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Al Alvarez commented about Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theater on May 25, 2006 at 2:23 am

In the mid seventies, once the downtown houses turned to soft core and blaxploitation, a bus ride to Miracle Mile provided access to the Coral, Gables, Miracle and eventually the Cinematheque. The nearby Twin Gables and Trail provided other choices. When the Coral and Gables went, the Miracle split into two and then four screens. The Twin Gables became the Gables Triple and the whole neighborhood soon settled for the Miracle Center Multiplex outside the Gables. That short-lived latter complex was so daunting even the parking lot was a challenge, so steep my Toyota fell backwards and threw me out every time I tried to get in. Nowadays locals make due with the AMC Sunset Place, a new stadium seated improved version of the Bakery Center, Riviera and Sunset. Alas, the city of Coral Gables has no movie theatres to keep the little shops on Miracle Mile alive at night.

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Al Alvarez commented about Jean Renoir Cinema on May 24, 2006 at 2:05 pm

THis site has a photo and some history as the Gate (162 Second Avenue)

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7 on May 23, 2006 at 10:46 pm

This theatre should be listed as located in Queens.

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Al Alvarez on May 23, 2006 at 10:28 pm

This is now listed twice.

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Al Alvarez commented about Tower Theater on May 22, 2006 at 10:07 pm

The Tower opened in the late twenties and was given the art deco treatment when it became a Wometco house in the early thirties.

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Al Alvarez commented about Avenue Playhouse on May 21, 2006 at 8:06 am

www.imdb.com

ROSE OF TRAILEE 21 October, 1938 release in NY as showed in Variety and the NY Times at the Irish Theatre.

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Al Alvarez commented about Avenue Playhouse on May 21, 2006 at 6:58 am

Known as the Irish Theatre for the brief run of the film version of ROSE OF TRALEE in 1938, the first film made in Ireland.

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Al Alvarez commented about 5th Avenue Cinema on May 12, 2006 at 8:38 am

It was showing movies from at least November, 1926, starting with a re-release of THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI followed by the first run of MIKAEL (AKA, Chained, The Invert) a German gay drama about aging painter Rodin, his male model and the woman who gets in their way. (Only the village would accept THAT plot line in 1926!)

This was the 5th Avenue Playhouse while the Proctor house on 28th Street operated as the 5th Avenue Theatre.

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Al Alvarez commented about Odeon Leicester Square on May 11, 2006 at 11:55 am

This website posts upcoming movie premieres in Leicester Square.

http://www.heartoflondon.info/

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Al Alvarez commented about National Theatre & Roosevelt Theatre on May 11, 2006 at 8:49 am

LM, it’s the same place. It was the National Winter Garden Burlesque, then the Ibsen, then the Rosoevelt Little as a cinema then back to National for Yiddish Vaudeville.

111 East Houston works fine as an address.

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Al Alvarez commented about Colony Theatre on May 11, 2006 at 6:31 am

In the sixties, the Colony was home to THE SOUND OF MUSIC on road show release. On it’s first anniversary, the managers sent the local critic an anniversary cake marking one year since he had written his scathing review of the film.

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Al Alvarez commented about New Europe Theatre on May 10, 2006 at 12:26 pm

Advertised as the 78th Street Playhouse for the run of RESERVE ON FURLOUGH in April 1932.

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Al Alvarez commented about National Theatre & Roosevelt Theatre on May 10, 2006 at 11:35 am

A 1934 NY Times article mentions the Roosevelt Little as another name for the National Theatre (legit). The National was on the SW corner of Houston and Christie which maps now as 273 Bowery, 10002, COMMON RETIREMENT FUN!

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Al Alvarez commented about Evergreen Theatre on May 10, 2006 at 11:16 am

The premiere reserved seat venue for I AM CURIOUS (YELLOW) is now a church???

I just did a spit take all over my computer!

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Al Alvarez commented about West End Theatre on May 10, 2006 at 10:24 am

I have been searching for a theatre called the Palace St Nicholas which was showing movies in 1918. I finally found something about it in a 1903 NY Times article.

It was to be built as a playhouse adjoining the West End Theatre property on St. Nicholas Avenue and Hamilton Place. It ran boxing and plays as well as movies and also had an Annex (roof?).

It was built by a sindicate of theatrical and business men and has a frontage of 188 feet on St. Nicholas and 100 feet 11 inches on Hamilton (125th St?).

Louise M. Goldstein (Murray Hill Lyceum), Charles Bimberg, and Archibald Bimberg composed the syndicate who expect the building to be ready by February 1904.

The building style will be free Renaissance and the material Roman buff brick, limestone and terra cotta with a seating capcaity of 1800.

Is this the LAGREE BAPTIST CHURCH?

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Al Alvarez commented about New World Stages on May 9, 2006 at 6:34 am

The Dodger Stages are now the New World Stages.

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Al Alvarez commented about Life Magazine seeks the most interesting cinemas in America on May 7, 2006 at 11:23 pm

Yes, Norelco. I have worked old theatres with faulty electricity, drafty unsealed vents and crap plumbing. Must be the work of aliens.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ultravision Theatre on May 7, 2006 at 1:58 pm

This was an ABC Florida State Chain Theatre.

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Al Alvarez commented about New Victory Theatre on May 7, 2006 at 1:28 am

Nice shots, Ed!

There was a Loew’s Victory on 155th Street and 3rd avenue open in the 40’s that does not appear to be listed here. Does anyone have any info on that one?

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Al Alvarez commented about Life Magazine seeks the most interesting cinemas in America on May 6, 2006 at 1:38 pm

Hey Decatur Dave, that spec sounds like “most stupid concept for a magazine article in history?”

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Al Alvarez commented about Victoria Theatre on May 6, 2006 at 8:50 am

Laffmovie should be added to previous names (1942-1943).

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Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on May 6, 2006 at 2:28 am

United Artists Twin should be an additional name here. Like it or not, it ran under that name for almost three years.

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Al Alvarez commented about Warners' Theatre on May 6, 2006 at 1:36 am

This must hold the record for most name changes in Manhattan. Following this theatre is like tracing someone on a witness relocation program.

1924 Piccadilly
1925 Warner's
1935 New Yorker
1936 Oriental
1938 Continental
1943 Abbey
1944 Manhattan
1945 Republic

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Al Alvarez commented about Tropicaire Drive-In on May 5, 2006 at 10:41 pm

The Dixie Drive I know was on US 1 in Goulds, so Perrine must be the one as those two towns are close.

LeJeune Drive-In, 27th Avenue & LeJeune Road.
Wometco’s 27th Avenue Drive-In, NW 27th & 87th Street
Turnpike Drive-In, NW 27th Avenue & 128th Street
Wometco’s No. Dade Drive-In, 27th Avenue & 171st Street
E.M. Loew’s Miami Drive-In, NW 7th Avenue & 79th STreet
Wometco’s Coral Way Drive-In, SW 24th Street & 70th Avenue
Golden Glades Drive-In, Palmetto EXpressway and 37th Avenue

I also found the No. Andrews, Gulfstream, Arrow, Breezeway, Gold Coast Drive-In

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Al Alvarez commented about United Artists 64th & Second on May 5, 2006 at 10:57 am

Why the Columbia I & II not a previous name here?