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to Al A. many thanks for you reply. indeed the
exhibition business since the 62 St. & 1st Ave.
first opened. the Cinema 1 was for years one of
the leading “art houses” in the city. case in
point. the World Premiere engagement of Ingmar
Bergman’s Oscar winning Cries and Whispers was
held at the Cinema 1 not in his native Sweden.
I am a native New Yorker and lifelong moviegoer
and believe the Cinema ½/3 can weather any
potential competition from the revamped 62 St.&
1st Ave. if it returned to its roots so to speak.
what do you say?
I always connect souvenir programs with roadshow
engagements. to which did this theater ever hold
a traditional roadshow engagement?
also were there any other BIG regular release films
that opened here that had souvenir programs.
to Al. A.. many thanks for your reply. now
when the 62 St. & 1st Ave. opened it was not
only a state of the art facility but offered
the studios multiple screens for a BIG film.
to which it didn’t save the theater than why
would it now?
being an avid moviegoer I would say the fact
that the 62St.& 1st Ave. is all the way over
on 1st Ave. is a much bigger problem to
overcome than any competition the revamped
62 St. & 1st Ave. might possibly give the
to Al. A.–
while this theater on occasion does play a big
mainstream film mostly it plays artsy films. so
I don’t see it being in peril that much whenever
the 62St. & 1st. Ave. reopens.
another question. regardless of how up to date
the 62St. & 1st. Ave. redo is won’t it have the
same problem the theater has always had. namely
its all the way over on 1st. Ave.
to AL A.–
first whoever is taking over the 62 St. & 1st Ave.
multiplex wouldn’t they have to do a fairly complete
renovation? the place has been boarded up so to
speak and gathering dust for yearsssssssssss.
secondly if and when the 62 St. & 1st Ave. reopened
why would it give the Cinema 1 that much competition?
this theater survived the first opening period.
is there any info at all about how eminent this
theater’s closing might be? remember the eminent
closing of the Ziegfeld took yearssssssss to
to Escott O. Norton I thank you yet again. from
all the talk following the IMAX redo I got the
impression the interior had been radically changed.
but if I understand your latest reply correctly
the interior is 80% the same as when it opened
May of 1927. that’s good to know that the IMAX
redo didn’t do away with that much.
I want to thank Escott O. Norton for your detailed
reply. it was quite kind of you to do so. a 3rd way
of the asking the question. percentage wise how
much of the original 1927 interior is left? 40%
Hello Again from NYC-
I guess another way of asking the question
would have been this- while the exterior doesn’t
seem to have changed much how much of the
1927 opening interior is left?
Hello From NYC-
I haven’t had the opportunity to visit L.A. since
the Chinese had its IMAX redo, to which a question.
aside from the screen has anything in the theaterinterior been changed that much. I am assuming ithas landmark status so that the renovation wouldhave been able to change just so much.
I could swear I bought my The Happiest Millionaire
souvenir program during its 1st run engagement at
Radio City Music Hall. another thought- has anyone
ever come across a souvenir program for Cheyenne
Autumn which played this theater?
I am trying to find out exactly what the
“maintainence problems” were that apparently
lead to the closing of the theater.
I read the post you stated. I was surprised by
your rather recent post since I hadn’t read anything
anywhere. articles about the Ziegfeld’s closing were
found everywhere. why not this theater.
also you apparently didn’t my sarcastic comment
about trendy hipsters. all these much loved movie
theaters get razed just to build a retail shop
of some sort for trendy hipsters. so it can apply
to this theater as well. do we really need another
such retail space.
the eminent closing of the Ziegfeld was reported
yearsssssssssssssssssss before it actually happened.
so what was said about this theater?
also do we really need another upscale boutique
for trendy hipsters? that’s the reason we’re losing
since when is the Cinema ½/3 in danger of closing?
while I have been a big fan of the Cinema ½/3 formost of my moviegoing life I don’t see how theCinema 1 can show a film in 70MM. the screen isn’t thatbig.
a year ago I asked a question as to what exactly
were the “maintenance problems” referred to in the
intro at top as the reason for the theater’s
closing. I went to the theater on a regular enough
basis and don’t remember it being in any worse
shape than the other 1st run Times Square houses.
so what exactly were said “maintenance problems”?
Hello from NYC-
would any devotees of the Chinese know the differencein size if any of the Chinese’s IMAX screen and theone at the Loews Lincoln Square in Manhattan?
to AL A. thanks for your info as to this theater’s
porn period. i had a feeling it was before i starting
coming here which turned out to be the case. from
1978’S “Nighthawks” to “G.B.F.” which opened Jan.
2014 i never noticed anything “seedy” about the Quad.
but then again the N Y Post is a very negative
newspaper so I shouldn’t be surprised they painted
a negative picture of the Quad. till the last time
i went Jan. 2014 i found the auditoriums, lobby and
men’s room to be well maintained and clean. i always
found the staff to be courteous as well.
so the N Y Post’s article making it seem as if the
place was worn out, run down, etc… prior to
closing for renovation is in my view simply not
Hello to All-
in the New York Post of today 4/14/17 there is a
2 page article about the reopening of the refurbished
Quad Cinema. i beg to differ with s few points
made in said article.
1.while the Quad was never going to be mistaken
for Radio City Music Hall or the Ziegfeld i always
found the theater well kept and well maintained.
I first went here to see the pioneering 1978 U.K.
film “Nighthawks”. the last time i attended this
theater was January 2014 to see the delightful
teen comedy “G.B.F.”. at no point in the those
36 years did find the theater dirty or ratty.
the impression you get from the article is that
prior to the closing down for the redo the
theater was dirty, ratty and worn down etc….
having been a regular patron at the Quad for the
36 year period mentioned i never found that to
be the case.
2.also in those 36 years i never noticed any
inappropriate(e.g. sexual activity) in any of
the four auditoriums or the men’s room. a former
manager mentions yearsssss ago when 6th Ave. was
frequented by hookers they often brought their
“business” to the Quad. i have been a frequent
visitor to the Village since i was a senior in
high school. heck i even took classes at the
New School and NEVER remember 6th Ave. being
frequented by hookers.
i have a simple 2 part question-a)when this theater
close down as a regular movie theater was it still
a 1st run venue or had it become a 2nd/3rd run
grind house? b)what time passed between it closing
down as a regular movie theater and reopening as
an adult cinema?
i thank robboehem for your reply. when i discovered
this wonderful site late January 2013 i looked up
all the movie theaters i remembered from my trips out
to L.A. and S.F.. so i was shocked that a modern
built state of the art movie theater had such a
short lifespan. the only theater in Manhattan that
comes close is the 62 St. & 1st Avenue multiplex
built by Cineplex Odeon which opened the fall of
1992. it closed down a few years ago and is just
standing there bordered up and unused.
speaking of which. i read in the intro that this
theater wasn’t demolished until almost 6 years
after it closed. so i was just sitting there for
6 years gathering dust?
i went to this theater a number of times whenever
i visited San Francisco. for instance i saw Sofia
Coppola’s first film “The Virgin Suicides” and “The
Favor” with Brad Pitt. if i am not mistaken this
theater most have the shortest lifespan of any
modern built movie theater.
Beauty and the Beast in playing the IMAX theater
in regular IMAX not IMAX 3-D?
yes they were. motion pictures or flickers
to use a term from the early years made their
debut in theaters in April 1896. the showing
at Koster and Bail’s Music Hall in NYC on the night
of April 23, 1896 was the 1st time films had
been projected on a screen in a theater
before a paying audience.