Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez commented about Hollywood OKs deal with Cinema Paradiso on Jan 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

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 19, 2013 at 12:57 am

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 11:22 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 10:28 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 11, 2013 at 12:46 am

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 11:31 am

Great website on the history of Miami Cuban Exile theatre.

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

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 5, 2013 at 11:57 am

I doubt that very much.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Plantation Cross Roads on Jan 5, 2013 at 11:35 am

This seems to be closed again. The intro mention as the Seminole must be a typo.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 5, 2013 at 10:09 am

LuisV, I am in favor of Landmarking the Ziegfeld interior and would love to see a multiplex built around the original screen to make it more financially viable.

The only human strong enough to be a curtain operator at the Ziegfeld might be Jean Valjean from the original novel or perhaps Clearview could get one those soon to be unemployed super heroes from the Hollywood crap machine.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Call it a clunker or bad karma but I worked for Cineplex Odeon for almost ten years, much of that time out of the Ziegfeld. In spite of weekly maintenance and a full time Union stagehand, that curtain was always broken and cost more money on lost shows and repairs than it was worth. We loved classic presentations but we all hated the damn thing.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

If you look at previous posts here, the curtain has never worked for more than a few weeks at a time regardless of who owned or managed the theatre. It is an albatross that has lead to many canceled performances and a fortune in repair costs over the years. It is too heavy to pull manually and takes weeks sometimes to get repair parts.

Even presentation conscience Walter Reade Theatres used to tie it up before a major screening for fear of it shutting the house down. I suppose a more profitable theatre would have replaced it years ago with the flimsy cheaper horizontal version that many legit theatres now have.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 3, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I guess Victor Hugo’s brilliant allegory on man’s inability to escape his past sins is lost on you.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 3, 2013 at 5:21 pm

“The plot is preposterous and the story nonsensical”

I can see not liking a movie or a play, but ridiculing the premise of one of the greatest classic works of all time is a bit much.

By the way, the 1934 French version which recently ran on TCM is four and a half hours long and I was not bored for a minute.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

“LIFE OF PI” was showing here on December 24. What exclusive reserved seat engagement are you referring to?

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Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Dec 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm

In Ross Melnick’s book “AMERICAN SHOWMAN” he mentions that Roxy had been using scent at the Rialto in December 1916.

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Al Alvarez commented about Lyric Theatre on Dec 23, 2012 at 9:50 pm

The map above has the wrong address.

Lyric

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Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Really rcdt55b? Film at RCMH in 2013, when digital looks so much better in this barn of a venue.

Talk about too much time on your hands….

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Al Alvarez commented about Beekman Theatre on Dec 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm

Yes, Garyw, I don’t know about the speeches but all the ‘art houses’ had those foam core displays back then. It seemed to matter. To some of us.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 30, 2012 at 8:43 pm

I think he is asking the wrong question anyway.

There is no such thing as an “open ended engagement”. If the film is overselling, the distributor can open additional runs since they own the rights and the Ziegfeld can either pull it or play with other runs. The days of exclusive roadshow runs operated that way because the distributors wanted to create that exclusivity, not because the theatre had a contract. Oscars, financing issues, reviews and audience apathy trump any contract, and always have.

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Al Alvarez commented about Walter Reade Theater on Nov 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

The mother supposedly made the donation in the eighties so apparently she was still alive. The son died in 1973.

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Al Alvarez commented about Walter Reade Theater on Nov 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

It was named after Walter Reade Jr. after a grant from The Walter Reade Foundation in the form of a check signed by his mother.

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Al Alvarez commented about Arena Theatre on Nov 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Great find, biff33.

The Village theatres below is also a rare photo.

Shame the site won’t allow a print feature.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's Victoria Theatre on Nov 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

It’s working for me and it is the Victoria.