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bigjoe59 commented about Landmark at 57 West on Mar 19, 2018 at 2:11 pm

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I went to this theater for the first time to see Journet’s End. it was a first rate film and to say the theater is saturated with state of the art technology would be an understatement. but there were more staff than patrons. regardless of the quality of the films its playing who’s going to trek to the West Side Highway to see a film besides me? and yes the theater is not between 11th and 12th avenues. it is literarly right next to the WSH.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 19, 2018 at 1:52 pm

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have any other frequent patrons at this theater visited the new Landmark 57th St.? I went yesterday to see Journey’s End. the theater is state of the art and the film was first rate but there were more staff than patrons. as I posted when the 57th St. was about to open who does Landmark think is going to trek to the Westside Highway(its right next to the 57th St.) to see a movie?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Mar 19, 2018 at 1:46 pm

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as a reply to my question about TWWOTBG another question. if a 3-panel print in reasonably good condition exits why hasn’t a Blu-ray disc been issued? the guy who owns it would make a mint.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Mar 16, 2018 at 3:46 pm

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for regular patrons of this theater I have a question. of all the Cinerama films(both the original 3-panel & the 70MM process) I believe The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm is the only one not yet released on blu-ray disc. recently I read the reason why was the original camera negative was damaged in a fire a few years back. this is where my question comes in. if I am not mistaken at a recent Cinerama Festival this theater held TWWOTBG was shown. so if a print was in good enough shape to show at the festival why hasn’t a blu-ray been issued?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 14, 2018 at 3:24 pm

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I thank digital3d for a detailed reply. I had never heard the term KDM before. now if i understand the other part of your reply correctly in your opinion it is conceivable that though the dvd/blu-ray came out yesterday Tues. 3/13 Sony Pictures Classics might keep CMBYN at the Union Square for however long it still brings in the crowds?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 13, 2018 at 3:38 pm

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I thank digital3d for a detailed reply. I have seen Call Me By Your Name many times at the Regal Union Square and each showing has been jammed packed if not sold out. so since its been out nearly 4 months its nice its still doing decent biz. if I am not mistaken since opening it has only played the Paris and the Union Square. so it was nice to see it still doing packed business the week after the Oscars. I wonder since the dvd/blu-ray came out today if the business at the Union Square will tapper off. it would be interesting to see it this again weekend just to see what the crowd size is.

also what is a KDM?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm

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I have been thinking of digital3d’s 3/5 comment. for' instance this past Sat. 3/10 i saw Call Me By Your Name again. while Best Adapted Screenplay is nice to win i figured more than likely the film or films that would benefit winning Oscars the most are the Best Picture and Best Director winners. so I was surprised that the 3p.m. screening at the Union Square was say 85% full. one wonders if the dvd/ blu-ray of CMBYN coming out tomorrow 3.13 will effect the film being pulled or can the Union Square keep it as long as it makes $$$?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm

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I have been thinking of digital3d’s 3/5 comment. for' instance this past Sat. 3/10 i saw Call Me By Your Name again. while Best Adapted Screenplay is nice to win i figured more than likely the film or films that would benefit winning Oscars the most are the Best Picture and Best Director winners. so I was surprised that the 3p.m. screening at the Union Square was say 85% full. one wonders if the dvd/ blu-ray of CMBYN coming out tomorrow 3.13 will effect the film being pulled or can the Union Square keep it as long as it makes $$$?

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bigjoe59 commented about Academy of Music on Mar 12, 2018 at 2:12 pm

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I was under the impression that this Academy of Music’s neighbor Luchow’s wasn’t in the strict sense of the word “demolished” but was felled by as I put it a “business fire”.

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bigjoe59 commented about Halsey Theatre on Mar 6, 2018 at 1:42 pm

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didn’t William Fox at one time manage this theater?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 5, 2018 at 3:14 pm

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I have a question about exhibition that I hope someone can help me with. it seems the window between when a film opens to when the dvd/blu/ray comes out has gotten smaller the years. in fact if a film is successful enough it may still be in its 1st run engagements when the dvd/blu-ray comes out. which is where my question comes in. if a film is still doing decent business when the dvd/blu-ray is released can the distribution company pull it even if the theater wants to continue playing it?

for instance of the films up for Oscars last night some did in fact win. so if one of these is still doing decent enough business that a theater might want to continue playing it can the distribution company pull it anyway?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Mar 1, 2018 at 12:45 pm

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I always associate reserve seat or to use the trade term roadshow engagements with souvenir programs. so can anyone remember a roadshow engagement at the Capitol that did not have a souvenir program?

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bigjoe59 commented about Little Carnegie Theatre on Feb 27, 2018 at 1:51 pm

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the last time I can remember seeing a film here
was the 40th anniversary re-issue of Disney’s
Pinocchio.

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bigjoe59 commented about National Theatre & Roosevelt Theatre on Feb 27, 2018 at 1:04 pm

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for many years when the Sunshine first opened I wondered what had occupied the space that is now occupied by a condo tower and a Whole Foods. a question- why was it a parking lot for sooooooooo many years?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Feb 25, 2018 at 1:05 pm

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Al A. to the rescue yet again. I could swear when I first looked up “all theaters” for New York,New York it wasn’t listed. well I guess I’m only human.

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bigjoe59 commented about Reo Theater on Feb 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm

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to Al A.. thanks for the link it was a
most a most amusing story to read.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Feb 23, 2018 at 3:23 pm

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I hope one of you can help me with a mystery of sorts. I started browsing thru issues of Moving Picture World and Motion Picture News on archive.org a few years back and still haven’t looked at all the many issues they have online. this is where my question comes in. today I was looking thru the Oct. 7, 1916 issue of Motion Picture News which had a write up on a newly opened movie theater the Regun at 60 W. 116 st. no theater by that name is listed on this site. did i just discover a unlisted picture house or is it better known by another name?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Feb 20, 2018 at 4:09 pm

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whoever books films for the Paris knows their stuff. the last few years whatever Oscar bait film opened in Nov. usually stays till the beginning' of April.

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bigjoe59 commented about New Metro Twin on Feb 20, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Hello- after Alamo scraped their plans is the' theater just sitting there boarded up?

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bigjoe59 commented about Olympia Cinemas on Feb 20, 2018 at 3:56 pm

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the only film i can remember seeing here was “Everyone’s All American” starring Dennis Quad. so i guess had to be prior to 2003.

also when exactly did it become a 1st run venue?
I only remember it as a 1st run venue.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Feb 15, 2018 at 1:01 pm

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when I found this wonderful site I really got a big kick out of looking at the ads for a big film’s exclusive first run engagement at one of the grand old theaters that once dotted the Times Square area. to which the ad for Planet of the Apes which opened here Feb. 1968. nowadays theater managers schedule what I consider an excessively large amount of time between showings of a film. now POTA was 1hr. 42mins. yet showings were scheduled every 2 hours- 10, 12, 2, 4, etc………. I thought how could the theater get the old audience out, clean the theater and get the new audience in in 18mins.? so what did they do? not clean the theater till the of the day?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Feb 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm

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at the time of Renata Alder’s hiring by the N Y Times as their head film critic I remember reading an article in another area paper that was interesting. the gist of ‘ the article was simple- the author was rather perplexed by her hiring by the Times considering her aversion to “pop culture”. I remember her review of the Julie Andrews pic “Star”. it wasn’t pretty.

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bigjoe59 commented about Metropolitan Theatre on Feb 7, 2018 at 1:19 pm

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I thank Al A. and NYer for their replies. I’m guessing the two films mentioned in the ½/69 VV ad were soft core or exploitation films and not actual porn but still I suppose they were considered the “porn” of their day.

so I’m guessing that the theater went “adult” per se around the mid60s after being closed up even for a relatively short period of time. I say this because I can’t believe it was showing a 3rd run neighborhood engagement of a studio film that played say the Loew’s State or Criterion a few months before one week then
the next week was showing “adult” films.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Feb 6, 2018 at 12:21 pm

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a question pertaining to the recent closing of both the Sunshine and nearby Lincoln Plaza cinemas. while I have been to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s two theaters- the Walter Reade and Bruin Monroe I never remember either one ever showing what I would call an A level low budget American indie or foreign language film. for instance Darkest Hour, Wonder Wheel or Hostiles were among the last films to play the Lincoln Plaza. so do you think the Reade and the Bruin Monroe will now start booking the A level low budget American indies and prominent foreign language that normally would have played only at the Lincoln Plaza and Sunshine?

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bigjoe59 commented about Metropolitan Theatre on Feb 6, 2018 at 12:06 pm

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in terms of Al A.’s question. by “regular” film I mean a studio film having a 3rd run neighborhood engagement. or possibly a low budget American indie. also a foreign language film. in fact I should have just asked what was the last non-porn film to play the theater.