Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Aventura 24 on Sep 26, 2016 at 9:43 pm

There are very expensive services such as ProQuest that you can join, but most archives are from the last century. You would be paying Library rates.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Sep 26, 2016 at 8:49 pm

Sorry, Vindanpar. I don’t understand that first part of your comment. Where does it say WSS played for 113 weeks and what does it have to do with 1966 anyway?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Aventura 24 on Sep 26, 2016 at 8:42 pm

Not for Miami Newspapers that recent.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Florida Theatre on Sep 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm

“Suddenly, Last Summer” in the photo section.

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Al Alvarez commented about Strand Theatre on Sep 20, 2016 at 6:14 am

The 9:30am shows ran from April 16 to 24. The shorter running time may have started even before then as it would allow out of town church and school groups to get back home at more reasonable hours and Roadshows always counted heavily on group sales.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Strand Theatre on Sep 19, 2016 at 3:55 pm

You may be on to something, bigjoe. By mid-April 1965 they added a third showing at 9:30am daily for Easter week.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Sep 15, 2016 at 12:46 pm

For the April 21, 2000 re-opening, the features were: U-571, MISSION TO MARS, PITCH BLACK, GOSSIP, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, BOILER ROOM, DROWNING MONA, TROIS, THE 9TH GATE, COTTON MARY, ME, MYSELF AND I, GHOST DOG: WAY OF THE SAMURAI, READY TO RUMBLE, TOPSY TURVY, THREE STRIKES, PRICE OF GLORY, BEYOND THE MAT, FAMILY TREE, TIGGER THE MOVIE, ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER, CASABLANCA, TEN COMMANDMENTS, & 42ND STREET.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Anco Theatre on Sep 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm

What purpose are you trying to serve with this post other than talking to yourself.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Grandview Theatre on Sep 7, 2016 at 7:43 pm

Such drivel. Who cares?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Loew's Metropolitan Theatre on Sep 6, 2016 at 5:52 pm

It was Loews. Cineplex only did a cosmetic remodel and put in new cushion seats. Loews was still operating with 70 year old wooden seats.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Sep 4, 2016 at 2:55 pm

Cheaper prints have been getting made for twenty years due to short runs and a lack of subruns. Print quality did not deteriorate due to a lack of projectionists. The prints are just on lower quality mylar and most get destroyed soon after the first run.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 2, 2016 at 4:29 pm

A quick check on ebay shows programs on sale on all those titles, bigjoe59, although the TANGO program is Japanese.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm

Another roadshow-era oddness that always gets ignored is “I AM CURIOUS (YELLOW)” at the Evergreen in Greenwich Village.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Aug 30, 2016 at 4:08 pm

bigoe59, if you look at the semi-Roadshow runs of well received, edgy, classic foreign films (LA DOLCE VITA, THE EASY LIFE, LES LIASONS DANGEURESES, FELLINI SATYRICON) you will see what UA was trying to re-create.

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Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Aug 29, 2016 at 8:04 pm

I will give “CALIGULA” a pass since it was eight years after the Roadshow era and quite an anomaly. But “LAST TANGO” was very much a part of the trend to move Roadshows out of Broadway and into the prestigious upper east side, before the whole concept died out with spontaneous youth audiences controlling all ticket sales in the mid-seventies. I do think “CALIGULA” uncut had a souvenir program, though.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Capitol Theatre on Aug 29, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Let’s not forget that “LAST TANGO IN PARIS” was a roadshow AFTER “MAN OF LA MANCHA”. We have a legacy of ignoring movies, and theatres we find morally offensive in hindsight. But not here on Cinema Treasures.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews 34th Street 14 on Aug 24, 2016 at 7:12 pm

The oldest FREE PASS hustle in the industry. Sign up at your own peril. It only hurts the business.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about IMAX Theatre at Sunset Place on Aug 23, 2016 at 11:00 am

Although the AMC Sunset Place opened in late 1998, the IMAX opened later in 1999 and closed in 2003.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Aventura 24 on Aug 22, 2016 at 6:14 am

Since the opening is so recent, newspaper microfilm at your local library might be your only choice.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Aventura 24 on Aug 21, 2016 at 3:25 pm

He doesn’t have this theatre, but Mike Rivest has a good collection here; http://movie-theatre.org/

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Fort Pierce Drive-In on Aug 7, 2016 at 6:44 pm

Flyer ads added in the photo section.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Loew's Orpheum Theatre on Aug 2, 2016 at 4:24 pm

According to the New York Times, the Orpheum also had a “large frontage” on 87th Street and extended the full block.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 25, 2016 at 6:53 am

I worked for Cineplex Odeon who once owned the Plaza and the Cinema 3. People were constanty going to the Paris and the Cinema 3 looking for the Plaza. Due to the long runs at all three theatres, even veteran New Yorkers couldn’t remember which was which. In the days of exclusive runs, cash tickets and long lines, believe me, it was a problem.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Plaza Theatre on Jul 22, 2016 at 8:38 pm

Cinema 3 was not really near Cinema 1 & 11. The Plaza Hotel was two blocks away from the Plaza Theatre and the Sutton was not really quite on Sutton Place. But that is New York for you.

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Al Alvarez commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jul 19, 2016 at 9:07 pm

Theatre, Theater, they are not.