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As I posted nine years ago (omg!), I saw Freaks here about 1970 when I was a young teenager. My girlfriend and I came in more than half-way through the film, and the movie freaked us out so much (one of us, one of us…) that we fled at intermission. It was years later that I finally had the nerve to watch it again, and it was as distrubing as I remembered it. A weird little theater perfect for such a weird little movie.
Deadline.com is reporting that Regal is spending $191M to acquire the Hollywood Theaters chain. Link to article. This is the comment I posted in Deadline’s comments section:
Since Regal has so much money to spend, I hope they can throw a couple of dollars at their Lynbrook sixplex, which has plenty of broken seats and doesn’t even have cup holders. They’ve been “planning” to rebuild for over a decade and so have spent very little on repairs and maintenance. Since their new purchase is expected to be “accretive to cash flows” I hope some of that cash flows this way.
It wasn’t long before before mass releasing on “showcase,” “flagship” and “blue ribbon” platforms.
It must have been magical to see 2001 on that big Capitol screen.
Life of Pi, Argo and Silver Linings Playbook are all hot contenders in the Oscar race and are scrambling to find screens to meet customer interest and demand in the weeks leading up to the ceremony at the Dolby Theater.
As to the other cruddy pictures you mentioned, I guess markp has the only answer — some houses were just meant to be also-rans.
I believe “two-a-day” is vaudeville term, representing the performance policies of the top vaude houses. I meant to say (on Feb. 4) reserved seat, reserved performance, or roadshow presentation.
Anyway, Les Miz is leaving and Silver Linings Playbook is coming in on a regular schedule. (Nice family drama will fit cozily in the intimate Ziegfeld!)
Looks like the Ziegfeld is showing Les Miz on a two-a-day schedule: 2pm and 8pm.
Reminds me of the roadshow, hard-ticket presentations of the past (which of course I am too young to remember first-hand.)
Ha! Those were the days…
This sounds like fun. Can anyone here report on earlier organ recitals at this theater?
Here is a diret link to the gorgeous but heartbreaking photos in the Gothamist.
Direct link to Alamo website about this theater here.
This theater’s marquee was used in this week’s TV Land show Happily Divorced! They changed the titles on the marquee to The Hobbit and Lincoln but the rest of the marquee clearly says UA Crossbay. And they show it twice.
Perhaps a nod to her hometown from Queens native Fran Drescher?
Still closed — doors, marquee and display cases all covered in plywood.
Of course the other Paramount is listed – as Sony Columbus Circle – http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2654
But can they get the curtain working?
Starting to sound like the old Victoria. (Maybe Clearview should just rename it the Embassy and be done with it!)
I went to this theater around fall 1980 with my girlfriend Margaret while visiting the college in Keene.
I seem to remember the seats were wooden – no padding. And it was chilly. Glad to see it is still open and apparently thriving.
Excerpt from Bosley Crowthers' NY Times' review of 11/14/47:
“What with Frank Sinatra as the star of the Capitol’s stage show, it wasn’t likely that much attention would be paid to the film on the screen. So the management has graciously provided the least temptation in this respect — a feather-weight farce, from Columbia, entitled ‘Her Husband’s Affairs’…But in nonsense as well as serious drama, there must be a pattern, a plan, to sustain the humor. This film has none. Mr. Sinatra, take it away!”
What was the original name and any subsequent names of this theater?
Can you find out how many seats and inform CT accordingly?
Frenzy had its NY premiere on June 21, 1972; accoring to IBDB, Applause played at the Palace until July 27, 1972.
According to Internet Broadway Database it seems that Sweet Charity in January 1966 was the theater’s re-launch by the Nederlanders as a legitimate house. But people here remember seeing movies at the Palace after that date, so it must have alternated between film and live productions.
But just to be in that theater for a buck or so — and sometimes less! — I would have accepted a distorted screen.
Everyone had already seen the bootleg.