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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 24, 2006 at 10:12 am

MAROONED

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Al Alvarez commented about Joyce Theater on Sep 24, 2006 at 5:42 am

Ed, the Film-makers Cooperative booked for Warhol so it may have been Mekas booking the Elgin on films such as THE CHELSEA GIRLS.

The Andy Warhol Garrick theatre was at 152 Bleecker Street.

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Al Alvarez commented about New Cinema Playhouse on Sep 24, 2006 at 12:30 am

Ed, they seem to have moved to the Elgin full time by 1969 and the Anthology Film Archives on Wooster Street by 1970. The last sign of operating at the New Cinema Playhouse was in July 1968.

It appears that in 1970 they were also booking the Elgin, Garrick and Orpheum (Lower East Side) as well as they ran block ads for all three.

By 1970, 120 W. 42nd Street had live sex shows where you could see 8mm porn films being made. I have found no sign of it actually showing porn films.

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Al Alvarez commented about Joyce Theater on Sep 23, 2006 at 1:01 am

Ed, the appearance of Andy Warhol films at the Elgin in mid 1968 implies he succeeded. The moving around of prints would also explain the patchwork bookings at the New Cinema Playhouse.

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Al Alvarez commented about New Cinema Playhouse on Sep 22, 2006 at 11:56 pm

The Cinema Playhouse repeated films for some reason. Hence, WINTER KEPT US WARM played for two weeks in February, then came back for four weeks in April. The Warhol films had similar patchwork runs.

PORTRAIT OF JASON ran for over seven weeks, skipped a week, then came back for two more in 1967.

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Al Alvarez commented about RKO Madison Theatre on Sep 21, 2006 at 10:24 am

Ed, I’m afraid I don’t know how to do that but here is the line-up.

TEH HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD STARTS MAY 12, 1971

Manhattan
(while continuing at) RKO 59th St. TWINS

RKO 23RD ST.
RKO COLISUEM
NEW AMSTERDAM
ROOSEVELT 145TH ST.

Brooklyn
RKO ALBEE
RKO DYKER
RKO KENMORE
RKO MADISON
GEORGETOWN TWIN 2
KINGSWAY

Queens
RKO ALDEN
RKO KEITHS
BOULEVARD
ELMWOOD

Bronx
RKO FORDHAM
WHITESTONE DRIVE-IN

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about New Cinema Playhouse on Sep 21, 2006 at 7:23 am

No signs of porn here, ed although it did show “Andy Warhol’s f***” (aka BLUE MOVIE).

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Al Alvarez commented about RKO Madison Theatre on Sep 21, 2006 at 6:22 am

Ed, THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD went wide around on May 11, 1971 including the the RKO Madison. There is no mention of a second feature.

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Al Alvarez commented about RKO Madison Theatre on Sep 20, 2006 at 8:26 am

Gents, I think these things were block-booked for the whole RKO ciruit whether there was specific appeal or not. As late as the eighties Cineplex Odeon was pressured into runs of films such as SUPERMAN, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT and TOP GUN which played to empty screens at the Kenmore among others.

Then the opposite started to happen. Slasher movies and BOYZ ‘N THE HOOD on the upper east side.

It’s a little numbers game the industry plays to justify the ad spend and appear politically enlightened.

It still happens. THE DUKES OF HAZARD at the Magic Johnson Harlem 9. Ouch!
THE LOST CITY anywhere outside Miami and New Jersey. BOYNTON BEACH CLUB anywhere outside Boynton Beach.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about RKO Proctor's 58th Street Theatre on Sep 18, 2006 at 9:02 am

I can confirm Warren’s date. The old one closed in March 1928 and the new one opened for Christmas with TAXI 13.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Paramount Theatre on Sep 16, 2006 at 11:14 am

Also known as the Pussycat, the Paramount in its later years as a porn palace, had some live shows.

LINDA LOVELACE was advertised as appearing at the Paramount in the mid seventies. In one of her many contradicting biographies (ORDEAL) she claims the event was cancelled in advance as it was never financed once she ran away from Chuck Traynor and she was sued for over $30,000 for cancelling. If this should happen to be true, the Miami Herald ad implies that she:

a)cancelled at the last minute.
b)the ad was placed to set her up for the suit for not showing up.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Sep 16, 2006 at 9:21 am

Thanks LM. I want a vitual tour of the Roxy!

Slight correction the above. The item ran on Februry 19, 1916 not 9. My typing skills suck.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Sep 16, 2006 at 7:13 am

This from the New York Times February 9, 1916.

“A plot 100 by 158 on Myrtle Avenue bewteen Madison and Cypress Avenue, Brooklyn has been purchased by Levy Brothers as a site for a vaudeville theatre planned to seat 2,500 persons.
Thomas Lamb is the architect.”

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Al Alvarez commented about Eros Theatre on Sep 14, 2006 at 9:15 pm

Ed, I think the Mini was a converted storefront.

It operated in 1973-74 at 732 Seventh Avenue.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Sep 14, 2006 at 11:28 am

Map it!

135-45 Northern Boulevard maps well as the RKO Plaza LLC.

I think the other 99% of non-New Yorkers who may visit this site eventually deserve the most accurate information we can find EVEN MORE when this buiding perishes. Satellite maps online do not do cross streets.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Doll Theater on Sep 13, 2006 at 11:08 am

Yes, the Royale ran GIGI before it moved over to the Sutton.

I have a list of a number of obscure Manhattan sites that played movies at some point. There was even a novelty restaurant where you sat in a car and watched the movie as if in an indoor drive-in (Can’t remember the name but it was located near Tribeca).

I will post the list of unlisted theatres when I get a chance. Maybe it will jog some memories.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Doll Theater on Sep 13, 2006 at 8:46 am

If there are guidelines, I haven’t found them. Some submissions just don’t make it.

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Al Alvarez commented about Doll Theater on Sep 13, 2006 at 8:02 am

The Earl Carroll showed movies intermittently from 1928 to 1930 and then again in 1934 as the Casino.

I have not tried listing it since the Ambassador, with a longer history of motion picture exhibition, was not accepted.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Doll Theater on Sep 13, 2006 at 6:25 am

Your bells are right. That is the Earl Carroll address!

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Al Alvarez commented about Doll Theater on Sep 13, 2006 at 5:47 am

Not only is Lost Memory good in his speculation, I found proof that he is correct in a January 10, 1973 article about the pipe bombing of the Paree Theatre at 753-9 Seventh Avenue.

“The same owner also owns the Doll Theatre at 719 Seventh Avenue.”
It appears it was already there as early as November of 1972

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Al Alvarez commented about Doll Theater on Sep 12, 2006 at 12:16 pm

My cinema treasures interlude of lust occured between 2:13am and 2:16 am sometime on August 14 1982. I think there was plaster.

Can any one please tell me something more about plaster.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Astor Theatre on Sep 12, 2006 at 12:09 pm

My compliments to the NYT and whomever asked for correcting history!
This is good news.

Now about the war on terrorism…

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Doll Theater on Sep 12, 2006 at 7:58 am

Correction: RATAS DEL ASFALTO at the Cine and SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER at the Embassy make it most likely 1978.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Doll Theater on Sep 12, 2006 at 7:55 am

I had my doubts whether the Doll showed movies but that photo in RobertR’s first post proves it. SUMMER OF SUZANNE dates it to 1976 if it was a recent release.

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Al Alvarez commented about Sutton Theater on Sep 11, 2006 at 10:47 pm

The Orleans is mentioned on the Strand link as it was part of that theatre originally.