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PeterApruzzese commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jan 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Why would there have been a 30fps print of Spartacus? The film was made in Technirama, which used standard 24fps.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Cinema 46 on Dec 31, 2010 at 6:40 pm

I was working at Cinema 46 the day of the “E.T.” sneak preview – people started lining up at 11am for the show. I called up the house manager at little while after opening when it looked like we were going to have a huge crowd (we hadn’t anticipated a crowd as the trailer and poster were met with indifference in the preceding weeks) and said that he should come in to supervise the event. We called in all off-duty staff as well. The official sneak preview (7:15, IIRC, and tagged onto the 5:30 show of Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid) was a complete sellout by late afternoon. After the show went in at 5, the manager decided to run an “unofficial” second show of ET at 9:30 by itself, which had about ¾’s of a house.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Dec 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Thanks to everyone who came out to a Big Screen Classics show this season, it was one of our best yet and concluded with a sold-out house for “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

The first-run Christmas attraction at the Lafayette is the Coen brothers film of “True Grit”, which is shaping up as one of the best reviewed American movies of the year.

Yes Bob, we’ll be back in March for another season. We should start getting confirmations on the titles we’re selecting during January.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Cinema Treasures Reaches 30,000 Theaters on Dec 14, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Congrats to all who make Cinema Treasures live & breathe!

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PeterApruzzese commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Ah, Fathom Events. It certainly wasn’t a 70mm or 35mm showing, then.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Could be. The question is, did they actually make any new prints in 70mm with DTS for Sound of Music?

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PeterApruzzese commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 6, 2010 at 6:34 pm

What’s a ‘digital 70mm print’? It’s either digital or 70mm. Can’t be both.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Paramount Theatre on Nov 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm

The 2010 Big Screen Classics By Acclaim series at the Paramount concludes this Saturday 11/20 at 7:30pm with HOLIDAY INN, starring Fred Astaire & Bing Crosby and presented in 35mm. Doors open at 7:00 for pre-show organ music courtesy of the NYTOS Mighty Wurlitzer.

Watch for a new monthly schedule of Big Screen Classics at the Paramount staring in January! Go to www.bigscreenclassics.com for more information.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Nov 8, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Not this week. “Waiting for Superman” starts Friday, the 12th. “Harry Potter” starts November 19.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Nov 4, 2010 at 7:53 pm

A mere bag of shells…

:)

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Nov 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm

The Horror-Thon begins Friday night!

The Lafayette Theatre’s world-famous HORROR-THON returns! November 5-6-7 at the Lafayette Theatre.

The “Horror-Thon” unspools with nine fantastic shows, including Saturday’s four movie salute to Universal Horror and the New York theatrical Premiere on Friday night of the indie horror film “What Really Frightens You?”, which had several scenes filmed at the Lafayette! Tickets are $9 for each movie; Full Festival pass – $70; special Saturday-only “Salute to Universal Horror” pass – $32.

Show schedule:
Friday, November 5
7:30 – Carnival of Souls (1962, Candace Hilligoss)
9:45 – What Really Frightens You? (2010, New York Theatrical Premiere of the indie horror film from director Richard W. Haines. Note: certain scenes from What Really Frightens You? were filmed at the Lafayette!

Saturday, November 6 – A Salute to Universal Horror!
2:00 – The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, Boris Karloff)
4:00 – House of Dracula (1945, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine)
7:30 – Phantom of the Opera (1943, Claude Rains)
9:45 – Dracula (1931, Bela Lugosi)

Sunday, November 7
2:00 – Roger Corman’s The Raven (1962, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre)
4:00 – Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (1963, Boris Karloff)
7:30 – Poltergeist (1982, directed by Tobe Hooper, produced by Steven Spielberg)

Tickets are $9 for each film; Nine film Full Festival Pass is available for $70; Special Saturday-only four film “Salute to Universal Horror” pass is $32.

Details, posters, and movie trailers here: View link

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 23, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Hi bolorkay –

I’m sorry but we hadn’t received the tickets for the Horror-Thon yet, so they weren’t available today. They will be available at the show of “Who Done It?” next week and at the opening night of the Horror-Thon on the 5th.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 21, 2010 at 8:33 pm

They also screened it back in 2002.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm

The Lafayette Theatre re-opens this weekend!

Friday 10/22 at 7:30 – Exclusive area screening of the documentary film “Ahead of Time”.

Saturday 10/23 @ 11:30am – The Big Screen Classics Fall season begins with David Lean’s epic adventure “The Bridge on the River Kwai” – presented in its new 2010 digital restoration with full CinemaScope picture and stereophonic sound.

Saturday 10/23 @ 8:00 – Live concert event: “Bernie Williams On Guitar” with his All Star Band

Sunday 10/24 @ 11:30am – The Rivertown Film Society’s fall season begins with the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film: “The Secret in Their Eyes”.

Hope to see you at a show!

Details about these and other upcoming shows (including the Horror-Thon!) are on the website: http://www.bigscreenclassics.com

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PeterApruzzese commented about 1959's "House on Haunted Hill" returns to nearly 500 theaters on October 28 on Oct 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm

They didn’t wire them with electricity – they mounted metal buzzers to selected seats that caused them to vibrate and rattle when activated during the climax of the picture.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Oops, I wasn’t clear in that post – the Saturday pass I mentioned is for the Horror-Thon’s “Salute to Universal Horror” on Saturday, November 6.

The full details page for the Horror-Thon, including posters and trailers, is now up:
View link

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 15, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Yes, we’ll have advance Horror-Thon tickets available starting October 23: the full 9-show pass will be $70. We’ve had a terrific response to the Saturday lineup that we’ll also be offering a Saturday 4-show pass for $32. Single tickets, available at the box office before each show, are $9.00

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Thanks Bill.

Final Horror-Thon Schedule:

The Lafayette’s world-famous “Horror-Thon” returns the weekend of November 5-6-7 with 9 fantastic shows, including Saturday’s salute to Universal Horror and the New York theatrical Premiere on Friday night of the indie horror film “What Really Frightens You?”, filmed in part at the Lafayette! Here is the complete Horror-Thon lineup, tickets are $9 for each show:

Friday, November 5
7:30 – Carnival of Souls (1962, Candace Hilligoss)
9:45 – What Really Frightens You? (2010, New York Theatrical Premiere of the indie horror film from director Richard W. Haines)

Saturday, November 6 – A Salute to Universal Horror!
2:00 – The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester)
4:00 – House of Dracula (1945, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine)
7:30 – Phantom of the Opera (1943, Claude Rains)
9:45 – Dracula (1931, Bela Lugosi)

Sunday, November 7
2:00 – The Raven (1963, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre)
4:00 – Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (1963, Boris Karloff)
7:30 – Poltergeist (1982, directed by Tobe Hooper, produced by Steven Spielberg)

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Some updates for you about the Lafayette Theatre:

The ceiling project is in its final phase and we will be re-opening on October 23! Go to our photo gallery page for a slideshow of the latest pictures:

View link

The Fall Big Screen Classics Saturday matinee series schedule is now finalized:

October 23 – THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI – new 2010 restoration!
October 30 – WHO DONE IT? (Abbott & Costello)
November 6 – THE WILD ONE (Marlon Brando)
November 13 – Howard Hawks' BALL OF FIRE (Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck)
November 20 – DEAD RECKONING (Humphrey Bogart, Lizabeth Scott)
November 27 – THE WIZARD OF OZ
December 4 – Alfred Hitchcock’s MARNIE (Sean Connery, Tippi Hedren)
December 11 – THE AWFUL TRUTH (Cary Grant, Irene Dunne)
December 18 – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

We’ll be announcing the final Horror-Thon schedule (November 5-6-7) shortly, but as of now here is the lineup:

Friday 11/5 – Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls
Saturday 11/6 – Bride of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, Phantom of the Opera (1943), Dracula (1931)
Sunday 11/7 – The Raven (Vincent Price, Karloff), Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (Karloff). We have one more title to confirm for Sunday.

Also – the silent classic “Phantom of the Opera” with Lon Chaney will be showing on Saturday night October 30 with LIVE pipe organ accompaniment by Jeff Barker.

More to come…

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Sep 23, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Yes, NYTOS placed it in the first one on the right-hand side.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Sep 23, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Quick updates – the ceiling painting is going very well – view a slideshow at the top of our photo gallery page:
View link

Also – the Big Screen Classics fall season opens on October 23 with the new restored print of David Lean’s epic BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI.

Saturday, November 6, will be the “Salute to Universal Horror” during the Horror-Thon, featuring the films: DRACULA, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1943), HOUSE OF DRACULA, and the 75th Anniversary presentation of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Theaters to be required to post calorie counts on Sep 20, 2010 at 9:21 pm

It’s an idiotic idea – these are snack foods.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Info booking a Chaplin short film for one night event. on Sep 18, 2010 at 4:37 am

Janus Films is handling screenings of Chaplin’s longer films in the USA and has 35mm prints: http://janusfilms.com/chaplin/

Shorts are available in 35mm from Kino International:
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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Aug 12, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I posted the following good news last night on our website:

Nelson Page is proud to announce that the Lafayette Theatre’s long-overdue ceiling cleaning and repair â€" which includes scraping, refinishing, and repainting as well as replacement of plasterwork that has been damaged over the years â€" will be taking place from August through October.

We are thrilled that the Benmosche family is making the long-term future of the Lafayette Theatre a reality by their commitment of $250,000 to this project. As the landlords of the building, the Benmosche’s have long been dedicated to keeping the Lafayette Theatre and downtown Suffern a vital place to visit.

The Lafayette Theatre will be closed from August 16 through October 21 for this work to take place. Please keep your eye on our website and your e-mail for details on upcoming films and live events at the Lafayette. We’re happy that our world-famous Horror-Thon will return on the weekend of November 5 â€" 7; the Big Screen Classics Saturday matinee series returns on October 23; and Sunday morning movies from our friends at the Rivertown Film Society will be back starting on October 24.

We hope to install a live webcam so that you can log on and see the work in progress â€" watch your e-mail for details on how to view it once it’s hooked up and ready.

Thanks, and see you at the movies!

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PeterApruzzese commented about Oakland's Grand Lake owner vows to keep going on Jul 22, 2010 at 8:54 pm

The Castro is not a first-run theatre, so they do not fall into the “open 7 days” and showtimes policy that the Grand Lake and most other first-run locations do.