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I wish I knew as much about classic movie houses then as I know now. I would have made it a point to visit every single remaining one a least once. And the ones I really did the visit over the years I would have paid closer attention to, savoring the experience.
That said, I knew enough by 1987 to be at the last show of the upstairs Loews State 2 so that I could get one last look at the proscenium, ceiling, fixtures…which I did indeed savor …
The apostrophe moved over to “its” and so now it too often auto corrects to “it’s” even when you don’t mean it to…
Orlando, you have shown yourself over the years to be a true movie theater lover, historian, preservationist, and restorer, and that’s only scratching the surface. And you’ve been a valuable asset to this site.
So please delete your intemperate response to a paying patron’s experience, rethink your answer, and post again in the cool light of day.
Was the delay in seating due to slow security check-ins?
I just checked out this page for the first time in a while, and there are so many great new photographs in the photo section… Thanks everybody, it really is the users' contributions that make this one of my favorite sites.
Loew’s not Lowe’s
New construction photo posted.
I was at the 2pm attempted TCM showing of Hitchcock’s North by Northwest yesterday when the projector or the signal or something wasn’t cooperating, and the screening was canceled. Everyone was given a pass to come back and refund of their admission price but it was still disappointing.
From the short bit we were able to see, the movie looked great — clear image, good sound, and subtle and natural use of Technicolor.
I think this was the theater where I first saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I went in completely unprepared and needless to say it knocked my socks off…!
Too late, Fred…
That’s a pitiful opening description for a theater that lasted over 90 years…
Two people shot last night steps from this theater…
From a New York Times review dated October 4, 1945:
In returning to the cinema fold last night after a span of thirteen years, the Winter Garden opened another chapter in its distinguished theatrical history on a gay and frivolous note, for in film form Noel Coward’s amusing spoof on spiritualism, “Blithe Spirit,” comes through as a generally delightful divertissement…
All three silly stories you mention are sequels (Logan), remakes (Kong) or reinterpretations (Beast.)
And as far as this new Kong being completely different, I just saw this movie and seem to recall him living on Skull Island, wrestling with giant dinosaurs, swatting aircraft out of the sky, beating his chest and bellowing, eating people, stepping on people, breaking free of chains and holding a beautiful girl in the palm of his hand…
The number is 718-339-1800 and the guy on the phone said it has been sold and will be closing, but no date has been announced yet.
They answered the phone this morning, and said they are open.
Everything old is new again.
Photo added today
In the overhaul, the venue’s seating capacity will downsize from 560 seats to 430, divided among four theaters meant to have the intimate feel of private screening rooms with improved sightlines and seats. The theater’s rebranding also includes a new logo with a custom font designed by Pentagram. (Per the Variety article)
Here are excerpts from the NY Times review of this house’s last picture, “Werewolf of London”
The Rialto Theatre, which began its career as a picture house on the night of April 22, 1916, by showing Douglas Fairbanks’s “The Good Bad Man,” is bidding farewell to Times Square this week with a nerve-jangling exhibit called “The Werewolf of London.” The theatre will be demolished after the last screening of the picture next Wednesday night, but a new Rialto will be erected on the site and open its doors to the public some time in October.
Designed solely to amaze and horrify, the film goes about its task with commendable thoroughness, sparing no grisly detail… Granting that the central idea has been used before, the picture still rates the attention of action-and-horror enthusiasts. It is a fitting valedictory for the old Rialto, which has become melodrama’s citadel among Times Square’s picture houses.
The first time I saw Gone With the Wind was here in the late 70s/early 80s, with a wretched 70mm print that cropped the image at the top and bottom and seemed to be terrbily out of focus, even after changing my seat several times and complaining to the manager (who stated that was because of the curved screen!)
I couldn’t believe that this was the number one box office attraction of all time. I was really disappointed, until I saw it again years later in the proper ratio and clarity. Of course it’s magnificent.
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Tova, I hope you check the site from time to time to share some memories of your grandparents. I was really quite fond of them, happy to share my experiences with you
Screen sizes, however, seem to remain the same.
New doors, really…?