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PeterApruzzese commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Jun 3, 2005 at 1:29 pm

First, you’d need to see who holds the USA theatrical rights. Then, they would have to have a 35mm print available. It was originally released by Warner Bros., but I’ll bet their license expired a long time ago.

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PeterApruzzese commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on Jun 2, 2005 at 6:40 pm

They’ll be closing those two locations once the new megaplex is built (it’s waiting for final approvals from the towns involved) in the back parking lot area of the Garden State Mall.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Radio City Music Hall on May 27, 2005 at 11:07 am

Rob:
Thanks for giving us information about the attendance during the film series held at the Hall. In all of the deal papers we’ve seen from Cablevision, the Hall is never mentioned as being sold off as part of any future plans, so it’s in safe hands for now. I do wish that a programmer with vision (and a budget for the crew!) could coordinate a film series within the Hall’s live event schedule.

Pete Apruzzese

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PeterApruzzese commented about Today's Newsreel on May 25, 2005 at 6:13 pm

It is a DLP-based system. It’s Dolby’s all-in-one solution -hardware, software, automation – for “digital” presentations. It’s used at the Ziegfeld in Manhattan, if the article is correct.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Rivoli Theatre on May 25, 2005 at 5:31 pm

Vito – Thanks for the clarification, that makes it clearer. Otherwise, I’d be asking where I could get 70mm parts for my Century’s for the Lafayette!

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PeterApruzzese commented about Rivoli Theatre on May 25, 2005 at 2:25 pm

Days of Heaven was astounding in 70mm, CConnolly. Even more amazing in that it was a blow-up from 35mm.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Rivoli Theatre on May 25, 2005 at 1:42 pm

I’m sorry Vito, but not all models of 35mm projectors and platter systems are convertible to 70mm, not even close. You also need magnetic sound heads (if the film has mag sound) or, for these new 70mm prints, a dedicated 70mm DTS sound reader. Not to mention different lenses, aperture plates, sprockets, intermittent, pad rollers, guide rollers, platter brains, platter rollers, splicers, etc.

Unless the theatre is always set up to do 35/70 projection, it’s much more involved than just something that can be done during intermission.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Rivoli Theatre on May 24, 2005 at 5:53 pm

No, Bill. Both can share the same space as long as the booth is big enough. They have to keep the film projectors on hand, since the digital shows do have a high number of failures.

If I recall, the Sony Lincoln Square also as 70mm capability in the main auditorium.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Rivoli Theatre on May 24, 2005 at 4:31 pm

No.

One of the reasons a lot more films are being presented in scope is that they are shooting them in Super35, which allows a scope theatrical print and a nearly full-frame (without panning and scanning) video image to be extracted.

There is one upcoming film shot in 65mm (for 70mm presentation), Terence Malick’s The New World. I’ll be very curious to see who is able to show it in 70mm in the NY metro area.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on May 20, 2005 at 12:51 pm

That is correct, Robert. Other than very unusual circumstances, Disney does not do theatrical bookings for any of their classic animated features, and a number of the live-action ones as well. I’ve tried for 3 years to get Mary Poppins for the Lafayette, but no dice.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on May 13, 2005 at 12:02 pm

A very nice article featuring the Lafayette Theatre appeared in today’s Bergen Record “Go” section centerfold. The print version includes two nice interior shots.

Here: View link

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Apr 26, 2005 at 5:04 pm

Thanks for the nice comments Irv, Richard, and Peter. See you at Godzilla this Saturday!

Pete Apruzzese
Director of Film Programming
Big Screen Classics at the Lafayette Theatre

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PeterApruzzese commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 23, 2005 at 3:49 pm

Don – I don’t know. I guess it would depend on whether they were ‘laid off’ of if Clearview can temporarily put them in another location.

Jodar – I beleive the bigger theatres used to do this from time to time during the roadshow era, especially if they needed to do technical upgrades between engagements. Depending on the size of the venue, it certainly does cost more money just to open the doors for a handful of customers instead of being dark.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Apr 22, 2005 at 11:48 pm

According to information I heard from Clearview, the plan now is for the Ziegfeld to remain dark between major first-run engagements. And expect nothing to be playing September and October.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Apr 7, 2005 at 12:06 pm

Just a reminder to everyone that the Silent Film Festival begins tomorrow night at the Lafayette Theatre.

Complete details here: www.bigscreenclassics.com/indexlafayette.htm

See you then!

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Mar 27, 2005 at 12:09 pm

Hi, Robert.

Jeff is correct about Easter Parade, it wasn’t an original Technicolor print although there were sections that did look almost as good as one. The cartoon wasn’t Technicolor, either. Just a very nicely timed LPP print.

I think our silver screen adds a certain vibrancy to the image if the print has good color. I’ve had numerous knowledgeable collectors ask where I’d gotten Technicolor prints of certain films, when I wasn’t showing a Technicolor print!

Thank you for your attendance, Robert. Please be sure to introduce yourself next time you come to a show.

Pete Apruzzese

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PeterApruzzese commented about Totowa Cinema on Mar 24, 2005 at 9:30 am

To update the first post a bit, this theatre was simply called the Totowa Cinema, the “Cinema 46” (I worked there in 1982) was just down the hill where the CompUSA is now.

Also, the Totowa Cinema had Dolby Stereo as early as the 1977 release of Star Wars, I also saw the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers there and it was presented in ear-splittingly-loud stereo.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Mar 15, 2005 at 12:41 pm

Thank you, Richard.

The Silent Film Festival schedule is now available. Three days – April 8-10, 2005 with nine programs, all accompanied by live music by orchestra, pipe organ and piano. This is the year’s biggest silent film event in the New York-metro area and you don’t want to miss it. Go here www.bigscreenclassics.com/indexlafayette.htm for information or to buy advance multi-show tickets.

Pete Apruzzese
Director of Film Programming
Big Screen Classics at the Lafayette Theatre

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PeterApruzzese commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Mar 11, 2005 at 8:52 pm

The Jersey does not have mag stereo capability at this time, so a mag print – if even a runnable one still exists – of Ben-Hur wouldn’t have done them any good. Optical Dolby Stereo can sound very good when the proper care is taken transferring the mag tracks. The LJ has a bit of an echo problem, but overall the sound is good, IMO.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Mar 8, 2005 at 8:40 am

It certainly could be, YankeeMike. Warner just hasn’t done it yet.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Mar 7, 2005 at 1:23 pm

From what I remember, Ben-Hur has no exit music. I think it’s probably the only one of the major epics of that era not to have exit music.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Mar 3, 2005 at 1:43 pm

Sounds like the Ben-Hur will be a winner.

I ran one of the 1999 reissue prints of Gone with the Wind a couple of years ago at the Lafayette – the IB Technicolor image is nice, but there are some issues with the focus. The elements used to make the negative are occasionally misaligned, resulting in fringing at times. There are no newer prints of GwtW available, sad to say.

I’m sure Mitchell will do a good job vis-a-vis the presentation.

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PeterApruzzese commented about LIU Plays Last Game at Brooklyn Paramount This Thursday on Feb 22, 2005 at 2:04 pm

As far as I know, there are no definte plans yet. But, since they committed well over $30,000 towards the organ restoration and reinstallation, I’d assume they plan to use it. But any changes are in the future.

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PeterApruzzese commented about LIU Plays Last Game at Brooklyn Paramount This Thursday on Feb 22, 2005 at 12:02 pm

The organ restoration should take about a year or two before it’s reinstalled at the Paramount. Off the record, LIU has stated that they will most likely return the venue to a performance space for their theater arts, music, and other programs. In the interim, it will still be used for some of the other sports and for a practice hall.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 21, 2005 at 12:55 am

That’s probably true for that time, Bill. But don’t you think those figures I quoted above for this weekend’s event are just slightly ridiculous?

It’s time for the unions to work with the management of these venues. Show business is a seven-day-a-week operation, I don’t understand their position of “overtime” for a Saturday afternoon on a week when they had maybe one other event. And it’s time for the management to reduce their overhead as well – many do earn some outrageous numbers not always tied to profits, I’d love to see bonuses reduced/eliminated if a venue is running at a loss (as the MH does every single year). There’s plenty of room on both sides to make these things work. My point was strictly about that one event, not the entirety of the operation.