Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Coconut Grove on Jan 7, 2015 at 1:27 pm

Now the Cinepolis Grove, run by the Mexican chain.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Intracoastal Cinema 8 on Jan 7, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Now closed.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Sunrise 8 on Jan 7, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Now back to AMC and eight screens.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Superior Theatre on Dec 28, 2014 at 7:34 am

The Eaton/Cherokee theatre was at 81st street and First Avenue. (address 1556 East First Avenue)

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/31749

Could these all be the same theatre?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Gulfstream Drive-In on Dec 26, 2014 at 10:20 am

The Hallandale Drive-In was located at 831 North Federal Highway from 1949 to 1964.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Hollywood Cinema on Nov 30, 2014 at 5:14 am

Cine Twin.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Nov 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Except that the 1998 story was pure hype and not only did the trailer not improve grosses anywhere, few left after the trailer.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Frisco Theater on Oct 26, 2014 at 6:19 pm

BD, please do tell us more. This is lost history due to morality barriers.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Show Palace Theatre on Oct 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm

GeorgeCheeksSr, if you scroll down on that site you will find your answer. Only peep shows co-existed on that block.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Show Palace Theatre on Oct 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

This site might help. http://galessandrini.blogspot.com/2012/08/42nd-street-in-mid-nineties-in-progress.html

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Strand Theatre on Oct 7, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Does anyone know if this was Teatro Nacional in 1976 showing movies?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 22, 2014 at 3:28 pm

http://www.in2013dollars.com/1916-dollars-to-2014-dollars

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Byron-Carlyle Theatre on Sep 21, 2014 at 6:05 pm

One screen?

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm

“MOULIN ROUGE” was exclusive only for two weeks. “EDWARD SCISSORHANDS” opened in the boroughs after three weeks, but the Ziegfeld run was a Manhattan exclusive for over two months.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

bigjoe59, the answer might be “EDWARD SCISSORHANDS”.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Sutton Theater on Sep 17, 2014 at 4:22 pm

It opened at the Coronet during the newspaper strike. “A WEDDING” was showing here at the time.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Sep 17, 2014 at 6:46 am

Under performing which theatre?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 13, 2014 at 7:08 pm

“Hard” ticket (if you’ll forgive the expression), was definitely the case in Miami.

I got in under-age by having my older brother buy my ticket in advance. Although the usherette did ask me for ID, she walked away when I asked her for hers. I think she was younger than I was.

As for the slow release, (if you’ll forgive…)I think it was Oscar driven.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 13, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Thank you for that, patryan6019. The elimination of X-rated films from historical context is one of my pet peeves. As is the elimination of THE BIRTH OF A NATION and DEEP THROAT from all-time top grossing films. It all seems like cleansing of things that the new researchers find distasteful.

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Al Alvarez commented about Empire Cinema on Sep 12, 2014 at 9:11 am

The LIEMAX element, digital or not, is most evident in New York City where one screen is eight stories high and the one down the street is twenty feet high. Both charge the same price and are branded as IMAX.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Empire Cinema on Sep 12, 2014 at 6:35 am

Don’t blame Empire, blame IMAX. They have sold out their brand and ruined a once wonderful concept.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 7, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Exactly my point, bigjoe59. The crowd for “Les Miserables” on 42nd street didn’t have to wait at all. There was a screening starting every few minutes with immediate seating. That is how those two cash cows on 42nd street outgross most of the country with the possible exception of Lincoln Square.

If you were a distributor would you bypass 42nd street to protect the Ziegfeld? You may do it for a few days just for prestige as “DREAMGIRLS” did, but much longer. Moviemakers just can’t afford that anymore.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 7, 2014 at 7:26 am

If you look at the ad NYer posted for “GIANT SHADOW”, it actually states that Kirk Douglas will appear at the Fantasy ‘at intermission’. So there you go.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Yes, that one.

It was a wonderful brand new 70mm TWIN theatre with brand new seats and trademark Cineplex faux marble that failed miserably because it was too close to 42nd Street.

The two biggest hits I can remember there were “UNCLE BUCK” and the move-over of “LAWRENCE” in gorgeous 70mm.

Twin 2 (Rialto 2) never made it pass day two due to subway noise.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 6, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Let us not forget that Walter Reade and Cineplex Odeon used their clout to drive films to the Ziegfeld, something Clearview and Bow Tie don’t have.

Also, when “LAWRENCE OF ARABIA” moved to the loser Warner on 42nd street late in that run, business picked up.