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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 11, 2020 at 2:10 pm

Hello- to CineTech. its my understanding that during the Golden Age of Hollywood(the beginning of sound to the early 60s) the studios operated very much on the A movie and B movie production levels. so I don’t understand how you can say the A and B production levels didn’t exist?

also are you saying the current Paramount Hone Video
dvd of TWOTW is better than the restored Criterion
Blu-ray?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 10, 2020 at 4:36 pm

Hello-

I recently purchased the Criterion Collection blu-ray disc of The War of the Worlds from 1953. when it opened here in 1953 was it considered an A film or a B film?

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bigjoe59 commented about Vista Theatre on Sep 10, 2020 at 12:14 pm

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to stevenj many thanks for your replies. I first visited L.A. April of 1980. so if the theater was “rescued” by the end of 1980 than it couldn’t have been a gay porn house for very long.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Sep 10, 2020 at 12:07 pm

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to Al A. and Mike(saps)on your witty comments on my taste in films. last Fall two films were released that garnered critical praise and both won Oscars. I saw them after all the critical praise had been around for a while and as I was leaving the theater I thought to myself- what were the critics smoking when they were watching the films? either that or REALLY strong brownies. in other words beauty as they say is in the eye of the beholder.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 9, 2020 at 4:16 pm

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maybe there was audience fatigue for roadshow epics about Ancient Rome. on the other hand the roadshow engagement of The Greatest Story Ever Told the next Feb.1965 at the Warner lasted 44 weeks. TFOTRE is one of those roadshow epics with a somewhat off reputation that is in fact better than said reputation.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 9, 2020 at 4:08 pm

Hello-

while the ad proclaims the change to continuous performances at popular prices it doesn’t state that its a cut version of the film and not the original cut used during the roadshow engagement.

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bigjoe59 commented about Vista Theatre on Sep 9, 2020 at 12:10 pm

Hello-

I just asked a simple question no need to get hyper about it. your 5/2/20 post states that “Heavy Equipment” opened here in 3-D in July of 1978. so since I first visited L.A. in April of 1980 the theater would have been a gay porn house
for at least 2 years at the point I visited. so I was wondering how long it stayed a gay porn house. again a simple question.

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bigjoe59 commented about Vista Theatre on Sep 8, 2020 at 3:10 pm

Hello-

I first visited L.A. April of 1980. so according to hdtv267’s 5/2/20 post the theater had been a gay porn house for approx. 2 years at that point. how long did it in fact stay a gay porn house?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 7, 2020 at 1:11 pm

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to Al A.– there are a number of classic films where its known the current blu-ray disc isn’t the same cut of the film as when the film opened in whichever of Manhattan’s many 1st run theaters. to which I never knew the cut on the vhs, dvd and 50th Ani. blu-ray wasn’t the same cut as opened at this theater. did you know?

also the differences while minute in terms of the film’s
running time will still be noticeable to anyone who has
watched the 50th Ani. blu-ray countless times. for instance
when Mr. Arbogast falls down the stairs after being stabbed
by “Mother” and lands at the foot of the stairs in the
version everyone knows “Mother” stabs him 2 more times. in
the June 1960 original cut she stabs him 4 more times.

also I don’t think an original cut of The Current War which finally opened last Oct. 2019 at the Angelika ever existed. it was originally supposed to open Nov. of 2017. they started showing in theaters in Sept. but then the Harvey scandal broke and all of the Weinstein Company films were put in legal limbo. it took almost 2 years for the director and a new distributor to buy the film from TWC. my point being simple. when they started showing the trailer in Sept. of 2017 its my understanding a theatrical cut had not actually been agreed upon by TWC and the director before the scandal hit. so when he got the film back “the directors cut” as the film was tagged is his personal preferred cut.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 6, 2020 at 3:40 pm

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hey you learn something new every day. Psycho opened here June 1960. in Oct. 2010 Universal Home Video released a perfect HD transfer on blu-ray as a 50th Anniversary Edition. to which I was always under the impression the cut on the 50th Anniversary blu-ray was the same as the one that opened here June of 1960. but it isn’t. on Tuesday Universal Home Video will release a blu-ray of the original June 1960 cut of the film.

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bigjoe59 commented about Metro Theatre on Sep 2, 2020 at 11:45 am

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many thanks to Eric for your reply. interestingly I even thought the name of the theater I was looking might have been the Cinema or Century 21. I had no idea of the name change. this site apparently lists theaters by their current names and not the name they were known by for the majority of their existence.

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bigjoe59 commented about Metro Theatre on Sep 1, 2020 at 1:12 pm

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to stevenj thanks for your reply. I did see a film at the Presidio on a subsequent visit. the theater I saw Titanic at was a large theater so it definitely wasn’t the Presidio. plus it was on the opposite side of the street that the Presidio is on. I remember the theater I saw Titanic at was the 1st theater in S.F. with a certifies THX sound system.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Aug 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm

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to vindanpar- I read with interest your recent post about the roadshow engagement of Star at this theater. I am both a roadshow engagement buff(I’m in my 60s) and a Julie Andrews devotee. I saw the film say a month after it opened. I do remember liking it. whether I’d like it today is another matter. I have always enjoyed listening to the soundtrack album first on Lp then on cd. I have always hoped for a perfectly remastered Blu-ray disc of the original roadshow cut.

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bigjoe59 commented about Metro Theatre on Aug 31, 2020 at 11:52 am

Hello from NYC-

when I was vacationing in San Francisco the Spring of 1998 I saw Titanic for I think the 12th time. I think this might have bee this theater. I remember it was at a decent size theater om Union or Chestnut Sts.

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bigjoe59 commented about Square Theatre on Aug 20, 2020 at 12:31 pm

Hello-

I did likewise. my friends and I stood outside the theater
online for say an hour and a half till the next showing of Bye Bye Birdie.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Aug 20, 2020 at 12:26 pm

Hello-

on pg. 2 of the photo section is a first rate photo of this theater’s front done up for the premiere of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Fredrick March. its to bad that though the currently available dvd of the film is referred to as “restored” its still not the complete film that opened here in 1933.

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bigjoe59 commented about Lincoln Theatre on Aug 20, 2020 at 12:03 pm

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to Al A. its always nice to read one of replies. as I have said in the past your font of knowledge makes me look like an amateur. now to my use of the statement “with the intent of showing films” in a recent post about the Crescent which was a stone’s throw from this theater. in Dec. 1909 when the Crescent opened the use of the word “films” in the phrase “with the intent of showing films” would have of course referred to 1 reelers. granted the Crescent was built as a combo vaudville/film theater the fact it was built with the intent of showing films as part of the program I should think it can be referred to as the 1st movie theater built as such.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 18, 2020 at 3:48 pm

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to MarkDHite- I thank you replying to my posts about HTWWW in an intelligent adult manner. all replies should be written in such a manner.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 18, 2020 at 3:11 pm

Hello-

to Archive, thanks for the detailed info. I was lucky enough
to have seen 2001 twice during its roadshow engagement here.

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bigjoe59 commented about Lido Theatre on Aug 18, 2020 at 3:01 pm

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I don’t think your tone was necessary, I was just asking a question. the theaters in the Bronx that switched to Spanish language films was years later than 1938.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loyal Theatre on Aug 18, 2020 at 2:54 pm

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to hdtv267. I don’t understand your reply of “yes and ?”. as I stated it was highly unusual for a movie theater to close before t.v. was introduced in to the American home. all the neighborhood theaters in the Bronx I attended when I was younger didn’t close till years after t.v. was introduced.

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Aug 18, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Hello-

as I asked a while back before the movie theater lockdown
on March 16th was the escalator in this ever fixed. it had
been out of service since Oct. 2018.

also I’m not surprised about the Landmark 57 St. closing. the two times I went there were way more staff then patrons.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 17, 2020 at 4:19 pm

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to Ala A. thanks again for your reply. you are probably right that by Thanksgiving 1963 HTWWW was no longer selling out. since this was a roadshow engagement everyone had to leave. I have seen the ads for roadshow engagements in the photo section of the other six theaters the studios used. often for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas depending on the length of the film they would always schedule what I would deem sufficient time to get the old audience out and the new audience in. with HTWWW this theater was kind of cutting it close with only 15mins.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 17, 2020 at 2:01 pm

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to moviebuff82- if I am not mistaken this theater had the largest seating capacity of any Loew’s theater in Mew York City.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 17, 2020 at 11:51 am

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to Al A. as always thanks for your reply. I forget about the lesser sitting capacity due to the installation of the Cinerama screen. but even if they lost say half the original 5,230 seats you’d still have a large crowd. so if the 2pm. showing was not even solid out but almost sold out I still don’t see how they could have had gotten the 2pm. audience out and the 5:15 audience in. this is especially true since I’m sure many of the audience for the 2pm. showing had to use the restroom once the screening was over.

also you said they might have been sitting people during the Overture. but wouldn’t the Overture been played in a darkened theater? that would have been a tricky situation seating patrons.