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Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

Ok now ou have sparked my interest What are these modifacations you speak off. I certanly hope the main curtain is intact.

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Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 1, 2011 at 8:42 am

Thanks for that tinsetoes, has anyone attended the show I would love to know more abouttchnical aspects of how the show works at the hall.

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Vito commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 1, 2011 at 8:38 am

Howard, I would like someone else to confirm but I believe the Ziegfeld has NEC NC2500S Digital projector

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Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 1, 2011 at 5:28 am

Thanks Rob, your responce certainly cleared that up. Speaking of the Christmas show 3D does anyone have info on this uocoming 3-D live show are we looking at 70mm or digital?

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Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 1, 2011 at 3:23 am

plinfesty, I would find it hard to beleive that REndres, who wrote the post regarding “Kiss Me Kate” at the hall, was incorrect. As I recall, and yes I was there, the Hall payed the movie in 2D. The article sounds very much what happened at the Paramount in Times Square where 3D movies were shown without intermissiion using four projectors. Would you be kind enough to read that BoxOffice article again and get back to us. If what you say is correct it can only mean that means the Boxoffice article was incorrectly written. There may have been a plan to do so at RCMH but after tests showed problems with sugnifcent light dropoff in the far left and right sides of the theatre the decision was made not to show the film in 3D Perhaps REndrews who is without question our resident expert on all things Music Hall will jump in here and comment.

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Vito commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 1, 2011 at 3:11 am

I do not belive so Howard, in editing my post it looks like I suggested that Tom wrote the projectors at the Ziegfeld were Christie.

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Vito commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm

The Christie and NEC equipment have lenses that are easy to change, the touch of a button changes things. As Tom wrote, What I have been told is The Sony projectors are not as easy and sometimes when the lens is changed something goes out of alignment and the projector cannot be used until a tech spends 2 hours realigning the lens. In addition, the lens which can weigh about 20 lbs. are a bit of a pain to change for a a non professional projectionist. Four half inch bolts hold the lens in the projector, you need a socket with a short extension to get the job done but it takes two to change the lens, one to hold it and the other to unbolt it, which leads to the danger of a very expensive lens falling to the floor. Then there is the problem with the silver screen not reflecting light back like a matte screen. If you are sitting too far to one side the other side of the screen looks dark.

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Vito commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 30, 2011 at 6:28 am

It is my understanding that the 3D lens while capable of showing 2D, cuts down on the light output making the images darker than they should be. Some projectors have an easy change from one lens to another while others require mounting bolts and realignment. Basic rule seems to be do not use the 3D lens for 2D

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Vito commented about Century's Floral Theatre on Jun 27, 2011 at 3:17 am

I suppose I should also clarify that the tape was placed on the bottom masking and not the screen. It served as a guide for the masking people to set the proper stops and for the tech to establish dead center on the sheeet.

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Vito commented about Century's Floral Theatre on Jun 26, 2011 at 5:39 pm

The tape I refered to was removed once final installation was completed and used only to mark center and ratio settings, sorry if I confused you on that. I do not recall screen size Floral/Bellrose

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Vito commented about Century's Floral Theatre on Jun 26, 2011 at 4:06 am

Yes robboehm, there is a formula for determining proper lens size We have a slide rule type tool that gives proper lens size determined by distance of lens from screen and screen size. Putting the screen size and projection throw into the tool will give the proper lens size to use for 1:85 and scope. Done properly you avoid cropping and “creative aperture plate cutting” to fit screen. Once the screen and proper lens is installed an SMPTE loop run thru the projector will give proper aperture cutting instructions for all formats,this should never be done with just a white light projecd onto the screen. First step is to deterine the exact center of the screen which can be marked with some sort of tape that can be seen from the booth then the projector can be centurned properly,once that is done th loop can be run and apertures cut. In days when we had movable masking a set of tape marks was put on he screen to mark proper width of flat/scope image to enable techs to properly set open close settings of the masking motor.

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Vito commented about Century's Floral Theatre on Jun 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

Sounds like my kinda projectionist robboehn Unlike the Floral and Bellrose most of the Century houses did have curtain controls in the booth and we would always perform what was called a Delux. After the trailers, shorts, what have you, we would close the curtain and reopen them for the feature. We never showed the masking moving in a change from flat to Scope which was done while the masking was covered by the moving curtain. Some of the theates did not permit “cutting rcords” which meant when it was time to start the show you were not permitted to cut the record or fade it out the music it had to finish before starting the show. That was not the case everywhere but most Century theatres. Do you also remember we ran the Star-Spangeled Banner before the first show on all holidays?

In those days when you worked for Century you put on a show.

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Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I am surprised there have not been any comments on Cirque du Soleil I wondered if anyone has seen it and if of our RCMH insiders have any tid bits about the backstage story

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Vito commented about Raceway Cinema on Jun 16, 2011 at 3:43 am

rafaelstorm; yes indeed TMM was the opening attraction it was a roadshow reserved seat presentasion which we showed with 4 track mag stereo sound

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Vito commented about Lane Theater on Jun 10, 2011 at 9:23 am

garth I agree abut the economy and the Paramount my other concern was if anyone would have ventured into Stapelton which is in such decay; plus parking which would be a problem with the lot across the street now gone. Charley Zerrilli and Peter Lisi tried their best especially Peter who was so passionate about the theatre.

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Vito commented about Lane Theater on Jun 10, 2011 at 7:21 am

Garth the folks at the Paramount underestimated the cost of bringing the theatre up to code. It became a run a way train with everyday something else to buy or install. Sad becasue as you wrote they had made quite a bit of progress in encluding getting that wonderful old marquee to light up again.

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Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

Thanks Patrick, only my dear sweet mother ever called me Sonny:) You mentioned e-mail notifacations which are working fine for me. Thanks for the help

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Vito commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 7, 2011 at 2:18 am

Thank you Howard, I am sorry you viewed the post as negative, although in retropspect I suppose it is, but I certanly apprrcate the photos and simply thought a full dressed stage as the first picture to pop up on his page would have been prefered. Please forgive the negative implication

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Vito commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I just have to say the picture above showing the screen exposed with ads running and the curtains open is a horrable sight and one that depicts a situation about which many of us have been complaining about for years. I consider it an eyesore and would love to see it replaced with one of the stage area properly dressed.

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Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 6, 2011 at 7:27 am

Oh ok Bill that explains everything :)

By the way the actor, Gianni (Johnny) Russo,who played Carlo, is the real life son of my sisters Godmother; he knows Sonny (Jimmy Caan) quite well.

Tineseltoes, I am glad it was you and not me thanks for that clarifacation my friend.

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Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 6, 2011 at 3:14 am

Also my name is Vito why is the name sonny coming up as well.I changed notheing after the new site pages came up. I am an old man is my mind playing tricks or are you all experencing this as well :)

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Vito commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 6, 2011 at 3:10 am

I received 6 e-mail notifications over the course of 30 mins for RCMH however when I clicked on the site page the only update was Tinseltoes Christmas show post from yesterday. Anyone else experience this and where are the new posts I recieved notification about?

Also any news on Cirque du Soleil

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Vito commented about Comments Back Online on May 25, 2011 at 3:50 am

So good of you to keep us infromd on how things are going.
It must be frustrating to have to deal with the issues getting things up and running and I thank you for your perserverence.
My best to you guys

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Vito commented about We're relaunching Cinema Treasures next week on May 15, 2011 at 3:43 am

Thanks Patrick I looking forward to it.
CT is a very fun and interesting part of my day.
Plus pictures yet….be still my heart:)

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Vito commented about Century's Floral Theatre on Apr 26, 2011 at 2:33 am

Yup it was the only movie theatre I can recall on LI that had no curtain controls in the booth. Eventually I believe the lights were controled from the booth however the curtain was never motorised to my knowledge.