Comments from Ross Melnick

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Ross Melnick commented about New theater has all the classics on Apr 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Thank you “danpetitpas.” The URL you mentioned has been removed.


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Ross Melnick commented about Metro Theatre on Apr 7, 2009 at 8:45 am


These theaters, although operated by Loew’s International, were given the “Metro” name, rather than “Loew’s,” to more closely align them with the company’s longtime producing unit, Metro-Goldwyn(-Mayer), part of Loew’s, Inc. from 1924 to 1959. Metro Theatres/Cine Metros could, at one time, be found in South America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Other theaters, like the Empire in London, were also operated by Loew’s.

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Ross Melnick commented about Fair Theatre on Mar 18, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Comments have now been reopened for this page. Let’s keep it civil please. :)

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Ross Melnick commented about AMC Empire 25 on Mar 13, 2009 at 9:47 am

This is not a forum about Warren. This is about the AMC Empire 25. I appreciate your comment MarkieS, but it is off topic on this page. Please feel free to email me with any additional concerns.

Thanks and I do appreciate all of your passionate interest in the site and these theaters. These interpersonal issues are always the hardest part.

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Ross Melnick commented about AMC Empire 25 on Mar 13, 2009 at 8:33 am

Does every disagreement have to get personal?

Warren, what is the need for “Are you now dictating rules? When did you become part of management?”

Lost Memory has a perfect reasonable explanation for the source of the address (which Google Maps confirms).

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Ross Melnick commented about 10 best movie theaters in America on Mar 10, 2009 at 2:12 pm

As Karen mentioned above, we were asked to choose theaters that were not typically selected for such lists.

This discussion has been very helpful, though, and I look forward to submitting the AFI Silver and the Loew’s Jersey for the next round.

Over the years, we’ve done a number of “top ten” lists, but always with the disclaimer that they are not, in fact, the top ten theaters in America. Who could or should make such a list? I have my favorites, of course, but sometimes it is about showcasing a theater in need, highlighting technological or programmatic change, or, in some cases like Spirit Magazine, focusing on theaters in cities where Southwest Airlines flies.

If anything, these lists are good for making us think about our favorite theaters and our desire to lobby for their preservation and their use.

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Ross Melnick commented about Muvico Thousand Oaks 14 Opens Today on Mar 1, 2009 at 2:53 am

They definitely advertise their 4K capability.

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Ross Melnick commented about Bliss Theatre on Feb 12, 2009 at 12:45 pm

As those of you who have visited this page over the last few days will notice, I have deleted a number of off-topic and/or antagonistic emails.

The next attack wins a free suspension! :)

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Ross Melnick commented about United Palace of Cultural Arts on Feb 10, 2009 at 11:00 am

Warren, I agree with you. I will try and verify the name and get back to you.

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Ross Melnick commented about United Palace of Cultural Arts on Feb 10, 2009 at 9:38 am

Hi Warren — I certainly did not intend to reopen this debate. As previously discussed, please note their URL ( and the name throughout their website: “The United Palace.” I agree with you that it seems strange, but we use the names that theaters/venues provide.


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Ross Melnick commented about United Palace of Cultural Arts on Feb 9, 2009 at 2:52 pm

There was a long debate about this some months ago. We used the name the theater/church goes by — not the one Ticketmaster has.

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Ross Melnick commented about National Theatre on Feb 3, 2009 at 10:29 am

Thanks Karen. And, as a member of THSA, I strongly encourage anyone with a love of classic movie theaters to join as well.

As for the Star Wars debates, it’s always good to have accurate information. The important thing, though, is for everyone to handle one another with care.

While I know our comments sections produce a number of squabbles, without them, we’d be little more than a database. Your comments create and reflect the community.


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Ross Melnick commented about Fox Theatre on Jan 26, 2009 at 11:02 am

The interior of the jewelry store (Alberts Diamondland) does not reveal much (or anything really) of the original interior. The street view from Google Maps gives a sense of how the light bulbs might have looked.

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Ross Melnick commented about Minnehaha Theater on Jan 24, 2009 at 8:41 am

Thanks to Lost Memory for the Ben’s Chili Bowl link above. Here is a photo on their website of the Minnehaha Theater.

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Ross Melnick commented about Schenley Theater on Jan 5, 2009 at 8:02 am

A news item related to a theater does not make it a “crime related website.”

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Ross Melnick commented about Million Dollar Theatre on Dec 30, 2008 at 3:14 pm

Thank you all for your comments regarding the issue of Flickr and photo credits. While useful, the discussion is off-topic and was threatening to take the page off the rails.

I am happy to reconsider the removal of these posts if you think the discussion will resolve similar debates.

Thank you.

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Ross Melnick commented about Senator Theatre on Dec 29, 2008 at 10:52 am

No need for the conspiracy theories. Someone who posted a comment requested that it be removed. Through a miscommunication, the entire post was removed, rather than just the comment. I have removed the requested comment and restored the post.

The Senator never called or requested anything be removed or changed.

When these issues arise, it is always best to wait and see what the resolution is. There isn’t always a conspiracy, a cover up, or a gremlin afoot.


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Ross Melnick commented about AMC Empire 25 on Dec 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm

“Cinema Treasures”? Never heard of it. :)

Thanks for setting the record straight, Joe!

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Ross Melnick commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 12, 2008 at 9:41 am

Thanks so much for your understanding. I wish I had been able to deal with it earlier.

I also want to reiterate that Ken, Bryan, and Michael do herculean work here. If you have any time before the holidays, I’m sure they’d love to hear from you. Patrick and I couldn’t be luckier to have them.

And the same goes for our users. Some of the most plugged in, knowledgeable, and skilled exhibitors and projectionists post their comments on this site. You are not only contributing to the dialogue today, but to future historians and exhibitors who are able to learn from all of you. I try and keep that in mind whenever possible.

Thanks again for everything,


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Ross Melnick commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 12, 2008 at 9:12 am

Okay — here’s the situation and how I am choosing to deal with it. I have looked back in our database and I cannot find the comments that have been deleted or allegedly deleted. I am coming to this situation late so please forgive my ignorance of whether comments were posted or not posted. If they were posted and deleted, please accept my apology. As stated, Patrick and I did not delete them and would not have. I will remind our editors that we should make sure to keep the discussion on topic, but not to delete comments, if that is in fact what happened.

Since many of you have not met Patrick, Ken, Bryan, Michael, and myself, please let me assure you that we are working as hard as we can to produce a new website and make Cinema Treasures a place for EVERYONE to talk. All of us spend countless hours each day working on this site and it’s a shame that these issues sometimes cloud all of the wonderful information that is added daily and the amazing discussions going on in the other 23,000 pages. These kinds of situations also frustrate me to no end because they run counter to the spirit of the site. Yes, we have a comments policy and a user policy, but it is there to protect users, not to discourage free expression and debate. I am sorry if anyone has been upset by the issues discussed hereâ€"this is my first time trying to deal with it this morning.

If anyone would like to discuss this situation further, please email me. Your comments and concerns are deeply appreciated. In the meantime, I hope you will continue posting your comments about theaters, moviegoing, and, yes, even the films and the print quality and presentation of those films. While this is not a site to discuss movies per se, a small discussion about the merits of a film playing at a specific theater is not necessarily off topic. Like any community, we hope users will police themselves, keeping off topic conversations away, but understanding that a brief aside is not a criminal act. As for the Ridgewood, etc., we are trying to get a handle on what to do there. Adding message boards to the site certainly will help when we are able to do so.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding. This situation is not likely to be repeated anytime soon and if it is, I am only an email away. I also want to reiterate what a wonderful and knowledgeable group we have assembled here and it would be a calamitous shame to lose any of you.

Have a great weekend and thanks again for all of your contributions.


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Ross Melnick commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 12, 2008 at 8:43 am

Dear All,

For the record, Patrick Crowley and I did NOT remove any comments from this page. We are investigating the situation, but we did not authorize any such deletions. I am investigating and will get back to you shortly. Please hold any comments, boycotts, etc. for a few minutes while I pour over the last few days and try to figure out what happened.


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Ross Melnick commented about Stamford Theatre on Nov 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Okay folks, wrap up the squabbling. I’m in a comment deletion mood today and will start doing that for any and all antagonistic comments. This is a page for the Stamford Theatre — not for conflict.

If you posted a comment over the past few days and it’s gone now, that’s why. Have a good weekend …


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Ross Melnick commented about Islip Cinemas on Oct 30, 2008 at 9:38 am


I have already removed several comments posted over the past month and may revisit removing others. Unless you have court-sanctioned proof of malice, theft, etc., please DO NOT post innuendo or accusations about particular individuals. If you have a grievance, please take it to a court room.

Thank you,
Cinema Treasures

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Ross Melnick commented about Roxy Theatre on Aug 17, 2008 at 9:31 pm

Please note that a number of comments and responses to those comments have been removed from this page. The next person who attacks or antagonizes another user on this page will have their account suspended. Period.

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Ross Melnick commented about Boyd Theatre on Aug 11, 2008 at 10:17 am

Yes — our add-a-photo feature is currently offline, but we look forward to adding this capability in the near future. Users routinely post images on flickr or other sites and link them to theater pages and/or find other images and post links to them here.