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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Oct 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Hello-

it seems MGM was better at keeping their complete roadshow prints in first rate condition than other companies. my point being if the showing of IAMMMMW is the general release print which is like 40mins.? shorter than the original roadshow cut why bother?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Oct 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm

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what version of IAMMMMW is being shown? the general release print or the closest approximation to the original roadshow cut?

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bigjoe59 commented about World's oldest cinema reopens on Oct 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

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from reading the intro on the theaters CT’s page and reading the Guardian article i am unsure about a)if the Eden was built from the ground up as a cinema or b)it was an already exiting theater building that was used by the Lumiere Bros. to exhibit their films. if its b) that what is the world’s oldest still existing cinema build from the ground up as a cinema?

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Hello From NYC-

this a question I asked sometime ago so I would appreciate any further info my fellow posters might have. the building boom period for grand old movie theaters/palaces was approx. 1914-1941. now many of the theaters built during this period are alive and well and have been in continual operation since the day they opened- the Castro Theater in San Francisco as an example. but that theater was built from the get go as a 2nd/3rd run neighborhood theater. which brings me to the Chinese. I have been browsing this website to see how many such theaters I could find that opened from the get go as 1st run venues and have continued to operate as such since the day they opened. the only one I have found so far is the Chinese. is it really possible that of all the grand old movie theaters/palaces built in the boom period of 1914-1941 from the get go as 1st run venues the Chinese is the only one in continual operation as such since the day is opened?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Oct 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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i saw Gravity in the IMAX Theater this past Sat. at the 11:15 a.m. show and thoroughly enjoyed the sites and sounds of the film. so my question has to do with the theater itself. I am a frequent patron at the Lincoln Square’s regular theaters. now the last time I was in the IMAX theater was February of 2000 when they debuted Disney’s Fantasia 2000. I won’t bet my next paycheck but I am like 99.9% sure that at that visit Fantasia 2000 occupied the entire screen. yet while watching Gravity only the middle say 60% of the screen was being used. now I didn’t take a ruler and measure but the amount of the screen the film occupied seemed no bigger than the screen of the main Loew’s auditorium downstairs or the one at the Zeigfeld. so since it didn’t occupy the entire screen how is it IMAX?

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct 4, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Hello From NYC-

i will be seeing Gravity tomorrow at the Loew’s Lincoln Square IMAX auditorium which has reserved seating. when i purchased my ticket and the screen comes up with the seating plan i noticed all the seats in the middle had been taken which was fine by me. i’m tall and have no idea what the leg room space is between seats. i chose an aisle seat on the right with no seat in front of it which is great since i have long legs. in terms of overall size if the Lincoln Square screen is a 10 what’s the Chinese screen?

also do theaters in L.A. still have the discount before 5p.m. they still did when i was last out in Spring 2004. all AMC theaters have a discount before 12p.m. on weekends so i got that discount plus a senior discount so the ticket cost $15.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Oct 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Hello Again-

thanks for the info about the price for a 3-D IMAX film at Lincoln Square. most good old regular 2-D films aren’t worth the price theaters in Manhattan are asking so I doubt the vast majority of 3-D IMAX films are worth the hyped up price. “Avatar” released Dec. of 2009 was the juggernaut for the current stampede of 3-D films. here’s the kicker- since “Avatar” countless 3-D films have been released and in a grand total of exactly 2 count ‘em two films has the 3-D actually furthed the storytelling process- “Hugo” and “Life of Pi”.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Oct 3, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Hello From NYC-

I read in one of the first comments posted after the theater re-opened that the people showing you to your seats were a bit overwhelmed by the crowd. what’s wrong with the good old fashioned first come first served policy? good old regular 2-D movies are rather expensive at least in Manhattan. 3-d films are are that much more expensive and IMAX 3-D films are additionally more expensive. so no matter how good the film might be are reserved seat IMAX 3-D films really worth what i’m guessing is a really expensive ticket?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Oct 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Hello-

how much are reserved seats for a 3-D IMAX film
at Lincoln Square?

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Hello From NYC-

aside from the hoopla about the Chinese re-opening has there been much talk in the press about the 3-D IMAX The Wizard of Oz? the film opened last Fri.9/20 at 2 of the 3 IMAX screens in Manhattan with no publicity whatsoever.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 20, 2013 at 5:18 pm

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as I said in my last post I haven’t been out to L.A. in approx. 7 years so i’m intrigued by the comments on 3-D films at the Cinerama Dome. to which my question-what essentially is the problem? is the large curved screen not optimum for showing films in 3-D or are the films just not shown correctly? when Arclight built its multiplex adjacent to the Dome didn’t they fully restore the Dome as well?

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 19, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Hello From NYC-

I haven’t been out to L.A. in approx. 7 years so though this question might be silly to ask at this point i’ll ask it anyway. I am assuming the reason the new owners of the Chinese went thru the time and expense of IMAX-ing the Chinese’s auditorium is that there are no other IMAX theaters anywhere close to the Chinese.

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Hello to Al A.–

as always thank for the info. i have another question that i find just as fascinating. my parents took me to see the roadshow engagements of both The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm and How The West Was Won at this theater. i always assumed they had healthy roadshow runs. to which i was quite surprised to find out TWWOTBG’s lasted only 33 weeks and HTWWW’s lasted only 39 weeks. i can see MGM having to pull TWWOTBG even if it was still doing good box office to open HTWWW. but why was HTWWW pulled after only 39 weeks? the roadshow run of HTWWW in both L.A.and San Francisco lasted a lot longer than 39 weeks if i am not mistaken. so what gives?

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Hello-

I second Chris U.’s comment. its a rather unobstrusive sign that i’m betting most people won’t notice.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Sep 15, 2013 at 5:55 pm

to Tinseltoes-

i knew Liz and Dick did not attend the premiere at this theater but i had not known there was a protest by an African-American church in Harlem for casting a white actress in the title role. the interesting part of that protest is simple- regardless of what Cleopatra looked like physically ethnically/culturally she was like 99% Greek.

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm

to Bill H.–

thanks for your reply. five seconds after clicking on add comment it dawned on me that as well as the film was still doing MGM had to pull it to open their big year end “in Cinerama” film Ice Station Zebra. so while it may not have been “in Cinerama” or on a 2 a day roadshow policy did the film at least move to another theater for an exclusive run in 70MM? the reason i ask is simple.

The Sound of Music ran at the Rivoli on a 2 a day roadshow policy in Todd-AO from i believe the first week of March 1965 to the last week of Sept. 1966. normally it would have then gone to the prominent theaters in the other boroughs that traditionally played 20th Century Fox Films after their big 1st runs in Manhattan. but that didn’t happen. the film then moved to the Cinema Rendevous on 57th St. on a continuous performance policy of 3 shows a day and played there i believe 6 months.

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bigjoe59 commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 15, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Hello-

I was fortunate to have seen 2001: A Space Odyssey twice at this theater during its 2 a day “in Cinerama” roadshow engagement. I believe said engagement lasted on 24 weeks due to the Capitol closing prior to demolition. but the exact same engagement moved 4 blocks south to the Warmer Cinerama where it ran
another 13 weeks. the reason I bring this up is simple. when I found this out rather recently I was shocked that the film’s Manhattan roadshow run was only 37 weeks. compare this to the 2 a day roadshow engagement at the Warner in Hollywood which lasted 103 weeks and the 2 a day roadshow run at the Golden Gate in San Francisco which lasted I believe 72 weeks. and does one explain that?

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bigjoe59 commented about American Theater on Sep 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Hello-

i was saddened to hear of the theater’s closing.
i believe that leaves the Bay Plaza as the only
movie theater in the Bronx.

but i don’t understand as a Bow Tie spokesperson said in the News 12 video that he lease can’t be renewed? it not like the building was something else previously and the owner wanted to return it to its original use. it was built as a movie theater. so i assume we’re dealing with a typical greedy NY landlord.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Sep 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Hello from NYC-

I haven’t been out to L.A. in a few years and did enjoy going to the Chinese. to which my question- with all the hoopla about the IMAX-ing of the auditorium while keeping the renowned architectural design as anyone heard anything about the 3-D…ing of The Wizard of Oz. if the retrofit into 3-D of the 1939 film just doesn’t work that won’t be a good omen for the reopening.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm

to techman707-

i thank you for your help with my previous questions. in fact you have a detailed knowledge of this particular theater. to which my new two part question.

*on page 4 of the photo gallery is an ad for “Frankenstein” and “Sitting Bull”. so was the ad for the 1931 horror classic for the original 1st run engagement or a subsequent 2nd run. also it seems the big grand old movie theaters of Times Square played as many B movies as they did A movies. to which i’m guessing the western about one of the most prominent Native Ameericans was considered a B movie.

*on the last page of the photo gallery is a pic of the marquee during the roadshow engagement of “The Shoes of the Fisherman” which i believe opened Nov. of 1968. now the side of the marquee has the title in the typeface used in the ads with a collage of the major characters in the film. yet on the front of the marquee the title is spelled out in plain ordinary block letters. wasn’t kind of tacky for a roadshow engagement?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 9, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Hello-

the last film I saw at this theater before it closed was “Living Out Loud” with Holly Hunter and Queen Latifah. i’m 99.9% sure it was in the downstairs auditorium. to which my question- what was the last film to play here when it was still a single screen theater at which point i believe it was still called the Demille.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinema Studio on Sep 8, 2013 at 4:05 pm

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I liked going to the Cinema Studio since it played many prominent low budget indie American films and top foreign language films. a two part question-

1.i’m guessing that the theater(and the surrounding buildings)were torn down because eventhough the theater was quite popular the land underneath it became worth more than the theater could ever bring in at the box office.

2.as stated by Al A. it opened as the Arcade in 1919. i’m guessing it opened from the get go as a 2nd/3rd run neighborhood theater. so when did it become a 1st run venue? when it became the Cinema Studio?

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 29, 2013 at 3:42 pm

Hello-

I have to be frank and say i find much of the tech numbers mentioned a bit confusing. admittedly i’m no techno wiz. to which what I hope is a simple question- when the 3-D TWOO opens the end of Sept. will they be able to mask the screen so all we see is the movie? whatever the dimensions of a screen it drives me up a ****** wall when it is not properly masked and you see unused screen on the top, bottom or sides.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Hello-

I suppose we shall have to wait and see. I have found the discussion of the Chinese' new IMAX installation fascinating to say the least. it kind of resembles my opinion of the IMAX screens in Manhattan. the only real or true IMAX screen is the one at the Loew’s Lincoln Square on Bway and 68th St. the other IMAX screens in Manhattan are not quite so.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Hello-

I suppose we shall have to wait and see. I have found the discussion of the Chinese' new IMAX installation fascinating to say the least. it kind of resembles my opinion of the IMAX screens in Manhattan. the only real or true IMAX screen is the one at the Loew’s Lincoln Square on Bway and 68th St. the other IMAX screens in Manhattan are not quite so.