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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 19, 2014 at 1:31 pm

to texhman707-

like you I miss the great old movie theaters of the Times Square Area. fortunately the Capitol was never twinned like the Rivoli of triplexed like the Demille. as much as these theaters were loved by movie buffs isn’t the primary reason for their demolition is they were economically unviable as a single screen movie theater. for instance the Roxy’s huge size was great for 1927 but by the spring of 1960 said size was its own worst enemy.

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bigjoe59 commented about Chicago Theatre on Mar 19, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Hello-

thanks for your reply. the Castro is indeed alive and well but doesn’t qualify since like many grand old movie theaters built 1914-1941 was built from the get go as a 2nd/3rd run neighborhood theater. I am specifically looking for theaters built 1914- 1941 that were built from the get go as 1st run venues and have continued to operate as such since the day they opened. the only one I have come across is Grauman’s Chinese in Hollywood.

also while I’ve been to San Francisco I’ve never
been in the Castro Theater. what’s inadequate about
the restrooms?

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm

to Al A.–

thank you for your thoughts on the book “Movie Roadshows” by Kim Rolston. would you happen to know if “Roadshow: The Fall of Musicals in the 1960s” by Matthew Kennedy is better researched and more accurate than “Film Roadshows”?

i am writing to you on this page because i can’t seem to find the page for the 58th St. off of Lexington Fine Arts.what does one type in the search box?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 18, 2014 at 2:08 pm

hello to Robert E.–

thanks again for your reply. now I apologize for asking this question since I asked it on this board sometime ago. was Mark I, II and III ever actually on the marquee? as I said I have been using the TKTS booth since the day it opened and never remember the marquee ever having that name.

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bigjoe59 commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Mar 18, 2014 at 8:19 am

to Al A.–

as always thanks for your assistance. I knew my memory wasn’t that faulty. just out of curiosity do you know the book? its fascinating for me since i well remember reserved seat runs. as I stated there are many inaccuracies in the book. whether this is a result of inadequate research or the proof reader being drunk, who knows? for instance in the chapter on the 60s author Rolston states that Gypsy(which looks and sounds great on blu-ray) opens on roadshow runs but doesn’t state where. it certainly didn’t in Manhattan.

if I could contact Rolston I would ask why was The Trojan Women left out? there is an appendix which lists films that during pre-production and production were intended for reserved seat runs but weren’t released that way. so obviously he did a certain amount of research which makes the omission of The Trojan Woman bizarre.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 18, 2014 at 8:01 am

to Robert E.–

thanks for the info about the former Columbia/Mayfair/ Demille’s almost life as an adult theater. now exactly when was it almost an adult theater? I have been using the TKTS both since it opened June 1973 so when i’m online I am looking right at the theater and never remember any signage of any kind that an adult theater was coming. if I understand the info correctly its almost life as an adult theater existed solely in the negotiation stage that never came to pass. I never remember it being anything than a mainstream movie house.

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bigjoe59 commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Mar 17, 2014 at 11:50 am

to Al A.–

you have been most helpful in the past so i have another question for you.i know time does funny things with one’s memory but i am 99% certain that “The Trojan Women” starring Katherine Hepburn, Vanessa Redgrave, Genvieve Bujold and Irene Papas open at this theater on a reserved seat engagement or at least a reserved performance engagement Nov.of 1971. i just read the book “Movie Roadshows: Limited Run Reserved Seats Engagements 1911-1972”. the author Kim Rolston includes reserved performance engagements as well. yet TTW is nowhere to be found in the book. unfortunately its not the only inaccuracy in the book.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

to Ed S.–

you have been most helpful in the past. so here goes. how is the late but great Fine Arts Theater on 58th St. off of Lexington Ave. listed on this site? if you type in Fine Arts all you get it the Paris opposite the Plaza Hotel.

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bigjoe59 commented about 11th Hour offer to purchase Boyd Theatre on Feb 27, 2014 at 8:39 am

Hello from NYC-

i have greatly enjoyed browsing this site since i came upon it the end of Jan 2012. so i set up a little project for myself. the golden age of building grand old movie theaters or palaces as some were was approx. 1914-1941. so i have a very specific question- of such theaters built in Philadelphia from the get go as venues for 1st run exclusive engagements how many have continued to operate as such since the day they opened? Manhattan doesn’t have any nor does San Francisco. so i was wondering if Philadelphia did.

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bigjoe59 commented about Digital Bits cebebrates "Sweet Charity" at 45 on Feb 23, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Hello-

i saw Thoroughly Modern Millie during its reserved seat engagement at the Criterion Theater on 44 St.. but i was not aware Flower Drum Song which is one of my favorite musicals opened on a reserved seat run.

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bigjoe59 commented about Parkchester community seeks to preserve 74-year-old theater on Feb 6, 2014 at 12:49 pm

this building was built as a movie theater
for the Parkchester community 74 years ago.
i don’t understand why Bow Tie closed it
to begin with. was it not doing well?

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bigjoe59 commented about Shorter trailers coming soon on Feb 4, 2014 at 7:30 am

one problem with lengthy trailers is that in many cases they’re very condensed versions of the film. so there are no surprises sometimes when you see the film.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jan 15, 2014 at 10:59 am

Hello-

I live in NYC and always tried to attend a movie at the Chinese whenever I came out to L.A.. to which my question- has the IMAX-ing of the theater really increased the patronage to any great extent? if I am not mistaken I remember reading a post from someone who attended a Sat. afternoon performance of Catching Fire the weekend after it opened and they stated there were only like 12 people in the theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Roxy Theatre on Jan 1, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Hello-

I thank Simon S. for his reply. the reason I asked the question was simple. during the theater’s 33 year lifespan Hollywood operated very much on the A,B or even C movie production levels. so i’m guessing for every Carousel or Anastasia they also played B or C films between the bookings of A level films.

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bigjoe59 commented about Roxy Theatre on Dec 31, 2013 at 10:50 am

Hello-

I didn’t start going into Manhattan by myself to see movie still the fall of 1965 at which point the Roxy had been gone 5 years. to which a question- in its 33 year life would you say the Roxy played as many B level or even C level films as it played A level films?

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bigjoe59 commented about Plaza Grill & Cinema on Dec 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Hello-

the title of the “oldest continuously operating theater” in North America might go to the New Victory on 42 St. in Manhattan. it opened as the Theater Republic in 1900 five years before this theater. the New Victory as operated as a theater of some sort since then -live theater, films, burlesque, adult films and after being beautifully renovated back to live shows.

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bigjoe59 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 1, 2013 at 3:04 pm

Hello-

LuisV’s statement about that few if any “big” films open in limited release is quite true. even after the studios discontinued the roadshow policy for their “big” films they still would open such films in one maybe two theaters where it would play for weeks or months before going to neighborhood theaters.

the advent of t.v. in almost every home was the death nell for many grand old movie theaters and the multiplex era where a film opens in 2,000-3,000 on the same day was the death nell for many of the grand old movie theaters that remained. i love going to the Ziegfeld and am constantly amazed its still standing.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Nov 18, 2013 at 10:21 am

to Ed S.–

i think pc is haunted,either that or i need new glasses. yesterday when i looked i did not see a Astor Theater listing for New York, New York. but there it is today. no one’s perfect. :–)

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Nov 18, 2013 at 10:12 am

to Ed S.–

as always I thank you for your reply. I was always under the impression that Ben-Hur opened at the Astor. so the fact it opened at the Cohan is a perfect reason for The Big Parade’s quite long run at the Astor.

to answer your question. since we have communicated a great deal on this page that’s why I posted my question on this page. also under what name is the Astor listed. if you type in Astor Theater in the subject search box office on the home page the theater which existed at the nw corner of Bway & 44 St. does not show up.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Nov 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

to Ed S.–

you have always been helpful so i have a question for you- do you know of a website that lists how long the exclusive 1st run engagements of prominent silent films were? the reason i ask is simple. last month in the Sunday Times they had a review of The Big Parade blu-ray disc. in said review they mention the initial roadshow run at the Astor lasted almost 2 years. but i am positive Ben-Hur which opened Dec. 1925 opened at the Astor. so how could The Big Parade have played there almost two years.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Nov 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm

to RogerA-

again thanks for your reply. a quick two part follow up question.

*since IAMMMMW has a direct link to this theater having been its premiere attraction I have a question for you. with the Criterion Blu-ray coming out in January would you prefer the longest version possible with actual footage approximating the original roadshow cut or do you not mind stills taking the place of lost footage.

*at the end of your last post you said-“while Cleopatra bankrupted many a theater it was a grand and glorious time”. how did Cleopatra bankrupt many a theater? in played its roadshow run in L.A. and Manhattan for just over year. I can’t imagine a premiere 1st run theater keeping a roadshow engagement for a year let alone over a year if it wasn’t doing reasonable business. also I wish people would stop referring to the film as a flop, bomb etc…… as corny
and hokey as it is its still one of the best historical epics in film history. the only reason people have referred to it as flop, bomb etc… is because it cost to frigging much for the dollar value of the day, in this case June 1963.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Oct 31, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Hello to RogerA.–

many thanks for your follow up e-mail. if I might repeat myself-when roadshow runs finished films would then go to “continuous performances at popular prices” in one of the many 1st run theaters in Manhattan.in most cases the films were shortened by simply cutting out the overture, intermission, entr'acte and exit music. then went the films went to neighborhood theaters around NYC the films themselves would be tweaked. to which i don’t understand why films would be tweaked in their roadshow runs. wasn’t the whole point of the roadshow policy to have 2 shows a day? so why did it matter how long the film was?

unfortunately IAMMMMW was one of the films that was tweaked when it was still in its quite popular road- show run. something I don’t understand since again it only had 2 shows a day anyway.

other films that opened on 2 a day roadshow run that were unfortunately tweaked shortly after they premiered were Cleopatra and Lawrence of Arabia. again something I don’t get. fortunately in the case of Cleopatra the footage that was cut within weeks from the premiere roadshow print of 4hrs. 6 mins. was properly preserved so the recently released stunning blu-ray disc is the original premiere roadshow cut. sad to say this isn’t the case with any of the home video versions released to date of IAMMMMW.

its interesting most 2001 devotees probably don’t know that Kubrick’s original cut was 20mins. longer. what i’m not sure about is if the longer cut was ever actually used in the premiere roadshow run at Loew’s Capitol. if the 20mins was cut out say the day before the film’s premiere was it preserved or just tossed?

one last thought and its about an interesting fact you point out. The Sound of Music was one of the very few roadshow films that played its second run continuous performance engagements and its neighborhood theater runs with the exact same cut that played the Rivoli for a year and a half. the only difference being the film played straight thru without an intermission.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Oct 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm

to RogerA-

thanks for your reply but I am still a bit confused. I understand the studio’s mindset of tweaking a film when it finished its roadshow run and went to a 2nd run theater. then when it went to the neighborhood theaters around NYC being tweaked further. but i don’t understand tweaking a film when it was still in its roadshow run. at that stage it only had 2 shows a day anyway so what was the point? making a film 15mins. shorter say seems bizarre if they still only had 2 shows a day.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Oct 27, 2013 at 5:03 pm

to Peter A.–

thanks for the info about roadshow run of IAMMMMW. you seem quite knowledgeable so I have a question for you. in the prime roadshow period of Oct. 1955 thru Dec. 1972 it was common practice to tweak a film after it finished its initial roadshow run and opened on a popular prices continuous performance run at another theater. this was done in many cases by simply deleting the overture, intermission and exit music. then when a film went to neighborhood runs around NYC they would actually tweak the film itself to get in more performances per day. this is where my question comes in- what in God’s name was the point of tweaking a film when it was still in its quite popular roadshow run? there were only 2 shows a day anyway. this was also done to “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Cleopatra”. makes absolutely no sense to me.

also on this page a fellow poster noted that this coming January 2014 the Criterion Collection was going to release a Blu-ray of the film in the longest version available that approximates the original roadshow cut. Amazon will often list an upcoming blu-ray disc long before the release date, sometimes 3 to 4 months. but they have no listing for a Criterion Collection blu-ray disc of IAMMMMW at all let alone one with a January date.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm

to RogerA-

thanks for your reply of Oct.11.. while i’m guessing a decent number of the countless upon countless grand old movie theaters/palaces that were built in the prime building period of 1914-1941 still exist many don’t qualify. for instance the Castro and Balboa in San Francisco were built from the get go as 2nd or 3rd run neighborhood theaters. i’m looking for theaters that were built from the get go as 1st run venues have continued to operate as such since the day they opened. as i said in my original post the Chinese is the only one I have found so far on this site. I did the search you suggested on both Yahoo and Google but it didn’t help. it would be sad if the Chinese was the only grand old movie theater/palace built in the prime 1914-1941 period from the get go as a 1st run venue that as continued to operate as such since the day it opened.