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Mike (saps) commented about Cine 42 on Feb 20, 2005 at 5:39 am

If you have a Yahoo password, it works.

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Mike (saps) commented about Paramount Theatre on Feb 17, 2005 at 7:52 pm


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Mike (saps) commented about Capitol Theatre on Feb 14, 2005 at 7:11 pm

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.

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Mike (saps) commented about Capitol Theatre on Feb 14, 2005 at 12:14 pm

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.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 14, 2005 at 8:28 am

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.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Fantasy 5 on Feb 9, 2005 at 3:46 pm

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!

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Mike (saps) commented about Member Comment Histories Will Return! on Feb 5, 2005 at 7:15 pm

I’d also like to see the date the entry was posted, or the date it was updated.

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Mike (saps) commented about Jolly Roger Drive-In on Feb 3, 2005 at 8:52 am

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

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Victoria Theatre on Feb 2, 2005 at 2:52 pm


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Mike (saps) commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Feb 2, 2005 at 2:45 pm

>>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.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on Jan 29, 2005 at 7:55 pm

I couldn’t open that link from woody, so I just joined the Cinema group at this link instead. Instant membership, no waiting.

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 28, 2005 at 1:52 pm

Wouldn’t [that] be Loverly?

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Jan 28, 2005 at 1:04 pm

I recently had the opportunity to meet the projectionist here, a great guy called Meredith Rhule. He took me to all four (!) projection booths (one for the two orchestra theaters, one for the two balcony theaters, one on the former stage and the last in a former commercial space off the lobby) where I watched him run a grade-A show. We talked a lot about the deplorable state of modern movie presentation and had a few laughs at the expense of the dopes at Regal/UA for some of their arcane practices. Meredith was cool enough to show me around the place as well; we poked around the old backstage dressing rooms and downstairs I got a look at the orchestra pit, which really is a pit nowadays. We searched a bit for any signs of the former ornamentation, but little is left. It was a real treat to shoot the breeze with a true union professional, a man with a sense of history (he also worked the Chinese Theater and at private Hollywood screening rooms for many years before moving east). This guy takes pride in his work and it shows, a precious commodity in a world where the high-school usher often runs the show.

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 28, 2005 at 9:48 am

I was moved by the narration at the end and felt it was in keeping with the nativity scene. But I seem to remember it even back in the 1970s when I saw my first movie at the Hall, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks.” So my question is, when exactly was this text added to the Christms Show?

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Mike (saps) commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jan 26, 2005 at 7:29 am

Damn you Brian! I just wasted half the morning reading through that Widescreen Museum site. So I guess I really mean thank you, Brian.

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Mike (saps) commented about Astor Theatre on Jan 26, 2005 at 7:27 am

I remember those blue sidewalks! Except when I saw them, they were the floor of a souvenir shop. By the time I got to Times Square the Astor was closed, although I knew that the shop had once been a theater, or at least its lobby. I wish I had the wherewithal to try to get a peek inside, but I didn’t.

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Mike (saps) commented about Sony Columbus Circle on Jan 25, 2005 at 10:19 pm

I saw The Graduate here for the first time, during a revival run. I left the theater wanting to tell everyone about this great movie that I’d just seen, but of course the picture was already decades old and there was no one to tell.

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Mike (saps) commented about Paramount Theatre on Jan 25, 2005 at 9:38 am

I saw in “Times Square Style” that it was a Publix Theater. I didn’t know they had any houses in New York.

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Mike (saps) commented about IFC Center on Jan 25, 2005 at 9:32 am

Today’s Times article, on page B3, also has several photographs of the theater’s interior and exterior.

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 22, 2005 at 6:58 pm

I don’t know, from what I’ve read here and experienced at the Hall, a small screen and bad sound don’t add up to much of a movie-going experience. But I still love the place!

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Mike (saps) on Jan 22, 2005 at 5:55 am

When did this house reopen?

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Mike (saps) commented about Best Buy Theater on Jan 20, 2005 at 4:07 pm

>>They can’t use the RCMH due to the heavy bookings of shows well in advance.

It seems this house (RCMH) is dark most of the time.

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Mike (saps) commented about Victoria Theatre on Jan 20, 2005 at 5:52 am

By the time I got here in the mid to late 1970’s it seemed like a big box with not much charm.

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Mike (saps) commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jan 18, 2005 at 7:47 pm

So, the Royale should have a page of its own.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on Jan 13, 2005 at 8:39 pm

Here are some comments about this theater posted on the Cine 42 page:

About the most impressive thing – heck, make that the ONLY impressive thing – in the Arnold Schwarzenegger flick ‘The Last Action Hero’ are the multiple shots of the 42nd Street (and Deuce-area) grindhouse marquees illuminated at night.
posted by br91975 on Jan 13, 2005 at 10:13pm

I recall that they created an elaborate facade for the Empire, which they crashed into or something. It was a beautiful version of how the Empire could have looked at one time.
posted by saps on Jan 13, 2005 at 10:23pm

There was also a scene – if memory serves, the one following the scene saps makes mention of – set within, I believe, the interior of the then-rundown Empire (or at least a fascimile of a theatre which had seen better days).
posted by br91975 on Jan 13, 2005 at 10:48pm

Just a random thought – I wonder what ever became of those beautiful street-entrance doors which once graced patrons and passersby of the Empire (tossed in a dumpster, I fear, but I hope I’m wrong). By the time I became aware of them, they were coated with years of grime, but that didn’t take away from their unique detail.
posted by br91975 on Jan 13, 2005 at 10:53pm

It’s nice to discuss something other than the Roxy and the Music Hall.