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movieguy commented about Lafayette Theatre on Feb 16, 2016 at 3:20 pm

The theater can be rented out. I know a couple rented it out for their anniversary and watched a few movies presented on the big screen. Most likely it was a Blu-ray movie and not a DCP. The 35mm sound heads are off-line . They could be connected again and film could feasibly be run. But that have to get someone who is it an experienced projectionist and knows how to run the projector. It’s harder now fo they could be connected again and film could feasibly be run. But that have to get someone who is it an experienced projectionist and knows how to run the projector. It’s harder to get prints from the studios now. I know even Pete was having trouble getting everything he wanted in the final spring season 2013

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movieguy commented about Lafayette Theatre on Feb 15, 2016 at 9:51 pm

Problem with showing any of the Star Wars films. Disney will absolutely not let any of them shown. Phil tried to get the original three shown before they showed episode seven. Dysney will not let any of them be shown in theaters. Lord of the rings I’m not sure about that there very long. 35 mm is costly. Harder now to get prints from the studios. Most likely will not happen DCP’s would be better. But again they’re almost as costly as showing a film. $500 or more. I’ll have to look into when they will start to pick the films the classic series. I don’t think they want to eliminate the free admission for the seniors.

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movieguy commented about Lafayette Theatre on Feb 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

I’ll have to check on the exact numbers. I thought that they have to pay $300 to show a classic film. As well as take a fee but it could be either or. I’ll have to check

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movieguy commented about Lafayette Theatre on Feb 15, 2016 at 3:56 pm

Yes paying for admission would be helpful. Also getting somthibg At the concession stand is also quite helpful. It does not have to be a big purchase. Even a box of candy helps. This IS were Lafayette makes its profit. For a regular film like Star Wars or Dead pool Hunger Games studio takes 65%,of each dollar. 30% from the classic series admission. So purchasing a water box of candy popcorn or a popcorn and drink HELPS!
I ALWAYS get a popcorn and drink for regular films. At least a drink for classic series.I don’t know how many of the folks who get free admission buy somthing at the concession stand. But even tho some may think the cost for an item may be high. It’s a small price to pay to help the theatre

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movieguy commented about Lafayette Theatre on Feb 15, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Cost is a factor. 35MM cost $500.00 to run a print. DCP can be almost be the same cost now sadly. A DVD Blu Ray still can be $180.00 to $300.00. Plus the studio STILL asks for a percentage of the box office. Only about 25%. Last fall cost of admission $5 Ramapo seniors FREE. The series did do farily well attendance wise. 250 Hard Days Night. 350 Nosferatu. 200 Bicycle Theif. 450 Mary Poppins. 800 Polar Express (free event) near sell out Christmas show. How many were paying customers vs free seniors I do not have hard numbers. DCP WOULD look better then a Blu Ray. But $$ factors into how they will run ( DCP OR BLU RAY) best thing to spread the word about the upcoming spring series . As well as have MORE folks attend the regular first run films. This IS where the theatre makes its bread and butter. That enableds them to do more special events.

So spread the word about the Lafayette ( Which WILL on March 3 be operating for 92 YEARS ) spread the word on Facebook your page share by posting in your feed to share with your contacts. And other social media sites

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm

A multiplex is nothing but a room with a screen some seats and four walls. It has no character absolutely no thought to it just a plain room. I find myself going less and less to these multiplexes. I’m glad that The Lafayette theater from 1920 for a beautiful grand movie palace is just 15 minutes from where I currently live. There’s also an older theater in Westwood New Jersey that now has four screens with the regional one used to be. It feels like an old movie theater especially in the upstairs balcony section that now have two theaters. Paramount theater in Middletown New York shows mostly independent movies about three or four weeks after they come to the regular multiplex. Avon theater in Stanford Connecticut not-for-profit showing mostly again independent movies. But the State Theatre in Stanford Connecticut 990 Hope St. It’s still in original single screen. From 1927. They also built a small theater separate from the original single screen.

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 3, 2016 at 6:41 am

The free Tuesday night under Clearview was only for people who had Cablevision. Not everybody got in for free that Tuesday night. You had to show your Cablevision optimum card.

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 1, 2016 at 5:53 pm

I agree with Mike. The theater definitely need to be programmed much more creatively and smartly. Don’t just have the same movies that you could see at any other multiplex in the city. Do first-run movies along with classic films film festivals. Bring in Directors and people associated with the classic films to talk before or after the movies. Someone should’ve been hired to shoot a commercial showing and telling why coming to a beautiful single screen movie palace really enhance the experience of seeing a movie. A commercial showing the theater from when you first walk in to where you got your tix ripped The grand staircase and into the concession lobby area upstairs. Then into the actual theater space where the beauty of the theater could’ve been shown in the commercial. Especially from the balcony then from the curtains open and closed. I think it would’ve bought a lot of people in who just didn’t know the theater existed or how beautiful and special it was.

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 30, 2016 at 8:52 am

I agree if it was managed and promoted better it could still be viable today. Bow Tie certainly had the money and advertising ability to do a good campaign for the theater. Their tagline is “moviegoing like it used to be but only better” that it is the biggest bunch of baloney. They don’t do anything to promote moviegoing In any special way over AMC or regal . Just another smaller chain of theaters. No better then the big guys.

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 30, 2016 at 8:22 am

Yes we shouldn’t blame the people that were there Thursday. But in reality if more people had come to even see films that were playing elsewhere in greater numbers they would’ve possibly stayed open. The fact that the studios are upset that it is closed just amazes me that somebody from Thestuios didn’t buy the theater to keep it as I said in my post before. At least the place for a movie premieres l, teaching film classes and showing 35mm and 70 mm films privately and publicly. How many other places could they turn into event spaces that are currently in the city now. Rather than destroying a theater that is so beloved b how many other places could they turn into event spaces that are currently in the city now. Rather than destroying a Beautiful theater. The world needs more places like the ZIG to provide a place where people can see a movie in a grand setting rather than sitting home watching A movie which can be enjoyable but certainly not the way Movies were meant to be seen

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 30, 2016 at 8:01 am

Part of the venue may still be remaining but I was told by John the manager of the theater late Thursday night that the entire theater space will be completely gutted. Everything removed. So I don’t know what would remain if anything of the theater as we knew it. I’ll personally never step foot in The former Ziegfeld theater again. I predict that this fancy ballroom that they’re destroying a beautiful theater for, will not last very long and end up closing

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 30, 2016 at 7:59 am

Yes it is true if the number of people came for closing day came on a more consistent basis over the years for opening weekend then the second weekend of the film the theater could have still been open today and for the future. But it wasn’t being used to its full potential just showing regular first-run films. It was leased by Cablevision and for the most part special 70 mm screenings we’re not done and they could have been done for the public. More so 35mm screenings of classic movies like they did about 10 years ago. They had several times during the year where they would show classic films. For example in January February September When regular Hollywood offerings were not good . It really could’ve also been rented out over the years by people like Tarantino Martin Scorsese Spike Lee to show their films publicly or privately.

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 30, 2016 at 7:50 am

I did not know this. Yes what a tragedy that someone did NOT come along and provided a space to put her wonderful priceless collection. A Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese certainly could have provided the funds for this. Hell George Lucas is worth what over $1 billion !! Does make you think that these people are very self-centered and selfish.

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 30, 2016 at 7:25 am

Absolutely Mike I agree 100% hundred percent. It is a real tragedy that nobody stepped up to buy this great theater philanthropist or film director like Martin Scorsese Christopher Nolan spike Lee Mr. Tarantino. This was the answer to keeping it open for many more years showing 35mm film 70 mm film digitally projected movies films from up-and-coming directors. Having film premieres film classes. That’s what singles screen theaters across the country should be used for, if they are having finically trouble just showing regular first run films.

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 30, 2016 at 6:19 am

I am so surprised that this was not done actually. Even in Rockland County New York back in 2000 after a huge multiplex put 3chain theaters out of business along with to downtown theaters in Pearl River New York. The beautiful Lafayette theater in Suffern New York circa 1924. Was bought by the head of metropolitan life. As it was slated to become a multiplex or just closed down. Today it remains a single screen theater with 950 seats screening first run movies with classic movies in the spring and fall along with special events. So if it could happen in Rockland County New York To a theater that may not be nearly as well-known as the Zigfeld Which has more seats along with 35mm and 70 mm capabilities and many more people who could take advantage of it being located in New York City rather than a suburb

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 30, 2016 at 6:14 am

Thank you Howard for posting the excellent article. My question is with people like spike Lee and Martin Scorsese along with Christopher Nolan and Mr Tartino all who love 35mm and 70 mm film and the Zigfeld Why didn’t anyone of these people step up to the plate and actually by the theater. Then they could use it to screen 35mm and 70 mm to the public Many films they could get from their own collections and the studios Also still use it as a place to have movie premieres. Have other up-and-coming directors screen there movies there as they had full digital capability. Also teach classes there on film and have people sit in the beautiful theater. Something like this would’ve kept the theater around. I really question why these very wealthy people couldn’t of gotten together as a group and bought the theater if it was too much for any one person to afford or manage by themselves . There are so many wealthy people involved in the arts that could have saved this theater from being gutted and turn it into something that would really be unique and set it apart from just being a first run theater which is great but hard to do with the single screen and competition from inferior multiplexes

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm

It is absolutely heartbreaking and an absolute monumental waste. To gut this beautiful theater!! Mr Tarantino just had A private premiere in 70 mm of the hateful eight just a month ago. The projector upstairs according to the projectionist still could run 35mm and 70 mm. I’m surprised somebody like Mr. Tarantino, JJ Abrams or Christopher Nolan didn’t come forward to buy the theater or at least lease it for a whil i’m surprised somebody like Mr. Tarantino, JJ Abrams or Christopher Nolan didn’t come forward to buy the theater to show films and 35mm like the new Beverly does. Change into something other than a first run theater. Still rented out for premieres. How long will this new ballroom last I give it a few years at most. then it will be declared a failure after the theater is torn apart and goo then it will be declared a failure after the theater is torn apart and gutted sickening I say. At least Los Angeles has try to keep some of their downtown single screen movie palace viable

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 29, 2016 at 10:51 am

Yes they shouldn’t throw out the seats. They can even be used in another theater that needed better seats to make it more comfortable. The Lafayette theater in Suffern could maybe acquire the seats and put them there. It might be too costly to remove the seats that are there now and put in the Zigfeld seats. Yes you are right nine chandeliers

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 29, 2016 at 10:37 am

If the amount of people coming out last night had come out more regularly to the theater for movies over the past few years the theater would’ve still most likely been operating well past yesterday said closing. How anybody could want to go to a multiplex versus a beautiful theater like that Ziegfeld is beyond me. It’s like saying would you rather have a meal expertly prepared by a wonderfully talented chef. Or would you like to just have some processed chain food for dinner

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 29, 2016 at 9:38 am

I went to three screenings yesterday 12:45 PM 2D Looks like it was about 550 people. Sat in the second row of the balcony area. Bought a ticket for the 7 PM screening. Very long line to get in. Looks like 650 people for that screening. The audience was most enthusiastic As I was sitting in the middle of the orchestra section. They clapped and cheer during the “along time ago in a galaxy far far away” they also cheered when on Han Solo first appeared on screen. The curtain was definitely being used at the end of each screening and just before the Advertisements started . I was going to leave but then when I saw the line was even a longer stretching all the way down the block and around the corner I bought a ticket for the 10 PM show. Sitting in the last row of the balcony just looking down at the nearly filled orchestra section except for maybe a dozen seats. They close the curtains before the previews coming attractions. At the end of the credits and when the curtains closed. People broke into a song “Will miss the grand the lady Ziegfeld” people didn’t want to leave And were taking pictures at 1:15 PM. One girl was even hugging the wall of the theater. I was speaking to John the manager and it’s truly heartbreaking That’s such a beautiful theater with seven crystal chandeliers a grand staircase to the area just outside the confession space. John the manager said that Cablevision is going to take everything in the theater including things left over from the original Ziegfeld. No one knows what they will do with it. But John said the entire space will be gutted. A terrible loss to New York and movie lovers. There never will be another theater like iT. Theaters were built years ago so people could experience something they could never experienced at home. We need more places like the Ziegfeld to bring people out to the movies instead of sitting home in their living rooms

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movieguy commented about It’s Fade to Black for Midtown’s Iconic Ziegfeld Movie Theater on Jan 23, 2016 at 6:25 pm

I definitely plan to go next Thursday as that will be the absolute final day of operation. Absolutely terrible terrible thing for movie lovers and a great historic theater and New York in general

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movieguy commented about It’s Fade to Black for Midtown’s Iconic Ziegfeld Movie Theater on Jan 22, 2016 at 6:25 am

Extremely terrible news. It was owned by Cablevision under James Dolan. The man almost bankrupted the Knicks. I was talking to John the manager and I mentioned him I noticed they often hold movies too long. The Laffey at theater in Suffern New York was able to drop Mission impossible for example after two weeks same thing for the new James Bond movie. But the Ziegfeld ended up holding each for five weeks . The movie company certainly didn’t require such a long commitment. If they changed out the movies every 2 to 3 weeks they would’ve had better attendance I think. A really beautiful theater big screen great projection Ability to show 35mm as well as 4K digital. They ran a lot of classic films back about 10 years ago 2004 so. But they stopped doing that as of 2007 for the most part. A terrible loss to be lovers and New York.

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movieguy commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 22, 2016 at 12:34 am

Call the theater box office today. Found out that they’ll be no special programming or special movies. January 28 Thursday is the last day that Star Wars was scheduled to play. According to the employee on the phone no other movies will be coming after that. So it looks like that will be the last day of operations January 28. I will definitely be there to see Star Wars once again. How very depressing and sad that such a great movie theater 1200 seats, big screen excellent projection fantastic Soundsystem a real great room to see a movie is going to be turned into some ridiculous ballroom for corporate bigwigs rich people

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movieguy commented about City Cinemas Village East on Dec 1, 2015 at 5:22 pm

I talked to an employee of the cinema. He confirmed that Hateful 8 WILL Be showing there for its run of two weeks. Most likely in the large original theater. Not one of the small theaters in the second and third levels

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movieguy commented about Lafayette Theatre on Nov 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm

JACA Will program classic series and special events as well