Comments from Mike (saps)

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Mike (saps) commented about Larkfield Theatre on Aug 31, 2005 at 6:42 pm

It’s still there but has been converted to offices.

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Mike (saps) commented about Bijou Theatre on Aug 31, 2005 at 8:13 am

I wonder in general how many prints an individual theater with a long booking would use. In this case, The Red Shoes is so lovely in Technicolor I would hate to think of seeing it with scratches, splices, fading, or any of the other wear and tear problems that come with frequent unspooling.

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Mike (saps) commented about IFC Center on Aug 31, 2005 at 8:07 am

Less easy to skip a reel when it’s all on one platter. But there are times when I wish I had a fast forward button.

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Mike (saps) commented about Bijou Theatre on Aug 30, 2005 at 7:12 pm

How many prints would be used during the course of a two year run?

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 30, 2005 at 8:28 am

Forrest, you have selected some of the worst 70mm musicals ever made; it was over-produced, lumbering dinosaurs like these that helped close some of our best picture palaces. Audences didn’t come to see these movies then, and they won’t come now.

That said, I do agree that a well booked and promoted 70mm fesival is a great idea; any well-selected and well-advertised fesival would help fill the seats in this last example of a New York showplace.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 30, 2005 at 8:03 am

Forrest, you’ve picked some of the worst examples of 70mm musicals, or any 70mm films for that matter; it was these over-produced, bloated spectacles that helped close some of our best picture palaces. Nobody came to see these movies on their original release, and no one will come see them now.

But I do agree that a 70mm festival, or any decently booked and promoted festival, would help fill some seats here.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 29, 2005 at 6:22 am

Clearview has booked a string of bombs in this place recently…The Island, The Great Raid, and now The Baxter. Over 1100 empty seats at each performance. Good Lord!

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Mike (saps) commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 27, 2005 at 5:52 am

It’s just bats, man.

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Mike (saps) commented about Astor Theatre on Aug 26, 2005 at 8:35 pm

I see in the ad for the Carrol Baker picture that the Astor was listed as a Walter Reade theatre. I didn’t know Reade booked this house.

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Mike (saps) commented about Strand Theatre on Aug 23, 2005 at 6:37 am

“Beyond the Forest” was Bette Davis' last movie under her Warner Bros. contract. She hated everytinbg about the movie; I thnk it got bad reviews, but it has since become a camp classic. It contains the memorable line, “What a dump!” which was memorably quoted in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe.

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Mike (saps) commented about Paramount Theatre on Aug 22, 2005 at 12:04 pm

What happened to the lobby space and all its decor?

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on Aug 18, 2005 at 2:56 pm

Fantastic photo.

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Oriental Theatre on Aug 18, 2005 at 8:58 am

Warren, PA = Prince Albert? Then the tour should include the Cameo, no doubt.

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Mike (saps) commented about Criterion Twin on Aug 17, 2005 at 8:49 pm

I live near this theater and I am going to check out what it’s currently used as. I know when it closed it became a video store, o bitter irony.

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Mike (saps) commented about New Cinema Playhouse on Aug 17, 2005 at 8:46 pm

Two big bombs in 1969 ad…Goodbye Mr Chips and Paint Your Wagon. There must have been lots of echoes in the empty halls of the Palace and the State.

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Mike (saps) commented about Camp Lejeune Base Theater on Aug 17, 2005 at 8:38 pm

Is this theater (and the Midway Park) open to the general public? I love how they change movies every day.

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Oriental Theatre on Aug 17, 2005 at 8:34 pm

Essentially the same marquee in 1950’s and 1977, but I wonder if all the neon was still working in the latter days.

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Mike (saps) commented about Meadowview Theater on Aug 17, 2005 at 8:30 pm

Meredith, you are a sentimental sap, but then again so am I!

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Mike (saps) commented about Metropolitan Theatre on Aug 16, 2005 at 3:17 pm

I just had a flashback rush when I saw that pic. Truly one of the filthiest theatres I have ever been in, in every sense of the word. Made the Variety Photoplays seem like a day at the Cloisters.

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Mike (saps) commented about Regent Theatre on Aug 15, 2005 at 5:27 am

There is a picture of this theater in Entertainment Weekly issue 833, as the first movie palace. (This issue also has a lot of other theater info that would interest members of this site)

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Mike (saps) commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 15, 2005 at 5:10 am

I watched the end of Blazing Saddles last night to get a good look at the Chinese, and I could see the shallow lobby and that the concession stand (“Raisinettes, please.”) was just a few feet away from the front door. I guess it has been moved after the booth went back upstairs. Also, in the auditorium scenes I could see some black structure in the rear, which I guess was the booth. The most amazing thing was that Gene Wilder was holding a popcorn bucket that said 35 cents on it; you couldn’t get the same size for $3.50 now!

Is the ticket booth still on the street?

Meredith, all is well.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Crossbay on Aug 15, 2005 at 4:59 am

I saw a movie here as a kid in the mid-1960’s, something with dinosaurs around the bend in a river, but we had to leave before it was over when my cousin got a nosebleed.

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Mike (saps) commented about BAM Harvey Theater on Aug 11, 2005 at 4:49 am

This movie house had degenerated into a pervert’s paradise before it closed, and I mean that in a nice way.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on Aug 10, 2005 at 7:53 pm

The sizes may vary but the rooms all seem pretty big, with large screens, stadium seating, high ceilings and great sound.

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Mike (saps) commented about Pilgrim Theatre on Aug 9, 2005 at 3:57 pm

Ah, more innocent times.