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to stevenj thanks for your reply. I did see a film at
the Presidio on a subsequent visit. the theater I saw
Titanic at was a large theater so it definitely wasn’t
the Presidio. plus it was on the opposite side of the
street that the Presidio is on. I remember the theater
I saw Titanic at was the 1st theater in S.F. with a
certifies THX sound system.
to vindanpar- I read with interest your recent post about
the roadshow engagement of Star at this theater. I am both
a roadshow engagement buff(I’m in my 60s) and a Julie
Andrews devotee. I saw the film say a month after it
opened. I do remember liking it. whether I’d like it
today is another matter. I have always enjoyed listening
to the soundtrack album first on Lp then on cd. I have
always hoped for a perfectly remastered Blu-ray disc of
the original roadshow cut.
Hello from NYC-
when I was vacationing in San Francisco the Spring of 1998
I saw Titanic for I think the 12th time. I think this might
have bee this theater. I remember it was at a decent size
theater om Union or Chestnut Sts.
I did likewise. my friends and I stood outside the theateronline for say an hour and a half till the next showing of Bye Bye Birdie.
on pg. 2 of the photo section is a first rate photo of this
theater’s front done up for the premiere of Dr. Jekyll and
Mr. Hyde with Fredrick March. its to bad that though the
currently available dvd of the film is referred to as
“restored” its still not the complete film that opened
here in 1933.
to Al A. its always nice to read one of replies. as I have
said in the past your font of knowledge makes me look like
an amateur. now to my use of the statement “with the intent
of showing films” in a recent post about the Crescent which
was a stone’s throw from this theater. in Dec. 1909 when
the Crescent opened the use of the word “films” in the phrase
“with the intent of showing films” would have of course
referred to 1 reelers. granted the Crescent was built as a
combo vaudville/film theater the fact it was built with the
intent of showing films as part of the program I should
think it can be referred to as the 1st movie theater
built as such.
to MarkDHite- I thank you replying to my posts about
HTWWW in an intelligent adult manner. all replies should
be written in such a manner.
to Archive, thanks for the detailed info. I was lucky enoughto have seen 2001 twice during its roadshow engagement here.
I don’t think your tone was necessary, I was just asking
a question. the theaters in the Bronx that switched to
Spanish language films was years later than 1938.
to hdtv267. I don’t understand your reply of “yes and ?”.
as I stated it was highly unusual for a movie theater to
close before t.v. was introduced in to the American home.
all the neighborhood theaters in the Bronx I attended
when I was younger didn’t close till years after t.v. was
as I asked a while back before the movie theater lockdownon March 16th was the escalator in this ever fixed. it hadbeen out of service since Oct. 2018.
also I’m not surprised about the Landmark 57 St. closing.
the two times I went there were way more staff then patrons.
to Ala A. thanks again for your reply. you are probably
right that by Thanksgiving 1963 HTWWW was no longer selling
out. since this was a roadshow engagement everyone had to
leave. I have seen the ads for roadshow engagements in the
photo section of the other six theaters the studios used.
often for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas depending on
the length of the film they would always schedule what I
would deem sufficient time to get the old audience out
and the new audience in. with HTWWW this theater was kind
of cutting it close with only 15mins.
to moviebuff82- if I am not mistaken this theater had the
largest seating capacity of any Loew’s theater in Mew
to Al A. as always thanks for your reply. I forget about
the lesser sitting capacity due to the installation of the
Cinerama screen. but even if they lost say half the
original 5,230 seats you’d still have a large crowd. so if
the 2pm. showing was not even solid out but almost sold
out I still don’t see how they could have had gotten the
2pm. audience out and the 5:15 audience in. this is
especially true since I’m sure many of the audience
for the 2pm. showing had to use the restroom once the
screening was over.
also you said they might have been sitting people during
the Overture. but wouldn’t the Overture been played in a
darkened theater? that would have been a tricky situation
as in the Bronx many theaters in upper Manhattan closed
within a short period of time after the t.v. was introduced
into the American home. to which I find it interesting
that this theater closed in 1941 long before anyone had
heard of a t.v..
with an address of 58 W.135th St. this theater would have
been close by the Crescent which was at 36 W. 135th St. and
opened on the night of Dec. 16th 1909. using the Manhattan
or New York,NY listing the Crescent might very well be the
1st theater built in Manhattan with the intent of showing
I find it interesting that this theater instituted a
policy of Spanish Language films as early as 1938. had
the “demographics” of the neighborhood changed that
much by as early as 1938?
here’s an interesting question. in the photo section is an
ad for the roadshow engagement of How The West Was Won. this
particular ad was for Thanksgiving Day 1963. it was
advertising 3 shows for the day- 2pm./5:15pm./8:40pm.. now
the running time of the film including overture,entr'acte
and exit music is 2hrs. 45mins. so with a 15min. break the
running time of a performance would be 3hrs.. lets say the
2pm. was almost sold out. the Capitol was a huge theater so
how in God’s name did they get the 2pm. audience out and the
5:15 audience in in only 15mins.?
Hello- as stated in Joseph’s Aug.1st post how was the roadshow
engagement of Windjammer “disastrous”? was it the Cinemiracle
projection or no one came? I would think using a HUGE theater
like the Roxy for a roadshow engagement not a good idea.
to Joseph thanks for the info. of the ones you mention the
only souvenir program I have as stated was for The Robe. its
interesting I’ve never come across the others you mention
either in memorabilia shops or online.
speaking of the late but great Roxy. the only souvenir program
I have from a film that debuted at the Roxy is for The Robe. I
found it in a memorabilia shop say 20 years ago. does anyone
know of any other films which debuted here which had souvenir
programs? thanks in advance.
a blu-ray disc of Isadora starring Vanessa Redgrave has
finally been released. interesting note- when it was known
as Loew’s Hollywood this was if I’m mistaken the only
theater in the entire U.S. to play the original 2hr. 57min.
cut. the new blu-ray is unfortunately the more well known
I unfortunately wasn’t able to experience the Roxy which is
tied in most people’s hearts with the San Francisco Fox as
the best movie palace ever. so aside from any competition
it gave RCMH weren’t huge theaters like the Roxy doomed with
a capital D the second tvs became commomplace in the majority
of U.S. homes?
to Ken Roe thanks for the info. its just bizarre that
Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten island and Manhattan(as New York,
New York) gets entire borough listing where as Queens
to David Z. and Rob B. thanks of the info. just out
of curiosity would you happen to know why Queens is the
only borough out of 5 in NYC that doesn’t get a borough
listing and you have to put the specific neighborhood in
Queens you’re looking for.