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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Oct 5, 2004 at 12:20 pm

Jim: Sorry to tell you this, but Tom Pedler died on April 27, 2002. There was a memorial to him printed in the program for the James Bond festival held at the Loew’s Jersey in May 2002.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's State Theatre on Sep 22, 2004 at 8:10 pm

Maybe William would know for sure, but I remember giant tassels on the sides of the screen in the State 2 when the curtains were closed – unless I’m only imagining them. It was a long time ago. I saw “The Godfather” there in its opening week in 1972.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Roxy Theatre on Sep 22, 2004 at 3:32 pm

Warren is right – the theater is listed under the name Movieland:

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Bill Huelbig commented about Roxy Theatre on Sep 22, 2004 at 12:33 pm

I think the Roxy Concert Hall was once the Forum 47th St. theater. At least that’s what it was called in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I think it had another name earlier than that. I saw “The Ten Commandments” and “E.T.” there.

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Bill Huelbig commented about The Movie Palace Series: Gallery (Part One) on Sep 7, 2004 at 4:35 pm

My favorite is the Cinerama Dome. Something about that sky, and the jet plane flying overhead … it looks like a shot from Black Orpheus. One more reason: I finally got to attend a Cinerama show at the Dome last September (How the West Was Won).

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Bill Huelbig commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 7, 2004 at 2:59 am

The way all you guys are sharing your experience and reminiscences with us is the next best thing to having access to H.G. Wells’s time machine. Thanks!

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Bill Huelbig commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 3, 2004 at 10:35 pm

Vito and Martin: Thanks for talking about the Fox CinemaScope fanfare. I’m grateful to George Lucas or whoever it was on “Star Wars” who was responsible for bringing it back. Speaking of Lucas, maybe it’s my imagination but has anyone else noticed that on the last two Star Wars films (Episodes 1 & 2), Alfred Newman’s Fox music sounds way too low, much lower than the Star Wars fanfare that follows it? Maybe this is Lucas’s way of keeping 20th Cebtury Fox in their place – they just distribute the movies but he creates them … I don’t know.

My favorite movie music to follow the Fox fanfare? There are two of them, both from the ‘50’s. “The King and I”, with that glorious Alfred Newman arrangement of the March of the Siamese Children, and “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, a terrifying blast of percussion and pipe organ courtesy of the Master, Bernard Herrmann.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Radio City Music Hall on Sep 1, 2004 at 10:12 pm

To Will: In 1970 I can remember seeing a short subject with “The Out-of-Towners” , and a trailer for the scheduled next attraction at the Music Hall, “Darling Lili”, playing with “Airport” (even though it wasn’t the next attraction. “The Out-of-Towners” was. Don’t know what happened there – maybe “Darling Lili” wasn’t finished on time).

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Bill Huelbig commented about Oritani Theatre on Aug 31, 2004 at 5:11 pm

I saw “Damnation Alley” here in 1977, shown in something called Sound 360. This was the second-rate sci-fi movie 20th Century Fox had higher hopes for than they had for “Star Wars” before it opened and became their highest-grossing film ever.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Fox Theatre on Aug 31, 2004 at 5:07 pm

David: The #102. I haven’t thought about that bus number in years. It’s the #76 now, but of course there are no more Fox and Oritani to go to.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Palace Theatre on Aug 24, 2004 at 6:08 pm

This theater is seen in the opening minutes of Steven Spielberg’s “Duel”. It goes by fast, but after a lot of freeze-framing I got to see what was playing: a triple feature of “The Possession of Joel Delaney”, “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Brotherhood of Satan”. And across the street at the Los Angeles Theater: “Buck and the Preacher”.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Roxy Theatre on Aug 13, 2004 at 8:00 pm

I care too, so make it six! I have an old (1972) xerox copy from microfilm of the original 1933 opening day ad for “King Kong” which gives the address of the New Roxy as 6th Ave. and 49th St. This confused me at first because I’d thought the Roxy was near 7th Ave. – this was before I learned they were two different theaters. I believe the ad lists “King Kong”’s two theaters as Radio City Music Hall and Radio City New Roxy.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Rivoli Theatre on Aug 12, 2004 at 7:50 pm

My dad lived in Hoboken from 1928 to 1963. He told me this theater was so unsanitary they called it “The Scratch House”.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 12, 2004 at 5:19 pm

Thanks, Theatrefan. Those pictures are wonderful. I also never knew that the Winter Garden ever showed movies, and good ones, too (“Stairway to Heaven”).

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Bill Huelbig commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 6, 2004 at 10:54 pm

On the “Psycho” DVD there’s an excellent documentary where you can see the outside of the DeMille as it was in 1960. And I mean all of it: the box-office booth with ticket prices posted, the lobby, all kinds of posters and displays, the marquee and the big corner billboard, the sidewalk outside where people waited in a special line(for the first time in movie history, probably) for the current show to be over and for the next show to begin, etc.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Best Buy Theater on Aug 3, 2004 at 9:56 pm

Longest run at the Astor Plaza: “Star Wars” – 65 weeks in 1977-78. “Grease” was supposed to open here but it had to change to the Loew’s State because of the ongoing popularity of “Star Wars”.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Best Buy Theater on Aug 3, 2004 at 9:24 pm

You can also get to the Lafayette by bus (Short Line) from Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan:

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Bill Huelbig commented about Fox Theatre on Aug 2, 2004 at 10:17 pm

As big and beautiful as the Fox was, it was also the place where I had my worst-ever moviegoing experience. It was in 1975, the first week of “Jaws”, a matinee. The place was filled with kids who wouldn’t stop talking out loud – thousands of them. And apparently they’d all seen it already because anytime one of the big scenes came up they would announce it: “Watch this, his head’s gonna come out of that hole”, etc. It was so bad I had trouble following what was going on in the movie, and I left the theater feeling like I hadn’t even seen it. A happier Fox experience was the first time I ever took a bus away from my home town (Rutherford, NJ) by myself just to see a movie: “The French Connection”, 1971.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Best Buy Theater on Aug 2, 2004 at 8:45 pm

The Loew’s Jersey City shows classic movies about one weekend a month starting in September and ending in May (it has no air conditioning so it’s not open in summer). This year is their 75th anniversary, so I’m sure they’ll have something special planned when they reopen in the fall.

http://www.loewsjersey.org/

Thanks, Shade, for posting every detail (sad though they were) of the final night of the Astor Plaza. We can only hope that someday there will be a big single-screen theater in Times Square once again.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Best Buy Theater on Aug 2, 2004 at 5:20 pm

So much for my final trip to the Astor Plaza on closing day, August 5th. They closed yesterday. To all the Astor Plaza naysayers, I know it ain’t the Roxy and never came close, but I had so many good times there and I’m going to miss it.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Best Buy Theater on Jul 30, 2004 at 4:29 pm

“2001” had a fine presentation at the Astor Plaza, good and loud! The only thing they did wrong was leave out the intermission, but they played the overture over closed curtains, and there were no commercials or previews to spoil the show. It was like 1968 all over again. At the end of one show they left the theater lights off when the credits were over while the exit music played, so you had to find your way to the exit doors in the dark. Whether it was a mistake or not, I don’t know, but it was effective. One of the Friday night shows had a fairly big crowd with the center section almost completely full, amazing in spite of practically no advertising (one tiny ad in the New York Times was all I could find). It was total word of mouth, and the faithful fans came. I also saw it there on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve 2001, for obvious reasons.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Lafayette Theatre on Jul 29, 2004 at 8:38 pm

The Spectacular Science Fiction film festival is coming! Get a load of this lineup:

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Bill Huelbig commented about Best Buy Theater on Jul 29, 2004 at 8:20 pm

If the picture won’t open, try this:

http://www.malcolmmcdowell.net/

Go to Kubrick Media Mentions, then click on Pictures, then click on 2001 in 2001.

Another tribute to the Astor Plaza: I could be wrong, but I think the Astor Plaza has more comments on its page than any other theater in Cinema Treasures, even more than Radio City Music Hall! Here’s one more …

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Bill Huelbig commented about Best Buy Theater on Jul 29, 2004 at 8:02 pm

One Astor Plaza memory that just came to mind: during the first showing on the first day of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, a small section of the ceiling fell in. No one was hurt, fortunately. I guess they had their great sound system turned up a little too loud :)

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Bill Huelbig commented about Best Buy Theater on Jul 29, 2004 at 7:46 pm

Thanks, Theatrefan, for posting Loews' farewell to the Astor Plaza. I guess it’s better than nothing, but instead of shilling for popcorn and plugging The Village it sure would’ve been nice to see Star Wars there one more time.

Here’s a picture of the last real glory days of the Astor Plaza, almost 3 years ago, when they showed their final 70mm film:

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