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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 2, 2013 at 12:42 am

Starting to sound like the old Victoria. (Maybe Clearview should just rename it the Embassy and be done with it!)

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Mike (saps) commented about Colonial Theatre on Dec 8, 2012 at 5:43 pm

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.

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Mike (saps) commented about Capitol Theatre on Nov 14, 2012 at 9:13 am

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!”

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Mike (saps) commented about Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center on Nov 7, 2012 at 1:05 am

What was the original name and any subsequent names of this theater?

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Mike (saps) commented about Mattituck 8 on Nov 7, 2012 at 1:02 am

Can you find out how many seats and inform CT accordingly?

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Mike (saps) commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 6, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Frenzy had its NY premiere on June 21, 1972; accoring to IBDB, Applause played at the Palace until July 27, 1972.

Clarification needed.

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Mike (saps) commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm

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.

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Mike (saps) commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

But just to be in that theater for a buck or so — and sometimes less! — I would have accepted a distorted screen.

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Mike (saps) commented about Palace Theatre on Nov 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Everyone had already seen the bootleg.

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Mike (saps) commented about Rialto Theatre on Nov 5, 2012 at 3:28 am

I can’t believe this theater lasted less than 20 years.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Nov 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm

70mm is the size of the film, not the size of the screen, which should make for aharper image. I wonder if the distributor is charging the exhibitor extra for the special print.

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Mike (saps) commented about Shore Theatre on Nov 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Pic from Brownstoner of Shore vertical blade after Hurricane Sandy posted in photos.

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Mike (saps) commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 27, 2012 at 10:58 am

So lets all agree on which photo to hit and see if we can get it bumped up onto the main page.

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Mike (saps) commented about Capitol Theatre on Oct 25, 2012 at 10:39 pm

I’m going to have to get down to the Capitol and check it out myself.

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Mike (saps) commented about Edna Theater on Oct 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm

No theaters found within 30 miles.

What??? That will come as news to the Harvest Moon Drive-In, located less than a mile away.

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Kameo Theatre on Oct 15, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Nice blog with good interior photos. Direct link

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Mike (saps) commented about Main Theater on Oct 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Well, I posted Joe’s pic in the photo section, for what it’s worth.

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC Fantasy 5 on Oct 10, 2012 at 12:36 am

Why is that mylar “Cineplex Odeon” sign still up? It’s starting to rot away by now and makes all the new neon look a little shabby. (And how come so many Loews signs are still up and not replaced by AMC signs, such as at the Raceway

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Mike (saps) commented about Art Theatre on Oct 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Photo of auditorium posted today.

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Mike (saps) commented about RKO Strand Theatre on Sep 28, 2012 at 4:55 pm

Updates appreciated.

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Mike (saps) commented about Update on The Ziegfeld: 'The Master' doesn't help on Sep 26, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Lou Lumenick really loves the movies, and movie theaters, and is one of the best reporters and reviewers working in New York City today.

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Mike (saps) commented about Harvest Moon Twin Drive-In on Sep 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Another long article from the News-Gazette (09/25/12)

GIBSON CITY — Mike Harroun, owner of the Harvest Moon Twin Drive In Movie Theatre, doesn’t count himself among the nation’s 1 percent.

“I’m not one of the rich. I’m a working-class guy. I’m Joe the Plumber. Unfortunately, Momma didn’t leave me a silver spoon,” he said.

He’s not complaining. He said in the past 23 years, he’s done something he enjoys: owning and operating, with the help of family, the Harvest Moon, some 30 miles north of Champaign.

He said he might not be able to do it much longer if the theater doesn’t raise $120,000 to buy digital projection equipment as the movie industry moves to all digital releases this and next year.

So far, Harvest Moon has raised $17,250, mainly by selling chances to win a 1967 Mustang. Pam Jeffries of Roberts was the lucky ticket holder.

Her name was drawn earlier this month at a fundraising event at the drive-in; it featured live music by seven bands and inflatables for the kids.

But it was not as successful as Harroun had hoped. Friends told him the reason was he didn’t sell alcohol.

So, like other hard-hit movie theaters, including the Onarga Theatre, Harvest Moon has turned to online fundraising via Kickstarter, which bills itself as the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.

Here’s how it works: People go to a Kickstarter project they support and pledge a certain amount of money. The organization trying to raise the money must set a goal. If the goal is not met by a certain deadline, Kickstarter does not charge the bank accounts or credit cards of people who made pledges.

So far, Harvest Moon has raised $37,200 in Kickstarter pledges toward the $120,000 goal. The deadline for pledges is Sept. 28.

“If we do hit the goal at that time, that’s the day the credit cards and bank accounts get charged,” said Ben Harroun, manager of Harvest Moon and Mike’s son.

“If we don’t hit the goal by that deadline, all of the $37,000 pledged disappears, and we’re back in the same boat trying to see what we can do to continue to stay open to the end of the year.”

The Onarga Theatre, which is 48 miles north of Champaign, opened its Kickstarter effort last week. So far people have pledged $2,066. The Onarga Theatre Kickstarter goal is $50,000; the deadline is Oct. 18.

Onarga Theatre co-owner Randy Lizzio estimates he needs $65,000 altogether to convert to digital projection at his single-screen movie house, which shows mainly first-run movies.

He’s already raised $9,700 through fundraisers, including free screenings of classic movies. People who show up are asked to make donations.

Among other fundraisers planned by the theater are a variety show Oct. 7 and a speakeasy in the near future. The village granted Lizzio a one-day liquor license for the speakeasy.

“If it doesn’t happen through Kickstarter, we’ll find another way. We’ll keep fighting,” he vowed.

Regarding its Kickstarter campaign, the Harrouns said all it would take to succeed would be 200 persons each pledging $500.

Harvest Moon recently doubled the rewards for moviegoers who pledge at high levels. For a $500 donation, for example, the person or family would receive eight movie passes that would allow one person per pass to go to as many movies as possible during a season at Harvest Moon.

“If you want to come out 10 times and you bring eight people, each person gets in free for those 10 times,” Ben said. “They get popcorn and pop, T-shirts, hoodies. With a few trips, you cover your pledge. You’re getting well above and beyond the value of what you’re pledging.

“It’s a way for people to pre-pay for coming to the drive-in, in a way.”

Because Harvest Moon is open only six months a year, it does not qualify for the virtual print fees that movie companies give larger theaters, Mike Harroun said. The eligibility requirements for those are stacked against drive-ins and smaller independent movie theaters, he said.

“They literally bought the equipment for big theaters,” he said. “For the little guys, they did nothing. They just left us hanging.”

When some people ask why Harvest Moon, a for-profit venture which does a brisk business, needs to ask for donations to pay for digital projection equipment, Mike Harroun said those people don’t understand his business.

He said Harvest Moon doesn’t get to keep much of its gross.

The drive-in, which shows first-run movies, has to pay the movie companies and for electricity and other expenses.

“What people don’t understand is the film companies keep most of your money anyway,” Mike Harroun said. “I have a good business; everything I have is paid for, but it’s a $120,000 minimum to put (the digital projection) equipment in.”

And because Harvest Moon is open half a year, Harroun feels he can’t ask for a bank loan.

“Banks don’t really care much for part-time businesses,” he said. “I do 90 percent of my business in probably two months.”

Harroun also owns Angel Services, an automotive repair shop in Onarga, where he lives. It donated the Mustang to the fundraiser.

Harroun used to own the Onarga Theatre but sold it a few years ago to Randy and Cheryl Lizzio, who also live in Onarga.

The Harrouns said if they don’t reach their fundraising goals, Harvest Moon won’t remain open.

“We’re hoping we can make our goals,” Mike said. “That’s all we can do. Two hundred people at $500 or 400 at $250 — if you break it down that way, it doesn’t seem that bad.

“We will throw a big party if we make it, and all of those people will be invited.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Victoria Theatre on Sep 25, 2012 at 11:57 am

Nice photos in your link, Nick.

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Mike (saps) commented about Brandon Cinemas 2 on Sep 23, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Ed — link no work.

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Mike (saps) commented about Parthenon Theatre on Sep 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Snap some pics and post them here!