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RobertR commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 11, 2004 at 12:40 pm

I remember an engagement of “The Magic of Lassie” in 1978 which starred James Stewart, Mickey Rooney and the first appearance in 20 years of Alice Faye. The theatre was packed almost to capacity. They had Lassie on stage 5x a day with The Rockettes. It may have been corny but was alot of fun.

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RobertR commented about Dream Theater on Feb 10, 2004 at 4:11 pm

This is a great story about a theatre being saved. I love the marquee, what is the interior like?

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RobertR commented about Roxy Theatre on Feb 10, 2004 at 3:47 pm

I remember reading a story once that studios would delay a release months just to get the Music Hall or the Roxy. This was also true in the 60’s and 70’s for Cinema 1 and 2 when they were the premiere art houses in the whole country. Sadly it seems there are no theatres that have that clout anymore.

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RobertR commented about Town Theatre on Feb 10, 2004 at 1:04 pm

Was the last pussycat theatre to be open the one on Santa Monica Boulevard?

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RobertR commented about Film Forum on Feb 10, 2004 at 11:32 am

The film forum is a triplex with three small screening room type theatres. The lobby is the best thing about it, and the popcorn is always fresh and you can buy coffee and cookies. One screen is always revival and often features brand new prints. The Film Forum has revivied The Tingler a few times during its summer schlock festival and actually wired the seats. They also ran The House on Haunted Hill in Percepto. The only complaint here is the screens are small, but this is one of the last places to see revival films in a town that once had more then a dozen theatres doing it.

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RobertR commented about RKO Madison Theatre on Feb 10, 2004 at 11:28 am

is the theatre intact?

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RobertR commented about Walker Theater on Feb 10, 2004 at 11:20 am

The sky was blue, but like mentioned no clouds or twinkling stars. When the theatre was multiplexed all of the side arches and murals were restored and relit. Like I mentioned in an earlier post the quad was built like a free standing shell to not ruin the walls or ceiling. I have been told everything is in place and that the present store only occupies the lobby and part of the orchestra. Even the marquee is under the present sign. What a shame it is not being used as a theatre, it’s a great busy area. As for The Marlboro it looks like UA is actually going ahead to multiplex it. I dont know how many scrweens, and part of the reason the Midaway turned out as good as it did is that UA sold the building to real estate developer Elias Heskell who did the renovations and UA got the right to operate the theatre.

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RobertR commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 10, 2004 at 11:11 am

I also recall a few summers ago there was a Universal festival one night a week for a month. I managed to catch Psyco.

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RobertR commented about Riverside Theatre on Feb 10, 2004 at 11:06 am

It is so sad, yet amusing how many theatre histories contain the line “UA ran the theatre into the ground”. In NY the list is endless.

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RobertR commented about Pictures of the Hippodrome Renovations on Feb 10, 2004 at 10:59 am

This is so magnificent, in NY we tear down theatres like this unfortunately.

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RobertR commented about Commodore Theater on Feb 10, 2004 at 10:00 am

So the yeshiva plan is out the window? I knew Angel and Arthur well also having been in the biz until about 9 years ago.

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RobertR commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 10, 2004 at 9:32 am

I remember that year of the MGM revivals that p7350 mentioned, I went to see all of them. When I was in college in 1979-80 they were presenting morning musicals for a few months on that awesome screen.

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RobertR commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Feb 10, 2004 at 9:23 am

Why dont they do to this what they did to the Midway?

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RobertR commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Feb 10, 2004 at 8:32 am

Is it true the college is moving out of this space? I have been told that the theatre is pretty intact inside. About ten years they had a rock and roll reunion concert presenting many of the acts that played here during the Alan Freed and Murray The K shows.

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RobertR commented about Egyptian Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 12:36 pm

Thats why I brought up the former twin, couldent they have used that for 2 more screening rooms?

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RobertR commented about Pacific 1-2-3 on Feb 5, 2004 at 10:58 am

Any updates on this theatre?

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RobertR commented about Egyptian Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 10:54 am

What happened to the space next store where UA had the mini twin? I remember at the end UA ran this place so into the ground it was disgusting. I am just glad it is open and was not torn down. Alot was said about ripping out the arch to put in the d-150 screen. Couldent it have been re-created? More sense might have been to put in a huge 150 or Cinerama screen rather then the unimpressive one there now.

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RobertR commented about River Oaks Theater 4 on Feb 5, 2004 at 7:07 am

Loews used to take such care with their theatres, they are qwuickly becoming the new UA. Run them down, loose attendance and close them.

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RobertR commented about Ace Theatre on Feb 5, 2004 at 6:46 am

Wow I never heard of this theatre? Any idea where it was?

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RobertR commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Feb 5, 2004 at 6:41 am

I am suprised UA has not closed this yet, the current condition is hoorrible.

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RobertR commented about Elmwood Theatre on Feb 4, 2004 at 11:00 am

The Elmwood used to be so well maintained except in its last few years when its closing was pending and a new mega-plex planned for across the street in the Queens Center. That all fell through the Elmwood and magnificent Trylon sit shuttered.

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RobertR commented about Sony Columbus Circle on Feb 4, 2004 at 10:55 am

I remember the original electronic marquee Cinema 5 had was screwed up alot and either had old titles flashing or nothing at all. They later redid it with a better electronic/conventional one. I am not sure if Cinema 5 did that or Loews.

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RobertR commented about Loew's Lefrak on Feb 4, 2004 at 10:50 am

Someone also reminded me that when the indian movies stopped playing they renamed the place The Queens Kung Fu Cinema and played those films. The policy lasted about a month.

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RobertR commented about Guild Theater on Feb 4, 2004 at 10:42 am

I loved this theatre I first discovered it in the seventies when it ran a reserved seat engagement of an Italian version of Aida with Sophia Loren lip syncing to someone elses voice. It was made in the fifties and never released here until then. A truely bizzare film, I have not heard of it since then. If I am correct the distributor was 21st Century Distribution who released all those dubbed Italian horror films.

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RobertR commented about Grand Central Theatre on Feb 4, 2004 at 10:36 am

I think I remember reading that later on it screened second run fims.