Showing 101 - 125 of 994 comments
to vindanpar- shocking may be too strong a term so I’ll say
it was highly surprising the omissions in Holston’s book. in
addition Holston has a few oddities. the book is by year
with the roadshow films of that year discussed alphabetically.
in 1962 he says “Gypsy” opened as a roadshow but doesn’t
say where. it certainly wasn’t in Manhattan. and films which
opened even just in L.A. on traditional roadshow runs(Darling
Lili and The Great Race)are in the appendix section on
films projected as roadshows during production but opened
an interesting bit of info about this theater. I have a large
collection of souvenir programs. 140 to be exact. every
souvenir program I have was printed in the U.S. but when
Cromwell(one of my favorite large scale historical dramas)
opened here Oct. 1970 they just imported over the original
U.K. program. in 140 item collection the only other time
that happened was when Tom Sawyer opened at RCMH the Spring
to vindanpar- I have not bought the Kennedy book since
it just on musicals released on roadshow engagements. the
only other book I’ve ever come across on the subject is
Movie Roadshows by Kim Holston which discusses all genres.
But while its suppose to be comprehensive it fails to
mention several roadshow films which is really odd.
to vindanpar- if you got the same Blu-ray of The Fall of the
Roman Empire that I did you’re bound to ne disappointed since
its not in the correct aspect ratio.
does anyone remember the last film advertised on theHUGE sign over the Astor and the Victoria was?
didn’t Young Winston have an exclusive roadshow engagementhere Dec. 0f 1972?
its nice he Village East is legally protected. in the
case of the Cinema ½/3 regardless of any rumors do they
own the building?
of the 5 theaters run by City Cinemas 3 have closed sinceMay- 86 St. East, the Paris and the Beekman. so the onlytwo left are the Cinema ½/3 and the Village East. mightit be that they actually own those buildings?
does the demolition of this theater effect thekinish bakery next door?
also in the new Sweet Charity Blu-ray you get a nicesomewhat aerial shot of the intersection of Bway, 7th Ave.and 47 St.. the fall of 1968. you can clearly see Warand Peace on the marquee of the Demille.
one film I would love to see on a top notch Blu-ray
disc is the original roadshow cut of Star!.
to Ken Roe thanks for the info. I got the Blu-ray you made
note of and was rather disappointed by the incorrect aspect
ration. a botched job just like The Hallelujah Trail. all
the other Blu-ray discs I have of films shot in Ultra
Panavision 70 are in the correct 2.75.1 aspect ratio.
the recent 50th Anniversary 4k restoration has A+ picture
quality. there are 2 discs. the first has the roadshow
version with the bittersweet ending. it does have the
overture and intermission. the second has the version
with the happy ending that Fosse filmed but refused to use.
this eliminates the overture and intermission. plus it
cuts the scene of the hippie flower children giving
Charity the flower perking her spirits up.
also the roadshow version gives us nice shots of the
Astor Hotel, the original Yankee Stadium and as Charity
is exiting the southeast corner of Central Park at the
film’s conclusion a glimpse of the marquee of the Paris
to vindanpar- I am one of those fans that was rather
disappointed by Kino Lorber’s recent blu-ray of The
Hallelujah Trail. aside form the fact the perfect image
was a bit off its was in the 2.35.2 aspect ratio not
2.75.1 since it was as you stated shot in Ultra-Panavison
70. if a blu-ray disc of The Fall of the Roman Empire
ever comes out it had better be in the 2.75.1 aspect ratio.
to my fellow moviegoers who remember the roadshow runs
held at this theater and the Loews State, RKO Palace,
the Demille, the Warner, the Rivoli and the Loews Capitol.
in reference to vandanpar’s 9/11/19 comment. does any one
ever remember a theater running out of souvenir programs?
of all the roadshow engagements I attended(in the
Set. 1952 to Dec. 1972 period)I never remember a theater
running out of souvenir programs.
to Bill H.– its highly possible I saw the original cut.
I bought my ticket when the box office first opened.
I remember meeting Jack Wrangler here when he did a
personal appearence at the height of his gay porn
to vindanpar- I still can not believe that during N&A’s
roadshow run at this theater that the marquee only had big
block letters and never the glass or plastic plates with
the art work. rather highly unusual for a roadshow film.
I did buy the souvenir program the first time I saw the
film. its rather nice. in reference to your case with
all the roadshow films I saw I never remember a theater
running out of souvenir programs.
also whenever Twilight Tine releases a blu-ray disc buy it
immediately don;t wait. i looked at Amazon and there is a
all regions blu-ray from Spain. that’s reasonably priced.
to Comfortably Cool- with all the gay clubs and cruising
spots still left in Manhattan I doubt the fear of contracting
x,y or z is a major contributing factor to Manhattan losing
its gay theaters. I bet the home video market was a much
bigger factor in the loss of theaters.
its may not be too surprising but I believe all the gay
theaters in San Francisco have closed as well. i bet it
has as much to do with the effect of the home video market
as real estate value.
to vindanpar- I saw Nicholas and Alexandra twice during
its roadshow run a the Criterion. its one of my favorite
large scale historical dramas. the Blu-ray disc is !!! WOW !!!
but for the life of me I can’t remember what the marquee
looked like. are you saying during the entire roadshow
run the marquee just had block letters and never any
glass plates with art work?
on pg.1 of the photo section is a photo of the theater
beginning of 1969 when R&J was still playing. what surprised
me was the marquee had just block letters rather than the
usual glass plate with the film’s art work.
to Bill H.– its my understanding that the original cut
of 2001 did play for a short time after opening night
premiere but for how long?
I got a kick out the caption for the ad for 2001 on pg.1
of the photo page. well I can go one better. one of the
good things about being 68 is having seen 2001 not once but
twice during its roadshow engagement at this theater in
Cinerama. the visual and audio experience was !!! WOW !!!.
I still have the beautifully designed souvenir program.
now whether in either of my 2 viewings I saw the original
cut before Kubrick tweaked it I have no idea.
I believe the Ideal Theater opened in 1915.
in reference to the point made in the intro that the
locale of the Orpheum has hosted some sort of entertainment
complex since the late 1880s. the same can be said of the
recently closed 86th St. East. its locale hosted an
entertainment complex of one sort or another since the
late 1880s as well.
just out of curiosity when did the Paris run the
restoration pf LOA?