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granted there are a number of condos/co-ops being
build in the area but the people who will eventually
be moving into said developments had better be
ardent film goers such as myself.
also i found the fact that the theater where I saw
Journey’s End had no masking annoying. while I’m
watching the film you can’t help notice the rest
of the screen. don’t state of the art theaters mask
also outside each auditorium is a lit display stating
which film is playing. when i walked into the space it
was so long that I thought I was some Greek hero in a
maze looking for the Minotaur.
also a regular adult ticket of $18.50 is to use the
expression about rents “too damn high”. also the
senior ticket is $16.00 which is higher than the
regular adult ticket at some art houses.
also being a spanking new state of the art theater
means very little. when the 62 St.& 1st Ave. multi-
plex was built the area was already quite residential
and being a spanking new state of the art theater
did not help it get a foothold in the neighborhood.
I went to this theater for the first time to see
Journet’s End. it was a first rate film and to say
the theater is saturated with state of the art
technology would be an understatement. but there
were more staff than patrons. regardless of the
quality of the films its playing who’s going to
trek to the West Side Highway to see a film besides
me? and yes the theater is not between 11th and 12th
avenues. it is literarly right next to the WSH.
have any other frequent patrons at this theater
visited the new Landmark 57th St.? I went yesterday
to see Journey’s End. the theater is state of the
art and the film was first rate but there were
more staff than patrons. as I posted when the 57th St.
was about to open who does Landmark think is going
to trek to the Westside Highway(its right next to
the 57th St.) to see a movie?
as a reply to my question about TWWOTBG another
question. if a 3-panel print in reasonably good condition exits why hasn’t a Blu-ray disc been
issued? the guy who owns it would make a mint.
for regular patrons of this theater I have a question.
of all the Cinerama films(both the original 3-panel &
the 70MM process) I believe The Wonderful World of the
Brothers Grimm is the only one not yet released on
blu-ray disc. recently I read the reason why was the
original camera negative was damaged in a fire a few
years back. this is where my question comes in. if I
am not mistaken at a recent Cinerama Festival this
theater held TWWOTBG was shown. so if a print was in
good enough shape to show at the festival why hasn’t
a blu-ray been issued?
I thank digital3d for a detailed reply. I had never
heard the term KDM before. now if i understand the
other part of your reply correctly in your opinion it
is conceivable that though the dvd/blu-ray came
out yesterday Tues. 3/13 Sony Pictures Classics
might keep CMBYN at the Union Square for however
long it still brings in the crowds?
I thank digital3d for a detailed reply. I have
seen Call Me By Your Name many times at the Regal
Union Square and each showing has been jammed
packed if not sold out. so since its been out
nearly 4 months its nice its still doing decent
biz. if I am not mistaken since opening it has
only played the Paris and the Union Square. so
it was nice to see it still doing packed business
the week after the Oscars. I wonder since the
dvd/blu-ray came out today if the business at the
Union Square will tapper off. it would be
interesting to see it this again weekend just to see
what the crowd size is.
also what is a KDM?
I have been thinking of digital3d’s 3/5 comment. for'
instance this past Sat. 3/10 i saw Call Me By Your
Name again. while Best Adapted Screenplay is nice to
win i figured more than likely the film or films
that would benefit winning Oscars the most are the
Best Picture and Best Director winners. so I was
surprised that the 3p.m. screening at the Union
Square was say 85% full. one wonders if the dvd/
blu-ray of CMBYN coming out tomorrow 3.13 will effect
the film being pulled or can the Union Square
keep it as long as it makes $$$?
I was under the impression that this Academy of
Music’s neighbor Luchow’s wasn’t in the strict
sense of the word “demolished” but was felled
by as I put it a “business fire”.
didn’t William Fox at one time manage this theater?
I have a question about exhibition that I hope
someone can help me with. it seems the window between
when a film opens to when the dvd/blu/ray comes
out has gotten smaller the years. in fact if a film
is successful enough it may still be in its 1st run
engagements when the dvd/blu-ray comes out. which
is where my question comes in. if a film is still
doing decent business when the dvd/blu-ray is
released can the distribution company pull it even
if the theater wants to continue playing it?
for instance of the films up for Oscars last night
some did in fact win. so if one of these is still doing
decent enough business that a theater might want to
continue playing it can the distribution company
pull it anyway?
I always associate reserve seat or to use the trade
term roadshow engagements with souvenir programs. so
can anyone remember a roadshow engagement at the
Capitol that did not have a souvenir program?
the last time I can remember seeing a film herewas the 40th anniversary re-issue of Disney’sPinocchio.
for many years when the Sunshine first opened I
wondered what had occupied the space that is now
occupied by a condo tower and a Whole Foods. a
question- why was it a parking lot for sooooooooo
Al A. to the rescue yet again. I could swear when I
first looked up “all theaters” for New York,New York
it wasn’t listed. well I guess I’m only human.
to Al A.. thanks for the link it was amost a most amusing story to read.
I hope one of you can help me with a mystery
of sorts. I started browsing thru issues of
Moving Picture World and Motion Picture News
on archive.org a few years back and still haven’t
looked at all the many issues they have
online. this is where my question comes in.
today I was looking thru the Oct. 7, 1916 issue
of Motion Picture News which had a write up on
a newly opened movie theater the Regun at 60 W. 116 st.
no theater by that name is listed on this site.
did i just discover a unlisted picture house
or is it better known by another name?
whoever books films for the Paris knows their
stuff. the last few years whatever Oscar bait film
opened in Nov. usually stays till the beginning'
Hello- after Alamo scraped their plans is the'
theater just sitting there boarded up?
the only film i can remember seeing here was
“Everyone’s All American” starring Dennis Quad.
so i guess had to be prior to 2003.
also when exactly did it become a 1st run venue?I only remember it as a 1st run venue.
when I found this wonderful site I really got a big
kick out of looking at the ads for a big film’s
exclusive first run engagement at one of the grand
old theaters that once dotted the Times Square
area. to which the ad for Planet of the Apes which opened here Feb. 1968. nowadays theater managers
schedule what I consider an excessively large amount
of time between showings of a film. now POTA was
1hr. 42mins. yet showings were scheduled every 2
hours- 10, 12, 2, 4, etc………. I thought how could
the theater get the old audience out, clean the
theater and get the new audience in in 18mins.?
so what did they do? not clean the theater till the
of the day?
at the time of Renata Alder’s hiring by the N Y Times
as their head film critic I remember reading an article
in another area paper that was interesting. the gist of ‘
the article was simple- the author was rather perplexed
by her hiring by the Times considering her aversion to
“pop culture”. I remember her review of the Julie
Andrews pic “Star”. it wasn’t pretty.
I thank Al A. and NYer for their replies. I’m guessing
the two films mentioned in the ½/69 VV ad were soft
core or exploitation films and not actual porn but still
I suppose they were considered the “porn” of their day.
so I’m guessing that the theater went “adult” per se
around the mid60s after being closed up even for a
relatively short period of time. I say this because I
can’t believe it was showing a 3rd run neighborhood engagement of a studio film that played say the Loew’s
State or Criterion a few months before one week then
the next week was showing “adult” films.
a question pertaining to the recent closing of both
the Sunshine and nearby Lincoln Plaza cinemas. while
I have been to the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s
two theaters- the Walter Reade and Bruin Monroe
I never remember either one ever showing what I would
call an A level low budget American indie or foreign
language film. for instance Darkest Hour, Wonder
Wheel or Hostiles were among the last films to play the Lincoln Plaza. so do you think the Reade and the
Bruin Monroe will now start booking the A level low
budget American indies and prominent foreign
language that normally would have played only at the
Lincoln Plaza and Sunshine?