Comments from Mike (saps)

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Mike (saps) commented about Maplewood Theatre on Nov 26, 2015 at 3:47 pm

How did the exhibit go?

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 19, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Here is for comparison a sample of some of the highly-anticipated films from the spring and summer of 1977 followed by the opening-week number of engagements for each: “A Bridge Too Far” (400+), “The Deep” (800+), “Exorcist II: The Heretic” (700+), “New York, New York” (400+), “Orca” (700+), “The Other Side Of Midnight” (500+), “Rollercoaster” (400+), “Smokey And The Bandit” (300+), and “The Spy Who Loved Me” (200+).

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 19, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Star Wars is a post-Jaws release so it did not have months of exclusive runs. Opening May 25, 1977 the first weekend was 43 national engagements, a few more were added in the next weeks, and 100 new theaters were added in the fourth week. By August and September there were just over 1,000 theaters showing it.

Interesting site with a lot of detail here.

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Mike (saps) commented about PlayStation Theater on Nov 17, 2015 at 3:51 pm

The Selwyn Theatre was restored and renovated by the Roundabout Theatre company and re-opened on July 27, 2000 with a production of “The Man Who Came To Dinner” starring Nathan Lane. It was renamed for its generous benefactor, American Airlines.

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Mike (saps) commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm

I’ll be here Wednesday night for An American in Paris.

Kind of bittersweet…

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Mike (saps) commented about PlayStation Theater on Nov 14, 2015 at 10:40 pm

Wow thanks a lot buddy

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Mike (saps) commented about PlayStation Theater on Nov 14, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Jo, how do you get italics into your comment?

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Mike (saps) commented about Apollo Theatre on Nov 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Formerly Foxwoods, now Lyric…

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on Nov 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

If you’re in Time Square to see Star Wars, won’t you be seeing it at the Ziegfeld?

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Mike (saps) commented about PlayStation Theater on Nov 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm

I think this is called the PlayStation Theater now…

Ugh. How far can you get from “Loew’s” and “Astor” and “Plaza”

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 12, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Plus, the Paris and City Cinemas have bargain matinees.

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Mike (saps) commented about Pabst Theater on Nov 11, 2015 at 11:33 pm

Is this where the recent republican debate was held?

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Mike (saps) commented about Strand Theatre on Nov 4, 2015 at 10:58 am

I finally saw a pristine print of Oklahoma! last night at the Farmingdale Multiplex and it was worth the wait. The only other time I saw that movie was here during a revival program. As I said back in 2012:

As to the illustration currently shown above (Broadway Comes to Broadway) I saw Oklahoma during that series. It was in the upstairs theater, formerly the balcony with a nicely tapered rake and a gorgeous ceiling.

The Oklahoma print, however, was atrocious — completely faded to pink as (Eastmancolor?) tends to do. What a disappointment, as it was my first time seeing the movie. I didn’t go back for any other films in the series.

(And what happened to that photo Broadway Comes to Broadway?)

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 3, 2015 at 10:51 am

Seemingly, not too many people know anything about this classic theater’s sound system.

Ziggy, welcome to CT, but you’ve only been here one day. You’d be surprised at how much an awful lot of people around here know about things.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 3, 2015 at 8:30 am

Saturday night at the movies,

Who cares what picture you see

when you’re huggin' with your baby

in the last row in the balcony?

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Maybe Reade is the original leaseholder and all subsequent operators were sub-lessees.

According to Wikipedia (I know, I know…!) “The Walter Reade Organization] filed for bankruptcy in 1977, emerging four years later. Columbia Pictures purchased 81% of the organization in 1981, buying the company completely in 1985, but later sold it to the Cineplex Odeon Corporation on June 26, 1987.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Death knell? (spelled with a k) Maybe, maybe not.

But if the Ziegfeld could talk, I’d hope it would quote Mark Twain: “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 30, 2015 at 8:04 pm

I notice in the photos that the marquee has recently said “Bow Tie Cinemas” but now says “A Walter Reade Theater.” What gives?

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Mike (saps) commented about Criterion Theatre on Oct 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

MFL = My Fair Lady.

Where did you see it?

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Oct 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm

rcdt55b, could you give some more detail about the Back to the Future screenings? I love events like that…

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Mike (saps) commented about State Theatre on Oct 23, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Lots of activity here, including Ringo Starr on October 25th and Wendy Williams on December 12th…

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Mike (saps) commented about Fair Theatre on Oct 17, 2015 at 11:08 am

You joined Cinema Treasures just to post that comment? Thanks but no thanks…

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Oct 7, 2015 at 11:00 am

What did that other line on the marquee mean — “New film each night.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Oct 7, 2015 at 8:58 am

“Paint Your Wagon” is on the marquee. That’s a lot of empty seats gone unsold…!

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Mike (saps) commented about American Airlines Theatre on Oct 6, 2015 at 4:31 pm

That clip was from 1984, seven years after this house closed, but still before its legit rebirth. (The Robby Benson movie on the marquee “One on One” came out in 1977.)