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PeterApruzzese commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 14, 2005 at 5:59 am

We inquired about renting the Hall for a silent film event with live orchestra – just to walk in the door, it was approximately $60,000 a night rental. That did NOT include a stage show (other than 5 minutes of the Rockettes), film costs, or orchestra costs. We would also not get a share of any concessions sold. The Hall was not interested in partnering with us to lower the cost, nor were they willing to negotiate with the various unions to give us a break on their labor. Obviously, an outside party trying to do films at RCMH is impossible. It could never work with a new film – where you’re giving up over 75% of your ticket price back to the studio for the two weeks where the film might actually do business – but even with classics you have to give back over 35%.

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

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PeterApruzzese commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 8, 2005 at 6:55 am

Kiss Me Kate looked great when I showed it in double-system 3-D last year at the Lafayette, Vincent. There are many good depth effects and few off-screen gimmicks (other than one 30 second section). The projection angle of the Jersey might make 3-D presentations difficult down there.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 8, 2005 at 5:58 am

I think that Kiss Me Kate did not show in 3-D at the Music Hall. I’ll ask Bob Furmanek to add his expertise about 3-D to this thread.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Feb 7, 2005 at 11:54 am

The organ is being repaired and will be reinstalled over the next year or so (it was severely damaged last year by a leaky roof). The New York Theatre Organ Society just announced that LIU has secured a contractor to begin the restoration work, whoch involves removing various components and taking thme to Connecticut for resorative work.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Avon Theatre To Celebrate "1st Anniversary" on Jan 30, 2005 at 5:18 pm

Congrtatulations on the milestone!

Pete Apruzzese
Big Screen Classics at the Lafayette Theatre

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PeterApruzzese commented about Sparta Theatre on Jan 25, 2005 at 12:38 pm

There are no plans at this time to reconfigure the Sparta Theatre.

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

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PeterApruzzese commented about Cinema Treasures Authors Choose "10 Great Places To Revel In Cinematic Grandeur" for USA Today on Jan 21, 2005 at 9:27 am

Thank you very much Ross and Andreas for including Galaxy’s Lafayette Theatre in your selections. We are very proud to be included in such distinguished company.

Nelson Page, President
Galaxy Theatre Corporation

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

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PeterApruzzese commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 10, 2005 at 10:05 am

Vincent –

It’s sad, but Disney does not currently offer Mary Poppins for regular theatrical bookings. I tried to get it last November for my Big Screen Classics series and it’s out of circulation. Disney should have had an East Coast re-premiere of the film (they did so at, I think, the El Capitan in LA), but it’s not the RCMH’s fault if they didn’t show it.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Boyd Theatre To Be Restored & Reopened on Jan 7, 2005 at 6:19 am

Great news, Howard! Congratulations.

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

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PeterApruzzese commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 6, 2005 at 7:55 am

I might not be correct regarding the color of the walls in the Kubrick section of my post above – it might have been white and not orange. I will check out my references.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 6, 2005 at 7:46 am

CConnolly –

Most theatre screens are made out of vinyl, which is then stretched around a frame of some sort. The are small perforations in the material to allow the sound to transmit through from the speaker(s) behind it. The front surface of the screen is generally a matte white surface (silver is sometimes used – that’s what we use at the Lafayette Theatre – mostly for installations that plan to run 3-D) that has a slight bit of reflective material in it. Cleaning a screen is difficult, most products will remove the coating and the screen darkens in those sections. There are companies that professionally clean screens, but it’s expensive and can not always remove the dirt & stains.

The Kubrick story is that when A Clockwork Orange was set to premiere in New York, the theatre had a screen mounted on the front wall (not projecting on the wall itself) with no curtaining or masking on the surrounding wall. The theatre painted the wall and ceiling around the screen an orange color, which would look awful with a projected image in the middle of it. When Kubrick heard about this (he always sent representative to the first-run theatres to check their presentations), he demanded the wall be painted the proper flat black color. I don’t know of any theatres that use the wall, but I’m sure there’s one someplace.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Beekman Theatre on Jan 4, 2005 at 8:11 am

dave-bronx:

Here is the link to the news item posted last week telling of the plans for the property:

http://cinematreasures.org/news/12537_0_1_0_C/

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Dec 19, 2004 at 10:14 am

Glad to hear you enjoyed the show, Robert.

I think it was a stage house, the “Hines Playhouse”. I didn’t see any ads for it in the papers starting in 1928, so it may have only existed prior to then. There was another movie house in Suffern, it was called “The Strand” and opened sometime in the 30s and was gone by the 50s. I came across ads for it in the newspaper microfilms when researching the 3D films that played at the Lafayette, The Strand billed itself as “The Family Theatre”, or something like that. I have to look at my files at the office to see if I saved any copies of their ads.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Dec 19, 2004 at 9:16 am

Hope you guys made the show yesterday, it was a doozy!

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

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PeterApruzzese commented about New Metro Twin on Dec 13, 2004 at 9:10 am

The re-opened this weekend, I heard there were some problems. Did anybody go?

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PeterApruzzese commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on Dec 9, 2004 at 11:11 am

The idea is that the new multiplex will replace the Tenplex & Route 17 theatres – the same company is building it.

I looked at a map of where David’s Bridal is located, that spot was not the Bergen Mall Theatre, the theatre was on the other side of the mall. I don’t know what that might be, except that there used to be a live theater company that had its auditorium in the mall. I can’t remember their name, however. Perhaps the shape you saw in the photo was their performance space?

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Dec 9, 2004 at 6:41 am

Thank you very much, Stephen. I’m glad you’ve been enjoying our shows and I think you’ll be pleased with the special events planned for 2005.

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

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PeterApruzzese commented about New Metro Twin on Dec 6, 2004 at 11:19 am

Anybody go to the grand re-opening this past weekend? How are the renovations?

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PeterApruzzese commented about St. George Theatre on Dec 6, 2004 at 6:31 am

How did the event go Saturday night?

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PeterApruzzese commented about Broadway Theatre on Dec 1, 2004 at 2:15 pm

Just to clarify and to avoid confusion, the Galaxy Theatre Corp. of Guttenberg, NJ, is not associated with this theatre.

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PeterApruzzese commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on Dec 1, 2004 at 9:26 am

Loews is trying to build the multiplex at the Garden State Plaza as they do not want to maintain the Route 4 and Route 17 theatres.

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PeterApruzzese commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on Dec 1, 2004 at 9:25 am

The (Bergen) Mall Theatre was located almost centrally in the building, facing the back roads (I’m not from there, so I don’t know the name of the road), not Route 4. The entrance was on the outside only, facing the parking lot. It was a split design, you entered in the middle of the auditorium and could go up to the left or down to the right. The last show I saw there was a double-feature of Star Trek V and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. I was nearly ejected for complaining about the soft focus and trying to get in the booth to fix it myself!

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PeterApruzzese commented about AMC Loews Paramus Route 4 Tenplex on Nov 30, 2004 at 3:12 pm

CConnolly:
I don’t know what it turned into, but there was a theatre in that mall called, not surprisingly, the Bergen Mall Cinema. It was a single screen with, I would guess, around 500 seats and the entrance was on the outside of the mall. I think that at one time it was run by the B.S. Moss organization, I don’t know who was running it when it closed.

Bill:
The company I worked for in the early 80s owned the Paramus Drive-In for a time. We were probably the first – if not only – drive-in that used the radio sound system to transmit in FM Dolby Stereo. At that time, most drive-in’s used AM transmitters (because you could control very precisely how far the signal traveled). The FM transmitter we used had no such control (and was probalby illegal), lucky drivers on Routes 17 & 4 could often hear several minutes of the film sound. “American Pop” sounded great in the car while on the road!

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 29, 2004 at 8:03 am

This Week’s Big Screen Classics Show:
HOLD THAT GHOST – starring Bud Abbott & Lou Costello – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 11:30 am
Presented in an extraordinary-looking new 35mm print direct from Universal Pictures! Plus selected short subjects: “Scrappy’s Ghost Story”, 1935, a Columbia cartoon; “Tall, Dark and Gruesome”, 1948, starring Hugh Herbert and Dudley Dickerson

In person at the HOLD THAT GHOST show: Chris Costello (Lou’s daughter) and author Bob Furmanek (“Abbott & Costello in Hollywood”). NOTE: Bob will have copies of his Abbott & Costello book for sale in the lobby after the show. Bob’s book, “Abbott & Costello in Hollywood”, lets you join Bud and Lou on the sets of their 36 films. Drawing on studio archives, family scrapbooks and over 75 interviews, each A&C film is described in extraordinary detail, including complete cast and crew credits, script excerpts, production notes, cut scenes and final reviews. Introduction by Jerry Lewis. Foreword by the Abbott and Costello families. 272 pages/150 photos/Index.

“Certainly the best and most exhaustive book about A&C to see print…an impressive piece of scholarship.”—-Filmfax

“More details on the making of their films than any book I’ve ever seen.”—-Leonard Maltin

HOLD THAT GHOST shows on Saturday, October 30 at 11:30 am at the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, NY. Ticket price: $6.00. Log on to www.bigscreenclassics.com for further information.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Loew's Paradise Theatre on Oct 18, 2004 at 1:05 pm

Divinity:

There was a giant rectangular opening cut into the ceiling for the lights, see my post of May 3 above for the details. I do hope that if the restoration on this facility continues that it is repaired back to its original condition.