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br91975 commented about RKO Madison Theatre on Jun 17, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Thanks for researching and posting that photo, Warren.

I second your sentiments from 11:24 this morning, Bway. The Madison must have been a stunning theatre; what a shame it no longer exists in all its beauty and detail.

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br91975 commented about Fortway Theatre on Jun 17, 2008 at 1:59 pm

How much of the original architecture remained – in the auditorium and throughout the theatre – after the multiplexing and until the Fortway closed in 2005?

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br91975 commented about Marboro Theatre on Jun 10, 2008 at 10:09 am

It does, Bway. I’ve noticed photos and comments from this site (including some of mine), pulled (and, in terms of comments, entirely verbatim) and posted on other websites; some people can’t be bothered to give credit where it’s due.

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br91975 commented about Allerton Theatre on Jun 5, 2008 at 11:59 am

Thank you for that information, bx11211; is the Payless Shoe Store still there? Has the theatre structure behind the stores been converted for other uses?

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br91975 commented about Cine Capri Theatre on Jun 5, 2008 at 11:55 am

Can anyone confirm what was built on the site of the Cine Capri? I just ran a search on Google Maps and it looks as if one large building (retail, perhaps?) was constructed on the site.

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br91975 commented about Allerton Theatre on Jun 5, 2008 at 11:37 am

I’m trying to imagine, from the July 29, 1982 certficate of occupancy Lost Memory cited in his post from this past May 3rd (great research, as always, on the behalf of LM) and based on the seating capacities in 1979 and 1982 – and presuming the Allerton had a balcony, what the division from a twin to a triplex must have been…

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br91975 commented about NYIT Auditorium on May 27, 2008 at 10:57 am

I suspect Clearview is locked into a long-term lease the landlord won’t allow them to terminate.

This theatre really hasn’t had any sustainable ‘oomph’ to it since the three-year disagreement between Fox and Loews Theatres over Manhattan booking terms ended in 2002, and lost a lot of its strength previously when the Loews Lincoln Square opened in November of 1994. During the Fox-Loews discord, it was the beneficiary of being the sole UWS venue (save for the Metro at Broadway & 99th and the Olympia at Broadway & 107th) for Fox product, but, since then, it’s just kind of hung on (much as the former Clearview 59th Street East Cinema did in its final years).

I went there for the first time in over nine years last December and was struck by its lack of charm; the auditorium itself felt more akin to a medium-sized, uni-leveled lecture hall, with curtainless, mostly white walls, save only for some moderate decor from the venue’s Cineplex Odeon days. The lack of character could have been overlooked when this was a popular theatre, but, at current, it’s obvious and depressing.

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br91975 commented about M Park 4 Theatre on May 20, 2008 at 10:39 am

The Wilshire Galleria was built within a former I. Magnin Department Store (circa 1939); many of the key architectural details have been retained. The M Park 4 Theatre is located on the third floor.

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br91975 commented about Where to see Indiana Jones? on May 12, 2008 at 2:33 pm

Indy 4 has been booked into the Regal EWalk Stadium 13 in Times Square.

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br91975 commented about Where to see Indiana Jones? on Apr 8, 2008 at 6:03 pm

I don’t think we (or anyone else, for that matter) can influence what specific theatres Indy 4 is booked into, as those agreements between theatre chains/owners and distributors are commonly made months in advance.

Here in NYC, along with the Ziegfeld, Indy 4 has been booked into the Village East Cinemas, the AMC Loews 19th Street East 6, the AMC Loews Orpheum 7, the AMC Loews Kips Bay 15, the AMC Loews 34th Street 14, Clearview Cinemas' First and 62nd Street Cinemas, Regal Cinemas Battery Park Stadium 11, the Magic Johnson Harlem 9, and the Coliseum Cinemas, as well as, I believe, the Upper West Side triumverate of the Clearview Cinema at 62nd and Broadway, the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13, and the AMC Loews 84th Street 6.

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br91975 commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Mar 17, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Make that ‘changing as regularly in recent months’…

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br91975 commented about Ridgewood Theatre on Mar 17, 2008 at 12:49 pm

I had a feeling the Ridgewood would be closing soon, too, based on the bookings not changing with as much regularly in recent months. The same is true with the Jackson Triplex (even though they are currently showing three major releases early in their runs – ‘Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who', ‘Never Back Down’, and ‘10,000 BC’), so we may need to watch out for that theatre as well…

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br91975 commented about Regal to possibly end newspaper listings on Mar 17, 2008 at 12:26 pm

Yet another twitch in the death rattle of the U.S. newspaper industry…

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br91975 commented about Looking for LA Conservancy - Broadway Historic Theatres Walking Tour Ticket for Saturday, May 3rd on Mar 15, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Thank you for the advice, Michael. I e-mailed them yesterday; fingers crossed…

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br91975 commented about NuWilshire Theatre on Mar 14, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Nothing good, I’d guess, Nushboy07, but I hope I’m wrong…

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br91975 commented about Chelsea Cinemas on Mar 14, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Jesus Christ… I realize I’m stating the obvious, but real estate developers truly know no limits. I swear they’d give serious thought to selling their own children if someone offered them enough money…

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br91975 commented about Stoneham Theatre on Mar 14, 2008 at 12:45 pm

I trust Ian as well. I passed by the Stoneham Cinema once, in the summer of 1987; ‘Spaceballs’ and ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ were the titles on the roadside marquee. I’m sure any hint of the space the cinema occupied within the shopping plaza building disappeared long ago.

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br91975 commented about Laemmle Playhouse 7 on Feb 13, 2008 at 9:42 am

The Laemmle Playhouse 7, which was built from scratch, silverquill, opened in December of 2000, sometime around the middle of the month.

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br91975 commented about Visual Arts Theatre on Feb 13, 2008 at 8:42 am

Will the SVA operate the Chelsea West as a traditional cinema or as one more geared towards special events and programming?

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br91975 commented about Cinema Studio on Feb 12, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Is 1931 Broadway the correct address for the Cinema Studio? Isn’t it uniformly true that odd numbered addresses are on the left side of Broadway and even numbers on the right?

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br91975 commented about Cinema Studio on Feb 11, 2008 at 9:03 am

How was the Cinema Studio twinned?

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br91975 commented about Beacon Theatre on Feb 9, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Two of our fellow members, movie534 and Life’s Too Short, posted a concern about the future of the Beacon Theatre and the ways Cablevision have mismanaged several of their other properties is a source of concern. Howard, with all due respect, much as is true with you (and I’m not one to toot my own horn), I have contributed quite a bit of information which has helped enrich this site by providing a broader historical context on several of the theaters featured on this site. There are people who post on this site who abuse the mission of CinemaTreasures.org, but I can say in all introspection and honesty that I am not one of those individuals and I am confident the further you consider the context of my post from yesterday, you will concur.

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br91975 commented about Beacon Theatre on Feb 8, 2008 at 2:43 pm

The brief answer, Life’s Too Short, is the NY Knicks in their current and existing state; the NY Rangers, to a certain degree; the management of Madison Square Garden; The Wiz chain of electronic stores, which went out of business in 2002, not long after Cablevision took control of ownership; Cablevision customer service in general (and their rapidly spiraling service charges); Cablevision, in 2003, refusing to carry the YES (Yankees Entertainment and Sports) Network until the New York state government, in April of 2004, stepped in and negotiated a temporary deal, which eventually led to a long-term carriage contract. Sadly, I could go on, but all of this should give you some idea why movie534 and others who have long enjoyed and appreciated the Beacon Theatre have their fingers crossed.

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br91975 commented about Park & 86th Street Cinemas on Feb 7, 2008 at 10:35 am

Did the Park & 86th really become that much of a move-over house in its final months of operation? Makes me wonder how far in advance Clearview knew they had to leave the space (per their forgetting the lease renewal and Duane Reade stepping into the breach)…

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br91975 commented about Loews Cheri on Feb 7, 2008 at 10:27 am

I’ve just read all the comments on this thread and am completely blanking out on where the ‘fourth’ auditorium of the Cheri was physically located. I remember the two (the result of the 1989 split?), located up those few stairs to the left of the concession stand, and the staircase leading to the upstairs auditorium (in the space the Summer Shack currently occupies), but I can’t recall where the fourth one was. (This is embarrassing, considering how many films I saw at the Cheri.) Can someone fill me in?