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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 2, 2016 at 6:46 pm

Early tomorrow morning at 4am TCM is running this theater’s opening attraction Marooned.

By coincidence or design at 6:15am they are showing The Bitter Tea of General Yen, the opening attraction of Radio City Music Hall…

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 2, 2016 at 6:43 pm

Early tomorrow morning at 6:15am TCM is running this theater’s opening attraction The Bitter Tea of General Yen. By coincidence or design at 4am they are showing Marooned, the opening attraction of the Ziegfeld…

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 2, 2016 at 11:07 am

Bill, what was the occasion for the Blazing Saddles screening, and what did Mel have to say about Gene Wilder?

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 2, 2016 at 11:05 am

It was probably Last of the Red Hot Lovers, about which Roger Greenspun of The New York Times said: “In the dismal history of Neil Simon screenplays and adaptations for the screen, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers may represent the lowest ebb…

But I’m glad you have good memories of it, or at least of your visit to this magnificent house.

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Mike (saps) commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 1, 2016 at 9:44 am

Good grief, with that line-up of roadshow offerings it’s a good thing theaters didn’t have the new reclining seats or the racket of snoring would have drowned out the soundtracks…!

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Mike (saps) commented about Malverne Cinema on Aug 31, 2016 at 9:46 pm

I’m pretty sure this theater has five screens, not six…

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Mike (saps) commented about F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts on Aug 31, 2016 at 6:05 pm

Saw a show here last night – Celtic Thunder – and the house is big and lovely, subdued and tasteful in the Art Deco style. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

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Mike (saps) commented about Capitol Theatre on Aug 29, 2016 at 9:57 pm

If I recall correctly, some were cut and some were uncut…

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Mike (saps) commented about Capitol Theatre on Aug 29, 2016 at 7:33 pm

I kind of remember a hard ticket for Caligula. (Something was hard, anyway…)

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 29, 2016 at 3:52 pm

Ann-Margret was on Johnny Carson last night from December 13, 1978 promoting her special called “Rockette: A Holiday Tribute to Radio City Music Hall”

They were both wondering if the Music Hall would survive… Ann thought there was a lot of life left, Johnny was more pessimistic… (As we now know, RCMH ended its movie/stage show format about four months later, and after years of nail-biting drama, it’s still in show business nearly 40 years later.)

Here is a short clip I found from the special; I wish I could see the rest. :(

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Aug 24, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Here’s the text of that petition. (It’s heartfelt if not a little looney…)

As many movie theaters in NYC, the AMC Loews 34th Street 14 theater has been plagued by bed bugs. Just last month there was a report from people being bitten and these reports go back months. (https://www.yelp.com/biz/amc-loews-34th-street-14-new-york?q=bed%20bugs)

The anxiety exists for NYC movie patrons who would like to attend press screenings as seat fillers. However most blockbusters end up getting a screening at the 34th Street theater instead of a bed bug free theater.

One suggestion would be the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 or the Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX. Both of which can carry large audiences.

The outlets or whoever is responsible for organizing these screenings are being kindly asked to consider changing the venue until the AMC Loews 34th Street 14 theater has been cleaned from any possible bed bug plague.

As a reminder, a similar theater was shut down because of the same problem; the AMC Empire 25.

And as stated above, there are other venues (including from AMC) who could replace this common venue temporarily for screenings.

Please consider our petition.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Aug 18, 2016 at 5:29 pm

For what it’s worth, here’s the article dated July 17, 2015:

Lynbrook’s vintage movie theater will be demolished to make way for a multimillion-dollar multiplex.

Regal Entertainment Group plans to replace the 23,000- square-foot film palace at 321 Merrick Rd. in the village’s downtown with an 80,000- square-foot facility.

The new theater will have 13 screens and 1,600 seats, a spokesman for one of the developers confirmed Friday. He said the project would cost $25 million and take 18 months to complete.

Lynbrook officials approved the project in May. It is part of the village’s new arts and cultural district, established to revitalize the downtown. Village and Regal officials weren’t available to comment Friday afternoon.

Regal real estate vice president Jerry Grewe said in a statement after securing the village’s approval, “Through the state-of-the-art renovations at the Lynbrook Cinema, we will offer a whole new moviegoing experience featuring our plush recliners.

The new theater will serve a larger territory with January’s closing of Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas in Valley Stream. Also, Rockville Centre is down to one multiplex from two.

The existing Lynbrook theater is about 100 years old and hosted live performances before being converted to show films. It was a respected vaudeville house with ornate chandeliers in the lobby and dressing rooms for the actors on the second floor.

In 1929 the theater showed the first sound film, as well as the first “talkie” film on Long Island, “The Lights of New York.” Forty-four years later, when the theater showed “Last Tango in Paris,” village officials asked a court to intercede, calling the movie obscene.

The new theater is being built by Blumenfeld Development Group of Syosset and the Prusik Group of Manhattan. They have applied for tax breaks from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. A hearing scheduled for Monday has been postponed.

State law prohibits industrial development agencies from aiding retailers unless the project falls within an exception, such as drawing tourists to an area. The county IDA has backed previous Blumenfeld projects.

Developer David Blumenfeld said the project reflects his company’s “commitment to Long Island and its economic sustainability.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Rivoli Theatre on Aug 18, 2016 at 4:53 pm

I also saw A Bridge a Too Far at the Rivoli, but no Joe Levine…:(

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Aug 18, 2016 at 10:40 am

I saw a show there soon after it opened and one difference between seeing the photos here and actually being there is that it is not as well lit in person. The house lights and lobby lights are down (at half?) as the patrons enter the building and the auditorium, as they should be. But this means that all the restoration work is not as eye-popping because the house is not lit for photo-taking but is lit for actual use, which means the show is the star and not the theater.

Of course it is still magnificent but in an elegant, more subdued way.

Do they have the houselights on full for the tours?

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Mike (saps) commented about "Lean on Me on Aug 18, 2016 at 10:26 am

All six theaters listed in this ad are now gone.

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Aug 9, 2016 at 11:22 am

I think they have been giving tours for some time now, about twice a month…evenings, weekends, different schedules. Their e-mailings give the dates and times.

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's New York Theatre and Roof on Aug 9, 2016 at 8:04 am

Link here

Some cool photos on that site

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Aug 8, 2016 at 9:18 pm

How much were the tickets?

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Aug 8, 2016 at 4:06 pm

I too would like to hear a more detailed report…

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Jul 27, 2016 at 7:35 am

It’s a big vacant lot, cleared of most debris. Surrounded by a cyclone fence with green netting.

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Mike (saps) commented about Commodore Cinemas on Jul 26, 2016 at 10:49 pm

Wrong Commodore

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Jul 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

A little bit about the Loews North Versailles, reposted from its page here.

dave-bronx™ on August 26, 2004 at 7:46 am wrote:

The address of the former Loews North Versailles 20 is: 200 Loews Drive, North Versailles PA 15137.

Loews announced this theatre, but had to wait for the municipality to make changes to the surrounding roads and other infrastructure adjustments before they could begin construction. As with most government projects, they moved at a snails pace. In the meantime the 24-screen plex down the street, which was announced after the Loews was announced, got built and opened long before the Loews and had captured the audience.

The Loews theatre had a total of 4172 seats. When it closed [in February 2001, a little more than a year after it opened,] all of the equipment was removed and most of it re-installed in the new Loews 34th Street in New York, which was just being completed at the time the North Versailles was closing.

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 20, 2016 at 5:28 am

Wow, nice catch, Vindanpar…!

A Schubert show at a Shubert house…

I bow to my new lord and master!

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 19, 2016 at 10:02 pm

Al, I’ve loved your posts and insights over these years, but grammar refers to the way words are used, classified, and structured together to form coherent written or spoken communication.

Spelling is forming of words with letters in an accepted order.

With a nod to George and Ira, let me add:

Things have come to a pretty pass

Our romance is growing flat,

For you like this and the other

While I go for this and that…

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 19, 2016 at 8:03 pm

Grammar and spelling are different things, Al…