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AlAlvarez commented about Stadium Theatre on Apr 8, 2006 at 7:50 am

In Christmas of 1922 the Stadium joined the wide release of Mary Pickford’s TESS OF THE STORM COUNTRY…and I mean wide.

33 runs in Manhattan alone.

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AlAlvarez commented about Photoplay Theatre on Apr 8, 2006 at 7:36 am

Shows up in a September 1, 1918 NY Times full page ad for Paramount and Artcarft product.

“It is just as important to project the right sort of pictures ‘over here’ as it is to fire the right sort of cartridges ‘over there’"
reads the WWI ad.

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AlAlvarez commented about Park Avenue Theatre on Apr 8, 2006 at 5:33 am

In August 1956 the NYT announced plans by Walter Reade to reopen the theatre, an easy reconvert by removing a false floor put in the bank. The theatre is then listed as having 599 seats.

(BY WAY OF REPORT; ‘War and Peace’ Is Due At Capitol—Addenda
By A.H. WEILER. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Apr 15, 1956. p. 121 (1 page))

This plan was scrapped when new zoning laws would no longer allow it, hence the sale of the property to the archdioces soon after.

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AlAlvarez commented about New York Theatre on Apr 2, 2006 at 2:33 pm

I work with Steve in London. He is the CEO of Cineworld Cinemas, a British chain he started from scratch in 1996 that built 34 multiplexes in ten years. In 2004 Cineworld bought UGC Cinemas and is now 79 theatres strong. www.cineworld.co.uk

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AlAlvarez commented about Sunny Isles Twin on Apr 2, 2006 at 11:26 am

The address for this theatre was 3025 Interama Boulevard.

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AlAlvarez commented about Gables Theatre on Apr 2, 2006 at 9:05 am

The address above is incorrect. The Gables was at 2112 Ponce de Leon.

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AlAlvarez commented about Coral Theatre on Apr 2, 2006 at 8:58 am

The address above is incorrect. The Coral was at 2331 Ponce de Leon.

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AlAlvarez commented about Gusman Center for the Performing Arts on Apr 2, 2006 at 8:46 am

This is now known as OLYMPIA THEATRE AT GUSMAN HALL. Common sense prevails!

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AlAlvarez commented about AMC Loews 34th Street 14 on Apr 2, 2006 at 7:55 am

This is now being advertised as the WEST 34TH STREET in newspapers since AMC took over.

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AlAlvarez commented about Loew's Orpheum Theatre on Apr 2, 2006 at 7:38 am

Shouldn’t LOEWS CINE be added to the former names here even though it only referred to part of the building?

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 2, 2006 at 6:44 am

Cineplex Odeon tried to multiplex the Ziegfeld and triplex the National. Their respective landlords would not allow it. Whatever their motivation, common sense prevailed.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 29, 2006 at 4:31 pm

Ah, yes, to go back to the days when I was a manager in NY and we had reel to reel…

The refunds we gave out when the projectionist fell asleep at the Waverly.
The abuse I got from when he passed out drunk at the Bay.
The beating I received when he disappeared from the booth altogether at the Fresh Meadows and that infamous BACKDRAFT World Premiere at the Ziegfeld!

Ah, the good old days…

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AlAlvarez commented about Park & 86th Street Cinemas on Mar 27, 2006 at 6:18 pm

Cineplex Odeon named it Park & 86th Street even though it was closer to Lexington because they thought Park sounded classier. They also refused 86th & Park for the same reason.

The previous name, RKO 86th Street Twin (opened December 22, 1971) should be added here.

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AlAlvarez commented about Harlem Opera House on Mar 26, 2006 at 4:57 pm

Good grief, Warren.

Where do you get these great pics? You are the real treasure here!

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 20, 2006 at 6:52 pm

Gee Hal. “It’s all about the money?” When super budget productions like WEST SIDE STORY, BEN-HUR, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA were produced they were even bigger risks than today’s films which can generate millions in a weekend. It was even more about the money then when one screw-up on Broadway could mean 50% of the film’s world wide gross. These older classics were often ruined by bad projectionists, rude customers (juvenile delinquents, we called them) and careless sloppy staff. If you really want to remember how cattle were herded in the good old days go to a Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall.

I think if you read the posts above, The Ziegfeld suffers from none of these and I cannot say the same was the case during the Walter Reade/Cineplex Odeon days.

I think your memories are rose coloured and you need let go and give credit where it is due! Most new cinemas have great presentation. It is most of the movies that tend to be crap and make this series so special.

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AlAlvarez commented about New York Theatre on Mar 18, 2006 at 10:40 am

I see there are two Globes here (is the other one listed?). The one on 46th street went legit in 1957 after showing A FACE IN THE CROWD possibly prompting the PALACE decision to drop Vaudeville and play better films.

This one opened Russ Meyers VIXEN and THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN and may have been the FULTON for a while in the late 40’s. Can anyone confirm or correct me?

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AlAlvarez commented about New York Theatre on Mar 18, 2006 at 9:49 am

Something is not right here. The Globe was on 46th street, the Big Apple on 42nd and CANDY premiered at the Astor.

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AlAlvarez commented about Kenmore Theatre on Feb 28, 2006 at 8:41 am

Sorry for the delay on this, br. When I left NY, little work had been done that could damage the Kenmore interior aside from that associated with the thankfully rather cheap quading efforts. The chandelier was intact and most auditorium features were worn but otherwise untouched. The lobby mirror wall was intact and the balcony level trimings were still impressive aside from the occassional bullet hole. Aside from some the corridor dry wall coverings (a Cineplex Odeon norm here and at the Met) which allowed elements behind to remain, the place was quite delicately refurbished. The upstairs lobby ceilings were worn though beautifully intricate but the bathrooms were all beat to death. A massive (and scary) basement and backstage area remained with some dressing rooms. The coal furnace was still being fed by human hands and serviced by a coal shoot from the sidewalk.

I am not sure what damage has been done since, but I can assure you Cineplex Odeon did little harm. For all their faux marble crimes in Manhattan, their Brooklyn conversions were generally reseating and cleaning if only for cost reasons.

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AlAlvarez commented about Florida Theatre on Feb 26, 2006 at 7:11 pm

Ad for 3 -strip Cinerama at the Florida, downtown Miami.
http://cinerama.topcities.com/florida.htm

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AlAlvarez commented about Roosevelt Theatre on Feb 26, 2006 at 7:09 pm

Program for This is Cinerama at the Roosevelt

http://cinerama.topcities.com/roosevelt.htm

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AlAlvarez commented about Angelika 57 on Feb 26, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Sallah Hassenein is alive and well and was, last I heard, involved with Todd AO. For years after leaving UA he was Managing Director for Warner Bros Theatres international based in the UK. He doubt he was ever connected with the Angelika 57.

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AlAlvarez commented about Loew's Westchester on Feb 26, 2006 at 9:02 am

My brother tells me this location is now retail space.

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AlAlvarez commented about Paris Theatre on Feb 18, 2006 at 11:45 am

The Paris in the nineties…
04/13/90 MAMA, THERE’S A MAN IN YOUR BED
05/18/90 WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
05/25/90 JESUS OF MONTREAL
06/29/90 CHILDREN OF PARADISE
07/13/90 LIFE IS A LONG QUIET RIVER
08/03/90 METROPOLITAN
09/07/90 (name change to LOEWS FINE ARTS)
11/02/90 VINCENT AND THEO
12/28/90 ALICE
04/12/91 DADDY NOSTALGIA
05/24/91 AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE
06/28/91 MY FATHER’S GLORY
07/26/91 MY MOTHER’S CASTLE
09/13/91 DOGFIGHT
10/04/91 THE MAN IN THE MOON
11/15/91 MEETING VENUS
11/29/91 THE INNER CIRCLE
01/24/92 KAFKA
03/13/92 HOWARD’S END
10/30/92 THE LOVER
11/13/92 (renamed LOEWS PARIS FINE ARTS)
05/28/93 (renamed PARIS)
06/04/93 THE MUSIC OF CHANCE
08/20/93 KING OF THE HILL
09/24/93 JAMON JAMON
11/05/93 REMAINS OF THE DAY
03/11/94 GERMINAL
05/13/94 WIDOW’S PEAK
08/12/94 A LA MODE
09/30/94 PLAYTIME/ JOUR DE FETE
10/14/94 THE BROWNING VERSION
11/04/94 THE LAST SEDUCTION
12/23/94 DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
02/24/95 ONCE WERE WARRIORS
03/31/95 JEFFERSON IN PARIS
06/30/95 BELLE DE JOUR
09/29/95 PERSUASION
11/10/95 CARRINGTON
12/15/95 OTHELLO
03/08/96 THE STAR MAKER
04/12/96 JANE EYRE
05/17/96 THE HORSEMAN ON THE ROOF
06/28/96 PURPLE NOON
09/20/96 SURVIVING PICASSO
12/27/96 HAMLET
04/04/97 ANNA KARENINA
05/02/97 closed?
07/25/97 DAY FOR NIGHT
08/22/97 FACES
08/23/97 SHADOWS
08/24/97 HUSBANDS
08/25/97 LOVE STRANGERS
08/26/97 MINNIE & MOSKOWITZ
08/27/97 A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE
09/05/97 LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
10/03/97 WASHINGTON SQUARE
12/26/97 THE WINTER GUEST
02/13/98 VIEWS OF MERCHANT IVORY (14 FILMS)
03/13/98 AMISTAD
03/27/98 A PRICE ABOVE RUBIES
05/01/98 WILDE
06/12/98 THE LAND GIRLS
07/10/98 A NIGHT AT THE OPERA/ A DAY AT THE RACES
07/31/98 THE GOVERNESS
09/18/98 A SOLDIER’S DAUGHTER NEVER CRIES
10/23/98 LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL
04/09/99 FELLINI’S 8 1/2
05/21/99 BESIEGED
07/09/99 THE DINNER GAME
10/29/99 THE LEGEND OF 1900
11/19/99 MANSFIELD PARK
12/17/99 TOPSY-TURVY

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AlAlvarez commented about Beekman Theatre on Feb 18, 2006 at 11:44 am

The Beekman in the nineties…
01/26/90 STRIKE IT RICH
02/16/90 REVENGE
03/09/90 COUPE DE VILLE
03/30/90 OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
04/13/90 THE GODS MUST BE CRAZY II
05/04/90 CHATTAHOOCHEE
05/18/90 BIRD ON A WIRE
06/29/90 GHOST DAD
07/27/90 PROBLEM CHILD
08/17/90 WILD AT HEART
09/14/90 POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
11/09/90 THE KRAYS
12/07/90 THE GRIFTERS
12/14/90 HAVANA
01/18/91 ONCE AROUND
03/15/91 TRUE COLORS
04/12/91 IMPROMPTU
05/24/91 ONLY THE LONELY
06/14/91 BACKDRAFT
07/19/91 BILL & TED’S BOGUS JOURNEY
08/02/91 CITY SLICKERS
08/16/91 THE COMMITMENTS
08/30/91 BLACK ROBE
10/11/91 AT PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD
02/28/92 UNDER SUSPICION
04/10/92 THE PLAYER
07/10/92 THE BEST INTENTIONS
08/14/92 SINGLE WHITE FEMALE
09/18/92 HUSBANDS AND WIVES
11/13/92 A FEW GOOD MEN
03/05/93 RICH IN LOVE
04/16/93 UNFORGIVEN
04/30/93 THE PICKLE
05/14/93 BENNY & JOON
06/25/93 SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE
08/27/93 MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY
10/01/93 A BRONX TALE
11/12/93 THE PIANO
12/31/93 SHADOWLANDS
03/11/94 GUARDING TESS
04/15/94 NAKED IN NEW YORK
06/17/94 WOLF
08/26/94 NATURAL BORN KILLERS
09/30/94 MY FAIR LADY
10/07/94 PULP FICTION
12/23/94 LEGENDS OF THE FALL
02/24/95 BULLETS OVER BROADWAY
03/10/95 MURIEL’S WEDDING
04/07/95 ROB ROY
05/19/95 FORGET PARIS
07/07/95 FIRST KNIGHT
08/11/95 A WALK IN THE CLOUDS
09/29/95 STEAL BIG, STEAL LITTLE
10/13/95 STRANGE DAYS
10/27/95 LEAVING LAS VEGAS
11/17/95 CASINO
12/29/95 12 MONKEYS
02/16/96 CITY HALL
03/22/96 JACK AND SARAH
03/29/96 A FAMILY THING
04/12/96 GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER
04/26/96 THE TRUTH ABOUT CATS AND DOGS
06/14/96 STEALING BEAUTY
08/02/96 EMMA
10/11/96 MICHAEL COLLINS
12/27/96 MICHAEL
02/07/97 HOTEL DE LOVE
02/14/97 TOUCH
02/28/97 SMILLA’S SENSE OF SNOW
04/11/97 PARADISE ROAD
05/02/97 THE COMMANDMENTS
05/16/97 ANNA KARENINA
05/30/97 TIL THERE WAS YOU
06/27/97 BRASSED OFF
08/01/97 PICTURE PERFECT
08/22/97 A SMILE LIKE YOURS
09/19/97 closed?
10/24/97 IN THE COMPANY OF MEN/ MRS. BROWN
11/07/97 WINGS OF THE DOVE
03/06/98 THE BIG LEBOWSKI
04/03/98 THE BUTCHER BOY
05/22/98 FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
07/24/98 I WENT DOWN
07/31/98 EVER AFTER
09/18/98 ONE TRUE THING
10/09/98 THE MIGHTY
11/13/98 MEET JOE BLACK
12/11/98 CELEBRITY
12/25/98 THE THEORY OF FLIGHT
01/08/99 LITTLE VOICE
02/19/99 OCTOBER SKY
03/26/99 SAVING PRIVATE RYAN
04/02/99 COOKIE’S FORTUNE
05/07/99 THE MUMMY
06/11/99 THE RED VIOLIN
08/06/99 THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR
09/17/99 AMERICAN BEAUTY
12/31/99 THE HURRICANE

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 17, 2006 at 5:46 am

Bill, there is a rather funny Variety article from 1968 reporting that young audiences at the Capitol often sat on the floor instead of in their seats for 2001 and that the film was doing well although advance sales were poor and most sales occured just before the performance. It also alluded to the smoking of a certain substance by a large portion of the crowd, an nostalgia element the Ziegfeld will not be able to legally recreate.