Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
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.

Al Alvarez
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!

Al Alvarez
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!

Al Alvarez
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?

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

The Dodger Stages are now the New World Stages.

Al Alvarez
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.

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

This was an ABC Florida State Chain Theatre.

Al Alvarez
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?

Al Alvarez
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?”

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

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

Al Alvarez
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.

Al Alvarez
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

Al Alvarez
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

Al Alvarez
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?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Tribeca Cinemas on May 5, 2006 at 10:45 am

This is all well and nice but did this cinema ever open?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Trans-Lux Modern Theatre on May 5, 2006 at 10:32 am

Was it ever anythiong but a newsreel theatre?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Trans-Lux Modern Theatre on May 5, 2006 at 10:14 am

Was this ever anything other than a newsreel theatre?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Tropicaire Drive-In on May 5, 2006 at 5:31 am

I will find out where the Dixie was as I have some old Miami Herald clippings. Do you guys remember the Coral Way, Turnpike, Boulevard, LeJeune, Golden Glades East/West, Miami, North Dade, & 27th Avenue?

I was not a big drive-in fan and the Tropicaire Boulevard, and Golden Glades (STAR WARS – first run) were my only experiences.

Fort Lauderdale had the Hi Way near the airport, possibly the first eleven-plex drive-in in the USA. The Thunderbird Swapshop is still there but the Lakeshore and Davie are gone.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Carnegie Hall Cinema on May 4, 2006 at 9:45 pm

Elwood, all I know is that Jacqueline kept the Carnegie Screening room for several years after Cineplex Odeon took over the larger side. She was eventually bought out when Garth offered her stupid money to pass him the lease. The Screening Room then became Carnegie II.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Tropicaire Drive-In on May 4, 2006 at 10:49 am

Ed, the drive-in on South Dixie Highway was probably the Dixie.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on May 4, 2006 at 8:29 am

I don’t get it. I joined for free. What are you paying for?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about RKO Proctor's 125th Street Theatre on May 4, 2006 at 8:22 am

My 1934 Film Daily shows the Sunset at 316 W 125th street
and the 125th street at 112 E. 125th Street.

If this was indeed the 112 site, it was previously known as the Miner’s and the Columbia before its movie days.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Lyric Theatre on May 4, 2006 at 4:58 am

Was there ever a bypass on 42nd street in the 19th century? There is something similar on 42nd street shown in the latest KING KONG movie. Could it be the old east-west cattle run was still around in the thirties?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Tropicaire Drive-In on May 4, 2006 at 3:10 am

Saw a kung fu triple feature here in the early eighties when a film distributor asked me to do a car count. The movies were as interchangeable as porn and the drive-in crowd included many pick-up trucks loaded with migrants workers I assume came from nearby Homestead. Little tubes provided in-car air conditioning for the year round Florida heat and the windshield wipers had to be activated in order to keep the palmetto bugs from blocking the screen.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Variety Theatre on May 3, 2006 at 1:45 pm

Hardbop, the Universal is listed here as MUSIC PALACE.