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Mike (saps) commented about PlayStation Theater on Nov 14, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Jo, how do you get italics into your comment?

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Mike (saps) commented about Apollo Theatre on Nov 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm

Formerly Foxwoods, now Lyric…

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on Nov 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

If you’re in Time Square to see Star Wars, won’t you be seeing it at the Ziegfeld?

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Mike (saps) commented about PlayStation Theater on Nov 13, 2015 at 6:19 pm

I think this is called the PlayStation Theater now…

Ugh. How far can you get from “Loew’s” and “Astor” and “Plaza”

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 12, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Plus, the Paris and City Cinemas have bargain matinees.

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Mike (saps) commented about Pabst Theater on Nov 11, 2015 at 11:33 pm

Is this where the recent republican debate was held?

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Mike (saps) commented about Strand Theatre on Nov 4, 2015 at 10:58 am

I finally saw a pristine print of Oklahoma! last night at the Farmingdale Multiplex and it was worth the wait. The only other time I saw that movie was here during a revival program. As I said back in 2012:

As to the illustration currently shown above (Broadway Comes to Broadway) I saw Oklahoma during that series. It was in the upstairs theater, formerly the balcony with a nicely tapered rake and a gorgeous ceiling.

The Oklahoma print, however, was atrocious — completely faded to pink as (Eastmancolor?) tends to do. What a disappointment, as it was my first time seeing the movie. I didn’t go back for any other films in the series.

(And what happened to that photo Broadway Comes to Broadway?)

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 3, 2015 at 10:51 am

Seemingly, not too many people know anything about this classic theater’s sound system.

Ziggy, welcome to CT, but you’ve only been here one day. You’d be surprised at how much an awful lot of people around here know about things.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 3, 2015 at 8:30 am

Saturday night at the movies,

Who cares what picture you see

when you’re huggin' with your baby

in the last row in the balcony?

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 2, 2015 at 2:12 pm

Maybe Reade is the original leaseholder and all subsequent operators were sub-lessees.

According to Wikipedia (I know, I know…!) “The Walter Reade Organization] filed for bankruptcy in 1977, emerging four years later. Columbia Pictures purchased 81% of the organization in 1981, buying the company completely in 1985, but later sold it to the Cineplex Odeon Corporation on June 26, 1987.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 2, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Death knell? (spelled with a k) Maybe, maybe not.

But if the Ziegfeld could talk, I’d hope it would quote Mark Twain: “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 30, 2015 at 8:04 pm

I notice in the photos that the marquee has recently said “Bow Tie Cinemas” but now says “A Walter Reade Theater.” What gives?

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Mike (saps) commented about Criterion Theatre on Oct 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

MFL = My Fair Lady.

Where did you see it?

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Oct 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm

rcdt55b, could you give some more detail about the Back to the Future screenings? I love events like that…

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Mike (saps) commented about State Theatre on Oct 23, 2015 at 7:45 pm

Lots of activity here, including Ringo Starr on October 25th and Wendy Williams on December 12th…

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Mike (saps) commented about Fair Theatre on Oct 17, 2015 at 11:08 am

You joined Cinema Treasures just to post that comment? Thanks but no thanks…

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Oct 7, 2015 at 11:00 am

What did that other line on the marquee mean — “New film each night.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Kings Theatre on Oct 7, 2015 at 8:58 am

“Paint Your Wagon” is on the marquee. That’s a lot of empty seats gone unsold…!

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Mike (saps) commented about American Airlines Theatre on Oct 6, 2015 at 4:31 pm

That clip was from 1984, seven years after this house closed, but still before its legit rebirth. (The Robby Benson movie on the marquee “One on One” came out in 1977.)

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Mike (saps) commented about BAM Rose Cinemas on Sep 21, 2015 at 1:01 pm

I heard on another thread that BAM recently messed up the changeover on Where Eagles Dare…!

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Sep 21, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Gasp…! Not the piss elegant BAM…! Get me the smelling salts…

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Empire 25 on Sep 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

moviebuff, you are too discreet. Here’s the text of the linked article

Multiple People Say They Were Bitten By Bedbugs At Times Square AMC Theater

It’s 2010 all over again: multiple people claim that they have been bitten by bedbugs at the AMC Empire 25 multiplex in Times Square.

Joseph Matoske, a 28-year-old Astoria resident, and his girlfriend went to the movie theater on Friday to see (you guessed it) Ant-Man when they encountered the blood-sucking bugs. “As soon as we got home, we noticed we were both itchy and covered in huge bug bites,” he told us. He spoke to a person at the theater who “claims they’re going to close down that section of the theatre. They offered us comp tickets to any AMC location for our troubles.”

Matoske noted that the AMC employee asked him about their specific seats in theater 19. This sounds like the same strategy the company used to deal with bedbugs when that same location was overrun with them back in 2010—back then, they closed the theater-in-question down, then removed and treated specific seats where the bedbugs were spotted.

In addition to Matoske and his girlfriend, at least three other people have complained about bedbug bites there over the last week, including Cindy Feng, who posted multiple shots of her bites on Facebook.

We’ve contacted AMC for comment.

[Text of Facebook posting follows:]

Cindy Feng added 12 new photos. 110 followers · September 7 at 4:06pm · Edited ·


—-WARNING TO PEOPLE IN NEW YORK—– I’m not sure about the other locations but please please please DON’T GO TO THE TIMES SQUARE LOCATION AMC. It is called AMC Empire 25, they have many bad reviews and I was not aware of this until now. They gave me bed bugs and now I have to burn my house down and clothes. BEWARE IM TELLING YOU. Colleen Frederick

‪#‎amc‬ ‪#‎threatre‬ ‪#‎theater‬ ‪#‎disgusting‬ ‪#‎bed‬ ‪#‎bugs‬ ‪#‎gross

[End of Facebook posting]

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Mike (saps) commented about Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas on Sep 6, 2015 at 4:54 pm

Looks like they are they are tearing this place apart, so far the façade is down; will make some really interesting photos… (hint, hint)

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Mike (saps) commented about Pavilion Theatre on Aug 26, 2015 at 6:43 am

Direct link to this article.

PARK SLOPE — The saga of the Pavilion Theater could have a major plot twist in the next act.

The owner of Williamsburg’s Nitehawk Cinema says he would love to take over the Pavilion after its new owners renovate it.

“I’ve always been interested in the Pavilion, even in its current state,” Nitehawk owner Matthew Viragh told DNAinfo New York. “It’s been somewhat neglected, but I’ve always thought if we could get a hold of it we could do great things.”

Viragh first approached the Pavilion’s owners around the time he opened Nitehawk, the popular Metropolitan Avenue movie theater where cinephiles dine on gourmet food and booze during screenings.

Nothing came of those talks, but Viragh spoke again to the Pavilion’s new owners, Hidrock Realty, after news broke that they plan to renovate the Pavilion and construct a five-story condo building next door.

“We reached out when we heard about the new development plans, [but] they’re not in tenant mode yet,” Viragh said. “They’re trying to get the building through the [city approvals] process.”

A Hidrock spokesman confirmed that Nitehawk is one of several contenders to take over the Pavilion, but that the developer won’t make a decision until after the development gets the approvals it needs to move forward.

“Nitehawk is absolutely under very serious consideration,” spokesman Ethan Geto said. “Hidrock thinks they would a great job.”

The Pavilion is in Park Slope’s historic district, so the Landmarks Preservation Commission has to sign off on any development there. The condos and theater renovation will also need a zoning variance that must be OKed by the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals.

The LPC recently asked Hidrock to tweak its plans after locals raised concerns about the look of the new building.

A new operator for the Pavilion would likely be a significant upgrade for the theater. The multiplex draws crowds from across Brooklyn for blockbusters, but it’s battled several problems in recent years.

The theater fought bed bug rumors in 2011, and a lack of heating forced customers to chill out during screenings in 2013. Recent online reviews have complained of malfunctioning air conditioning and dirty theaters.

Viragh has made other forays outside of Williamsburg — he recently bought a commercial building in Bushwick that he plans to rent out.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Lynbrook 6 on Aug 17, 2015 at 10:25 am

OK, here’s the latest from the Lynbrook Herald on the proposed new theater:

A Q&A about the upcoming cinemas in Lynbrook by Mary Malloy

Due to a reporting error, in the story “Future attraction: Regal Cinemas 13,” it was erroneously stated the new movie theater in Lynbrook would increase its seating by 700 seats, when, at the time, it should have read 70 seats.

Since that story, the village reports that, based on revised drawings submitted by Regal, there will actually be a reduction in the number of seats — from the current 1,605 to 1,434 — 171 fewer seats. This was done to meet distance requirements from the power lines on the north side of Merrick Road, according to the Village.

Construction of Lynbrook’s long-awaited new movie theater will begin as soon as the project gets approval from the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency, and the work will keep the local cinema closed for more than a year, according to officials with the project’s contracting firm. The IDA will review the project’s impact on businesses in the area and approve any county tax exemptions. A decision to proceed with the work is expected soon. If approved, it would begin within three months, starting with the demolition of the existing theater.

Regal hired Blumenfeld Development Group for the planning and construction of the 77-foot tall building, which will feature new leather recliners and significantly enhanced lobby and concession areas.

To clarify the plans, and to address residents’ concerns and questions, Mayor Bill Hendrick and other village officials have agreed to address their concerns. The questions were culled from a combination of social media sites and conversations with residents, and the Lynbrook/East Rockaway Herald Facebook page.

      Q: The artist rendering looks huge! Will the new building be bigger in size, or just taller? How many parking spaces? Will there still be 13 screens with the 1,434 seats? 
                      A: The building will have 171 less seats and be 4 feet taller, plus a 5-foot parapet wall in the front. No additional parking will be provided, as the theater will accommodate fewer patrons. The 13 screens and 1,434 seats are far less than the 18 screens and 3,000 seats Regal originally wanted. The existing theater has 1,605 seats. 
                      Q: The current structure, which opened nearly a century ago, will be torn down after the project receives IDA approval. Isn’t this an historical building? Won’t this take away from the “quaint” feel of the village?
                      A: The building requires much maintenance and upgrades to repair roof leaks, plumbing and electric; although the building is old, it would not qualify for historical landmark status since there are no unique architectural characteristics or historic events.  As far as the quaint feel, we are always sensitive to maintaining Lynbrook’s suburban atmosphere. The Village will work with the architects on the final design.
                      Q: Will there be other landscaping done around the property? 
                      A: There will be additional landscaping on all four sides of the building, which include 25 large trees and over 350 small plantings.
                      Q: It was reported that Lynbrook would be without a movie theater for roughly 18 months. What other activities can residents take part in if they don’t want to go outside their community?
                      A: We have over 65 programs at Greis Park from basketball to yoga and arts and crafts! The library, too, offers an endless number of programs and resources for all ages.