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Hello From NYC-
i was reading about early sound film and the
book stated the 1st feature length sound western
was In Old Arizona starring Warner Baxter. it
said the film opened at the Criterion Theater.
i can find no theater on the L.A. page that was
called the Criterion.
the last time i was in the IMAX auditorium was to
see The Jungle Book this past April. i thought the
projection and sound were A+ so why were renovations
i’m sure it was what we refer to in NYC asas “business fire”.
to patryan6019 i thank for your replies to
my posts. in fact your reply prompts another
question. i live in NYC and after a film’s
roadshow run it moved to another first run
theater and was made shorter by simply cutting
out the overture, intermission and exit music.
it was at the point a film moved to
neighborhood theaters around NYC that they
actually tweaked the film. which is where my
question comes in. if a film opened on a 2
performance a day roadshow run what was the
rationale behind cutting it so early. it was
still going to be shown only twice a day.
i apologize if i have already asked this question.
of all the films the Dome played on a roadshow
engagement were there any that did not have a
movie tickets in Manhattan are already too frigging
expensive. who in God’s name would want to spend $29
on a movie?
to patryan6019 thanks for the info. as i said
i saw TGSET twice during its 42 week roadshow run
at this theater but have no idea when. i might have
seen the 3hr. 19min. cut. both times. so if i
understand your info correctly the original
3hr. 45min. cut was used for a short period of
which prompts another question. the film was still
going to be on a 2 performance a day roadshow run
so what was the point of tweaking it? i wonder
what was in the approx. 26 mins. that was cut.
the cut of Cleopatra that opened at the Rivoli
June of 1963 was 4hrs. 5 mins. it was tweaked
while still in its roadshow run. but at least Fox
kept the trims from the premiere 4hr. 5min. cut
which looks !WOW! on blu-ray disc. i don’t suppose
United Artists kept the approx. 26 mins. of trims
i saw The Greatest Story ever Told twice during
its 42 week roadshow engagement “in Cinerama” at
the Warner Cinerama(Bway & 47). now though i
enjoyed the film I have no idea which cut I saw.
the cut on the blu-ray disc is 3hrs. 19mins..
so what cut did the Dome show? did it ever showthe longer i think it was 3 hr. 45min. cut? or didit only show the 3hr. 19min. cut?
i saw The Greatest Story Ever Told twice duringits 42 week roadshow engagement “in Cinerama” atthis theater. now while I enjoyed the film Ihave no recollection of what cut i saw. so wasthe only cut this theater ever used the 3hr. 19min. one used for the blu-ray disc? or was the longer3hr. 45min? cut ever shown during the 42 run?
what was the last 1st run engagement thistheater had?
to vindanpar- in answer to your pointed “why does
it matter in 2016” question the answer is simple.
i have a decent sized movie memorabilia
collection a big part of which are movie souvenir
programs. to which there are a number of the big
roadshow films which played the 7 Times Square
theaters i mentioned in my original post that i
have never come across a souvenir program for.
so though ever roadshow film i went to had a
souvenir program i wondered if some for whatever
to patryan6019- thanks for the info about Patton.
that was a big highly promoted roadshow film so i
am quite surprised it did not have a souvenir
program. i wonder what Fox’s reasoning was. also
for this theater i have never come across a
souvenir program for Cheyenne Autumn which opened
here Dec. of 1964 on a roadshow engagement.
i find it fascinating that this theater has been
in continual operation since it opened making it
the oldest movie theater in NYC. if it hadn’t closed
the Fall of 2012 or 2013 the Coliseum in upper
Manhattan would be the winner. it opened the in
Hello to All-
I thank everyone for their replies but the central
question I asked in my original post still hasn’t been answered. of the 7 theaters in the Times Square
area the studios used for most of their roadshow
engagements(Criterion,Loews State, RKO Palace,
Demille, Warner, Rivoli and Loews Capitol)does
anyone know of a roadshow engagement at one of those
7 theaters that did not have a souvenir program?
thanks in advance for any info.
to patryan6019- i have souvenir programs for
all the films you listed except Last Tango In
Paris, Young Winston, The Last Valley or Ryan’s
Daughter. in fact i don’t think LTIP had one.
and eventhough i saw TLV in its first run
engagement at the Rivoli twice i never remember
seeing one for sale. also i saw RD at the
Ziegfeld twice and again don’t remember a program
i am aware several other theaters in Manhattan
hosted roadshow engagements. in fact i went to
all the ones you listed. what i am trying to
find out is if any of the roadshow engagements
that played the 7 big theaters in the Times Square
area i listed in my original post did not have a souvenir program.
to Al A. i do tend to forget Last Tango in Paris
don’t I. but its always been my suspicion that UA
opted for a reserved seat run at the Trans Lux East
to make the film appear “important” and not because
it was warranted by the budget.
also my question pertained to the 7 Bway houses
that the studios used for their roadshow runs. so
does anyone remember/know of a roadshow film which
played one of the 7 Bway houses during the 20 year
period I mentioned in my original post that did not
have a souvenir program?
to patryan6019 thanks for your take posted on Jan.14
about the souvenir program for “Krakatoa……”. it
must have been odd for patrons to buy a program the
first two pages of which describe the “new” Cinerama
yet the film they’re about to watch isn’t “in Cinerama”.
the heyday of the reserved seat or roadshow
engagement was the Sept. 1952 opening of This
Cinerama to the Dec. 1972 opening of Man of
La Mancha. there were seven theaters used by
the studios in the Times Square area for their
roadshow engagements this theater plus the
Criterion, Loews State, RKO Palace, Demille,
Warner, and the Rivoli. which is where my
question comes in. while I didn’t go to every
roadshow engagement in the approx. 20 year
period every one i did attend had a souvenir
program. so does anyone remember attending a
roadshow engagement in that 20 year period at
one of the seven theaters that did not have a
many years ago I attended the opening day
performance of A Bridge To Far. as an added
treat Joseph E. Levine was outside the Rivoli
in a comfy chair greeting people as they
after they finished their 1st run engagements
in Manhattan 20th Century Fox’s big films always
played the Valentine. this is where i saw
i have lived in the neighborhood that the
Interboro serviced my entire life and the
reason it closed is simple. although the
theater did good business UA which was running
it at the time of its closure had no desire to
to spend the $$$ to upgrade it.
I have been a Bronx resident my entire life and
frequently went to the Circle. to which i never
remember it ever showing “adult” films. can anyone
provide a newspaper listing or photo to back
up this claim?
as a devotee of movie theater history i find it
fascinating that i can find no reference that this
theater ever existed other than its mention on
i was a frequent patron at this theater starting
with its debut film “Marooned”. to which in
reference to Mikeoaklandpark’s post of 5/1116.
from the very beginning this theater often closed
for a week or two if no suitable film was available
for a 1st run engagement but i never remember
this theater ever showing films second run in the
sense that they had exhausted their original
engagement at other theaters.
i went to the Festival many times during its
reign as one of Manhattan’s leading art houses.
this is especially true since many of its
engagements were exclusive runs but there was
one thing about the theater i didn’t like. in
virtually all theaters when you enter the
auditorium from the back the floor is flat as
you walk toward the screen or in other
instances actually declines as you walk toward
the screen. but in the Festival the floor
actually inclined as you walked toward the
screen. it was rather uncomfortable if you
got stuck with a seat in the first row.
is this theater the oldest continually in operation
movie theater in New York City?