Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez commented about Trianon Twin on Apr 12, 2013 at 5:26 am

dannyboy, I think it was called the Central Shopping Plaza.

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Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 11, 2013 at 7:17 pm

It is, another run of the mill bad tourist nasty BBQ place.

You would think a decent Midtown BBQ place would eventually emerge. But not so far.

But it does have the historic classic setting and kudos for that.

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Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 11, 2013 at 8:02 am

The entrance for Dave’s was on 47th street but the interior looked like it still had remnants of the old lobby waiting areas.

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Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 11, 2013 at 6:57 am

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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Gothamist's 12 Best NYC Theaters on Mar 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm

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.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Bijou Cinema on Mar 4, 2013 at 6:34 am

Great stuff, Lloyd38. Thanks!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Looking back at Miami movie palaces on Feb 28, 2013 at 6:36 pm

That is a fantastic story and a great link to some rare photos.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about New Theatre on Feb 16, 2013 at 1:08 pm

It opened as the Cinema Take one in 1978.

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Al Alvarez commented about Gables Theatre on Feb 16, 2013 at 9:36 am

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.

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Al Alvarez commented about New Yorker Theatre on Feb 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

It was twinned in 1979 by Walter Reade. I suspect the 150 seat balcony became a screen.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

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).

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 8, 2013 at 5:08 am

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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 5, 2013 at 8:58 am

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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 1, 2013 at 6:20 pm

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!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Thanks for that, Bill.

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Al Alvarez commented about 6 NYC theaters that go beyond the silver screen on Jan 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm

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!

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Al Alvarez commented about Tower Theater on Jan 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Hey Louis, I remember that clock. It had a blueish hue that was on all during the movies.

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Al Alvarez commented about New Europe Theatre on Jan 21, 2013 at 6:56 am

stang119, it has to be uploaded for that to happen and only jeffg718 has that right.

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Al Alvarez commented about Hollywood OKs deal with Cinema Paradiso on Jan 19, 2013 at 8:06 am

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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Delmar Theatre on Jan 18, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Philip, so when were they Loews?

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Al Alvarez commented about China firm buys naming rights to Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Jan 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Am I the only one who don’t understand what it is they bought?

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Al Alvarez commented about Town Theatre on Jan 13, 2013 at 5:28 am

Although the Little Theatre (currently the Helen Hayes) is not listed on Cinema Treasures, it did show porn films briefly in 1973.

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Al Alvarez commented about Record year at the movies on Jan 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm

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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Teatro Marti on Jan 6, 2013 at 6:31 am

Great website on the history of Miami Cuban Exile theatre.

http://scholar.library.miami.edu/miamitheater/introduction.html