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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm

to techman 707-

thanks for your reply about roadshow engagements having souvenir programs. the reason I ask is simple. I have approx. 135 souvenir programs in my collection starting with the one for the 1925 silent version of Ben-Hur. most I bought at the theater when I saw the film others at memorabilia shops in Manhattan and L.A..to which with all the memorabilia shops I’ve been too and all the online sites selling such stuff I have never come across souvenir programs for such prominent roadshow engagements as The Diary of Anne Frank(RKO Palace),Cheyenne Autumn (Loew’s Capitol)and Gigi which played the Royal which was normally a legit theater. these are just a few of the prominent roadshow engagements in the 17 year period mentioned for which I have never come across a souvenir program. so I wondered if quite possibly they didn’t have one hence my question.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 26, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Hello-

my fellow posters have always been most kind in answering my questions. this time I have a good one on a subject that I find interesting.the prime roadshow period was the Oct. 1955 opening of “Oklahoma” at the Rivoli thru the Dec.1972 opening of “The Man of La Mancha” also at the Rivoli. now in this a bit over 17 year period the studios heavily used 7 Times Square theaters for their roadshow engagements(Criterion, Loew’s State, RKO Palace,Demille,Warner, Rivoli and the Loew’s Capitol). which is where my question comes in. Regardless of how good a film turned out to be if a film played at one of these 7 theaters it can be classified as a prominent release. so can anyone think of a prominent roadshow engagement at any of the 7 theaters named above that did not have a souvenir program? every roadshow engagement I ever went to had a souvenir program so I can’t imagine a prominent roadshow run not having one.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Jun 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Hello-

I can’t stand the reclining seats the 84th multiplex has. for one if you a big person and I don’t mean overweight just big your leg is constantly pressing up against the button with opens the chair. its almost impossible if you are a big person to just sit in the chair in a regular fashion comfortably.

also the pricing at 84th St. is highway robbery. ticket prices for 1st run theaters in Manhattan are already to high. yet the 84 St. forces you to pay more for a “reserved seat” even if there are only 5 people in the theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Hello-

thanks for the info on Cheyenne Autumn. another question. from when i went with my parents to when i started going by myself one thing i always liked about reserved seat engagements was buying the souvenir program in the lobby during intermission. i have approx. 135 in my collection most of which i bought at theaters. others were purchased in memorabilia stores. which is where my question comes in. did Cheyenne Autumn have a souvenir program? i can’t imagine a big epic like CA with a big director and big stars released on a reserved seat engagement not having a souvenir program. yet in all memorabilia stores i have been to and all the online memorabilia sites i have looked at i have never seen one. in fact there are a few others big even award winning reserved seat films i have never come across a souvenir program for. i always thought roadshow engagements and souvenir programs were inseparable like peanut butter and jelly.

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bigjoe59 commented about Strand Theatre on Jun 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm

to William-

thanks for the info. just to be sure another question or two. i assume Stevens longest cut at 4 hrs. 20 mins. like Mankiewicz’s 5 hr. 20 min. cut of Cleopatra was never theatrically shown . now was the 238 min. cut you refer to used just
for the World Premiere night screening or was it used for the entire roadshow run the Warner. in other words how long was the 238min. cut used at the Warner and at what point did they switch to the 3hr. 19 min. cut used on the blu-ray. i am wondering if the premiere 238min cut actually shows Sal Mineo’s being killed. to have him walking in the crowd at the Temple than the next time you see him he’s dead lying on the altar steps you just know something was cut.

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm

to AL A-

you are always quite helpful with my questions. to which could you please go to the Strand/Warner Cinerama page and see if with your font of knowledge you can answer my question about The Greatest Story Ever Told which opened at that theater Feb. of 1965. thank you.:–)

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bigjoe59 commented about Strand Theatre on Jun 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Hello-

i recently bought the blu-ray disc of The Greatest Story Ever Told. the running time of the disc is 3 hrs. 19 mins.. which is where my question comes in. the liner
notes on the back cover say-“restored to its theatrical brilliance with Overture and Intermission”. now i saw TGSET twice during its Cinerama reserved seat engagement but can’t remember what the running time was. now i recently found out the original running time of the roadshow run print was 3 hrs. 45 mins. but did the Warner Cinerama ever play that print or did it only play the 3 hr. 19 min. print?

a case in point. there’s the scene towards the end where Jesus is talking at night time to a large crows at the Temple. you see Roman soldiers pushing in then it switches to another scene. the next time see Jesus he’s entering the house where the Last Supper takes place. but then there’s a quick cut back to the Temple we see are a few dead bodies scattered around including the young former cripple (Sal Mineo)lying across the altar steps. what happened to the scene of the Roman soldiers aggressively dispursing the crowd resulting in the dead bodies we see?

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 15, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Hello-

thanks to William for the tech info. a additional question. I don’t know what the dimensions of the screen was when How The West Was Won played here starting April 1963. to which my question- when Cheyenne Autumn opened here Dec. 1964 how much of the screen that the HTWWW projection covered was covered by CA projection?

also I wanted to ask a question about The Greatest Story Ever Told so anyone who is knowledgeable about the Warner Cinerama please take a look at that page. thank you.

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Jun 13, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Hello-

its nice to know the sending of messages has returned. i guess the disruption will remain a mystery.

now a few weeks back i mentioned i was 99% sure that Cheyenne Autumn which opened here Dec.1964 was a single lens Cinerama film or as the ads would said- “presented in Cinerama”. i had no newspaper ads or mail order forms to back my 99% certainty. now my fellow posters have stated in reply that this was not the case. so trying to figure a reason for my 99% certainty maybe i read an ad that said something like “see it on the giant Cinerama screen” since the Cinerama was still up maybe they figured lets use it as a selling point.

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on May 29, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Hello-

Opps I forgot to add an interesting note.for about a month now I have not received any messages in my inbox that theaters in Manhattan that I am on the list for have received new comments. these notes on Cheyenne Autumn being an example. I only realized they were posted because I looked this page up.

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on May 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm

to Peter A.–

thanks for the info. one’s memory does play tricks on you and I guess this is an instance. I don’t know why I thought this. its just i swear I can
remember seeing an ad in a NYC newspaper at the time of its opening. oh,well.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on May 2, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Hello-

i hope my fellow fans of the late but great Loew’s Capitol/Cinerama can answer a question. John Ford’s “Cheyenne Autumn” opened the fall of 1964 on a reserved seat engagement. this is where my question comes in. i wouldn’t bet my next paycheck but i am 99% certain that the film was one of the 10 or so single lens Cinerama films. now i can find no newspaper ads or copies of the mail order form and like stuff online to bolster my claim. so was “Cheyenne Autumn” one of the 10 or so films presented “in Cinerama” or not? again i’m 99% certain it was.

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bigjoe59 commented about Royal Theatre on Apr 20, 2014 at 4:44 pm

to Ed S.–

i’m guessing the pic above is fairly new since the building was torn rather recently.

a few questions.

1.while the building was standing for almost 100 years it hadn’t been a movie theater for decades. so what would you say is the longest lived movie theater built as such and operated as such? my guess would be the Bunny at Bway & 145 St.. it opened Dec. 1913 and closed the fall of 2010? the runner up i’m guessing would be the Coliseum at Bway & 181 St, which opened in 1920 and closed at the fall of 2012.

2.in the listing of comments for this theater is one that states a rare photo of the fa├žade can be found on nyc.org. I tried finding it but zippo. I can’t help but wonder if its the same photo in the issue of Motion Picture News from the beginning of 1918.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm

to Mike-

I watched the re-mastered blu-ray disc released last year by Kino Video. the visual/audio quality was fine. its just I was quite surprised by how much of a B movie look and feel it had both technically and artistically.

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bigjoe59 commented about Nob Hill Adult Theatre on Apr 15, 2014 at 3:51 pm

the 1st time i visited San Francisco was 1980 and the last time was 8? years ago. my point being simple. in the early years they hosted many different types of gay porn stars. boy next door types, Abecrombie & Fitch model types as well studly masculine types. yet in the 8 years since my last visit the only gay porn stars they seem to host are studly masculine types. what gives? isn’t variety the spice of life?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 15, 2014 at 1:46 pm

to Ed S.–

thanks for your take on the subject. during the often pined for Golden Age of Hollywood I was always under the impression there was a distinct look and feel too an A film that would be different from that of a B film. so that’s why I’m kind of shocked BOP would have been classified as an A film when it opened at the Mayfair considering its very B film production values.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 13, 2014 at 4:46 pm

to Ed S.–

very interesting and depressing pics. the Mayfair/ Demille/Embassy 1-2-3 was in uneven shape sad to
say before closing. fortunately my parents took me
to as many roadshow films as possible so at least I got to see the theater when it was still in un-triplexed prime shape.

also when I looked at your pics in the photo section I noticed the ad for Bird of Paradise. i’m assuming it was the film’s 1st run premiere run and not a move over from another theater. which is where my question comes in- was BOP considered an A level as opposed to B level film? I purchased the blu-ray disc put out by Kino Video last year and thought it was a sub-par film both technically and artistically. I didn’t think King Vidor was capable of making such a crappy movie.

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bigjoe59 commented about Uptown Theater on Apr 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Hello From NYC-

I was under the assumption that the Uptown was a 1st run venue from the get go. but I read it was actually built as a grand neighborhood theater and
only became a 1st run venue with the advent of the modern roadshow era in the fall of 1955. so is there a way of finding a list of all the roadshow films that played the Uptown?

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 8, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Hello-

a question for my fellow fans of the late but great Capitol. nowadays big films will open on 2 to 3 thousand screens on the same day. now in Manhattan every so often one of these big films will stay at a theater or two for quite some time. which brings me to my question. in the photo section is an ad for “Mata Hari” that states at the top “held over for 3rd and final week”. to which did films at the Capitol during this period never play for all that long no matter how much of a hit they were?

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 4, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Hello Again-

I am now more confused than ever. I have read on more than one occasion that The Wizard of Oz which opened at this theater never really ignited the box office even after MGM tried various catchy ad campaigns and its books only entered the black when it was sold to t.v.. Al A.’s reply seems to confirm this. yet Mike’s post makes it seem like it was a big box office hit. so which is the case?

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Hello to AL A.–

as always I thank you for your font of knowledge. so if I understand your reply correctly the story I related in my question is more or less true?

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 3, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Hello-

since The Wizard of Oz debuted at this theater a question. we all assume the film was a big box office hit when it opened Sept. of 1939 I believe. but I have read more than once that while it wasn’t a flop per se it never really ignited the box office to any great extent. in fact since this was the time when the studios still controlled the theaters MGM tried to jump start the film with ingenious ad campaigns but the public never really bit. to which the film only became this beloved classic after it started airing on t.v. in 1954? is this true?

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Apr 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Hello-

a bit of info fellow Capitol Theater devotees will find interesting. the Loew’s Lincoln Square has each of the auditoriums named after a famed Loew’s movie palace. to the right of the entrance to each auditorium is a plaque with info about the honored theater. the plaque for the Capitol states the theater was torn down at the end of 1967. I’ve mentioned it to management several times but they don’t seem to care about the incorrect info.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Hello-

I have often asked questions about reserved seat runs at this and nearby theaters. to which a question- does anyone know of a first rate store in Manhattan that sells souvenir programs? or possibly a website? there are many original roadshow films I saw in but at my neighborhood theater. usually souvenir programs were only sold in the initial exclusive 1st run theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 20, 2014 at 5:13 pm

to Robert E.–

thanks for the info. if I understand your reply correctly the name Mark I-II-III was on the marquee briefly. it must have been really brief with a capital B since as I said I never remember that name being on the marquee.

another question. was the tri-plexing of the theater done by the people who wanted it has an adult house or was it done by an independent contractor and then the lease snatched up by the
porn people? which of course never came to pass.