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what was the last film to be advertised on the hugehorizontal sign over the Astor and Victoria theaters?
to Howard B. I thank for your reply but I guess we
differ on what can deemed a “roadshow film”. for my
viewpoint The Hateful 8 doesn’t qualify.
also I read the article on Netflix taking a lease
the theater. the one downside is simple- they only show
Netflix films. I only joined the site recently but
from reading reviews the past year or so of the original
films they’ve streamed most have gotten at best mixed
reviews. Roma, The Irishman and Marriage Story seem to
be rare exceptions. in its 71 years this theater has
shown indie American films and foreign language films
from the top art house distributors so to limit
yourself to one company/distributor doesn’t make
to Howard B.–
how was The Hateful Eight a roadshow in the traditional
sense of the term. did it play exclusively at 1 theater
with matinees on Wed. , Sat. and Sun. and evening screenings
seven nights a week?
since Netflix is running the film without an intermissionThe Irishman by 1 minute takes the title away from the 1956film version of War and Peace as the longest major and orstudio film released without an intermission.
is Netflix showing The Irishman at the Belasco withan intermission?
I’ve been thinking about this theater being solely a
Netflix house for the foreseeable future. for 71 years
this theater has been a prime showplace for the best
in low budget American indies and the crème of foreign
language cinema. but if it stays a Netflix house what
will they fill it with? as I have said before most
original Netflix films aren’t exactly Oscar material.
so since films of the caliber of Roma, Marriage Story
and The Irishman are few and far between again what
will they fill this theater with? after all once a film
debuts on Netflix who’s going to pay to see it in a
Hello from NYC-
as I aske din July is this theater still boarded up and
just sitting there?
in reference to da-Bunnyman’s 4/5/18 post. when Ben-Hur
opened Dec. 1925 at the nearby George M. Cohan Theater during
the sea battle and the chariot race they used a widescreen
process called I believe Panascope.
I am apparently one of the very few people who liked
Justice League(which i saw at this theater) as released.
to which a question i hope someone can answer as
best they can. talk about the much asked for Snyder Cut
and been much in the mews lately which prompts the
question. at the beginning of 2017 when it was announced
Snyder would be leaving the film because of his
daughter’s tragic death. so it’s my thought that if he
didn’t finish shooting the film how can there be a
thanks to UsherDNA for their reply. it prompts another
question. I only joined Netflix recently but from the
critics reviews of the original films that they stream
most don’t hack it. so how many films like “Marriage Story”
or “Roma” can they possibly have up their sleeve?
its nice that its 99% certain the Paris has a new lease on
life but. if I understand the news item correctly the
theater will only play Netflix films?
I thing how much Netflix would be willing to spend on
1 film is different from whichever studio. studios have
many ways to make $$$ off 1 film but Netflix only has
the monthly subscriber fees. I doubt they’d have okayed
the $350 budget for Endgame.
David Z.– thanks of the info. i figured Netflix would have
a nice nest egg if they did in fact have the bazillion subscribers they’re alleged to have but I didn’t think the
nest egg would be as high as $125 billion. which prompts
a question- how much would they be willing to spend on a
an additional question. as I understand it Netflix’s
sole source of income is its monthly fees from a reported
bazillion subscribers. with that being the case
I still don’t see how with The Irishman they can
bankroll a $175 mil movie?
one question I’ve had for a while is why Netflix doesn’t
feel they need to observe the 90 day window like all other
studios are doing? why do they think they’re special and
don’t have to observe it.
while I am an avid moviegoer there is something I’m still
confused by- what 70MM means. is it the aspect ratio of the
film stock to shoot the film or the size of screen showing
it? for instance how can the Cinema 1 show a film in the
same way the Ziegfeld could?
is there any chance this theater will be anythinganytime soon?
has patronage at this theater picked up? the last time I was
there there were more staff than patrons.
in the case of Star Wars and Reds I’m guessing the
souvenir programs might have been sold only at the
Loews Astor Plaza. I saw both films again at other
1st run theaters in Manhattan and don’t remember the
programs being sold.
also there were films that had exclusive 1st runs at
the Ziegfeld after Cabaret that had souvenir programs-
The Rose which opened Nov. 1979 and Gandhi which opened
the last two souvenir programs I purchased at a theater
when I saw the film were The Lion King(June'94) at RCMH
and Hercules(June'97)at the New Amsterdam. both were
special 2 week engagements were stage shows that played
at the theaters noted before the films opened wide. the
souvenir program for The Lion King which was beautifully
designed is one of the great film souvenir programs
it was nice it was almost out. what I meant to ask
was how was the viewing experience of seeing it in
original 3-Strip Cinerama on film and not a digital
how was the recent screening of HTWWW in original 3-Strip
to vindanpar- I compliment you on your Oct. 23 post.
speaking of souvenir programs. I went to see Star Wars
1st screening opening day May25, 1977 at the Loews Astor
Plaza. programs were kind of on the way out but I hoped
they’d have one anyway. when i entered theater and
didn’t see anyone at a table hawking the program i went
“ohm well”. as I approached the refreshment stand what
did i see but a huge stack of programs on a counter
behind the stand.
interestingly four and a half years later at the 1st
screening opening day of Reds they had a person at a
table hawking the souvenir program.
to vindanpar- since you missed out on Twilight Time’s
A+ blu-ray disc of Nicholas and Alexandra they recently
issued Anne of the Thousand Days on blu-ray. in terms
of the richness of the colors and the crispness, clarity
and sharpness of both the picture image and the
multi-channel audio tracks its everything a blu-ray
disc of a large scale historical drama should be.
a question- if Netflix does wind up taking a long term
lease on the theater will they show other films or just
their prestige Oscar Bait films?
I really liked The Last Jedi and simply don’t get the
hate for the film. so can someone in an intelligent adult
manner describe to me what was soooooooo wrong with
the film. I look at this way- if it was sooooo uneven why
did it make two truckloads of $$$.