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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jan 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Link here to fire article.

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Mike (saps) commented about Circus Cinema on Jan 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I remember being on a high school class trip to the city. We were coming down Broadway and were walking under some scaffolding as we approached this corner. As we emerged into the daylight, what did greet our tender eyes than the marquee of the Circus Cinema, proudly announcing its current attraction: ANAL INTRUDERS.

After our jaws dropped we all starting laughing, and needless to say our catchphrase for the rest of the day, and for some time afterwards, was “Anal Intruders,” which is also to this day my go-to name when I need to make up a porno title.

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 30, 2013 at 5:41 am

I saw the Christmas show on Saturday morning and two things struck me — one, the use of the ceiling arcs nearest the stage for projecting animated trains and Christmas scenes. I’d never seen the ceiling used that way before and if was very effective.

Second, during the two 3D portions of the show, the screen (picture sheet? ha!) they used was abysmal. It was several panels assembled together and the seams were so prominent and visible that it was really distracting and reduced the effectiveness of the 3D images. My suspension of disbelief was sorely tested during those sequences.

Otherwise, as usual it was marvelous to be in such a grand house again; it just warms me all over.

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Mike (saps) commented about Grove Theater on Dec 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm

There’s a photo in the Photos section yet the overview image is the street view. I thought a photo automatically replaced the street view…?

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Mike (saps) commented about Directors Guild of America Theater on Dec 29, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Has the theater reopened?

I am currently reading the novel The Pawnbroker; the film adaptation directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Rod Steiger opened here at the Cinema Rendezvous (and at the Beekman and the RKO 23rd Street) on April 20, 1965.

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Mike (saps) commented about Avalon Theatre on Dec 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm

1059? Was it a silent movie? Illuminated? Starring The Byzantines and the Saxons? And directed by the pope in Rome?

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Steven, I’m sorry too about your father. What was his name here?

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Mike (saps) commented about 42nd Street Photos Unearthed on Nov 6, 2013 at 8:32 am

What a treasure trove. We’ve got to get these copied onto each theater’s photo page.

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Mike (saps) commented about Camelot Theatres on Nov 6, 2013 at 5:06 am

Well, well. Take a look at this:

Tucked away in Palm Springs is a movie theater complex called Camelot that shows mostly quirky indie films, hosts the local gay and lesbian film fest, and takes money from gay people to give to horrible politicians. The news broke this weekend on a local blog, where a lawyer unveiled the results of a little campaign finance sleuthing. The theater’s owner, Rozene Supple, has made a series of contributions over the years that read like a checklist of people who don’t like LGBT people.

Michelle Bachman? Yep. Proposition 8? Yes indeed. Allen West? Oh yes.

(We have to admit that there’s a part of us that misses Allen West, the super-crackpotty politician from, naturally, Florida, who lashed out at Lady Gaga for calling America “home of the gays.”)

And it gets worse: According to attorney Robert Tansey, who dug through Supple’s donation records, she was more than a little sneaky about how she donated to Prop 8. Initially, she listed the money as coming via her homeowner’s association. The record was only corrected after the association received a large volume of complaints, Tansey reports. (Conversely, we wonder how Bachman and West would react to her upcoming hosting of The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival?)

So, now that we have this information, what do we do about it? Well, there’s always the possibility of a boycott. Supple’s free to spend her money on nutty causes that hurt her own patrons–just as the people of Palm Springs are entitled to withhold theirs from her.

The optimal outcome in a situation like this would be an apology from the donor, a promise that it won’t happen again, and a big donation towards marriage equality. Might we suggest an amount at least equivalent to all the combined money she’s given to antigay causes? That’s what a Gold’s Gym franchisee in San Francisco did after it came out that the CEO of Gold’s supported a Karl Rove PAC: the franchisee cut all ties with Gold’s and donated a ton of money to local LGBT causes.

Will Supple follow suit? It certainly wouldn’t hurt to ask.

Full story here:

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Mike (saps) commented about Art Theatre on Nov 4, 2013 at 5:47 am

Art Thearer’s 100th anniversary advertisement added to photo section.

Here are some details about the celebration:

Celebrating 100 Years at the Art Theater
Tues, November 12 from 6:00PM – 10:00PM

6:00PM – From Nickel To Pixel: The Art’s History -The premiere of the new short documentary The Art Lives, produced by Luke Boyce of CU’s Emmy-award winning Shatterglass Studios! -The premiere of the new book The Art Theater: Playing Movies for 100 Years with authors Perry C. Morris, Joseph Muskin, and Audrey Wells! -An “Old Hollywood” costume contest! Dress your best & enter a chance to win The Art Theater: Playing Movies for 100 Years! -Food & drinks!

8:00 PM – TIME TRIP with the Andrew Alden Ensemble A specially-commissioned film/music event Classic shorts ranging from the earliest cinematic experiments to Buster Keaton & the 1960s avant-garde accompanied by the ANDREW ALDEN ENSEMBLE. This program was curated by Austin McCann, our GM, and Andrew Alden.

Tickets are available to the whole event ($20, $15 for co-op owners) and just for TIME TRIP with the Andrew Alden Ensemble ($15). Tickets can be purchased here.

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Mike (saps) commented about Sutter Theatre on Oct 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm

1700 seats! We need someone to get inside with a camera and let’s see how it looks today.

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Mike (saps) commented about Roxy Theatre on Oct 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I walked past this place last night and my heart was broken. TGIFridays, indeed.

While the main auditorium was demolished, is there anything left to see of the foyer, reception hall or grand foyer?

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Oct 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm

And all those people in the 1940’s going into the theater in the middle of the show, and staying until they got to the part where they would say “this is where we came in…!

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Mike (saps) commented about World Premiere Engagement (1957) on Oct 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm

She was delightful, he was a dud.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Oct 7, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Meanwhile, the seats that were installed by Mr. Calderone himself haven’t been changed since, and the floors are extra sticky because there are still no cup holders. In 2013. At a first run Regal theater.

Yet they continue to charge full price, plus extra for 3D.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Oct 6, 2013 at 9:21 pm

We’ve heard this before. Any link to the article?

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Mike (saps) commented about Coliseum Theater on Oct 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

What exactly is that supposed to be a link to?

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 26, 2013 at 5:15 am

Ray Dolby was included in the In Memorium section of this year’s Emmy awards show.

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Mike (saps) commented about Bloodsucker! (February 12th, 1931) on Sep 25, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Opened February 12, 1931.

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Mike (saps) commented about Depression Blues (1933) on Sep 12, 2013 at 5:49 am

That 25 cent price seems to be for seats “in rear of balcony” which was pretty damn far from the screen. Probably good for taking a nap, though, or other “rear of balcony” activites that sometimes occurred.

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Mike (saps) commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 11, 2013 at 8:34 am

After examining the ad for Frankenstein, I belive it is for its first run engagement, seeing how it’s a single feature presentation (with a newsreel.) Frankenstein was re-released many times over the years, but usually as part of a double bill with Dracula or similar second feature. Also, note the 35 cent admission price, which seems right for depression-era 1931.

As to Sitting Bull, while westerns were usually B pictures, this one, with its nearly brand-new CinemaScope and Eastmancolor, and billed as “the mightiest spectacle ever staged!” seemed to have higher aspirations.

Maybe Bosley Crowther said it best in his NY Times review — “…it is such a lot of nonsense, for all its dazzle in color and CinemaScope, that one is inclined to drop it as just another noisy western film.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

I just checked ticket prices — Zone A (up front) are only $651. each.

Put me down for two!

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Mike (saps) commented about De-Luxe Theatre on Sep 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Bway, can you add that pic to the photo section?

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Aug 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Put the word you wish to highlight,such as “Here” or another word directing the reader, in brackets [ ] and then right next to it (no spaces) put the link in parenthesis ( ) and when you post your comment the word in brackets should be blue and when clicked on it will lead to the link provided in the parenthesis.

It’s hard to remember which comes first, so I remember it alphabetically, that is, the Bracket comes before the Parenthesis (B before P, see?)

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Kings Theatre on Aug 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

Here’s the direct link to the NY1 report, but it seems you must be a Time Warner subscriber to play the video. (And they spelled marquee as marquis and I don’t see a way to submit a correction!)