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Al Alvarez commented about Wigwam Theatre on May 6, 2016 at 4:51 pm

This link has a 1975 Boxoffice magazine article about Miami movie-going during the silent era:

http://www2.boxoffice.com/the_vault/issue_page?issue_id=1975-1-27&page_no=40#page_start

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Al Alvarez commented about First Avenue Screening Room on May 6, 2016 at 10:37 am

1973-1974 First Avenue Screening Room
1975-1979 Byron Cinema
1980-1981 EastWorld
1982-1990 Art East
1991 York
1992-1994 back to Art East

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Al Alvarez commented about Avenue A Theater on May 5, 2016 at 1:09 pm

cbranstool, I do not have a copy of the 1914-15 Motion Picture Directory, so I believe that information was added by Cinema Treasures. I have posted a Paramount Week ad from 1918 in the photo section.

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Al Alvarez commented about Strand Theatre on Apr 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm

deleted user [Deleted] on July 24, 2004 at 1:20 pm

William, thank you for mentioning “Porgy and Bess” and “Camelot”. I attended the World Premiere of “The Greatest Story Ever Told” at the Warner on Monday, 15 February 1965 and the Los Angeles premiere at Pacific’s Cinerama Theatre on Wednesday, 17 February 1965. The film was an extraordinary cinematic work of art when seen in the curved screen 70mm Ultra Panavision process for Cinerama. My notes at the time clocked the film in at 221 minutes and a 15 minute intermission The running time was the same for the UA pre-screenings at the Warner even with the Alfred Newman (composer) music deletions and Handel and Verdi substitutes. The first edit-down was requested by UA in April 1965 (197 minutes) and UA made a final “bastardized” version March 1967 (141 minutes).

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Apr 25, 2016 at 10:41 pm

Are you all just discovering PRODUCT SPLITTING? It has always been very common and has also been very illegal.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Theatre on Apr 25, 2016 at 10:37 pm

The Irving Place Theatre on 15th Street. Showed movies in 1916 and then again from 1939 to 1952.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/11996

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Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm

Loews Paramount (Columbus Circle), Loews New York Twin, and Loews 34th St. Showplace were the only city runs.

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Al Alvarez commented about Trans-Lux 85th Street Theatre on Mar 29, 2016 at 8:55 am

You’ve got the wrong Trans-Lux, rickmarin. “CALIGULA” opened at the Trans-Lux East.

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Al Alvarez commented about Hi-Way Airport 9 Drive-In on Feb 26, 2016 at 7:10 pm

David, that could be the Dania (1933-1947) or the State (1947-1952) or both. I have never found an address for those two locations, which may have just changed name in 1947.

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Al Alvarez commented about Apollo Theatre on Feb 24, 2016 at 9:46 am

So they destroy in the interiors as much as possible and then claim they are not worth preserving any more, rewarding the vandal owners. Good grief

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Al Alvarez commented about Apollo Theatre on Feb 19, 2016 at 5:08 pm

In an effort to brag about the changes they have brought to The Deuce, the New 42nd Street Redevelopment group have actually recreated the old sleaze with almost lifesize photo fronts. You decide.

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Al Alvarez commented about Dream Theater on Feb 11, 2016 at 9:15 pm

Nice find, David.

Never heard of this one before.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 28, 2016 at 8:08 pm

Bil, there was a three week festival of Kirk Douglas films in rotation in the fall of 1986 before “TOUGH GUYS” opened. I went with whatever was playing Fridays.

Because of the 1978 strike, a subrun of “GREASE” is possible. Maybe someone with a historic Variety subscription online can check up on that.

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Al Alvarez commented about Paris Theatre on Jan 27, 2016 at 11:29 pm

…and the Paris ran Hollywood arty ‘blockbusters’ like “ROMEO AND JULIET” and “HOWARD’S END”.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

I have placed the lists here in an easier to read format. Let me know if you find any omissions or errors and I will correct them.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 24, 2016 at 4:55 pm

I’ve started working on a more recent release list. Unfortunately (and ironically) the newer lists are more difficult to compile than the old ones because the films changed more often, timeclocks were less reliable or missing and the ads were sometimes not even bought.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 23, 2016 at 10:18 pm

I recreated an excel version from the original post. If you want a copy of that, just write to me at . Mind you, the opening dates are NOT exact. I only search weekly Sunday papers.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 23, 2016 at 5:09 pm

Thanks for digging those up, Bill. I no longer have them.

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Al Alvarez commented about Paris Theatre on Jan 21, 2016 at 9:30 pm

The Walter Reade and Maysles are single screens.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jan 11, 2016 at 10:49 pm

And who the hell calls it Lowes?

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Al Alvarez commented about Carib Theatre on Jan 10, 2016 at 7:22 pm

I was fortunate enough to have visited several times as a kid. This place was extraordinary. Although I don’t remember a parrot, the lobby was a Caribbean tropical dream with real plants, pools and a skylight roof. A parrot would not have been out of place.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Mall of the Americas 14 on Jan 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm

This theatre has now closed.

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Al Alvarez commented about Blue Balcony Cinema on Jan 2, 2016 at 9:37 pm

No longer showing movies.

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Al Alvarez commented about Tribeca Cinemas on Jan 2, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Closed last summer and soon to be demolished.

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Al Alvarez commented about Frank Sinatra Draws Thousands at Paramount Theatre in 1944 on Dec 29, 2015 at 10:55 am

The movie was “OUR HEARTS WERE YOUNG AND GAY”.