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SethLewis commented about Twin's Cinema on Mar 21, 2009 at 5:25 pm

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…

SethLewis commented about Loew's 72nd Street East on Mar 18, 2009 at 9:29 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

SethLewis commented about Loew's 72nd Street East on Mar 18, 2009 at 8:05 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

SethLewis commented about Grand Rex on Feb 14, 2009 at 8:01 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

SethLewis commented about Cineworld Hammersmith on Feb 10, 2009 at 6:48 pm

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

SethLewis commented about Curzon Chelsea Cinema on Jan 13, 2009 at 7:53 pm

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!

SethLewis commented about Gold Coast Twin Theatres on Dec 4, 2008 at 7:32 pm

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

SethLewis commented about Non-Digital marquees in NYC on Nov 3, 2008 at 5:28 pm

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

SethLewis commented about Odeon West End on Oct 20, 2008 at 9:40 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…

SethLewis commented about Remembering Paul Newman on Sep 30, 2008 at 8:38 am

Newman also did a number of films – Hud, Hombre, Cool Hand Luke, Slap Shot, Butch Cassidy – where he came off as an anti-hero setting the stage for the much more ethnic Pacino types and Nicholson. Times change so do our stars and leaders. Let’s celebrate the ones we lose like Newman and appreciate the ones that still have some hopefully great work ahead of them – Tom Hanks largely as a producers, Denzel Washington think Training Day, American Gangster and the relatively underrated Antwone Fisher, Russell Crowe in Cinderella Man, even Matt Damon…And not forget that some genuine movie stars – I said stars and not great actors like Richard Gere, Harrison Ford can still give us moments of pleasure on the screen when they choose the right material and we bother going to the movies

SethLewis commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Sep 21, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Should add that over the years enjoyed The Producers here in its opening run…I believe a holiday mid-morning show with my mom and think we stayed twice…a school Saturday trip to see Charge of the Light Brigade…Fritz the Cat…Truffaut’s Two English Girls…and am sure a couple more

SethLewis commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Sep 21, 2008 at 9:24 pm


The Manhattan that I grew up is much different than it is today…There was no cable or home video, little twinning or multiplexing, and movies played out at a much diffent pace into the neighborhoods and suburbs, and the “silk stocking district” off of Park Avenue stretched out into the mid-50’s encompassing these theatres the Fine Arts, Plaza, Festival and Paris. The first three could run an exclusive, a showcase run, sometimes a roadshow or daydate with Broadway.

The pictures that the Fine Arts would pick up in solid runs are the kind today that open at the Lincoln Plaza and daydate with screens in the Village i.e. Sunshine or Angelika

SethLewis commented about Phoenix Theatres Union Station 9 on Sep 18, 2008 at 10:05 am

Anytime a theatre closes it’s a shame. This is a particular shame because of the failure of a theatre in a mixed use facility where going to the movies was part of a travel, shopping, dining, after work experience. And the theatres were an above average of their time multiplex.

I ran restaurants in Union Station 10 or so years ago and the theatres were business drivers and part of the lifeblood of the complex. We ran some classic movie nights together – Citizen Kane, Casablanca and Some Like It Hot. I took over a theatre one night for the team – Robert de Niro in The Fan – ok great idea not so great movie. And took a break for myself to see such classics and non classics alike as Usual Suspects, Leaving Las Vegas, Cable Guy, White Squall, Mission Impossible, Species, The Quick and the Dead, Extreme Measures, Ace Ventura 2 and The Quest. The AMC management at the time was positive and proactive and much as we could joke about the level of the movies sometimes, there was a theatre there.

I remember taking calls the day of the blizzard asking if the theatre was open and sure enough with a skeleton crew they opened for a couple of shows.

RIP Union Square 9

SethLewis commented about Odeon Marble Arch on Sep 15, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Pre-refurbishment and plexing, this was a great single screen experience. A great shame that London could not support it as a single screen once the 90s kicked in. Had a great time here for Terminator 2 and The Doors…both pictures which had the right scale for the place. It is now a plex with very tight stepped seating suffered thru Speed 2 and enjoyed Full Monty and Tailor of Panama in spite of the discomfort

SethLewis commented about West End Cinema on Sep 5, 2008 at 2:07 pm

I lived in DC 1995-6…this theatre was caught out for being just that bit out of the way…the West End 1-4 had a decent restaurant next to it and the 5-7 seemed to just get moveovers from there or from the heinous Janus

SethLewis commented about Styx Cinema on Aug 22, 2008 at 11:45 pm

A great little arthouse where pictures seem to run and run…saw a Werner Herzog picture here back in 1979

SethLewis commented about Vendome Cinema on Aug 22, 2008 at 11:42 pm

In my day – 1979 – this was the Leroy with three screens…From my understanding they merged with the Vendome on the much posher Avenue Louise which had at the time 4 screens…back in 79 the Vendome was primarily arty and French product with the occasional American picture – saw Norma Rae there
The Leroy handled a lot of mainstream United Artists, Paramount and Fox product and the main screen was the place to see things like Deer Hunter, Alien, Moonraker, Escape from Alcatraz and Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings (my Xmas evening movie)…also saw Manhattan and a reissue of Breathless in the smaller screen
The current Vendome appears to do mostly arthouse product and is in roughish commercial street

SethLewis commented about UGC-Toison d'Or on Aug 22, 2008 at 10:09 pm

When I lived in Brussels in 1979, there were 7 screens along this strip – the Avenue with two screens, the Capitole with four screens and the Acropole a single screen on two levels. The pictures would move into smaller screens as they would play off and there were some connections through a block long arcade.

Caught a pretty good range of pictures there throughout an incredible year working in the Hilton across the way – Who’s Killing the Great Chefs of Europe, La Luna and a reissue of Clockwork Orange in Acropole, Hard Core, Foul Play and several others in Capitole and La Cage aux Folles and The Great Train Robbery in Avenue

This said the new multiplex is a great place to see a movie in the spirit of the UGC Cine Cites in Paris…saw Good Will Hunting and Les Choristes there on a couple of brief trips to Brussels

Brussels still has a decent range of art houses and first run screens for a smallish city, and of course a 25 screen megaplex
Kineopolis just outside of town

SethLewis commented about Sutton Theater on Aug 22, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Growing up on the Upper East Side in the 60s and 70s, this was an iconic venue, running a mix of Universal, Fox and Cinema 5 (own brand) product in its Rugoff/Cinema 5 hey day…Some of my best Sutton memories include Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, The Sicilian Clan, The Three Stooges, Blazing Saddles, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Young Frankenstein (several times), High Anxiety, Love & Death, Network…Attended a prevue/trailer day as they launched the twin and remember not fondly the uphill sloping in the smaller screen

Like the Beekman, there would have been a decent case for landmarking this, but only as a single screen

SethLewis commented about Rialto Theatre on Aug 22, 2008 at 2:23 pm

In my New York lifetime 1960s-1980s, this was never more than an adult grindhouse. Then Cineplex Odeon in one of Garth Drabinsky’s mysterious ways, bought it up and renamed it the Warner. Saw Drugstore Cowboy there on a sub-run with a mysterious neon sign announcing a non existent screen 2

SethLewis commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 on Aug 21, 2008 at 8:39 am

A good well run multiplex in any city can certainly delivery a good movie going experience with variety of product, decent projection and service…I will stump for the two UGC Cine Cite in Paris – Les Halles and Porte Bercy as examples…the former in particular starts screeenings as early as 9:15 on Sunday mornings and as typical in Paris runs a mix of blockbuster and art pictures

SethLewis commented about Loew's 34th Street Showplace on Aug 21, 2008 at 8:30 am

In tribute to the times we lived in then – Time Bandits and Brazil – two great Terry Gilliam cult pictures got 6 and 8 weeks each!

SethLewis commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Aug 21, 2008 at 8:10 am

On a fast trip to New York a couple of years ago, in desperate curiostiy to visit a new midtown multiplex, popped in to catch Jarhead…The theatre does an adequate job of spiritually replacing the 34th St East, the Murray Hill, the Bay Cinema (on which it physically stands) and the 34th St Showplace…the downside is with all that product it becomes a movie mall rather than retain the personality, the studio ties that those screens had with their 9 screens at time of closing. The screen I was in was certainly a decent experience even if I slept thru most of the movie due to jet lag. Loews was on its last legs as an organization I believe at the time.

Saturday Night Fever day and dated at the 34th St East with the Orpheum and State when it opened and its booking might just have been a wink and a nod to that – several other options possible i.e ET and Grease which day dated at the Bay Cinema when it was in Walter Reade’s hands like the 34th Street

SethLewis commented about Guild Theater on Aug 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Because of its Midtown location, and because I was strictly Upper East Side, I was in my 30s before I ever was in this theatre…for Dead Poets …loved the forbidding look of the brass doors and the turnstile

SethLewis commented about Cinéma Gaumont Opéra on Aug 3, 2008 at 7:08 pm

The refurbishment here is complete and all 7 screens are open…the integration with Gaumont means that big films in “Version Originale” are now opening on the neighborhood’s biggest screens…my local for nearly 2 years in Paris with among others Poseidon, The Kingdom and Rambo in French, No Country for Old Men in English, and a lot of popcorn for evenings in my office nearby…a generally higher quality of welcome and more grand experience than newer build multiplexes…lives up to its proposed grandeur