Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez commented about New World Stages on Aug 31, 2015 at 6:21 am

Theatre fan, it would been the largest screen, whichever that was. It failed certification due to HVAC noise, but later Lucasfilm advertised uncertified theatres in the trade papers. Cineplex Odeon noticed and started to do the same. It was all just one big con job on movie-goers.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 on Aug 10, 2015 at 6:35 am

Managers (and ushers) throughout the country are taught how to change Xenon Bulbs, though not often in New York City. When I worked NYC theatres in the eighties with mostly lazy old union projectionists, we had some of the worst sloppiest, presentations in the country, a fact often mentioned in scathing newspaper articles and movie reviews.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 5, 2015 at 7:01 am

The Ziegfeld is owned by a conglomerate descendant of Kinney Parking that is tied to Time Warner and a myriad of mobsters.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Cablevision owns the theatre lease, not the building.

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Al Alvarez commented about Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Jul 15, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Great photo! Thanks David & LIFE.

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Al Alvarez commented about O Cinema Miami Shores on Jul 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Not sure what you are trying to say, Tony West. You may want to re-write that comment with some grammar. This theatre is now a speciality film first-run house.

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Al Alvarez commented about RKO Marble Hill Theatre on Jun 20, 2015 at 9:07 pm

GPACRAMP, I stand corrected. This theatre was indeed always on the Bronx side of Marble Hill.

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Al Alvarez commented about Show Palace Theatre on Jun 16, 2015 at 9:51 am

There is a bookstore one block up with the Show Palace name now.

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Al Alvarez commented about Show Palace Theatre on Jun 16, 2015 at 9:28 am

I think it closed around 1994.

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Al Alvarez commented about Criterion Theatre on Jun 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Why is “THE SEARCH FOR PARADISE” suddenly showing up first on RSM3853’s December 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm post instead of “THE TEN COMMANDMENTS”. This was never a Cinerama house.

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Al Alvarez commented about Empire Cinema on Jun 1, 2015 at 7:58 am

Mike, I worked for an independent British cinema chain for twelve years. We were never denied a print at our full price cinemas. The distributor cannot deny you product if you can gross as much as your competitor. They cannot dictate your boxoffice price but they can use the intake results. Your cinema must have failed the test.

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Al Alvarez commented about Empire Cinema on May 31, 2015 at 7:27 pm

“Our Birmingham Theatre was kept up to date with the trends..” Did you keep up to date with the boxoffice? If you did, and were still denied day-and-date prints you could still sue them today. But I know you couldn’t because the audience just walked away to them.

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Al Alvarez commented about Empire Cinema on May 31, 2015 at 2:16 pm

Mike, denying you a print day and date would have been illegal unless you were running a discount house and your grosses were much lower than at the multiplex. Multiplexes hardly caused fire safety changes and unruly audiences. They just happen. Warner Bros. and Cineworld also opened in many towns where the local cinema had been shut for years and many others where the local flea pit had not been invested in and was therefore falling apart. I love the old cinemas but they were not keeping up with the audience demands most of the time.

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Al Alvarez commented about Empire Cinema on May 31, 2015 at 11:51 am

Warner Bros. started building multiplexes as outlets for their product since they lacked the screens in many smaller markets and many towns had no cinemas left at all. The market evolved as it had to or it would have died altogether as it had in eastern Europe due to neglect by the major chains.

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Al Alvarez commented about Empire Cinema on May 31, 2015 at 10:15 am

And that would have been the last of their films you ever played. Without product variety no cinema could survive. Anyway, British audiences chose multiplexes over older cinemas, not Americans.

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Al Alvarez commented about Empire Cinema on May 31, 2015 at 9:16 am

Do you really think that under those circumstances you could have filled the house and covered the overhead when HOWARD THE DUCK was the only film playing?

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Al Alvarez commented about Kenmore Theatre on May 30, 2015 at 8:27 pm

British art film “PRIVILEGE” played at the Kenmore?

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Al Alvarez commented about Lauderdale Drive-In on May 5, 2015 at 11:04 am

A Miami News ad in late November 1948 shows it was already in operation then and had possibly just opened.

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Al Alvarez commented about Rialto Theatre on Apr 23, 2015 at 1:22 pm

AlexNYC, it was on the Northwest Corner of 42nd Street and 7th Avenue where Chase Bank is today. ESPN Zone, once east on Broadway, is already gone.

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Al Alvarez commented about Liberty Theatre on Mar 6, 2015 at 8:17 am

Ziegfeld Frolics in 2015.

http://m.playbill.com/news/article/times-squares-liberty-theater-resurrected-as-playground-for-ziegfeld-and-the-follies-343364

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Al Alvarez commented about Embassy 72nd Street Theatre on Mar 5, 2015 at 7:29 am

Pre-twin photo can be seen halfway down this scroll of photos.

http://www.vintag.es/2015/02/50-amazing-color-photographs-of-new.html

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Al Alvarez commented about Ultravision Theatre on Jan 30, 2015 at 4:40 pm

Hi Ron! Marvin is correct. Raul Trellis had a stroke or something that impeded his speech so he was hard to understand, even in Spanish. Gino typed at the Shores. He claimed to have been the former speaker of the Cuban congress under Batista. Both were great men. All is good here.

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Al Alvarez commented about Deerfield Mall on Jan 29, 2015 at 7:37 pm

Chris, I think you are a year early.

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Al Alvarez commented about Ultravision Theatre on Jan 29, 2015 at 7:34 pm

Was he an older Cuban gentleman? Rafael Bellestre?

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Al Alvarez commented about Intracoastal Cinema 8 on Jan 20, 2015 at 6:47 pm

Muvico man is back!