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bigjoe59 commented about Gaiety Burlesk on Apr 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Hello-

1.i went to the Gaiety on a regular enough basis thru out the 30 years it was open. to the best of my knowledge it was never known as the Kings Cinema.

2.also the theater closed the 3rd week of March
2005 not 2006.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Hello Again-

i’m sure every theater no matter how well built it was or even if still in good condition doesn’t get redone/refurbished etc….to some extant over the years simply to keep it viable. so even if the Chinese has been redone/refurnished etc…over
the years at least its still Chinese in mode and is still a single screen first run theater since the day it opened. so other than the Chinese the only other theater i have found using this site
that fits the criteria in my March 22 post is the Uptown in D.C..

so i thank Danny B. for mentioning the Regency Village. also i guess i should just use the term grand old movie theater rather than palace. to which is the Regency Village still a single screen theater that has operated as a 1st run venue since the day it opened? for instance in terms of grand old movie theaters including palaces we have the Castro in San Francisco which is still a single screen venue and in damn good shape. but although it has been in continuous operation since the day it opened in 1924? it was built from the get go as a 2nd/ 3rd run neighborhood theater. i am referring to theaters built as 1st run venues that have continued to operate as such.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Apr 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Hello- i would greatly appreciate it if my fellow posters could hope me with the question in my post of March 22. thanks in advance.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

Hello To Fellow Posters-

i originally asked this question a few months back so i was wondering if anyone has found the answer yet. when i first came upon this excellent website was i surprised in the intro above for this theater above that for a short time it was called the Mark 1-2-3. now i have been an avid theatergoer most of my adult life and have frequently used the TKTS booth which is right across from this theater since the day it opened in June of 1973. yet i never remember seeing Mark 1-2-3 on the marquee even for a minute amount of time. has anyone ever found a photo?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 17, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Hello-

i thank you for your reply but the Art Greenwich was off of 12 St. a stone’s throw from the now suttered St. Vincent’s Hospital. i am referring to the two theaters that were actually on 8th St. the 8th St.Playhouse was almost at 6th. Avenue. the other theater was almost at Bway. but its not listed under any of the names i can think of. its now used as an auditorium by NYU.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 17, 2012 at 11:16 am

Hello to Everyone-

while i like this website immensely the 1 problem is that theaters aren’t necessarily listed by the name they’re best known by. i have been searching for a bit to find a theater on 8th St. closer to Broadway. i found the 8th St. Playhouse which was closer to 6th Ave. but what was the name of the theater closer to Bway. i can’t find it under any of the names it knew it by. its now used by NYU as an auditorium.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Apr 12, 2012 at 6:20 pm

Hello Again To My Fellow Posters-

while we’re on the subject. why is it that some companies have been better at keeping prints of their roadshow widescreen epics in damn good condition that other companies? for instance none of the dvds of UA’s widescreen roadshow epics released by MGM Home Video have been the complete roadshow prints. whereas all the dvds and now blu-ray discs that Warner Bros. Home Video have released of MGM’S widescreen roadshow epics have been the
complete roadshow prints. what gives?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Apr 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

Hello To My Fellow Posters-

speaking of negatives and prints etc…. i have a question that has always bugged me a bit. in the late 90s when vhs was still the dominant home video format MGM/UA Home Video created a new vhs series titled “MGM/UA Screen Epics”. all the films were digitally remastered with new art work for the slip case packaging. this is where my question comes in- the prints of THE ALAMO,ITS MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD and HAWAII that were reissued in this series were the original roadshow prints. yet the currently available dvds of these three films which are the only dvds i have ever come across are the general release prints not the roadshow prints. if complete roadshow prints were available for the vhs series why not use them for the dvds? is there a reason why they couldn’t?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Hello Again To Techman707- thank you for your reply. you seem to know lots and lots so i figure you were the person to ask. of course a number of grand old movie theaters are alive and well but not as movie theaters. in Manhattan Radio City Music Hall is a prime example.

so i have to reiterate my original question- in the 1913-1941 period countless grand movie theaters/ palaces were built in all 50 states at least half of which have since been torn down. so of all the ones still standing in all 50 states the Uptown in D.C., and Grauman’s Chinese in Hollywood are in fact the only two continuely operated as 1st run movie theaters in their original state/design since Day 1, is that possible?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Hello To Techman707-

since i discovered this wonderful website last Feb. who have been most helpful with any questions i had. well here’s a good one i would appreciate your help with finding the answer to.

the building phase for grand old movie theaters or movie palaces to to use the popular term was approx. 1913 – 1941. unfortunately many of those theaters have since been torn down. so my question pertains to the ones still standing. here goes- of all the grand old movie theaters still standing which have not gutted for retail space, never became 2nd or 3rd run grind houses, never showed porn, were never radio or t.v. studios, were not converted to concert halls or performing arts centers and were not twinned, tri-plexed or quaded but have stayed in more or less their original design/condition as 1st run movie theaters since the day they opened. using this website the only 2 i have come across are the Uptown in D.C. and Grauman’s Chinese in Hollywood. can these be the only two in the entire country? how cam i find out if they are any others. many thanks in advance for you assistance.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Uptown 1 on Mar 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Hello To My Fellow Posters- i came across this website a year ago and was hooked from the get go. so i set up a project for myself- find as many grand old movie theaters or palaces to use the popular term that have not been gutted for retail space, were never a 2nd/3rd run or grind house, never showed porn, never used as a radio or t.v. studio, never converted to a concert hall or performing art center and were never twined, tri-plexed or if large enough quaded but and this is a big BUT has stayed in more or less their original state,design/condition as 1st run movie theater since the day it opened. thru my searching so far i have only found this theater and Grauman’s Chinese in Hollywood. they can’t be the only ones in the entire country can they? anyone know of other ones still operating as 1st run theaters?

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Mar 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Hello To My Fellow Posters- i discovered this website a year ago and was hooked. therefore i set up a project for myself- to find grand old movie theaters or palaces to use the popular term that fit these criteria- haven’t been torn down or gutted for retail space, never became a 2nd/3rd run or grind house, never showed porn, never used as a radio or t.v. studio, wasn’t converted to a concert hall or performing arts center, and was never twined, tri-plexed or if large enough quaded but and this is a big BUT has stayed in its original state/design/condition as a 1st run movie theater since the day it opened. using this site the only two i’ve found are the Uptown in D.C. and of course Grauman’s Chinese. they can’t be the only ones in the entire country can they? do my fellow posters know of any other theaters that fit my criteria. many thanks in advance.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 5, 2012 at 9:18 am

Hello from NYC. i find many recent postings quite fascinating. first off the many comments as to why the Chinese didn’t book one of the many “big” year end flicks but THE DARKEST HOUR instead.
Considering the many “big” year end flicks this surprises me as well since the only other theaters in the immediate area is the Cinerama Dome/Archlight and the El Capitan.

Also the many comments about raising ticket prices. i was always under the assumption that first run theaters in Manhattan had the highest prices. Obviously 3-D, IMAX and 3-D IMAX have surcharges but the highest price for a regular first run theater is $13.50 at theaters run by the Regal chain.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct 13, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Hello to my fellow posters. i discovered this website the end of January and have greatly enjoyed it ever since. now if i’m not mistaken the golden age of movie palace building was approx. 1913 to 1941. now i set up a project for myself using this website. its simple-of movie palaces build during this period and still standing how many have not been gutted for retail space, turned into 2nd or 3rd run grind houses, never showed porn, never used as a radio ot t.v. studio, never converted into concert halls or performing arts center, or twinned, tri-plexed or quaded but have stayed in more or less there original condition as 1st run movie theaters since the day they opened. using this website i have only come across 2-Grauman’s Chinese and the Uptown Theater in D.C. can they be the only 2 in the whole country? so does anyone know of any others that fit my criteria? thanks in advance.

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bigjoe59 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Hello.

i have a question that i hope someone can answer. i have been a big fan of the Ziegfeld Theater since it opened Dec 1969 with the roadshow engagement of MAROONED. i’m as amazed as i am delighted that the theater is still alive and well. with real estate in Manhattan i’m sure the land under the theater is worth like a bazillion dollars. so my question is simple- with the land value how is it that the theater hasn’t been torn down and the land redeveloped? look at the Loew’s Tower East it closed because AMC couldn’t be bothered with running a single screen movie theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Roxy Theatre on Sep 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Hello To My Fellow Posters. the Roxy was torn down the summer of 1960 and i doubt everything was going along swimmingly and a month before someone said-“oh lets tear down the Roxy”. so i’m hedging the bet the decision to do so was decided upon years before. so when exactly was the decision to tear it down decided on? in 1956 the Roxy had 3 big Cinemascope hits from 20th Fox-CAROUSEL, ANASTASIA and THE KING AND I. so could the decision have been made as early as 1956?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I have been reading the many posts about the preservation or not in NYC of grand old movie theaters. San Francisco is in the same boat. none
of the grand old movie theaters built as first run theaters during the golden age of such construction survive as movie theaters first run or revival. the Castro doesn’t quite fit the description since it was built from the get go as a second or third run neighborhood theater.

now in the discussion of the non-preservation of grand old movie houses the Roxy has often been brought up. when i started going into Manhattan on my own i was able to catch the Criterion,Loews State,DeMille,Warner, Rivoli and the Loews Capitol in their more or less original condition. the Roxy unfortunately was torn down June/July 1960? so i wasn’t able to see its wonders. to which a question for historians of the Roxy- when was it decided to tear down the theater? i can’t imagine is was decided on the weekend of the demolition. i’m guessing the decision was made years before.

also another point about the preservation or not of grand old movie theaters. the six Times Square movie theaters mentioned above as i knew them were large but the Roxy was as it was often described a cathedral. so isn’t the reason it and the also cathedral like Fox on Market St. in San Francisco were torn down wasn’t because no one liked the architecture or the projection and sound but because movie theaters that big by the late 50s had become point blank economically unviable as single screen movie theaters? i look forward to my fellow posters thoughts on the subject.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

to techman707- just wanted to say Hello and hope that

           some day real soon you will find a 
                           photo of the triplexed "DeMille" with
                           Mark 1/2/3 actually on the marquee. as
                           i said i often went there after the
                           tri-plexing and never remember seeing
                           it on the marquee. 
              
                           one new question. for the past several
                           years the huge sign that wraps around
                           the building has advertised Broadway
                           shows. now what was the last film to 
                           play the "DeMille" that used the
                           wrap around sign? 
                
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bigjoe59 commented about Avon Theatre Earns National Attention for "Tree of Life" Policy on Jun 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm

i don’t mind slow paced films. A SINGLE MAN(2009) with Colin Firth was slow placed but wasn’t boring for a second. my point being there’s big difference between slow paced films and just plain boring ones.

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bigjoe59 commented about Avon Theatre Earns National Attention for "Tree of Life" Policy on Jun 28, 2011 at 12:19 pm

isn’t the theater’s “warning” sign an admission on their part that the film is an incoherent boring piece of cinematic claptrap?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Hello to Techman707-

i was wondering if you’ve located a photo of the front of the theater when Mark1/2/3 was actually on the marquee yet. as said i went to the theater often enough after it was tri-plexed so i should have come across Mark ½/3 on the marquee on at least one or two occasions. but i simply don’t recollect it. hopefully you have found a photo.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 16, 2011 at 8:27 am

to Techman707-

i was wondering if you have come across a photo of the theater front with Mark 1,2,3 actually on the marquee. as you have said this was done right after the theater closed as the single screen DeMille and was tri-plexed. as i have likewise said i often went to the theater right after it was tri-plexed but quite honestly never remember taking note of Mark 1,2,3 being on the marquee.

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bigjoe59 commented about Claremont Theatre on May 31, 2011 at 12:55 pm

thanks to Al A. for his learned assessment on the subject. in fact your reply prompts an additional question on my part. as i understand it the golden age of movie palace building was approx. 1910 thru say 1941? now of all those theaters it would be interesting to find out of the three reasons listed below percentage wise which caused the most movie theaters to close.

a)the Depression or b)t.v. sucking the life out of the movie biz or c)the neighborhood “changing”

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on May 31, 2011 at 10:50 am

again i thank Techman707 for his inside info as to the ownership etc….. of the theater. but i do have one additional question. as i have said i have been a frequent visitor to the Times Square area for virtually my entire adult life and would out of habit notice different signage from the previous visit. so during what period of time did the marque actually have Mark 1,2,3 on it?

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bigjoe59 commented about Claremont Theatre on May 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm

certainly a quite attractive theater at least the exterior. one simple question- the theater closed in 1933 long before the advent of television which sucked the life out of the movie business or the “changing” of the neighborhood. so why did it close after only 19 years?