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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 23, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Hello-

thanks to Peter A. for clearing up my questions about the Twilight Time Hawaii Blu-ray. many prominent road- show films can’t have complete roadshow prints on Blu- ray since in many cases the complete roadshow print no longer exists. but it does for Hawaii so the fact their did an HD transfer of the general release print only baffles logic.

also for another bit of info. I always thought Twilight
Time did the remastering themselves.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

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I enjoy chatting with fellow movie buffs via this site since IMDB did away with their message boards. to which a thought- I wish people would stop equating being able to reserve seats online nowadays with traditional roadshow engagements popular from 1952-1972.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 21, 2018 at 5:32 pm

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to Bill H.– i agree its fortunate that the complete roadshow cut of Hawaii at least exits. but to repeat my question since the roadshow cut was in decent condition why use the general release print for the blu-ray?

also if they had used the original Super Panavision 70 negative for the Twilight blu-ray of Exodus how different would it have looked and sounded?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 20, 2018 at 4:52 pm

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to Bill H.– you might be able to answer this question. why in the name of God, Mother Nature and all things would Twilight Time have used the general release print to do the HD transfer when a complete copy of the original roadshow cut exists. I can think of no rationale behind their decision.

also I think the Twilight Time Blu-ray of Exodus is perfect in both picture and sound. if they had used the original Super Panavision 70 print instead how would Blu-ray disc have looked and sounded differently?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 20, 2018 at 4:31 pm

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to Bill H.–

why was the Cinerama logo at the end of The Hateful Eight if it wasn’t presented “in Cinerama”?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Aug 19, 2018 at 5:10 pm

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as many people are I am a bit confused by screen aspect ratios. for instance when 2001 played the Village East in May in was advertised as being shown in 70MM film. so is the upcoming screening in the IMAX auditorium going to be the same 70MM film print or will in be in IMAX. i’m of course assuming an IMAX film would have a larger aspect ration.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 19, 2018 at 3:31 pm

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I saw Hawaii twice during its roadshow at this theater. quite enjoyable. an interesting fact it was the last roadshow film to have a hardcover souvenir program.

another interesting fact. although a complete copy of the roadshow cut exists when Twilight Time issued a Blu-ray disc they used the general release print.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 19, 2018 at 3:17 pm

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when 2001 had its 50th Anniversary 70MM reissue earlier this year at the Village East the Cinerama logo came up at the end.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 17, 2018 at 4:19 pm

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thanks to Bill H. for his info. I had always thought that the only engagement that used the original cut was the world premiere engagement in D.C. if the original cut did in fact play the Capitol for a few days I might seen it.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Aug 8, 2018 at 2:46 pm

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I thank mhvbear for their reply. if understand the info correctly 2001 won’t be the IMAX theater’s sole occupant such limited screenings.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Aug 7, 2018 at 6:09 pm

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I just read an article that said tickets for the film’s one week release in IMAX went on sale August 3rd. i see nothing on this theater’s official ticket order page.

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Aug 7, 2018 at 2:50 pm

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to Al A. I see what you mean by it being sold as a
light comedy based on the critics quotes you quoted.

another question about 55 Days at Peking. you said based on the screening times given in the ad for its run at the Trans Lux 85 St. that theater probably didn’t use an intermission. now the other day I was listening to the 55 Days….. soundtrack album and it does have a track titled “Intermission”. so did the Palace run it with an intermission?

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Aug 6, 2018 at 3:08 pm

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to Al A.. you have been most helpful with replies to my many questions but I simply can not believe TDOAF was sold in Miami as a light comedy. that would have been an insult to any Holocaust survivors living in the Miami area.

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bigjoe59 commented about Strand Theatre on Aug 3, 2018 at 5:44 pm

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I may have asked this question in the past if so please so kind as to reply with any additional thoughts on the matter. I like The Greatest Story Ever Told which i saw twice during its roadshow here. now at the time it was considered a financial dud for United Artists. this is where my question comes in. the film’s roadshow run at this theater ran 44 weeks which is a decent run for a roadshow film. so if it was such a $$$ dud for UA couldn’t the Warner have gotten out of showing it? i can’t believe they’d show the film for 44 weeks if it wasn’t at least breaking even each week.

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Aug 3, 2018 at 4:53 pm

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recently I watched TDOAF on blu-ray and its a quite well made touching film. i don’t know if its non- success every place except NYC and Miami is a sign of subliminal anti-semitism or people just didn’t want too see such a depressing film no matter how good is was.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Aug 2, 2018 at 3:49 pm

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what exactly is the schedule of 2001 being shown
in the IMAX auditorium?

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Jul 31, 2018 at 5:29 pm

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as always thanks to Al A. for your info. I can’t help but wonder why 55 Days…… went the continuous performance route whereas Kings of Kings, El Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire and Circus World had traditional roadshow engagements.

you’ll find this interesting assuming of course I
understood my friend out in Calf. correctly. whereas
The Diary of Anne Frank had a roadshow engagement at
this theater that lasted 5? months its sole first
run engagement in San Francisco was a 2 week run at
the S.F. Fox.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 30, 2018 at 4:31 pm

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thanks to Ed S. et all for your replies about souvenir programs. I was particularly interested in the prime roadshow period from the Oct. 1955 premiere of Oklahoma to the Dec. 1972 premiere of Man of La Mancha. during this period the studios still opened continuous performance films in single exclusive engagements. so generally how big did a non-reserve seat film have to be to have a souvenir program?

speaking of which the last souvenir program I bought at a theater was a specially designed souvenir program for the limited 2 week run of Hercules at the newly renovated New Amsterdam Theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Jul 30, 2018 at 4:19 pm

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to Al A. thanks for the info on 55 Days at Peking. It seems odd that of the five big epics Bronston produced from 1961-64 its the only one not exhibited on a roadshow engagement. if you don’t mind 2 additional questions-did it even have a intermission and if you know what were the other three NYC theaters many thanks in advance.

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Jul 29, 2018 at 6:12 pm

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I usually have a good memory when it comes to films
having had roadshow engagements in Manhattan. to which
didn’t 55 Days at Peking have a roadshow engagement at
this theater?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 29, 2018 at 4:09 pm

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I apologize if i have already asked this but if so I would like any additional info on the matter. for me souvenir programs were synonymous with roadshow engagements. but on occasion even a film released on a continuous performance engagement would have a souvenir program. to which- how BIG did a continuous performance film have to be to have a souvenir program?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Jul 26, 2018 at 5:35 pm

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to takethemichael. while I wouldn’t bet my next paycheck on it I could swear the theater that was playing the 70MM re-issue of The Ten Commandments the Summer of 1972 was named the Shaftesbury Cinerama. maybe it was the Casino Cinerama? who knows.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Jul 24, 2018 at 4:04 pm

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I thank Ken R. and Howard B. for their replies. to bad the Odeon Marble Arch was demolished. it was the 1st movie theater I’d ever been to that had a coffee bar. also the theater where I saw the Summer 1973 70MM re-issue of The Ten Commandments was most definitely called the Shaftesbury Cinerama.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jul 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm

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when the Loews auditorium has finished its conversion to a Dolby Cinema what will the screen size be compared to the original screen?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Jul 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm

Hello from NYC-

when i was in London the Summer of 1972 I went to two
movie theaters-the Shaftsbury Cinerama where i saw a
70MM re-issue of The Ten Commandments and the Odeon
Marble Arch where I saw Nicholas and Alexandra. are the
two theaters still standing?