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Mike, I worked for an independent British cinema chain for twelve years. We were never denied a print at our full price cinemas. The distributor cannot deny you product if you can gross as much as your competitor. They cannot dictate your boxoffice price but they can use the intake results. Your cinema must have failed the test.
“Our Birmingham Theatre was kept up to date with the trends..” Did you keep up to date with the boxoffice? If you did, and were still denied day-and-date prints you could still sue them today. But I know you couldn’t because the audience just walked away to them.
Mike, denying you a print day and date would have been illegal unless you were running a discount house and your grosses were much lower than at the multiplex. Multiplexes hardly caused fire safety changes and unruly audiences. They just happen. Warner Bros. and Cineworld also opened in many towns where the local cinema had been shut for years and many others where the local flea pit had not been invested in and was therefore falling apart. I love the old cinemas but they were not keeping up with the audience demands most of the time.
Warner Bros. started building multiplexes as outlets for their product since they lacked the screens in many smaller markets and many towns had no cinemas left at all. The market evolved as it had to or it would have died altogether as it had in eastern Europe due to neglect by the major chains.
And that would have been the last of their films you ever played. Without product variety no cinema could survive. Anyway, British audiences chose multiplexes over older cinemas, not Americans.
Do you really think that under those circumstances you could have filled the house and covered the overhead when HOWARD THE DUCK was the only film playing?
British art film “PRIVILEGE” played at the Kenmore?
A Miami News ad in late November 1948 shows it was already in operation then and had possibly just opened.
AlexNYC, it was on the Northwest Corner of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue where Chase Bank is today. ESPN Zone, once east on Broadway, is already gone.
Ziegfeld Frolics in 2015.
Pre-twin photo can be seen halfway down this scroll of photos.
Hi Ron! Marvin is correct. Raul Trellis had a stroke or something that impeded his speech so he was hard to understand, even in Spanish. Gino typed at the Shores. He claimed to have been the former speaker of the Cuban congress under Batista. Both were great men. All is good here.
Chris, I think you are a year early.
Was he an older Cuban gentleman? Rafael Bellestre?
Muvico man is back!
Now a Cinepolis Theatre, run by the Mexican chain.
Now the Cinepolis Grove, run by the Mexican chain.
Now back to AMC and eight screens.
The Eaton/Cherokee theatre was at 81st street and First Avenue. (address 1556 East First Avenue)
Could these all be the same theatre?
The Hallandale Drive-In was located at 831 North Federal Highway from 1949 to 1964.
Except that the 1998 story was pure hype and not only did the trailer not improve grosses anywhere, few left after the trailer.
BD, please do tell us more. This is lost history due to morality barriers.
GeorgeCheeksSr, if you scroll down on that site you will find your answer. Only peep shows co-existed on that block.