Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Alameda Theater on Dec 25, 2006 at 7:53 am

Gents,

Please check out Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book, “Mexican Movies in the United States”.

The Alameda is the heart of the book.

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Al Alvarez commented about Belmont Theatre on Dec 25, 2006 at 12:59 am

This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book MEXICAN MOVIES IN THE UNITED STATES.

As a Spanish language house, the Belmont hosted the NY premier of the Mexican classic AY JALISCO, NO TE RAJES! in 1943 to packed houses. The owner, who also ran Spanish films at the WORLD 49th Street, took a gamble on a Spanish language Broadway house and won big time. He moved several Mexican titles into the World 49 during the second world war most likely to compensate for the diminished European product.

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Al Alvarez commented about Manhattan Theatre on Dec 25, 2006 at 12:57 am

This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book MEXICAN MOVIES I N THE UNITED STATES.

It was turned into a Spanish language house by exhibitor Jeane Ansell in 1944.

A Manhattan Theatre on west 109th Street and Manhattan Avenue (213 Manhattan Avenue) was already running movies by 1918. Were there two different buildings on this location?

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Al Alvarez commented about Forum Theatre on Dec 25, 2006 at 12:47 am

This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book MEXICAN MOVIES IN THE UNITED STATES.

In 1948, Cuban rhumba dancer Mexican film star Maria Antonieta Pons made a live appearance that filled the South Bronx PUERTO RICO’s 2200 seats and left another 500 with standing room only at each show.

For the run of her 1949 film, her film performance in LA HIJA DEL PENAL was challenged on stage by a live performance from rival rhumba dancer AMALIA AGUILAR in what sounds like a pre- ROCKY HORROR combination of film and stage histronics that drove the audiences wild.

The Cinema Circuit PROSPECT was opened nearby due to the overwhelming suceess of the PUERTO RICO.

There is a photo as the FORUM in the book.

Ed, if you get stuck in here again I promise to send Lost Memory in before New Year with some supplies.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Azteca Theatre on Dec 25, 2006 at 12:40 am

This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book MEXICAN MOVIES I N THE UNITED STATES.

The Azteca was an East Harlem house managed by Jeane Ansell, a 1940’s exhibitor with a chain of over ten local theatres who was financially destroyed by a tax scandal in the fifties.

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Al Alvarez commented about Delmar Theatre on Dec 25, 2006 at 12:38 am

This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book MEXICAN MOVIES I N THE UNITED STATES.

The GOTHAM as the DEL MAR filled the 2500 seat house with Spanish Language films. It hosted the World Premiere of superstar Cantinflas’ PUERTA JOVEN.

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Al Alvarez commented about Colon Theatre on Dec 25, 2006 at 12:36 am

This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book MEXICAN MOVIES I N THE UNITED STATES.

The SCHUYLER is listed as the COLON when showing Spanish Language movies.

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Al Alvarez commented about Caribe Theatre on Dec 25, 2006 at 12:34 am

This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book MEXICAN MOVIES I N THE UNITED STATES.

The CARIBE and the ARDEN are listed as being the same theatre.

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Al Alvarez commented about Star Theatre on Dec 25, 2006 at 12:32 am

This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book MEXICAN MOVIES IN THE UNITED STATES.

In 1952 it switched to Spanish language films and broke all previous first-run records. An excellent photo of the BORICUA can be found in the book.

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Al Alvarez commented about Audubon Theatre on Dec 25, 2006 at 12:27 am

This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book MEXICAN MOVIES I N THE UNITED STATES.

The Audubon as the SAN JUAN ran Spanish Language films when the going got tough in the late forties often playing day and date with the flasgship PUERTO RICO in the South Bronx.

San Juan should be added as an alternate name here.

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Al Alvarez commented about Gotham Theatre on Dec 25, 2006 at 12:23 am

This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book MEXICAN MOVIES I N THE UNITED STATES.

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Al Alvarez commented about Teatro Hispano on Dec 25, 2006 at 12:15 am

This theatre is mentioned in Rogelio Agrasanchez, Jr.’s excellent book MEXICAN MOVIES IN THE UNITED STATES.

It was inaugurated as the Campoamor on August 10, 1934 by Argentinian tango singer Carlos Gardel (currently known as the composer of the song VOLVER) plus a variety show and the film CUESTA ABAJO. The film was a New York production starring Gardel himself. The theatre thrived with a string of Spanish language melodramas designed to make the audience cry. The Jorge Negrete feature UNA CARTA DE AMOR was granted standing ovations.

It was the CERVANTES by 1936 and then the HISPANO and was briefly known as the RADIO TEATRO HISPANO from 1940.

A photo as the TEATRO HISPANO is available in the book mentioned above.

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Al Alvarez commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Dec 24, 2006 at 5:50 am

Here is what the NY Times time clock listed on the last week of August 1986, after which it disappears from those listings:

Screen 1- THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE II
Screen 2- NIGHT OF THE CREEPS
SCreen 3- RUNNING SCARED

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Al Alvarez commented about RKO Hamilton Theatre on Dec 20, 2006 at 12:46 pm

Great team work, guys!

I show that the Hamilton stopped showing movies in March 1965 and that NONE BUT THE BRAVE and ESCAPE BY NIGHT may have been the last features.

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Al Alvarez commented about Paramount Times Square question on Dec 18, 2006 at 12:45 pm

It appears that aside from rounding up Japanese Americans and taking them to Ellis Island and closing the Nippon Club in Times Square, the other shows went on as normal.

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Al Alvarez commented about Paramount Times Square question on Dec 18, 2006 at 7:59 am

SKYLARK with Claudette Colbert and Ray Milland was the movie.

Harry James and his band along were Ray Bolger was the act.

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Al Alvarez commented about Movie chain discriminates vs. blind, deaf, suit claims on Dec 9, 2006 at 12:57 am

Mikeoaklandpark, your thinking about blind people not going to the movies is the reason for this lawsuit. People with closed minds make disabled people’s lives impossible and Audio Description IS ALL ABOUT LEGALLY BLIND PEOPLE GOING TO THE MOVIES.

Although I agree that AMC is getting a bum rap from disability groups who are ignorant of the economic reality of buying and using these systems, the posters on this site going on about liberals are clueless of the real issue; The fact is that millions of senior citizen movie-buffs have stopped going the movies because they can’t hear or see as well as they used to.

Subtitles and Audio Description bring the cinema experience back for many in a retirement destination like Arizona.

If only liberals are the ones fighting for this, then thank god someone still has a brain left.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Dec 7, 2006 at 7:01 am

Andy, the Empire will outgross most West End sites due to their prices but the results do not reflect the excellent presentation they provide in the big screen. At least not yet.

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Al Alvarez commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Dec 6, 2006 at 1:49 pm

Insignificant to the point of “off EDI” and no one knows what “THX means anymore” best describes this run, Andy.

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Al Alvarez commented about Roxy Theatre on Dec 3, 2006 at 8:36 am

BLONDES doubled BAND WAGON’S total take in national distributor rentals according to Variety estimates at the time. Of course, the Roxy seating capacity may have changed the NY numbers.

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Al Alvarez commented about Budget Theater Questions - Semi Urgent on Nov 30, 2006 at 8:47 am

If you have to wait until the new theatres pull the film in order to play it, you will run into the DVD release competition.

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Al Alvarez commented about Avon 7 on Nov 28, 2006 at 9:51 am

According to the NY Times (July 25, 1973) the Avon 7 was raided as part on an eleven theatre crackdown on porn. The film MONICA, DAUGHTER OF MONA was confiscated and Raymond Fernandez, also manager of the Cine Lido, was among those arrested.

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Al Alvarez commented about Theater renders movie ratings totally useless on Nov 24, 2006 at 10:18 am

The rating system avoids non-industry censorship and Theatres ignore it at their own risk.

In the US rating were done by each community as resulted in stupid and racist decisions in places as diverse as Salt Lake City, Baltimore and Memphis.

In the UK, since it is a law, theatres can easily lose their license to operate if the local council feels they are ignoring teh classifications.

Anyone who thinks ratings serve no purpose should do a history check on the American Films censorship shambles when the Catholic Church made themselves the last word and when movies were banned in the UK because they might offend the Queen.

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Al Alvarez commented about Theater renders movie ratings totally useless on Nov 24, 2006 at 10:15 am

The rating system avoids non-industry censorship and Theatres ignore it at their own risk.

In the US rating were done by each community as resulted in stupid and racist decisions in places as diverse as Salt Lake City, Baltimore and Memphis.

In the UK, since it is a law, theatres can easily lose their license to operate if the local council feels they are ignoring teh classifications.

Anyone who thinks ratings serve no purpose should do a history check on the American Films censorship shambles when the Catholic Church made themselves the last word and when movies were banned in the UK because they might offend the Queen.

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Al Alvarez commented about Cine Yara on Nov 21, 2006 at 5:14 am

Wow! Thanks, LM. My mother says that is the very one her brother snuck her into for free when he was manager.