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irajoel commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 23, 2006 at 9:01 am

I have been putting up images from souvernir programs and other great movie material that I have and most are for sale.
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I also have a great website www.cinemagebooks.com
where you can view over 5,000 film related items including programs and much more. Please feel free to email me
don’t understand why members don’t give email addresses. I’m new to the photobucket site but i guess you can view all my images using my
name irajoel.

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irajoel commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 23, 2006 at 9:01 am

I have been putting up images from souvernir programs and other great movie material that I have and most are for sale.
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I also have a great website www.cinemagebooks.com
where you can view over 5,000 film related items including programs and much more. Please feel free to email me
don’t understand why members don’t give email addresses. I’m new to the photobucket site but i guess you can view all my images using my
name irajoel.

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irajoel commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 23, 2006 at 8:34 am

I’m putting some nice souvenir programs and other movie stuff at photobucket. here are some links hope they work
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please feel free to email me at Members should post their email addresses.
You can also see my great items for sale at
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irajoel commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 23, 2005 at 6:52 am

Thought you might like to see the program from the opening week of the hall. I’m an out of print book dealer dealing in mostly film.

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irajoel commented about Roxy Theatre on Jan 12, 2005 at 2:31 pm

Went to the museum of the moving image and few weeks ago to check out the exhibit on Loews theatres, and although it was good, wish it was larger. They had some newsreels of openings at the Loew’s state including some like it hot, lolita, ben hur and lots of photos. The museum is fun and if you have not visited you should. As a kid I always would want to go to the music hall, it was just more special to me than the Roxy, also it might have been the movies. But as someone else said (or did they) they were both great and the Roxy is missed along with the other great theatres. I don’t think there was much hue and cry of the destruction of the Roxy, it was just another day in the city. Sad but I have my memories and all my programs from RCMH and the Roxy.

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irajoel commented about IFC Center on Dec 12, 2004 at 7:20 am

The last time I went to the waverly was to see Six Degrees of Separtion, and the fun thing was that a scene in the movie took place outside the waverly, the audience chuckled.

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irajoel commented about Theatre 80 St. Marks on Dec 12, 2004 at 7:10 am

This was without a doubt the worst movie theatre I had ever been to. In the early 70’s I used to go because of the rare films they showed, but the films were mostly unwatchable because of the rear projection used. I remember walking out of the 1936 version of show boat because it was just too unbearable. When I went to get my money back the owner gave me a hard time, was rude told me I knew nothing about movies etc. When I got home I wrote a nasty letter back to him and received an apology. Needless to say that was the last time I ever stepped foot in that dump.

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irajoel commented about Rivoli Theatre on Dec 11, 2004 at 8:58 pm

Another film to see for the way Times Square looked in the early 50’s is Kubrick’s Killer’s Kiss. There is a nice sequence that takes place in times square at night, and now with dvd you can get nice clear images when you pause and also the end sequence takes place in the late great Penn Station. What is wrong with New York, how could we have lost some much in such a short period of time. We have the worst architecture in the world and no sense of our historical past. For sure these great theatres could have been saved and used. I’m just glad that I had the chance to see all these great theatres even though I was pretty young and my memories of the interiors are vague at best.

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irajoel commented about Quad Cinema on Dec 11, 2004 at 1:02 pm

When the Quad first opened they had constant problems with the projection. I even remember walking out once or twice and demanded my money back. I stopped going for a while in the 70’s but happily things there are much better and go there every so often.

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irajoel commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 11, 2004 at 12:46 pm

The last time I went to the Music Hall was to see Napoleon, the second time they presented it with the live orchestra led by carmine coppola, it was a wonderful event, and I too am sad that they stopped showing films there. Its crazy. The 1st time I went to the music hall was to see Friendly persuasion, and that theatre left a lasting impression on me. I loved Radio city the most of all the theatres in new york, and saw many many films there in my youth including Les Girls, The Pajama Game, The Days Of wine and roses, North by Northwest, How to Suceed in business, wait until dark, The spirit of st. louis, and many many others. In 1969 I did a “conceptual” art work (Im an artist) on the hall which was a booklet listing all the films that played there, I also reproduced a program and laid in postcards of the hall. I did a very small edition and sent it to artists, critics etc, and I sometimes I check on the internet for it, and see that some dealers are selling it for around 200 bucks. Andrew Sarris loved it and wrote me a nice note, it got me lots of notice. As a teenager I even applied for an usher job there, but think I was too short. I remember going down to the locker room area for an interview and recall the basement was in white tiles. I also did a slide presentation as a work on the hall in the late 60’s and was planning to do an article on the hall for a serious art mag. but never got around to it. I also published a series of stories called 5 stories of the music hall which was published in a magazine put out by the st. marks poetry project. I too wish they would start showing films again.

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irajoel commented about Palace Theatre on Dec 11, 2004 at 7:10 am

As a child in the 50’s I went to the Palace several times. Vaudeville was still being done as late as 1956. I saw Four Girls in Town and remember some tacky vaudeville acts were also on the bill. Also remember seeing two reserved seats pics there The Diary Of Anne Frank and Judgment At Nuremberg. The other big reserve seat film at the time of Judgement was West Side Story at the Rivoli. The last time I went to the palace was in 67 to see Judy Garland.

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irajoel commented about Loew's State Theatre on Dec 10, 2004 at 6:26 am

On Easter Sunday 1959, My uncle took me to the New Loew’s State for the opening day showing of Some Like It Hot, which as a 12 year old I loved. The theatre was beautiful, loved the display boxes, the signs, the seats etc. I had been to the state several times before the renovation (I remember Party Girl & I think Sign Of The Pagan.)But the new state was a beaut. As a teenager I also saw Ben-Hur, Mutiny On The Bounty,Hole in the Head, Career.The state was the height of late 50’s theatre design.

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irajoel commented about Alpine Cinema on Dec 8, 2004 at 6:17 am

Since moving to bay ridge a few years back, I’ve been to the Alpine twice, the 1st time was ok, only 5.00 to get in for the 1st show, however the 2nd time was terrible, they keep the lights on near the screen, and when I finally got fed up and went to complain the teenagers working there looked at me like I was nuts. Needless to say I have not been back since.

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irajoel commented about De-Luxe Theatre on Dec 4, 2004 at 5:50 am

Growing up in Brooklyn I knew the owner-manager of the DeLuxe Theatre, a Mr. Harry Green (I think), He owned the Normandie theatre in boro park that was across the street from my father’s lunchenette, and as a young kid maybe 3 or 4 my mother would leave me in Mr. Green’s care sometimes when she had to work, and he would park me in one of the seats, and I recall watching a streetcar named desire over and over. Boy I wish I knew to collect movie posters and stills back then.

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irajoel commented about Guild 50th Street Theater on Nov 28, 2004 at 10:54 am

I recall using the subway entrance to get into the music hall several times in the late 50’s and early sixties. We always used it on sat. morning for the 1st show. Think it was 50 cents to get in. Don’t recall where we arrived at once we went through the door.

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irajoel commented about Loew's 46th Street Theatre on Nov 28, 2004 at 10:33 am

This was my neighborhood theatre growing up and saw many many films in the 50’s and early 60’s there. Recently a few years now) went back and was amazed at all the detail that still remained. It seemed smaller to me now of course than as a child, and recall thinking it a magic castle.

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irajoel commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Nov 28, 2004 at 10:14 am

I vividly remember these two cinemas, it was a big deal, think they were the first to be built from scratch in a long time. As a teenager when they opened I loved the look of them, so modern looking and comfortable. What stands out for me is the large display case that would have 3-D and quite nice displays for the film showing. Don’t think this kind of display retailing had ever been done before, but I could be wrong. Also felt very sophisticated going there to see a movie.

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irajoel commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Nov 28, 2004 at 10:06 am

I recall one visit to the Capitol in 1957 to see the Joker is Wild. I was around 10. There was a huge staircase, and I have a memory of the ushers offering pillows if needed. Is that true? Did I dream that. There were large cutouts of Sinatra, Rita Hayworth and Kim Novak announcing the next attraction Pal Joey at the top of the stairs and over them. It was a very large theatre. I also went there at the end when all the changes were made to see How The West Was Won, Dr. Zhivago and 2001.

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irajoel commented about Bay Ridge Theatre on Nov 27, 2004 at 1:35 pm

The late author Hubert Selby grew up across the street from this theatre and there is a repro of it back them reproduced in the intro. that Selby wrote for a book on tatoos, as he writes about the theatre.

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irajoel commented about Astor Theatre on Nov 27, 2004 at 1:25 pm

I saw a lot of foreign and “art” films there in the early sixties that were thought of as very “adult”. Saw Tom Jones there, phaedra with Mercouri, Sundays And Cybelle, The Sporting Life, and a few others. Really can’t recall anything about the theatre itself. Guess it was rather ordinary.

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irajoel commented about Roxy Theatre on Nov 27, 2004 at 12:59 pm

I’m fascinated by all the rich material on the Roxy that I read. I grew up going to the Roxy in the mid and late 50’s saw Peyton Place, A Farewell to Arms, Imitation Of Life, The Tunnel Of love and a few others. At that age I much prefered the great Hall but how wonderful it would be to still have those theatres with us.

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irajoel commented about Boro Park Theatre on Nov 27, 2004 at 12:42 pm

I grew up going the boro park and saw many many films from the early 50’s up to the 60’s. The interior was cramped and not very interesting to me. The list of films is endless. It was torn down to make way for a post office. Any memories of the Normande theatre on new utrecht and 43st? I took a “tour” a few years back of the Loew’s 46st. Lots of great stuff was still there, the floor and water fountains and the staircase. Smaller than I remember it.