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I had tickets for a matinee of the Ben-Hur rerelease the
day after Judy Garland died. when you entered the lobby
right before the theater proper they had portraits of all
the great stars that had played the Palace. Garland’s
had a black wreath around it.
to vindanpar- does Kennedy’s book discuss musical
roadshows only of the ‘60s? for me the modern era of roadshows
started with Oklahoma(Oct. 1955) to Man of La Mancha
(Dec. 1972). while there were many musicals released
during the 60s I’m hedging the bet more were released
on a continuous performance basis to use an old term
rather than on a roadshow basis. in other words if
Kennedy sticks to only roadshow musicals of the '60s
it must be a shorter book.
as I asked a while back what changes if any are beingmade to the auditorium itself?
I love your comment since I well remember your comments on
Kennedy’s book “Musical Roadshows”. I wonder if he even saw
Hello Dolly in its original TODD-AO projection at this
to be frank a colorblind person would have chosen
a better color. I wonder who’s the idiot who chose the
to ridethectrain. since you post frequently here don’t
you find the color of the new seats off-putting? as I
said it looks like a pumpkin threw up. plus they’re
nowhere near as comfy as the new seats at the AMC/Loews
I own several souvenir programs(140 in fact) and one of my
favorites is the one for The House of Rothschild which
premiered at this theater. what makes it special is not only
is it in mint condition but it contains the special
mini program just for the premiere at this theater.
has anyone heard anything on the grape wine per se as to
whether Netflix will allow films from other studios to be
shown. I remember when this theater closed at the end of
August Tom Bernard the co-head of Sony Pictures Classics
lamented the loss their favorite theater for showcasing
their Oscar Bait films. lets face it considering how many
original films Netflix streams the vast majority are simply
not in the same class as Marriage Story or The Two Popes.
has anyone who frequents this theater been to the Regal
Union Square recently? a number of the auditoriums have
new seats which are uncomfortable if you’re a taller than
average. plus the color is hedious. they look like a
pumpkin threw up. a color blind person would have picked
a better dolor.
i went to this theater Fri. 12/13 to see Uncut Gems. the
new seats are uncomfortable if you’re taller than average'
for a guy. also the color of the new seats looks like a
pumpkin threw up. a color blind person would have picked
a better color.
what was the last film to be advertised on the hugehorizontal sign over the Astor and Victoria theaters?
to Howard B. I thank for your reply but I guess we
differ on what can deemed a “roadshow film”. for my
viewpoint The Hateful 8 doesn’t qualify.
also I read the article on Netflix taking a lease
the theater. the one downside is simple- they only show
Netflix films. I only joined the site recently but
from reading reviews the past year or so of the original
films they’ve streamed most have gotten at best mixed
reviews. Roma, The Irishman and Marriage Story seem to
be rare exceptions. in its 71 years this theater has
shown indie American films and foreign language films
from the top art house distributors so to limit
yourself to one company/distributor doesn’t make
to Howard B.–
how was The Hateful Eight a roadshow in the traditional
sense of the term. did it play exclusively at 1 theater
with matinees on Wed. , Sat. and Sun. and evening screenings
seven nights a week?
since Netflix is running the film without an intermissionThe Irishman by 1 minute takes the title away from the 1956film version of War and Peace as the longest major and orstudio film released without an intermission.
is Netflix showing The Irishman at the Belasco withan intermission?
I’ve been thinking about this theater being solely a
Netflix house for the foreseeable future. for 71 years
this theater has been a prime showplace for the best
in low budget American indies and the crème of foreign
language cinema. but if it stays a Netflix house what
will they fill it with? as I have said before most
original Netflix films aren’t exactly Oscar material.
so since films of the caliber of Roma, Marriage Story
and The Irishman are few and far between again what
will they fill this theater with? after all once a film
debuts on Netflix who’s going to pay to see it in a
Hello from NYC-
as I aske din July is this theater still boarded up and
just sitting there?
in reference to da-Bunnyman’s 4/5/18 post. when Ben-Hur
opened Dec. 1925 at the nearby George M. Cohan Theater during
the sea battle and the chariot race they used a widescreen
process called I believe Panascope.
I am apparently one of the very few people who liked
Justice League(which i saw at this theater) as released.
to which a question i hope someone can answer as
best they can. talk about the much asked for Snyder Cut
and been much in the mews lately which prompts the
question. at the beginning of 2017 when it was announced
Snyder would be leaving the film because of his
daughter’s tragic death. so it’s my thought that if he
didn’t finish shooting the film how can there be a
thanks to UsherDNA for their reply. it prompts another
question. I only joined Netflix recently but from the
critics reviews of the original films that they stream
most don’t hack it. so how many films like “Marriage Story”
or “Roma” can they possibly have up their sleeve?
its nice that its 99% certain the Paris has a new lease on
life but. if I understand the news item correctly the
theater will only play Netflix films?
I thing how much Netflix would be willing to spend on
1 film is different from whichever studio. studios have
many ways to make $$$ off 1 film but Netflix only has
the monthly subscriber fees. I doubt they’d have okayed
the $350 budget for Endgame.
David Z.– thanks of the info. i figured Netflix would have
a nice nest egg if they did in fact have the bazillion subscribers they’re alleged to have but I didn’t think the
nest egg would be as high as $125 billion. which prompts
a question- how much would they be willing to spend on a
an additional question. as I understand it Netflix’s
sole source of income is its monthly fees from a reported
bazillion subscribers. with that being the case
I still don’t see how with The Irishman they can
bankroll a $175 mil movie?
one question I’ve had for a while is why Netflix doesn’t
feel they need to observe the 90 day window like all other
studios are doing? why do they think they’re special and
don’t have to observe it.