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Mike (saps) commented about Elwood Cinemas on Aug 3, 2007 at 7:34 am

poster, which comment are you referring to? I don’t see anyone called “thefutureisforever.”

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Mike (saps) commented about The Hollywood Recycling Machine on Aug 3, 2007 at 6:59 am

Hollywood had always remade their pictures, even back in the golden era. Someone mentioned The Maltese Falcon, but off the top of my head I can think of A Star is Born, Love Affair, The Front Page, The Women, The Jazz Singer, and Little Women, usually adding Technicolor, Cinemascope and sometimes musicalized.

Even Alfred Hitchock remade his own 1930’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much” in the 1950’s. Que sera, sera.

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Mike (saps) commented about Fair Theatre on Aug 2, 2007 at 11:14 am

It’s nice to know that the Post’s best reporter is also a regular reader of Cinema Treasures!

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Mike (saps) commented about Harem Theatre on Aug 1, 2007 at 12:27 pm

Bloop, you always make me smile.

The AMC Empire has a touch of the old Deuce — their revolving sign that says “25” looks like an old peep show “25 cents” sign.

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Mike (saps) commented about CMX Cinemas New York 62nd Street on Jul 31, 2007 at 8:48 am

I’ve been here once or twice some time ago. I don’t remember the screens being small, but I do remember that there are dozens of escalators to get you to the theaters — a real rabbit warren.

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Mike (saps) commented about CineLux Chabot Cinema on Jul 31, 2007 at 8:08 am

Here is an ad for the Chabot that was on the Hayward Motor Movies page, but when I saw this ad it struck me as a very unusual double feature: “The Invisivble Boy” (Science monsters war against mankind, featuring Robbie the Robot), plus! “The Three Faces of Eve.” That’ll give the kiddies nightmares, if they even stuck around for it.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 30, 2007 at 1:54 pm

Thanks for “clearview-ing” that up.

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Mike (saps) commented about Terrace Theater on Jul 30, 2007 at 1:48 pm

And here is its website:


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Mike (saps) commented about Terrace Theater sold to Cinema Treasures member on Jul 30, 2007 at 1:04 pm

Beautiful web site. Clear, attractive graphics, easy to navigate.

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Mike (saps) commented about Terrace Theater sold to Cinema Treasures member on Jul 30, 2007 at 11:41 am

I was looking for the Cinema Treausures listing.

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Mike (saps) commented about Larkfield Theatre on Jul 30, 2007 at 11:23 am

I worked at Larkfield from 1974 until about 1978 — (The Exorcist was playing when I started) until I moved to NYC and the commute was too much, for a minimum wage job!

I loved working there, and became good friends with the projectionist, Steve Napoli. He taught me how to thread and run the projectors, do change-overs, raise and lower the curtain, dim the houselights, everything except prepare/repair/splice the film. He was a union man and that was strictly his domain.

I started as an usher/candy counter, and worked my way up to box office cashier. I also did the recorded announcements for most of the time I was there — “This is the Larkfield Theater, located on Larkfield Road in East Northport. This week we are proud to present an outstanding motion picture…For additional information, or if you wish to speak to the manager, please call 261-0902 during showtime, and thank you for calling the Larkfield Theater!”

I also changed the marquee every week, and inspired by 42nd Street, I tried to give it a little juice from time to time, although space and letters were limited.

Well, at least I was in show business for a while.

I also loved the owners Stuart and Sarah Baker, real old-school characters from a time long passed. Stuart taught me how to tie my necktie, and to this day I tie it the same way. Sarah was hard as nails, but soft on the inside with a face like Winston Churchill. She had intelligence and integrity and I treasured our time together.

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Mike (saps) commented about Virginia Theatre on Jul 30, 2007 at 10:55 am

Did they fix that water damage on the auditorium ceiling yet? Or even paint it? Every time I’m there it looks just awful.

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Mike (saps) commented about Terrace Theater sold to Cinema Treasures member on Jul 30, 2007 at 9:09 am

Can’t seem to locate this house under the name Terrace or in the city of Charleston.

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Hillside Theatre on Jul 29, 2007 at 7:25 am


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Mike (saps) commented about Avenue Playhouse on Jul 27, 2007 at 6:54 am

Warren, many of the photos you have posted at Photobucket (including the one on 8/5/05, say that the “page is not found.” I hope you can activate some of these defunct links, here and on other theater pages.

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Mike (saps) commented about Pilgrim Theatre on Jul 27, 2007 at 6:48 am

That was a lovely post, Alistair Schneider; your wistful reminiscenses brought a little lump to my throat. I think you have summed up the appeal of this Cinema Treasures website: for most of us, we appreciate that “older theaters [have} so much life in them, whether they were first run or ‘For Adults Only.’”

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 26, 2007 at 2:14 pm

Do we know which version of Blade Runner is getting a new print for its week at the Ziegfeld? I prefer the 1982 with the narration, but the 1992 has merit, too. (“What’s a tortoise?” Gotta love it.)

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Mike (saps) commented about Whitman Theatre on Jul 26, 2007 at 9:10 am

Saw my first James Bond movie here, Live and Let Die. In a word, wow!

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Mike (saps) commented about Lorraine Theatre for sale on Jul 26, 2007 at 9:08 am

Wasn’t this recently sold by Boardman? He also owns the Art, a lovely art theatre with good picture and great sound in Champaign, IL.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on Jul 25, 2007 at 11:45 am

This is my favorite house in the city, apart from the Ziegfeld. (Regal E-Walk is next.) I’ve never had the problems others have encountered, and the presentation and ambiance are first-rate. My only caveat is that they used to play more art films here, on the top level, but now it’s mostly run-of-the-mill multiplex fare.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 25, 2007 at 11:36 am

To reach one million customers the Ziegfeld would have to sell an average of 2,740 tickets per day, which is possible but not probable. I bet the AMC does that easily.

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Mike (saps) commented about Sierra Theatre on Jul 25, 2007 at 8:31 am

There is a documentary running on PBS this week called “P.O.V. Prison Town USA” and there are several shots of this Main Sreet mainstay, with its vertical sign and yellow marquee, in plain view. I was happily surprised to find that such a seemingly depressed location is able to support this theater. (There is another theatre in town, the Uptown, but I didn’t notice if it too was shown.)

This link at the first comment still works; check it out for all things Susanville.

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Mike (saps) commented about Rockville Centre Cinema on Jul 24, 2007 at 1:17 pm

Not the greatest twin cinemas in creation, but the loss of any is still a blow to the heart.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 24, 2007 at 7:27 am

Craig O'Connor, what say you?

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Mike (saps) commented about Strand Theatre on Jul 23, 2007 at 2:53 pm

I had been to both the upstairs and downstairs here several times in its last years. (I preferred the upstairs…so expansively raked and comfortable.) I wish I’d had enough sense to appreciate where I was, and that it wouldn’t last forever.