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Our movie theater culture has surely taken a beating and nearly left for dead when we think back to the 1970’s as some kind of halcyon time…
I’m going to have to check out the RKO Keith Richmond Hill link in person. Thanks for the tip.
That is a beautiful shot of the proscenium and stage curtain. Lovely house. We should all look at that new picture a lot to get it on the home page.
“What’s playing at the Roxy?
I’ll tell you what’s playing at the Roxy.
A picture about a Minnesota man falls in love with a Mississippi girl.
That he sacrifices everything and moves all the way to Biloxi.
That’s what’s playing at the Roxy."
(But was it an A picture or a B picture? A studio release or an independent? Was there a stage show and did the ushers wear pants or skirts…?)
You’re the steppes of Russia,
You’re the pants, on a Roxy usher,
I’m a broken doll, a fol-de-rol, a blop,
But if, baby, I’m the bottom,
You’re the top!
— Cole Porter
Friday 10/24/14 seemed to be the last day of operations by Bow Tie. A woman answering the box office phone (732-493-2277) said Bow Tie is out of there and a new operator is coming in. She believes the name is Cine Grand but she wasn’t sure of the exact name or the date they will reopen.
Any new photos?
According to the New York Times, A Daughter of the Gods opened October 17, 1916 at the Lyric theater; review was headlined: KELLERMANN FILM SHOWN AT THE LYRIC; “Daughter of the Gods” an Elaborate Amphibious Picture for the Submersible Star."
It is changed based on the number of views each photo gets. The one with the most views gets to be on the front page of the listing. I went in and looked at the closed curtain photo ten times, to help boost its numbers and keep it up front. It’s currently on page six of the photos, so jump to that page and have a look. Or ten.
The AMC, Bowtie and City Cinema discounts are good seven days a week, not just on the weekends. Bowtie offers the discount at its Chelsea house and all other locations but not at its Ziegfeld location.
I spilled a soda during the run of Dr. Zhivago at the Lynbrook and the sticky spot is still there…!
When the Rialto was showing The Devil in Miss Jones nobody seemed to complain about subway noise…!
I was there that night (August 7, 1978) and somewhere in my collection is her autographed photo. She was one of a kind and I feel like I’ve lost a friend.
The Warner nee Rialto? Entrance on Seventh? I went there a few times after Cineplex Odeon revamped it, but don’t remember that Lawrence played there.
The Ziegfeld didn’t usually play day-and-date with the Broadway houses, so even on a national run, they were still “exclusive” in Times Square.
Plus, since they rarely have an exclusive nowadays, most of the pictures they play are readily available in your own neighborhood, or at one of the 39 screens on 42nd Street. (And often with a bargain matinee offered, which unfortunately the Ziegfeld does not.)
I am pleased to report that they have upgraded to digital, and the picture and the screen have never looked better. Last summer I had the misfortune of witnessing the worst presentation I had ever seen at a professional theater, but this year I have no complaints, just happiness.
I believe the acronym Dumbo stands for Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass.
I hate for any cinema to pass, but this did seem to have the smallest screens in town, and that includes the Quad and the Cinema Village…!
Amazon has “Cast a Giant Shadow” in several formats — DVD, Blu-Ray, VHS and instant streaming (free for Prime members.)
Hey man! Good to see you back. I’ve missed your witty and informative comments…!
The new marquee is up, and the ddeath of ballyhoo continues. Some neon lines, the AMC logo, and that’s all, brother. No space for titles of films or any other promotions.
I don’t understand why exhibitors now make the consumers do all the work. First the list of movie theaters in newspaper display ads were eliminated, then the ads themselves are few and far between, and now the theater marquee does not even say what is playing inside. At least they still use one-sheets.
And of course, the brand new but ill-advised seating has not yet been replaced or improved.
Boys, boys, you’re both pretty.
Now why don’t you each take the high road and delete most of your own recent posts.
Thanks in advance!
Maybe it has been landmarked…?
UA Lynbrook still has the same sticky candy counters and the same broken seats. And maybe even some old programs lying around…! You can go re-live your youth, but at premium prices.
It was the Royale (with an e) Theatre, now the Bernard B. Jacobs.
Per Alamo’s facebook page dated May 7, 2014:
Sorry to have been dormant on this page for so long. Permitting has taken WAY longer than expected but we are almost through the process and renovation should begin in earnest very soon. We are 100% committed to restoring and opening this… space. Stay tuned for more info and details soon! The Alamo Drafthouse IS coming to the Mission.