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Mike (saps) commented about Member Comment Histories Will Return! on Jan 11, 2005 at 9:51 pm

I’d like to see a longer list of recent comments, because if you miss a comment, it’s gone unless you go to that theater’s page, but unless you have already commented about that house, you’d never know a comment was made.

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Mike (saps) commented about Uniondale Mini Cinema on Jan 10, 2005 at 10:14 pm

Weird.

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 10, 2005 at 7:45 am

Good movie with wonderful Sandy Dennis, but maybe wrong for the Music Hall.

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Mike (saps) commented about Rockville Centre Cinema on Jan 7, 2005 at 3:30 pm

Long and narrow, but if the projector light is bright enough it’s OK for a move-over from the Fantasy or for a new B-pictue.

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Mike (saps) commented about Roxy Theatre on Jan 7, 2005 at 11:38 am

I’m a little dizzy reading all this.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ramrod Theatre on Jan 6, 2005 at 9:00 pm

No porn at the New Amsterdam. Thank God!

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Mike (saps) commented about Roxy Theatre on Jan 6, 2005 at 8:56 pm

Some really heartfelt writing here. Thanks, guys.

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Mike (saps) commented about Lyric Theatre on Jan 6, 2005 at 1:45 pm

Although it may have shown a soft-core adult movie from time to time (when porn flirted with mainstream acceptance) the Lyric was never a porno house.

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Mike (saps) commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jan 6, 2005 at 1:36 pm

I saw the original Rocky here at a 2:00am showing, with the usher crying, Don’t you know you won’t be out until after 4am? I guess he wanted to go home a little earlier. We smoked some weed, right in our seats, and had a great time.

I also saw The Elephant Man here…the movie took pains to carefully show the sight of him bit by bit. Well, by the time he was fully revealed we were sort of prepared for it, and we watched in quiet amazement. However, some ladies had arrived late and hadn’t been prepared, so when he came on screen again they started shouting and carrying on at the top of their voices, much to the annoyance of the upper eastside types that otherwise filled the theater. I had to laugh because I felt like I was across town on 42nd Street. Those Deuce audiences always expressed their opinions loud and clear, unlike their staid eastside counterparts!

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Mike (saps) commented about Bryant Theatre on Jan 1, 2005 at 12:25 pm

It was here on 42nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues, where in the late 1970’s my girlfriend and I saw our first and only live sex show. Oh, brother.

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Mike (saps) commented about Apollo Theatre on Dec 30, 2004 at 2:58 pm

Good article, too.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on Dec 30, 2004 at 2:50 pm

>>All that’s left is the front facade. a shame
posted by D on Jul 25, 2004 at 6:53pm

The entire theater was restored: Walls, balconies, murals, proscenium arch; and is now used as the lobby of the new AMC Empire 25.

I agree about the eclectic billing here. Once in the early 1980’s the second or third feature was Hitchcock’s Psycho from 20 years earlier. At a rock-bottom evening price of 85 cents, who could resist going in. It was the first time I’d seen Psycho on the big screen, and what a setting! I think half of Norman Bate’s family was in the audience. We all go a little mad sometimes, no doubt.

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Mike (saps) commented about Bryant Theatre on Dec 30, 2004 at 9:25 am

There’s nice clear film of this theater’s adult film marquee in that Travel Channel doumentary.

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Mike (saps) commented about Anco Theatre on Dec 30, 2004 at 9:21 am

This was my least favorite of the 42nd Street line-up, and I was not sorry to see it close. It stunk to high heaven and because of its late run bookings and rock bottom prices it seemed to attract an even lower class of patrons than the other houses, if that’s possible! When I was here there was no balcony, only a raised rear mezzanine, like at the new Ziegfeld. But that’s where the similarity ended.

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Mike (saps) commented about Astor Theatre on Dec 30, 2004 at 9:15 am

C'mon, Warren. He only wants some major films that played here, and you could probably give him a short list off the top of your head. Help a brother out!

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Mike (saps) commented about Times Square Theatre on Dec 29, 2004 at 11:15 pm

BruceC, the New Amsterdam, Harris and Anco were not under the Brandt banner; I don’t know who ran those three. But Brandt had the Victory, Lyric, Times Square, Apollo, Selwyn, Liberty and Empire.

Jerry, I was there from about 1973 until the bitter end…at the Movieplex (in the old Roxy Burlesque site.) I would come up on the 7th Avenue exit, next to the newstand (which is still there). As my eyes swept the street the first marquees I’d see would be the Rialto and Victory, then the Lyric, and then I’d finish my initial sweep looking straight ahead at the New Amsterdam. Damn!

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Mike (saps) commented about Times Square Theatre on Dec 29, 2004 at 5:11 pm

This is an edited repost of something I recently addded to the New Amsterdam page:

It was a thrill to come up out of the subway on Wednesday (and later Friday) mornings, make the U-turn onto 42nd Street, and see all those wonderful marquees with their breathless descriptions of the new double and triple bills awaiting inside. I loved seeing 9:00am movies at rock-bottom prices instead of going to college classes!

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Mike (saps) commented about Henry Miller's Theatre on Dec 27, 2004 at 11:45 pm

It’s strange to see one single wall standing on a big vacant lot. Check it out while you can!

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Mike (saps) commented about Granada Theater on Dec 27, 2004 at 11:42 pm

My grandmother and great-grandmother lived at 2525 Church Avenue until the early 1970s. I think this was the first movie theater I ever went to, beginning a life-long love affair. We saw Jason and the Argonauts, circa 1963. I also saw The Greatest Story Ever Told, and Mary Poppins. As I recall we sat in the balcony.

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Mike (saps) commented about New Amsterdam Theatre on Dec 27, 2004 at 11:20 pm

It was a mess really only after it closed, with a leaking roof that no one repaired for years. It was my favorite place to see double features, and even in those days there was a remarkable amount of detail still existing. Of course it’s gorgeous now, but then it was a pretty decent grind house. It was a thrill to come up out of the subway on Wednesday (and later Friday) mornings, make the U-turn onto 42nd Street, and see all those wonderful marquees with their breathless descriptions of the double and triple bills awaiting inside. I loved seeing 9:00am movies at rock-bottom prices instead of going to college classes!

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Mike (saps) commented about Bijou Theatre on Dec 27, 2004 at 10:58 pm

I saw Freaks there about 1970 when I was a young teenager. My girlfriend and I came in more than half-way through the film, and the movie freaked us out so much (One of us, one of us…) that we fled at intermission. It was years later that I finally had the nerve to watch it again, and it was as distrubing as I remembered it. A weird little theater perfect for such a weird little movie.

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Mike (saps) commented about Pilgrim Theatre on Dec 26, 2004 at 11:16 pm

>>Its auditorium was in the very rear of its block, preceded by a group of vestibules containing stairways, restrooms, and one of the first theatre escalators that ran through a former carpet store, which fronted on Washington Street. The theatre held 2500 people in an orchestra, two balconies, and fourteen brass-railed boxes…

That’s just the way I remember it from the mid-1980’s!

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Mike (saps) commented about Public Theater on Dec 26, 2004 at 11:12 pm

If you ask a New Yorker about the Little Theatre, she may say, oh, you mean the one on 44th Street next to Sardi’s, now called the Helen Hayes? That’s what I’d say, anyway.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 26, 2004 at 11:07 pm

>>“Gone with the wind” which remains the worst example of 70mm
ever made…

Of course, Gone With the Wind wasn’t made in 70mm, it was just monstrously blown up to that size 30-something years after it was made. I saw GWTW for the first time in that 70mm print at the UA Syosset 150, and I was shocked at the poor quality (everything was fuzzy and grainy) and the obvious cropping of the image at the top and bottom. I couldn’t belive this was the biggest grossing picture of all time! The curved screen was pretty neat, as long as nothing was being projected onto it.

I later saw GWTW at RCMH in its proper aspect ratio, and of course it was magnificent.

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Mike (saps) commented about Playpen Theatre on Dec 24, 2004 at 11:30 am

Robert R, that was the Bryant Theater on 42nd Street between 6th and 7th, where in the late 1970’s I saw my first and only live sex show. Oh, brother.