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SethLewis commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on May 13, 2009 at 2:25 pm

The quintessential Broadway single screen if not grindhouse I was well into my twenties before I dared go in here – can’t imagine it was any studio’s first choice for a Broadway first run but was considerably smaller than the State or Cinerama twins…It was a late night show of 48 Hours and I do believe someone pulled a gun while we were waiting in line to buy tickets…A few years later saw Crimes and Misdemeanors here as well…

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SethLewis commented about Avenue Cinema on May 12, 2009 at 2:52 pm

A two screener when I lived in Brussels in 1979 often playing off pictures in the smaller screens of the Capitole…Saw La Cage aux Folles here and probably a couple of others

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SethLewis commented about UGC George V on May 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Remember this as a pretty grand experience for Billy Wilder’s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes…as a multiplex the main room is ok, the smaller screens can be hit or miss…in the past couple of years have seen American Gangster, Bee Movie, The Incredibles, Haunted Mansion, a Sidney Lumet with Vin Diesel, and a French picture there

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SethLewis commented about Trans-Lux Southstreet Seaport Cinema on May 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Thanks to westbethkid and nyretiree for remembering the Autopub…a restaurant my dad Alan Lewis set up with the Longchamps company based on the Pub Renault in Paris…great concept that may have been a couple of years too early or too late in the economic cycle…The Drive-In movie concept within the restaurant truly predated the movie & draughthouses of today was a lot of fun

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SethLewis commented about UGC Cine Cite Les Halles on May 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

A great great multiplex that remains civil even when it’s packed…Saw a lot of bunch of pictures here over the past couple of years including Spiderman 2, Bug, In the Valley of Elah, Control, Death Proof, The Good Shepherd, Paris Je T'Aime, The Lives of Others

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SethLewis commented about UGC Cine Cite Bercy on May 9, 2009 at 11:39 am

Only made one trip out here even though it was a quick run from my studio at the Gare de Lyon…a great multiplex environment with a good choice of restaurants around it…just a fun place to see movies even if I did most of my moviegoing at the Opera, the Champs or Les Halles

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SethLewis commented about NYIT Auditorium on Apr 27, 2009 at 3:51 am

We can dream but wouldn’t this make a nice companion to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas almost diagonally across the street…Book this as the flagship with 300 seats for the opening first x weeks and move the feature over after that into the plex

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SethLewis commented about UGC City 2 on Apr 24, 2009 at 8:28 am

I spent a lot of times in the City 2 complex when I lived in Brussels in 1979 but oddly enough only saw a couple of pictures here – Cross of Iron 2 and Return to the Poseidon…loved the look and feel of this American style multiplex but saw most of my movies uptown at the Acropole, Capitole and LeRoy complexes

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SethLewis commented about Cinema ABC 1,2,3,4. on Apr 11, 2009 at 11:33 pm

The only picture I saw here was Nighthawks…In 1981 this theatre, probably because of its proximity to the Bahnhof, was run down and had lost its luster…the big big releases went to the Corso 1 and/or the Apollo Cinerama

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SethLewis commented about Kino Le Paris on Apr 11, 2009 at 11:30 pm

This is a tidy 200 seater on a nice commercial square around the corner from the Corso…great to see that it has survived the 30 years since I saw Cage aux Folles 2 and Postman Always Rings Twice There…Thanks to Ken Roe for adding this run of Zurich theatres

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SethLewis commented about Cathay Cineplex Cinemas on Apr 9, 2009 at 9:57 am

We saw the last Christopher Guest picture (definitely the worst) in the Picturehouse…definitely a quality viewing experience but restricted in the food and beverages they allow in…a great looking place to see movies overall with showtimes from early morning until very late – the great thing about Singapore is that it practically never sleeps…another treat is in this complex there’s a small exhibition dedicated to Cathay with some cool artifacts on cinemagoing in Singapore

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SethLewis commented about Vue Shepherd's Bush on Apr 5, 2009 at 10:11 am

Add to this list Appaloosa (amazing I can’t remember the recent ones), Along Came Polly, Intolerable Cruelty, Stranger than Fiction, United 93,

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SethLewis commented about Vue Shepherd's Bush on Apr 5, 2009 at 7:49 am

Essentially my local since its opening in 2001…The streetside marquee is limited, the mall experience so-so (particularly since the Books Etc decamped about two years ago), the popcorn has gotten really bad, the ambience a bit louche – the occasional mobile phone does go off but once you’re in the screen the stadium effect takes hold and it all works as a cinema going experience…but they are generous with coupons as a policy and vouchers if there is a malfunction

The programming for a chain multiplex has not been disgraceful either – the neighbourhood is truly multicultural and they manage to work in the odd art and foreign film and even some studio limited runs…Had the rare and unfortunate distinction of being the only patron for a 7:00 pm show of The Express recently – it’s not a bad picture but the market for movies about dying American footballers is limited

I tend to favor a tube ride to the Gate or Coronet Notting Hill these days and it will be interesting how two multiplexes survive if and when the Cinema De Lux complex in Westfield opens up across the way

A roll call of pictures we’ve seen here would include Zoolander, Seabiscuit, Anchorman, Master and Commander, Big Fish, Bourne Identity, Inside Man, Quiet American, Changeling, The Express, Open Range, Casino Royale, Bruce Almighty, Monster’s Ball, Minority Report, Devil Wears Prada, Capote, Kinsey, Good Night and Good Luck, The Simpsons (interrupted by an alert), American Splendor, The Wrestler, Oceans’s 11, Catch Me If You Can, Lost in Translation, Volver, Hollywoodland (a London Film Festival Surprise Film showing), Flags of Our Fathers, Far from Heaven, Chicago, About Schmidt, In the Bedroom, Sideways, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Little Children, Little Miss Sunshine, Juno, The Walker and probably several more

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SethLewis commented about National Twin on Apr 1, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Add to that a really good long marquee that looked great lit up

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SethLewis commented about National Twin on Apr 1, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I’m now repeating myself but that’s Hollywood for you…this was a really cool theatre probably 10 years behind the times for its own good…Opened at a time when road shows were a thing of the past and where there relatively few big pictures to fill it at 1400 seats…by the time this had opened the State was already a sizeable twin, the Ziegfeld was closing intermittently, the Penthouse/Cinerama was showing dross from American International and the Astor Plaza was the really big showcase theatre on Broadway…so basically it was Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno and downhill from there
A shame because the escalator ride was fun, the ticketing with cashier style tickets rather than hard tickets a novelty, and because it was just big…in many ways it could have been as a single as good an experience as the Astor Plaza (and I saw Jaws at the Rivoli, and Star Wars at the Astor Plaza opening weekend) and as a twin not bad at all if it had been part of a better circuit

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SethLewis commented about Janus 3 Theatre on Mar 21, 2009 at 3:50 pm

The oddest most unsatisfactory of several DC theatres I experienced in the mid 90s…Managed to survive Hoop Dreams, Dead Man Walking and American Buffalo in Number 3, Fargo, The Postman and La Haine in Number 1 but you have to wonder how they got away with it not that the Foundry or Dupont were much better…on the other hand they didnt have a pillar in the middle

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SethLewis commented about Twin's Cinema on Mar 21, 2009 at 10:25 am

Actually saw Blue Collar here in 1979…Brussels pre Kineopolis had many more downtown cinemas and even though this felt like a ghost town at night it showed some offbeat less commercial fare…

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SethLewis commented about Loew's 72nd Street East on Mar 18, 2009 at 2:29 am

Oh and the movie of Richard Nader’s rock and roll revival shows Let the Good Times Roll with Chuck Berry and Bill Haley and the Comets with decent sound in the early 70s when they were booking Columbia Showcase product

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SethLewis commented about Loew's 72nd Street East on Mar 18, 2009 at 1:05 am

Another one of my growing up at the movies landmarks…Vivid memories of the Tower East with Fantasia, Yellow Submarine, a couple of dire MGM Showcase runs of Doris Day in Caprice and Tony Curtis in Dont Make Waves, then some real landmarks – Love Story, The Godfather first show opening Saturday weekend, Deliverance, The Great Gatsby (my Dad who wasn’t cheap making faces at the $4.50 ticket price) and actually a better picture in retrospect, The Stepford Wives, All the President’s Men, Mississippi Burning

The programming has always been a mix of arthouse and mainstream showcase and I could never in my mind imagine how they could twin it effectively…in many ways it is lucky it’s in a condo in the basement rather than above ground…one of the reasons for its survival vs say the Beekman…The Upper East Side’s silk stocking needs a theatre like this which can day date effectively with Broadway or the Upper West Side or even the Ziegfeld…what strikes me now is how long pictures stay there…Monster’s Ball was there for nearly 6 months a few years ago…in that way its not unlike the Paris

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SethLewis commented about Grand Rex on Feb 14, 2009 at 12:01 am

This is still a great place to see an “event” movie whether on the full screen or “grand large” with the screen dropping down onto the proscenium. When the lights are finally dimmed, you can still make out some of the features of the balconies and are really transported somewhere. Saw Miami Vice and Apocalypto there and the experience was not dissimilar to seeing a great action or blaxploitation picture in the 70s or 80s in say the Criterion or Rivoli. No the neighborhood isn’t one of Paris' best but it is still Paris.
Regret having missed Neil Young live there but bless the French for landmarking it

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SethLewis commented about Cineworld Hammersmith on Feb 10, 2009 at 10:48 am

There has been a talk of a Tesco supermarket in this location for quite some time. It’s a perfectly serviceable fourplex where over the past few years I’ve seen The Fog of War, Scary Movie 3, The Loony Toons Movie, Bad Santa, Mystic River and probably a couple more while I was recovering from surgery.

For anyone resident in the Chiswick corridor this is the closest option besides Richmond, for those of us now closer to Shepherds Bush we have the 12 screen Vue with some brave programming and coming soon a 12 screen National Amusements Cinema delux in the Westfield Mall…So the end may finally be near for this one

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SethLewis commented about Curzon Chelsea Cinema on Jan 13, 2009 at 11:53 am

Just realized that I posted on this cinema two years ago…my feelings remain the same…now being booked with the Curzons…they are not shy about booking a big box office picture ie a Bond as they are about the right art house product…do wish they were just a bit more fun!

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SethLewis commented about Gold Coast Twin Theatres on Dec 4, 2008 at 11:32 am

These theaters weren’t glam…but when I lived in Vegas in 96/97 The strip was underscreened i.e the UA Showcase was just opening, the Orleans and Palm screens hadnt opened and as previous correspondents remind us…these showed independent pictures that no one else picked up…It was odd stepping out of When We Were Kings and Slingblade onto a tired casino floor but was grateful to have them there

Am surprised that with Vegas' growth, Landmark hasn’t gone into to Henderson to deliver some indy films

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SethLewis commented about Non-Digital marquees in NYC on Nov 3, 2008 at 9:28 am

Great list and subject for discussion…I’ll go out on a limb and say the one most missed of the post Times Square era is the old Cinema I and Cinema II with snippets from reviews

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SethLewis commented about Odeon West End on Oct 20, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Assume that this is the last year for the London Film Festival screenings here…Coming down to Leicester Square is increasingly a stressful experience…as if they opened a tip of humanity local and tourist to crowd too small and not that attractive a space…a visit to Paris and some rigorous zoning at the risk of knocking out some small merchants is required by Westminster Council…