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Bill Huelbig commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 15, 2014 at 8:52 am

Thanks Jfg718 and William for describing the Capitol screen so vividly, bringing me back to the one and only time I saw it, “2001: A Space Odyssey”, 46 years ago today. I too think it was the largest screen I’ve ever seen, even after all these years.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 9, 2014 at 11:26 am

The storm was at its height just about when the movie was over – visibility zero – and I was seriously considering asking the manager if I could spend the night on the wide rug floor between the front row and the screen. I didn’t think I’d be able to get home, but I did. Now I regret not asking. What if they’d said yes? That would really be a Ziegfeld night to remember!

Rob, on behalf of all those people waiting in the snow, I want to thank you for running the shows that day.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 9, 2014 at 9:28 am

Rob: Sorry to hear about your accident with the “Gandhi” reel, but I’ve got to say that movie was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen at the Ziegfeld. I saw it there 7 times, including the night of one of the worst blizzards in NYC history, a Friday night in February 1983. Maybe you were working that night? It was a packed house, too.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 4, 2014 at 7:49 pm

According to a book called “The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion”, the movie did above average box office business in 1939, but failed to break even due to its exorbitant production costs. The same thing happened to “Cleopatra”, the top box office attraction of 1963 but forever branded a flop. “Oz” did recoup its costs and start to show a profit ten years later, due to a very successful nationwide rerelease in 1949. MGM promoted it as the “most requested” of its hits from years past.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 3, 2014 at 5:25 pm

I believe today was the day “2001” opened to the general public, after the press screening and premiere, 46 years ago.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 3, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Good thing the plaque was wrong about that, BigJoe. The only time I was ever in the Capitol was June 1968.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 25, 2014 at 10:13 am

Here’s a link.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

Bigjoe59: You can find lots of souvenir programs on eBay. I got one for It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World from there, and in excellent condition.

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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 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!