Comments from Mike (saps)

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Mike (saps) commented about Strand Theatre on Jul 17, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I never heard of that movie High Time, but it has a good pedigree — directed by Blake Edwards, written by Charles Brackett and based on a story by Garson Kanin. The premise that Bing goes back to college seems to have a lot of potential. And it did introduce that lovely standard The Second Time Around.

Mr. Crowther in the NY Times starts his review with his tongue-in-cheek: “It has been a long time since Bing Crosby was seen in a college comedy, sporting the customary beanie and crooning romantic melodies. But things haven’t changed much in the colleges favored by Bing in all those years, to judge by the one he is attending in his latest picture, "High Time.”

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

How long did that 70 x 32 foot screen last at the Music Hall?

What are the sizes of some current screens in New York, such as the Ziegfeld, Empire, Lincoln Square?

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Mike (saps) commented about 55th Street Playhouse on Jul 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Someone is thinking with his little head instead of his big head.

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Mike (saps) commented about Cinedome 7 Newark on Jul 4, 2012 at 12:58 am

Mike, in New York and elsewhwere, the seating capacity of each auditorium is posted on a sign outside the screening room. Not exactly a closely-guarded secret.

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Mike (saps) commented about Roxy Theatre on Jul 4, 2012 at 12:51 am

Maybe they never played a B movie, but they sure played a lot of forgettable films.

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Mike (saps) commented about Astor Theatre on Jun 30, 2012 at 10:54 am

That’s nearly five sold-out shows (at 1500 seats) per day for 21 weeks. I wonder…

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 30, 2012 at 10:35 am

Did they come into Radio City in the middle of the show as they did at other movie theaters (“this is where we came in”) in the pre-Psycho days? It must have been mild chaos with all the comings and goings.

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Mike (saps) commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

And how many theatrical impressarios can dance on the head of a pin? Someone must know and I demand the answer!

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Mike (saps) commented about Rialto Theatre on Jun 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm

It seems as though “Champaign’s Finest Theater” is not just the name of the video posted above, but was actually a slogan the Rialto used in its advertising.

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Mike (saps) commented about Paramount Theatre on Jun 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

“The show is fine at 9th and Pine!”

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Mike (saps) commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 18, 2012 at 3:34 pm

hdtv, please don’t go. I’ve enjoyed your insights and photos over the years. I’d hate to have any one person force you off this board. (What IS playing at the AMC Rockaway, anyway?)

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Mike (saps) commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jun 17, 2012 at 11:24 pm

For Whom the Bell Tolls was the next picture Ingrid Bergman made after Casablanca; she had cut her hair for the Hemingway movie, and was unable to do any retakes on Casablanca, specifically scenes featuring the 1931 song As Time Goes By, which producer Hal Wallis had wanted to replace with an original tune; but because Bergman was unavailable he had to stick with As Time Goes By, which of course became an enormous hit and an iconic symbol of a great motion picture and since 1998 used as the Warner Bros. fanfare.

Thank God Ingrid cut her hair!

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jun 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

If only the Music Hall’s screen was that large!

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Mike (saps) commented about Arena Theatre on Jun 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm

That site seems to require a log-in, TT.

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Mike (saps) commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jun 2, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Isn’t that the old Rialto?

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Mike (saps) commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Jun 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

That was one of the most interesting articles I have ever read on this site. Thanks so much for posting it. (I sure miss the old days even though I wasn’t even born then.)

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

Here’s a direct link to hdtv’s terrific site discovery.

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Mike (saps) commented about Green Acres Cinemas on May 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm

They are demolishing this building down to the ground, it seems — it’s horrifying yet fascinating. I hope someone (hint, hint) can get some photos posted here of this debasement while it’s happening. A truly shocking sight.

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Mike (saps) commented about National Twin on May 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm

You re-new a link by “subscribing” at the bottom of this page, not by merely posting a comment. Good luck.

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Mike (saps) commented about National Twin on May 24, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Say what you will about him, but Cineplex Odeon founder and theater-builder Garth Drabinsky was an old-school showman and kept his houses (for the most part) in tip-top shape.

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Mike (saps) commented about National Twin on May 24, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I seem to recall that sometimes the boxes were right on the sidewalk and not necessarily in the vestibule. I loved watching the trailer loops on each of them — often the “red band” restricted ones with the most action.

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Mike (saps) commented about National Twin on May 24, 2012 at 12:28 am

I seem to recall some really wretched bookings in the last years of its life. And the marquee usually had mere plastic letters to announce the titles, rather than the specially made displays the Broadway houses often had.

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Mike (saps) commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on May 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

It’s not unusual for THIS theater to close from time-to-time, I agree.

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on May 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I miss the 6th Avenue el, (seen in the photo five responses above this) even thought it was torn down decades before I was born.

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Mike (saps) commented about Green Acres Cinemas on May 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Ugh.