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edblank commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 27, 2009 at 10:00 am

Not sure if it’s just me, but I haven’t been able to open that file last night or throughout this morning, Yorkville. Would really like to see the photo.

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edblank commented about Denis Theatre on Jun 25, 2009 at 8:15 am

In conjunction with efforts to raise money to renovate and resurrect the Denis, three movies are being shown this summer outdoors at the nearby Parse Way (covered) Pavilion on Washington Road.

“Bringing Up Baby” will run at 9 p.m. June 27, the locally made “The Bread, My Sweet” at 9 p.m. July 25 and “Mad Hot Ballroom” at 9 p.m. Aug. 29.

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edblank commented about Hollywood Theater on Jun 25, 2009 at 8:10 am

Very good news. The theater appeared to be in fine condition when I attended during its earlier resurrection. It’s just so difficult to compete for today’s audience with first-run multiplexes. Young moviegoers especially no longer relate to the concept of waiting to see a film at a lower price. It’s all about oopening days and opening weekends no matter what the cost.

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edblank commented about Enright Theatre on Jun 16, 2009 at 6:38 am

The Enright was closed from mid-June 1953 (“Desert Legion” & “Off Limits”) through Christmas 1953 (“Mogambo” & “Blowing Wild”).

It closed again after the mid-May 1957 double bill of “Battle Hymn” and “Rock, Pretty Baby,” unless you count the “live” closed-circuit fights telecast a night or two later.

I believe there was some indication that it was just closed temporarily (a common practice in the moviehouse business), but The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Havold V. Cohen dropped a line into one of his daily columns saying the Enright (probably) wasn’t ever really going to reopen.

The only night it did function again after that was for another one-nighter closed-circuit telecast of boxing matches (daydating with the Penn, the Stanley and the Harris – those three being Downtown) highlighting a title bout between Carmen Basilio and Sugar Ray Robinson on or about March 29, 1958.

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edblank commented about Criterion Theatre on Jun 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm

“The Desperate Hours” would have opened at the Criterion in October 1955 and possibly played much/most of November.

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edblank commented about Enright Theatre on May 11, 2009 at 7:56 pm

There is nothing on the site of the former Enright. All of the shops have been razed. It’s a vacant lot.

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edblank commented about Fine Arts Theatre on May 11, 2009 at 7:14 am

Does anyone know when the Fine Arts stopped functioning as a moviehouse and even possibly its final film attraction?
And is it still boarded up?
Would a passerby recognize it as a former moviehouse? (Many old theaters had a telltale architecture.)

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edblank commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 29: Pittsburgh) on May 2, 2009 at 12:47 pm

“The Old Man and the Sea” played for four soft weeks (27 days, to be precise) at the Warner.

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edblank commented about Hollywood Theater on Apr 29, 2009 at 6:48 am

Hi, Denny. The Hollywood was a Warner theater but not a John P. Harris theater. They were rival circuits here.

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edblank commented about Colonial Drive-in on Apr 29, 2009 at 6:45 am

Thanks for those, Denny. Miss the marquees, if not the spelling on the Colonial’s.

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edblank commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 25, 2009 at 11:34 am

Do they remove all – perhaps 4,000 – orchestra auditorium seats? That seams like a tremendous effort for a two day rental.

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edblank commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 18, 2009 at 5:47 pm

GabeDF, Coincidental to your posting of a silent video showing “The Bells of St. Mary’s” on the RCMH marquee, that was the answer to a pricey question on “Millionaire” recently: What was the movie indicated in the background when Michael and Kay left a theater in “The Godfather”? (Or words to that effect.) I always thought that was a good choice by Francis Ford Coppola, not just because it was period-appropriate but because it seemed so suitable a choice for that idealistic couple just before the moment when he began evolving into the future Corleone don.

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edblank commented about City Cinemas Village East on Apr 16, 2009 at 6:33 am

That stage production of “The Chosen” surprisingly lasted for just six performances, Jan. 6-10, 1988, although the marquee signage probably was in place for the final month or two of 1987 and may have stayed up for many weeks after the play closed

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edblank commented about Harris Theatre on Apr 16, 2009 at 6:26 am

Loved those busy old marquees on 42nd Street.

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edblank commented about Symphony Space/Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre on Apr 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

It is indeed.

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edblank commented about Art Greenwich Twin on Apr 13, 2009 at 11:28 am

Thanks for the many fine Manhattan marquee shots, Al.

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edblank commented about Beacon Theatre on Apr 10, 2009 at 8:25 am

Bravo, Al, for your observations about the short-sightedness and lack of research and information in faux documentaries. I’ve seen few “documentaries” in theaters in the past 20 years that weren’t simply love letters to their subjects.

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edblank commented about Arcade Theater on Apr 7, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I miss visiting the Arcade. Final owner Stanley “Zundy” Kramer still lives in the area. Nice guy. And a true “character” in the traditional sense of colorful people who are quoted and remembered favorably.

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edblank commented about Astor Theatre on Mar 31, 2009 at 11:51 am

Great shot. Can’t quite see the Victoria marquee. Looks as if “Prince (something)” is playing.

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edblank commented about Powers Auditorium on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Renewing link.

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edblank commented about Palace Theater on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Renewing link.

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edblank commented about Strand Theater on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Renewing link.

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edblank commented about State Theatre on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Renewing link.

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edblank commented about Paramount Theatre on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Renewing link.

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edblank commented about Art Greenwich Twin on Mar 30, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Renewing link.