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Would it be possible to have another James Bond Festival….. the last one played out just great at the Loews.
How about a tribute to Universal and Hammer horrors?
Very worthwhile “indie” film program brought into the Lafayette Theatre this spring and summer by the folks at Rivertown. (I saw some great films this year that might only have been available in NYC- I’d enjoy seeing the film, “Agora” that’s apparently only being screened in one theater in the Village.)
I hope that their endevours proved profitable so that they might consider returning next spring. (I understand they have one more film to go in this current season.)
I think “gallion”’s phrase about the Loew’s in Newark really says it all when it come to the great Landmark Loew’s Jersey..
“The site is now a parking lot.” !!!!!
All of us who love these old movie palaces owe a resounding “thank you” to Mr. Egan and “The Friends of the Loew’s” (I’m sure they’d love to hear this as well from all of the audience members at each monthly film program.)
In a totally different direction……
– (I know it’s a bit early, but…) Any idea when the Fall Film Programs will be announced ?
It’s been a great Spring Season. Looking forward to the last two film weekends, especially the Stooges and Looney Tunes.
Here’s hoping the “Horror-thon” returns in the fall.
It’s always interesting to be proven wrong, especially about something that has been praised by critics and fans alike. That certainly was the case with Saturday’s presentation of “The Red Shoes”. Having been brought up as a Richard Widmark, Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas fan, a film about ballet…. NO WAY !!!! Well, what an eye-opener!
Please, Lafayette folk, more Michael Powell films. (how about re-scheduling “The Thief of Bagdad” from a couple of seasons ago.)
Your presentation of “Stairway To Heaven” was quite a treat to see on the big screen.
Is there any chance that Film Forum might be bringing back some of their adventure/Sci-Fi series from the past such as the James Bond, Swashbucklers and Horror / Sci-Fi presentations from a few years back ?
Thanks, Lafayette for bringing the Rivertown series into Suffern…
I just got back from your screening of “Me and Orson Welles” and it’s true what Nelson said , quite possibly the best film I’ve seen this year. This film really needs a wider distribution deal. It should be seen by anyone who has a love for excellent script-writing, direction, art direction (great evocation of 1930’s New York City even though I believe it was mostly shot in England) the New York stage,film history and, above all…acting. (Zack Effron should not be discounted here, he was quite well cast)
So thanks, Lafayette for giving me the chance to catch up with this film. I can’t wait for the DVD in July.
Just got back from this morning’s presentation of “Dr. No” What a beautiful print…. superior in every way to what is currently available on DVD. (although I haven’t seen the Blu-Ray)
The Lafayette is THE premier showcase in our area for the classics as well as currently-running films. (Can’t wait to experience your new 3D projection system)
But, I knew I should have worn my tux, today.
Way to go Peter and Nelson. You hit one right out of the park with this one, this morning!!
Hello Again, Peter,
Thank you for taking the time to provide a little perspective regarding last night at the Cedar Lane. I thought we might be on the “same page” re: such venues as the Cedar Lane.
I’ll always be indebted to folks such as yourself and Nelson Page (and,dare I say the Landmark Loew’s Jersey and the Film Forum)for “fighting the good fight” by providing the average movie-goer with the opportunity to find alternatives to the usual multi-plex fare. Not that I have anything against “Avatar” or “Sherlock Holmes” or “Saw 56” (Well, maybe I might object to that one!!!), but when you give me the choice between seeing the 32nd remake of “Conan the Barbarian” or a fine print of “To Kill A Mockingbird” or “The Thief of Bagdad” or “The Uninvited”… well, I guess you know what line I’ll be on.
And I still hope that there will be a place for classic films at the Cedar Lane.
Until that time arrives, the Lafayette will always have my patronage.
I hope you don’t misunderstand what I’m about to say, because I will always be in attendance at and a supporter of as many local, “neighborhood” movie theaters as I can find (within a reasonable traveling distance)but….. I was saddened to see Big Screen Classics at the Cedar Lane go out with such a whimper with last nights screening of “The Godfather”!
I just seems to me (please excuse my ignorance of such angst-inducing matters as successfully running a movie theater)that the problem that happened at Wed.’s screening should just not have happened. Aren’t there periodic projector checks?
Please understand where this is coming from because I value venues such as The Cedar Lane and The Lafayette but “incidents” like last night just make me believe that we are turning over our business to the huge multiplexes. (remeber what happened to the Rialto, in Ridgefield ? Makes me a bit nervous!)
Once again, I’m just a fan who hopes the local neighborhood cinemas can stay alive and vibrant.
Looking forward to seeing “The Godfather” this Wed., (perhaps a bit early) any thoughts as to how next season is shaping up ?
Perhaps a bit early, but I’m certainly looking forward to the Spring season opener, “Dr. No” !
With the large crowd that showed up for “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” last season, perhaps a Bond film per year might be within the “realm of possibility”?
I was wondering if someone could help clarify aan historical point for me?
About ten years or so ago I remember attending the release of the “restored” version of Spartacus at an absolutely beautiful theater in New York!(yes, they did draw the curtain.) it was the ‘roadshow" performance… a wonderful movie experience.
But I’m curious, was the Ziegfield the theater that was showing Spartacus during this time period? If it was I’ll be sure to pay a return visit.
Great fall line-up… especially “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” and “Night of The Hunter”. Always a terrific variety of films at the Laffayette. I’ll be there.
Not wishing to seem too greedy, but are there any plans for Sci-Fi/Horror screenings around Halloween weekend, beyond “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”? I remember not too long ago seeing some great Hammer films and a screening of “The Haunting”.
And who could forget Nelson’s live radio presentation of Orson Welles' “War of The Worlds” last season?
I’m curious…..what theaters in our area have you visited or do you plan to visit? (theater name and location, please)
I’d really like to find some of the old movie palaces, especially in Northern NJ, that I’ve never visited.
Personally some of my favorites are The Lafayette, in Suffern, NY, the Cedar Lane, in Teneck, and (of course) the Loews Jersey.
It would be great to pool our knowledge of some of the great theatres that are still around and operational.(I checked the list of theatres in the general North NJ/New York area on “Cinema Trasures” but, sadly many of those that I was familiar with are either closed and/or demolished. I wonder if I am missing some?)
Thank You, Peter for sharing this terrific (and unexpected) news!
Very glad to hear an agreement was reached between Mr. Page and the BCG.
Also, “thank you” to Phil Tisi for his efforts to help keep classic films alive at the Lafayette during the interim period.
Hi elm0catt,MPol,fred and all of the friends of the Lafayette,
I hope I have good news for everyone… I just recieved an e-mail from Mr. Tisi’s office at the Dept. of Parks and Recreation, Ramapo, NJ that informed me that the Fall Film Classic program (not sure of the exact name they will be using in the future)will begin on Saturday, Oct. 3rd
The schedule will be announced the week after next, so let’s keep our fingers crossed and our eyes on our e-mails and this website for further announcements.
As much as I would love to see the cross-over lobby brought back to original working order, what I’m really hoping for is work to begin on the ventilation/AC system at the Loews (a costly project, I’m sure)…… when that is accomplished, then the possibilty of summer classic film programs might become a reality. I know the summer is when the FOL does most of their renovations, but to have a couple of weekends of “summer” film classics wouild be something to be hoped for.
I know I must have a case of the summer “fidgets” but, with the exception of “Harry Potter” and “UP”, the summer fare seems to be a bit sparse so I’m wondering when anyone thinks the Fall Classic Film program at the Lafayette might be announced?
I’m assuming sometime next month?
Some of the programming that always had me returning to the Film Forum were the early SciFi/Horror Festivals, Swashbucklers and Vintage 007……
Will these type of programs be returning at any time in the near future?
Your book sounds like a wonderful idea… I’d certainly purchase it.
A question for you, if I may… are there any theaters here in the New Jersey, New York area that show classic and independent films on a regular basis? I’ve attending screenings at the Loews Jersey, the Lafayette in Suffern, NY, Film Forum, NYC, and now (as of last season) the Cedar Lane, Teneck.
Are there any other venues for “classic” films that I might be missing?
Kudos to the FOL! Great season of classic films, especially with your screening of “The Uninvited”. You folks really came through on your promise.
I’m already looking forward the fall season…. I hope there will be more mystery, horror and science fiction.
Once again, thank you for all of your hard work, FOL.. You guys are the best!
Dear Lafayette Folk,
Just a note of thanks to all at the Lafayette for the great program this morning! It’s always great to see just about any Woody Allen film on the big screen, but “Annie Hall” certainly tops my list of favorites. Very nice print, as well… those New York skylines…. nobody films them like Gordon Willis.(I believe.)
I was very glad to hear from the host at today’s show (was that Mr. Furmanek ?) that the Lafayette film festival will be returning in the fall and that next week the audience will be asked to present film suggestions for the fall season.
As I am probably unable to make next week’s show, I am wondering if there might be an alternate way for me to make my suggestions known to the folks who plan the festival? (e-mail ?)
Any thoughts, Mr. Furmanek? Mr. Apruzzese?
Very much looking forward to Butch and Sundance in two weeks and the new fall film season.
Peter….. Thank you for the “fine-tuning”…. bit of a memory “glitch”, there.
But,no matter continued success for future film festivals at the Lafayette are always hoped for.
Is there anything, beyond regular attendance that we, the regular attending audience can do to help ensure a bright future for classic film festivals at the Lafayette?
I remember quite fondly all of the great “kiddee matinees” that were presented in and around the very early 1960s at the Summit Theater.
Many of the great Universals, such as “Tarantula” and “The Creature From The Black Lagoon” were making the “re-run” circuit in theaters around this time and the Summit was probably one of the first theaters (along with the Lincoln , uptown) to show many of the films from England’s HAMMER STUDIOS… such as “The Curse of Frankenstein” and “Horror of Dracula”
But the big event had to be when the Summit presented the first run engagement of Hitchcock’s, “Psycho”!! Many of our parents were ready to lock us up after we went to see that film. Remember, it was 1960 !!
And, of course a morning of horror films and cartoons at the Summit was never quite complete without our weekly visit to Damman’s Ice Cream Parlor across the street.