Comments from Al Alvarez

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Apr 23, 2019 at 6:16 pm

moviebuff82, the Regal across the street is just as bad and I own stock in Cineworld.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Apr 23, 2019 at 6:14 pm

What new logo signage? Nothing has been changed.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Silverspot Cinema Downtown Miami on Apr 22, 2019 at 6:50 pm

When I asked them how many screens were open (only eight movies in the listings), their nasty answer was “How many do you want open?”.

When I asked if this was an example of their customer service to a simple question, they blocked me.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 20, 2019 at 3:37 pm

There were some other missteps in that range such as “CHEYENNE AUTUMN” and “THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL”.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 20, 2019 at 1:50 pm

“HALF A SIXPENCE” ran for 11 weeks as a Road Show at the Criterion.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 19, 2019 at 6:07 am

My mistake on “FORUM”. Did not Road Show, at least not in NY. There in an issue between not recouping costs and “disappointing” runs. Some films like “CLEOPATRA” were labeled flops although they eventually showed a profit.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 18, 2019 at 6:13 pm

“The Lion In Winter”, “A Funny Thing Happened…”, “Can-Can”, “How the West Was Won”, and “Mutiny on the Bounty” all ran under 44 weeks first run on Road Show. Define “successes”.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 18, 2019 at 4:15 pm

And this series.

http://cinematreasures.org/blog/2008/9/9/remembering-cinerama

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 18, 2019 at 4:06 pm

bigjoe, I think the Broadway run was supported by church groups traveling to town from all over the country.

I think the site you are looking for is based on Michael Coate’s excellent research.

https://www.in70mm.com/news/2018/story/index.htm

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 16, 2019 at 2:39 pm

It sounds like they didn’t have a house nut guarantee and simply broke the contract and waited to be sued. Under Walter Reade, when the Ziegfeld couldn’t get an extended house nut deal or a new film, they also closed. Most first run film contracts included a minimum number of showings per week.

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Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Apr 15, 2019 at 3:17 pm

bigjoe, there was usually an advance payment made by the theatre with a promise for a minimum run of x weeks. If the box office dropped below a certain point, the distributor guaranteed to keep paying the pre-agreed overhead costs (“house nut”) to stay on screen or the theatre could pull the film if the distributor did not want to keep paying. In Manhattan, even non-roadshow films were often handled this way. Many long runs at the Ziegfeld were subsidized by the distributor just to stay on screen long after they were profitable.

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Al Alvarez commented about Times Square Theatre on Apr 14, 2019 at 6:12 pm

Another lift and switch project.

https://rew-online.com/2019/04/developer-ready-to-lift-and-tuck-old-theater-in-bold-move-to-create-times-square-star/?fbclid=IwAR3OHLde0xy6i3zsD6-N-nk2CO9Rqa2m_hTUAOIdZh4IrDL6vOhTY9Hsu_Y

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Al Alvarez commented about Abbeygate Picturehouse on Apr 9, 2019 at 10:16 am

Manager/Projectionist Patrick Church wrote a book with details on his days at this theatre. It is called THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Apr 8, 2019 at 5:33 pm

bigjoe, the ads you’re seeing are for the New Plaza.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/7894

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Carver Theatre on Mar 16, 2019 at 7:12 am

I am not sure what you are upset about. We seem to agree that documentation on these cinemas is possibly gone forever. I think that is sad.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Mar 15, 2019 at 7:11 pm

And my DVD blu ray of “SOLO” seemed to be filmed through Clam Chowder.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Roxy Theatre on Mar 14, 2019 at 10:35 am

“Cinderella” opened at the Mayfair.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Roxy Theatre on Mar 14, 2019 at 7:29 am

I think in the case of Manhattan, it’s just based on actual distance. Three street blocks here are almost as far as one block of avenues. Those other five theatres are simply closer.

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Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Mar 1, 2019 at 1:59 pm

According to Variety, the German branch of 20th Century-Fox deleted all the songs. They felt that nuns singing non-religious songs would be badly received and that the film was too long anyway. When Hollywood found out, they were restored, but it was too late to revive the flop. The shortened film also ended after the wedding even after the songs were restored.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Feb 26, 2019 at 6:51 pm

In Germany, all the songs were cut. The film, of course, failed.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Feb 22, 2019 at 6:18 pm

Usually due to bad reviews, bigjoe. “THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD” and “CLEOPATRA” were cases where almost all critics and test audiences said the films were unnecessarily over long.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Rivoli Theatre on Feb 22, 2019 at 6:19 am

There were dramatic cases like “SCENT OF MYSTERY” and “STAR!” where the roadshow run was so badly received, the edited versions even had a name change. “HOLIDAY IN SPAIN” and “THOSE WERE THE HAPPY TIMES”, in the case of these two.

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Al Alvarez commented about AMC Empire 25 on Feb 4, 2019 at 6:45 pm

Saw “VICE” there today. I was on the top floor and the masking was wrong for the whole movie. If I wanted to complain I would have missed half the movie because there was no staff for four floors.
If you try to complain online it does not allow it unless you bought the ticket online. Ridiculously stupid!

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about New Plaza Cinema on Jan 18, 2019 at 6:12 am

Now advertising as the New Plaza Cinema.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez commented about Carver Theatre on Jan 5, 2019 at 7:41 pm

Sadly, If you have “very little on “blacks only”, yiddish and spaces by the indigenous tribes” you have very little that is not already in public domain.