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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 5, 2018 at 11:14 pm

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I have a question about exhibition that I hope someone can help me with. it seems the window between when a film opens to when the dvd/blu/ray comes out has gotten smaller the years. in fact if a film is successful enough it may still be in its 1st run engagements when the dvd/blu-ray comes out. which is where my question comes in. if a film is still doing decent business when the dvd/blu-ray is released can the distribution company pull it even if the theater wants to continue playing it?

for instance of the films up for Oscars last night some did in fact win. so if one of these is still doing decent enough business that a theater might want to continue playing it can the distribution company pull it anyway?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Mar 1, 2018 at 8:45 pm

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I always associate reserve seat or to use the trade term roadshow engagements with souvenir programs. so can anyone remember a roadshow engagement at the Capitol that did not have a souvenir program?

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bigjoe59 commented about Little Carnegie Theatre on Feb 27, 2018 at 9:51 pm

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the last time I can remember seeing a film here
was the 40th anniversary re-issue of Disney’s
Pinocchio.

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bigjoe59 commented about National Theatre & Roosevelt Theatre on Feb 27, 2018 at 9:04 pm

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for many years when the Sunshine first opened I wondered what had occupied the space that is now occupied by a condo tower and a Whole Foods. a question- why was it a parking lot for sooooooooo many years?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Feb 25, 2018 at 9:05 pm

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Al A. to the rescue yet again. I could swear when I first looked up “all theaters” for New York,New York it wasn’t listed. well I guess I’m only human.

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bigjoe59 commented about Reo Theater on Feb 25, 2018 at 9:00 pm

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to Al A.. thanks for the link it was a
most a most amusing story to read.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Feb 23, 2018 at 11:23 pm

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I hope one of you can help me with a mystery of sorts. I started browsing thru issues of Moving Picture World and Motion Picture News on archive.org a few years back and still haven’t looked at all the many issues they have online. this is where my question comes in. today I was looking thru the Oct. 7, 1916 issue of Motion Picture News which had a write up on a newly opened movie theater the Regun at 60 W. 116 st. no theater by that name is listed on this site. did i just discover a unlisted picture house or is it better known by another name?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Feb 21, 2018 at 12:09 am

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whoever books films for the Paris knows their stuff. the last few years whatever Oscar bait film opened in Nov. usually stays till the beginning' of April.

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bigjoe59 commented about New Metro Twin on Feb 21, 2018 at 12:02 am

Hello- after Alamo scraped their plans is the' theater just sitting there boarded up?

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bigjoe59 commented about Olympia Cinemas on Feb 20, 2018 at 11:56 pm

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the only film i can remember seeing here was “Everyone’s All American” starring Dennis Quad. so i guess had to be prior to 2003.

also when exactly did it become a 1st run venue?
I only remember it as a 1st run venue.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Feb 15, 2018 at 9:01 pm

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when I found this wonderful site I really got a big kick out of looking at the ads for a big film’s exclusive first run engagement at one of the grand old theaters that once dotted the Times Square area. to which the ad for Planet of the Apes which opened here Feb. 1968. nowadays theater managers schedule what I consider an excessively large amount of time between showings of a film. now POTA was 1hr. 42mins. yet showings were scheduled every 2 hours- 10, 12, 2, 4, etc………. I thought how could the theater get the old audience out, clean the theater and get the new audience in in 18mins.? so what did they do? not clean the theater till the of the day?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Feb 12, 2018 at 9:24 pm

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at the time of Renata Alder’s hiring by the N Y Times as their head film critic I remember reading an article in another area paper that was interesting. the gist of ‘ the article was simple- the author was rather perplexed by her hiring by the Times considering her aversion to “pop culture”. I remember her review of the Julie Andrews pic “Star”. it wasn’t pretty.

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bigjoe59 commented about Metropolitan Theatre on Feb 7, 2018 at 9:19 pm

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I thank Al A. and NYer for their replies. I’m guessing the two films mentioned in the ½/69 VV ad were soft core or exploitation films and not actual porn but still I suppose they were considered the “porn” of their day.

so I’m guessing that the theater went “adult” per se around the mid60s after being closed up even for a relatively short period of time. I say this because I can’t believe it was showing a 3rd run neighborhood engagement of a studio film that played say the Loew’s State or Criterion a few months before one week then
the next week was showing “adult” films.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Feb 6, 2018 at 8:21 pm

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a question pertaining to the recent closing of both the Sunshine and nearby Lincoln Plaza cinemas. while I have been to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s two theaters- the Walter Reade and Bruin Monroe I never remember either one ever showing what I would call an A level low budget American indie or foreign language film. for instance Darkest Hour, Wonder Wheel or Hostiles were among the last films to play the Lincoln Plaza. so do you think the Reade and the Bruin Monroe will now start booking the A level low budget American indies and prominent foreign language that normally would have played only at the Lincoln Plaza and Sunshine?

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bigjoe59 commented about Metropolitan Theatre on Feb 6, 2018 at 8:06 pm

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in terms of Al A.’s question. by “regular” film I mean a studio film having a 3rd run neighborhood engagement. or possibly a low budget American indie. also a foreign language film. in fact I should have just asked what was the last non-porn film to play the theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Metropolitan Theatre on Feb 5, 2018 at 9:53 pm

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does anyone know the last regular film to play this theater? I doubt it was playing a 3rd run neighborhood engagement of a big studio film one week than playing adult films the next week.

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Feb 1, 2018 at 8:54 pm

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are the Nederlenders still going thru with their plan to raise the theater 2 stories?

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bigjoe59 commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Jan 24, 2018 at 11:04 pm

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in my Jan. 16 comment i meant to say i found “no
evidence”.

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bigjoe59 commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Jan 16, 2018 at 9:10 pm

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in reference to cmbussmann’s Dec. 20 comment. I saw Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool last weekend and found evidence of said dinginess, musty and uncomfortable ambiance.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jan 5, 2018 at 11:04 pm

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how long will The Phantom Thread be shown in 70MM and how will the program be available?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jan 3, 2018 at 9:04 pm

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if the free The Phantom Thread program is 24 pages that must be a record for a free giveaway brochure.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jan 2, 2018 at 9:03 pm

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the brochure handed out free when I saw Victoria and Abdul at the Paris was 4 pages but elegantly and beautifully designed.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jan 2, 2018 at 8:21 pm

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do you mean The Phantom Thread had an actual souvenir program for purchase or was it really a free brochure like the one the Paris handed out during the run of Victoria and Abdul?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Dec 19, 2017 at 8:27 pm

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I was shocked to learn the nearby Lincoln Plaza Cinema is closing at the end of January because the landlord say construction work is necessary on the 30 year old building. the article i read said the Lincoln Plaza was also getting competition from the more recent Bruin Monroe Film Center opposite Julliard. i have been to both theaters and don’t remember the 6 year old Bruin Monroe Film Center ever playing what can best be called major low budget indies and foreign films. as an example- I don’t remember the Bruin Monroe Film Center ever playing a low budget indie or foreign film on the same level as the Lincoln Plaza’s current films- Mudbound, Wonder Wheel or Darkest Hour.

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bigjoe59 commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Dec 19, 2017 at 8:17 pm

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anyone who actually believes the owners will re-open it as a cinema once the alleged necessary construction is done are fooling themselves.