Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez commented about Peepland on Jul 4, 2017 at 9:00 am

Looking at the photo section it looks like Show Follies and Peepland were next to each other at the same time and that Peepland was NOT another name for this theatre.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jul 4, 2017 at 8:44 am

Street level retail is worth more in rent than any cinema at this location. That is why the profitable Baronet/Coronet closed. Cineplex Odeon was offered more for that property than twenty years of theatre operation profits would have generated.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jul 2, 2017 at 3:09 pm

I think it makes a tough situation tougher and if the landlord wants them out, they will buy them out. That is how profitable theatres like the Cinerama Twin (RKO), Beekman, National and Art Greenwich went away.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 29, 2017 at 9:07 pm

I agree.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 29, 2017 at 8:41 pm

By the way, the Cinema 1 & 2, Beekman, Little Carnegie and Baronet/Coronet always outgrossed it, so you may have a point there.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 29, 2017 at 8:24 pm

vindanpar, the opening was described as “NEW ORLEANS WHOREHOUSE”. The closing was called “CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR CRUSHED VELVET DECOR”. I loved the Ziegfeld.

Welcome to Cinema Treasures.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 29, 2017 at 3:26 pm

bigjoe, the industry has changed a lot since then. Back then there were ten or twelve hits out at once for several months. The studios preferred long runs on third avenue and offered incentives for those long runs. Nowaways there are one or two hit for a few weeks and the studios want as many seats as possible for the first two weekends. If you don’t have the big hit of the weekend, your house is empty. Imagine what would show at Cinema 1,2,3 if “WONDER WOMAN”, “TRANSFORMERS” and “CARS 3” were showing elsewhere. This location could become mostly an art house once again or it could be further split for more screens, but as I stated before, the economics are tough and the landlord would probably not approve if they are looking to develop the property.

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Al Alvarez commented about Sunshine Cinema on Jun 29, 2017 at 5:49 am

Cinemasoul, this theatre is not closing for lack of business.

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Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 28, 2017 at 3:27 pm

I found a conflicting 1962 Variety story that says seating went from 5400 to 3662 in 1959 and down to 1552 in 1962. Half the balcony and a third of the loge were eliminated.

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Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 28, 2017 at 3:11 pm

It went from 5230 to 4400 for Cinerama in 1962 (“The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm”)according to Variety. When “2001” opened in April 1968, the theatre was already targeted for demolition that September.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 27, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Yes, the location is still a problem, but it an also offer blockbusters multiple screens and showtimes. That is how the Ziegfeld lost out to the 42nd street locations.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 27, 2017 at 10:25 am

Each deal is different, but the landlord will rarely contribute anything unless they are trying to get a lease renewal. The opposite might be the case here.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 27, 2017 at 5:47 am

Perhaps an upper floor multiplex can replace it as part of the deal. Three screens is tough economics these days in Manhattan in an area with an ageing population and newer competition even if it once was the prime movie-going block in the city.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 26, 2017 at 3:45 pm

bigjoe59, the building was being used as a storage facility. Cinemex is doing a complete remodel and will be in putting in digital projectors, recliners and food service to seats. With five or six more screens in the area, the Cinema 1,2,3 and the Beekman’s total five screens will now have to share product in the zone with a newer and better facility. The last time Cineplex Odeon opened there it was just another out of the way multiplex in an over-screened zone. (The plan to close the Baronet/Cornet & Beekman was delayed for years.) Now the Cinema 1,2,3 will have to pay 2017 rent with less product and inferior older facilities.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 26, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Once Cinemex re-opens at Clearview’s First & 62nd we may see some movement here. Right now they can get their pick of the top films without much competition.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 25, 2017 at 7:21 pm

Eisner wanted just that. Drabinsky did not.

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Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Jun 25, 2017 at 6:37 am

I think you mean “Daddy’s Gone A-Hunting” and that was summer of 1969. The summer of love.

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Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 23, 2017 at 8:34 am

Shouldn’t you credit TCM for this information?

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Al Alvarez commented about State-Lake Theatre on Jun 23, 2017 at 8:33 am

Shouldn’t you credit TCM for this information?

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Al Alvarez commented about Criterion Theatre on Jun 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Yes, that was the Claridge Hotel. But by 1969 when “PAINT YOUR WAGON” opened on a Roadshow basis at the State Two, “MIDNIGHT COWBOY” was already showing the world what Times square had become and by January 1970 Loews State would be showing Swedish porn “WITHOUT A STITCH” on Twin One while these hotels were still operating.

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Al Alvarez commented about Criterion Theatre on Jun 20, 2017 at 12:56 pm

I don’t think the tearing down of these theatres lead to the descent of Times Square into vice, but rather the other way around.

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Al Alvarez commented about United Artists 64th & Second on Jun 20, 2017 at 6:09 am

davidcoppock, unlike other chains, UA theatres were never aligned to any particular distributor in New York City and never had many locations.

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Al Alvarez commented about Victoria Theatre on Jun 17, 2017 at 10:10 am

There is an interior photo on page six.

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Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 1, 2017 at 7:22 pm

“…the large auditorium of the City Cinemas 1,2,3, is a historic, showplace…”

I know where you are coming from HowardBHaas, but isn’t it ironic that this screen was once considered by Variety as ‘an intimate art house sure-seater’.

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Al Alvarez commented about Rialto Theatre on May 26, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Also, the Cineplex Odeon takeover was in 1987 not 1978.