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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 17, 2019 at 2:43 pm

Hello-

thanks for your replies about the darkness issue. so is stevenj saying that CM wasn’t filmed that dark its just how the Orpheum was screening it? I ask the question again since the Orpheum manager said in the case of “Solo” that that was the way the film was shot and not a result of their screening of it.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 15, 2019 at 2:36 pm

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in terms of ridethectrain’s comment. as I said my screening of CM at the Orpheum was way to dark in spots to the point in a few scenes you couldn’t see exactly what was happening. so is ridethectrain’s comment to infer that the projectionist at the Orpheum was incorrectly screening the film? I had the same problem at the screening I attended last Spring of Solo-A Star Wars Story. I questioned the manager and he said it was the film not the way they were showing it.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm

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to Mike’s 3/12 comment. what would have been the point of posting the Captain Marvel darkness question on the Orpheum’s page if I was asking moviegoers at this theater what their experience was?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 12, 2019 at 1:15 pm

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a two part question for anyone who saw Captain Marvel at this theater this past weekend. i saw the film at the 12p.m. screening at the Loews Orpheum. was your movie quite dark? half the time i couldn’t see what was happening. and second how full was your auditorium? the 12p.m. screening at the Orpheum was almost empty.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Mar 4, 2019 at 1:16 pm

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thanks to everyone for replying to my post about roadshow films and their tweaking whether in their original roadshow or their general release. now I knew the currently available dvds of The Alamo, Hawaii and The Greatest Story Ever Told were the general release cut. but I was unaware that the Blu-ray disc of Judgement at Nurenburg was not the roadshow cut. how much was cut out?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Feb 27, 2019 at 2:24 pm

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I thank Cinema70 for a detailed reply. maybe the term tweaked was not used in the 60s and 70s when roadshow films were shortened but its certainly a term I would use today. the edit of Cleopatra that played neighborhood theaters in NYC was the 3hr. 15mins.. but the original cut of the film which opened at this theater June of 1963 was 4 hrs. so I’m thankful that Fox kept the excised 45mins. but apparently United Artist didn’t think it was necessary to keep the trims from The Greatest Ever Told or Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad. the currently available Blu-ray disc of TGSET is 3hrs. 19mins. being a fan of the film it would be nice to see what the original roadshow cut of 3hrs. 45mins. contained. likewise when UA trimmed IAMMMMW from its roadshow cut of 3hrs, 12 mins. to 2hrs. 42mins. for the general release they apparently felt no needs to save the trims. in other words some studios were just better at keeping the trims from the original roadshow prints than others.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Feb 26, 2019 at 2:40 pm

to Al A.–

as always thank you for your many informative replies who’ve posted to my many queries. another thought or two about roadshows and tweaking.

*I still find it bizarre that films were tweaked while still in their roadshow runs. hey show biz is strange. but at least Fox keep the trims from the original 4hr. New York premiere cut. on Blu-ray Cleopatra defines !!!WOW!!!. on the other side United Artists didn’t have the archival feelings Fox did since the trims from the initial roadshow rubs of IAMMMMW and The Greatest Story Ever Told are probably lost forever.

*also in a previous note I mentioned after their roadshow runs films would play a 1st run theater in Manhattan on a continuous performance with say 4 shows a day by cutting the overture, the intermission, the entr'acte and the exit music. then depending on the film’s length the film itself would be tweaked before it played neighborhood theaters around NYC. this is where my question comes in- am I correct in my info that in the 3 level release pattern described The Sound Of Music was one of the very few roadshow films that was never tweaked?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Feb 22, 2019 at 3:44 pm

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I thank my fellow moviegoers for their replies but my question wasn’t quite answered. I am well aware that many roadshow films depending on how long they were got tweaked before they hit neighborhood theaters in NYC. but I never understood why some roadshow films were tweaked when they were still in their 2 performance a day roadshow engagements.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Feb 21, 2019 at 2:34 pm

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i’m dating myself but i fondly remember the heyday of reserved seat engagements. to which a question- depending on how long the film was after it had exhausted its first run in Manhattan it would be tweaked before playing in neighborhood theaters around NYC. but what was the point of tweaking a film when it was still in its 2 show a day roadshow engagement?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Feb 21, 2019 at 2:17 pm

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while the current blu-ray disc is A+ in both its picture image and audio tracks i would have loved to see it projected in Todd-AO on the huge curved screen.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Feb 19, 2019 at 12:48 pm

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while the HD transfer on the recently released Blu-ray makes the film come alive I wish I had seen it in its original projection at the Rivoli in Dec. 1926.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jan 15, 2019 at 1:59 pm

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does anyone know what has become of The Current War starring Benedict Cumberbatch which was supposed to get released the Fall of 2017?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Uptown 1 on Jan 13, 2019 at 2:28 pm

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on the photo page is an ad for the World Premiere opening of 2001: A Space Odyssey. right above it is' an ad for the roadshow engagement of Camelot at the Warner. said theater was fully renovated but no longer shows films. would anyone know the last big studio film to play an exclusive engagement here?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jan 11, 2019 at 3:34 pm

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to markp thanks for your reply of 12/27. I am assuming that when a film’s release date is announced its basically shot edited and in the can. for instance the Summer Movie section which the NY Times had the first Sun. in May has Under the Silver Lake opening the last week of June. in fact when i saw Angels in America Andrew Garfield( who i’m a big fan of) confirmed the film was opening the last week of June. but it was pulled from release and yet to open in Dec. the Fall Movie preview section in the Sun. N Y Times the 2nd Sun. in Sept. stated as much. but the film never opened. people who go see blockbuster/super hero films 2 to 3 tend not to see art house films. so what happened to UTSL? continually shifting release dates is NEVER a good sign.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:18 pm

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thanks for the reply. what I meant to ask was how different a moviegoing experience is the Dolby Cinema from the Loews Auditorium?

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bigjoe59 commented about Hammerstein's Victoria Theatre on Jan 2, 2019 at 12:39 pm

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to Mike(saps) you have a point but I wouldn’t have asked the question again if someone had definitively answered it the 1st time I asked it- was Hammerstein’s Victoria “demolished” or not?

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bigjoe59 commented about Hammerstein's Victoria Theatre on Jan 1, 2019 at 11:58 am

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I would greatly appreciate it if anyone has additional info to answer my question of 9/3/12. thanks

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jan 1, 2019 at 11:45 am

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i haven’t had the chance to see a film in the new Dolby Cinema
yet. to which just how different is it from its former life
as the Loews Auditorium?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Dec 27, 2018 at 12:54 pm

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in terms of davepring’s post. from a reliable source I read that the real reason Sinatra left the filming of Carousel was not because for the “if I’m shooting 2 films I want be paid twice” reason. it turns out his paramour at the time Ava Gardner was shooting in Europe and she sent him a note stating that if he didn’t get the set asap she would have an affair with her co-star.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Dec 27, 2018 at 12:47 pm

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to markp thanks for your reply other day. a two part follow up.

*during the 70MM engagement of Phantom Thread where were the brochures placed?

*also do you know of a website that will mention whatever became of a film that was never came out? as an example the Fall Movie section in a Sunday NYT this past Sept. listed films which never opened. in fact they were listed again in the Holiday Movie section the first Sunday in Nov. and gain never opened.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Dec 25, 2018 at 12:24 pm

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first off Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. okay here goes- how long did the rather nicely done brochure passed out at the 70MM engagement of Phantom Thread last? when I saw If Beale Street Could Talk opening day at the Angelika Film Center they were passing out a beautifully done brochure for the film that was so beautifully designed and printed they could have sold it has a souvenir program.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Dec 25, 2018 at 12:16 pm

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a question pertaining to the ad on photo pg.1 for the continuous performance engagement of Oklahoma. was the film shot with a Todd-AO camera side by side with a Cinemascope camera? or was the film shot once in Todd-AO and then reshot in Cinemascope?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Dec 16, 2018 at 2:08 pm

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this past weekend If Beale Street Could Talk opened here and at the Angelika. the Angelika was passing out a freebie brochure that was so well done it amounted to a souvenir program. did this theater pass it out as well?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Dec 10, 2018 at 3:47 pm

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thanks to Peter A. for his reply. I greatly enjoyed the film but saw it at the Loews 19 St. so watching it on Blu-ray the switching wasn’t of putting just odd. to which why wasn’t the entire film shot in IMAX?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Dec 10, 2018 at 3:47 pm

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thanks to Peter A. for his reply. I greatly enjoyed the film but saw it at the Loews 19 St. so watching it on Blu-ray the switching wasn’t of putting just odd. to which why wasn’t the entire film shot in IMAX?