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I think I know what bigjoe59 is asking.
Famous Dave’s BBQ moved to 42nd street where it now occupies the interior of the former Liberty Theatre auditorium.
Another stupid and unfair list.
The Sunshine is a mess of uncomfortable seats and tiny screens playing the latest mainstream crap and trying to market it as trendy before it plays in Brooklyn and Queens ‘arthouses’ a week later.
The Lincoln Plaza has obstructed column views and noisy seniors chatting throughout the basement tube screen auditoria. AMC in the seventies at best.
The Film Forum plays the best films under the worst circumstances with obstructed columns and tiny uncomfortable seats. Wait for the DVD which is usually out a week after this venue shows it to promote its release.
New York has the Lincoln Square, 34th Street East, Kips Bay and Regal 42nd Street E-walk. All the rest are crap and the Ziegfeld is a lottery as it is closed when you least expect it.
NYC theatres are in a self created crisis and the boxoffice grosses show it.
Great stuff, Lloyd38. Thanks!
That is a fantastic story and a
great link to some rare photos.
It opened as the Cinema Take one in 1978.
Ripshin, that’s not so strange. I hardly went to the Gables as a kid either. The family films played mostly at the Coral and Miracle and later at the Twin Gables during that period. The Gables was not booked for kids and it was easier to get into an R rated film downtown.
It was twinned in 1979 by Walter Reade. I suspect the 150 seat balcony became a screen.
The DeMille did not advertise Divans but they had ‘party room’ seats for “THE SHOES OF THE FISHERMAN”.
The last true extended reserved seat two or three a day run I have found in NYC is “LAST TANGO IN PARIS” at the Trans-Lux East (Gotham).
Vito, you forget the extra men in the booth contracted for any movie labeled a “Roadshow”. These extra costs helped expedite the demise of the practice as the box office revenue could not justifying the costs and exhibitors found ways around the union contracts.
I wouldn’t consider the two week price gouging run of “DREAMGIRLS” a reserved seat run but there were several weeks of European style reserved seat runs for mainstream films at the Ziegfeld and the Beekman run as a test during the final days of Cineplex Odeon. They were disastrous as New Yorkers refused to sit in their assigned seats for non-event films.
After “MAROONED” they were all ‘reserved performance’ runs except for the occasional special events like the weekend run of the TV series “CIVILISATION” in 1970 and some of the World Premieres. Most World Premiers are open seating with reserved VIP sections.
That is not a rare event. Trucks hit Manhattan marquees all the time, when there were enough around to hit. Let’s celebrate that too!
Thanks for that, Bill.
The Sunshine is a bogus entry. It is just another overpriced nasty multiplex Manhattan outlet. The film presentation sucks and the film choices are mainstream indie releases you can see anywhere else in New York. What a bunch of pretentious shit!
Hey Louis, I remember that clock. It had a blueish hue that was on all during the movies.
stang119, it has to be uploaded for that to happen and only jeffg718 has that right.
Hollywood has 28 screens. Shouldn’t tax money support the existing theatres instead of subsidizing new competition? Some politician has his hand in the kitty.
Philip, so when were they Loews?
Am I the only one who don’t understand what it is they bought?
Although the Little Theatre (currently the Helen Hayes) is not listed on Cinema Treasures, it did show porn films briefly in 1973.
Nope. Because it was accomplished by inflated 3D/LIEMAX gimmick pricing at big city cinemas.
Audiences are fed up and it is a recipe for disaster.
Great website on the history of Miami Cuban Exile theatre.
Moviebuff82, it has never made much of a profit but the screenings and premieres have always kept it going. I doubt cash cow would be a fitting term with low box office most of the year and high rent all year round.
Vito, I know Cineplex replaced the whole motorized curtain mechanism during one of the remodels only to have it fail a couple of weeks later.
I doubt that very much.
Vito, the Ziegfeld was a Union stagehand house for over twenty five years and they were not successful. Back then all New York movie theatres had stagehands, even those without a stage.