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SethLewis commented about Hammersmith Odeon restored to Art Deco design on Sep 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Ride past it every night…looks great through the windows…not convinced about the branding on the marquee…too small in proportion and not very glam…but then again my favourite memories are of it as the Hammersmith Odeon

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SethLewis commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Aug 28, 2013 at 2:31 am

Any knowledge of what is happening here…the website shows no films after this Thursday with Jobs and The Butler moving over to the Beekman…refurbishment or God forbid closing

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SethLewis commented about Odeon Haymarket on Jul 24, 2013 at 3:48 pm

One of the few cinemas I have ever been turned away from twice for technical difficulties – a flood once on a Sunday night for Glengarry Glen Ross and on another occasion for Ramblin Rose…for a class cinema they had a hard time maintaining it…still saw A Private Function on first run exclusive here,Bob Roberts, Glengarry, Reversal of Fortune, Woody Allen’s Alice, The X Files day dating with Leicester Sq

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SethLewis commented about Movie theaters in airports unlikely on Jul 12, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Paris Orly had a single screen cinema the Publicis Orly at least until the mid 70s…The programming was generally French usually first run with what was on the Champs Elysees

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SethLewis commented about Sutton Theater on Jun 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sicilian Clan, The 3 Stooges Review,Network,Cuckoo’s Nest, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety gives you some indication of the quality of the bookings this theatre got in first run

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SethLewis commented about Big Cinemas Manhattan on Jun 8, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Opened as the D.W.Griffith with a festival of films by the great man himself with live organ accompaniment…Saw Birth of a Nation there…

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SethLewis commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Jun 8, 2013 at 12:45 pm

The Fine Arts had some interesting first run bookings in the 60s and 70s…the very first run of Mel Brooks' The Producers (my mom and I went on the first Monday at 11am), The Charge of the Light Brigade in road show (school trip on a Saturday morning), Fritz the Cat (day dating with the Victoria on Broadway), Truffaut’s Two English Girls… A neat little cluster of theatres with a similar purpose and audience – the Plaza, the Festival and the Fine Arts

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SethLewis commented about Rivoli Theatre on May 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Never made it to a road show in the Rivoli but was there for Jaws on Saturday night 10:30 show high up in the rafters second day of release…a great audience experience highlighted by a lady in a very very green suit – a hostess from Air Pistachio as per my friend JC’s comments United Artists never really got the good Broadway bookings after that – most went to Loews Astor Plaza and State or the Criterion multiplex…the house met a sad end as the United Artists 1 and 2

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SethLewis commented about MGM Oxford Street on May 4, 2013 at 6:27 am

Even at its best this was one of the lesser cinema experiences in London…Saw Manhattan in 1979 on first run here but enjoyed far more in the spaciousness of the Leroy (now Vendome) in Brussels

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SethLewis commented about Clearview's First & 62nd on May 1, 2013 at 2:20 pm

As ordinary as this cinema is…was there last year and saw The Descendants…it breaks my heart that Eastsiders have to cross town or hit Times Square to go the movies…this is barely 20 years old this complex

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SethLewis commented about Bow Tie Cinemas to acquire Clearview on Apr 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm

This is good news for cinema goers. Bow Tie has evolved from B.S. Moss and are third generation cinema operators. Reflecting on the names I have witnessed over the years in Manhattan cinema listings – Brandt, Pozin, Lesser, Loews, Elson, RKO, Rugoff/Cinema 5, Reade, Cineplex Odeon, Cinecom, Brecher/Town, Clearview, City Cinemas and more recently Regal and AMC, welcome Bow Tie!

I know this is wishful thinking but we can only for some new screens on the UES!

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SethLewis commented about United Artists 64th & Second on Nov 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm

This closing was a shock…Remember seeing Last Picture Show the opening attraction here in a crowded Saturday afternoon show…also over the years Images & The Three Musketeers (back to back in both screens), The Last Detail, then as the Gemini Buddy Holly Story, Midnight Express, Air America, Total Recall

The marquees when it was the Columbia and Gemini were quite primitive and they were always trying to wedge on coming attractions…the poster cases were often filled with homestyle posters rather than the studios 4 sheets but this was a reliable house with mostly Columbia, then later Universal, Fox and Warner product with the odd indy as filler

Was never a fan of United Artists as opposed to the local chains Rugoff and Walter Reade…they never felt as sophisticated but am genuinely sad to see another Upper East Side haunt of my youth going

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SethLewis commented about Loew's Orpheum Theatre on Aug 5, 2012 at 7:36 am

Vivid memories of this as a single screen with How the West Was Won in Cinerama, Cat Ballou, Major Dundee in the 60’s then of the twin with both the Orpheum and Cine providing good old school movie going experiences…Among the picture I saw in the Orpheum – See No Evil (after its Music Hall run), Ryan’s Daughter (after the Ziegfeld), French Connection (at least 4 times), The Anderson Tapes…then much later The Abyss (in 70 MM), Farewell to the King, U2 Rattle and Hum, Lethal Weapon 2…At the Cine – Valachi Papers with Charles Bronson, Johnny Handsome, License to Kill

The Loews theatres were in their day at different times Columbia, Paramount, Warner Bros and Universal showcase houses with some Fox product in the 80s and 90s

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SethLewis commented about National Twin on May 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

Trailer kiosks were visible from the mid 70s onwards in my memory on Broadway and the Deuce…concur with NYer about the ones at the Warner/Penthouse/Cinerama, DeMille, Criterion, Forum, Movieland and National…they were cheap and cheerful

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SethLewis commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on May 5, 2012 at 5:44 am

If Cablevision is looking to sell off Clearview, our concerns should also range to the number of small community cinemas (lots of ex UA houses in there) that could be endangered too (Manhasset, Mt Kisco etc)

The Ziegfeld should be landmarked for purpose only but I like the idea of Disney buying it!

The reality is that Manhattan is badly underscreened and needs a couple of modern plexes like the ArcLight.

I grew up on the UES in the 60’s and 70’s in a lot of now defunct houses – the Tower East, Plaza, 68th St Playhouse, Fine Arts…and when we needed to cross town or head downtown the Symphony, Thalia, Regency, Lincoln Art, Embassy 72nd and 8th St Playhouse

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SethLewis commented about United Artists East 85th Street on Mar 28, 2012 at 5:54 am

Shame…one more Upper East Side theatre goes dark…have to like their mostly art house programming for the last few years…but a hard theatre to twin

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SethLewis commented about UGC Maillot on Feb 8, 2012 at 1:41 pm

This is a handy neighbourhood quad useful for local residents and conventioneers who don’t want to trek to the nearby Champs Elysees…to my mind UGC cinemas are slightly better run than Gaumont

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SethLewis commented about Old Town Theater likely to become retail on Feb 7, 2012 at 11:29 am

This is a shame. When I lived in the DC area saw Nobody’s Fool with my wife who lost an earring here.

With a ton of AMC operated screens in the area, this should have been a no-brainer as an art house

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SethLewis commented about Eastside Cinema on Oct 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm

This was an art house for maybe its first year…Then it went mainstream UA showing mostly United Artists product on showcase with a smattering of pictures from other studios…It was more of an art house under City

Saw Steppenwolf, The Return of the Pink Panther, Moonstruck here…probably a couple of other pictures

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SethLewis commented about First Avenue Screening Room on Oct 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Remember the ad vividly

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SethLewis commented about Cinemas Galeries de la Capitale on Sep 7, 2011 at 4:42 am

Love the very very literal translation from English to Quebecois French

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SethLewis commented about Publicis Elysees on Jun 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Distinctive also because its housed in the famous Drugstore Champs Elysees – combination drugstore bookstore grocery (keep in mind very little open in Paris for many many years late night or on Sunday) and American style restaurant

Through its first incarnations a lot of really distinctive product in first run came through these screens…going back into the 60s remember small ads even in the International Herald Tribune indicating this was the Paris equivalent of say Cinema I in NYC… Saw Chaplin Modern Times New Year’s Eve 71 or 72 here…Name of the Rose in 86… Current programming is nowhere in the same league a mix of arthouse and poor relation first run

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SethLewis commented about Gaumont Opera Francais on Jun 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Had the joy and honour of working at the Grand Hotel, two blocks from here 2006-2008…At this point this is the slightly poor relation of the three Gaumont theatres in the neighborhood…serviceable but without the modern functionality of the Premier across the way and the glamour of the old Paramount Opera now Gaumont Capucines

Friendly staff that would gladly just sell me a box of popcorn when I didn’t have time for a film…saw mostly middle of the road French product here

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SethLewis commented about UGC Biarritz on Jun 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I remember this very well in various configurations in the 70’s to as late of the early 80’s

Saw L'aventure c'est l'aventure and Tootsie here

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SethLewis commented about AMC Century 14 on Jun 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm

I moved back to the States from Asia in 1987 and spent several months in Southern California…Never having experienced an American multiplex I have to day I was wowed at the time…clean organized with a good mix of screens and product…Saw Wall Street and the great John Boorman picture Hope and Glory and a bit of a Spike Lee picture here

From a bookings point of view, the theatre seemed to pick up a lot of small stuff that was here for a week to satisfy distributor’s expectations…sort of the penalty for having 14 screens…today it’s big releases on 3-4 screens so a lot less product filling up the marquee