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PeterApruzzese commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Dec 21, 2009 at 12:31 am

Yes, lights went down all the way when the trailers ended.

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PeterApruzzese commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Dec 20, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Saw the noon show today in IMAX ‘digital’ 3-D here (lieMAX). The presentation was pretty good, though you can still clearly see the pixels from the digital projectors if you are seated in the front half of the house. Place was packed for that show and the one coming in. The movie was OK, about a 2 out of 4. Way too long, too derivative, and too silly at times. Technically very accomplished other than a few 3-D mistakes (too much camera shake during some action scenes, for example).

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PeterApruzzese commented about AMC Rockaway 16 on Dec 16, 2009 at 3:25 am

Sit as far away as possible – the back row is good for the Imax-lite screens.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Dec 13, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Thanks to everyone who came out to yesterday’s show of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the closing film in the fall 2009 season. We packed in over 900 folks for the movie and pre-show holiday festivities and it was a great event. We’ll be back on March 13 for another full season of Big Screen Classics.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Happy 50th, "Ben-Hur" on Nov 18, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Great info, as always. Interesting that there were no northern New Jersey showings until 1961 at the Adams in Newark and no Long Island bookings at all. I guess if you wanted to see it, you made the trip to Manhattan.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Encore showings of "The Wizard of Oz" on Nov. 17, but has it peaked in terms of its appeal? on Nov 10, 2009 at 9:32 pm

And yet when I showed it at the Lafayette Theatre last year, we had over 1000 people show up for an 11:30 am showing. Many people realize that the only real way to see movies is on a theater screen.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Happy 50th, "Sleeping Beauty" on Oct 30, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Sorry – not SuperTechnirama, but just Technirama. More info here:
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PeterApruzzese commented about Happy 50th, "Sleeping Beauty" on Oct 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Sleeping Beauty wasn’t shot on 70mm, it was shot in SuperTechnirama, which was 35mm running horizontally with a 1.5x squeeze.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Loew's Paradise Theatre on Oct 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Here’s the server’s response:

“Bandwidth Limit Exceeded.
The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to the site owner reaching his/her bandwidth limit. Please try again later.”

Too many CT'ers checking it out. :)

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 19, 2009 at 1:04 am

Glad you enjoyed the show, Bill. Sorry I didn’t get to see you, I was dealing with a mechanical problem upstairs prior to the show. Regarding the opening logo, the print came in without it, it started on the fade-up to the Paramount mountain. The restoration credits at the end, I made a decision to not show them. No disrespect intended to Robert Harris' restoration effort, but Vertigo ends with Herrmann’s crashing, resolved music chord over the Paramount logo. There is not supposed to be any end title music (especially a simple reprise of the main title) nor end credits. We’re still hoping to show Thief someday – the current rights holder is trying to get new prints made.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Paramount Theatre on Oct 15, 2009 at 6:17 pm

The Paramount’s classic movie series continues this Sunday, October 18 with the silent classic “Phantom of the Opera” starring Lon Chaney. The film will be presented from a 35mm print with color tints as well as the Technicolor sequence. Bernie Anderson will be accompanying the film on the Paramount’s Mighty Wurlitzer. Showtime is 3pm.

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PeterApruzzese commented about North Carolina theater prohibits cell phone use on Oct 8, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Active (electronic) cell phone jamming is illegal in the US. And even if it were legal, people would still open their phones to try to use them and cause them to light up, which is still a major distraction. Jamming would only really prevent incoming calls from ringing.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 5, 2009 at 2:53 pm

It felt great to be back at the Lafayette this past Saturday when we ran Angels with Dirty Faces. We had over 300 people come out for the show, so I guess we were missed :)

Hope everyone comes out again this coming Saturday for “Night of the Hunter”. See you there!

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 1, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Correct, Peter. It was originally going to be only for Town of Ramapo residents, but they have let us open it up for any and all to come by (to seating capacity, of course). See you there!

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PeterApruzzese commented about Charlotte Film Festival highlights actual 35mm film on Sep 29, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Toledo –

How many classic films are available in D-Cinema format? Or even Blu-ray? DVD is certainly not acceptable for regular theatrical exhibition on anything over a 10-12 foot wide screen.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Sep 25, 2009 at 2:09 pm

No plans for a horror-thon this year, unfortunately. Not enough advance time to put together something we’d be proud to show. We are hoping to be able to get a Christmas-themed festival together, however.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Sep 23, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Finally, the Fall Season is confirmed. I will get the webpage updated tonight. Here is the final line-up of films:

10/3 – Angels with Dirty Faces (James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart)
10/10 – Night of the Hunter (Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters)
10/17 – Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (James Stewart, Kim Novak)
10/24 – An Affair to Remember (Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr)
10/31 – Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939) (Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara)
11/7 – San Francisco (Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy)
11/14 – Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford, Jack Carson)
11/21 – Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Howard Keel, Jane Powell)
11/28 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (George Lazenby as James Bond, Diana Rigg)
12/5 – John Ford’s How Green Was My Valley (Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara)
12/12 – Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (James Stewart, Donna Reed)

Should be a fun set of shows – look forward to seeing everyone there!

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PeterApruzzese commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 41: Hartford) on Sep 21, 2009 at 9:31 pm

Fascinating as always, Michael. I’m amazed by the 23 weeks of “Circus World” and intrigued by the retitling of “Khartoum” as “The Battle for Khartoum”.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Classic films return to former Carolina Theater on Sep 16, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Some of those titles are on Blu-ray, some aren’t. None of them are available in D-Cinema as far as I know, so they’re running consumer video. Sure hope they’ve gotten booking clearance for them movies.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Newton Theatre on Sep 15, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Projection has been tuned and tweaked. No current plans for digital projection or sound. ‘Snacks’ contain the best fresh-popped popcorn in the tri-state area, sharing the award with the Lafayette and Cedar Lane :) . Official website: www.bigscreenclassics.com

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PeterApruzzese commented about Teaneck Cinemas on Sep 11, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Announcing the 2009-2010 season of Big Screen Classics at the Cedar Lane Cinemas; showtime is 8pm:

9/23 – Woody Allen’s Manhattan (Woody Allen, Mariel Hemingway)
10/21 – Father of the Bride (Spencer Tracy, Elizabeth Taylor)
11/25 – Miracle on 34th Street (Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood)
12/27 – Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life (James Stewart, Donna Reed)
1/20 – An American in Paris (Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron)
2/17 – Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (Marlon Brando, Al Pacino)

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Sep 11, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Just waiting for one final date to be confirmed to announce the full schedule, but here’s the first three weeks:

10/3 – Angels with Dirty Faces (James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Humphrey Bogart)
10/10 – Night of the Hunter (Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters)
10/17 – Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (James Stewart, Kim Novak)

The remainder is pretty good, too. :)

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Sep 3, 2009 at 5:14 pm

As noted above, we should be announcing it next week – just waiting for the final confirmations from the studios. The series will run every Saturday from October 3 through December 12.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Sep 3, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Yes, Nelson Page has bought out Boston Culinary’s interest in the theatre and has complete control of the operations again. Those are the correct showtimes for this weekend.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Sep 2, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Just a quick note to let our friends & supporters on Cinema Treasures know that as of Friday, September 4, Nelson Page will be regaining operational control of the Lafayette Theatre from Boston Culinary Group. The attraction this Labor Day weekend is “Inglourious Basterds” which ends on September 7. As of now, the Lafayette will be closed from 9/8 through 9/17 for some painting & re-decorating.

We are all very excited about being back at the Lafayette after this 7 month hiatus. The Big Screen Classics Saturday morning film series will begin on October 3 – final bookings are being confirmed right now for us to announce the full schedule next week. Be sure to visit the official website at www.bigscreenclassics.com for more details as they come available.

Thanks for all your supprt and we’ll see you there!

Pete Apruzzese
Director of Film Programming
Big Screen Classics at the Lafayette Theatre & Cedar Lane Cinemas