Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez commented about 441 Family Drive-In on Mar 5, 2017 at 6:35 pm

I believe this re-opened as the 441 Family Drive-In and operated from 1957 to 1968 by that name.

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Al Alvarez commented about Margate Twin Cinema on Mar 5, 2017 at 9:57 am

Are you confusing this with the Movies at Margate 8? This one disappears from all listings after 1993.

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Al Alvarez commented about Airdome on Mar 3, 2017 at 2:00 pm

The Seminole website does say it was this one.

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Al Alvarez commented about Airdome on Mar 2, 2017 at 10:53 am

David, I stumbled onto the Pasta Attic listing while looking at some old movie time clocks and jotted down the year. I couldn’t find it in other years.

I believe the item about the old Hippodrome (pre-1913)being on the Olympia location came from a Miami Herald article when the Olympia building was almost torn down. That Hippodrome became the Airdome (1915),Colonial (1916) and Airdrome (1917-1926) before being torn down for the Olympia.

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Al Alvarez commented about Airdome on Mar 1, 2017 at 1:26 pm

Hi Louis. You are retiring backwards!

David has uncovered some great Miami history that has been news to me. That is why I love this site.

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Al Alvarez commented about Airdome on Mar 1, 2017 at 12:01 pm

David, Pasta Attic (6917 West Flagler Street) seems to have only operated in 1997 and the google view makes it sure look like it was a restaurant.

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Al Alvarez commented about Hudson Theatre on Feb 18, 2017 at 8:41 pm

The new seats and latest restoration work is a win! This is now my favorite Broadway house.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Feb 16, 2017 at 7:56 pm

Or avoid movies with names like “LEGO BATMAN MOVIE IN IMAX 3D” altogether until they really care who they alienate forever.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Feb 7, 2017 at 1:30 pm

“ROCKY” didn’t play the Embassy until February when it was a move-over from the LOEWS STATE where it opened on December 10 along with the 86thST. EAST and MURRAY HILL and other theatres outside Manhattan. The Cinema II run was exclusive from November 21 to December 9.

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Al Alvarez commented about Hudson Theatre on Feb 1, 2017 at 7:28 pm

Such great news. (I already have tickets.)) It seems to be the theatre created around the show FOLLIES.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Jan 25, 2017 at 9:37 am

“They plan on renovating the IMAX at this theater sometime this year to match that of the Lincoln Square imax.”

According to opening day press, the Lincoln Square IMAX screen is 8 stories high. The Empire may install laser projection, but matching the Lincoln Square screen would be quite an architectural feat.

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Al Alvarez commented about RKO Franklin Theatre on Jan 24, 2017 at 1:24 pm

The 1937 Film Daily Yearbook (like Cinema Treasures) lists the Franklin and the Prospect as two separate and different theatres. Unlike the Franklin, the Prospect had only 1400 seats and later became the Olympic.

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Al Alvarez commented about Las Olas Cinemas on Jan 13, 2017 at 7:06 pm

Thanks, Rivest. But how did you get a pic posted on CT comments and not the photos section? And can those without Newspapers.com membership see it?

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Al Alvarez commented about Lyric Theatre on Jan 9, 2017 at 5:38 pm

No. B.B. Kings is further west, past the Selwyn (American Airlines).

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Al Alvarez commented about Lyric Theatre on Jan 9, 2017 at 4:29 pm

The Apollo and Lyric combined into one theatre (now the Lyric). Both had entrances on 42nd street but the auditoria were on 43rd street. The Times Square was on 42nd street and remains vacant.

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Al Alvarez commented about Winter Garden Theatre on Jan 3, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Not ALL Broadway theatres showed movies.

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Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 2, 2017 at 6:03 pm

According to Catholic.org the ratings started in 1933 but were only available to Catholics who enquired at the time. According to the New York Times, the public postings of film ratings by the Catholic Legion of Decency started on December 16, 1934. (NYT, Dec 7, 1934). So, although it was not common knowledge, the film was already “Condemned” by the Legion when it showed at RCMH that Christmas, as it made their first “Condemned” listing in 1933.

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Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 2, 2017 at 4:53 pm

“Original Poster”. He was commenting on the ad in the photo section for “FLYING DOWN TO RIO” being a Christmas booking while condemned by the Legion of Decency.

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Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

The OP was about “FLYING DOWN TO RIO”. I took a quick look on IMDB and found a long thread on the many sexual double entendre comments in the film’s dialogue as well as a rather graphic see-through chorus line on an airplane wing.

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Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 9, 2016 at 8:39 am

Myron, both films opened at RCMH first run, but “premiered” elsewhere.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Dec 7, 2016 at 6:23 am

Not very well advertised to anyone not looking for it. I didn’t even know FANTASTIC BEASTS had any 70mm prints until the post above. In this era when major films don’t need to buy a newspaper ad, these things easy go unnoticed outside of the fanboy bubble.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Dec 6, 2016 at 7:52 pm

How did you know that this theatre was showing it in 70mm?

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Nov 30, 2016 at 1:00 pm

“MISSION:IMPOSSIBLE 2”, “GLADIATOR” and “THE PERFECT STORM” all out-grossed “X-MEN” that summer.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Nov 21, 2016 at 10:44 am

I think the Trans-Lux Newsreel was the first purpose built twin in the city, if you don’t count roof garden cinemas.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Nov 21, 2016 at 9:51 am

First? Here is a reliable source to dispute that