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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 24, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Hello From NYC-

with every new post on the subject I get more confused. I have always been under the impression that the Dome was built specifically for 70MM single lens version. also how could a 3-Strip print of IAMMMMW exist if it was shot in Ultra Panavision 70 not the 3-Strip process?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 22, 2017 at 4:15 pm

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I am a bit perplexed by silver’s 9/21 comment. when the Archlight chain took over the Dome several years back and renovated the theater I thought it was for the expressed purpose of being able to show 3-Strip films. so after all the time and $$$ involved why would they stop showing 3-Strip films?

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bigjoe59 commented about Chicago Theatre on Sep 21, 2017 at 6:52 pm

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I thank Scott for his reply. in terms of the grand ornate movie theaters build between 1914-1941 the only one which opened from the get go as a 1st run venue and has continued to operate as such is the Chinese in Hollywood. out of all 50 states that’s kind of sad.

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bigjoe59 commented about Chicago Theatre on Sep 21, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Hello From NYC-

the era of building grand ornate movie theaters was approx. 1914-1941. now many still exist in prime condition. for instance the Castro in San Francisco has been in continual operation since it opened Sept. of 1922 but its was built from the get go as a 2nd/3rd run neighborhood which is where my question comes in. I am looking for grand ornate movie theaters built from the get go as 1st run venues and have continued to operate as such since the day they opened. NYC nor San Francisco have any left. does Chicago?

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bigjoe59 commented about YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE on Sep 19, 2017 at 3:34 pm

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aside from Windjammer, West Side Story and Hello
Dolly was the Chinese ever used for a reserved seat
engagement?

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bigjoe59 commented about Bijou Cinema on Sep 15, 2017 at 5:12 pm

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i just walked by 100 3rd Ave. last weekend and its now a upscale bar Nevada Smith’s. but i am perplexed by something. the width of the bar is no way near the width of the theater front in the photo at the top of this page. can someone explain this?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 14, 2017 at 4:28 pm

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I was wondering has anyone seen DUNKIRK at the Dome then saw it at another theater? could you please describe the difference.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Sep 11, 2017 at 4:40 pm

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thanks to Mikeoaklandpark for your reply. I am still baffled by it all. I can’t tell you the number of BIG eagerly awaited films that I have seen where the auditorium I see it in is virtually empty. then when I read on Mon. morning that the film had a huge opening weekend I can’t help but wonder where the $$$ came from.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Sep 11, 2017 at 3:02 pm

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for people who saw IT at this theater was your particular auditorium any where near full? i saw it at an other AMC/Loews theater and the place was maybe 15 percent full. so how did the film gross $123 mil on the opening weekend?

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bigjoe59 commented about Carnegie Hall Cinema on Aug 31, 2017 at 4:48 pm

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I thank Purplepielord for his link of April 2013. but I still don’t see how the theater in the photo at the top could possibly have been housed in the same building as the bar Neveda Smith’s its current occupant.

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bigjoe59 commented about Parkside Theatre on Aug 29, 2017 at 5:42 pm

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i’m assuming that when this theater opened it was a 2nd/3rd run neighborhood theater. at what point did it become a 1st run venue?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Aug 29, 2017 at 2:26 pm

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to Al A., boy the stuff you know and I thought I knew a lot. I wasn’t aware Mark “Shark Tank” Cuban was the owner of the Landmark chain. what you said about affording the same films as the places you stated is certainly a valid point. but is the new multiplex going to be art house fare or a mix with big studio films. one thing I like about the Sunshine is it only plays art house fare.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Aug 28, 2017 at 3:49 pm

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thanks for the reply. as I see it the success of the new multiplex depends on the people in the immediate are frequenting it. I doubt anyone else will venture to 57St. and 12th Ave. to see a film. its kind of like the 62 St. and 1st Ave. multiplex which opened in 1992? while it was a modern state of the art facility at the time it didn’t help it in succeeding and that was a fairly residential area as well.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Aug 28, 2017 at 3:11 pm

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to Al A.– i hope you don’t mind me posting a question on this page since the theater in question doesn’t have a page yet. this Sept. Landmark Theaters will open a multiplex on 57Th St. and 12th Ave. who in the name of God is going to go to a theater on 57th St. and 12th Ave.?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Aug 25, 2017 at 4:49 pm

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I wasn’t aware Union Square was the only theater to have it. I was just asking fellow moviegoers who might have experienced it was it was exactly. so I thank AL A. for his frank critique of it.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 with IMAX on Aug 24, 2017 at 4:02 pm

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exhibitors are forever thinking up ways to get more $$$ from moviegoers eventhough movie tickets in Manhattan are already to frigging high. to which what in God’s name is 4DX?

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bigjoe59 commented about 55th Street Playhouse on Aug 24, 2017 at 3:50 pm

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i had passed by this theater many times in my teen years when it was an art house. to which a question.i suppose anything is possible in the big wide world of ours but i can’t believe this theater went from being an noted art house showing foreign films and low budget indies for decades then the next week turned into a gay porn house. I’m guessing there most have been a period of time when it was simply closed down and unused.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 22, 2017 at 2:54 pm

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to Escott O. Norton many thanks for your reply. as I said I saw it at the IMAX theater in the Loews Lincoln Square complex in Manhattan and with the size of the screen, the new laser projection system and the A+ sound system it was like I was on the beach with the stranded soldiers.

also if you’re ever in NYC and go the IMAX at Lincoln Square rows h or g are the perfect rows.

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bigjoe59 commented about El Capitan Theatre on Aug 22, 2017 at 2:38 pm

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thanks to Chris Utley for your thoughts on the subject. the remakes of Cinderella, Pete’s Dragon and Beauty and the Beast were “live action”. so if I understand your new reply correctly the upcoming “live action” remake of The Lion King isn’t “live action” at all but a animated remake using different animation technology than what was available in 1994.

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bigjoe59 commented about El Capitan Theatre on Aug 21, 2017 at 3:01 pm

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thanks to Chris Utley for your reply but it makes me even a tad more confused. again there are no human characters in The Lion King only animals. so if its going to be like TJB photorealistic CGI how is it a “live action” version?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Aug 20, 2017 at 4:54 pm

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in reference to sguttag’s comment. many of the most beloved movie theaters across the country were built as very grand neighborhood theaters and only became exclusive 1st run venues years later. for instance the Coronet in San Francisco only became 1st run with the Todd-AO roadshow premiere of Oklahoma in 1955.

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bigjoe59 commented about El Capitan Theatre on Aug 15, 2017 at 3:44 pm

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in response to fred1’s reply- I live in NYC so yes i have seen the Bway show 7 times in fact but and there’s always a but. in the show the actors aren’t playing humans they’re playing animals. so the technique Julie Taymor devised for the actors to play animals would not work in a film. so i ask my question again- since there are human characters in the show how will they do a live action film?

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bigjoe59 commented about El Capitan Theatre on Aug 14, 2017 at 5:50 pm

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since it open here will someone please tell how Disney is going to do a live action Lion King considering there are no human characters?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Aug 4, 2017 at 4:53 pm

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a question for devotees of this theater. when this theater opened in 1936 was it built from the get go as a 1st Run venue or was in built as a grand 2nd/3rd run neighborhood theater and only became a 1st Run venue with the advent of the modern roadshow era in the mid-50s?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Loews Uptown 1 on Aug 3, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Hello Again from NYC-

I thank everyone for their reply. specifically to Myrna38717. you mention sometimes the Uptown having a decent crowd and sometimes not. I find that fascinating. I have often gone to the many large screens in Manhattan and there are only a few people present. so when the film has a overall HUGE opening weekend I wonder where the grosses came from. also I have gone to the same theaters and encountered a rather decent crowd but the film has an overall lackluster opening. interesting to say the least.