Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about United Palace of Cultural Arts on Jun 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Most live Broadway Theatres had movie capabilities so they could sponsor premieres and travel shows. The intention was not for full-time operation.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about United Palace of Cultural Arts on Jun 16, 2013 at 7:45 pm

LuisV, the Mark Hellinger’s original purpose was movies, not Broadway shows.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Lyric Theatre on Jun 16, 2013 at 1:04 am

It was also showing on Loews showcase all over town.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Clearview's First & 62nd on Jun 14, 2013 at 1:34 am

rivest266, that July opening date never happened in spite of the ad. The city fire department refused to approve the width of the escalators they had previously specified. After some negotiations, (read cash changed hands), an opening day was re-arranged in November.

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Al Alvarez commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Jun 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm

The Paris became Loews Fine Arts and then Loews Paris from 1990-1992.

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Al Alvarez commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Jun 6, 2013 at 4:08 pm

My understanding is that the zoning laws for the areas around Park Avenue had been changed and Walter Reade was unable to re-open it when their sublease ran out on the archdiocese the first time. Pathe would have faced the same problem even if the location had been available.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Sunny Isles Twin on Jun 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm

This was never multiplexed. The Intracoastal-8 is a separate theatre further east off 163rd street.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Gateway Theatre on May 25, 2013 at 11:46 am

News footage from the “WHERE THE BOYS ARE” world premiere can be seen here.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Lyric Theatre on May 13, 2013 at 11:47 am

The Lyric went back and forth with movies and plays from 1915 to 1925. In the early twenties it spent more time as a cinema than as a playhouse.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Lyric Theatre on May 13, 2013 at 10:57 am

A silent movie with Douglas Fairbanks.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on May 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm

By the way Howard, ROBIN HOOD(1922) opened at the Lyric on 42nd street.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on May 12, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Typo on GATSBY.

http://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-talk/great-gatsby-trailer-not-great-typo-190839370.html

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on May 3, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Not necessarily 1933, Mike, but throughout the early thirties as the live shows closed, the cheaper movie options were more attractive to audiences as well as less risky to put on.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Clearview's First & 62nd on May 1, 2013 at 10:28 am

Sounds like rent negotiation to me. The landlord can’t do much with this building unless it is used to show movies. And the New York Post should NEVER be taken very seriously. This guy had all his facts wrong last time when he wrote about the Ziegfeld.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on May 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

It has no stage, no back stage and no dressing rooms.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Carver Theatre on Apr 27, 2013 at 11:02 am

Closed in 1968 as the Carver. The building is still there.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Apr 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm

OBLIVION.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Sutton Theater on Apr 25, 2013 at 7:46 pm

This was a small issue at the Sutton as it didn’t even have a concession stand until the eighties.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Carnegie Hall Cinema on Apr 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

A shadow would depend on the time of day. On all counts, the Lyric was a small house.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Regal faces boycotts as cuts employees hours to avoid Obamacare on Apr 24, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Well deserved. This chain is very profitable and this is political posturing. Shame on regal for exploiting its employees!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Carnegie Hall Cinema on Apr 23, 2013 at 4:44 pm

bigjoe59, the Lyric is here: http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/8371

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Al Alvarez commented about Carnegie Hall Cinema on Apr 21, 2013 at 2:17 pm

During the 1974-1975 period the Lincoln Art down the street was showing hard core porn, the Paris was showing the x-rated “EMMANUELLE: and the Fine Arts was showing the controversial hard R "THE NIGHT PORTER”. The line between art and smut was very murky then.

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Al Alvarez commented about Gables Triple on Apr 21, 2013 at 11:03 am

I found a way of posting the opening day ad in the photo section although now I can’t figure out how I did it. Hmmm.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Apr 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm

It was carved out of the existing space by the original architect for Christmas 1988.

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Al Alvarez commented about Trianon Twin on Apr 14, 2013 at 9:52 am

dannyboy, although the shopping center in these photos is identified as being in Pinecrest, the Central Shopping Plaza looked very similar with a Zayre store and garage.

http://pleasantfamilyshopping.blogspot.com/2008/09/zayre-in-miami.html