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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Oct 6, 2019 at 10:50 pm

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I happen to like Dr. Dolittle and saw it twice during its roadshow run at the Loews State. the still available Twilight Time Blu-ray disc in terms of richness of colors and the crispness, sharpness and clarity of both the picture image the multi-channel is everything a Blu-ray disc should be.

talk about a film being edited just before its premiere. aside form the image of Harrison riding on the giraffe on the cover of the soundtrack album the booklet enclosed has a description of a Prologue sequence that doesn’t appear on the Blu-ray. also the souvenir program sold in the lobby of the State has a description of Harrison singing a song about Emma(Samantha Eggar)at the end of the film that doesn’t appear on the Blu-ray disc either.

fortunately an A+ 2 disc cd set was released last year of
ALL the music recorded for the film.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Oct 3, 2019 at 11:56 pm

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to Mikeoaklandpark- I saw The Rose three times during its 70MM exclusive engagement at the Ziegfeld. so I can imagine your horror when you took your friend to see it in one of the lower level auditoriums here. its kind of like who in God’s name would want to watch Lawrence of Arabia on an iPad or tablet?

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Oct 3, 2019 at 12:40 am

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to Al A. thanks as always for your info filled replies. be that as it may I’m sure they had a number of other lobby cards they could have used. I don’t know how much before Nicholas and Alexandra opened that the staff at this theater did up the display cases to either side as you entered. but to include a photo of a scene they most have known wasn’t in the film while it may not meet the legal definition of false advertising was certainly a really odd thing to do.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Oct 2, 2019 at 10:07 pm

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to Al A.–

I thank you for your reply. its just I would say roadshow engagements where a film played at only 1 theater in all of NYC for weeks, months or in many cases well over a year is a somewhat different case. the only thing I can think of is this- I think the film is just about perfect as is but the big wigs at Columbia may have said “hey at 3hrs. 9mins. it s long enough” so at the last minute they cut out any scenes not pertaining to the title characters. so I’m assuming the posters, lobby cards etc…. were shipped out even before the final cut was arrived at.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Oct 2, 2019 at 8:01 pm

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Nicholas and Alexandra opened at this theater Dec. 0f 1971. its one of my favorite large scale historical dramas. its also this theater’s last roadshow engagement. to which I remember something always I thought was strange. in the display cases to either side as you entered the theater were lobby cards capturing scenes from the film. one had Rasputin talking to Alexi a scene which does not appear in the film. can anyone remember any other roadshow engagements at any of the other six theaters Times Square houses where the lobby cards depicted scenes there weren’t in the film.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Oct 1, 2019 at 10:08 pm

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what was the last film advertised on the huge sign above
the Astor and the Victoria theaters?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Oct 1, 2019 at 12:20 am

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to vindanpar- you comment is the very problem i was discussing. many years ago i was at a memorabilia shop in L.A. and the owner let me browse thru the stakes in back since i had shopped there for many years. just as i was walking into the stacks the owner said “we just got in the program for The Birth of a Nation”. my heart almost jumped of my chest. unfortunately the program while not falling apart was so worn there was no point in buying it eventhough he was only charging $25.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Sep 30, 2019 at 10:18 pm

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to Al A.– I have often seen movie souvenir programs missing from my collection posted on EBay. but I always wondered especially when the seller is asking for a decent of $$$ what the programs condition really is. at least in a memorabilia shop you see exactly what you’re getting.

also to Mike (saps)– I know this may shock you but I am one of the few New Yorkers who does not own a cell phone.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Sep 30, 2019 at 9:30 pm

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to clarify my earlier post. in my collection of 140 movie souvenir programs 138 were printed in the US.. the only two that weren’t were Cromwell which during its first run engagement at this theater Columbia simply shipped over the original U.K. program. the other being Tom Sawyer which when it opened at RCMH the Spring of 1973 they likewise simply shipped over the original U.K. program.

to vindanpar- I have a number of souvenir programs for films that played RCMH. if I had an inkling that a film might have one but didn’t see anyone hawking them I always asked just to be sure.

also of films that had their exclusive first run engagements at this theater two programs I have always wanted to acquire but have never come across in any memorabilia shop are Old Ironsides(1926) and Can Can(1960).

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Sep 29, 2019 at 10:57 pm

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to vindanpar- shocking may be too strong a term so I’ll say it was highly surprising the omissions in Holston’s book. in addition Holston has a few oddities. the book is by year with the roadshow films of that year discussed alphabetically. in 1962 he says “Gypsy” opened as a roadshow but doesn’t say where. it certainly wasn’t in Manhattan. and films which opened even just in L.A. on traditional roadshow runs(Darling Lili and The Great Race)are in the appendix section on films projected as roadshows during production but opened regular.

an interesting bit of info about this theater. I have a large collection of souvenir programs. 140 to be exact. every souvenir program I have was printed in the U.S. but when Cromwell(one of my favorite large scale historical dramas) opened here Oct. 1970 they just imported over the original U.K. program. in 140 item collection the only other time that happened was when Tom Sawyer opened at RCMH the Spring of 1973.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Sep 26, 2019 at 9:37 pm

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to vindanpar- I have not bought the Kennedy book since it just on musicals released on roadshow engagements. the only other book I’ve ever come across on the subject is Movie Roadshows by Kim Holston which discusses all genres.

But while its suppose to be comprehensive it fails to mention several roadshow films which is really odd.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Sep 22, 2019 at 10:38 pm

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to vindanpar- if you got the same Blu-ray of The Fall of the Roman Empire that I did you’re bound to ne disappointed since its not in the correct aspect ratio.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm

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does anyone remember the last film advertised on the
HUGE sign over the Astor and the Victoria was?

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bigjoe59 commented about United Artists 64th & Second on Sep 19, 2019 at 8:16 pm

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didn’t Young Winston have an exclusive roadshow engagement
here Dec. 0f 1972?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Sep 18, 2019 at 12:25 am

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its nice he Village East is legally protected. in the case of the Cinema ½/3 regardless of any rumors do they own the building?

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Sep 17, 2019 at 12:04 am

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of the 5 theaters run by City Cinemas 3 have closed since
May- 86 St. East, the Paris and the Beekman. so the only
two left are the Cinema ½/3 and the Village East. might
it be that they actually own those buildings?

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bigjoe59 commented about Sunshine Cinema on Sep 15, 2019 at 9:30 pm

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does the demolition of this theater effect the
kinish bakery next door?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Sep 15, 2019 at 9:18 pm

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also in the new Sweet Charity Blu-ray you get a nice
somewhat aerial shot of the intersection of Bway, 7th Ave.
and 47 St.. the fall of 1968. you can clearly see War
and Peace on the marquee of the Demille.

one film I would love to see on a top notch Blu-ray disc is the original roadshow cut of Star!.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Sep 15, 2019 at 9:10 pm

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to Ken Roe thanks for the info. I got the Blu-ray you made note of and was rather disappointed by the incorrect aspect ration. a botched job just like The Hallelujah Trail. all the other Blu-ray discs I have of films shot in Ultra Panavision 70 are in the correct 2.75.1 aspect ratio.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Sep 14, 2019 at 12:10 am

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to vindanpar-

the recent 50th Anniversary 4k restoration has A+ picture quality. there are 2 discs. the first has the roadshow version with the bittersweet ending. it does have the overture and intermission. the second has the version with the happy ending that Fosse filmed but refused to use. this eliminates the overture and intermission. plus it cuts the scene of the hippie flower children giving Charity the flower perking her spirits up.

also the roadshow version gives us nice shots of the Astor Hotel, the original Yankee Stadium and as Charity is exiting the southeast corner of Central Park at the film’s conclusion a glimpse of the marquee of the Paris Theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Sep 13, 2019 at 11:46 pm

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to vindanpar- I am one of those fans that was rather disappointed by Kino Lorber’s recent blu-ray of The Hallelujah Trail. aside form the fact the perfect image was a bit off its was in the 2.35.2 aspect ratio not 2.75.1 since it was as you stated shot in Ultra-Panavison 70. if a blu-ray disc of The Fall of the Roman Empire ever comes out it had better be in the 2.75.1 aspect ratio.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Sep 13, 2019 at 10:48 pm

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to my fellow moviegoers who remember the roadshow runs held at this theater and the Loews State, RKO Palace, the Demille, the Warner, the Rivoli and the Loews Capitol.

in reference to vandanpar’s 9/11/19 comment. does any one ever remember a theater running out of souvenir programs? of all the roadshow engagements I attended(in the Set. 1952 to Dec. 1972 period)I never remember a theater running out of souvenir programs.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Sep 13, 2019 at 10:35 pm

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to Bill H.– its highly possible I saw the original cut. I bought my ticket when the box office first opened.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rendezvous Cinema on Sep 11, 2019 at 10:33 pm

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I remember meeting Jack Wrangler here when he did a personal appearence at the height of his gay porn fame.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Sep 11, 2019 at 8:21 pm

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to vindanpar- I still can not believe that during N&A’s roadshow run at this theater that the marquee only had big block letters and never the glass or plastic plates with the art work. rather highly unusual for a roadshow film.

I did buy the souvenir program the first time I saw the film. its rather nice. in reference to your case with all the roadshow films I saw I never remember a theater running out of souvenir programs.

also whenever Twilight Tine releases a blu-ray disc buy it immediately don;t wait. i looked at Amazon and there is a all regions blu-ray from Spain. that’s reasonably priced.