Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Victoria Theatre on May 6, 2006 at 4:50 pm

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

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Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on May 6, 2006 at 10:28 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 9:36 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 6, 2006 at 6:41 am

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 6:57 pm

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

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Tribeca Cinemas on May 5, 2006 at 6:45 pm

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 6:32 pm

Was it ever anythiong but a newsreel theatre?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Trans-Lux Modern Theatre on May 5, 2006 at 6:14 pm

Was this ever anything other than a newsreel theatre?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Tropicaire Drive-In on May 5, 2006 at 1:31 pm

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 5, 2006 at 5:45 am

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 6:49 pm

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 4:29 pm

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 4:22 pm

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 12:58 pm

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?

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Al Alvarez commented about Tropicaire Drive-In on May 4, 2006 at 11:10 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 9:45 pm

Hardbop, the Universal is listed here as MUSIC PALACE.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Movie-Plex 42 on May 3, 2006 at 8:02 pm

2 West 59th Street tracks as the Plaza Hotel so it is probably the venue address before it became a theatre with an entrance on Central Park South.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Nemo Theatre on May 3, 2006 at 7:59 pm

This became the Daitch-Shopwell supermarket Januery 22, 1964.

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Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on May 3, 2006 at 4:41 pm

I think it is KRONOS listed as KILLER KRONOS.
May 12, 1957, Jeff Morrow, Barbra Lawrence, plus 8 Vaudeville acts.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Movie-Plex 42 on May 3, 2006 at 2:40 pm

LOL. I think that wwbsite is a time travel portal. Just what we needed here!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Movieland on May 2, 2006 at 9:36 pm

Always the center of controversy, the Central’s first advertised movie in the NY times is OPEN YOUR EYES, a documentary about venereal disease on June 1919.

In 1922 it premieres Erich Von Stroheim’s “million dollar picture” FOOLISH WIVES.

In 1924 it premieres DANTE’S INFERNO which faces censorship problems nationwide due to its nude bodies in hell sequence.

In 1926 it enjoys a long run of Lilian Gish’s THE SCARLET LETTER.

In 1927 it premieres yet another remake of UNCLE TOM’S CABIN “The 2 million dollar picture”.

1929 Disraeli

1930 All Quiet on the Western Front

In 1934 as the Columbia, it shows the controversial HITLER’S REIGN OF TERROR on moveover from the Mayfair. Back as the Central, it reopens ARE WE CIVILIZED?, a veiled attack on Nazi Germany.

In 1937, DAMAGED LIVES, “His life of debauchery brought disease to his wife!”

April 1944 opens as the Gotham with UP IN MABEL’S ROOM

April 1951 opens as the Holiday with FIVE.

February 1957, reverts to Central for MOM AND DAD/SHE SHOULDA SAID NO double feature. Ten year old exploitation “road show” finally reaches Manhattan and still makes a killing.

December 1957, opens as Odeon US Showcase with THE PURSUIT OF THE GRAF SPEE.

June 1959, becomes the Forum during a re-release of FROM HERE TO ETERNITY.

June 1964, HOW THE WEST WAS WON opens a regular run after a six month “window” from the Cinerama roadshow run.

December 1980, opens as Movieland with ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN.

June 1982, opens E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL.

In the late eighties/early nineties I went into Club USA. I did not know I was in the Movieland at the time but it was a very fancy club full of Japanese tourists and decorated with neon and faux advertising signs (Trojan Condoms was one I remember) that rivalled Times Square outside. The upstairs bar/balcony? area was a sex and drugs den worthy of Studio 54 with people doing lines of coke right at the bar.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Movieland on May 2, 2006 at 9:33 pm

On the question above about the Warner Twin, Cineplex Odeon called it the Warner Twin upon takeover from RKO. Since the building was coming down, they moved the name over to the Rialto 1 & 11 later in the year. The theatre never reopened in the new construction but Cineplex and the landlord settled out of court. The World Wide and product problems made the battle for yet another theatre redundant.

You will find some ads in the summer of 1987 that refer to the Rialto as the Warner Twin but in reality the basement theatre, although newly re-seated and refurbished, only opened for hours. Flooding, subway noise and lack of product forced them to cut their losses and stay open on a single screen only.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Movie-Plex 42 on May 2, 2006 at 7:50 pm

The Zami Yellow pages:

http://newyork.zami.com/Movie_Theater/Clinton

Still list this as 244 W. 42nd street.

Bless!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Loews Cineplex Cinema 5 on May 2, 2006 at 7:26 pm

This theatre survived after the Fresh Meadows re-opened only because of product splitting. Cinema 5 and Loews Bay Terrace Twin played all WB, MGM and Disney product while the Meadows played Touchstone and eveything else. It was an eyesore.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's 34th Street Showplace on May 2, 2006 at 6:55 pm

I can confirm that it opened on May 22, 1981 with THE FAN, BUSTIN' LOOSE and OUTLAND. They may have received a temporary permit made official in January.