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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Paree Adult Cinema and Live Show on Sep 29, 2006 at 6:57 am

Hi Guys, I have been out of town.

I show the Circus and all male Big top co-existing at 1604 Braodway.
There was a 49th Street Playhouse operating in 1982 that I cannot place.
732 Seventh Avenue is the Mini but I have no proof it was also the Frisco.

This from a NYT raid story, Dec. 9, 1972
“Three sheriff’s deputies and a squad of policemen stood guard, as a crew of movers supervised by an attorney, Mark Belnick, removed the property of "San Francisco Adult Movies” from 1531 Broadway, between 45th and 46th streets, and put it into a avan for shipmentto a warehouse. "

That address is the old Astor also. (???)

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7 on Sep 29, 2006 at 5:43 am

Hi Brian, good to see you on this site! I certainly remember you, your rhymes and how you managed the NYC beaurocrats with their own medicine in order to keep us open.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Paree Adult Cinema and Live Show on Sep 26, 2006 at 1:36 pm

No I don’t have the Frisco address but I expected it to be around 720 Seventh Avenue, not Broadway.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Paree Adult Cinema and Live Show on Sep 26, 2006 at 10:15 am

Ed, LM, could the “San Francisco Sex Cinema” (I love that name, by the way) mentioned above be the infamous FRISCO, record holder for their MISS JONES/DEEP THROAT double feature?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Sep 26, 2006 at 9:46 am

Thank you for sharing that bit of mental vomit, Art. I hope you feel superior now.

I will explain.

The Ridgewood is still a viable business. Loews Kings is an war zone where the Kenmore was shot out of operation just a few years ago.

That’s why.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Sep 26, 2006 at 9:45 am

Thank you for sharing that bit of mental vomit, Art. I hope you feel superior now.

I will explain.

The Ridgewood is still a viable business. Loews Kings is an war zone where the Kenmore was shot out of operation just a few years ago.

That’s why.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Wantagh Theatre on Sep 26, 2006 at 12:19 am

I remember people bringing in their own blankets in the winter due to the holes on the roof making it impossible to keep the place warm. Near the end, how Cineplex Odeon could keep it open under those conditions is unexplicable.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rialto Theatre on Sep 26, 2006 at 12:09 am

Ed, the Rialto East was the Pix.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 24, 2006 at 10:12 am

MAROONED

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Al Alvarez commented about Joyce Theater on Sep 24, 2006 at 5:42 am

Ed, the Film-makers Cooperative booked for Warhol so it may have been Mekas booking the Elgin on films such as THE CHELSEA GIRLS.

The Andy Warhol Garrick theatre was at 152 Bleecker Street.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about New Cinema Playhouse on Sep 24, 2006 at 12:30 am

Ed, they seem to have moved to the Elgin full time by 1969 and the Anthology Film Archives on Wooster Street by 1970. The last sign of operating at the New Cinema Playhouse was in July 1968.

It appears that in 1970 they were also booking the Elgin, Garrick and Orpheum (Lower East Side) as well as they ran block ads for all three.

By 1970, 120 W. 42nd Street had live sex shows where you could see 8mm porn films being made. I have found no sign of it actually showing porn films.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Joyce Theater on Sep 23, 2006 at 1:01 am

Ed, the appearance of Andy Warhol films at the Elgin in mid 1968 implies he succeeded. The moving around of prints would also explain the patchwork bookings at the New Cinema Playhouse.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about New Cinema Playhouse on Sep 22, 2006 at 11:56 pm

The Cinema Playhouse repeated films for some reason. Hence, WINTER KEPT US WARM played for two weeks in February, then came back for four weeks in April. The Warhol films had similar patchwork runs.

PORTRAIT OF JASON ran for over seven weeks, skipped a week, then came back for two more in 1967.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about RKO Madison Theatre on Sep 21, 2006 at 10:24 am

Ed, I’m afraid I don’t know how to do that but here is the line-up.

TEH HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD STARTS MAY 12, 1971

Manhattan
(while continuing at) RKO 59th St. TWINS

RKO 23RD ST.
RKO COLISUEM
NEW AMSTERDAM
ROOSEVELT 145TH ST.

Brooklyn
RKO ALBEE
RKO DYKER
RKO KENMORE
RKO MADISON
GEORGETOWN TWIN 2
KINGSWAY

Queens
RKO ALDEN
RKO KEITHS
BOULEVARD
ELMWOOD

Bronx
RKO FORDHAM
WHITESTONE DRIVE-IN

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about New Cinema Playhouse on Sep 21, 2006 at 7:23 am

No signs of porn here, ed although it did show “Andy Warhol’s f***” (aka BLUE MOVIE).

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about RKO Madison Theatre on Sep 21, 2006 at 6:22 am

Ed, THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD went wide around on May 11, 1971 including the the RKO Madison. There is no mention of a second feature.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about RKO Madison Theatre on Sep 20, 2006 at 8:26 am

Gents, I think these things were block-booked for the whole RKO ciruit whether there was specific appeal or not. As late as the eighties Cineplex Odeon was pressured into runs of films such as SUPERMAN, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT and TOP GUN which played to empty screens at the Kenmore among others.

Then the opposite started to happen. Slasher movies and BOYZ ‘N THE HOOD on the upper east side.

It’s a little numbers game the industry plays to justify the ad spend and appear politically enlightened.

It still happens. THE DUKES OF HAZARD at the Magic Johnson Harlem 9. Ouch!
THE LOST CITY anywhere outside Miami and New Jersey. BOYNTON BEACH CLUB anywhere outside Boynton Beach.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about RKO Proctor's 58th Street Theatre on Sep 18, 2006 at 9:02 am

I can confirm Warren’s date. The old one closed in March 1928 and the new one opened for Christmas with TAXI 13.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Paramount Theatre on Sep 16, 2006 at 11:14 am

Also known as the Pussycat, the Paramount in its later years as a porn palace, had some live shows.

LINDA LOVELACE was advertised as appearing at the Paramount in the mid seventies. In one of her many contradicting biographies (ORDEAL) she claims the event was cancelled in advance as it was never financed once she ran away from Chuck Traynor and she was sued for over $30,000 for cancelling. If this should happen to be true, the Miami Herald ad implies that she:

a)cancelled at the last minute.
b)the ad was placed to set her up for the suit for not showing up.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Sep 16, 2006 at 9:21 am

Thanks LM. I want a vitual tour of the Roxy!

Slight correction the above. The item ran on Februry 19, 1916 not 9. My typing skills suck.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Sep 16, 2006 at 7:13 am

This from the New York Times February 9, 1916.

“A plot 100 by 158 on Myrtle Avenue bewteen Madison and Cypress Avenue, Brooklyn has been purchased by Levy Brothers as a site for a vaudeville theatre planned to seat 2,500 persons.
Thomas Lamb is the architect.”

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Eros Theatre on Sep 14, 2006 at 9:15 pm

Ed, I think the Mini was a converted storefront.

It operated in 1973-74 at 732 Seventh Avenue.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Sep 14, 2006 at 11:28 am

Map it!

135-45 Northern Boulevard maps well as the RKO Plaza LLC.

I think the other 99% of non-New Yorkers who may visit this site eventually deserve the most accurate information we can find EVEN MORE when this buiding perishes. Satellite maps online do not do cross streets.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Doll Theater on Sep 13, 2006 at 11:08 am

Yes, the Royale ran GIGI before it moved over to the Sutton.

I have a list of a number of obscure Manhattan sites that played movies at some point. There was even a novelty restaurant where you sat in a car and watched the movie as if in an indoor drive-in (Can’t remember the name but it was located near Tribeca).

I will post the list of unlisted theatres when I get a chance. Maybe it will jog some memories.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Doll Theater on Sep 13, 2006 at 8:46 am

If there are guidelines, I haven’t found them. Some submissions just don’t make it.