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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Aug 15, 2019 at 3:35 pm

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have they fixed the escalator yet? they could have torn out the old one and put in a new one in a shorter period of time.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Aug 15, 2019 at 2:58 pm

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to ridethectrain- thanks for your reply. if the regular adult ticket with no fancy extras at CMX 62 St. is $25 that is the very definition of OBSCENE.

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bigjoe59 commented about Golden Gate Theatre on Aug 13, 2019 at 2:01 pm

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when Krakatoa-East of Java opened at the Warner in Manhattan and the Cinerama Dome in L.A. it was advertised as being “in Cinerama”. now at this theater it was advertised as being in Super 70mm. to which my question and it pertains to the rather nice souvenir program sold in the lobby of the Warner. the first two pages of the program talks up the new Super Cinerama process. but if the film wasn’t presented “in Cinerama” at this theater did they sell as souvenir program?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Aug 12, 2019 at 3:19 pm

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minus any 3-D,IMAX, 3-D IMAX, RPX, 3-D RPX, 4DX or 3-D 4DX surcharges what is the most expensive regular adult movie ticket in Manhattan?

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 12, 2019 at 1:06 pm

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first off our discussion of the much maligned Hello Dolly got started on this page because I was discussing the 7 Times Square theaters the studios used for their roadshow engagements. that went on to a discussion of maligned roadshow film posters on this page thought were first rate.

to vindanpar- you mentioned your wonderment on they got that gorgeous final wide angle shot of the film with the church and the nearby river with no intrusions of anything that shouted 1968. I read a few years ago they shot that final scene on the grounds of West Point not to far from Garrison.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 11, 2019 at 3:03 pm

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to vindanpar-

I thank you for your thoughts on Hello Dolly. like you
I have never gotten the overproduced objections. also I thought it was kind wise of Kelly to shoot the 1890’s Yonkers scenes in Garrison,New York rather than trying to fake it on a backlot.

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bigjoe59 commented about Big Top Theatre on Aug 8, 2019 at 3:14 pm

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to the best of my knowledge the Big Top always showed gay porn. the Circus the downstairs theater was the one that showed straight porn.

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bigjoe59 commented about Aladdin Theatre on Aug 5, 2019 at 2:14 pm

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no intro can be perfect but it doesn’t mention that this theater was one of the leading roadshow houses in the 1952- 1972 period.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 5, 2019 at 2:06 pm

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to MSC77 many thanks for answering my Denver question. but I’m wondering if you would happen to know if any of the roadshow films which opened if the seven Tines Square theaters that the studios used in the 1952-1972 period did not have souvenir programs.

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bigjoe59 commented about Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Aug 1, 2019 at 1:18 pm

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granted a Cinemascope screen wasn’t as large as a Cinerama screen but still how did they install a Cinemascope screen in this theater to show Gigi?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Aug 1, 2019 at 12:33 pm

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with A+ two thumbs up HD transfers widescreen epics truly come alive on blu-ray discs. to which it just hit me that Around the World in 80 Days has never been issued on blu-ray. aside from one’s opinion of the film does anyone know of a reason why it hasn’t? they had the master per se to issue the dvd set like at least a decade ago so why no blu-ray?

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 31, 2019 at 3:57 pm

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i have asked this question in the past to which i wonder
if my fellow posters have any additional info. i refer to Sept. 1952-Dec. 1972 as the prime roadshow period. now i didn’t go to every roadshow film in this time period but every one i did go to had a souvenir program for sale in the lobby. therefore does anyone know of a roadshow engagement in this period that did not have a souvenir program?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jul 29, 2019 at 12:23 pm

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how is a 34 week roadshow run “pretty much died as a roadshow in New York”?

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 28, 2019 at 11:53 am

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to Mike (saps) on your 7/16/19 comment on Hello Dolly. as I have said for me Streisand was Dolly Levi. so might I ask what exactly you mean by the film being “overproduced”? the sumptuous physical production is one reason I am fond of the film.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 26, 2019 at 2:56 pm

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its to bad no complete copy of the roadshow version of South Pacific exists whether it be a camera negative or a print of the film. when the 4hr premiere roadshow version of Cleopatra was cut down to 3hrs. 15mins. for its run at neighborhood theaters around NYC not only were the 45mins. of trims saved but in damn good condition. the original 4hr. roadshow version is the one on the A++ Blu-ray disc. its to bad the 15?mins. trimmed from South Pacific weren’t kept. I can’t believe there’s no complete roadshow print of SP anyway in the world.

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bigjoe59 commented about Pacific 1-2-3 on Jul 25, 2019 at 11:55 am

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this theater reminds me of the Alexandria in San Francisco. another movie palace boarded up and just sitting there.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 24, 2019 at 12:50 pm

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to Al A.– thanks for your reply. I saw GMC during its roadshow rum at the RKO Palace, PYW during its roadshow run at the Loews State 1&2. I only saw Cleopatra and TFOTRE at neighborhood theaters. I would have especially liked to have seen Cleopatra during its roadshow run at the Rivoli on its huge curved Toad-AO screen.

to vindanpar- the currently available Blu-ray disc set of South Pacific contains both the general release print which is the one most people know and the original roadshow version. but the roadshow version is a reconstruction not a restoration. the roadshow version was reconstructed by inserting the eliminated 15? mins. using b&w-ish sepia footage from I guess a work print. to which my question- are you saying the Blu-ray disc available in Denmark was a full complete original roadshow version and not the “reconstructed” one available in the U.S.?

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bigjoe59 commented about St. Francis Theatre & Baronet Theatre on Jul 22, 2019 at 3:46 pm

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i read the Nob Hill Adult Theater closed. to which my
question- are there any gay theaters left in San Francisco?

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 22, 2019 at 2:44 pm

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to Al. A- in our continuing discussion about roadshow films I have a question for you. of the number of roadshow films with as i put it “a somewhat off reputation” is there one you liked/enjoyed quite a bit and think is a damn good film?

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 19, 2019 at 2:30 pm

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to Al A.– in our continuing lively discussion about roadshow films a question. would you know what the minimum number of weeks a roadshow engagement had to run to be considered a success? I’m guessing part of the equation was much the film cost to make.

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Albee Theatre on Jul 19, 2019 at 2:23 pm

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to Orlando thanks for the info. also to Comfortably Cool when I said all of NYC I meant all five boroughs. in fact if they were still in operation both the Bunny and The Colosseum would have take the title from the Alpine. both theaters in Upper Manhattan closed rather recently.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 18, 2019 at 4:09 pm

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we’re having an interesting discussion aren’t we? I was just trying to make the point that a number of people who refer to certain roadshow films as “bombs” probably have never thru them and are just reiterating the long held off reputation. also The Wizard of Oz and Vertigo may have eventually broke even but what people fail to mention is that in their original 1st run engagements they were considered flops.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 16, 2019 at 2:09 pm

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thanks to Al A. for your reply. as I said in my original comment in my opinion Tora Tora Tora is one of the best large scale historical I’ve ever seen and one of the best films on WW II. many people love to classify big roadshow films as bombs I bet without having actually seen them. for instance people love to classify Hello Dolly as a bomb and in my opinion its one of the best musical films ever made. we might as well refer to The Wizard of Oz and' Vertigo as “bombs” since both films were big box office disappointments in their initial release.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 15, 2019 at 4:18 pm

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in reference to vindanpar’s 9/9/18 comment about Tora-Tora-Tora. i happen to think its a first rate action drama and one of the best films I’ve seen on WW II. so i wish people would stop referring to films as bombs as if to infer the actual quality of the film. some of the best regarded most loved classics were bombs when they first opened.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 15, 2019 at 3:49 pm

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at 87mins. The Old Man and the Sea was the shortest
roadshow film i can remember. how long did the roadshow
run last?