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Ed Solero commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Wow, Bill. Knowing what we do about Kubrick’s reticence to discuss and analyze the meaning behind his work, that is quite a remarkable synopsis he offered up!

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Ed Solero commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Bill… is that Michael York in your photos? I recognize Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey easily enough, and I suppose that looks like an older (if surgically enhanced) version of Marisa Berenson… but the gentleman seated at far right on that panel bears absolutely NO resemblance to the Michael York I remember!

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Ed Solero commented about Beach Theatre on Jan 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

So, Ken, if you are patrolling the pages of CT tonight (or in the wee hours UK time), please correct the status of this theater as closed, but not demolished.

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Ed Solero commented about Belair Twin Theatre on Jan 5, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Hey Ed… You’re probably right about the two photos (which I took and posted), but at least they indicate where the theater once stood. The street view for this theater is entirely off the mark, pointing the view arbitrarily in some residential block behind Valley Stream State Park! And you are dead on about the Belair being utterly undistinguished! Nothing remarkable about the place at all, at least form a physical standpoint. Believe the last movie I saw here may have been “Doctor Detroit,” in 1983 or so.

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Ed Solero commented about View from "nosebleed heaven" on Dec 22, 2012 at 12:54 pm

This is a great shot! Love it!

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Ed Solero commented about The Space at Westbury on Dec 9, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Posted another trio of pics, taken Saturday, December 8th, 2012. Pretty much down to the finishing details on the facade, now. No way of knowing how the interior is coming along.

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Ed Solero commented about Loew's Paradise Theatre on Dec 4, 2012 at 5:15 am

Tinseltoes, the only advantage I would give to the Kings over the Paradise is that of location. While the Kings isn’t exactly in the prime downtown area, seems to me that Brooklyn on the whole has a better reputation as a destination for cultural activities than the Bronx. And this is not to denigrate the Bronx, which is the borough from which my parents and grandparents hail, but I just don’t think it has the same appeal as Brooklyn. And the United Palace is first and foremost a church. I think a deal was arranged for concerts there, primarily as a temporary replacement for the Beacon, while the latter was undergoing its extensive renovations. While sporadic bookings have continued, I don’t think it was ever seriously positioned as a competitor of the Beacon’s and other downtown venues.

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Ed Solero commented about Walter Reade Theater on Nov 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Thanks for that information, Peter, regarding IAMMMMW. I imagine the running time of 197 minutes is also incorrect? Hard to imagine 43 minutes of police radio calls would sufficiently flesh out the general release run-time of 154 minutes. Even with an overture, entr'acte and exit music, 197 minutes seems like a stretch.

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Ed Solero commented about Walter Reade Theater on Nov 24, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Hmmm. No mention of “restored” or “archival” for either 2001 or West Side Story. Are these the same prints that ran at the Ziegfeld a few years back? Can’t remember now if those were 70mm showings. I’m intrigued by the 197 minute restored IAMMMMW print. Is this the anniversary print that ran at the Dome a few years back, with the outtakes and “corrected” trims inserted to pad the running time?

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Ed Solero commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I like the diagram in that article, Tinseltoes. I remember queuing up in lines like that for holiday shows at RCMH, as a child in the ‘70’s. At that time, the line went east down 50th Street, as depicted in the Boxoffice article, but then it would zig-zag back and forth in the Plaza behind the building, like the queue for a popular Disney World attraction.

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Ed Solero commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Wow, Al… That’s a pretty remarkable ad for this movie!

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Ed Solero commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 28, 2012 at 11:23 am

You’ll have a better shot of jacking up the numbers on one of the older photos. Like the marquee shot from the “2001” engagement. The current curved screen image has 355 hits!

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Ed Solero commented about The Space at Westbury on Oct 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

More pics posted showing progress as of October 27th, 2012. I chatted with a contractor, who was on site overseeing the installation of the paving stones that comprise the side walk perimeter of the theater. While that brick work was to be completed by the end of the day, he estimated that the theater itself would not be ready for opening until sometime after the holidays. So, at best, we’re looking at winter of 2013.

He said that initial capacity for the theater will be around 650. However, he indicated that if the area can sustain the flow of traffic in and out for a performance, that number may be jacked up to around 1000. The plan is to have valet parking for theater events, unless folks care to take their chances on the streets or in one of the nearby municipal lots. He didn’t see parking being much of a problem at all. Nice guy, and a local who remembered attending the theatre as a younger man.

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Ed Solero commented about Hudson Theatre on Oct 24, 2012 at 4:55 am

The entire even-numbered blockfront between West 157th and West 158th Street is now occupied by a building known as Thurgood Marshall Plaza with an address of 1970 Amsterdam Avenue. There is also a recently constructed building behind this structure running parallel, the full width of the block. Appears that the Hudson Theatre should be listed as “demolished.”

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Ed Solero commented about UA Midway Stadium 9 on Oct 18, 2012 at 4:55 am

Used to be able to find some parking on the side streets north of Queens Blvd, paktype. But you had to be very lucky. I think this theater has been one that called for use of mass transit for many years, now – unless you live within walking distance.

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Ed Solero commented about Lawrence Theatre on Oct 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

It was a Duane Reade pharmacy for a while. I have photos from 2006 showing the Duane Reade still in full swing. I go to the Costco near there from time to time and hadn’t noticed what the state of the occupancy is.

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Ed Solero commented about The Space at Westbury on Oct 8, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Posted another batch of images from the end of September, showing some progress, particularly on the new structure that runs along the southern auditorium wall. I’m doubtful of a fall opening for this theater – particularly since we are now in October and I haven’t heard any announcements as to what the headlining attraction will be for that opening.

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Ed Solero commented about Update on The Ziegfeld: 'The Master' doesn't help on Sep 27, 2012 at 4:53 am

Al, I was about to post many of the same sentiments, but you not only beat me to it, you elucidated them more clearly than I ever could have.

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Ed Solero commented about Brandon Cinemas 2 on Sep 25, 2012 at 4:45 am

Thanks for this, Tinseltoes.

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Ed Solero commented about Brandon Cinemas 2 on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:35 am

You know, re-reading your last comment, Tinseltoes, it occurs to me that you suggest that the Brandon Cinemas 2 is not located where the original Continental Theatre was. I don’t think that’s the case. Unless there was an even earlier Continental, the former Walter Reade house that is depicted in your 1981 image was indeed re-branded the UA Brandon in the 1990’s.

Perhaps confusion arises with respect to the much newer Continental 3, which was opened in nearby retail space on the opposite side of Austin Street in the 1980’s, after the first Continental was twinned.

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Ed Solero commented about Brandon Cinemas 2 on Sep 24, 2012 at 4:20 am

Tinseltoes, please re-post your image of the Continental from 1981, with “Fort Apache The Bronx” on the marquee. It would be the only photo on CT showing the original neon signage that has since been replaced.

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Ed Solero commented about Community Twin Theatre on Sep 23, 2012 at 6:59 am

Thanks, Ken.

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Ed Solero commented about Continental 3 on Sep 23, 2012 at 6:53 am

Tinseltoes, the original Continental Theatre (now Brandon Cinemas) was located across the street and down the block from the Continental 3, which was opened in former retail space as a sister to the earlier house, which had been twinned by that time. I had posted a link to your 1981 image in the comment thread of the Brandon Cinemas page. I was hoping you might re-post the photo to the right theater.

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Ed Solero commented about Auditorium before multiplexing on Sep 22, 2012 at 4:46 am

Nice find!

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Ed Solero commented about Brandon Cinemas 2 on Sep 22, 2012 at 4:41 am

This nice image of the original Continental Theatre, circa 1981, was posted by Tinseltoes to the Continental 3 page. If the link no longer works, hopefully, that would be only because he moved it into this theater’s photo collection.

In the image, you can see the old ramp to the right of the entrance that led to a small parking lot behind the building, just up against the LIRR embankment. That area seems to have been improved with a new commercial structure, since the last time I visited this cinema many years back.