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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on May 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Not necessarily 1933, Mike, but throughout the early thirties as the live shows closed, the cheaper movie options were more attractive to audiences as well as less risky to put on.

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AlAlvarez commented about Clearview's First & 62nd on May 1, 2013 at 4:28 am

Sounds like rent negotiation to me. The landlord can’t do much with this building unless it is used to show movies. And the New York Post should NEVER be taken very seriously. This guy had all his facts wrong last time when he wrote about the Ziegfeld.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on May 1, 2013 at 4:03 am

It has no stage, no back stage and no dressing rooms.

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AlAlvarez commented about Carver Theatre on Apr 27, 2013 at 5:02 am

Closed in 1968 as the Carver. The building is still there.

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AlAlvarez commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Apr 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm

OBLIVION.

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AlAlvarez commented about Sutton Theater on Apr 25, 2013 at 1:46 pm

This was a small issue at the Sutton as it didn’t even have a concession stand until the eighties.

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AlAlvarez commented about Carnegie Hall Cinema on Apr 25, 2013 at 9:30 am

A shadow would depend on the time of day. On all counts, the Lyric was a small house.

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AlAlvarez commented about Regal faces boycotts as cuts employees hours to avoid Obamacare on Apr 24, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Well deserved. This chain is very profitable and this is political posturing. Shame on regal for exploiting its employees!

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AlAlvarez commented about Carnegie Hall Cinema on Apr 23, 2013 at 10:44 am

bigjoe59, the Lyric is here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/8371

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AlAlvarez commented about Carnegie Hall Cinema on Apr 21, 2013 at 8:17 am

During the 1974-1975 period the Lincoln Art down the street was showing hard core porn, the Paris was showing the x-rated “EMMANUELLE: and the Fine Arts was showing the controversial hard R "THE NIGHT PORTER”. The line between art and smut was very murky then.

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AlAlvarez commented about Gables Triple on Apr 21, 2013 at 5:03 am

I found a way of posting the opening day ad in the photo section although now I can’t figure out how I did it. Hmmm.

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AlAlvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Apr 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

It was carved out of the existing space by the original architect for Christmas 1988.

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AlAlvarez commented about Trianon Twin on Apr 14, 2013 at 3:52 am

dannyboy, although the shopping center in these photos is identified as being in Pinecrest, the Central Shopping Plaza looked very similar with a Zayre store and garage.

http://pleasantfamilyshopping.blogspot.com/2008/09/zayre-in-miami.html

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm

techaman707, it was pretty bad, as I witnessed myself. Although hookers and drug dealers don’t bother me (they still exist here), I would not have moved here back then when they were in control.

Today the West Side in the upper thirties is a great area to walk the dog. Pier 84 is no longer a great place to dump dead bodies but a great fishing area, water taxi, boat ride, restaurant and dog park.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm

39th Street to 36th Street wet of 9th Avenue to eleventh was mostly brothels and crack houses. Most of the area west of ninth avenue from 36th Street to 54th Street was full of street walkers and drug dealers. The locals stayed indoors after dark while the Westies gang ran their trade. Since the locals rented and never owned, they were the first to go when the slum lords sold out.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 12, 2013 at 12:11 pm

There are no “bad blocks” in Hell’s Kitchen anymore. Without cleaning up 42nd street, nothing else would have happened and the area would still be a slum today. Giuliani didn’t cause the Disney effect, that pre-dated him, but he made sure his friends had first dibs on prime real estate.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

I don’t know if we will ever get an honest answer as to why each theatre was treated as it was. There were political machinations behind the scenes including the legit theatre owners wanting to limit competition, multiplex operators in financial straits, and the 42nd street redevelopment people trying to make room for large new tenants like Madame Tussauds and Ripleys.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 12, 2013 at 7:24 am

Without tourists and day trippers there would be no Times square. I live in Hell’s Kitchen in an area I would never venture into at night before 1999.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 12, 2013 at 6:01 am

techman707, I don’t like it much myself but Times Square is thriving with tourist traffic like never before. LA, like most other US cities' downtown areas, is still mostly empty and crime-ridden at night. Whether the aesthetics please us or not, Times Square and Hell’s Kitchen have benefited greatly economically by the Disney mall concept.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 12, 2013 at 5:35 am

techman707, the Liberty was not demolished, gutted or mothballed as originally planned. Famous Dave’s BBQ uses the interior of the Liberty auditorium the way AMC uses the Empire auditorium as part of the multiplex’s lobby. It is a far more thoughtful way to keep up with the times than the Regal E-Walk across the street which totally replaced several historic buildings.

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AlAlvarez commented about Trianon Twin on Apr 12, 2013 at 5:26 am

dannyboy, I think it was called the Central Shopping Plaza.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 11, 2013 at 7:17 pm

It is, another run of the mill bad tourist nasty BBQ place.

You would think a decent Midtown BBQ place would eventually emerge. But not so far.

But it does have the historic classic setting and kudos for that.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 11, 2013 at 8:02 am

The entrance for Dave’s was on 47th street but the interior looked like it still had remnants of the old lobby waiting areas.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 11, 2013 at 6:57 am

I think I know what bigjoe59 is asking.

Famous Dave’s BBQ moved to 42nd street where it now occupies the interior of the former Liberty Theatre auditorium.

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AlAlvarez commented about Gothamist's 12 Best NYC Theaters on Mar 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Another stupid and unfair list.

The Sunshine is a mess of uncomfortable seats and tiny screens playing the latest mainstream crap and trying to market it as trendy before it plays in Brooklyn and Queens ‘arthouses’ a week later.

The Lincoln Plaza has obstructed column views and noisy seniors chatting throughout the basement tube screen auditoria. AMC in the seventies at best.

The Film Forum plays the best films under the worst circumstances with obstructed columns and tiny uncomfortable seats. Wait for the DVD which is usually out a week after this venue shows it to promote its release.

New York has the Lincoln Square, 34th Street East, Kips Bay and Regal 42nd Street E-walk. All the rest are crap and the Ziegfeld is a lottery as it is closed when you least expect it.

NYC theatres are in a self created crisis and the boxoffice grosses show it.