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bigjoe59 commented about Metro Theatre on Sep 1, 2020 at 1:12 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Aug 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Metro Theatre on Aug 31, 2020 at 11:52 am

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Square Theatre on Aug 20, 2020 at 12:31 pm

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I did likewise. my friends and I stood outside the theater
online for say an hour and a half till the next showing of Bye Bye Birdie.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Aug 20, 2020 at 12:26 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Lincoln Theatre on Aug 20, 2020 at 12:03 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 18, 2020 at 3:48 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 18, 2020 at 3:11 pm

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to Archive, thanks for the detailed info. I was lucky enough
to have seen 2001 twice during its roadshow engagement here.

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bigjoe59 commented about Lido Theatre on Aug 18, 2020 at 3:01 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loyal Theatre on Aug 18, 2020 at 2:54 pm

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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 introduced.

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Aug 18, 2020 at 2:47 pm

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as I asked a while back before the movie theater lockdown
on March 16th was the escalator in this ever fixed. it had
been 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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 17, 2020 at 4:19 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 17, 2020 at 2:01 pm

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to moviebuff82- if I am not mistaken this theater had the largest seating capacity of any Loew’s theater in Mew York City.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 17, 2020 at 11:51 am

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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 seating patrons.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loyal Theatre on Aug 17, 2020 at 11:21 am

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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..

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bigjoe59 commented about Lincoln Theatre on Aug 17, 2020 at 11:14 am

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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 films.

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bigjoe59 commented about Lido Theatre on Aug 17, 2020 at 11:03 am

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 16, 2020 at 11:48 am

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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.?

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bigjoe59 commented about Roxy Theatre on Aug 2, 2020 at 3:11 pm

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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Roxy Theatre on Aug 2, 2020 at 3:03 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Roxy Theatre on Aug 2, 2020 at 2:15 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about El Capitan Theatre on Aug 2, 2020 at 1:20 pm

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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 truncated version.

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bigjoe59 commented about Roxy Theatre on Jul 31, 2020 at 3:22 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Albee Theatre on Jul 28, 2020 at 11:44 am

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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 doesn’t.

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Albee Theatre on Jul 27, 2020 at 11:51 am

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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.