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Bill Huelbig commented about Happy 50th, “Lawrence of Arabia” on Dec 11, 2012 at 10:46 am

I remember reading somewhere that David Lean himself wanted to shorten the film right after it opened. I also think he wanted to take out the intermission. I guess some filmmakers don’t have the same fondness for intermissions as most of us roadshow fans do. Robert Wise also preferred that West Side Story not be shown with an intermission, although roadshow theaters which showed the film were given the option to use it, or not.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Happy 50th, “Lawrence of Arabia” on Dec 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

When the restored Lawrence played the Ziegfeld in NYC in 1989, sold out shows were a common occurrence. At the ones I attended, there was always a much longer-than-normal line for the water fountains at intermission!

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Bill Huelbig commented about Happy 50th, “Lawrence of Arabia” on Dec 11, 2012 at 4:53 am

I saw Lawrence in March 1964 at the Rivoli in Rutherford NJ. I remember thinking at the time that I must’ve been very smart for a 9-year-old because not only did I sit through a 3 ½ hour movie, but I actually liked it and understood it. Although I’m sure I didn’t really understand some of it, like the Jose Ferrer gay sequence. I also walked in during the 2nd half of the movie, a common practice at the time, and stayed to see what I missed. I walked in while Lawrence was walking through puddles of water in the street, looking for “some way to announce” himself.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Teaneck Cinemas on Dec 2, 2012 at 8:18 am

While looking through old movie ads, i found one from 1967 that’s a fitting valedictory for this theater and for the way things used to be: ALFIE – 14th Big Week!

Two other memories of this theater: seeing It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World in 2009. An expert on the film spoke before it began, and he even brought along a hat that one of the actors actually wore in the film, but a rude patron started heckling him and told him to get on with the show. I felt like yelling back at him, “This IS the show!”

Also, the Teaneck/Cedar Lane had a mural over the staircase of Burt Lancaster’s 1955 Western, The Kentuckian. I didn’t think anyone else really loved that film besides me!

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Bill Huelbig commented about Teaneck Cinemas on Nov 30, 2012 at 5:30 am

Sorry to see another fine Bergen County theater go. Tonight I’ll look at my collection of old movie ads from the Record to see all the great movies that played here over the years.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 25, 2012 at 6:09 am

If Les Miserables is going to be exclusive at the Ziegfeld, like Chicago and Dreamgirls were a few years ago, there will be lots of full houses.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

On the day after the USA re-elected a black president, see how different things were back in 1959 and look for the listings for the 5 “Negro Theaters” in Miami, at the bottom left corner of the “Anne Frank” ad page.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

Regarding the “light comedy” ad for The Diary of Anne Frank: it may sound strange to anyone who hasn’t seen it, but there are a lot of funny moments in that film, just as there was in the actual diary. It’s a beautiful film in every way, and it’s too bad the public rejected it the way they did.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 25, 2012 at 8:27 am

The only 3-panel Cinerama “story” films, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm and How the West Was Won, were both MGM productions and played the Loew’s Capitol (then known as the Loew’s Cinerama). The first 70mm Cinerama film, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, opened at the Warner during the run of HTWWW. Those were the good old days, when NYC had two Cinerama theaters within 3 blocks of each other.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Oct 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Seeing The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm in Cinerama was one of the great movie experiences of my life. Any flaws in the print were so easy to overlook when the film as a whole was so beautiful. If only George Pal had lived to see this show. His love of storytelling was on display in every scene. I only hope some of his surviving family members were aware of it.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Update on The Ziegfeld: 'The Master' doesn't help on Sep 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

The presentation was fine, except for the lack of surround sound. They also didn’t use the curtains. They asked the audience to fill out a survey at ClearviewListens.com. In the comments section I asked them to use the curtains at every show. Hope they really do listen.

I liked seeing the round 70mm cue marks at the end of each reel – it’s been a really long time – but the movie didn’t really take full advantage of the 70mm format. Most of it seemed to be close-ups of Hoffman and Phoenix.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Update on The Ziegfeld: 'The Master' doesn't help on Sep 27, 2012 at 9:10 am

I made the not-too-difficult extra effort to see “The Master” at the Ziegfeld, even though the Empire 42nd St. is much easier for me to get home to NJ from. I wish I liked the movie better – actually I didn’t like it at all – but I’m glad I saw it at the Ziegfeld. The center section was pretty well filled. Not too bad for a Tuesday night.

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Bill Huelbig commented about 42 Drive-In on Aug 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm

A wonderful letter from this drive-in’s projectionist was published in the 9/30/68 issue of Boxoffice magazine.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Aug 12, 2012 at 5:08 pm

The Dome played the police calls at the 40th anniversary screening in 2003.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Waikiki 3 on Aug 10, 2012 at 6:16 pm

From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, June 6, 1968. Rory is right about what was playing at the Waikiki Theatre.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Aug 8, 2012 at 11:34 am

Thanks, Tinseltoes. It was fascinating to read about the luxurious design details that went into the Loew’s Jersey. They didn’t call it a movie palace for nothing. So glad it’s still open for business, against all the odds.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 16, 2012 at 11:29 am

Talk about wishful thinking. This ad from August 1960 in Boxoffice magazine announces that “Cleopatra” will be in theaters in June 1961. Of course it didn’t get finished until June 1963, with a completely new cast (except for Liz), director and screenwriter.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

Hey Vito! Good to hear from you again. Thanks to you and BobbyS for replying to my question.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

Does that say “Gone With the Wind” was being shown on a “Wide-Vision Screen”? Did they just crop off the top and bottom of the image to make it appear wide? A friend of mine owned a ‘50s-vintage print of “Fantasia”, and that’s what was done to that film.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Two years ago I saw the TCM screening of All About Eve at the Ziegfeld, and earlier this year TCM screened To Kill a Mockingbird. Both shows were full houses. If you book the right movies, the people will come. I’ll bet The Amazing Spider-Man is showing to an almost empty Ziegfeld tonight.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Does anyone know if the Egyptian Theater/American Cinematheque in Hollywood is a success? They show classic movies only, several times a week. A format like that might be just what the Ziegfeld needs. I was there once in 2003 (“Dial M for Murder”) and there were no empty seats.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Special events always do well at the Ziegfeld. There were hundreds of people there for “Yellow Submarine” in May.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

Thanks Gary (Ziegfeld Man) for the funny quote from another great movie I saw from the front row of the Ziegfeld.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:49 am

The New York Post has been crying doom for the Ziegfeld for months, but here’s an article from today’s paper.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 8, 2012 at 6:17 am

I guess landmark status will be the only thing that can save the Ziegfeld now.