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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Jan 7, 2020 at 11:55 am

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jan 6, 2020 at 4:10 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Jan 6, 2020 at 12:55 pm

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as I asked a while back what changes if any are being
made to the auditorium itself?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jan 5, 2020 at 3:06 pm

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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 theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Regal Union Square Stadium 17 on Jan 1, 2020 at 1:59 pm

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to be frank a colorblind person would have chosen a better color. I wonder who’s the idiot who chose the color?

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bigjoe59 commented about Regal Union Square Stadium 17 on Jan 1, 2020 at 1:08 pm

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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 19 St.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Dec 31, 2019 at 12:00 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Dec 28, 2019 at 10:51 am

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Dec 16, 2019 at 4:11 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Regal Union Square Stadium 17 on Dec 16, 2019 at 4:01 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Astor Theatre on Dec 8, 2019 at 3:15 pm

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what was the last film to be advertised on the huge
horizontal sign over the Astor and Victoria theaters?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 28, 2019 at 2:53 pm

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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 sense.

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 26, 2019 at 2:48 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Belasco Theatre on Nov 25, 2019 at 3:10 pm

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since Netflix is running the film without an intermission
The Irishman by 1 minute takes the title away from the 1956
film version of War and Peace as the longest major and or
studio film released without an intermission.

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 25, 2019 at 2:47 pm

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is Netflix showing The Irishman at the Belasco with
an intermission?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 24, 2019 at 2:44 pm

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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 theater?

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bigjoe59 commented about Pacific 1-2-3 on Nov 21, 2019 at 12:23 pm

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as I aske din July is this theater still boarded up and just sitting there?

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bigjoe59 commented about Astor Theatre on Nov 21, 2019 at 12:17 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Nov 19, 2019 at 2:26 pm

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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 Snyder Cut?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 11, 2019 at 12:55 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 10, 2019 at 2:08 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 9, 2019 at 12:09 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 7, 2019 at 4:14 pm

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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 single film?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 6, 2019 at 4:26 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Nov 6, 2019 at 1:22 pm

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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.