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bigjoe59 commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 12, 2019 at 4:25 pm

Hello-

i object to the statement in the intro that this theater
was “hard to find”. how in God’s name was it hard to find
when the address was clearly stated in the ads?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Jul 12, 2019 at 3:38 pm

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to Al A.–

I am assuming Paramount must have done some sort of market research before the ads for Romeo and Juliet’s roadshow engagement at this theater first appeared in NYC newspapers.

I wonder how many other people kept the postcard you received when you sent in your reserved ticket order and then the letter you got when they changed the exhibition policy.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Uptown 1 on Jul 12, 2019 at 11:55 am

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I thank everyone for replying to my post about Circus World’s roadshow run at this theater “in Cinerama”. its run of only 3 weeks still baffles me. did it not have any advance sale?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Jul 12, 2019 at 11:50 am

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the Paris has been a gem in NYC’S cultural life for
71 years. it would be obscene for it to close. do we really
need another deluxe condo tower?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jul 12, 2019 at 11:43 am

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to Peter A.– I thank you for your reply. if I remember correctly theaters scheduling the least amount of time between showings of a film lasted till the early 90s. patrons whop are slops night be the reason. weren’t people back in the 60s and 70s slops as well?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jul 11, 2019 at 3:09 pm

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a question for my fellow moviegoers. i’m dating myself but i remember a time when theaters would schedule the least amount of time between showings of a film during they figured they could get the old audience out and the new audience in. for instance when The Godfather opened at the Loews State I & 11 March of 1972 each auditorium scheduled showings every3 hours for a film that was 2hrs. 50mins.. likewise when The Planet of the Apes opened at the Loews Capitol Feb. of 1968 they scheduled showings every 3 hours for a film that was 1hr. 44mins.. my point being simple. nowadays it seems theaters schedule and inordinately large amount of time between showings of a film. what gives?

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Albee Theatre on Jul 9, 2019 at 3:03 pm

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many thanks to Comfortably Cool for the info. Sept. of 1973 to May of 1975 I went to Pratt Institute to get my Masters degree. if it was early enough after school I spent time in the Downtown Brooklyn shopping center. at that time this theater, the Loews Metropolitan and the Ablemarle were still in operation. I even shopped in the Abraham and Strauss Dept. store.

another question since you are a font of knowledge. isn't
the Alpine in Bay Ridge the oldest continually operated movie theater in all of NYC?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Uptown 1 on Jul 9, 2019 at 2:41 pm

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I did in fact ask the question a while back and I mean
a while back but it was kind of you to answer the question again. the one bit of info on the list that still has me scratching my head is the roadshow run of Circus World “in Cinerama” at this theater which lasted only 3 weeks. I admit it wasn’t exactly Oscar material but I watched an HD transfer on YouTube and thoroughly enjoyed its colorful hokey-ness. the film’s roadshow run “in Cinerama” in Manhattan lasted I think 14? weeks.

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jul 9, 2019 at 11:06 am

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the escalator at this theater as been out of order since 2nd week of Oct.. I saw Tolkien at this theater a few weeks ago and it was still out of order. what the ****** is the problem?

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Albee Theatre on Jul 8, 2019 at 2:40 pm

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to Mike(saps)~ no offense against Brooklyn its a great borough but. I find it interesting that after The Robe’s 1st run engagement at the Roxy Fox would have booked it even if only for a week exclusively into the Albee. was there some special business relationship between Fox and the management of the Albee?

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jul 8, 2019 at 2:18 pm

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to RHETT52~ how is the Cinema ½/3 showing “the local crap” more than any other theater?

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Albee Theatre on Jul 7, 2019 at 3:08 pm

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on pg. 1 of the photo section is an ad for The Robe’s run at this theater after finishing its exclusive 1st run in Manhattan. now from the wording in the ad am I to understand during the film’s run at this theater it was the only movie theater in all of NYC showing the film?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Jul 7, 2019 at 12:19 pm

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I remember when Paramount first announced Romeo and Juliet would be opening here exclusively it was on a roadshow engagement. I sent in my order right away and within a week received a postcard thanking me for my order. I still have the postcard. but within a week or so since the pre-sale wasn’t very strong they sent out a letter stating they were switching to a continuous performance engagement. I cashed the refund check and still have the letter.

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bigjoe59 commented about Warner Theatre on Jul 5, 2019 at 3:50 pm

Hello from NYC-

in the intro it states that in 1973 this theater started
to show X rated films. does that mean legitimate X rated
films like The Last Tango in Paris or do does it mean
actual “adult” films.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Uptown 1 on Jul 5, 2019 at 3:43 pm

Hello from NYC-

during the prime roadshow period(1952-1972) which theaters in D.C. aside from this one and the Warner did the studios use on a regular basis for their roadshow engagements? Manhattan had 7.

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bigjoe59 commented about Seattle Cinerama on Jul 5, 2019 at 3:28 pm

Hello from NYC-

during the prime roadshow period(1952-1972)what Seattle theaters did the studios use on a regular basis for their roadshow engagements? Manhattan had 7.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cooper Theatre on Jul 5, 2019 at 3:15 pm

Hello from NYC-

during the prime roadshow period of (1952-1972) which Denver theaters did the studios regularly use for their roadshow engagements? Manhattan had 7.

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bigjoe59 commented about Chicago Theatre on Jul 5, 2019 at 3:10 pm

Hello from NYC-

i was wondering during the prime roadshow period (1952-1972) which Chicago theaters did studios regularly use for their roadshow engagements? Manhattan had 7.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 5, 2019 at 2:58 pm

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I have always believed part of the somewhat off reputation this film has is Carol Channing devotees venting their frustration at her not getting the film role. aside the age thing for me Streisand WAS Dolly Levi, a matchmaker in 1890s NYC.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 2, 2019 at 2:25 pm

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as with life in general in the movies “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. to which I find Hello Dolly a much more enjoyable movie experience that(I’ll probably be struck down by lighting) Singing in the Rain. I find its sumptuous production part of its allure. Kelly made a wise decision when he decided to shoot 1890s Yonkers on location per se in Garrison, N.Y. also Streisand was Dolly Levi. I don’t see Channing as possibly being as good a Dolly Levi as her.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 1, 2019 at 1:14 pm

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Hello Dolly is one of those films which in my opinion does not deserve its somewhat off reputation. like when Cleopatra opened June 1963 when HD opened Dec. 1969 in terms of the dollar value of the day it was to expensive a film to possibly break even unless it had a REALLY long run.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jun 27, 2019 at 2:27 pm

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when films went from roadshow to continuous performances in the same theater how did they advertise the change? if they advertised the change several weeks before the roadshow run ended wouldn’t people wait to see it less expensively as a continuous performance screening?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jun 27, 2019 at 2:23 pm

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on the 1st page of the photo section there’s an ad for Camelot which had a decent roadshow run at this theater. in fact vindanpar thought so and added “it pretty much died as a roadshow in New York”. how is 34 weeks “pretty died as a roadshow in New York”?

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 25, 2019 at 2:03 pm

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with the possible imminent closing of the Paris and the ABRUPT closing of the 86 St. East what going on with City Cinemas? the 86 St. East closing was so abrupt even the staff was caught off guard.

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 24, 2019 at 4:14 pm

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with the imminent closing of the Paris and very abrupt closing in May of the 86 St. East I hope this theater is on sounder footing.