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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 9, 2016 at 2:14 pm

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to vindanpar- in answer to your pointed “why does it matter in 2016” question the answer is simple. i have a decent sized movie memorabilia collection a big part of which are movie souvenir programs. to which there are a number of the big roadshow films which played the 7 Times Square theaters i mentioned in my original post that i have never come across a souvenir program for. so though ever roadshow film i went to had a souvenir program i wondered if some for whatever reason didn’t.

to patryan6019- thanks for the info about Patton. that was a big highly promoted roadshow film so i
am quite surprised it did not have a souvenir program. i wonder what Fox’s reasoning was. also for this theater i have never come across a souvenir program for Cheyenne Autumn which opened here Dec. of 1964 on a roadshow engagement.

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bigjoe59 commented about Alpine Theatre on Sep 8, 2016 at 1:01 pm

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i find it fascinating that this theater has been in continual operation since it opened making it the oldest movie theater in NYC. if it hadn’t closed the Fall of 2012 or 2013 the Coliseum in upper Manhattan would be the winner. it opened the in 1920.

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 6, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Hello to All-

I thank everyone for their replies but the central question I asked in my original post still hasn’t been answered. of the 7 theaters in the Times Square area the studios used for most of their roadshow engagements(Criterion,Loews State, RKO Palace, Demille, Warner, Rivoli and Loews Capitol)does anyone know of a roadshow engagement at one of those 7 theaters that did not have a souvenir program? thanks in advance for any info.

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 2, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Hello to All-

to patryan6019- i have souvenir programs for all the films you listed except Last Tango In Paris, Young Winston, The Last Valley or Ryan’s Daughter. in fact i don’t think LTIP had one. and eventhough i saw TLV in its first run engagement at the Rivoli twice i never remember seeing one for sale. also i saw RD at the Ziegfeld twice and again don’t remember a program being sold.

to Coate-

i am aware several other theaters in Manhattan hosted roadshow engagements. in fact i went to all the ones you listed. what i am trying to find out is if any of the roadshow engagements that played the 7 big theaters in the Times Square area i listed in my original post did not have a souvenir program.

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Aug 30, 2016 at 3:45 pm

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to Al A. i do tend to forget Last Tango in Paris don’t I. but its always been my suspicion that UA opted for a reserved seat run at the Trans Lux East to make the film appear “important” and not because it was warranted by the budget.

also my question pertained to the 7 Bway houses that the studios used for their roadshow runs. so does anyone remember/know of a roadshow film which played one of the 7 Bway houses during the 20 year period I mentioned in my original post that did not have a souvenir program?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Aug 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm

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to patryan6019 thanks for your take posted on Jan.14 about the souvenir program for “Krakatoa……”. it must have been odd for patrons to buy a program the first two pages of which describe the “new” Cinerama yet the film they’re about to watch isn’t “in Cinerama”.

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Aug 29, 2016 at 1:23 pm

Hello- the heyday of the reserved seat or roadshow engagement was the Sept. 1952 opening of This Cinerama to the Dec. 1972 opening of Man of La Mancha. there were seven theaters used by the studios in the Times Square area for their roadshow engagements this theater plus the Criterion, Loews State, RKO Palace, Demille, Warner, and the Rivoli. which is where my question comes in. while I didn’t go to every roadshow engagement in the approx. 20 year period every one i did attend had a souvenir program. so does anyone remember attending a roadshow engagement in that 20 year period at one of the seven theaters that did not have a souvenir program?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Aug 18, 2016 at 1:02 pm

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many years ago I attended the opening day performance of A Bridge To Far. as an added treat Joseph E. Levine was outside the Rivoli in a comfy chair greeting people as they bought tickets.

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bigjoe59 commented about Valentine Theatre on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:16 pm

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after they finished their 1st run engagements in Manhattan 20th Century Fox’s big films always played the Valentine. this is where i saw Cleopatra.

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bigjoe59 commented about Interboro Theatre on Aug 15, 2016 at 2:57 pm

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i have lived in the neighborhood that the Interboro serviced my entire life and the reason it closed is simple. although the theater did good business UA which was running it at the time of its closure had no desire to to spend the $$$ to upgrade it.

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bigjoe59 commented about Circle Theatre on Aug 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm

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I have been a Bronx resident my entire life and frequently went to the Circle. to which i never remember it ever showing “adult” films. can anyone provide a newspaper listing or photo to back up this claim?

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bigjoe59 commented about Bronx Aerodome on Aug 15, 2016 at 2:37 pm

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as a devotee of movie theater history i find it fascinating that i can find no reference that this theater ever existed other than its mention on this page.

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bigjoe59 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 14, 2016 at 3:55 pm

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i was a frequent patron at this theater starting with its debut film “Marooned”. to which in reference to Mikeoaklandpark’s post of 5/1116. from the very beginning this theater often closed for a week or two if no suitable film was available for a 1st run engagement but i never remember this theater ever showing films second run in the sense that they had exhausted their original engagement at other theaters.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loews Festival Theatre on Aug 14, 2016 at 3:14 pm

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i went to the Festival many times during its reign as one of Manhattan’s leading art houses. this is especially true since many of its engagements were exclusive runs but there was one thing about the theater i didn’t like. in virtually all theaters when you enter the auditorium from the back the floor is flat as you walk toward the screen or in other instances actually declines as you walk toward the screen. but in the Festival the floor actually inclined as you walked toward the screen. it was rather uncomfortable if you got stuck with a seat in the first row.

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bigjoe59 commented about Alpine Theatre on Aug 12, 2016 at 1:56 pm

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is this theater the oldest continually in operation movie theater in New York City?

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bigjoe59 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 25, 2016 at 2:28 pm

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I still say if you knew the address the Plaza wasn’t “hard to find” per se but you bring up an interesting point. considering the Plaza and Paris had similar names and were close by I can see people forgetting which theater a film was playing at if they hadn’t written it down.

its kind of like the late but great Ziegfeld. once it’s closing was verified a number of people posted that part of the problem was it was out of the way, or off the beaten path etc….. but when the Ziegfeld was still used by the studios for exclusive runs of their big releases people had no trouble finding it then so why should they have had trouble finding it now.

speaking of which. I recently posted a question for the late Crystal Hall on 14 St. if anyone knows the answer I bet you do. thanks in advance.

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bigjoe59 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 24, 2016 at 1:55 pm

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I still say the description of the theater as “hard to find” is unwarranted. many of the films I saw there under the address said “between Madison and Park Aves.” I mean even a blind person could have found it.

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bigjoe59 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 19, 2016 at 2:58 pm

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I frequently attended this theater. it often held the exclusive Manhattan engagements of many top American films and foreign films. it was not hard to find. i don’t know why the intro at top states so.

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO 86th Street Theatre on Jul 18, 2016 at 12:46 pm

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looking at pics of the original movie palace I noticed an incorrect caption. one of the 2 pics posted by Al A. on April 13, 2009 gives a date of June 1965. now the marquee is advertising My Fair Lady. the film opened at the Criterion the fall of 1964 and i doubt its roadshow engagement had ended yet.

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bigjoe59 commented about Crystal Hall on Jul 17, 2016 at 1:16 pm

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in the above intro it never states point blank that the building(s)which housed this theater were demolished. so does that mean that remnants of the Crystal Hall might exist within the Whole Foods and DSW stores?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jul 15, 2016 at 2:41 pm

to Peter A.–

thanks for the info. it was normal to tweak a
longer roadshow film when it went to neighborhood
theaters but to tweak it while it was still in
its roadshow engagement seems bizarre, doesn’t it?
they still only had two shows a day.

another question you might be able to answer. in the mid to late 90s when VHS was till the dominant home video format MGM/UA Home Video created a vhs series MGM/UA Screen Epics. it was composed of all the big roadshow films from both companies. the slip case for the vhs tapes were redesigned and a prominent series logo was atop each cover. this is where my question comes in. if i am not mistaken the cut of IAMMMMW used for this series was the original roadshow cut. so couldn’t they use whatever element they used for the vhs series for a blu-ray disc?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jul 12, 2016 at 12:55 pm

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i was rather disappointed by the recent Criterion Collection blu-ray disc of the restored roadshow cut of Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad World. while it may have been the full roadshow cut the various elements used were far from in prime shape. which is where my question comes in.

it is my understanding that like its NYC engagement
at the Warner Cinerama IAMMMMW was tweaked while it was still in its roadshow run at the Dome. in other
words if you saw the film at the beginning of its
roadshow run it was a slightly different cut than
if you saw it at the end. so for how long was the
original 3hr. 12min. cut used at the Dome?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas on Jul 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm

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i saw Me Before You here a few weeks ago. i’m assuming the deal was already in the works at the time. the question i have is simple- with all the $$$ Bow Tie put into renovating the theater and updating the projection and sound in the auditoriums why would they sell?

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bigjoe59 commented about Astor Theatre on May 24, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Hello to Ed S.–

you have been most helpful in the past so i am a new question. in the intro at top it states that the Astor closed down as a movie theater due to “maintenance problems”. what exactly were said problems?

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bigjoe59 commented about Strand Theatre on Apr 26, 2016 at 1:10 pm

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The Greatest Story Ever Told began its reserved seat run at this theater on Feb. 15, 1965. said engagement ran 42 weeks if I am not mistaken. to which my question- was the original 3hr. 45min. cut of the film ever used during said 42 week run? or was it only used for trade/press screenings and on opening night?