Comments from Astyanax

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Astyanax commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jun 26, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Of course RCMH was always in a class by itself, but how was it that durring this period movie palaces like the Paramount or the Roxy were not selected for roadshow presentations?

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Astyanax commented about "El Cid" on Feb 7, 2014 at 7:47 pm

A memorable experience seeing El Cid on the Warner’s big screen. Romance between Heston & Loren was anemic, but the battle scenes were the real spectacle.

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Astyanax commented about Strand Theatre on Feb 7, 2014 at 7:43 pm

Curious artifact of by-gone entertainment dinosaurs. No more RKO, no more Century, no more twin theatres, no more MGM/UA as a major studio, no more movie theatres on mid-town Broadway. Only Warner Bros. survives.

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Astyanax commented about Rainbow Theatre on Dec 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I couldn’t agree with John more. The shell that’s left bears no connection to the neighborhood gem that along with the Alba, the Commodore & the Republic afforded Williamsburg a respite from the hardships faced during the Depression & WWII. At least the twin spires of John’s alma mater, MHT remain in the background watching over the dwellers of remaining tenements and now the condos.

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Astyanax commented about Alhambra Theatre on Dec 30, 2013 at 5:58 am

The appearance of the Alhambra with the rounded corner tower, reminds me of the architecture of the Foley, built about 20 years earlier on Graham Ave. Was there an architectural connection?

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Astyanax commented about Clairidge Cinemas on Aug 10, 2013 at 5:24 am

Now that Bow Tie has become the new operator can we hope for some upgrades? The marquee shows some effort at improvement with the addition of the new corporate signage.

Staff remain welcoming and the product is always top-notch. It’s just that nest of claustrophobic, catacomb theatres that make you want to keep your eyes shut until the feature begins. In any case, I remain a loyal fan of this venue.

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Astyanax commented about AMC Loews Orpheum 7 on Aug 10, 2013 at 5:09 am

In all fairness, I cannot offer an opinion on the characteristics of the individual screens. However, the marquee could not be any blander. Walking by, it’s easy to ignore the theatre’s existence. Many of the local merchants have more eye-catching neon. In comparison, the previous marquee on 86th St. was a beacon, that could be seen for blocks up and down the street. Regardless of the product that was playing you could not possibly ignore the marquee as your eye was drawn to the wattage. Would anyone notice if the 3rd Avenue marquee went dark?

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Astyanax commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Jun 8, 2013 at 2:35 pm

This venue was unique in its ability to showcase foreign films as well as serious commercial fare. Women In Love, Day for Night, the Duelists, Stolen Kisses & Le Voleur all premiered here. The Walter Reade Organization’s Continental Releasing unit used this screen as a prime outlet.

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Astyanax commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Jun 6, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Throughout this rigmarole of bankruptcies and name changes does anyone recall the brief period when the Paris came under the Loews’s banner?

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Astyanax commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 11, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Somewhat ironic that Famous Dave’s BBQ survives the demolition of the DeMille and the re-purposing of the Liberty. Can’t say that I would ever identify the signage of the restaurant, while the memory of the DeMille marquee is hard to erase.

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Astyanax commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Feb 10, 2013 at 10:16 am

That theate directory, at it’s zenith would also include the Astor, the Victoria and also the Waverly. Curious how Walter Reade Jr., the consummate showman, would have adapted to the changing era, had he not perished in a skiing accident.

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Astyanax commented about Plaza Theatre on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm

NY’s Channel 13 had abroadcast this weekend of the original Bedazzled with Dudley Moore & Peter Cook. This little gem, not to be confused with the recent re-make, was the quintessential film to premiere at the Plaza.

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Astyanax commented about Plaza Theatre on Jan 17, 2013 at 11:48 am

I may have been the 6th person who saw the Hunger, but not at the Plaza, but at the Kips Bay with a double feature with a Viveca Lindfors film, Night Games. Both were dark, b/w, depressing, Scandinavian films, Per Oscarsson received accolades for his acting in the Hunger. Would certainly not want to sit through either one of these again.

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Astyanax commented about Plaza Theatre on Jan 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm

A movie-going experience like no other. Warm and intimate, with dedicated and professional staff. Preferred it to the Sutton, and even the Beekman. Frequented it during the Rugoff-Cinema V era. Only recently did I learn that Ilya Lopert a reknown producer and foreign film importer was an owner preceding Rugoff. I recall an off-handed comment in the original Auntie Mame movie where the characters are returning from a classics matinee at the Plaza. Can’t fully describe what a unique experience it was to put the world behind you and be enveloped in the theatre’s rarefied atmosphere.

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Astyanax commented about Rainbow Theatre on Jun 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

Sad loss of a lovely auditorium.

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Astyanax commented about Park Avenue Theatre on May 20, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I was unable to open the photo of the lounge area, but I fondly recall the comfortable lounge areas of the Little Carnegie and the Beekman.

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Astyanax commented about Fine Arts Theatre on May 20, 2012 at 8:36 pm

The coffee service in the art house chains was only practical when they were specializing in the showcasing of foreign language art films. When they started day & dating the Broadway houses with mainstream product and broad appeal, the free coffee was no longer practical.

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Astyanax commented about Fine Arts Theatre on May 19, 2012 at 5:10 am

Was just commenting yesterday standing on line in the freezing winter to see “They Shoot Horses Don’t They”. Back in the 60’s the Rugoff theatres were serving coffee in most of their lounges.

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Astyanax commented about Rainbow Theatre on Jan 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm

With all the arts activities going on in East Williamsburg you would think that someone could come up with a viable plan for a mixed-use venue. I’m assuming that the Rainbow is still being used as a house of worship and not subject to the temperature extremes afflicting the Ridgewood.

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Astyanax commented about Gramercy Theater on Aug 25, 2011 at 7:17 am

I strongly agree with John that the 88 photo collection of the 2nd Ave subway has special value in how it chronicles the communties along that transportation route. Particularly fascinating is the intricate grid of stations and trackworks, which raised noise levels and dust. Going into a movie theatre was indeed a respite in that era.

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Astyanax commented about Jean Renoir Cinema on Aug 22, 2011 at 8:22 pm

To think that 34 years ago before the advent of video & cable,you could open a speciality boutique mini-cinema and show vintage classics and edgy product. At least Ilene Kristen is still around, hamming it up on “One Life to Live” (at least for the time being!)

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Astyanax commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Be glad that many of the theatres have been converted into churches, many of which have been well maintained. Several years ago I attended a funeral in the Loew’s Bedford, which closed down as a movie theatre decades ago. The interior was well maintained and showed clear signs of its former grandeur. I have not seen the interiors of the Savoy or the Kameo both in Crown Heights, or the Albemarle on Flatbush Ave., but fortunately all three are still standing and serving a prime community function. Let’s not rule out the Brooklyn Parmount or the Loew’s Metropolitan.

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Astyanax commented about Loew's Paradise Theatre on Aug 12, 2011 at 9:38 am

Since I don’t get into the Bronx often was curious how often this venue was in use.

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Astyanax commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 12, 2011 at 6:34 am

There’s still hope for the Loew’s 175th St., and by a strectch, the Loew’s Kings. Too bad that that the renovation of the Prospect in the Bronx failed to attract an audience. Unsure what’s happening with the Loew’s Paradise.

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Astyanax commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

The destruction of the Roxy and the original Penn Station were indeed criminal acts!