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Bill Huelbig commented about Count Basie Theatre on Mar 18, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Looking forward to “2001” tonight at the Count Basie Theatre. It’ll be my first time there. Hope the screen is as big as it looks from the photos of the stage curtains.

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Bill Huelbig commented about IFC Center on Dec 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I saw “2001” here three years ago in the small upstairs theater. Saw it again tonight in the main theater, with the biggest screen. Size does matter when it comes to “2001”.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Rivoli Theatre on Dec 12, 2013 at 12:37 am

Every Sunday in December 2013, the NYC subway system runs a vintage train filled with ads from the 1940’s and 1950’s:

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 30, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Maybe they could have a sellout with Star Wars Episode VII in December 2015. The prequels all did very well at the Ziegfeld.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Bud is right. The Ziegfeld will never sell out with a new movie, but if TCM holds another Road to Hollywood event there in early 2014, like they’ve done for the last few years, you won’t see one empty seat. That’s a sight to behold.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Radio City Music Hall on Oct 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

“The Bells of St. Mary’s” is the movie Al Pacino and Diane Keaton went to Radio City to see in “The Godfather”. I’m trying to imagine Michael and Kay waiting on that impossibly long line.

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Bill Huelbig commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct 21, 2013 at 10:06 am

Wow, Chris. Thanks for reporting that for us. Now if only they’d SHOW “2001” at the Chinese. Maybe they will someday.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Hoboken Cinemas on Oct 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Just got back from a true classic at Hoboken Cinemas: “Psycho”. They’ve been showing lots of great stuff every Saturday and Sunday morning. Too bad there were only 3 other people in the audience besides me.

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Oct 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Saw it in Imax 3D. That is indeed the only way to see it, and I was never that crazy about 3D. Not since Avatar, anyway. Gravity is an excellent movie all around.

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Bill Huelbig commented about World Premiere Engagement (1953) on Oct 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

I believe Gregory Peck insisted that Audrey be billed above the title with him, which wasn’t the original plan since it was her first big role.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 20, 2013 at 11:29 am

A post from Vito or RobEndres can never be too long. Great to hear from you both again!

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Bill Huelbig commented about TCL Chinese renovation unveiled on Sep 18, 2013 at 4:27 pm

One of the largest is in the AMC Loew’s Lincoln Square complex in New York City, measuring 100' by 80'.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 15, 2013 at 8:55 pm

One answer might be that the New York metropolitan area had multiple Cinerama theaters at the time the MGM Cinerama films were released. There was one in Montclair NJ (the Clairidge), two on Long Island NY (the Syosset in Syosset and the Twin South in Hicksville), and one in Rockland County NY (the Route 59), which was Cinerama only for a short time, but it did play How the West Was Won.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I think the reason “2001”’s Cinerama run in New York was so short is because MGM had “Ice Station Zebra” ready to go out, and there was only one Cinerama theater in New York at that time. So they sacrificed “2001” in Cinerama to make room for “Zebra”. But the 35mm version of “2001” played in only a handful of theaters in Manhattan until March 1969, so the movie played New York for a week or two short of one year before going into wide release.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I guess everybody wanted to see Liz and Dick. It’s a common misconception that “Cleopatra” was a flop, but it was actually the biggest-grossing movie of its year. It just cost so much that it didn’t show a profit until its network TV sale, several years later.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

rcdt55b: I guess you can’t be more specific yet, but I hope you meant the Music Hall will soon be showing an actual movie again, and not just something projected for the Christmas show. Looking forward to the answer!

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Bill Huelbig commented about Film Forum on Aug 19, 2013 at 10:33 am

Yesterday I attended a William Castle double bill of “The Tingler” and “Homicidal”. They took interactive movie-going to new heights. Forget 3D – these movies were in 5D. I even got popcorn in my hair. Most fun I’ve had at the movies in years.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Montclair Theatre on Aug 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Jay Phelan: I really loved your stories. You made all those actors come alive for us. Thanks!

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Bill Huelbig commented about Clairidge Cinemas on Aug 10, 2013 at 11:40 am

I saw Blue Jasmine here last Thursday. I think it was in the biggest of the 6 theaters, and the widescreen projection was just fine. It was also really crowded, especially for a Thursday afternoon. The movie was so good, it deserves to be popular. One sad thing: the framed photos of the Cinerama days that had been hung in the lobby, the ones I got in trouble for rephotographing in 2007, have all been taken down. At least they can still be seen on this page.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Clifton Commons 16 on Jun 20, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Whew – that’s good. Nothing like those old neighborhood theaters. We can’t afford to lose any of them nowadays.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Clifton Commons 16 on Jun 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Is the Allwood closing for good, or just being renovated? It’s been around for 63 years.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 19, 2013 at 12:47 pm

1968 was a bad year in American history, but a great year for American movies. And British movies, if you count “2001” as British, and if you consider the year’s Oscar-winning Best Picture “Oliver!”

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Bill Huelbig commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

This season of Mad Men takes place in 1968. They’ve already dealt with the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy, and the Chicago anti-Vietnam war riot at the Democratic National Convention. Characters have gone to see “Planet of the Apes” and “Rosemary’s Baby”. I hope someone goes to see “2001” – season finale is this Sunday. If they do go, it’ll be at the Capitol.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 18, 2013 at 3:17 pm

In honor of the 45th anniversary of seeing “2001” at the Capitol this past Saturday 6/15, I’m posting this article from LIFE magazine 6/7/68. I read it in a dentist’s office back then and haven’t seen it since, until today.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on May 1, 2013 at 8:07 am

Cablevision couldn’t fail to see how popular an event like the annual TCM Road to Hollywood has been at the Ziegfeld. Every seat gets filled. Granted, those shows are free, but I for one would’ve gladly paid for it and I think everyone else would too. Hold more events like that, and the Ziegfeld will have a fighting chance for survival.