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This Friday was my first time at the Loew’s Jersey, and I have fallen in love with it. What a treat to see a classic movie in a classic setting. It’s really amazing to think that this was just a neighborhood theater, one you could go to any day of the week. Unlike Radio City, which I love but think of as more of a destination theater that I’d plan in advance, rather than just passing by and popping in. I was happy to see the big screen fill the proscenium, the picture nice and bright, and the sound loud and clear.
I saw a flat film that filled the screen. I know that in some places where there is no room for scope size, they drop the top masking and show the wide image on a smaller screen. Is that what they do here? Even so, it must look sensational.
I’m going to see Casablanca here tonight — my first time in a Loew’s Wonder Theater, or in any movie palace for that matter, except Radio City.
I’m coming from downtown Brooklyn. Should I drive? How is traffic and how is parking? Should I take the PATH train?
See some of you there!
I wish I had! I’ve been in many others (see my comments on Boston’s Pilgrim Theater, for example) but if I had known back then that it was part of the old Strand Theater I would have made a special trip. Ah, hindsight, so to speak.
Although no x-rated movies played at the Strand/Warner, they certainly played at the Cine Orleans, built on the old Strand stage with its entrance on 47th Street. I remember the Cine’s facade was elaborate grillwork in the New Orleans style, but I never went inside.
The admission price on the ticket is $3.50, and the theater name is Strand Twin.
I recently went to this theater and I got a ticket stub from the Strand Twin; the address is listed on the ticket as 25-15 Broadway. Small world.
I recently went to the Oceanside, LI theater and I got a ticket stub from this theater, only the address is listed on the ticket as 25-15 Broadway. Small world.
Well, I live here and they show mostly horror, action and move-overs. The past few weeks have been move-overs. A-pics go to Fantasy. When a new pic opens here I know it’s flawed in some way.
Post some of those ads, please.
Two Jennifer Jones pictures on 42nd Street!
I had to laugh at the image posted on 6/24/04 of 1970’s “Husbands” playing there, which today would be considered an art picture. In a 3800 seat theater I’d be surprised if there were 38 people in the audience! No wonder they twinned this wonder theatre. With bookings like that you’d need about a dozen screens just to break even.
>>For the first time in many years The bright red letters spelling Loew’s Paradise Theatre have been illuminated with red neon light.
Do you mean the letters on the facade or the ones on the roof?
Warren, how are you able to access so much of the NY Times? Do you do it online, or at the library, or do you have another way? Movie and entertainment ads are my favorite part of old newspapers.
If you have a Yahoo password, it works.
I actually enjoy classic movies much more than modern ones (I’m watching Howard Hughes' Hell’s Angels on DVD right now) and I’m sure I would enjoy Westward the Women if I ever see it…I had never even heard of it until just now. My point was to remark on nondescript forgotten movies and how they may have kept people at home watching the newfangled television. I can imagine the echoes in grand houses like the Capitol as the little box sounded their death knell.
It’s amazing how many of the pictures mentioned here are long forgotten. Westward the Women? Ugh, I’m staying home and watching “I Love Lucy.”
I saw Casablanca at that film series, and I remember that the picture seemed out of focus and the sound was terrible! If I didn’t already know most of Casablanca’s dialog by heart, I would have wondered what all the fuss was about.
On the other hand, I saw the restored “A Star is Born” here and only remember how fantastic it was, if a bit long.
Sounds lovely, with the recessed dome and Austrian curtain…Barry Lyndon and Amadeus must have looked smashing. The theater is so different now, but at least they haven’t changed the lousy plumbing in the restrooms!
I’d also like to see the date the entry was posted, or the date it was updated.
Posted from another site. The question was, where was the most unusual place you ever made love? When I read this response, I had to post it here! (I cleaned it up a little)
I would have to say in a car, at drive-in show. In the back of the lot, while we were in the front seat, a worker from the drive-in walked up to the speaker post to turn off the other speaker that was not being used. I can say he had a surprised look on his face. I think he was expecting to to see some chick with a guy but instead saw two dudes. This was about 1977 at the Jolly Roger Drive In – Taylor MI – near Detroit. Butch
>>I wonder how long a lease the church has on the Mark Hellinger?
Answer, from Hollywood Thearer page:
By 1989, the Nederlander Organization, the current owners, leased the theater to a church group. Three years later, the building was sold for $17 million and became the home for the Times Square Church.
I couldn’t open that link from woody, so I just joined the Cinema group at this link instead. Instant membership, no waiting.