Comments from David Wodeyla

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David Wodeyla commented about Strand Theatre on May 31, 2005 at 8:14 pm

I was referring to Bill Doeren and Dan Stravinski. When I was with GCC, Doeren joined them as President of the Theatre Division after having “left” AMC. He brought Dan Stravinski with him and within about 3 years, General Cinema Theatres declared bankruptcy.

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David Wodeyla commented about Strand Theatre on May 31, 2005 at 7:38 am

Mike H could probably tell us some interesting stories about the former head of AMC and his partner, who left AMC to run General Cinema until it went bankrupt, about 3 years after they took over. I’m just not sure where the appropriate place is, to discuss individuals, rather than buildings.

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David Wodeyla commented about Loews Cheri on May 22, 2005 at 7:06 pm

Another way of maximizing profits, was to run the new hit first, and then to get the overflow from a sellout into films that had been playing longer, thus increasing exhibitor’s revenue. Everyone was a winner, because the distributor was able to get longer engagements, and the exhibitor had better percentages into the run.
Of course in those days, sellouts happened nearly every weekend. I’m not sure this is the case anymore.

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David Wodeyla commented about Sundance Group Announces Cinema Intention on May 22, 2005 at 10:56 am

I wonder whatever happened to William Doeren when GC Theatres went bankrupt a couple of years after this announcement?

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David Wodeyla commented about Sundance Group Announces Cinema Intention on May 20, 2005 at 12:29 pm

I thought I was reading an article out of a time warp. Sundance Film Group was negotiating with General Cinema around 1991 to do the same thing. Guess it fell through.

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David Wodeyla commented about Loews Cheri on May 18, 2005 at 1:57 pm

Perhaps one film was playing on the two screens. Opening night was for press and dignitaries, and Ben Sack gave out mini champagne bottles with labels named “Cheri”. Izzy Strier and Joe Luongo were opening night managers.

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David Wodeyla commented about Loews Cheri on May 17, 2005 at 8:42 pm

[quote]The Cheri was a single theatre when it opened, and later split, with the third auditorium up on street level later.
posted by dwodeyla on Mar 6, 2005 at 11:57am[quote]

I’ll have to admit I was a bit confused, and reference my earlier post. I forgot all about the Symphony, (I Am Curious Yellow) and thank Ron for checking the newspapers. Sometimes we oldtimers need a refresher on our memory!

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David Wodeyla commented about Loews Cheri on May 17, 2005 at 4:50 pm

The Cheri was built as a twin, side by side auditoriums, and the third screen was added above, a couple of years later. This would have been Boston’s first multi-plex.

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David Wodeyla commented about Loews Cheri on May 16, 2005 at 8:01 pm

When you entered the lower lobby coming down the stairs from the street, you would have seen a concession stand in the center of the lobby in front of you. Behind it, Cinema I, which would be considered the “main theatre”. (as I remember it, anyway) To the right, up a couple of stairs, was auditorium number 2. Go up the elevator, and you would find another concession stand, and a small auditorium number 3.

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David Wodeyla commented about St. George Theater on May 12, 2005 at 8:55 am

Same theatre, the name changed for a short time. I haven’t looked at enough microfilm to get the exact dates.

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David Wodeyla commented about AMC Chestnut Hill 5 on May 12, 2005 at 6:01 am

The formica wall behind the stand was red white and blue. I started managing that theatre in 1986, at the point where the concession area was being demolished for the new design by Cambridge 7. The original ottomans were red velour. The new design was a medium grey for the brick lobby areas, concession running straight across with lit back bar graphics, and the dark blue carpet replacing red. (The original solid red was long gone by ‘86) Replacing the ottomans, were light oak benches, and the original white metal seats were replaced with gray plastic backs with blue fabric. (the auditorium floors were painted grey to match. They had been red)
As for the date in the photo on the web page, it may be an error. The two films mentioned by ErikH are the correct opening week films.

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David Wodeyla commented about AMC Chestnut Hill 5 on May 9, 2005 at 11:38 am

Actually, they would probably hurt the Embassy, as there’s only about 5 miles between them. I wonder who will book the film?

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David Wodeyla commented about AMC Chestnut Hill 5 on May 9, 2005 at 11:36 am

They could become the “new” General Cinema Corporation. I don’t think identification such as “brand identity” matters, and that theatre could play art like the Waltham Embassy and be extremely competetive in the market. Don’t be surprised if that’s the strategy. When Robert Redford’s Sundance Cinemas were beginning, Paul Delrossi developed a bit of a relationship and many thought Chestnut Hill was the perfect location for that product.

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David Wodeyla commented about AMC Chestnut Hill 5 on May 8, 2005 at 6:25 pm

Sounds more like an insider knows how lucrative the investment would be. Joe ODonnell was a close personal friend of Paul DelRossi, former President of General Cinema Theatres.

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David Wodeyla commented about Fire Curtain For Free? on May 7, 2005 at 5:55 am

I think my tongue was clearly in cheek about an invoice. However, I won’t be surprised if I get a request for a $15 research fee. Here’s one of those places where a smilie and a wink would go.

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David Wodeyla commented about Fire Curtain For Free? on May 6, 2005 at 7:30 pm

A picture of the curtain would be nice. I accidently emailed the Theatre Historical Society President with a request for one…ooops, here comes an invoice!

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David Wodeyla commented about Coming Soon To Loews Theatres: Truth In Advertising! on May 5, 2005 at 8:15 pm

Loews got a lot of press for doing nothing special. Most movie fans enjoy coming attractions, but hate the commercials that run before them. Most theatres also advertised showtimes usually including about 7-12 minutes of trailers. What everyone hates, are the 15-20 minutes of commercials that run before the trailers. But if you want to get a decent seat, you have to arrive during those commercials anyway. So the advertised times hoopla, is really a lot of hype over nothing.

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David Wodeyla commented about Warwick Mall Cinemas on May 5, 2005 at 1:49 pm

I wonder if the gray sides were the same metal General Cinema used in all their auditorium sidewalls? Maybe they extended them to the sides of the screens here.

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David Wodeyla commented about Circle Cinemas on May 4, 2005 at 2:39 pm

Was the Circle the first Showcase theatre? If not, do you know what was? I’m enjoying your anecdotes regarding the various Boston area theatres and hope you’ll keep us informed with more.

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David Wodeyla commented about Gaiety Burlesk on May 2, 2005 at 4:36 pm

The people running it explained that it had been a strip club for years before they took it over in the early 90’s.

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David Wodeyla commented about Gaiety Burlesk on May 2, 2005 at 2:51 pm

I meant to the right of the Howard Johnson sign. You can see the narrow space which was the stairway, the theatre was to the left of the stairs above HoJos.

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David Wodeyla commented about Gaiety Burlesk on May 2, 2005 at 2:49 pm

The Duffy was upstairs to the left of the Howard Johnson sign, second floor, http://framinghammass.info/timesquare.jpg

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David Wodeyla commented about Gaiety Burlesk on May 2, 2005 at 12:54 pm

The question I still have, is the Gaiety Burlesk upstairs from the Howard Johnson, and therefore a part of the “Duffy Theatre” which was upstairs nextdoor on Broadway?

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David Wodeyla commented about Gaiety Burlesk on Apr 26, 2005 at 1:18 pm

To hardbop,
the Duffy had a play called “Perfect Crime” which ran there for about 10 years, they said. It had it’s last performance at the theatre last Monday night, and they’re moving to another location.

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David Wodeyla commented about Gaiety Burlesk on Apr 25, 2005 at 2:43 pm

I liked a place I saw on the way out of the city, called the Lenox Lounge near 125th St. I wonder what it looks like inside.
If I’d known the Ho Jo’s was closing, I would have taken some pictures inside. I did take a view of the neon on the outside.
As for the Duffy Theatre, they announced what names it went by as a strip club, but I forgot. It would be interesting to see Times Square pictures side by side, 1972 vs 2005 just to get an idea of what’s long gone. I remember 42nd St from a visit in 1972 and it’s not so scary anymore.
What was the relationship of the Gaiety Burlesk to the upstairs Duffy Theatre, if any? Were they originally one place?