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dave-bronx™ commented about Hollywood Theatre on Nov 30, 2004 at 2:05 am

The last time I was there this was a working-class neighborhood, old, but well-kept, not far from downtown Pgh via the Fort Pitt Tunnel or Liberty Tubes. Potomac Ave is a very steep street coming up from Banksville Road – so steep in fact, that there is no sidewalk – it is a stairway next to the avenue up to the top of the hill. And TomB is correct – parking is a big problem in the area.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Hawaii Cinerama on Nov 28, 2004 at 4:27 am

Pacific Theatres, owners of the Cinerama Dome in L.A. also owns the Consolidated Amusements chain in Hawaii, so the movement of equipment from this theatre to the Dome was basically an internal transfer.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Hawaii Cinerama on Nov 28, 2004 at 4:26 am

Pacific Theatres, owners of the Cinemrama Dome in L.A. also owns the Consolidated Amusements chain in Hawaii, so the movement of equipment from this theatre to the Dome was basically an internal transfer.

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dave-bronx™ commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Nov 27, 2004 at 9:57 pm

BTW, they also changed the marquee signage (but thats a minor problem) – the Cinema 1 Cinema 2 Cinema 3 along the side is gone and replaced with Cinema 1, 2, 3 along the top edge in thin letters that you can barely see from across the street. The Cinema 1 2 3 is the last owned property City Cinemas has in New York – the other 3 are leased. And the primo location on Third Ave. opposite Bloomingdales will command huge bucks if it were to come on the market. I wonder if it is possible to get it landmarked as it is now and then order them to restore it?

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dave-bronx™ commented about Loew's Paradise Theatre on Nov 27, 2004 at 9:09 pm

Although nobody will admit it, there is a mistake on the large mural in the Loews Lincoln Square theatre in Manhattan. It is a painting of many of the old Loew’s palaces like the Valencia, Kings, etc. There is a Paradise Theatre pictured there, with a conventional marquee, however it is not the Loews Paradise in the Bronx, but the Paradise in Chicago, which was a Balaban & Katz/Publix-Paramount theatre. Many people who have seen it (the painting) assume it’s the Bx Paradise, as did the artist, apparently. Several people I know recently journeyed northward to the Bronx to see THE Paradise for the first time, and when they came back they were all in a frenzy – “they tore the marquee off the front of it!”. When I say it never had a marquee, just flat signs on the wall, they tell me that the painting in Lincoln Square shows it with a marquee.

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dave-bronx™ commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Nov 27, 2004 at 11:53 am

—BULLETIN—
Well, City Cinemas is at it again – they are destroying the Cinemas. I went past there last night and the blue tile area above the windows (see the photo above) has been plastered/stuccoed/cemented over – it is now just plain white and no evidence of the columns rising to the roofline. Also, from outside it appears that the copper ‘artichoke’ chandeliers in the upper lobby are missing – God knows what these clowns are doing to the place and what other horrors they may have committed on that building.

I am trying to get in contact with an insider I know to find out what the hell they are doing….

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dave-bronx™ commented about Fairview Theatre on Nov 27, 2004 at 4:01 am

This was a built as a single theatre and after General Cinemas nearby Westgate Cinema City (4 screens) opened in 1971, the Fairview was split in half. I was never inside but from the size of the building I think it had more than 800 seats.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Loew's Orpheum Theatre on Nov 23, 2004 at 3:31 pm

LOL!

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dave-bronx™ commented about AMC Loews Palisades Center 21 on Nov 23, 2004 at 3:29 pm

Did they split some of these auditorium already? The 1999 Loews directory shows 21 screens with seating capacities of: 235, 267, 271, 271, 93, 93, 49, 192, 194, 487, 240, 240, 180, 182, 182, 143, 157, 157, 169, 169, 170, Total of 4,141 seats.

There is also an Imax at the Palasades Center, but it isn’t part of this complex and not operated by Loews.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Denis Theatre on Nov 22, 2004 at 6:29 pm

The Crest – that’s the theatre out at Donaldsons Crossroads? It’s been a long time since I lived in Pgh (how younze doin? LOL)…

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dave-bronx™ commented about Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers on Nov 21, 2004 at 5:06 pm

This was originally B.S.Moss – and for some reason they became ensnared with UA, as they did with the Criterion in Manhattan.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Denis Theatre on Nov 21, 2004 at 4:59 pm

Wasn’t the Denis always listed in the Post-Gazette and the Press in the same directory as the South Hills Village, McKnight Cinemas and that one out at Donaldsons Crossroads (i forget the name)?

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dave-bronx™ commented about Denis Theatre on Nov 21, 2004 at 4:54 pm

I guess I’m getting alzheimers – I was there and saw ‘Summer of 42’ back in the 20th century and I could have sworn it was a upper-lower split… thanks for the correction.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers on Nov 21, 2004 at 4:10 pm

I mean the Central Plaza Cinema (Clearview/General Cinema).

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dave-bronx™ commented about Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers on Nov 21, 2004 at 4:09 pm

Thats it – because the Central Plaza, a little further up the street is 2630 Central Park Ave…

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dave-bronx™ commented about Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas on Nov 21, 2004 at 1:23 pm

Aren’t metal detectors standard equipment at all National Amusements' theatres these days? The Whitestone and Concourse theatres in the Bx has them, and I’m told the ENY Bkln and Jamaica Qns theatres also have them. Apparently NA feels that metal detectors and a shooting or riot now and then are just a normal costs of doing business.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Green Acres Cinema on Nov 21, 2004 at 12:16 am

When I left Michigan in 1977 it was still a single. General Cinema split it in 1978, and Goodrich took it over in 1984, at which time it flip-flopped between a first-run and bargain house, depending on the prevailing market conditions in the area.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Green Acres Cinema on Nov 20, 2004 at 8:53 pm

Please update to show originally General Cinema and later Goodrich Quality Theatres as the operators.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Shoregate Cinema on Nov 20, 2004 at 8:37 pm

Please update address to 29430 Lakeshore Blvd.

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dave-bronx™ commented about AMC Loews Nassau Metroplex 10 on Nov 18, 2004 at 1:11 pm

According to the Loews Dec. 1999 directory the Loews Nassau theatre has 10 screens with seat counts of 561, 555, 307, 306, 547, 472, 200, 200, 200, 200 – Total of 3,548 seats.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Kimball Theatre on Nov 17, 2004 at 9:05 am

The radio is saying it burned to the ground…

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dave-bronx™ commented about Charlottetown Mall Cinemas on Nov 17, 2004 at 5:20 am

And the correct name is Charlottetown Mall Cinemas….

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dave-bronx™ commented about Charlottetown Mall Cinemas on Nov 17, 2004 at 5:19 am

Please update to show under General Cinema chain list.

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dave-bronx™ commented about UA Movies at Patchogue 13 on Nov 17, 2004 at 3:51 am

Regal did not buy out UA – they both went bankrupt and this guy Robert Anschutz bought both of them, along with Act III Theatres, out of bankruptcy. He was running them as 3 seperate companies for a short time and then merged the Regal and UA operations with Regals management running the merged company. I’m not sure if Act III was merged into this or if they remain a seperate operation.

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dave-bronx™ commented about Village on Nov 17, 2004 at 3:19 am

United Artists is a strange company… the theatres that everybody hates stay open and are run into the ground, and the ones that are maintained and well-liked by the public get closed – go figure!

I guess the secret is if you happen to find a clean, maintained UA theatre that you like and return to frequently, DO NOT let the UA management find out or they will close it down (apparently it doesn’t fit their image). The UA'a that people complain about and criticize stay open forever.