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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jun 27, 2019 at 2:23 pm

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on the 1st page of the photo section there’s an ad for Camelot which had a decent roadshow run at this theater. in fact vindanpar thought so and added “it pretty much died as a roadshow in New York”. how is 34 weeks “pretty died as a roadshow in New York”?

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 25, 2019 at 2:03 pm

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with the possible imminent closing of the Paris and the ABRUPT closing of the 86 St. East what going on with City Cinemas? the 86 St. East closing was so abrupt even the staff was caught off guard.

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bigjoe59 commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jun 24, 2019 at 4:14 pm

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with the imminent closing of the Paris and very abrupt closing in May of the 86 St. East I hope this theater is on sounder footing.

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bigjoe59 commented about St. Francis Theatre & Baronet Theatre on Jun 24, 2019 at 2:42 pm

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to MSC77 many thanks for the info. I am a native New Yorker and am fascinated by how films which opened on roadshow runs in Manhattan fared in San Francisco. I am especially interested in which S.F. theaters were regularly used by the studios for their roadshow engagements. I eagerly look forward to the site that is a work in progress that you were kind enough to send me the link to.

in the meantime a question. as I said in my original post The Ten Commandments roadshow run at the Criterion lasted well over a year. yet in S.F. it only lasted 12 weeks. why? the only reason I can think of is S.F. is a good deal smaller than NYC so I’m guessing anyone in the Bay area who wanted to see it saw it in the first 12 weeks. what’s your take?

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bigjoe59 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 24, 2019 at 2:26 pm

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I read a lot via computer, magazines and newspapers and have not come across a single item about the Paris' imminent closing.

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bigjoe59 commented about St. Francis Theatre & Baronet Theatre on Jun 20, 2019 at 3:35 pm

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a friend of mine told me The Ten Commandments(1956) roadshow run at this theater lasted only 15 weeks. TTC’S roadshow run at the Criterion in Manhattan lasted well over a year. is the length of TTC’s roadshow run at this theater correct?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinema Village on Jun 20, 2019 at 3:20 pm

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to Mike(saps) thanks for the info. on the photo pages for this theater is the ad from when the film opened and was surprised to see it was rated R. I was never aware it had been officially rated. I remember some the sex scenes being quite graphic so I’m surprised it didn’t get an X rating at the time.

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bigjoe59 commented about St. Francis Theatre & Baronet Theatre on Jun 18, 2019 at 4:01 pm

Hello from NYC-

did this theater ever host any roadshow engagements in the 1952-172 period?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinema Village on Jun 18, 2019 at 2:35 pm

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I rather enjoyed A Very Natural Thing which opened here the summer of 1974. its one of the top gay themed films ever in my opinion. oddly I don’t think its ever been issued on home video, vhs or dvd let alone Blu-ray.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 13, 2019 at 1:21 pm

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to stevenJ thanks for the reply. you’d expect since the exterior was a fa├žade on the Columbia lot they’d at least build one that actually looked like the New Amsterdam Theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jun 11, 2019 at 3:08 pm

Hello from NYC-

at the beginning of Funny Girl Barbra Streisand walks into what is supposed to be the New Amsterdam Theater on 42 St.. as any native New Yorker will tell you the interior looked nothing liked the New Amsterdam. this has always been a big mistake for me. to which what L.A. theater was used for the interior of the New Amsterdam?

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bigjoe59 commented about Directors Guild of America Theater on Jun 11, 2019 at 2:56 pm

if i am not mistaken this was always a 1st run theater. to which what was the last film to play here before the Directors Guild too kit over?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jun 11, 2019 at 2:28 pm

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in my search for the 1st purpose movie theater in Manhattan a fellow poster mentioned a theater with the name City Photoplays which I had never heard of. i later found the theater on a list but can’t remember the website. i thought my fellow poster might have meant the Variety Photoplays at 3rd Ave. & 14 St.. but the list i found listed a seating capacity that would have been too for the Variety Photolays. so where was the City Photoplays theater to which my' fellow poster referred?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cosmo Theatre on Jun 9, 2019 at 12:53 pm

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traveling west along 116 St. just before you get to 3rd Ave. one sees that the auditorium section still exits. has it been gutted or simply covered over for retail use?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jun 6, 2019 at 3:49 pm

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I thank my fellow moviegoers for info on the roadshow engagement policy. now does anyone know of a first rate book on the subject? Kim Holston’s “Movie Roadshows” not only a few mistakes but omits films altogether as well.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jun 6, 2019 at 3:20 pm

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I thank everyone for help with my “first theater built from the ground up with the intent of showing movies” question. opened Feb. 1913 and the Rialto opened April 1916. so wouldn’t the Crescent which was located at 36 W. 135 St. and opened on the night of Dec. 16, 1909 be the first. granted it was built to showcase both films and live acts but weren’t the Regent and the Rialto built as combo houses as well?

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Jun 3, 2019 at 11:27 am

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thanks to robboehm for your reply. my astonishment was not so much on the length of TDOAF’S reserved seat rum at the Palace but that in S.F. it wasn’t even a roadshow run at all. it has always fascinated me why a studio would open a film on a roadshow run in one city but not others. I always assumed if a film opened on a roadshow run in Manhattan it did so I every city it opened in.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on May 7, 2019 at 3:32 pm

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a question for my fellow moviegoers. for the first several years of the movie biz whatever “movie theaters” existed in Manhattan were music halls. vaudeville theaters and legitimate theaters etc… renovated to show movies. but I have always wanted to find which was the 1st theater built in Manhattan brick by brick from the ground up with the intent of being a movie theater. any guesses as to the answer or how to find out?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on May 6, 2019 at 12:57 pm

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it was customary when a roadshow engagement finished the film would move to another 1st run theater in Manhattan on “continuous performances at popular prices”. but does anyone remember a roadshow engagement that went from reserved seat to continuous performances at popular prices in the same theater?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC 84th Street 6 on May 3, 2019 at 2:56 pm

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why does this theater have an absurdly long time between the 8:35a.m. and 1:40p.m.showings of Long Shot?

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bigjoe59 commented about Regal Essex Crossing & RPX on May 3, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Hello-

i just became aware of this theater and got all excited
thinking they had had restored Loews Delancy but the address
is different. is the Loews Delancy quite close to this
theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Valentine Theatre on May 2, 2019 at 2:22 pm

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the last film i can remember seeing here was
A Clockwork Orange.

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bigjoe59 commented about Ward Theatre on May 2, 2019 at 2:15 pm

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can anyone remember the last movie to play here? the only film i can remember seeing here was The Three Stooges Meet Hercules.

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Castle Hill Theatre on May 2, 2019 at 2:07 pm

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as pellboy asked June 2013 is closing date of 1969 as stated in the intro entirely accurate?

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bigjoe59 commented about Pilgrim Theatre on May 2, 2019 at 2:01 pm

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as I asked seven years when did this theater close down as
a movie theater?