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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 1, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Hello-

while I have been a big fan of the Cinema ½/3 for
most of my moviegoing life I don’t see how the
Cinema 1 can show a film in 70MM. the screen isn’t that
big.

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bigjoe59 commented about Astor Theatre on May 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Hello-

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”?

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 18, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Hello from NYC-

would any devotees of the Chinese know the difference
in size if any of the Chinese’s IMAX screen and the
one at the Loews Lincoln Square in Manhattan?

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bigjoe59 commented about Quad Cinema on Apr 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Hello-

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 true.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Quad Cinema on Apr 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm

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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Market Street Cinema on Apr 12, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Hello From NYC-

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?

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bigjoe59 commented about UA Galaxy on Apr 4, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Hello Again from NYC-

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?

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bigjoe59 commented about UA Galaxy on Apr 2, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Hello from NYC-

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.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Mar 15, 2017 at 1:27 pm

Hello-

Beauty and the Beast in playing the IMAX theater in regular IMAX not IMAX 3-D?

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bigjoe59 commented about Washington, IA - This Iowa movie theater is the oldest of its kind in the entire world on Jan 14, 2017 at 12:04 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Washington, IA - This Iowa movie theater is the oldest of its kind in the entire world on Jan 12, 2017 at 1:28 pm

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did this theater show movies from the day it opened? or did it become a movie theater later. the original name The Graham Opera House would imply it did not open as a picture house as they were called.

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bigjoe59 commented about San Francisco, CA - Richmond district's historic 4-Star Theatre, still without a buyer, offered for sale on Craigslist on Jan 9, 2017 at 4:08 pm

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true porn produced 1968-1975 was on film so that shouldn’t knock the Roxy out of the running for the title of the oldest in continual operation movie theater in the U.S.. many small movie theaters around NYC about the same time for lack of a better term resorted to showing porn because that was all they could get. so the title of the oldest in continual operation movie theater since the day it opened i think would be more meaningful if it didn’t need to resort to showing porn to pay the rent.

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bigjoe59 commented about San Francisco, CA - Richmond district's historic 4-Star Theatre, still without a buyer, offered for sale on Craigslist on Jan 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Hello-

just out of curiosity as the Roxie ever shown “adult” films? if so that would knock it out of the running. i don’t care if it was a 2nd run neighborhood house or a a first run venue i am looking for the oldest theater that opened as a movie house and has been in continual operation as such ever since.

just in case you were wondering the oldest in continual operation movie theater in NYC is the Alpine in Brooklyn which opened in 1921 and has been in continual operation ever since.

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bigjoe59 commented about San Francisco, CA - Richmond district's historic 4-Star Theatre, still without a buyer, offered for sale on Craigslist on Jan 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm

Hello-

were the Roxie and Victoria which are certainly older than the 4 Star opened as movie theaters? if opened as theaters showcasing something else
they don’t count. for instance the Victoria has had many interesting lives in its 109 years but has not opened continually as a movie theater since the day it opened.

also the theater in Pryor,OK. is out of the running as the oldest movie theater in the U.S. in continual operation since the day it opened since according to the info at top it didn’t open till 1917, 4 years after the 4 Star.

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bigjoe59 commented about San Francisco, CA - Richmond district's historic 4-Star Theatre, still without a buyer, offered for sale on Craigslist on Jan 6, 2017 at 1:43 pm

Hello-

i know we can’t preserve every old building but if i am correct in stating that the 4 Star is the oldest in continual operation movie theater in the U.S. it should be preserved as a landmark.

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bigjoe59 commented about San Francisco, CA - Richmond district's historic 4-Star Theatre, still without a buyer, offered for sale on Craigslist on Jan 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm

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the last thing we need is another condo tower for spoiled Silicon Valley yuppies. so since the 4 Star is I believe the oldest in continual operation movie theater in the U.S. it should at least be preserved as a revival house.

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bigjoe59 commented about Bronx Aerodome on Jan 3, 2017 at 1:32 pm

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i thank stevenj and walterk for the info. i am going under the assumption that one had to have a building license to operate a movie theater. so i find it bizarre that the only notice i have found of this theater is the one on this page. i even contacted the Bronx County Historical Society even they can’t offer an additional info then what’s on this page.

from the fact it was in operation in July of 1910 i assumed it was in the Hub area as its known or close by.

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bigjoe59 commented about New York, NY - Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema: Why New York Cinephiles Could Lose a ‘Crown Jewel’ on Dec 13, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Hello-

just out out curiosity what do you consider
“walking distance”?

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bigjoe59 commented about Sunshine Cinema on Dec 12, 2016 at 1:42 pm

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is this theater really in any eminent danger of closing any time soon? people had been talking about the eminent closing of the Ziegfeld yearsssssssssssss before it actually happened.

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bigjoe59 commented about New York, NY - Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema: Why New York Cinephiles Could Lose a ‘Crown Jewel’ on Dec 12, 2016 at 12:52 pm

Hello-

people had been talking about the approaching demise of the Ziegfeld countless years before it actually happened. so i bet it will be the same with this theater.

also i would hardly call the Cinema Village and
the Quad without “walking distance” of the
Sunshine.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Dec 5, 2016 at 12:32 pm

Hello From NYC-

i was reading about early sound film and the book stated the 1st feature length sound western was In Old Arizona starring Warner Baxter. it said the film opened at the Criterion Theater. i can find no theater on the L.A. page that was called the Criterion.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Nov 22, 2016 at 11:42 am

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the last time i was in the IMAX auditorium was to see The Jungle Book this past April. i thought the projection and sound were A+ so why were renovations needed?

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bigjoe59 commented about Montreal, Quebec - Site of Canada’s first movie theatre goes up in flames in Montreal on Nov 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm

i’m sure it was what we refer to in NYC as
as “business fire”.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Nov 14, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Hello-

to patryan6019 i thank for your replies to my posts. in fact your reply prompts another question. i live in NYC and after a film’s roadshow run it moved to another first run theater and was made shorter by simply cutting out the overture, intermission and exit music. it was at the point a film moved to neighborhood theaters around NYC that they actually tweaked the film. which is where my question comes in. if a film opened on a 2 performance a day roadshow run what was the rationale behind cutting it so early. it was still going to be shown only twice a day.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Nov 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Hello From NYC-

i apologize if i have already asked this question. of all the films the Dome played on a roadshow engagement were there any that did not have a souvenir program?