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Direct link to Star Wars Trilogy info
Regular shows starting before noon are $8.99, but there aren’t too many that start before noon…
Mark, did your family object to glorious Technicolor, breathtaking CinemaScope and stereophonic sound too? link
Text if the article about 4DX:
It’s an amazing (if increasingly expensive) time to be a downtown cinefile, folks. First the East Village’s AMC got recliners, then Metrograph opened on the Lower East Side, and now the news that’s really going to knock you off your feet: 4DX, the South Korean technology that causes your seat to buck and sway with the action, is finally, finally set to debut at the Regal Union Square Stadium 14. The first film to use the technology in New York City, Batman v. Superman, opens March 25. A second auditorium will open in Times Square in April.
Let’s not forget: this goes beyond just hydraulic seats that pitch you forward mechanical-bull-style every time Superman takes a nose dive or sideways every time he dodges a meteor. Scents piped into the theater will presumably reproduce the smell of Clark Kent’s cologne while puffs of water from the seat in front of you will likely simulate the feeling of being spritzed with it. (Sorry, all of my Superman references are from the ’80s. You expect me to watch a Superman movie as a grown man? Actually, with 4DX in play, I just might.) To get an idea of what the 4DX experience is like, read our writeup of a Star Wars screening in Bogota. As noted when we broke news of 4DX’s arrival (originally expected by the end of 2015), the technology even shows you what it’s like to be pissed on by a monkey.
The 4DX auditorium at Union Square will be followed by the opening, on April 28, of another at the Regal E-Walk 13, in Times Square. They’re just the third and fourth in the nation to undergo the costly conversion to 4DX, which exists in some 228 theaters in 37 countries. The first US auditorium opened in Los Angeles in 2014 and generated $1.7 million in revenue, triple that of the previous year.
You’re probably wondering how much tickets will cost. That’s still uncertain, according to a spokesperson for CJ 4DPLEX. Last time we checked, 4DX tickets in Los Angeles were $16. It’s safe to assume they’ll cost more than that at Regal Union Square, where regular tickets are $15.60 to begin with. One word: brace!
I’m happy that the Music Hall will be getting some movie traffic
Loews Lincoln Center has the same crappy presentation all AMCs do with Real D filters left on for 2D).
What do you mean by this? How can a patron look out for this happening?
So how many seats does Theatre 1 have? (I couldn’t tell from the posts above…)
I don’t think the Ziegfeld ever had a traditional open-ended exclusive run, but you can review the lists I re-posted earlier of nearly every movie that played here and check the dates of the engagements.
See how they never re-aligned the seats after the downstairs was twinned? The screen was now dead-center in the smaller space but the seats were still on an angle.
None of the 42nd Street movie theaters are shown…
The first movie to play here – Marooned – is on TCM this afternoon at 5:45pm (eastern). Watch it on your laptop or iwatch and weep for what we’ve lost…
You the man, Ed…
OMG, I just posted the saddest pic in the photo section
Loved the double bills and the midnight shows. I saw the original Blade Runner (with narration) here several times.
People on social media had a lot to say when the Herald asked, “What do you think about [the new owners] tearing down the current theater to build a new state-of-the art structure? What memories do you have of the Lynbrook UA theater?
•“The fondest memory I have is taking my kids there for the free movie “Baby’s Day Out” on Breakfast with Santa Day in Lynbrook.” — Carol Anne Walter
•“It needed to be done … plus it will bring a much-needed boost to the Lynbrook business district.” — Craig Caparelli
•“We are excited to see this new theater being built. We moved here a year ago, and this is one of many upgrades to the area that we’re looking forward to.” —Ivy A. Reilly
•“In 1976, when I was in Lynbrook High School, I won tickets to the premiere of “Rocky.” The theatre is a landmark — it’s a shame that it was not kept up.” — Dolores Gilmurray
•“I remember seeing live performers there! The theater was so packed we sat on the floor in the balcony. Those days are long gone, and the theater was left in disrepair … will be sad to see another landmark obliterated.” — Patricia Petrich Overs
*“I remember that movie theatre fondly. My mom and I went to see On Golden Pond there back in the 80’s. That is the last movie I remember seeing with her before she passed away. I’m sure we saw other movies but that is the one and that is the theatre that sticks in my mind. Great memory. I wish they could or would somehow keep the facade of the existing theatre. People are so quick to demolish old structures which unfortunately destroys the history and some beautiful structures.” — Debra Ford
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Local business owners say they are eager to have the new theater up and running as soon as possible, to capitalize on the added foot traffic in the area. Barbara Ferrufino, co-manager of the Cuzco Peru, which is attached to the theater, said that business has already taken a hit in the three weeks since it closed. “We weren’t really prepared for this,” she said, adding that couples often came to the restaurant before or after a screening. In an effort to compensate for the theater’s closing, she said, the restaurant would have to start spending money on advertising to attract more people, though she said she was optimistic that the new theater will ultimately help the business.
Erika Rojas, assistant manager of Cold Stone Creamery, on Broadway, said she estimated that sales have dropped by 15 percent since the theater closed, which wasn’t as bad as she had anticipated. “We just hope it comes faster,” she said with a laugh.
Chris Holmes, assistant manager of Burger Bandit, also on Broadway, said his business gets a lot of Rockville Centre moviegoers, and he didn’t think the closing would hurt business too much. He anticipated that the construction could even bring workers in for lunch. “They really just have to get better movies, to be honest,” Holmes said. “This one didn’t get ‘Avengers 2’ until like a month after it came out.”
Joe Carusone, owner of Vincent’s Pizzeria and Restaurant and Carvel, both on Atlantic Avenue, said he wasn’t concerned about the construction process. January is a slow month for most businesses anyway, he said, and ultimately, the new theater will be a good thing for the village. “In the future, I think it’s going to drive more people to the area,” Carusone said. “I think it’s going to be a great thing for the town as a whole.”
Article from the local paper the Lynbrook Herald, by Nick Ciccone
Movie house to be demolished
After more than a decade of discussion about its fate, the United Artists movie theater on Merrick Road in Lynbrook closed its doors for good on Jan. 10 — the start of an expected 16-month renovation that its new ownership, the Regal Entertainment Group, promises will bring a state-of-the art movie experience to the village.
“You want to grow with the times, but in a smart way,” said Mayor Bill Hendrick, adding that he hoped the updated theater would improve the village’s commercial area. “I’m getting calls all the time — people want Lynbrook,” he said.
Regal first took an interest in the property in 2011, and its developer, Blumenfeld Development Group, considered several building designs over the years. The new theater will feature luxury reclining seats in all screening rooms, along with surround sound and bright 2D and 3D images.
The project, funded by Regal, will cost an estimated $25 million. The existing structure will be demolished, and the new theater will wrap around the Cuzco Peru Restaurant in a U shape. The municipal parking on the west side of the theater will no longer exist, which will mean a loss of 51 parking spaces. But Building Department Superintendent Brian Stanton said there would be 171 fewer seats in the new theater — a total of 1,434 — and parking regulations on Atlantic Avenue can be amended to accommodate peak movie hours.
Gutting the building
Stanton said that before the building can be demolished, ALL Construction Inc. will disconnect interior electrical and gas hookups and rip out the seats. A demolition permit cannot be issued, he said, until the interior work is completed. The building is expected to be demolished in late summer.
Once that work begins, Hendrick said, any traffic issues that arise will be addressed. “The fact that we have our own Police Department helps us greatly,” he said. “We can re-route and do what we have to do with the [Department of Public Works] and police that other places can’t do.”
Members of Hose Co. No. 1, the firehouse on Blake Avenue, behind the theater, will be given parking spaces on the theater property during the construction.
June 8, 1929 was indeed a Saturday.
Yes, Craig O'Connor did a good job for Clearview, both here and at the Chelsea. He is what they needed, a person of vision and creativity, a latter-day showman, and when he left it left a void that was never properly filled.
I’m surprised the Moss family didn’t do a better job, seeing as how they’ve been exhibitors since the turn of the LAST century. There are plenty of examples of their ballyhoo here at Cinema Treasures but the current generation sure dropped the ball at this location.
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They’re shoring it up!
A developer bought Coney Island’s long-neglected Shore Theater and plans to restore the 90-year-old landmark to its former glory, the buyer’s legal counsel confirmed.
“The people of Coney Island can start looking forward to an amazing theater,” said lawyer Igor Oberman. “They don’t want this to be just a seasonal venue — it will be for all seasons benefiting not only tourists, but the people here year-round.”
Jasmine Bullard, daughter of People’s Playground land baron Horace Bullard, sold the icon to Pye Properties for $20 million last week, the Coney Island Blog first reported.
The rebirth bodes well for the People’s Playground, which area businesses and political leaders have been pushing to become a destination in the winter as well as summer, according to one neighborhood booster.
“This is wonderful news,” said Boardwalk impresario and Coney Island U.S.A. founder Dick Zigun, who has long advocated for the ailing theater. “If Coney Island is on a trajectory to go year-round and build hotels, you have to have nighttime entertainment and that’s the place to do it, at a landmarked Broadway-equivalent theater.”
The building has been vacant for decades and fell into serious disrepair, and Pye is still determining what it will take to make the theater show-worthy again, Oberman said.
“They’re still in the assessment phase,” he said. “The property has been derelict for many years, so right now they’re doing structural studies, and trying to understand the physical condition of the building.”
The theater was built in 1925 as the Loew’s Coney Island, according to historian Charles Denson. It housed Vaudeville acts in its heyday, he said. The Brandt Company took it over in 1964, and the theater started showing X-rated movies in 1972 in a last-ditch attempt to lure audiences.
Kansas Fried Chicken mogul Horace Bullard purchased the property in 1978 hoping to convert it into a hotel and casino, but the state decided against allowing gambling in the People’s Playground. The land baron put the building up for sale and let it sit derelict for the next several decades, drawing criticism from Coney Island advocates as the structure deteriorated and became an encampment of homeless people. Bullard died in 2013, and a 2015 announcement that the city would scoop up other derelict Coney Island properties that passed to his family reignited calls to seize the property through eminent domain.
It’s not the first historic Loew’s theater to be pulled off the historical scrap heap — the Kings Theatre in Flatbush reopened last year after the city hired a theater group to restore the iconic venue.
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I meant they booked it AS IF it was in the middle of nowhere, instead of as the gem of midtown Manhattan.
Neither Bow Tie nor Clearview knew what to do with the Ziegfeld, booking it like an ordinary multiplex in the middle of nowhere instead of the gem of Manhattan movie palaces.
It didn’t need recliners or reserved seating; what it needed was to hire someone with creativity and vision to book it properly, a combination of first run, premieres, classics, film festivals, etc., instead of dumping studio releases there and leaving them for weeks on end.
I always thought they should have had two week bookings then bring in move-over product that may already be in release but not at the Ziegfeld. And some free cross-promotion at other Bow Tie or Clearview houses could have helped as well.
A look at the bookings posted above show the Ziegfeld had classic screenings from the very beginning, but after Walter Reade and Cineplex Odeon left the game, mediocrity ruled the day.
Say what you will about Garth Drabinsky, at least he (and Walter Reade) were showmen who knew how to get backsides in seats.
Now, that’s creative booking…
Management by both Clearview and BowTie was lackluster, haphazard and devoid of creativity. (They didn’t even promote the Ziegfeld at their other Manhattan location, the Chelsea.) A sad lack of showmanship and verve helped drop this place off the radar for many moviegoers.