Comments from ThePhotoplayer

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ThePhotoplayer commented about Fabian Theatre on Mar 9, 2006 at 9:48 am

The status of the Fabian is unsavable.

ThePhotoplayer commented about Lafayette Theatre on Mar 9, 2006 at 9:38 am

Sounds great. I’m there!

ThePhotoplayer commented about Montauk Theatre on Mar 6, 2006 at 6:39 am

Yes, I don’t think the street-corners and back-alleys count as residential areas…

ThePhotoplayer commented about Lafayette Theatre on Mar 6, 2006 at 6:36 am

Excellent job with REBEL on Saturday, Pete. It was nice to see around 400 people showed up for that one. Nelson’s award acceptance was cute, too.

REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE has always been one of my favorite movies and it was great to see it on the big screen. The print was so-so, but I was able to move past that with the enthralling story and flawless presentation!

I advise everyone to frequent the Lafayette’s MOVIE MUSICAL WEEKEND this weekend. Among other musical treats will be KISS ME KATE in polaroid 3-D as well as two ultra-rare shorts, courtesy of the collection of Bob Furmanek. This is one NOT to be missed!

ThePhotoplayer commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Mar 1, 2006 at 10:55 am

Maybe. If someday the Loews gets their sound-on-disc projector to work, but then would you want to run an archival print and disc on a machine that old and unreliable in the first place? Wouldn’t it just make more sense to run the film optically? The amount of sync control and quality in presentation is so much better that way.

And I agree, it would be nice to see the day the balcony opens. Perhaps some day they’ll finish remolding and painting the plaster work, too.

ThePhotoplayer commented about Lafayette Theatre on Mar 1, 2006 at 7:39 am

Great job on THE BANDWAGON last weekend, Pete. The print looked nice and the lineup was really good. Nice touch with the barndoor lights on the opera boxes and the new lamps in the lobby work really well with the lobby’s chandelier.

Looking forward to REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE on Saturday!

ThePhotoplayer commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Mar 1, 2006 at 7:32 am

Vincent, “true” VistaVision isn’t 8 perf VistaVision. In fact, it was only the first few films that were shot in VistaVision that were even printed 8-perf!

Paramount made it clear when they introduced it that the REALITY of VistaVision is that it was designed to ensure finer-grained 4 perf 35mm prints for blow up to widescreen, not to be projected in 8-perf! 8-Perf prints were special cases for special venues.

I highly doubt (in fact, I’d stake money on it) that any 8 perf prints for actual projection purposes have been struck in almost 50 years.

As for the Jersey: Before I go into my rant, please note that I have the utmost respect for the Jersey and its staff and I appreciate what they’re doing, but I have to tell it how it is before things start getting ridiculous on this board.

Don’t raise your hopes for 70mm anytime soon either. They have the equipment, but it hasn’t been installed in the booth and is literally sitting in pieces up there. It took them months to actually get those pieces up there, and my guess is that it’s going to take many more months to finally get it all up and working.

Don’t expect magnetic or Vitaphone either. The readers they have up there are just for show (not to mention— WHO THE HECK MAKES VITAPHONE DISCS ANYMORE???). They’ve got a Perspecta integrator, but never use it.

Folks, don’t expect pipe dreams of cinema at the Jersey. It’s a fantastic venue, but being realistic as all good venues are, they’ll be running 35mm, carbon arc, mono sound on a 50 foot screen for now. That is IT and that is fine by me.

ThePhotoplayer commented about RKO Alhambra Theatre on Feb 24, 2006 at 10:43 am

Matt: Jerry Lewis appeared at 27 RKO theatres over 2 days promoting his new film. I have the complete schedule, itinerary and photos.

ThePhotoplayer commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Feb 1, 2006 at 5:30 pm

The Capitol’s first orchestra was led by Erno Rapeé (1891-1945), who was also a noted film composer. He had just finished tenure at the Rivoli and later went on to conduct the Radio City Music Hall orchestra. The breakdown of the Capitol original orchestra was:

16 First Violins, 10 Seconds, 8 Violas, 7 Cellos, 6 Basses, 2 Flutes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 4 Horns, 4 Trumpets, 3 Trombones, 1 Tuba, 3 Drummers, 2 Oboes and 1 Harp.

ThePhotoplayer commented about AMC Palisades 21 on Dec 15, 2004 at 8:51 pm

Truly pathetic conditions at this place. I haven’t paid the last five times I’ve been there (over the past 12 months), and I STILL have felt ripped off. Terrible projection, staff that doesn’t give a damn, stinky theaters… not my idea of a good cinematic experience.

ThePhotoplayer commented about Capitol Theatre on Dec 10, 2004 at 11:37 am

Having just recently visited the Capitol Rome (and taking a four hour drive to do so), I must say that it was completely worth the visit. The staff and atmosphere is very kind and knowledgable, and the theater is well preserved. Certainly worth the visit!

ThePhotoplayer commented about Lafayette Theatre on Dec 10, 2004 at 11:28 am

As an employee of the Lafayette, I’m happy to say that the atmosphere is just as exciting behind the screen as it is in the theater. All of its staff are very dedicated to the work that they do, and the overall atmosphere is generally a good one.

Without being too modest, I have to say that the Lafayette is one of the finest theaters to visit not just because it’s a movie palace and has great films playing in it, but the overall experience of sharing these films with people who love them is something worth enjoying over and over again.