Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Dec 22, 2015 at 12:20 am

Neither “RAN” nor “MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY” opened at this theatre. “RAN” opened at the Cinema I and “MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY” opened at the Beekman. You need to do a little research before posting false memories on this site.

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Al Alvarez commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Dec 21, 2015 at 11:06 pm

This theatre was piggy-backed twinned in 1962. The downstairs screen was left intact when a new theatre was built on top. When exactly did “OKLAHOMA” ever play here? I can’t recall this prime first run ever doing retro in the 80’s. Demand was too high for first-run.

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Al Alvarez commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Dec 21, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Nope. Cinema 1 & 2 opened as an art house twin in 1962. It was triplexed in 1988 and two main screens remained the same because the third screen did not affect screen width in any way. You did not see “OKLAHOMA” here in TODD AO. They had 70mm at best.

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Al Alvarez commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Dec 21, 2015 at 7:27 pm

Wrong Coronet, Vindanpar. The second screen here was piggybacked on top. The screen size was not affected as there was no split.

Jerdone, the Baronet/Coronet was a prime first run screen since the upper east side became the main movie-going area in NYC in the early sixties and local art houses started grossing more than Broadway theatres with non-action films.

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Al Alvarez commented about Kings Cinema on Dec 20, 2015 at 10:29 pm

Most Americans had never heard of AIDS until Rock Hudson died in 1985. It was the first time Ronald Reagan even said the word in public. The King closed in 1986. Straight sex clubs were still in full operation years later since it was still considered the “gay disease”.

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Al Alvarez commented about Normandy Theatre on Dec 17, 2015 at 10:43 pm

The Normandy, like the Surf, were not opened by Wometco.

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Al Alvarez commented about Normandy Theatre on Dec 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm

I don’t think RKO ever operated theatres in Florida.

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Al Alvarez commented about Surf Theatre on Dec 17, 2015 at 8:13 pm

Thanks for this!

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Al Alvarez commented about Surf Theatre on Dec 16, 2015 at 4:36 pm

aeterna, who was Weingarten?

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Al Alvarez commented about Hollywood Cinema on Dec 3, 2015 at 12:02 pm

I can’t find any sign that this was ever a twin although it did run two features per night with separate admissions in the early nineties. In 1994 it ran Bollywood features under the name Bombay Cinema while still showing an earlier showtime of a mainstream film under the name Hollywood Cinema.

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Al Alvarez commented about PlayStation Theater on Nov 25, 2015 at 6:40 pm

There is a Snapple Theater down the block

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Al Alvarez commented about Hollywood Cinema on Nov 24, 2015 at 9:14 pm

sixstringrob, the 1924 Hollywood Cinema was located at 1921 Hollywood Boulevard and closed in 1933 before this one opened.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Nov 14, 2015 at 10:57 pm

Before yelp, you never knew, now did you? So many legit businesses have been killed that way by their competitors. I have no dog in the AMC battle. I actually quite dislike AMC, as I once worked for that horrible company. But this story is probably fake and that theatre is just fine. I have recently attended and it is well run.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Nov 14, 2015 at 10:25 pm

I worked in the movie theatre business for 34 years. We often closed theatres for bed bug extermination. Here is the rub. It was always someone who didn’t like the movie, didn’t get a free pass, and then went and complained to the press. I have never seen a bed bug, but I have seen many con-artists. There are no bugs. There are no exterminators. It’s all just part of the BS business of the show. Enjoy the movie.

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Al Alvarez commented about Victoria Theatre on Nov 7, 2015 at 11:45 am

There were two in 1943, Robboehm.

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Al Alvarez commented about Beach Theatre on Nov 6, 2015 at 9:37 am

Thank you. What a shame.

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Al Alvarez commented about Beach Theatre on Nov 5, 2015 at 11:00 pm

What about the lobby?

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Al Alvarez commented about Grove Art Cinema on Oct 12, 2015 at 9:46 pm

Nice article on the two Fendelman Grove cinemas here.

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Al Alvarez commented about Kings Theatre on Oct 7, 2015 at 3:29 pm

According to a NY Times July 17, 1970 ad, they ran a different sneak preview of another film each night at all theatres playing “PAINT YOUR WAGON” for the third weekend, apparently to help jolt attendance. In this case it appears they ran “NORWOOD”(Friday),“KELLY’S HEROES” (Saturday) and “THE MOLLY MAGUIRES” (Sunday).

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Al Alvarez commented about Kings Theatre on Oct 7, 2015 at 12:53 pm

That run of “PAINT YOUR WAGON” would have been in July, 1970 when it went to popular prices.

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Al Alvarez commented about IFC Center on Sep 23, 2015 at 9:47 am

The rejected expansion rear exterior design can be seen here.

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Al Alvarez commented about Lyric Theatre on Sep 16, 2015 at 11:39 pm

That’s the New Amsterdam, of course.

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Al Alvarez commented about New World Stages on Aug 31, 2015 at 9:21 am

Theatre fan, it would been the largest screen, whichever that was. It failed certification due to HVAC noise, but later Lucasfilm advertised uncertified theatres in the trade papers. Cineplex Odeon noticed and started to do the same. It was all just one big con job on movie-goers.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Aug 10, 2015 at 9:35 am

Managers (and ushers) throughout the country are taught how to change Xenon Bulbs, though not often in New York City. When I worked NYC theatres in the eighties with mostly lazy old union projectionists, we had some of the worst sloppiest, presentations in the country, a fact often mentioned in scathing newspaper articles and movie reviews.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 5, 2015 at 10:01 am

The Ziegfeld is owned by a conglomerate descendant of Kinney Parking that is tied to Time Warner and a myriad of mobsters.