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Mike (saps) commented about Recommended theaters in NYC? on Feb 25, 2006 at 12:55 am

The Paris on 58th Street is a nice single screen theater with a balcony.

Also, I like the AMC Empire on 42nd Street; the design is pretty interesting, and the lobby (the former Empire Theater) is great for picture-taking.

The AMC-Loews Lincoln Square is worth a visit; the different theaters are named after former movie palaces.

And the AMC-Loews Kips Bay is a good example of a newer theatre — big, airy lobby and nice roomy auditoriums.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on Feb 22, 2006 at 9:28 pm

I’ve been here several times recently and have not expereinced anything like that at all.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 22, 2006 at 9:22 pm

Beautiful presentation tonight of Ben-Hur.

Joe the projectionist lowered the house lights to half and opened the main gold curtain. The sheer white curtain remained closed, and the six-minute overture played.

The most beautiful part: as the overture ended, the house lights went all the way down, and the white curtain began to part the moment the MGM logo came on screen. Perfectly timed, the curtain was fully open just as Leo let out his last roar, and a big map of Judea and vicinity burst open the screen.

Real showmanship, the way movies were meant to be seen.

And no ads or trailers of any kind.

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Feb 18, 2006 at 4:36 pm

I love this effin' theater, 1.37, 1.85 or 2.35. Bring on the classics!

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 17, 2006 at 9:28 pm

Please post reports about the condition of this week’s features — Ben Hur, Gladiator and Braveheart — but especially about Ben Hur.

Do they run trailers of upcoming features in this festival?

Also, the three week extension is not yet on the website, so we here have an exclusive.

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Mike (saps) commented about Polk Theater on Feb 16, 2006 at 4:29 am

Always wanted to visit this theater.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 15, 2006 at 1:00 pm

Craig, you’ve done a great job at Chelsea Classics and it looks like you’re a success here as well. Bravo!

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 15, 2006 at 11:26 am

So then it wasn’t the restored print.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 15, 2006 at 10:40 am

The question about the restoration credits remains unanswered: Did the My Fair Lady print now running have the restoration credits at the end?

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Feb 15, 2006 at 10:35 am

Bob, I agree with most of what you’re saying, but the 1.37 is the old academy ratio, right, which is almost square. And the 1.85 is the new “flat” which takes up the full screen. But then when you have the scope ratio of 2.35, you have less height but the same width, which means less screen space.

So, at the Loew’s Jersey, 2.35 is bigger than 1.37, but the 2.35 is smaller than the 1.85.

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Feb 14, 2006 at 12:10 pm

So if they lower the mask for the 2.35 (widescreen presentation) there is less square footage on view, right? which was my point.

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Feb 14, 2006 at 8:17 am

The only drawback to seeing widescreen pictures at the Jersey is that the actual screen space is smaller than for flat pictures, since they don’t widen the screen for the wider ratio but lower the top masking to get the proper view.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 12, 2006 at 6:17 am

Ben Hur is the one I want to see; I hope it’s a good print like West Side Story and not a bad one like My Fair Lady.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 8, 2006 at 7:04 pm

That’s some doggish lineup at the Ziegfeld in the 90’s. The wind must have been whistling across the empty seats. It’s a wonder it’s still open.

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Mike (saps) commented about Normandie Theatre on Feb 8, 2006 at 6:50 pm

The Normandie is mentioned in the NY Times article about its architect.

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Hre’s the excerpt:
(1936) must have seemed like Champagne â€" first a 200-foot-wide store and theater complex on the west side of Park Avenue, from 53rd to 54th Street (now the site of Lever House). The trim little swank-modern stores had bronze and marble detailing, and the lusciously Art Moderne movie theater, the Normandie, was of sculptured concrete. Eric Gugler and Ben Schlanger also worked on this commission.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Fantasy 5 on Feb 5, 2006 at 3:12 am

Century Fantasy

Cineplex Odeon Fantasy

Loews Cineplex Fantasy

AMC Fantasy

Did I miss any?

And I’m a little worried…AMC has said they want to concentrate on their newer, more comfortable theaters. I wonder what the future holds for this site.

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Mike (saps) commented about Utah Theater Cancels 'Brokeback Mountain' on Feb 3, 2006 at 7:52 pm

>>Do I want Brokeback to fail? I’m not sure. If the general public sees this movie and notices the destructive nature of this lifestyle…

This could only have been written by someone who has not seen the movie and has no idea what it’s really about.

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Mike (saps) commented about Rockville Centre Cinema on Jan 29, 2006 at 11:24 pm

I wonder if this closing has anything to do with AMC taking over Loews as of this past Friday (1/27/06).

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Jan 25, 2006 at 7:26 am

As to The Misfits, besides Gable we also have Marilyn Monroe (her last film, too), Thelma Ritter, Montgomery Clift and Eli Wallach. All worth seeing on a big screen.

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Jan 24, 2006 at 9:01 pm

Vincent, you must be waiting for the Music Hall to show it AGAIN, right?

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 24, 2006 at 8:53 pm

Here’s a direct link to the film festival:

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I’ve seen all the features on the big screen, except Ben-Hur, which I have deliberately avoided on TV and video, just for an occasion like this. I hope it’s not a faded print. Beat-up I could stand, but faded would be hard to watch.

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Jan 23, 2006 at 5:24 pm

Since it’s for animal love and rescue, I guess they picked movies that address that theme: Dog lovers in Best of Show; Faithful companions in “Old Yeller;” and the issue of hunting wild horses for dog food in “The Misfits.” Seems like a canny (canine?) line-up, and they will be drawing their audiences from a larger pool than mere lovers of the Loews.

As to “Bye Bye Birdie” I saw it at the Chelsea Classics last year with an audience full of anticipation, and I think we mostly agreed that it wasn’t so good. It did have that 11:00 o'clock number (with Ann-Margaret) that lets you leave the theatre feeling good, but it didn’t quite erase the preceding 100 minutes.

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Jan 23, 2006 at 10:03 am

I think Bye Bye Birdie is actually kind of dull, except for the va-va-va-voom Ann-Margret numbers at the beginning and the end, which were actually added almost as an afterthought.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 20, 2006 at 2:27 am

Here’s the website: http://clearviewcinemas.com/

And holy cow! What a line-up!

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Mike (saps) commented about Utah Theater Cancels 'Brokeback Mountain' on Jan 15, 2006 at 9:12 pm

The vast majority of the audiences for this film seem to be straight. Economics 101 indeed.