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Mike (saps) commented about Rialto Theatre on Dec 10, 2006 at 3:32 pm

Nice view of Broadway streetscape, Warren. Well done.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Cinema 150 on Dec 5, 2006 at 6:08 pm

I always liked this theater, even though they showed that awful print of Gone With The Wind.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Court Street Stadium 12 on Dec 2, 2006 at 4:18 pm

Puffy, my only complaint about this theater is that the ushers turn the house lights on as soon as the end credits start, in order to get the house cleaned for the next show. There are usually about 4 ushers who barge in, talking and sweeping, even under my feet while I am still sitting there!

As one who always stays and reads the credits to the very end, this is very disconcerting and annoying.

I wish the candy counter personnel were half as speedy.

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Mike (saps) commented about The Wonderful Art of Seat Saving on Dec 2, 2006 at 4:03 pm

It’s always something around here.

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Mike (saps) commented about Fair Theatre on Nov 28, 2006 at 1:59 pm

Warren, while I treasure your breadth and scope of cinema knowledge and resources, I do think it was a bit much to call 311 on a place that you haven’t even been to. On the other hand, I do think flip-flops is a bit over-the-top, as well.

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Mike (saps) commented about Fair Theatre on Nov 28, 2006 at 5:03 am

It’s always something around here.

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Mike (saps) commented about Malverne Cinema on Nov 24, 2006 at 8:04 pm

The “screening room” is just another auditorium, the smallest one at about 62 seats. It is located in a former retail space to the right of the theatre, as seen in the photos above. The door you see is used for exit only; the small screen is to the right of the door (or to the left of the door when you are inside).

Malverne uses this screen for its older pictures, often splitting the bill with 2 separate-admission features.

The original auditorium is divided into four rooms; the entrance to the fifth screen is located toward the front of the lobby.

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Mike (saps) commented about Commodore Cinemas on Nov 22, 2006 at 2:07 am

I did love those double features. This is a heartbreaking shame.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 8, 2006 at 8:47 am

It’s always something around here.

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Mike (saps) commented about De-Luxe Theatre on Oct 16, 2006 at 4:37 am

Ugh.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Monmouth Mall 15 on Oct 13, 2006 at 7:51 pm

A nice looking, modern and comfortable cinema, in the typical latter-days Loew’s style, with a big high-ceilinged lobby with the auditoriums down hallways on either side of the lobby. Big screens, bright images and comfy seats. A mix of mainstream fare and cross-over art releases.

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Mike (saps) commented about Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas on Oct 13, 2006 at 7:46 pm

Pretty unremarkable, but inexpensive. Friendly staff.

I think the actual name is Middlebrook Galleria Cinemas.

Ocean Township is its location, not its name.

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Mike (saps) commented about Rialto Theatre on Oct 13, 2006 at 8:59 am

Here is a (copyrighted) article from the NY Times when the theater first opened April 21, 1916. I can’t believe this theater lasted less than 20 years. This is the link to the article: View link

RIALTO THEATRE OPENS ITS DOORS; Luxurious Motion Picture House Begins Business in Times Square WITH FAIRBANKS AS STAR

Stageless Theatre, Handsomely Appointed and Seating 2,000, Has Replaced the Old Victoria.

Published: April 22, 1916

The Rialto Theatre, which for nearly a year has been building on the spot in Times Square where Hammerstein’s old Victoria used to stand, opened its doors last evening to a specially invited and very imposing audience. Today and daily hereafter the clamorous public will be admitted, and so another motion picture house has been added to the thousands which dot the map of the United States. But the difference between the queer, jiggly films that used to serve as chasers on the Keith programs fifteen years ago and the elaborate photoplays of 1916 is no greater than the difference between the evilly ventilated little nickelodeons and the luxurious theatre which was opened last night.

A handsomely appointed house dedicated entirely to the movies is thus established on one of the finest theatrical sites in the world. At every turn you found some grounds for the enthusiasm of the laureate of the occasion, who in the program burst forth as follows:

“With the peal of the grand organ, the fanfare of the orchestra, and the flash of thousands of iridescent lights, a new palace of polite pleasure for thousands is born tonight.”

The interior is done in ivory and gray with hangings of red. The dome over the balcony is lovely in coloring, a playground for innumerable lights of every hue. The very ushers are elegantly upholstered, each carrying an electric flash and a swaggerstick. There was some speculation last night as to whether these were to be used for prodding a sleepy patron or for hitting the critics over the knuckles, but a part of the Rialto Review showed the ushers in action. It seems they are trained in first aid work, and the swaggersticks are used in making tourniquets. The Review also transports you to the Rialto in Venice with Nevin’s lovely Venetian music as the appropriate accompaniment.

Like The Strand, which preceded it and has served to some degree as the model for all of the finer motion picture theatres in America, the Rialto is an expression of the taste and ideas of S. L. Rothapfel, its managing director. Here is a goodly auditorium, with seats downstairs and in the steep cantilever balcony to the number of 2,000. Here is a big orchestra, a program that includes some singing and then no end of movies, with two photoplays and a topical review of the sort that shows a Governor dedicating something somewhere and some children doing something somewhere else, and so on.

The Knickerbocker is a fine old theatre temporarily made over into a movie house, and even the Strand is so built that at very short notice it could be converted to the uses of opera or drama, but the Rialto is a motion picture house, pure and simple. It is stageless, the screen being placed boldly against the back wall of the theatre. It is built in the conviction that the American passion for the movies is here to stay.

Triangle films seem to be the central attraction at the Rialto and the opening bill contained an abundance of the Triangle’s trump cardâ€"Douglas Fairbanks. His Wild West, sagebrush photoplay, “The Good Bad Man,” might have been designed by Penrod Schofield with flashes by a sentimental chambermaid, but it is full to the brim with Fairbanks. His expressive face, radiant, toothsome smile, immense activity, and apparent disposition to romp all over the map make him a treasure to the cinema. No deserter from the spoken drama is more engaging in the new work than Douglas Fairbanks. May his shadow never grow less.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 11, 2006 at 12:49 pm

Good Lord! Russ Tamblyn still looks a little like his Tom Thumb character, but poor George Chakiris looks a bit dried up, or something. Thanks for the shock of the day, Bill.

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Mike (saps) commented about Times Square Theatre on Oct 2, 2006 at 10:55 am

The movie “Sunrise” is playing on the Fox Movie Channel. According the New York Times review of the picture at the time, it opened at this theater on September 23, 1927. “Sunrise” won several awards at the first Academy Awards, including “Unique and Artistic Picture.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 on Sep 21, 2006 at 6:04 pm

I was shocked to read in Yahoo Movies that “This theater is permanently closed.” So I came straight here and am relieved to find out that it is alive and well as a Regal Cinema.

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Mike (saps) commented about Info about 1937 UK Premiere of Snow White on Sep 21, 2006 at 5:57 pm

Ken, could you be more specific?

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 9, 2006 at 3:45 am

I will be checking out “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” which I’ve never seen. Also looking forward to “Cabaret,” which originally opened at the Ziegfeld, and the “Grease” sing-a-long should be a lot of fun.

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Mike (saps) commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Jul 24, 2006 at 6:49 pm

I’m not buying anything from ij’s collection, but I thought there were several interesting items that I enjoyed looking at.

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Mike (saps) commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Jul 6, 2006 at 7:17 am

I still have hope.

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Mike (saps) commented about Alpine Theatre on Jun 18, 2006 at 4:26 am

Some of the articles specifially mention that his other screens show mainstream fare, not art, yet Cinema Village shows exclusively art product.

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Mike (saps) commented about Alpine Theatre on Jun 17, 2006 at 10:06 pm

AMC has left the building.

Also, I can’t tell exactly what other theaters Nicolaou owns in Manhattan…is it one theater or is it the City Cinemas chain?

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Mike (saps) commented about Fair Theatre on Jun 17, 2006 at 9:51 pm

wow

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 17, 2006 at 9:46 pm

Craig does a good job.

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Jun 3, 2006 at 7:04 pm

I didn’t see these screenings but I have really enjoyed others in the past.