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Al Alvarez commented about Cine 42 on Aug 27, 2017 at 12:07 pm

I think it was a double feature of “UPTIGHT” and “RIOT”, August 11, 1971. The problem is that the Roxy Burlesk advertised as being at 212 West 42nd street putting on the others side of the New Amsterdam. If you look at the featured photo above on this page you will see a sign for “4 features” on the east side of the New Amsterdam. Could there have been two locations for the Roxy Burlesk at different times, one on the east and another on the west at Cine 42?

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Aug 24, 2017 at 9:16 pm

Why would you ask that question here, bigjoe59? Union Square is the only 4DX house in NYC and it IS a stupid rip-off.

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Al Alvarez commented about 55th Street Playhouse on Aug 24, 2017 at 5:20 pm

It was not really overnight. If you look at the transition of European cinema from the fifties to cheap American exploitation films sold as ‘art house’ during the same period, the two markets became very mixed. Skin flicks have always been around. They just got more graphic after the courts labeled films as protected free speech. “WAYS OF LOVE: THE MIRACLE”(1950) and “I AM CURIOUS (YELLOW)” (1969) were two landmark cases. The X rating backfired when it became a selling point, further muddying the market between ‘art house’ and ‘sexploitation’.

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Al Alvarez commented about 5th Avenue Cinema on Aug 24, 2017 at 4:20 pm

It was called Cinema de Paris alternatively from 1935 to 1942 depending on the product being run.

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Al Alvarez commented about 55th Street Playhouse on Aug 24, 2017 at 4:17 pm

bigjoe59, Andy Warhol’s “LONESOME COWBOYS” was considered an art film and changed the theatre’s profile forever when it discovered a lucrative gay porn audience. The World 49th St. had a similar trajectory, going from more wholesome classics like “THE BICYCLE THIEF”, to then racy fare like “BITTER RICE”, and ending up with “DEEP THROAT”.

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Al Alvarez commented about 5th Avenue Cinema on Aug 23, 2017 at 6:55 am

It was Cinema de Paris for at least eight years.

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Al Alvarez commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Aug 21, 2017 at 6:23 pm

Nope. You will still need some vomit smell repellent. It is Leicester Square after all.

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Al Alvarez commented about Cineworld Cinema - Leicester Square on Aug 21, 2017 at 5:29 pm

Diluted day-old Coca-Cola. The cologne of theatre managers.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jul 31, 2017 at 6:37 pm

Does it really matter if the projection does not fill the screen anyway?

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Al Alvarez commented about Movies at Lauderhill on Jul 31, 2017 at 7:09 am

“BACK TO THE FUTURE” played the AMC Lakes Mall. This theatre had not opened yet nor would AMC agree to date the same film at a theatre so close.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jul 25, 2017 at 5:47 pm

It looks like it did not do well anywhere. War pictures have no legs. Even “SAVING PRIVATE RYAN” dropped badly after the first few weeks while adding more screens.

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Al Alvarez commented about Helen Hayes Theatre on Jul 18, 2017 at 6:33 pm

Good luck figuring out whether or not to allow a church in the midwest that once hosted “TONY & TINA’S WEDDING” for three days, a listing.

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Al Alvarez commented about Helen Hayes Theatre on Jul 11, 2017 at 6:31 pm

I am sure your aliases as Warren G. Harris and Tinseltoes would agree with you, but Ken Roe wrote the intro and I agree with Ken Roe. This is a historic cinema treasure even more for the opposition to it by moralists and the projectionists Union. (thanks for that Union photo!).

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Al Alvarez commented about Christopher Nolan’s new film Dunkirk is being projected on 70mm film in 125 theaters on Jul 10, 2017 at 9:23 pm

Thank you Stevej. I did enjoy “MEMENTO”.

“INSOMNIA” not so much. I found “THE DARK KNIGHT”, “INTERSTELLAR”, “INCEPTION” and “THE PRESTIGE” all to be worthless hack jobs, soon to be forgotten.

If he can make a WWII movie any better than that mess, “PEARL HARBOR”, I will be pleasantly surprised.

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Al Alvarez commented about Why Movie Theaters Originally Banned Popcorn on Jul 10, 2017 at 9:16 pm

I think Loews was the last hold-out on soft drinks but gave up in the late fifties.

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Al Alvarez commented about Teatro Latino on Jul 10, 2017 at 8:39 pm

From 1921-23 it was called the Nile.

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Al Alvarez commented about Teatro Latino on Jul 10, 2017 at 8:23 pm

Richard, according to the Film Daily Year Books, it was Variedades in 1933-34, Boriquen in 1935-36, Grant in 1937 and Latino in 1938-41.

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Al Alvarez commented about Sunshine Cinema on Jul 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

No Mike, the new site is on the WEST SIDE, on the other side of Manhattan, almost on the Hudson River. The Durst Building is an odd triangular residence building with restaurants and bars at ground level.

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Al Alvarez commented about Sunshine Cinema on Jul 8, 2017 at 6:54 am

The eight screen Landmark 57 West is now set for a September 2017 opening.

https://www.landmarktheatres.com/new-york-city/the-landmark-at-57-west/info

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Al Alvarez commented about Christopher Nolan’s new film Dunkirk is being projected on 70mm film in 125 theaters on Jul 6, 2017 at 7:44 pm

I have yet to see a good Christopher Nolan film. Can anyone here please suggest one? And no motorcycles sending tractor trailors into the air into balls of fire upon impact films, please.

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Al Alvarez commented about Peepland on Jul 4, 2017 at 9:00 am

Looking at the photo section it looks like Show Follies and Peepland were next to each other at the same time and that Peepland was NOT another name for this theatre.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jul 4, 2017 at 8:44 am

Street level retail is worth more in rent than any cinema at this location. That is why the profitable Baronet/Coronet closed. Cineplex Odeon was offered more for that property than twenty years of theatre operation profits would have generated.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jul 2, 2017 at 3:09 pm

I think it makes a tough situation tougher and if the landlord wants them out, they will buy them out. That is how profitable theatres like the Cinerama Twin (RKO), Beekman, National and Art Greenwich went away.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 29, 2017 at 9:07 pm

I agree.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 29, 2017 at 8:41 pm

By the way, the Cinema 1 & 2, Beekman, Little Carnegie and Baronet/Coronet always outgrossed it, so you may have a point there.