Lafayette Theatre

97 Lafayette Avenue,
Suffern, NY 10901

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movieguy
movieguy on April 17, 2016 at 10:38 am

Gone with the wind yesterday DCP. Looks like about 525people. Most of the downstairs filled lot of the balcony as well. Can’t say how many were free senior admissions and how many people paid.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on April 17, 2016 at 10:05 am

Senior admissions usually varied between 50-150 and if they had to pay, they wouldn’t have come. The Shining had about 150-200 people both times we ran it during the HorrorThon. Only shows that ever did more than 50% capacity on Saturday mornings were Wizard of Oz, It’s a Wonderful Life, Babes in Toyland, Miracle on 34th Street and maybe one or two others.

Sam83
Sam83 on April 16, 2016 at 8:17 pm

Only 125? Hard to believe. I recall the theater being at least 80% full for Goldfinger. I could be wrong. Maybe only 125 paying movie-goers and the rest were seniors with free passes?

Theater was also full for Raiders of the lost ark and The Shining if I remember correctly.

Some movies in the classic series had low interest – the theater was only about 40% full.

Makes me wonder if a classic series season consisted of old films with huge demand and everyone had to pay to get in, it could have been more profitable. Just my opinion.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on April 15, 2016 at 3:24 pm

“Packed” definitely a relative term in this case. Biggest paid crowd we had would have been maybe 125 people for Goldfinger.

Sam83
Sam83 on April 15, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Hello Pete,

I learned about the classic series a little late (late 2000s). I still saw a couple of James Bond films during the series. Theater was packed both times. Shows how much interest there was. If you had done a Fall or Spring season of just James Bond films, you would have had a packed theater for the entire season. LOL

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on April 14, 2016 at 11:13 am

Hi Pete, I was there for the Bond and Harryhausen presentations during those “Big Screen Classics” weekends… wouldn’t have missed them for the world on the Lafayette’s giant screen. I just think that some of us are hoping that the Bond and Harryhausen films (just to name two of the many film series that had been featured at the Lafayette.) should not be forgotten within the current “scheme” of things.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on April 14, 2016 at 8:59 am

Where were you guys when we played Bond & Harryhausen between 2003 – 2014? :)

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on April 14, 2016 at 5:47 am

I’ll more than second your suggestion, Sam83 and (as I always do), how about some of the great Ray Harryhausen films?

Sam83
Sam83 on April 13, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Would have liked to see some classic James Bond films.

movieguy
movieguy on April 5, 2016 at 3:42 am

It’s a typo. Gone with the wind is the first movie. Then singing in the rain on April 23. The never ending story on April 30. Field of dreams May 7. The Princess bride May 14. How to train your Dragon May 21. The big short Fried mission May 29. citizen Kane June 4. They’re mixing in some more family films this year. When the kids come out they bring to parents usually and they’re more apt to buy concessions

Sam83
Sam83 on April 4, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Is this the classic series for Spring 2016?

http://www.lafayettetheatersuffern.com/1880/Robert-Benmosche-Family-Film-Festival-2016

Individual date says 2015 but I think that may be a typo.

Sam83
Sam83 on April 4, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Movieguy, that is great news. I guess I will start attending the classic series again. It is the next best thing to 35 mm film. Wouldn’t be worth the trip if it was being shown from blu-ray.

movieguy
movieguy on March 26, 2016 at 11:49 pm

All the movies for the classic series will be in DCP format.

Sam83
Sam83 on March 5, 2016 at 9:03 pm

Saw Zootopia at the Lafayette today – great movie at a great theater. Can’t wait to see the lineup for the classic series. Just wish they would indicate on the lineup which ones will be shown from a Blu-ray instead of DCP.

movieguy
movieguy on March 2, 2016 at 5:13 pm

March 3, 2016 will mark the 92nd year in operation for the Lafayette theater. Still waiting to hear about the classic series that usually begins mid April

Sam83
Sam83 on February 26, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Thanks guys. I believe you are both correct. It will be very expensive to try to do something like this. Not really worth pursuing. I’ll toss the idea out for now. I’ll just settle for watching classic movies shown at other theaters.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on February 26, 2016 at 2:11 pm

I know that the The Landmark Loews Jersey has rented and will rent their historic theatre for film screenings, and assist with booking the film. I do not know what they charge, but it I suspect that it is substantially less than $7K to $10K. Again, you need to call the specific venue that you are interested in to get a realistic idea of whether this is a viable idea.

jovanderlee
jovanderlee on February 26, 2016 at 2:01 pm

Ok, my knowledge is that at MINIMUM it’s at least $7k just to open the doors. Then add facility usage like the projection equipment, sound equipment, minimal stage crew, projectionist, front of house people, ticket booth. etc. Our theater has a major sponsor for their classics. Perhaps you could be that one? Again, why not call the admin office and find out for sure. Ask for Mr. LaMarca. I can NOT get involved in this.

Sam83
Sam83 on February 26, 2016 at 1:56 pm

That’s cheap. LOL

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 26, 2016 at 1:54 pm

Theaters do rent out. $10,000 or so for a film premiere, etc.

Sam83
Sam83 on February 26, 2016 at 1:39 pm

HowardBHaas, I agree to some extent. But theaters make a profit by renting out – especially during times when they are sitting idle. And some of these historic theaters need all the revenue they can get just to stay afloat each year. By renting out, the theater is guaranteed the rental fee regardless of how many come for the show. It is the third party who is taking all the risk by renting – he/she may not even break even.

Robert Kratky
Robert Kratky on February 26, 2016 at 1:10 pm

This makes me appreciate even more what Pete and Nelson did with the “Big Screen Classics” program at the Lafayette for so many years.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm

I forgot this one is a for profit, but still it cost mucho to operate a theater all year. No reason to pass along discounts if someone is trying to earn a profit leasing it……

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on February 26, 2016 at 12:45 pm

There are one or two offs in multiplexes (Fathom events) but nationwide so with different economics. Frankly, these calculations are already done- if the nonprofit theater could profit from classic movie screenings, they’d do them. They are members of national organizations & they know what their competition does. Some will charge a set fee to let you choose the classic screening but that’s only the choice of film. As to rate, they have no interest in your intruding so there are no rates for this purpose. Birthday party, sure. You to profit off a classic screening: No.

Sam83
Sam83 on February 26, 2016 at 12:32 pm

HowardBHaas, I see your point. Historic theaters are the only ones capable of having seat capacity of 800+ so they are ideal for a single show (in case 400 or come for the show). As a rough ballpark figure, how much do you think a historic theater would charge for rental?