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I have a question about exhibition that I hope
someone can help me with. it seems the window between
when a film opens to when the dvd/blu/ray comes
out has gotten smaller the years. in fact if a film
is successful enough it may still be in its 1st run
engagements when the dvd/blu-ray comes out. which
is where my question comes in. if a film is still
doing decent business when the dvd/blu-ray is
released can the distribution company pull it even
if the theater wants to continue playing it?
for instance of the films up for Oscars last night
some did in fact win. so if one of these is still doing
decent enough business that a theater might want to
continue playing it can the distribution company
pull it anyway?
I always associate reserve seat or to use the trade
term roadshow engagements with souvenir programs. so
can anyone remember a roadshow engagement at the
Capitol that did not have a souvenir program?
the last time I can remember seeing a film herewas the 40th anniversary re-issue of Disney’sPinocchio.
for many years when the Sunshine first opened I
wondered what had occupied the space that is now
occupied by a condo tower and a Whole Foods. a
question- why was it a parking lot for sooooooooo
Al A. to the rescue yet again. I could swear when I
first looked up “all theaters” for New York,New York
it wasn’t listed. well I guess I’m only human.
to Al A.. thanks for the link it was amost a most amusing story to read.
I hope one of you can help me with a mystery
of sorts. I started browsing thru issues of
Moving Picture World and Motion Picture News
on archive.org a few years back and still haven’t
looked at all the many issues they have
online. this is where my question comes in.
today I was looking thru the Oct. 7, 1916 issue
of Motion Picture News which had a write up on
a newly opened movie theater the Regun at 60 W. 116 st.
no theater by that name is listed on this site.
did i just discover a unlisted picture house
or is it better known by another name?
whoever books films for the Paris knows their
stuff. the last few years whatever Oscar bait film
opened in Nov. usually stays till the beginning'
Hello- after Alamo scraped their plans is the'
theater just sitting there boarded up?
the only film i can remember seeing here was
“Everyone’s All American” starring Dennis Quad.
so i guess had to be prior to 2003.
also when exactly did it become a 1st run venue?I only remember it as a 1st run venue.
when I found this wonderful site I really got a big
kick out of looking at the ads for a big film’s
exclusive first run engagement at one of the grand
old theaters that once dotted the Times Square
area. to which the ad for Planet of the Apes which opened here Feb. 1968. nowadays theater managers
schedule what I consider an excessively large amount
of time between showings of a film. now POTA was
1hr. 42mins. yet showings were scheduled every 2
hours- 10, 12, 2, 4, etc………. I thought how could
the theater get the old audience out, clean the
theater and get the new audience in in 18mins.?
so what did they do? not clean the theater till the
of the day?
at the time of Renata Alder’s hiring by the N Y Times
as their head film critic I remember reading an article
in another area paper that was interesting. the gist of ‘
the article was simple- the author was rather perplexed
by her hiring by the Times considering her aversion to
“pop culture”. I remember her review of the Julie
Andrews pic “Star”. it wasn’t pretty.
I thank Al A. and NYer for their replies. I’m guessing
the two films mentioned in the ½/69 VV ad were soft
core or exploitation films and not actual porn but still
I suppose they were considered the “porn” of their day.
so I’m guessing that the theater went “adult” per se
around the mid60s after being closed up even for a
relatively short period of time. I say this because I
can’t believe it was showing a 3rd run neighborhood engagement of a studio film that played say the Loew’s
State or Criterion a few months before one week then
the next week was showing “adult” films.
a question pertaining to the recent closing of both
the Sunshine and nearby Lincoln Plaza cinemas. while
I have been to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s
two theaters- the Walter Reade and Bruin Monroe
I never remember either one ever showing what I would
call an A level low budget American indie or foreign
language film. for instance Darkest Hour, Wonder
Wheel or Hostiles were among the last films to play the Lincoln Plaza. so do you think the Reade and the
Bruin Monroe will now start booking the A level low
budget American indies and prominent foreign
language that normally would have played only at the
Lincoln Plaza and Sunshine?
in terms of Al A.’s question. by “regular” film
I mean a studio film having a 3rd run neighborhood
engagement. or possibly a low budget American indie.
also a foreign language film. in fact I should have
just asked what was the last non-porn film to play
does anyone know the last regular film to play
this theater? I doubt it was playing a 3rd run
neighborhood engagement of a big studio film one
week than playing adult films the next week.
are the Nederlenders still going thru with their
plan to raise the theater 2 stories?
in my Jan. 16 comment i meant to say i found “noevidence”.
in reference to cmbussmann’s Dec. 20 comment. I saw
Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool last weekend and
found evidence of said dinginess, musty and
how long will The Phantom Thread be shown in 70MM and
how will the program be available?
if the free The Phantom Thread program is 24 pages
that must be a record for a free giveaway brochure.
the brochure handed out free when I saw Victoria
and Abdul at the Paris was 4 pages but elegantly
and beautifully designed.
do you mean The Phantom Thread had an actual
souvenir program for purchase or was it really
a free brochure like the one the Paris handed
out during the run of Victoria and Abdul?
I was shocked to learn the nearby Lincoln Plaza
Cinema is closing at the end of January because the
landlord say construction work is necessary on the
30 year old building. the article i read said the
Lincoln Plaza was also getting competition from the
more recent Bruin Monroe Film Center opposite
Julliard. i have been to both theaters and don’t
remember the 6 year old Bruin Monroe Film Center ever playing what can best be called major low budget
indies and foreign films. as an example- I don’t
remember the Bruin Monroe Film Center ever playing
a low budget indie or foreign film on the same level
as the Lincoln Plaza’s current films- Mudbound,
Wonder Wheel or Darkest Hour.
anyone who actually believes the owners will re-open
it as a cinema once the alleged necessary construction
is done are fooling themselves.