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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 19, 2016 at 7:55 pm

vindanpar there is no Schubert. There is a Shubert (and for a while there, a Little Shubert). Franz and his grammar nazis are simply playing with you.

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Al Alvarez commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 19, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Many people went to the Plaza Hotel looking for it there.

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Al Alvarez commented about RKO 86th Street Theatre on Jul 18, 2016 at 2:01 pm

bigjoe, that was a link to another website, not a photo posting. “MY FAIR LADY” went wide in June 1966.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm

Check this one out: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/13922

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 21, 2016 at 9:35 am

The area between 23th Street and 42nd street on the west side is the fastest growing housing area in the city.

And yes, this twin was open way before AMC made up their fake story, but twin theatres date back to the silent era.

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Al Alvarez commented about New Theatre on May 31, 2016 at 6:48 am

Hi Lorenzo. I used the “Loews” just to identify it. It can be searched as Astor Plaza. (This may have to do with the fact that it was built by Walter Reade but opened by Loews.) I remember this discussion a while back for classic cinemas that were now churches with performance spaces. The folks at CT seem to feel that new members trying to find what a building used to be were more likely to search that those who already knew where classic cinemas were located and what they were now. I can see the logic.

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Al Alvarez commented about New Theatre on May 30, 2016 at 9:35 pm

Cinema Treasures usually lists the latest name on top if the venue is still operating as a theatre of sorts. Hence, the Loews Astor Plaza in New York is listed as the Playstation. If you search for the Astor Cinema, the NEW theatre will appear at the bottom as an option.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 26, 2016 at 9:05 am

Mike, those grand systems were bastardized within years and featured many classic films. Today, they are bastardized within weeks, keep the high prices, and expect the latest hyped super hero stinker to rip off the public for them. Some people seem willing to pay extra to sit in the trunk of a car BEHIND the screen as long as they can tell everyone online that they “saw” the latest.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 25, 2016 at 8:04 pm

By the way, I will never forget the audience approval applause at the THX sound silence certified screenings when the un-properly secured wall sound panels rattled loudly for their enjoyment. That, they said, was some AWESOME sound they would gladly pay extra for.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 25, 2016 at 7:46 pm

Mike (saps), although I originally shared your frustration (and that other gone rude angry poster) about these trivial comments, I now kind of disagree. I think the idea that these posters care about what latest gimmick these forgettable films will be shown in when even the cinemas and distributors don’t, is historically fascinating, and it will mean something in the future. Will X-MAN 22: CALIGULA" play in TINKLE-SMELL-O-RAMA this weekend? Or will “STAR WARS: CHAPTER 7a NINJA TURTLES” show in FEEL-O-RAMA THX/1138, with sound or just digital video with tingling smelly seats? I just hope they remember that John Holmes porn films once opened on 42nd street in “70MM: 3D: FEEL ME, SMELL ME-O-RAMA, NOW”. And so few cared to make it such an AWESOME cinema treasurable memory at the time.

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Al Alvarez commented about Swap Shop Drive-In on May 25, 2016 at 6:45 am

David, the daytime flea market became more popular than the Drive-in and it reminded everyone that they were the same location.

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Al Alvarez commented about Cinema 3 on May 20, 2016 at 9:21 am

It closed in 1997.

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Al Alvarez commented about Temple Theater on May 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm

The Temple showed movies from 1926 to 1929 and again in 1940. At some point it was also known as the Federal.

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Al Alvarez commented about Anco Theatre on May 7, 2016 at 11:39 am

This is the Candler, not the Anco.

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Al Alvarez commented about Wigwam Theatre on May 6, 2016 at 1:51 pm

This link has a 1975 Boxoffice magazine article about Miami movie-going during the silent era:

http://www2.boxoffice.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1975-1-27&page_no=40#page_start

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Al Alvarez commented about First Avenue Screening Room on May 6, 2016 at 7:37 am

1973-1974 First Avenue Screening Room
1975-1979 Byron Cinema
1980-1981 EastWorld
1982-1990 Art East
1991 York
1992-1994 back to Art East

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Al Alvarez commented about Avenue A Theater on May 5, 2016 at 10:09 am

cbranstool, I do not have a copy of the 1914-15 Motion Picture Directory, so I believe that information was added by Cinema Treasures. I have posted a Paramount Week ad from 1918 in the photo section.

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Al Alvarez commented about Strand Theatre on Apr 26, 2016 at 1:24 pm

deleted user [Deleted] on July 24, 2004 at 1:20 pm

William, thank you for mentioning “Porgy and Bess” and “Camelot”. I attended the World Premiere of “The Greatest Story Ever Told” at the Warner on Monday, 15 February 1965 and the Los Angeles premiere at Pacific’s Cinerama Theatre on Wednesday, 17 February 1965. The film was an extraordinary cinematic work of art when seen in the curved screen 70mm Ultra Panavision process for Cinerama. My notes at the time clocked the film in at 221 minutes and a 15 minute intermission The running time was the same for the UA pre-screenings at the Warner even with the Alfred Newman (composer) music deletions and Handel and Verdi substitutes. The first edit-down was requested by UA in April 1965 (197 minutes) and UA made a final “bastardized” version March 1967 (141 minutes).

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Apr 25, 2016 at 7:41 pm

Are you all just discovering PRODUCT SPLITTING? It has always been very common and has also been very illegal.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Theatre on Apr 25, 2016 at 7:37 pm

The Irving Place Theatre on 15th Street. Showed movies in 1916 and then again from 1939 to 1952.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/11996

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Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

Loews Paramount (Columbus Circle), Loews New York Twin, and Loews 34th St. Showplace were the only city runs.

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Al Alvarez commented about Trans-Lux 85th Street Theatre on Mar 29, 2016 at 5:55 am

You’ve got the wrong Trans-Lux, rickmarin. “CALIGULA” opened at the Trans-Lux East.

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Al Alvarez commented about Hi-Way Airport 9 Drive-In on Feb 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm

David, that could be the Dania (1933-1947) or the State (1947-1952) or both. I have never found an address for those two locations, which may have just changed name in 1947.

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Al Alvarez commented about Apollo Theatre on Feb 24, 2016 at 6:46 am

So they destroy in the interiors as much as possible and then claim they are not worth preserving any more, rewarding the vandal owners. Good grief

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Al Alvarez commented about Apollo Theatre on Feb 19, 2016 at 2:08 pm

In an effort to brag about the changes they have brought to The Deuce, the New 42nd Street Redevelopment group have actually recreated the old sleaze with almost lifesize photo fronts. You decide.