Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Apr 20, 2017 at 7:46 pm

Don’t forget the TLC Chinese (no longer Grauman’s) on Hollywood Boulevard or the IFC (no longer Waverly) in Greenwich Village. At least they are still there.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Coronet 1 & 2 on Apr 16, 2017 at 8:23 pm

Ed LaPidus, stagehand at the Ziegfeld, could get that done. Don’t ask how. He never actually did anything, but he got paid every week. This scraggly mess of a man often escorted stars down the red carpet at the Ziegfeld. I never quite understood his position. Stagehand Union politics.

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/01/26/style/the-man-who-rolls-out-the-red-carpet.html

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Apr 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm

How did this get in here?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Quad Cinema on Apr 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Re-opening ad in the photo section.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Quad Cinema on Apr 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm

The Quad did play quite a bit of hard core porn in the early seventies when the major distributors refused to play first-run in the village, so that may have been the hooker era. This lack of mainstream product lead to a major lawsuit by the Quad owners against all the major theatre chains and distributors operating in New York at the time for unfair trade practices. The Quad won that lawsuit and went first-run dropping most x-rated titles.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 14, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Melba Moore?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 12, 2017 at 8:21 am

Wow! I think you just proved John’s point.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Apr 10, 2017 at 7:11 pm

Actually, not Loew’s but LOEWS for the last 47 years

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Apr 10, 2017 at 6:39 pm

Do you really think that a generation of kids leaving the museum thinking that the leaping figures were running from KING KONG is a good idea? Really?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Loew's Yorkville Theatre on Mar 24, 2017 at 6:38 am

The Schwarzer Adler was the Grande. Was there a second Schwarzer Adler in the forties?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about 86th Street Grande Theatre on Mar 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm

Neon is expensive and noisy, breaks too easily, and takes time to replace. All we can expect is LED simulations.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Mar 19, 2017 at 3:05 pm

Cineplex Odeon still exists in Canada as a company. Sign change approval is notoriously slow in Manhattan. Even bringing down a flag can require a permit.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Central Theatre on Mar 18, 2017 at 8:42 pm

Nice find, Cmanni!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on Mar 17, 2017 at 3:49 pm

http://www.artofthetitle.com/designer/elinor-bunin-munroe/

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Mar 11, 2017 at 7:47 pm

Do I get to fling my overpriced chicken fingers at King Kong for this awesome “cinematic experience”? Will the future allow me to be ‘awed’ at seeing legos flinging towards Lego Batman? Do I care that the IMAX screen at the Empire is one eighth the size of the one at Lincoln Square, but at the same admission price?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Astor Theatre on Mar 11, 2017 at 7:21 pm

Good history here.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Mar 9, 2017 at 7:40 pm

The future? We did Virtual Reality headsets at the Cineplex Odeon Chelsea in 1991. No one gave a damn.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Mar 9, 2017 at 7:29 pm

What is VR?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Pompano Beach 18 on Mar 8, 2017 at 10:00 am

The AMC website says it has 18 screens.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Pompano Beach 18 on Mar 8, 2017 at 6:15 am

Ad didn’t upload, Mike.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Movies at Lauderhill on Mar 7, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Rivest266, I can’t find an ad either, but if you have sources other than the Sun-Sentinel, they seems to have added four more screens on January 18, 1991 if you count the prime time showtimes.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Airdome on Mar 6, 2017 at 9:19 am

David, there is always a risk that the Seminole web designer is reading all of the same comments and perpetuating what we now call “alternative facts”.

I don’t think there is a name for pre-marquee displays other than “showmanship”. Here is my favorite of those.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Cine 1 & 2 on Mar 6, 2017 at 6:28 am

In response to Mike Rogers' 2010 comment, I am not sure what you meant by ‘format’, but in the early seventies many mainstream theatres showed x-rated fare without being labeled ‘xxx cinemas’ by anyone. “DEEP THROAT” and “MISS JONES” were shown in standard 35mm prints back then and seen by the masses at theatres.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about 441 Family Drive-In on Mar 5, 2017 at 6:35 pm

I believe this re-opened as the 441 Family Drive-In and operated from 1957 to 1968 by that name.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Margate Twin Cinema on Mar 5, 2017 at 9:57 am

Are you confusing this with the Movies at Margate 8? This one disappears from all listings after 1993.