Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez commented about Absinthe House Cinematheque on Apr 15, 2006 at 1:06 pm

According to The Miami Herald:

“The Absinthe House Cinematheque is named after the extremely potent and poisonous banned absinthe liquor, which appears in some of Hernandez-Canton’s (the owner) favorite works of literature from the turn of the century.”

The Absinthe was also know as the Alcazar in the nineties.

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Al Alvarez commented about Costello Theatre on Apr 15, 2006 at 6:52 am

It appears the Costello showed German films from 1931 to 1938 until the product dried up. During the war it switched to Spanish films.

I have also now asked that this theatre be moved from the mythical city of Audubon.

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Al Alvarez commented about Broadway Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 5:15 pm

Thanks Warren. I am not sure how one would list them, but the old Criterion and the Vitagraph both deserve a listing.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's Lexington Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 12:54 pm

New York Times ads in late January 1916 list the Biltmore as the former Lexington.

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Al Alvarez commented about Trans-Lux Modern Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 10:49 am

Is the Trans-Lux East (1963-1979) not listed yet?

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's Lexington Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 10:26 am

For a short period in 1916 this operated as the Biltmore Theatre.

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Al Alvarez commented about Broadway Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 9:54 am

Sorry, I found that one. It is the VITAGRAPH (44th & Broadway) that appears to be missing.

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Al Alvarez commented about Broadway Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 9:30 am

There appears to be no listing for Paramount’s Broadway Theatre. (1915-1928)on 41st street. Does anyone have any information?

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Al Alvarez commented about Sun Sing Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 7:14 am

The 1934 Year Book of Motion Pictures lists the Florence as having 1150 seats.

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Al Alvarez commented about Tower Theater on Apr 14, 2006 at 6:40 am

The Tower is listed in the 1934 Year Book of Motion Pictures as having 750 seats.

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Al Alvarez commented about Tivoli Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 6:40 am

The Tivoli is listed in the 1934 Year Book of Motion Pictures as having 947 seats.

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Al Alvarez commented about Roxy Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 6:39 am

The Roxy is listed in the 1934 Year Book of Motion Pictures as having 725 seats.

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Al Alvarez commented about Paramount Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 6:37 am

The Paramount is listed in the 1934 Year Book of Motion Pictures as having 1509 seats.

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Al Alvarez commented about Mayfair Theatre on Apr 14, 2006 at 6:36 am

The Mayfair is listed in the 1934 Year Book of Motion Pictures as having 700 seats.

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Al Alvarez commented about Coconut Grove Playhouse on Apr 13, 2006 at 9:05 pm

The 1934 Yearbook lists this place as having 1350 seats.

I saw BILLY HILL, the failed Gerome Ragni play here in previews. I don’t think it ever left Miami after well deserved scathing reviews.

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Al Alvarez commented about Sunny Isles Twin on Apr 10, 2006 at 2:16 pm

I believe it may be this furniture store:

Inspiration Furniture By Scan Design
3025 Sunny Isles Blvd North Miami Beach, FL 33160 (305) 944-8080

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Al Alvarez commented about Cinema Studio on Apr 8, 2006 at 10:35 am

If the Theatre St. Marks rates a listing under the name THEATRE surely this should be changed to Cinema Studio.

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Al Alvarez 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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Al Alvarez 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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Al Alvarez 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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Al Alvarez 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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Al Alvarez 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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Al Alvarez 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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Al Alvarez 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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Al Alvarez commented about Olympia Theatre at Gusman Center on Apr 2, 2006 at 8:46 am

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