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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Nov 3, 2008 at 9:35 am

Bill – glad you enjoyed the show. Our friend Jeff S. reminded me that he wanted the CinemaScope logo and fanfare LOUD, so that’s what you got :) And who else would have thought to run that unused Herrmann finale as exit music but me? You probably left before the next piece came on, the full recording of the unused “Twice as Tall” vocal.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Science Fiction Spectacular 2008 Begins 10/31 on Oct 31, 2008 at 9:23 am

I’ll certainly try, JMF.

I’m off for the show – everyone please tune in tonight! 8:00 pm at www.wrcr.com or 1300AM in the Rockland County area.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Science Fiction Spectacular 2008 Begins 10/31 on Oct 31, 2008 at 8:07 am

It’s always possible, though the studios are strange sometimes with older films in a series. This year they withdrew from theatrical showings the first three Indiana Jones films with the new one coming out, which seems backwards to me. Although that might have been Lucas.

For Trek, I’d love to show the first one as it’s the ‘biggest’ of all the films. But I’d want to show the Director’s Cut and I’m not sure they made 35mm prints of it. A marathon of all would be fun, that’s certain, although I think everyone would fall asleep during Nemesis :)

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 31, 2008 at 8:02 am

Finished inspecting the films for the weekend last night – we’ve got some real beauties. The War of the Worlds is virtually brand new (fantastic color), the Journey to Center of the Earth is amazing with a really big-sounding stereo track. The Creeping Unknown is the longer British version, the Rodan is genuine Technicolor, the Man from Planet X is in excellent shape and almost never shown anywhere, the Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is an original release print as approved by Ray Harryhausen, and the Metropolis is Kino’s best print and the longest version currently available.

Hope to see you there – or make sure to listen in on the radio Friday night at 8pm (Eastern, we’ll be on about 8:07 after the national news): 1300AM or www.wrcr.com

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Science Fiction Spectacular 2008 Begins 10/31 on Oct 30, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Just noticed an embarrasing typo I made – that should be “Rodan”, not ‘Roadan’. Too many late nights getting everything ready ;)

Finished inspecting the films for the weekend tonight – we’ve got some real beauties. The War of the Worlds is virtually brand new (fantastic color), the Journey to Center of the Earth is amazing with a really big-sounding stereo track. The Creeping Unknown is the longer British version, the Rodan is genuine Technicolor, the Man from Planet X is in excellent shape and almost never shown anywhere, the Earth vs. the Flying Saucers is an original release print as approved by Ray Harryhausen, and the Metropolis is Kino’s best print and the longest version currently available.

Hope to see you there – or make sure to listen in on the radio Friday night at 8pm: 1300AM or www.wrcr.com

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PeterApruzzese commented about Cinemascope message print found on Oct 29, 2008 at 10:49 am

Very cool! I’ve seen a few similar messages over the years, including ones with electioneering such as “Vote Tony D. for Local 1234”.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 28, 2008 at 9:36 pm

We’ve got a busy week in store for you!

Thursday night, October 30 at 7:30 pm, we’re happy to present – by popular demand – the 1925 silent horror classic THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, starring Lon Chaney, with LIVE musical accompaniment by Jeff Barker on the Mighty Wurlitzer. Tickets are $10 for this special event and are on sale at the door.

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Then, on Friday, October 31, the Lafayette Theatre’s SCIENCE FICTION SPECTACULAR begins!

Here’s the complete SCIENCE FICTION SPECTACULAR 2008 line-up:

Friday, October 31 – War of the Worlds Tribute Night!
7:30pm – THE WAR OF THE WORLDS – LIVE ON STAGE & ON THE AIR! Our tribute begins with a 70th Anniversary live presentation of the 1938 Orson Welles ‘panic broadcast’, performed by a 5-person professional cast along with chilling sound effects using the original 1938 Howard W. Koch script. This special once-in-a-lifetime event will also be broadcast live on WRCR, Rockland County Radio, AM1300, or streamed on the internet at www.wrcr.com beginning at 8:07 pm (after the national news).

9:45pm – THE WAR OF THE WORLDS – The 1953 film will be shown, in tribute to the Centennial of the birth of its visionary producer George Pal. Presented in an archive vault print from Paramount Pictures.
(separate admission required for each event)

Saturday, November 1
1:30pm – EARTH V.S THE FLYING SAUCERS, featuring special visual effect by Ray Harryhausen, print courtesy Sony Pictures.

3:45pm – THE MAN FROM PLANET X, starring Robert Clarke and directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, rare showing of MGM’s vault print.

7:45pm – JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH, starring James Mason and Pat Boone. Presented in CinemaScope & stereophonic sound via the East Coast premiere of a new vault print from 20th Century Fox!

Sunday, November 2
1:30pm – RODAN: THE FLYING MONSTER, presented in its original American release version and in Technicolor.

3:45pm – THE CREEPING UNKNOWN (aka THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT) starring Brian Donlevy – uncut British version.

7:30pm – Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS, this silent science fiction epic will be presented in its 2002 restored version and feature LIVE musical accompaniment by John Baratta on the Mighty Wurlitzer!

All tickets – $9 per show. Separate admission required. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each showtime and you can buy your tickets at the door. Go to: View link for more information.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Universal Studios hosts Halloween Horror Nights on Oct 14, 2008 at 10:35 am

$54 to see bad 70s and 80s movie ‘villains’, no thanks. Give me Karloff, Lugosi, Cushing, Lee and Price any day of the week.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Oct 10, 2008 at 10:05 pm

It’s an illusion. The screen masking is a correct rectangle, but the aperture plates in the projector are cut in a keystoned pattern which would project as a perfect rectangle from that high angle. You can see that the image is actually wider at the bottom when the end credits roll, especially if they go from side to side. The image is actually being cropped slightly on left and rights sides, varying from a tiny bit at the top to a bit more at the bottom. Most of the time, it’s not noticeable.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Oct 6, 2008 at 11:21 am

How did the Wonder Weekend go? I know Dennis James was playing the Saturday night movie (we had him at the Lafayette a few years ago and he was terrific).

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Aug 27, 2008 at 9:28 am

Oops, here’s the links:

Schedule: http://www.bigscreenclassics.com/newschedule.htm

Flyer: View link

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Aug 27, 2008 at 9:27 am

Welcome to the Fall 2008 season of special events at the historic Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York: movies, the way they were meant to be seen! We’d like to thank you for all of your support for our past events and hope to see you in the future. The Fall Season begins September 6 at 11:30 am – doors open at 11:00am for pre-show music with Jeff Barker on the Mighty Wurlitzer! All tickets – $7.00

Don’t forget our “Science Fiction Spectacular” weekend October 31 – November 2, featuring a special stage & screen tribute to “War of the Worlds”, as well as a rare screening of the 1959 CinemaScope spectacular “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, presented in a new DolbySR stereophonic print from the Fox archive.

You’ve been waiting for it and asking for it, so here it is: the Big Screen Classics Fall 2008 line-up, it’s taken a little extra time as we’ve been working behind the scenes to dig up some real treasures, but we think it’s a very special schedule:

9/6 – Robert Wise’s THE SAND PEBBLES, starring Steve McQueen, showing in a new print from the Fox archive with Stereo sound – a Roadshow presentation!

9/13 – 12 ANGRY MEN, starring Henry Fonda & Lee J. Cobb

9/20 – ANOTHER THIN MAN, starring William Powell & Myrna Loy

9/27 – THE GRAPES OF WRATH, starring Henry Fonda & Jane Darwell, showing in a new print from the Fox archive

10/4 – BORN YESTERDAY, starring Judy Holliday & William Holden

10/11 – A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, starring Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw, & Orson Welles, presented in IB Technicolor

10/18 – THE BEDFORD INCIDENT, starring Richard Widmark & Sidney Poitier

10/25 – Fritz Lang’s THE BIG HEAT, starring Glenn Ford & Gloria Grahame, presented in Columbia’s archive print

11/8 – WOMAN OF THE YEAR, starring Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn

11/15 – THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, starring Cary Grant, James Stewart, & Katharine Hepburn

11/22 – Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS, starring Robert Donat & Madeleine Carroll

11/29 – THE WIZARD OF OZ, starring Judy Garland, presented in IB Technicolor – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

12/6 – JOLSON SINGS AGAIN, starring Larry Parks & Barbara Hale

12/13 – HOLIDAY INN, starring Fred Astaire & Bing Crosby, print saved from the Universal fire!

12/20 – Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, starring James Stewart & Donna Reed PLUS the Lafayette’s pre-show Christmas Spectacular!

You can also read the entire schedule online HERE or download a flyer HERE.

Thank you again for all of your support and hope to see you at the shows.Don’t forget our “Science Fiction Spectacular” weekend October 31 – November 2, featuring a special stage & screen tribute to War of the Worlds, as well as a rare screening of the 1959 CinemaScope spectacular “Journey to the Center of the Earth”, presented in a new DolbySR stereophonic print from the Fox archive.

Here is the Big Screen Classics Fall 2008 line-up, it’s taken a little extra time as we’ve been working behind the scenes to dig up some real treasures, but we think it’s a very special schedule:

9/6 – Robert Wise’s THE SAND PEBBLES, starring Steve McQueen, showing in a new print from the Fox archive with Stereo sound – a Roadshow presentation!

9/13 – 12 ANGRY MEN, starring Henry Fonda & Lee J. Cobb

9/20 – ANOTHER THIN MAN, starring William Powell & Myrna Loy

9/27 – THE GRAPES OF WRATH, starring Henry Fonda & Jane Darwell, showing in a new print from the Fox archive

10/4 – BORN YESTERDAY, starring Judy Holliday & William Holden

10/11 – A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, starring Paul Scofield, Robert Shaw, & Orson Welles, presented in IB Technicolor

10/18 – THE BEDFORD INCIDENT, starring Richard Widmark & Sidney Poitier

10/25 – Fritz Lang’s THE BIG HEAT, starring Glenn Ford & Gloria Grahame, presented in Columbia’s archive print

11/8 – WOMAN OF THE YEAR, starring Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn

11/15 – THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, starring Cary Grant, James Stewart, & Katharine Hepburn

11/22 – Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS, starring Robert Donat & Madeleine Carroll

11/29 – THE WIZARD OF OZ, starring Judy Garland, presented in IB Technicolor – BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

12/6 – JOLSON SINGS AGAIN, starring Larry Parks & Barbara Hale

12/13 – HOLIDAY INN, starring Fred Astaire & Bing Crosby, print saved from the Universal fire!

12/20 – Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, starring James Stewart & Donna Reed PLUS the Lafayette’s pre-show Christmas Spectacular!

You can also read the entire schedule online HERE or download a flyer HERE.

Thank you again for all of your support and hope to see you at the shows.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Aug 23, 2008 at 12:28 am

We’ve already run 2001 and Dr. Zhivago; Sound of Music and West Side Story will show up some day, though their length makes them difficult to run during the Saturday morning series.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:41 am

Thanks for the article, Warren. They were hoping for 500 to show, so they did 20% better than expectations.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 11, 2008 at 8:14 am

Here’s an article/review from yesterday’s New York Times:

View link

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PeterApruzzese commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 8, 2008 at 1:11 pm

RE: “And why The Trolley Song…”

Perhaps he thinks it’s a good tune?

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PeterApruzzese commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 8, 2008 at 11:38 am

The big organ concert event is tomorrow night!

Here’s an article in the NY Post from the other day about it:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/6zh3om

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PeterApruzzese commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 21, 2008 at 8:39 am

Ziegfeld Man –

Regarding Steve McQueen in “The Sand Pebbles”, keep September 6 open for a drive to the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern… :)

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PeterApruzzese commented about New release shelf life on Jul 17, 2008 at 11:14 am

Indeed, movie534. Heard today that The Dark Knight will be opening in over 4300 locations, with 10000 prints, and playing on over 25% of ALL movie screens in the USA. Unless the movie has the greatest word-of-mouth EVER, it will be dead in 3 weeks.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Remembering "Die Hard" on Jul 15, 2008 at 10:53 am

I don’t remember if it was on the limited-market release or not, but the UA Cinema 46 in Totowa played Die Hard in 70mm as well. It was a great looking and sounding show there in the big house.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Thomas Lamb treasure hosts summer film series on Jun 27, 2008 at 10:36 pm

If they have the necessary projectors, why are they inserting intermissions into films that did not have one? It sounds like such a wonderful venue, so the lack of correct presentation doesn’t seem right.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Thomas Lamb treasure hosts summer film series on Jun 26, 2008 at 11:01 am

The series sounds like it would be fun, but why do they only have one projector?

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PeterApruzzese commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 25, 2008 at 9:57 am

REndres – thanks again for all of your comments re: the technical requirements needed to stage events. I’ve learned an incredible amount of information from your posts.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Last night at Rialto on Jun 17, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Closed for good, equipment being sold, owner selling building:

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PeterApruzzese commented about How modern theaters show classic movies on Jun 17, 2008 at 10:09 am

Read everything on that site that LIM has linked to. Then, if you’re still inclined to get in to the business, be prepared to work long hours for little return. But, if you’re not looking to get rich, the work can be very rewarding. Regarding showing classics, just be aware that unless the film is in the public domain, you can’t show your own film prints – everything must be booked via the studios.