Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez commented about Plantation Cross Roads on Jan 5, 2013 at 8:35 am

This seems to be closed again. The intro mention as the Seminole must be a typo.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 5, 2013 at 7:09 am

LuisV, I am in favor of Landmarking the Ziegfeld interior and would love to see a multiplex built around the original screen to make it more financially viable.

The only human strong enough to be a curtain operator at the Ziegfeld might be Jean Valjean from the original novel or perhaps Clearview could get one those soon to be unemployed super heroes from the Hollywood crap machine.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 4, 2013 at 9:32 am

Call it a clunker or bad karma but I worked for Cineplex Odeon for almost ten years, much of that time out of the Ziegfeld. In spite of weekly maintenance and a full time Union stagehand, that curtain was always broken and cost more money on lost shows and repairs than it was worth. We loved classic presentations but we all hated the damn thing.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 4, 2013 at 6:40 am

If you look at previous posts here, the curtain has never worked for more than a few weeks at a time regardless of who owned or managed the theatre. It is an albatross that has lead to many canceled performances and a fortune in repair costs over the years. It is too heavy to pull manually and takes weeks sometimes to get repair parts.

Even presentation conscience Walter Reade Theatres used to tie it up before a major screening for fear of it shutting the house down. I suppose a more profitable theatre would have replaced it years ago with the flimsy cheaper horizontal version that many legit theatres now have.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 3, 2013 at 5:23 pm

I guess Victor Hugo’s brilliant allegory on man’s inability to escape his past sins is lost on you.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 3, 2013 at 2:21 pm

“The plot is preposterous and the story nonsensical”

I can see not liking a movie or a play, but ridiculing the premise of one of the greatest classic works of all time is a bit much.

By the way, the 1934 French version which recently ran on TCM is four and a half hours long and I was not bored for a minute.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 2, 2013 at 9:55 am

“LIFE OF PI” was showing here on December 24. What exclusive reserved seat engagement are you referring to?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Dec 29, 2012 at 3:20 pm

In Ross Melnick’s book “AMERICAN SHOWMAN” he mentions that Roxy had been using scent at the Rialto in December 1916.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Lyric Theatre on Dec 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm

The map above has the wrong address.

Lyric

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Al Alvarez commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Really rcdt55b? Film at RCMH in 2013, when digital looks so much better in this barn of a venue.

Talk about too much time on your hands….

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Al Alvarez commented about Beekman Theatre on Dec 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Yes, Garyw, I don’t know about the speeches but all the ‘art houses’ had those foam core displays back then. It seemed to matter. To some of us.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I think he is asking the wrong question anyway.

There is no such thing as an “open ended engagement”. If the film is overselling, the distributor can open additional runs since they own the rights and the Ziegfeld can either pull it or play with other runs. The days of exclusive roadshow runs operated that way because the distributors wanted to create that exclusivity, not because the theatre had a contract. Oscars, financing issues, reviews and audience apathy trump any contract, and always have.

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Al Alvarez commented about Walter Reade Theater on Nov 26, 2012 at 11:40 am

The mother supposedly made the donation in the eighties so apparently she was still alive. The son died in 1973.

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Al Alvarez commented about Walter Reade Theater on Nov 26, 2012 at 7:07 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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Arena Theatre on Nov 25, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Great find, biff33.

The Village theatres below is also a rare photo.

Shame the site won’t allow a print feature.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's Victoria Theatre on Nov 23, 2012 at 11:22 am

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

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Al Alvarez commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 7, 2012 at 12:07 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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 6, 2012 at 5:59 pm

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

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Al Alvarez commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 6, 2012 at 4:38 pm

“FRENZY” ran in 1972 after “CHIPS”.

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Al Alvarez commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 5, 2012 at 4:43 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 1:31 pm

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

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Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 27, 2012 at 10:26 am

I say we hit image three from Tinseltoes.

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Al Alvarez commented about Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Oct 26, 2012 at 5:47 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 7:11 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.

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Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 24, 2012 at 8:44 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.