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in reference to sguttag’s comment. many of the
most beloved movie theaters across the country
were built as very grand neighborhood theaters
and only became exclusive 1st run venues years
later. for instance the Coronet in San Francisco
only became 1st run with the Todd-AO roadshow
premiere of Oklahoma in 1955.
in response to fred1’s reply- I live in NYC
so yes i have seen the Bway show 7 times in
fact but and there’s always a but. in the show
the actors aren’t playing humans they’re
playing animals. so the technique Julie Taymor
devised for the actors to play animals would
not work in a film. so i ask my question again-
since there are human characters in the show
how will they do a live action film?
since it open here will someone please tell
how Disney is going to do a live action Lion King
considering there are no human characters?
a question for devotees of this theater. when this
theater opened in 1936 was it built from the get go
as a 1st Run venue or was in built as a grand 2nd/3rd
run neighborhood theater and only became a 1st Run
venue with the advent of the modern roadshow era in
Hello Again from NYC-
I thank everyone for their reply. specifically to
Myrna38717. you mention sometimes the Uptown having
a decent crowd and sometimes not. I find that
fascinating. I have often gone to the many large
screens in Manhattan and there are only a few
people present. so when the film has a overall
HUGE opening weekend I wonder where the grosses came
from. also I have gone to the same theaters and
encountered a rather decent crowd but the film
has an overall lackluster opening. interesting to
say the least.
Hello From NYC-
Is the Uptown the last single screen 1st run movie
theater in D.C.? there’s only 1 left in Manhattan,
i saw Dunkirk at the Loews Lincoln Square IMAX
auditorium and the experience was !!! WOW !!!.
the sound and projection was A+. i felt like I
was one of the stranded soldiers on the beach.
what was it like at this theater?
I saw Dunkirk this past Sat. in the IMAX auditorium
and the experience was !!!WOW!!!. it was like I was
on the beach with the soldiers. to which my question-
Christopher Nolan is one of those directors that
many people think should have won an Oscar by now.
so I have always assumed he had a big fan base. in
fact Dunkirk got great reviews many critics calling
it Nolan’s best yet, so why such a low $50 mil
to Howard B.– since the administrators at IMDBmade the dumb decision to get rid of the messageboards where is there a similar site to IMDBto discuss films?
to Darth Vader444. the more I think about it the
more $50 mil seems like a really low amount. I mean
if just Nolan devotees went to see the film it ‘
should have made more. also the film’s trailer has
been online for like a year. also the film’s
trailer has been in theaters fro weeks. what baffles
me the reviews I read were uniformly A+ so I
expected a bigger opening weekend. the odd part is
some big summer comic book type movie comes out
gets mixed to negative reviews and everyone agrees
it doesn’t work yet the film makes a truck load
of cash anyway. I don’t get it.
the opening weekend gross of Dunkirk was only
$50 million? isn’t that rather low. it was not a
long film so they could get in more screenings
per day. again a rather low amount.
I saw Dunkirk at the 1p.m. screening in the IMAX
auditorium. !!!!! WOW!!!!! is my reaction. with
the combination of the image and the sound you felt
you were on the beach with the 400,000 soldiers.
one question. toward the end of the film when anumber of the young soldiers are in the bottom ofthe landlocked boat Harry Styles' character getsreally angry at another soldier. for the life ofme I can’t remember why Styles. character gotangry. why did he?
to Joe Vogel thanks for the info about the
Northpoint. I guess the story with the Northpoint
is similar to the recently closed Ziegfeld
in Midtown. no one I know had any complaints
about the theater in terms of the projection,
sound etc…..but the last few years any big
film that played the Ziegfeld also played 10 to
12 other theaters in Manhattan. plus lets be
honest even if it were making money what
multiplex chain wants to spend the time to
operate a large single screen movie theater.
its sad the only 1st run single screen movie
theater left in Manhattan is the Paris.
i haven’t been out to San Francisco for maybe 10?
years. to which i was shocked to hear the Northpoint
closed. i always liked the theater during my
trips out to your city. so why did it close? lack
of business or the landlord sold the land? i
looked at theater’s page but non one has posted
there for well over a year so i thought i’d ask here.
I am not talking about all the crap at the
beginning I am talking about the running time
of the film itself. to which 1hr. 46mins. is
on the short side for a large scale historical
Dunkirk is only 1hr. 46mins.? that’s on the
short side for a large scale historical epic.
I have no idea what the NYC Building Code says but
I should think it would illegal to operate a movie
theater during the summer with no AC.
when Dunkirk opens on July 21 I assume it will
play in both the IMAX and Loews auditoriums. when
looking up the show times on IMBD how can I tell
which screening is in the Loews auditorium?
I thank all my fellow posters for the info
posted recently about this theater.
also to Howard B.. I heard thru the grapevine that
the main reason AMC closed the Loews Tower East is
that they had no desire to operate a single screen
movie theater. the only 1st run single screen
movie theater left in Manhattan is the Paris.
to Al A. many thanks for you reply. indeed the
exhibition business since the 62 St. & 1st Ave.
first opened. the Cinema 1 was for years one of
the leading “art houses” in the city. case in
point. the World Premiere engagement of Ingmar
Bergman’s Oscar winning Cries and Whispers was
held at the Cinema 1 not in his native Sweden.
I am a native New Yorker and lifelong moviegoer
and believe the Cinema ½/3 can weather any
potential competition from the revamped 62 St.&
1st Ave. if it returned to its roots so to speak.
what do you say?
I always connect souvenir programs with roadshow
engagements. to which did this theater ever hold
a traditional roadshow engagement?
also were there any other BIG regular release films
that opened here that had souvenir programs.
to Al. A.. many thanks for your reply. now
when the 62 St. & 1st Ave. opened it was not
only a state of the art facility but offered
the studios multiple screens for a BIG film.
to which it didn’t save the theater than why
would it now?
being an avid moviegoer I would say the fact
that the 62St.& 1st Ave. is all the way over
on 1st Ave. is a much bigger problem to
overcome than any competition the revamped
62 St. & 1st Ave. might possibly give the
to Al. A.–
while this theater on occasion does play a big
mainstream film mostly it plays artsy films. so
I don’t see it being in peril that much whenever
the 62St. & 1st. Ave. reopens.
another question. regardless of how up to date
the 62St. & 1st. Ave. redo is won’t it have the
same problem the theater has always had. namely
its all the way over on 1st. Ave.
to AL A.–
first whoever is taking over the 62 St. & 1st Ave.
multiplex wouldn’t they have to do a fairly complete
renovation? the place has been boarded up so to
speak and gathering dust for yearsssssssssss.
secondly if and when the 62 St. & 1st Ave. reopened
why would it give the Cinema 1 that much competition?
this theater survived the first opening period.
is there any info at all about how eminent this
theater’s closing might be? remember the eminent
closing of the Ziegfeld took yearssssssss to