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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 11, 2006 at 8:34 pm

I reposted my comments of 2/23/06 about Ben-Hur directly on Clearview’s “Contact Us” page.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 10, 2006 at 10:58 pm

Please post reports on the condition and presentation of Singin' in the Rain, North by Northwest, and Dr. Zhivago.

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Mike (saps) commented about Albemarle Theatre on Mar 4, 2006 at 1:20 am

I thnk the art theater was the Astor; I believe the one at Cortelyou was the Rialto. Though both pre-dated me by decades.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 28, 2006 at 9:38 pm

I like the Chelsea 9 and have not had a bad experience there.

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Mike (saps) commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Feb 27, 2006 at 11:22 am

I love the exterior. All the flashiness and lights and that big vertical sign. Even though it is again a playhouse, I am glad they kept the cinema’s extravagant signage. We don’t have much of that left in New York, and I appreciate it every time I walk by. It’s an eye-popping throwback to a time I miss. While I admire the authenticity of the Victory and Lyric’s exterior, they are just a bit dull.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 26, 2006 at 7:28 pm

I guess I thought the lion was roaring because there was music and Leo was moving due to the gentle undulations of the sheer traveler curtain. Funny tricks the mind plays sometimes.

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Mike (saps) commented about Recommended theaters in NYC? on Feb 25, 2006 at 3:55 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 23, 2006 at 12:28 am

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 23, 2006 at 12:22 am

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 7:36 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 18, 2006 at 12:28 am

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 7:29 am

Always wanted to visit this theater.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 15, 2006 at 4:00 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 2:26 pm

So then it wasn’t the restored print.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 15, 2006 at 1:40 pm

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 1:35 pm

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 3:10 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 11:17 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 9:17 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 10:04 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 9:50 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 6:12 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 10:52 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 30, 2006 at 2:24 am

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 10:26 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.