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Mike (saps) commented about Avalon Theatre on Dec 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm

1059? Was it a silent movie? Illuminated? Starring The Byzantines and the Saxons? And directed by the pope in Rome?

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Steven, I’m sorry too about your father. What was his name here?

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Mike (saps) commented about 42nd Street Photos Unearthed on Nov 6, 2013 at 8:32 am

What a treasure trove. We’ve got to get these copied onto each theater’s photo page.

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Mike (saps) commented about Camelot Theatres on Nov 6, 2013 at 5:06 am

Well, well. Take a look at this:

Tucked away in Palm Springs is a movie theater complex called Camelot that shows mostly quirky indie films, hosts the local gay and lesbian film fest, and takes money from gay people to give to horrible politicians. The news broke this weekend on a local blog, where a lawyer unveiled the results of a little campaign finance sleuthing. The theater’s owner, Rozene Supple, has made a series of contributions over the years that read like a checklist of people who don’t like LGBT people.

Michelle Bachman? Yep. Proposition 8? Yes indeed. Allen West? Oh yes.

(We have to admit that there’s a part of us that misses Allen West, the super-crackpotty politician from, naturally, Florida, who lashed out at Lady Gaga for calling America “home of the gays.”)

And it gets worse: According to attorney Robert Tansey, who dug through Supple’s donation records, she was more than a little sneaky about how she donated to Prop 8. Initially, she listed the money as coming via her homeowner’s association. The record was only corrected after the association received a large volume of complaints, Tansey reports. (Conversely, we wonder how Bachman and West would react to her upcoming hosting of The Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Film Festival?)

So, now that we have this information, what do we do about it? Well, there’s always the possibility of a boycott. Supple’s free to spend her money on nutty causes that hurt her own patrons–just as the people of Palm Springs are entitled to withhold theirs from her.

The optimal outcome in a situation like this would be an apology from the donor, a promise that it won’t happen again, and a big donation towards marriage equality. Might we suggest an amount at least equivalent to all the combined money she’s given to antigay causes? That’s what a Gold’s Gym franchisee in San Francisco did after it came out that the CEO of Gold’s supported a Karl Rove PAC: the franchisee cut all ties with Gold’s and donated a ton of money to local LGBT causes.

Will Supple follow suit? It certainly wouldn’t hurt to ask.

Full story here:

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Mike (saps) commented about Art Theatre on Nov 4, 2013 at 5:47 am

Art Thearer’s 100th anniversary advertisement added to photo section.

Here are some details about the celebration:

A CENTURY OF CINEMA:
Celebrating 100 Years at the Art Theater
Tues, November 12 from 6:00PM – 10:00PM

6:00PM – From Nickel To Pixel: The Art’s History -The premiere of the new short documentary The Art Lives, produced by Luke Boyce of CU’s Emmy-award winning Shatterglass Studios! -The premiere of the new book The Art Theater: Playing Movies for 100 Years with authors Perry C. Morris, Joseph Muskin, and Audrey Wells! -An “Old Hollywood” costume contest! Dress your best & enter a chance to win The Art Theater: Playing Movies for 100 Years! -Food & drinks!

8:00 PM – TIME TRIP with the Andrew Alden Ensemble A specially-commissioned film/music event Classic shorts ranging from the earliest cinematic experiments to Buster Keaton & the 1960s avant-garde accompanied by the ANDREW ALDEN ENSEMBLE. This program was curated by Austin McCann, our GM, and Andrew Alden.

Tickets are available to the whole event ($20, $15 for co-op owners) and just for TIME TRIP with the Andrew Alden Ensemble ($15). Tickets can be purchased here.

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Mike (saps) commented about Sutter Theatre on Oct 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm

1700 seats! We need someone to get inside with a camera and let’s see how it looks today.

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Mike (saps) commented about Roxy Theatre on Oct 30, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I walked past this place last night and my heart was broken. TGIFridays, indeed.

While the main auditorium was demolished, is there anything left to see of the foyer, reception hall or grand foyer?

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Oct 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm

And all those people in the 1940’s going into the theater in the middle of the show, and staying until they got to the part where they would say “this is where we came in…!

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Oct 7, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Meanwhile, the seats that were installed by Mr. Calderone himself haven’t been changed since, and the floors are extra sticky because there are still no cup holders. In 2013. At a first run Regal theater.

Yet they continue to charge full price, plus extra for 3D.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Oct 6, 2013 at 9:21 pm

We’ve heard this before. Any link to the article?

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Mike (saps) commented about Coliseum Theater on Oct 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm

What exactly is that supposed to be a link to?

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 26, 2013 at 5:15 am

Ray Dolby was included in the In Memorium section of this year’s Emmy awards show.

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Mike (saps) commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 11, 2013 at 8:34 am

After examining the ad for Frankenstein, I belive it is for its first run engagement, seeing how it’s a single feature presentation (with a newsreel.) Frankenstein was re-released many times over the years, but usually as part of a double bill with Dracula or similar second feature. Also, note the 35 cent admission price, which seems right for depression-era 1931.

As to Sitting Bull, while westerns were usually B pictures, this one, with its nearly brand-new CinemaScope and Eastmancolor, and billed as “the mightiest spectacle ever staged!” seemed to have higher aspirations.

Maybe Bosley Crowther said it best in his NY Times review — “…it is such a lot of nonsense, for all its dazzle in color and CinemaScope, that one is inclined to drop it as just another noisy western film.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 9, 2013 at 9:52 am

I just checked ticket prices — Zone A (up front) are only $651. each.

Put me down for two!

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Mike (saps) commented about De-Luxe Theatre on Sep 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Bway, can you add that pic to the photo section?

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Aug 23, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Put the word you wish to highlight,such as “Here” or another word directing the reader, in brackets [ ] and then right next to it (no spaces) put the link in parenthesis ( ) and when you post your comment the word in brackets should be blue and when clicked on it will lead to the link provided in the parenthesis.

It’s hard to remember which comes first, so I remember it alphabetically, that is, the Bracket comes before the Parenthesis (B before P, see?)

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Aug 23, 2013 at 8:54 am

Here’s the direct link to the NY1 report, but it seems you must be a Time Warner subscriber to play the video. (And they spelled marquee as marquis and I don’t see a way to submit a correction!)

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 22, 2013 at 8:22 am

I was watching “Born Yesterday” last night and Judy Holiday said while visiting the National Gallery that it was fancier than the Radio City Music Hall… I had to smile and think of you guys!

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 16, 2013 at 6:07 am

Bow Tie is just doing the booking. The theater is still controlled by lessee Cablevision.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

While the auditorium is a wow, the ticketing area (lobby?) and the concession area are less than sensational.

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Mike (saps) commented about Apache Drive-In on Aug 8, 2013 at 9:49 am

I thought this passage may be of interest to our readers:

On entering the lot, I saw the dimmest picture I had ever seen on a drive-in screen.

Parking in the third row from the screen, I got out of the car to investigate. I kept wondering “Why is the picture so dim?”. The ambient light level was so low that I had difficulty making out the shapes of the cars parked around me.

I searched the projection booth and the concession stand for the tell-tale light of a projector. Nothing. I just couldn’t see it. One remote possibility came to mind. The screen of the Apache sits up on a dirt hill most likely created during the clearing of the lot and the construction of the berms. Perhaps a dozen feet in front of the screen sits a small enclosure.

The day I was there before, I didn’t have time to scale the hill to investigate the purpose of the enclosure. Looking into it at night confirmed what I now suspected. The enclosure must house a projection TV unit. I could see a variety of green status lights inside the enclosure. That fact, coupled with the lack of light from the projection booth made a remote projector the only possibility that made sense.

This is the first drive-in theater that I’ve seen that uses a projection system other than standard film projectors. While not a digital projection system, the Apache’s equipment does demonstrate the potential for using non-traditional projection systems.

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Mike (saps) commented about Apache Drive-In on Aug 8, 2013 at 9:40 am

I also added six photos I found in Lost Memory´s post made back in 2004. The photos seem to be from 2001. That post has a long article about this place, from which I may post some excerpts.

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Mike (saps) commented about Apache Drive-In on Aug 8, 2013 at 9:29 am

Ran across this report on a blog…

In east Texas near the town of Tyler, Texas is a dinosaur of a drive-in movie theater called the Apache. It shows only xxx rated movies on the outside big screen and has private video rooms and upstairs indoor movie theater which is open from about 10AM to about 1AM. It is a cool place to cruise and meet someone …

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Mike (saps) commented about Michigan Theater on Jul 21, 2013 at 10:57 am

Here’s the text of the report about Fred and his organ:

(CBS News) RACINE, Wis. — From the outside, the three-bedroom ranch in Racine, Wis., looks like any other house. On the inside, it looks like any other house.

But if you make your way down the stairs, you’ll find a cellar unlike any other cellar. And it’s down here where 87-year-old retired insurance salesman Fred Hermes works on his hobby in front of a live audience.

“It makes me happy to see the enjoyment they get out of this,” Fred says.

Yes, here in the basement, where most of us keep our water heaters and paint cans, Fred has a giant Wurlitzer and balcony seating.

Fred built this theater-in-the-ground in 1959. It wasn’t so much that he wanted a theater as he needed a place to keep his organ and the 3,000 pipes that came with it. He rescued the organ from the old Michigan Theater in Detroit.

“Biggest organ that Wurlitzer ever made with five keyboards,” Fred says of the organ. It was made in March 1926, which Fred notes was the “same month I was born.”

Fred says he feels a kindred spirit with the organ.

That explains the Wurlitzer, but what about the rest of his place?

“Then they started tearing down all these beautiful movie theaters around the country,” he says. “And that’s when I thought, ‘Why not pick up some of this junk and make it look like a movie palace?’”

Which leads to the question: Why would anybody want that?

“Because they’re crazy,” Fred replies.

A few years ago, word got out that Fred had this theater and the tour buses have been stopping by ever since — which is fine by Fred. In fact, he says he has a responsibility to share his place.

“Here’s the way I look at life: this is a gift that God gave me,” he says. “And I think I owe something. And that is why I have people coming around here.”

They say God works in mysterious ways. And if this is one of those ways, Lord knows what he’s trying to tell us. Maybe follow your dreams, or share your passion, or maybe we’re just supposed to appreciate the quirks of this great country.

Like Fred’s home theater, sweet home theater.

If you want more information or would like to visit Fred’s basement organ, go to RealRacine.com.

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Mike (saps) commented about Fair Theatre on Jul 17, 2013 at 1:12 pm

You plan to go to the Fair for the classic movies? Reminds me of another exchange:

Renault: And what in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca?

Rick: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters.

Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert.

Rick: I was misinformed.