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Roger Katz commented about Killer Trees to Attack the Warner?!? on Mar 24, 2004 at 11:59 pm

The movie was hilarious. It was filmed about a block from my house. I enjoyed seeing scenes from my hometown in the film. However, they used a tiny rented screen to show it on. I hope the Warner installs projection equipment and a full size screen to show movie events and host film festivals.

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Roger Katz commented about State Theater on Mar 24, 2004 at 11:57 pm

Stoughton Cinema Pub has a website at http://www.stoughtoncinema.com/

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Roger Katz commented about Forest Theatre on Mar 23, 2004 at 9:14 pm

Meg,

I agree it would be a great theatre to save, but if it is unused for 10 years it will be in no shape to run movies, and it just isn’t worth $10,000 per month to use as a cinema. The owner is right when he says that whoever buys it will probably demolish it. Economically it just isn’t feasible. As for first run movies, a Showcase Cinemas multiplex is only 4 miles away, so that is not doable. The film distributors won’t even permit the york Square 3 next to the Yale campus in downtown New Haven to have first run product (there is an ongoing lawsuit in that case) so the Forest wouldn’t stand a chance. As for art films, with 12 screens in New Haven showing art movies (York Square 3, Cine 1-2-3-4, and the Criterion 5 which opens this fall) there isn’t any chance of getting those either. Sub run split product on the single screen could possibly work, but twinning it would guarantee more success. Also, I’m not sure what seats you saw, but the ones I saw were dirty and many were missing their cushions. With renovations the theatre could be great again. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen.

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Roger Katz commented about Tower Theater on Mar 21, 2004 at 11:05 pm

There is no Watertown Road in Wtby. It was Watertown Avenue.

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Roger Katz commented about RKO Quad on Mar 21, 2004 at 11:04 pm

The address for this theatre is incorrect. 595 Main St. is the address for the New Rochelle Theatre. Proctor’s Theatre is at 572-580 Main St.

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Roger Katz commented about Tower Theater on Mar 21, 2004 at 12:43 pm

WAS, not IS. There is no spot for 54 Watertown Avenue anymore with Route 8 running right through where the neighborhood used to be.

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Roger Katz commented about Bijou Cinema on Mar 18, 2004 at 4:41 pm

The Bijou’s website is http://www.bijoucinema.org/

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Roger Katz commented about Opera House Cinemas 3 on Mar 17, 2004 at 9:14 pm

The restoration to one auditorium cannot begin for another couple of years because the current movie operator’s lease runs through 2005 I believe.

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Roger Katz commented about Empire Theatre on Mar 16, 2004 at 5:57 pm

It is the only one now? Has the Oceanwest Theatre at Champlin’s Marina closed down?

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Roger Katz commented about Killer Trees to Attack the Warner?!? on Mar 16, 2004 at 5:55 pm

The date on here is wrong. The movie is on March 20. I will be attending the show.

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Roger Katz commented about Art Cinema on Mar 16, 2004 at 1:48 am

This listing should be merged. It is a duplicate of the Bomes Theatre which is already listed at /theaters/6034/ .

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Roger Katz commented about Elm Theater on Mar 14, 2004 at 11:55 pm

This theatre should not be listed as demolished since it still stands there, forlorn and abandoned.

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Roger Katz commented about Enfield Cinemas 12 on Mar 14, 2004 at 11:49 pm

This theatre was recently bought by National Amusements. It had previously been operated by Hoyts and was known as the Enfield Square 12. Hardly a cinema “treasure” it is a modern, boring mallplex.

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Roger Katz commented about Orpheum Theatre on Mar 14, 2004 at 1:30 pm

…and that address is 1 Hamilton Place and seating capacity is 2800.

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Roger Katz commented about Bay Ridge Theatre on Mar 12, 2004 at 7:26 pm

The Bay Ridge was a Loews location at least during the 40’s and 50’s

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Roger Katz commented about Palace Theater on Mar 11, 2004 at 1:12 am

er than should read much closer to 3000 than 3600

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Roger Katz commented about Palace Theater on Mar 11, 2004 at 1:10 am

That capacity for the (Loews Poli) Palace Theatre in Bridgeport is wrong. It was much closer to 3000 than 2500, and the Waterbury Palace was bigger, by a few hundred seats, than the Bridgeport one.

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Roger Katz commented about Forest Theatre on Mar 5, 2004 at 9:00 pm

Well, this theatre won’t reopen.

I was in touch with the real estate agent who is marketing it. It cannot be sold for ten years because of “tax problems.” For the theatre building which includes two storefronts, the lot to the left, the lot to the right, and the house next door they want $10,000 per month. That is WAY too pricey for anyone who hopes to keep it as a theatre. Ridiculous.

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Roger Katz commented about State Theatre on Mar 2, 2004 at 11:55 am

Excellent news! The State Theatre (change the listing to that name) will reopen next month after having been closed for about a year. The owner of the Jewett City Pharmacy next door has been renovating it since last May. Despite a 12-screen multiplex that is under construction just a few miles away he thinks the State can be successful. Let’s hope so!

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Roger Katz commented about Forest Theatre on Feb 24, 2004 at 3:10 am

I have left a message on the owner’s voicemail inquiring as to the price. If it is reasonable I may just take the plunge myself, but I heard a couple of years ago that he was asking for a price that was “too high” to continue using the land for a cinema.

That “big brown building in the background” is the actual auditorium. The white building in front contains the theatre lobby and two storefronts.

The movies aimed at an African-American audience would not be cheaper to rent as they are still mainstream flicks (e.g. the final movie it is showing, barring ever reopening, is Love Don’t Cost A Thing). The Forest is near the New Haven town line and this strategy was probably designed to draw the urban crowd. The University of New Haven, with 1800 students, is just a couple of blocks away, and maybe these movies interest them too.

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Roger Katz commented about Forest Theatre on Feb 21, 2004 at 6:47 pm

No, it wouldn’t, Robert. It is close to New Haven where Yale University is, but New Haven already has a 3-screen art house cinema and a 4-screen subrun art house cinema. also a 5-screen art house is currently under construction in downtown New Haven, so that market is saturated.

West Haven, where the Forest is located, is a working class community of over 50,000 people. The current owner has usually booked movies featuring African-Americans to try to draw in that segment of the population.

If I were to own this theatre here would be my plan for it:

  1. Move the video games and concession stand out of the auditorium. Expand the lobby by taking the former ice cream parlor to the left and put the concession stand there. Take the storefront to the right and put the video games in there. This arcade could even by open during non-cinema hours.

  2. A 600 seat auditorium is way too big for a subrun theatre. Divide it into two 250 seat auditoriums. Or if the space and configuration is right for it, triplex it into three 150-175 seat auditoriums. Whatever happens the auditorium needs a lot of renovation to make this facility first class.

  3. The current practice is booking one film each week and running it a few times per day. A successful subrun needs variety. I would book 3 films per week and run each one once per day at 5:00, 7:00, and 9:00, with maybe an additional children’s film showing as a weekend matinee at 1:00 and 3:00.

I do not know how successful the theatre is at the moment since the owner is leaving for medical reasons (he has to go to Germany for treatment of an illness) rather than financial ones. But I believe with the three strategies I outlined above implemented that this theatre would survive as a subrun.

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Roger Katz commented about Forest Theatre on Feb 21, 2004 at 3:24 pm

The Forest is closing for good after it’s Thursday February 26 showing. The building is for sale, but as of now there have been no offers. The theatreowner expects whomever he sells it to will probably knock it down.

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Roger Katz commented about Forest Theatre on Feb 21, 2004 at 3:24 pm

The Forst is closing for good after it’s Thursday February 26 showing. The building is for sale, but as of now there have been no offers. The theatreowner expects whomever he sells it to will probably knock it down.

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Roger Katz commented about AMC Mountain Farms 4 on Feb 19, 2004 at 3:25 am

Does anyone know if this theatre has been demolished? If not, I need to go up and take photos of it next time I go to Massachusetts.

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Roger Katz commented about Boulevard Theatre on Feb 19, 2004 at 12:57 am

This theatre is now a furniture store and a children’s clothing store.