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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Sep 4, 2019 at 8:30 pm

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hey you learn something new everyday. what exactly is the difference between the 1989 Katz/Harris restoration that played he Ziegfeld and the 2012 one you mentioned?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Sep 4, 2019 at 7:29 pm

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the Paris had a 70MM showing of the restored Lawrence of
Arabia? when ? I thought the Ziegfeld ran the 70MM release
of the Katz/Harris restoration of LOA?

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bigjoe59 commented about Lyric Theatre on Sep 3, 2019 at 8:42 pm

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to Comfortably Cool- I am well aware the current Lyric Theater which houses the truly spectacular play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not the same Lyric that William Fox used for exclusive engagements of his most spectacular films of the 1910s and 1920s. since the intro at top is for the original Lyric Theater I’m surprised the info about Fox’s leasing of the theater wasn’t included.

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bigjoe59 commented about Movieland on Sep 3, 2019 at 8:08 pm

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i remember when E.T. opened here June of 1982 there were lines around the block for a few weeks.

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bigjoe59 commented about Lyric Theatre on Sep 3, 2019 at 6:57 pm

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the intro should also note that filmmaking pioneer William Fox rented out this theater for some of his big films such as A Daughter of the Gods and The Queen of Sheba and Sunrise.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Sep 2, 2019 at 10:49 pm

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i happen to like the two Fantastic Four films that Chris Evans made. so hopefully other Evans devotes can answer a question. i recently bought the disc set with both films on separate discs but the discs contain no extras except audio commentaries. if i had bought the films on the separate discs did they have extras? thanks for any help.

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bigjoe59 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 2, 2019 at 7:59 pm

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to vindanpar- I saw Napoleon twice during its original rum at RCMH. I honestly can’t remember how the curtains were used. so I wouldn’t worry about having a “senior moment” especially if that’s the only “senior” thing you have.

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bigjoe59 commented about Harris Theatre on Aug 31, 2019 at 5:57 pm

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I thank Ed S. and mike saps for their replies. as with the Candler Theater I’m guessing the Lyric and the Apollo on the north side of the street though razed were likewise in perfectly decent shape for renovation.

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bigjoe59 commented about Joyce Theater on Aug 29, 2019 at 8:49 pm

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exactly how long was this a gay porn house?

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bigjoe59 commented about Irving Place Theatre on Aug 29, 2019 at 8:42 pm

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isn’t this the burlesque house in which the recent play The Nance takes place?

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bigjoe59 commented about Harris Theatre on Aug 29, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Hello- a comment and a question.

*not noted in the detailed intro is that the Chandler Theater opened as a movie palace not a legitimate theater. its first film was the 1914 Italian epic Anthony and Cleopatra.

*also I’m assuming the reason the theater was razed rather renovated was that no one wanted to spend the $$$ needed rather than that the theater
in such condition renovation was impossible.

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bigjoe59 commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Aug 29, 2019 at 6:50 pm

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this theater closed the end of Jan. 2018 after 30? years in business. the building management company
said it would reopen after necessary structural building renovations were completed. basically wasn’t that one big fib?

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bigjoe59 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 29, 2019 at 6:43 pm

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in vindanpar’s comment of 7/17/19 he said Zefferelli’s R&J was a replacement “for the shameful presentation of This is Cinerama”. what was shameful about the presentation of TIC?

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bigjoe59 commented about Guild 50th Street Theater on Aug 28, 2019 at 10:33 pm

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it certainly had one of the classiest most well appointed men’s rooms.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 28, 2019 at 7:02 pm

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to DEFG- I thank you for your reply but I’m a bit confused. are you saying the scene toward the end of the 1956 film and the 2016 BBC mini-series where Dolokhov rescues Pierre as Napoleon’s troops are leaving Russia was invented and doesn’t occur in the novel?

also might you know why Russian films in 1968 still weren’t doing live sync sound but dubbed in the dialogue in post production?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 27, 2019 at 10:25 pm

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to DEFG – I still prefer the 1956 Paramount version. why in

      God's name would a 7 1/2 Russian version leave out
                      Dolokhov rescuing Pierre at the end? especially 
                      since Dolokhov apologizes to Pierre for his affair
                      with Helene and any hurt it caused Pierre. 
              
                      also I love Nino Rota's score to the 1956 film.
                      I have it on cd and have played it many times. 
              
                      as to your note of "very poor casting" I thought
                      Audrey Hepburn WAS Natasha. 
              
                      two other critiques of the Russian film.
                      while Napoleon is scene thru out the 7 1/2 hrs. 
                      he never has any dialogue or any acting 
                      scenes. 
              
                      there were live sync sound short films in the 
                      1920s so why would the most expensive film ever
                      made at the time not have such? the poorly dubbed
                      in Russian dialogue was a big disappointment. 
              
                      my favorite version of War and Peace is now the 
                      8-part 2016 BBC production. 
                
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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 27, 2019 at 8:12 pm

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to Mark_L thanks info on War and Peace’s dates at this
theater.

Comfortably Cool- I too prefer the 1956 Paramount version directed by King Vidor. the full length Russian version recently released by Criterion doesn’t even have Dolokhov rescuing Pierre at the end. plus the dialogue wasn’t recorded live but dubbed in during post-production. so how do we know its even the voice of the actor we’re looking at?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 26, 2019 at 9:26 pm

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does anyone know the beginning and end dates of War and Peace’s roadshow run at this theater? the reason I ask is simple. i just picked up the 50th Anniverary Blu-Ray disc of Sweet Charity. in the film’s opening sequence we get a good shot of the intersection of Bway, 7th Ave. and 47 St.. we see Shirley Mclaine jumping on the sofa in the Castro showroom. we get a bird;s eye view of this theater’s marquee with War and Peace. so I’m wondering if this scene was shot at the beginning or the end of W&P’s run at this theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Aug 23, 2019 at 9:41 pm

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speaking of City Cinemas. does anyone have any inside info on the rather abrupt closing of the 86th East? it was so abrupt even the staff was taken aback.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Aug 22, 2019 at 10:37 pm

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thanks to Peter A. for the info. also have you watched the Blu-ray disc of Endgame yet? if you do I’m sure you will agree with me the extras are extremely disappointing and could have fit on the disc with film.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Aug 21, 2019 at 10:58 pm

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does anyone know of a site that has reviews and discussions on dvds and blu-ray discs? the reason i ask is simple. recently i bought the blu-ray disc of Endgame. the film on my widescreen 1080p LED t.v. was !!WOW!! now since the extras were on a separate disc i figured they would be first rate and of a nice running time. guess what? if you combined the running time of all the extras I’m edging the bet you could have included them on the disc with the film. not only that but in the extras there’s virtually nothing about the actual making of Endgame. probably the most disappointing extras I’ve come across on a blu-ray disc.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Aug 21, 2019 at 9:57 pm

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to Roger A.– thanks for your reply. a question. it is my understanding that when Arclight took over management of the Dome they renovated it so it could show the original 3-strip Cinerama films since it was built in 1963 to exhibit the 70MM Cinerama films. so why have some of the screenings of the original 7 3-striup films been digital and not on film?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Aug 21, 2019 at 9:30 pm

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to Roger A.– if I understand your post the Dome will be screening HTWWW on actual film not digital which a number of the Cinerama screenings have been.

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Aug 19, 2019 at 10:30 pm

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granted its still open but its still playing “Pavarotti”. it makes me worry they haven’t boked another film.

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Aug 15, 2019 at 10:35 pm

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have they fixed the escalator yet? they could have torn out the old one and put in a new one in a shorter period of time.