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AlAlvarez commented about Strand Theatre on Jul 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Love them!

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AlAlvarez commented about Visual Arts Theatre on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Totally disagree.

Lovely lobby with a 60’s style sunken seating area and a sprawling candy counter. Stadium seating in the main house thirty years before it became the industry norm. Woody Allen even made it his premiere house after the Beekman closed. A wonderful theatre!

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AlAlvarez commented about Coral Ridge Theatre on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:08 pm

sporridge, this is very interesting information. Where did you get it from?

I often suspected Claughton may have been a phantom operator for Paramount Theatres after the Consent Decrees and you may have found the source.

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AlAlvarez commented about Movieland on Jul 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm

They were also made of metal and very heavy and awkward to work with on a ladder.

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AlAlvarez commented about Caribe Theater on Jul 19, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Movieplace, the Alden was the Regency and Arden is here.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

Just added an ad for the re-release of THIS IS CINERAMA in the photo section.

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AlAlvarez commented about RKO Proctor's 58th Street Theatre on Jul 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Great memories TonyV. I still remember calling the local police to help a man who claimed to have been injured by a bullet that somehow escaped from the screen in PLATOON and a lady claimed the staff was bugging her home phone to track her movie-going probabilities.

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AlAlvarez commented about Olympic Theatre at Gusman Center on Jul 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

The closing never actually took place. It just ran stage shows for a while.

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AlAlvarez commented about David Cinema on Jul 11, 2012 at 7:53 am

This was already open in 1972 and advertising in the NYT.

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AlAlvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 11, 2012 at 7:01 am

The Rivoli closed for summer due to lack of product.

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AlAlvarez commented about 55th Street Playhouse on Jul 11, 2012 at 6:57 am

There were two David’s and neither was the 55th Street Playhouse.

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AlAlvarez commented about Florida Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Florida Theatre manager Ralph Puckhaber was head of marketing for ABC Florida State Theatres when I started working for them in 1974, twenty years after the article above was published. He was a flamboyant man who always wore plaid jackets with his trademark pink socks.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

If clearances still existed in Manhattan the Ziegfeld would have closed long ago. The 42nd street theatres with staggered showtimes on multiple screens and bigger grosses would deny it any product at all, much less tentpole titles.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 11:49 am

This is the New York Post folks. What they meant is “that story we made up last week is simply not true.” They do this all the time.

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AlAlvarez commented about 55th Street Playhouse on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

Marc is thinking of the David.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

You should take everything from Fox News sources in stride. The Ziegfeld couldn’t loose over $1 million a year even if it remained closed all year. The math simply doesn’t add up.

The two theatres on 42nd street do lose more than that with their newer leases, but they are cash producing cows and that cash can be invested elsewhere before the bills have to get paid.

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AlAlvarez commented about Evergreen Theatre on Jul 8, 2012 at 8:43 am

Apparently it was the SOHO for a few months before it became the SOBO.

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AlAlvarez commented about Roosevelt Theatre on Jul 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

In its early days it was mostly an art house and Cinemascope was not an issue but by 1956 this was South Florida’s first Cinerama house that proscenium obsolete.

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AlAlvarez commented about Bijou Cinema on Jul 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

We always called them ‘hawkers’. I had never heard the term ‘candy butcher’ before.

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AlAlvarez commented about Bijou Cinema on Jul 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

A candy butcher?

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AlAlvarez commented about Paraiso Theater on Jun 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm

The Madison theatre referred to in the article must be the Caribe.

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AlAlvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 29, 2012 at 7:22 am

This theatre has always closed between bookings when the boxoffice did not meet the house nut. Only Cineplex Odeon kept it open all year round, no matter what and ate the loss.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

The 1935 Rialto was a completely new structure.

I think Mary Henderson did not consider the Hammerstein Victoria since the building itself was still there in 1935 and indeed not on 42nd street. The American fire and demolition were in 1930 which would make it the first opened and first closed on the block. It may have re-opened after the depression had it not been for the fire.

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AlAlvarez commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

The Republic is the Victory.

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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.