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On Friday January 26, 1962, the Three Stooges (Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly-Joe DeRita) embarked on a three day promotional tour for their latest feature film, THE THREE STOOGES MEET HERCULES. They were accompanied by “The Herculean Giant” (almost 8 foot tall Dave Ballard) and popular DJ Clay Cole, who was one of the stars of the co-feature, TWIST AROUND THE CLOCK.
On Sunday January 28, they appeared at the RKO Kenmore at 4:05 PM.
On Sunday January 28, they appeared at the RKO Dyker at 3:25 PM.
On Sunday January 28, they appeared at the RKO Tilyou at 2:35 PM.
On Saturday January 28, they appeared at the RKO Strand at 1:45 PM.
On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO Madison at 9:50 PM.
On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO Richmond Hill at 9:10 PM.
On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO Flushing at 7:50 PM.
On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO Yonkers at 3:10 PM.
On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO 86th Street at 4:55 PM.
On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO Coliseum at 4:05 PM.
On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO White Plains at 2:10 PM.
On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO Mount Vernon at 12:25 PM.
On Saturday January 27, they appeared at the RKO Castle Hill at 11:30 AM.
On Friday January 26, they appeared at the RKO Alhambra at 10:25 PM.
On Friday January 26, they appeared at the RKO Royal at 9:35 PM.
On Friday January 26, they appeared at the RKO Franklin at 9:00 PM.
On Friday January 26, they appeared at the RKO Fordham at 8:20 PM.
There were 5 screens total. The orchestra level was split into two; the balcony was one theater and two additonal screens were added on the stage.
Here’s an interesting article on the Fabian’s 1962 remodeling:
What a bunch of garbage for the last few years at this once great palace. I wonder if they were purposely booking junk in order to close it?
3-D and sports are nothing new. We recently discovered the long-lost Marciano/Walcott 3-D newsreel from 1953! http://3dfilmpreservationfund.net/
Paramount newsreel covered this event. Check out the clip starting at 1:57 on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuEtIllFGQ4
People that hide behind an alias are a bit odd. What are they afraid of in using their real name?
Will you please stop these “misterboo” spam postings? They’re really annoying!
We’ll be seeing Tony Bennett in a few weeks and I can’t wait! The last time I was in the building was for a film in one of the balcony theaters.
This was another fantastic weekend for classic film at the Lafayette Theater. The live radio show on Friday night was a first and certainly unique. The cast of professional actors did a wonderful job and I hope to see â€" AND hear – more of them!
On Saturday, â€œEarth vs. the Flying Saucersâ€ was an excellent archival print from the films original release. Seeing it in its intended widescreen format (1:85) was a revelation, and the superb print quality with its high silver content was quite a treat.
â€œMan from Planet Xâ€ is a true rarity and this was a brand new print struck a few years ago. While the contrast looked a bit light at times (from a dupe negative perhaps) it was easy to overlook for the sheer rareness of seeing this low budget gem in 35mm.
For me, the absolute highlight of the weekend was Saturday nightâ€™s presentation of â€œJourney to the Center of the Earth.â€ I first saw this film on the ABC 4:30 movie (in two parts) way back in the early 1970’s and it was always a childhood favorite. I’ve owned it on laser disc, DVD and, at one time, even had an original (totally faded) 35mm print. However, seeing this brand new print on the Lafayette’s big screen was like seeing it for the first time. The color was perfect, and the clarity off the camera negative was amazing. I felt as if I had gone back to 1959 and was seeing the film first run!
The icing on the cinematic cake was the 4 channel stereo sound. While the voices and effects seemed primarily set in the center channel, Bernard Herrman’s wonderful music really came to life with the 3 speakers behind the screen. It was also cool having various sound effects (such as wind and echoes) bouncing from the surround speakers. The spacious size of the Lafayette’s auditorium added immensely to the totally immersive wrap-around audio.
On Sunday, the archival dye-transfer Technicolor print of â€œRodanâ€ was in mint condition. It’s always great to see real Technicolor on the big screen!
Unfortunately, a prior commitment kept me from attending the rest of the shows on Sunday, but I certainly had a great time when I was there.
The appearance of Ro-Man in front of the theater was a nice touch – especially since he brought his Automatic Billion Bubble Machine. Perhaps this means the Lafayette will bring back 3-D with a presentation of this gem in its original dual-strip, Polaroid version? One can only hope. I must â€" but I cannot.
Jeff Barker was quite entertaining on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, and the addition of a Theremin on stage was inspired. Many people were amazed to see the actual instrument in action, and the player was a real pro.
Pete Apruzzese and the crew are to be commended for their usual excellent showmanship and attention to detail. One of the things I enjoy most about attending this theater is the fact that you donâ€™t have to worry about the presentation. You know that the curtains and stage lights will be utilized to create the appropriate movie palace experience. The focus was always crisp and the sound really delivered a punch. Some of those low bass music cues in Journey had the seat shaking. I thought I was hearing Sensurround again!
If you have the opportunity to be in the area, don’t miss a chance to see a classic movie at this great showplace. You can sit back – relax – and enjoy the show, for it is truly the way movies were meant to be seen!