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Thanks. It appears that Harvey Levin got tired of going back and forth between NY & LA and is now doing the commentary from LA. The judge, Marilyn Milian lives in Florida and I wondered since Levin was doing his work from LA, maybe she got them to tape in Florida. But, they appear to still have a New York State flag behind her. But if they tape on 38th ST, then I gues they never used the Embassy as a studio. It’s been so long since I’ve been to Times Square that I don’t know what’s going on there anymore.
Thanks Al. Do you know if they actually are using the theatre itself as a studio for The Peoples Court, or are they just using the front for Harvey Levin’s follow-up?
Does anyone know if it’s the Embassy they are (or were) using as a studio for “The People’s Court”? It appears that until recently, Harvey Levin (from TMZ), does the follow up standing outside what appears to be the Embassy.
tisloews-You sure are right about that. I just emailed a website that purportedly listed EVERY 70mm film ever run in New York City along with the theatre it ran in. What caught my eye was it only showed “Gone With The Wind” as running at the Ziegfeld theatre in 1970 as part as a 70mm series. However, they had NO LISTING for the original run when the 70mm version of “Gone With The Wind” first premiered in New York. The special 70mm opening was at Radio City Music Hall in 1969. I know that because “Gone With The Wind” was the reason they installed the Simplex XL 70mm projectors at the Music Hall. Those projectors are VERY rare and the 70mm gates had to hand made by a guy name Howard Streit (I think that’s how he spells it). Personally, I HATED what they did with GWTW, it looked lousy compared to the original Technicolor IB prints. The funny thing is that when GWTW went into wide release they didn’t have enough new anamorphic prints, so they also used Technicolor prints they had for the “dumps”. The people that went to the dumps got to see it in ALL its original glory.
“The 1943 Film Daily Yearbook lists it with 2163 seats. The multiplex probably used lobby space as well. The proscenium remains as storage area behind the last two screens.
posted by AlAlvarez on Dec 12, 2009 at 4:54pm”
Al, the multiplex did not use ANY original lobby space at all. Having been involved in the design and installation of the multiplex, I can tell you that the reason lobby space couldn’t be used was because the back of the original theatre is WIDER than the lobby section of the building. There are exit doors that go to the theatre alley on the left of the building, which extend to the left beyond the lobby portion of the building. The exit doors were the BACK of the original theatre.
Other then poking holes for the hanging ceiling in the lobby, the original ornamental plaster is still above the lobby. Everything else had been pretty much gutted.
Bloop, I don’t where the letter is presently and because I’m becoming a little senile I can’t tell you verbatim what it said at the moment. However, basically it said what a good friend I’ve been to her and Paul over the years and how whenever they had a problem I always came quickly to help her. It also said a few other things that I just can’t recall. If I find it I’ll scan it and post it.
As I think about the Utopia, I really miss Ruth Wright and Paul Raisler. They were the last of the “real” showman (and show women)theatre owners independent theatre owners.
“Tomorrow (3/19) will mark the 52nd anniversary of the opening of the NYC premiere engagement of Walt Disney’s "The Shaggy Dog,”
posted by Tinseltoes on Mar 18, 2011 at 10:38am"
Although I’ve become senile and somtimes I can’t remember what I did yesterday, I remember the opening of “The Shaggy Dog” as though it was just yesterday. It’s strange what I can remember over 50 years ago and yet current things draw a blank.
LOL- At some point in time EVERYTHING was in an SMPTE Journal. I have all my own journals from 1972 on. I also have most of the 1940’s & 50’s journals from Bill Nafash’s stuff. I donated most of the EXTENSIVE documentation I got from him to The Museum of the Moving Image in 1989.
You’re certainly right about some of the relationships being VERY complicated. When I think about how the Justice Department made it MORE complicated with their consent decrees they forced Loews into, it makes me sick. They RUINED Loews only to allow virtually the same “problems” to occur again by other companies only to ignore the situation to this very day.
I can only wonder how many more movie palaces would exist today if not for the gutting of Loews in 1958. I’ll bet the number of theatres on CT is MORE than 75%.
Of all the theatres that remain today, the theatres on the west coast, especially in the LA area, are MUCH better than “what’s left” here in the New York area. While there may be some exceptions, overall they have NO RESPECT for old movie palaces.
One of my best friends (now deceased) was a vice president of the Fox Film Company in 1925. Before he passed away in 1982 he gave me pictures of himself and William Fox. One of the pictures was of the “Fox Film Baseball Team of 1925” and everyone, including Mr. Fox, is in a baseball uniform. He used to tell me about some the theatres they operated across the country and how Mr. Fox “insisted” that every theatre be built as opulent as possible. It used to depress me thinking about how I missed that parade.
When you’re talking MOVIE THEATRES, to even mention a theater like the Palace in the presence with MOVIE PALACES (no pun intended) like the Roxy or Capitol is insulting, especially to the Roxy. While the Palace might be famous, it’s certainly not a good theatre for movies when compared to a “real” movie theatre….especially all the theatres built by Loews and RKO in the years of 1928-29.
I believe once Century started managing theatres for Springer, Springer was no longer operating any theatres. However, there was a strange booking arrangement and in some instances, when the film companies placed ads in the newspaper where they list all the theatres playing a particular picture, it would occasionally say “Springer’s Xxxxxx Theatre” instead of Century’s.
The so called “lesser” Century theatres you refer to were Springer Theatres in the first place….that’s why they were “lesser” theatres (a polite way of saying a dump). -LOL
Century operated the Community under the Century “banner”, however, it was actually owned by Springer. Century was just the management company for Springer. Century was already gone when the Community was twinned and was probably under the control of RKO CENTURY WARNER and the buildings that were still owned by Century and taken over by RKO CENTURY WARNER were not subject to the old restrictions. I’m trying to remember what “Springer’s” first name was, but I’m getting senile, but I remember things from 40 years ago better than yesterday.
But you’re absolutely correct about the clause. That’s why the Queens and Community didn’t wind up as catering halls. -LOL
Springer was a relative of Scwartz.
“And how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?
posted by saps on Feb 21, 2011 at 7:30pm”
Don’t believe in angels.
I really don’t know what happened to Mr. Schwartz, but, based on his age I assume he must have passed away. I imagine Mr. Schwartz would have to be around 95 to 100 or more if was still alive, which I doubt. My father was also friends with Jack Warner. I only met him twice, but back then he arranged for me to get a 16mm print of “Gypsy”, which I still have to this day. It’s still like brand new (last I looked) and is a pretty rare Technicolor IB print. In 1964 he sent my father 6 tickets for the premiere of “My Fair Lady” at the Criterion. STILL one of my favorite films. My father told me he saw a screening of the 1927 version of “The Jazz Singer” at the Winter Garden Theatre. I thought it premiered at the Warner Theatre, and I’ve never been able to resolve the discrepancy.
I don’t know how or why, but my father also friendly with producer/director Richard Brooks, who I never met but sent my father tickets for the premiere of “Lord Jim” in 1965 at Loews State. I was amused because my father wasn’t really a real big movie fan, while I on the other hand and despite being a projectionist, really loved (past tense) movies. I say loved because I really don’t “Dances With Wolves”, “Forrest Gump” and “Titanic”. I mainly like musicals from the 50’s to early 70’s the best.
I would have wanted to get involved to obtain landmark status for a number of theatres in New York, but when I was diagnosed with stage 2 emphysema, which is now end stage, I was just too weak to do anything.
I was happy that Loews Valencia was saved when they gave it to the Tabernacle Of Prayer years ago….at least it saved that beautiful theatre. The RKO Keith’s on Main Street didn’t fair so well. When I worked at the Prospect with your dad, my friend Willie Hastad worked at the RKO Keith’s. He was very friendly with your father and worked with me at the Prospect before he went to the RKO Keith’s. Willie also moved to Florida around when I did. Actually, I’m in Florida right now. I own a house here, as well as my home in NY, that I wound up with when my father passed away in 1997. While I lived in Florida for years, flying back and forth when I worked at the Alpine 7 plex (former Loews Alpine)in Brooklyn. I also worked as the serviceman for Golden Theatre Management that owned the Alpine from 1973 until 1988 when Cineplex Odeon took it over. I designed and installed the multiplexing of the Beverly, Rugby, Granada, Fortway, Oceana, Alpine, etc. in Brooklyn and the Quad Cinema and Olympia (Loews Olympia) in Manhattan (I think that’s all of them).
I’ll be back in NY at the end of the month. It’s been too hot for me down here and it makes breathing hard from the humidity. I considered a lung transplant, but after looking into it and hearing all the requirements, I decided against it.
I’ve always had a screening room in my home. Way before all this talk about “Home Theatre” and had both 16 & 35mm projectors in my booth. When I originally moved to Florida I got rid of all the 35mm film but kept my 16mm collection. That was a BIG mistake because although I kept it in an air conditioned house, all my Eastman prints went bad (turned red). All I have left are my Technicolor prints, which were new or in excellent condition and included some of the best pictures ever made. I was going to try to sell them, but I’m just too weak to deal with all of them (and my wife is of NO HELP!). I think I’m going to donate them to either the AFI or the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria if they’re interested. I’m sure the Museum Of Modern Art would be. I’ve now replaced EVERY picture with DVD or Blu-rays of every film I had plus a few more. About 400 in all. I use an expensive video projection system where the Blu-rays look better than some 35mm prints (and they don’t show dirt near the end of every reel -LOL).
When I originally moved to Florida I donated hundreds of rare items and documentation to the Museum of the Moving Image. They said they made me a life patron and sent me their monthly flyer for a number of years and then NOTHING. I still have a lot of stuff, both here in Florida and in New York. My wife will probably just get a dumpster when I die and throw out treasures through her ignorance.
Century just didn’t want to close a theatre and have some other company come along and open the theatre to compete with them. They probably didn’t want anyone to take over what they closed and make money when they couldn’t.
Century went out when the two crooks Schwartz & Landis (not the Schwartz that was originally Century’s president) took over Century, RKO and Stanley Warner theatres. They used the name RKO Century Warner Theatres. After beating the bank out of 50 million, the theatres were somehow taken over by Cineplex Odeon Theatres a company from Canada. That guy, Garth Drabinsky also turned out to be a crook. After wasteing a ton of other peoples money, they sold out to Loews (really Sony Theatres). Sony then sold everything to Regal, I believe.
RVB: The Lynbrook was a Skouras theatre and then became a UA theatre. Century had the Fantasy in Rockville Center. Skouras owned most of their own theatres, probably with exception of the ones they took over from Frisch and Prudential circuits.
1931 is sure a long time ago, it’s before I was born. Many of the Century Theatres in Brooklyn have been torn down. Even when the theatre business was good years ago, when Century decided to close a theatre and sell the building, they had a policy of putting deed restrictions preventing the building from ever being used as a theatre again. The Bellrose, Park and Floral were victims of that policy. Fortunately, there were a few theatres that they didn’t own the buiding so they were reopened by independents.
My father was a childhood friend of Leslie Schwartz and he would send him a yearly Century card….but rarely used it.
I would guess that Ed Bernhardt must have passed away some time ago since back when he replaced your dad at the Prospect he had recently had a stroke, which is why he needed the cane. Although I’m much younger, I’ll be meeting up with everyone any time now.
All I know is at the time I was told that the portable booth was the FIRST TIME that 70mm was being shown at the Palace. So I doubt that 55 DAYS AT PEKING could have been shown in 70mm. As for Super Technirama 70, that was shot like VistaVision, 8 perf 35mm horizontal pulldown and blown DOWN to 70mm. The only film shot in 55mm (55.625) were the Cinemascope 55 films. 70mm release prints are shot on 60mm and printed on 70mm print stock to make room for the 6 mag tracks.
TKM: Your bringing back memories when you talk about twirling the thermometer. Back then they had the “engineers union” that operated the heat and AC. If the temperature wasn’t within a certain range, they went “looking” for the engineer to correct it. Do you remember a DM named Jackie Jackson?
RVB: If they had a turnstile at the Glen Oaks, that must have been installed in later years. When I worked there in 1968 they a doorman that took the tickets. I recall the old Park Theatre having a turnstile before it closed, but it once had a doorman. As for a theatre on the North side of Hillside avenue, I never heard about that and I graduated from Martin Van Buren High School (when it was nice and new).
I believe the late opening of Ben-Hur was because the portable booth and installation wasn’t ready. They probab;y never figured on the new booth.-LOL
The projection booth at the Glen Oaks was NEW large and clean (since most booths were old and filthy) with a new bathroom. It had 2 Century CC projector heads, Century Soundheads and Peerless Magnarc lamphouses (very late model which was rare).
A neat feature of the Glen Oaks was that you could go out on the roof from the projection booth, which was also used to change the Marquee since it was mounted on the roof. You could also go out on the roof at the Meadows and could see Manhattan from there.
The Glen Oaks wasn’t that tiny, it was bigger than the old Park. Which Park are you referring to, the Old Park or the new Park East. There was a short overlap period, a year or two, that both theatres were open together. They turned the old Park into an appliance store, but I can’t remember the name. They used to advertise on TV all the time and had a number of stores throughout NY.