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bigjoe59 commented about Alhambra Theatre on Mar 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm

since this theater is a decent size does anyone know if it
was ever used by the studios to present films on an exclusive
roadshow basis in the period 1955-1972?

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bigjoe59 commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Mar 18, 2011 at 1:08 am

its interesting the Fine Arts is the only art house in
Manhattan to have hosted 3 roadshow films-A MAN FOR ALL
SEASONS, THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE and THE TROJAN
WOMEN. all three films also had souvenir programs.

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bigjoe59 commented about Seattle Cinerama on Mar 4, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Hello. i hope someone has a knowledge of London’s Cinerama
theaters. the summer of 1972 i had the opportunity to travel
to London. while there i saw a re-release of THE TEN
COMMANDMENTS, this is where my question comes in. i could swear
the name of the theater was the Shaftsbury Cinerama but when
i looked it up zippo. does anyone know what Cinerama theaters
were operating in London in August of 1972? thanks for any info.

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Feb 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm

hello again. reading my fellow poster’s comments always prompts
new questions on my part. here goes. the 1/21/11 note by William
states that 70MM didn’t arrive at the Palace till the June 1969
roadshow re-issue of BEN-HUR. since it was a tiny bit before my
time i’ve always assumed the Oct.1963 exclusive roadshow engagement of 55 DAYS AT PEKING at the Palace was in 70MM. i make this
assumption because Samuel Bronston’s two previous roadshow epics
EL CID and KING OF KINGS were shot in 70MM Super Technirama. so
regardless of the name of the actual process they were shot in
55…. wasn’t shot in 70MM like the other two films?

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bigjoe59 commented about Liberty Theatre on Feb 12, 2011 at 12:56 am

was the auditorium of the nearby Candler/Harris Theater completely
torn down or is it locked up behind Madame’s Tussaud’s Wax Museum?
the reason i ask is that there seems to be the rear facades of 3
theaters on the north side of 41 St. if two are the Liberty and
the New Amsterdam what’s the third one?

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bigjoe59 commented about Century Theatre on Feb 8, 2011 at 8:41 pm

i remember this theater showing gay porn when i first visited
L.A. May of 1980. when exactly did it close as a mainstream movie
house and after that when did it start showing gay porn?

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bigjoe59 commented about Audubon Theatre on Feb 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm

any photos of the theater in its early years as the Audubon?
for instance when “Down To The Sea In Ships” played a neighborhood
engagement after an exclusive 3 month run in Times Square?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Grand Theatre on Feb 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm

one can’t help but wonder if the fire in 1978 that heavily
damaged the theater and lead to its demolition was as we call
them in New York City a “business fire”(hint,hint).

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's 72nd Street Theatre on Feb 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm

i just became aware of this website like a month ago. so i have
3 quick questions for devotees of the late Tower East.
none of the photo links for the old Loews 72 St. work. how
can i see photos of it?
the Tower East was built as a movie theater with no freight
entrance so how in God’s name will convert it into a super-
market?
*also while we all lament the passing of a grand old movie theater
like the Loews 72 Street we must not forget that these grand old
theaters simply became economically unfeasible. :–(

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bigjoe59 commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Feb 6, 2011 at 11:31 pm

i thank AlAlvarez for posting the street chart as to the situation
of which theaters were where. but it only prompts another question
on my part. so here goes. the Lew Fields/Anco Theater and the American were torn down, the Eltinge/Empire never went back to
41 St.,the Liberty auditorium is closed up,the New Amsterdam is
alive and well which leaves the Candler/Harris. now from the chart
the entrance/lobby of the theater ran alongside the Candler building and the body of the theater the auditorium was actually on
41 St. so when Madame Tussuad’s was built they completely torn
down not only the entrance/lobby area but the auditorium as well?

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bigjoe59 commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Feb 5, 2011 at 12:54 am

i am confused now. i had read in a book on the 12 theaters that
once graced 42 St. between 7th and 8th Avenues that the auditorium
of the Liberty was closed up and located behind Madame Tussuad’s Wax Museum. now as you directed i looked up the listing for the
Candler Theater better known as the Harris. if i understood it
correctly the Harris Theater was torn down to build Madame Tussuad’s. but i thought the Candler/Harris Theater was in back
of the Candler Building not adjacent to it. i don’t see how the
Liberty auditorium could have been right behind the Candler/Harris
auditorium.

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bigjoe59 commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Feb 4, 2011 at 9:17 pm

why isn’t the Chandler Theater listed? the entrance was thru
the street level of the still alive and well Chandler Building.
like the Liberty auditorium which still exits behind Madame
Tussaud’s Wax Museum does the Chandler auditorium still exist
behind the huge MacDonald’s?

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bigjoe59 commented about Regent Theatre on Feb 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm

was the Regent the first movie palace built in the U.S. or
simply the first movie palace built in NYC?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Orpheum Theatre on Feb 3, 2011 at 6:43 pm

in his comment of Oct.22, 2005 Robert refers to the X rated “Inga”
a film shown at the Loews' Cine as “porn”. i am a librarian by
education and vocation as a result am very picky about the use
of language. i do not think Loew’s would have booked an actual
porn film into the Cine. many X rated films at the time “Inga” was
released would probably get R rating today. so please unless its
actual porn do not refer to it as such. refer to it as an
exploitation film to use and old term. thank you.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Eagle Theatre on Feb 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

was this theater ever known as the Metro ?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jan 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

in NYC at least a “grind house” has a totally different meaning.
to which the vaguely negative term “grind house” refers mostly to the legitimate theaters on 42nd St. that after the depression became
movie theaters and ran B-movies, exploitation films and 3rd and 4th
run of previous exclusive engagement films.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jan 28, 2011 at 12:34 am

in reply to my original post Techman replied that Grauman's
Chinese is a “grind house”. in my understanding of what defines
a grind house how is Grauman’s Chinese a grind house?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jan 27, 2011 at 6:59 pm

most grand movie theaters/palaces were built say 1913-1941. many unfortunately have been razed.likewise many still standing have
been boarded up or gutted for retail use. therefore i have this question- of all the grand movie theaters/palaces still standing
are there any that have never shown porn, never been a second run
or grind house, never been converted to a concert hall or
performing arts center,never been twined, tri-plexed or even
quaded but have stayed in more or less their original state and
as first run theaters from opening day? the only one in the
country i can think of is Grauman’s Chinese.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jan 25, 2011 at 9:05 pm

to Michael C. i apologize for the repetitive nature of my
questions. as you suggested i looked at the Grauman’s Chinese
page and the Cinerama Dome Page. i did find my answers. i will
be sure in the future to browse the comments section for each theater before i ask further questions.

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bigjoe59 commented about Strand Theatre on Jan 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm

i thank Tinseltoes for the advise on how to find all the
films that played the Strand/Warner on a roadshow engagement.
the advise was to search the NYT using ProQuest. what do i do?
type in “roadshow films at the Strand”? thanks in advance for
the additional info.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jan 24, 2011 at 9:51 pm

i thank Michael C. for the info. the sites were quite fascinating. but many roadshow films were not in 70MM or Cinerama. so i was
wondering how i could get as complete a list as possible of the
films which played the Loew’s State/Loew’s State 1 & 2 on
a roadshow engagement during the 1955-1972 period.. many thanks in advance.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jan 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm

hello to my fellow film buffs. i am doing my best to gather as
complete a list as possible of the roadshow films that played
at the seven theaters(Criterion,Loew’s State,RKO Palace,Demille,Warner,Rivoli,Loew’s Capitol in the Times Square area that the studios used for said policy. so would anyone have
a complete list of all the films that played at the Criterion on
a roadshow engagement during 1955-1972. many thanks in advance.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jan 24, 2011 at 9:14 pm

an interesting question recently popped into my head. during the
hayday as i call it of the roadshow film(1955-1972)how did studios
decide whether or not to release a film on a roadshow engagement?
was it the cost of the film? if it wasn’t that than what was the
deciding factor? take for instance “The Music Man” from 1962 and
“The Great Race” from 1965. both films most have cost a pretty
penny to produce yet their exclusive first run New York City
engagements were both at Radio City Music Hall. i can’t believe
that all seven theaters(Criterion,,Loew’s State,RKO Palace,Demille,
Warner, Rivoli, Loew’s Capitol)used for roadshow films were booked.

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bigjoe59 commented about Strand Theatre on Jan 24, 2011 at 9:03 pm

for me the hayday so to speak of the reserved seat or to use the
trade term roadshow film was from the 1955 release of “Oklahoma"
to the Dec. 1972 release of "Man of La Mancha”. is it possible to
get a list of the films that played the Warner on a roadshow
engagement during this period? many thanks in advance.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jan 23, 2011 at 5:40 pm

as always i thank my fellow movie buffs for replying to my
questions. i am aware that during the heyday of the studio’s use of the roadshow policy other movie or even stage theaters in Manhattan
were used its just that the most used theaters or the biggies shall we call them were-the Criterion, Loew’s State,RKO Palace, Demille,
Warner, Rivoli,Loew’s Capitol. for instance other than THE BLUE
MAX’s roadshow run at the Sutton “A Man for All Seasons” and “The
Trojan Women” had roadshow runs at the Fine Arts and “The Lion in
Winter” had its roadshow run at the Lincoln Art Theater.