a transistor radio and tuning in to a specific frequency. Modern cinemas have loops or infrared devices that do the same thing through multichannel hearing aids.

How about that little add for the mysterious Camelot Twin in the East Village? Did anyone ever confrim if it was indeed The Gate?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Gables Triple on Aug 27, 2006 at 1:14 am

pierdaawg, are you thinking of the Miracle?

Check out this site…
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Al Alvarez commented about Dominion Theatre on Aug 23, 2006 at 11:03 am

That beats any New York run. I was told they only used two prints of SOUTH PACIFIC during that whole run!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Dominion Theatre on Aug 23, 2006 at 9:00 am

I believe the Dominion holds the world record for the longest film run ever with SOUTH PACIFIC. Not counting midnight shows such as ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW)