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AlAlvarez commented about Bijou Cinema on Mar 4, 2013 at 8:34 am

Great stuff, Lloyd38. Thanks!

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AlAlvarez commented about Looking back at Miami movie palaces on Feb 28, 2013 at 8:36 pm

That is a fantastic story and a great link to some rare photos.

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AlAlvarez commented about New Theatre on Feb 16, 2013 at 3:08 pm

It opened as the Cinema Take one in 1978.

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AlAlvarez commented about Gables Theatre on Feb 16, 2013 at 11:36 am

Ripshin, that’s not so strange. I hardly went to the Gables as a kid either. The family films played mostly at the Coral and Miracle and later at the Twin Gables during that period. The Gables was not booked for kids and it was easier to get into an R rated film downtown.

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AlAlvarez commented about New Yorker Theatre on Feb 13, 2013 at 2:09 pm

It was twinned in 1979 by Walter Reade. I suspect the 150 seat balcony became a screen.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

The DeMille did not advertise Divans but they had ‘party room’ seats for “THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN”.

The last true extended reserved seat two or three a day run I have found in NYC is “LAST TANGO IN PARIS” at the Trans-Lux East (Gotham).

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 8, 2013 at 7:08 am

Vito, you forget the extra men in the booth contracted for any movie labeled a “Roadshow”. These extra costs helped expedite the demise of the practice as the box office revenue could not justifying the costs and exhibitors found ways around the union contracts.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I wouldn’t consider the two week price gouging run of “DREAMGIRLS” a reserved seat run but there were several weeks of European style reserved seat runs for mainstream films at the Ziegfeld and the Beekman run as a test during the final days of Cineplex Odeon. They were disastrous as New Yorkers refused to sit in their assigned seats for non-event films.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 5, 2013 at 10:58 am

After “MAROONED” they were all ‘reserved performance’ runs except for the occasional special events like the weekend run of the TV series “CIVILISATION” in 1970 and some of the World Premieres. Most World Premiers are open seating with reserved VIP sections.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 1, 2013 at 8:20 pm

That is not a rare event. Trucks hit Manhattan marquees all the time, when there were enough around to hit. Let’s celebrate that too!

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 1, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Thanks for that, Bill.

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AlAlvarez commented about 6 NYC theaters that go beyond the silver screen on Jan 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm

The Sunshine is a bogus entry. It is just another overpriced nasty multiplex Manhattan outlet. The film presentation sucks and the film choices are mainstream indie releases you can see anywhere else in New York. What a bunch of pretentious shit!

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AlAlvarez commented about Tower Theater on Jan 29, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Hey Louis, I remember that clock. It had a blueish hue that was on all during the movies.

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AlAlvarez commented about New Europe Theatre on Jan 21, 2013 at 8:56 am

stang119, it has to be uploaded for that to happen and only jeffg718 has that right.

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AlAlvarez commented about Hollywood OKs deal with Cinema Paradiso on Jan 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

Hollywood has 28 screens. Shouldn’t tax money support the existing theatres instead of subsidizing new competition? Some politician has his hand in the kitty.

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AlAlvarez commented about Delmar Theatre on Jan 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Philip, so when were they Loews?

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AlAlvarez commented about China firm buys naming rights to Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Jan 16, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Am I the only one who don’t understand what it is they bought?

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AlAlvarez commented about Town Theatre on Jan 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

Although the Little Theatre (currently the Helen Hayes) is not listed on Cinema Treasures, it did show porn films briefly in 1973.

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AlAlvarez commented about Record year at the movies on Jan 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Nope. Because it was accomplished by inflated 3D/LIEMAX gimmick pricing at big city cinemas.

Audiences are fed up and it is a recipe for disaster.

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AlAlvarez commented about Teatro Marti on Jan 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

Great website on the history of Miami Cuban Exile theatre.

http://scholar.library.miami.edu/miamitheater/introduction.html

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 5, 2013 at 9:33 am

Moviebuff82, it has never made much of a profit but the screenings and premieres have always kept it going. I doubt cash cow would be a fitting term with low box office most of the year and high rent all year round.

Vito, I know Cineplex replaced the whole motorized curtain mechanism during one of the remodels only to have it fail a couple of weeks later.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

I doubt that very much.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 5, 2013 at 8:44 am

Vito, the Ziegfeld was a Union stagehand house for over twenty five years and they were not successful. Back then all New York movie theatres had stagehands, even those without a stage.

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AlAlvarez commented about Plantation Cross Roads on Jan 5, 2013 at 8:35 am

This seems to be closed again. The intro mention as the Seminole must be a typo.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 5, 2013 at 7:09 am

LuisV, I am in favor of Landmarking the Ziegfeld interior and would love to see a multiplex built around the original screen to make it more financially viable.

The only human strong enough to be a curtain operator at the Ziegfeld might be Jean Valjean from the original novel or perhaps Clearview could get one those soon to be unemployed super heroes from the Hollywood crap machine.