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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm

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to vindanpar-

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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Big Top Theatre on Aug 8, 2019 at 3:14 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Aladdin Theatre on Aug 5, 2019 at 2:14 pm

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no intro can be perfect but it doesn’t mention that this theater was one of the leading roadshow houses in the 1952- 1972 period.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 5, 2019 at 2:06 pm

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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 souvenir programs.

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bigjoe59 commented about Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Aug 1, 2019 at 1:18 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Aug 1, 2019 at 12:33 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 31, 2019 at 3:57 pm

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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 program?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jul 29, 2019 at 12:23 pm

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how is a 34 week roadshow run “pretty much died as a roadshow in New York”?

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 28, 2019 at 11:53 am

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 26, 2019 at 2:56 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Pacific 1-2-3 on Jul 25, 2019 at 11:55 am

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this theater reminds me of the Alexandria in San Francisco. another movie palace boarded up and just sitting there.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 24, 2019 at 12:50 pm

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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 U.S.?

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bigjoe59 commented about St. Francis Theatre & Baronet Theatre on Jul 22, 2019 at 3:46 pm

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i read the Nob Hill Adult Theater closed. to which my
question- are there any gay theaters left in San Francisco?

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 22, 2019 at 2:44 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 19, 2019 at 2:30 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Albee Theatre on Jul 19, 2019 at 2:23 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 18, 2019 at 4:09 pm

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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 considered flops.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 16, 2019 at 2:09 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 15, 2019 at 4:18 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 15, 2019 at 3:49 pm

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at 87mins. The Old Man and the Sea was the shortest
roadshow film i can remember. how long did the roadshow
run last?

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bigjoe59 commented about Geo. M. Cohan Theatre on Jul 15, 2019 at 3:21 pm

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in the interior pics from Ed S.’s 7/17/06 post the theater interior was rather nice. it was by no means plain.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jul 15, 2019 at 12:21 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 15, 2019 at 12:07 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 14, 2019 at 2:04 pm

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to Al A. thanks for your seconding my thought that the
Plaza was by no means “hard to find” as stated in the intro.
again since the address was clearly stated in the ads for
whatever film anyone who could see should have had no trouble
finding 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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 12, 2019 at 4:25 pm

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i object to the statement in the intro that this theater
was “hard to find”. how in God’s name was it hard to find
when the address was clearly stated in the ads?