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I thank you for your thoughts on Hello Dolly. like you
I have never gotten the overproduced objections. also I
thought it was kind wise of Kelly to shoot the 1890’s
Yonkers scenes in Garrison,New York rather than trying
to fake it on a backlot.
to the best of my knowledge the Big Top always showed
gay porn. the Circus the downstairs theater was the one
that showed straight porn.
no intro can be perfect but it doesn’t mention that this
theater was one of the leading roadshow houses in the 1952-
to MSC77 many thanks for answering my Denver question. but
I’m wondering if you would happen to know if any of the roadshow
films which opened if the seven Tines Square theaters that
the studios used in the 1952-1972 period did not have
granted a Cinemascope screen wasn’t as large as a
Cinerama screen but still how did they install a
Cinemascope screen in this theater to show Gigi?
with A+ two thumbs up HD transfers widescreen epics truly
come alive on blu-ray discs. to which it just hit me that
Around the World in 80 Days has never been issued on blu-ray.
aside from one’s opinion of the film does anyone know of
a reason why it hasn’t? they had the master per se to issue
the dvd set like at least a decade ago so why no blu-ray?
i have asked this question in the past to which i wonder
if my fellow posters have any additional info. i refer to
Sept. 1952-Dec. 1972 as the prime roadshow period. now i
didn’t go to every roadshow film in this time period but
every one i did go to had a souvenir program for sale in
the lobby. therefore does anyone know of a roadshow
engagement in this period that did not have a souvenir
how is a 34 week roadshow run “pretty much died as a
roadshow in New York”?
to Mike (saps) on your 7/16/19 comment on Hello Dolly.
as I have said for me Streisand was Dolly Levi. so might
I ask what exactly you mean by the film being
“overproduced”? the sumptuous physical production is one
reason I am fond of the film.
its to bad no complete copy of the roadshow version of
South Pacific exists whether it be a camera negative or
a print of the film. when the 4hr premiere roadshow version
of Cleopatra was cut down to 3hrs. 15mins. for its
run at neighborhood theaters around NYC not only were the
45mins. of trims saved but in damn good condition. the
original 4hr. roadshow version is the one on the A++
Blu-ray disc. its to bad the 15?mins. trimmed from
South Pacific weren’t kept. I can’t believe there’s no
complete roadshow print of SP anyway in the world.
this theater reminds me of the Alexandria in San
Francisco. another movie palace boarded up and just
to Al A.– thanks for your reply. I saw GMC during its
roadshow rum at the RKO Palace, PYW during its roadshow
run at the Loews State 1&2. I only saw Cleopatra and
TFOTRE at neighborhood theaters. I would have especially
liked to have seen Cleopatra during its roadshow run
at the Rivoli on its huge curved Toad-AO screen.
to vindanpar- the currently available Blu-ray disc set
of South Pacific contains both the general release print
which is the one most people know and the original
roadshow version. but the roadshow version is a
reconstruction not a restoration. the roadshow version
was reconstructed by inserting the eliminated 15? mins.
using b&w-ish sepia footage from I guess a work print.
to which my question- are you saying the Blu-ray disc
available in Denmark was a full complete original roadshow
version and not the “reconstructed” one available in the
i read the Nob Hill Adult Theater closed. to which myquestion- are there any gay theaters left in San Francisco?
to Al. A- in our continuing discussion about roadshow films
I have a question for you. of the number of roadshow films
with as i put it “a somewhat off reputation” is there one
you liked/enjoyed quite a bit and think is a damn good film?
to Al A.– in our continuing lively discussion about roadshow
films a question. would you know what the minimum number of
weeks a roadshow engagement had to run to be considered a
success? I’m guessing part of the equation was much the film
cost to make.
to Orlando thanks for the info. also to Comfortably Cool when
I said all of NYC I meant all five boroughs. in fact if they
were still in operation both the Bunny and The Colosseum would
have take the title from the Alpine. both theaters in Upper
Manhattan closed rather recently.
we’re having an interesting discussion aren’t we? I was
just trying to make the point that a number of people who
refer to certain roadshow films as “bombs” probably have never
thru them and are just reiterating the long held off
reputation. also The Wizard of Oz and Vertigo may have
eventually broke even but what people fail to mention is
that in their original 1st run engagements they were
thanks to Al A. for your reply. as I said in my original
comment in my opinion Tora Tora Tora is one of the best
large scale historical I’ve ever seen and one of the best
films on WW II. many people love to classify big roadshow
films as bombs I bet without having actually seen them.
for instance people love to classify Hello Dolly as a
bomb and in my opinion its one of the best musical films
ever made. we might as well refer to The Wizard of Oz and'
Vertigo as “bombs” since both films were big box office
disappointments in their initial release.
in reference to vindanpar’s 9/9/18 comment about
Tora-Tora-Tora. i happen to think its a first
rate action drama and one of the best films I’ve
seen on WW II. so i wish people would stop referring
to films as bombs as if to infer the actual quality
of the film. some of the best regarded most loved
classics were bombs when they first opened.
at 87mins. The Old Man and the Sea was the shortestroadshow film i can remember. how long did the roadshowrun last?
in the interior pics from Ed S.’s 7/17/06 post the
theater interior was rather nice. it was by no means
I went to see Hawaii twice during its roadshow engagement
and The Shoes of the Fisherman once during its roadshow
engagement. my point being simple. when it was a prime
roadshow I’m sure they kept it immaculate. but as I
have said before in its last 2/3 years of its operation
the men’s restroom on the orchestra level and the
men’s room for the upper and lower balcony were in
horrid condition. I’m surprised the theater was never
closed down for being a public health hazard.
I admit I tend to repeat myself but for someone who might
be reading the intro for the first time I just wanted to
make the point the Plaza was never hard to find.
to Al A. thanks for your seconding my thought that thePlaza was by no means “hard to find” as stated in the intro.again since the address was clearly stated in the ads forwhatever film anyone who could see should have had no troublefinding it.
in tis last years of operation whenever I went it was always
well attended. so why did it close? this is especially
perplexing since they didn’t demolish the building.
also my fondest memory of the Plaza. I went to see the
highly acclaimed film Hester Street and was sitting in the
downstairs lobby which I am sure you agree was gorgeous
waiting for the next showing to begin. I was chatting with
an older couple in the few minutes I was waiting. when
we went up after the previous audience and left I suddenly
realized who the older gentleman was I had been chatting
with- Richard Rodgers.
i object to the statement in the intro that this theaterwas “hard to find”. how in God’s name was it hard to findwhen the address was clearly stated in the ads?