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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 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!
That’s why the devices introduced by Polaroid in August 1953 to insure synchronization were essential for quality 3-D viewing. But they were about 6 months too late. The damage had been done and too many people had seen 3-D poorly projected.
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You’re welcome Vito. He doesn’t update very often but when he does, the posts are extremely interesting. His one about 3-D is very accurate and well documented.
In fact, the big change in Fox’s stereo-only requirement came about when the Community Theater in Morristown converted the 4 tracks to mono.
Check out this excellent article “Stereophonic Sound or Bust” for all the details: View link
Allow me to share a story about lighting in the Jersey.
About 7 years ago, Bob Eberenz and I were tracing out speaker lines in the catwalks above the theater. I noticed two ladders that went down on either side of the auditorium into total darkness. Armed with a flashlight and a prayer, I descended the ladder not sure what I would find. About 20 feet down, I found myself behind the side wall on the top of the organ chamber. Looking into the tiny access space, I spotted ancient light bulbs. None of them were working. Nobody was even aware that lighting existed in that particular area of the auditorium!
So I climbed back up and armed myself with a dozen 100 watt bulbs. With one hand holding the ladder and another holding the bulb, I reached as far as I could into the little space and began changing the bulbs. One by one, they lit and I could see how much light they were throwing onto the area. All went well until one of the sockets had a bad circuit and sparked. It scared the heck out of me and it was a good thing I had a strong grip on the ladder. There was a good ten feet between me and the side wall, and the area below me descended into total darkness. Iâ€™m not sure how long the drop was and I certainly didnâ€™t want to find out!
When I got back to the projection booth, I was absolutely pitch black from all the dirt. Thank goodness I had worn a protective mask, but my nostrils were still full of black soot.
But the payoff when I got to the orchestra level was worth it. There for the first time in probably 50 years, was lighting above the side chambers throwing a warm glow onto the ornate walls above them. That lighting is still working today. Check it out the next time you are there.
My point to this story is not to take credit for some achievement in the theater (and I hope my use of the first person is not offensive) but to illustrate that the lighting you are seeing now is greatly minimized from what originally existed. When all of the balcony rail lights and side wall lighting is restored, and all the cove and dome lighting is replaced, you will see the beautiful architecture in this magnificent theater come to life once again!