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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 27, 2012 at 8:23 am

A May 15, 1935 NYT article on the demolition of the Rialto states that three walls of the old Hammerstein’s theatre were part of the new theatre and that it was built into the same shell within the Hammerstein Building roof structure shared by the Republic and still standing in 1935.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I think the building was gutted but the remaining basic four walls were reused.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

No. This location did not play movies until 1930.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 18, 2012 at 3:21 pm

According to the NY Times, the Rialto (1916) was the first non-nickelodeon built without a stage and primarily for film.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:19 pm

bigjoe59, if you pick up Ross Melnick’s book AMERICAN SHOWMAN I think you will better understand why an answer to your question is a problem. The movie was just a small part of the program so no major theatre would be designed primarily for film until perhaps the thirties. Now you would need to define what constitutes a ‘major theatre’.

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AlAlvarez commented about George M. Cohan Theatre on Jun 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

Try Tremont.

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AlAlvarez commented about Mayfair Theatre on Jun 12, 2012 at 1:40 pm

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AlAlvarez commented about North Miami Theatre on Jun 9, 2012 at 11:04 am

It was the Southland in 1972.

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AlAlvarez commented about New Metro Twin on Jun 7, 2012 at 7:37 am

He’s going to run into trouble with that ‘no kids under 6’ policy. Cineplex Odeon was sued for attempting that in New York.

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AlAlvarez commented about Roxy Theatre on Jun 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm

As Joseph mentioned, the Roxy had some first rate product. They just weren’t big hits.

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AlAlvarez commented about Roxy Theatre on Jun 4, 2012 at 7:43 am

The last film was “THE WIND CANNOT READ”.

I am not sure what qualifies as ‘A’ level but the “THE WRECK OF THE MARY DEARE” played in late 1959.

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AlAlvarez commented about Roxy Theatre on Jun 3, 2012 at 6:34 pm

The theatres were contracted to the studios. The Roxy was aligned to 20th Century Fox who produced flop after flop during this period.

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AlAlvarez commented about Strand Theatre on Jun 2, 2012 at 9:16 am

I wonder if Wometco used the old marquee when the Harlem became the Capitol in 1972 and it is the Harlem you are actually remembering.

I always felt 1-95 should have been located further west to provide better access in and out of the Orange Bowl. The airport access on the other two made more sense although they did indeed help kill the inland Miami River.

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AlAlvarez commented about Strand Theatre on Jun 2, 2012 at 7:48 am

I think around 1966. Is this the original Capitol (WTVJ) you are referring to?

I-95 killed the black community in Downtown Miami and I believe it was by design.

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AlAlvarez commented about Strand Theatre on May 31, 2012 at 8:21 pm

The Carver was the renamed Center, Louis.

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AlAlvarez commented about Coliseum Cinemas on May 25, 2012 at 7:41 am

Mickey Knox?

Knox

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AlAlvarez commented about National Twin on May 24, 2012 at 11:11 am

Bigjoe, no one has implied otherwise but the National was always successful. The landlord just wanted the theatre out, hence the closing.

The ethnic make-up of Times Square audiences was a huge box office bonus for all the theatres, especially on Sunday nights when many other midtown theatres were dead and it does need to be mentioned. Without such audiences many of the smaller sites would have failed.

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AlAlvarez commented about Plaza Theatre on May 23, 2012 at 8:22 am

The Plaza was very successful as a subrun theatre. The conversion to art house took place only because a distributor desperate for an east side outlet for his films took over the lease. The location, near other art houses, and down the street from the Paris was perfect.

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AlAlvarez commented about National Twin on May 23, 2012 at 8:11 am

This is a case of “nobody went there because it was too crowded.” The large National was often sold out on both screens during weekends with lines down the block and around the corner. The ethnic audience from the boroughs provided bonus Sunday night sell-outs. Even the midnight shows often sold out.

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AlAlvarez commented about Loew's American Theatre on May 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm

That is actually 11 Times Square, Ed. The NY Times Tower is one block south.

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AlAlvarez commented about Loew's American Theatre on May 22, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Bigjoe59, Mary C. Henderson considers the Rialto as an incarnation of the Hammerstein Victoria since the building itself was not demolished.

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AlAlvarez commented about Broadway Theatre on May 22, 2012 at 7:25 am

Note the CINE ROMA verticle sign at the far near corner of the marquee. This name and concept moved around between the Ambassador, Piccadilly and Broadway in the late thirties.

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AlAlvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on May 20, 2012 at 5:25 pm

“Profitable IMAX screen”

I have never heard those words before, in that order.

The Lincoln Square is one of the highest grossing theatres in the U.S., in spite of the IMAX.

Profit or volume are never an excuse for a sloppy operation.

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AlAlvarez commented about Kendall Mall Twin on May 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Most probably the Dadeland Twin.

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AlAlvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on May 17, 2012 at 8:33 am

It was the Miami Harlem. The NYC was Capitol was already closed by the time blaxploitation hit Times square.