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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jul 2, 2017 at 12:06 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Roxy Theatre on Jul 2, 2017 at 11:50 am

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 29, 2017 at 3:01 pm

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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 Cinema ½/3.

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 27, 2017 at 11:56 am

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 26, 2017 at 12:47 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 25, 2017 at 1:10 pm

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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 actually happen.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 23, 2017 at 1:52 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 22, 2017 at 1:48 pm

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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% or less?

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 20, 2017 at 1:45 pm

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?

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 20, 2017 at 1:32 pm

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 theater
interior been changed that much. I am assuming it
has landmark status so that the renovation would
have been able to change just so much.

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

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to vindanpar-

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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Astor Theatre on Jun 9, 2017 at 1:37 pm

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I am trying to find out exactly what the “maintainence problems” were that apparently lead to the closing of the theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 5, 2017 at 1:45 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 5, 2017 at 11:45 am

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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 the Sunshine?

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 4, 2017 at 1:39 pm

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since when is the Cinema ½/3 in danger of closing?

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.