Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez commented about Hollywood Cinema on Dec 3, 2015 at 9:02 am

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 3:40 pm

There is a Snapple Theater down the block

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Al Alvarez commented about Hollywood Cinema on Nov 24, 2015 at 6:14 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 7:57 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 7:25 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 8:45 am

There were two in 1943, Robboehm.

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

Thank you. What a shame.

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Al Alvarez commented about Beach Theatre on Nov 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm

What about the lobby?

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Al Alvarez commented about Grove Art Cinema on Oct 12, 2015 at 6:46 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 12:29 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 9:53 am

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 6:47 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 8:39 pm

That’s the New Amsterdam, of course.

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Al Alvarez commented about New World Stages on Aug 31, 2015 at 6:21 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 6:35 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 7:01 am

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

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Cablevision owns the theatre lease, not the building.

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Al Alvarez commented about Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Jul 15, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Great photo! Thanks David & LIFE.

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Al Alvarez commented about O Cinema Miami Shores on Jul 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Not sure what you are trying to say, Tony West. You may want to re-write that comment with some grammar. This theatre is now a speciality film first-run house.

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Al Alvarez commented about RKO Marble Hill Theatre on Jun 20, 2015 at 9:07 pm

GPACRAMP, I stand corrected. This theatre was indeed always on the Bronx side of Marble Hill.

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Al Alvarez commented about Show Palace Theatre on Jun 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

There is a bookstore one block up with the Show Palace name now.

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Al Alvarez commented about Show Palace Theatre on Jun 16, 2015 at 9:28 am

I think it closed around 1994.

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Al Alvarez commented about Criterion Theatre on Jun 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Why is “THE SEARCH FOR PARADISE” suddenly showing up first on RSM3853’s December 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm post instead of “THE TEN COMMANDMENTS”. This was never a Cinerama house.

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Al Alvarez commented about Empire Cinema on Jun 1, 2015 at 7:58 am

Mike, I worked for an independent British cinema chain for twelve years. We were never denied a print at our full price cinemas. The distributor cannot deny you product if you can gross as much as your competitor. They cannot dictate your boxoffice price but they can use the intake results. Your cinema must have failed the test.

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Al Alvarez commented about Empire Cinema on May 31, 2015 at 7:27 pm

“Our Birmingham Theatre was kept up to date with the trends..” Did you keep up to date with the boxoffice? If you did, and were still denied day-and-date prints you could still sue them today. But I know you couldn’t because the audience just walked away to them.