Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Walter Reade Theater on Nov 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

It was named after Walter Reade Jr. after a grant from The Walter Reade Foundation in the form of a check signed by his mother.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Arena Theatre on Nov 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Great find, biff33.

The Village theatres below is also a rare photo.

Shame the site won’t allow a print feature.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Loew's Victoria Theatre on Nov 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm

It’s working for me and it is the Victoria.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Yes, Bill. Not only did Miami have “negro theatres”, we also had a negro phone book back then. (sigh)

On the bright side, Miami-Dade voted overwhelmingly for Obama on both elections.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I think that is an error on IBDB. APPLAUSE closed in May.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm

“FRENZY” ran in 1972 after “CHIPS”.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 5, 2012 at 7:43 pm

bigjoe, according to Variety “ANNE FRANK” only did well in New York and Miami Beach, which means it did not work without a significant Jewish audience. In Miami Beach it was advertised as a feel-good light comedy.

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=lF1VAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Nz8NAAAAIBAJ&pg=3256%2C4366891

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Al Alvarez commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

bigjoe, “ANNE FRANK” played here for six months.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 27, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I say we hit image three from Tinseltoes.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Oct 26, 2012 at 8:47 am

A February 1, 1998 NYT article on this theatre mentions that it opened with a feature unique to Broadway history. As a tribute to its namesake, the open-air Shakespeare Globe in London, this Globe had a sliding roof that could open up to the sky on hot weather days. They speculate that soot and litter may have limited the use as it was a problem for other nearby roof top operations.

The article also mentions that the theatre had “seats for fat men”.

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Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 25, 2012 at 10:11 am

Tinseltoes, the documentary states that Warner Bros. was already a partner hence the opening at the Warner Theatre. Perhaps they simply forgot the Broadway.

Paul, “HTWWW” opened at the Capitol.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

By the way Bobby, the excellent documentary “CINERAMA ADVENTURE” had that fact wrong. “THIS IS CINERAMA” opened at the Broadway theatre and didn’t move to the Warner/Strand until a year later.

The documentary features both theatres but erroneously identifies both as “The Warners”. I do suspect the Broadway was managed by Warner Bros. Theatres at the time.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Sutton Theater on Oct 12, 2012 at 6:21 pm

In many cases, no one cleaned between shows. Audiences were also more conscientious and drink/popcorn portions were smaller, so there was less waste.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Sutton Theater on Oct 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm

These small theatres had no concession stand in 1955, so turnaround was easy.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about First Avenue Screening Room on Sep 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

I have added an ad from the 1991 incarnation as the York mentioned by KingBiscuits in September 2009.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 27, 2012 at 9:40 am

CConnolly1, you are not wrong but it has been there for 43 years and the neighborhood has not changed. In fact it has somewhat improved with more hotels and less porn.

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Al Alvarez commented about Update on The Ziegfeld: 'The Master' doesn't help on Sep 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Well Saps, this is a disgracefully researched article.

The Village East seating is not comparable to the Ziegfeld. It has only about 370 seats in the largest house.

The Ziegfeld was in the ads when it opened the film on week two, along with two screens at the nearby Empire on 42nd street, a theatre the NY Post article fails to mention altogether. The Ziegfeld was also closed on opening Sunday for the premier of another film, so he is comparing two days at the Ziegfeld to three at the Village East on two screens, Lincoln Square on two screens and Angelika on three. If anything, he is making an argument for multiplexing the Ziegfeld.

The Lincoln Square already opened with a specially mastered 70mm print. Did he mean specially mastered IMAX print will soon follow “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES”?

Lazy article from a notorious rag.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 24, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Nothing odd. Just another premiere:

here

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 24, 2012 at 3:01 pm

The film opened here with the second week wide break. It did not play here opening week. Distributors pay for all display ads in NYC.

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Al Alvarez commented about Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Sep 18, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I was just reading a 1989 NYT article about the Nederlander organization looking for a movie multiplex operator to split it up because the theatre was too narrow and therefore awkward for live musical theatre. Here we are twenty three years later.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Variety Theatre on Sep 18, 2012 at 11:27 am

The Variety stopped showing films in the fall of 1989.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Angelika Film Center on Sep 17, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Although this ad ran in August, the theatre did not make that opening and indeed did not officially open until September 29, 1989.

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Al Alvarez commented about Angelika 57 on Sep 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

The intro needs adjusting. This theatre opened in 1964.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7 on Sep 5, 2012 at 10:38 am

It is likely the basement theatres flooded, as has happened before.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Plaza Theatre on Sep 5, 2012 at 12:33 am

Sept. 20, 1996 “BIG NIGHT” opened at the Lincoln Plaza, First & 62nd St, Loews 19th St. East, and Angelika.

The Paris was showing “SURVIVING PICASSO”.