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I really would have enjoyed The Imitation Game at the Paris last night but the audience was awful. Lots of talking and texting. The film itself was fine, well projected with great audio but the patrons there are getting ever ruder.
It is not just Interstellar, which I agree did not have a good sound mix, but other films recently too. The previews before The Drop were ear-splitting. I think the Ziegfeld just feels obligated to crank the volume since the space is so huge.
The curtains were working at Interstellar last night, though the audience laughed at them closing after the previews only to just open again one second later with another preview to follow.
The 70mm presentation was beautiful visually but the audio was awful. As with other recent visits, the overall volume/decibel level was way too high for both the previews and the film. My ears were ringing afterward. Unless Bow Tie addresses this issue, my next visit to the Ziegfeld might sadly be my last.
Hadn’t been to the Ziegfeld in awhile, not since Bow Tie took over, and I thought they had the place looking nice. My only complaint (I’m not as big on the curtain as others here are) is that the previews were way too loud, much louder than the feature. I was tempted to get my earplugs out!
I was at the Quad last night and their screens are definitely smaller. Not sure about Cinema Village, haven’t been there in awhile but Brooklyn Heights screens were roughly the same size as Film Forum, maybe a little larger.
Went to one of the final screenings last night. A very bittersweet experience for me. I’ve had a lot of memorable experiences here, particularly a sold-out screening of True Grit a few years back where you could just tell that everyone in the audience just loved the film. Conversely, a screening of Drive wherein the already small audience of mostly older people rapidly dwindled with each increasing scene of graphic violence (not the usual fare for this place).
I am happy that Brooklyn Heights Cinema will soon have a new home but sad that one of the last independent neighborhood cinemas had to move at all. Places like this are a dying breed and they need our support. I loved this location a lot and won’t lie and say I wasn’t a little choked up when I left.
The nice folks at Academy let me wander around their lobby while I was visiting Portland and I must say that did an amazing job restoring this place. A revival of “An American Tail” was screening, which I saw back at my own local theater back in ‘86. Would’ve loved to see it again but didn’t have the time. Will be back to this place for sure.
Visited Portland last weekend and stopped in at CineMagic. I was late for the showtime of Lucy but the concession worker let me come in and view the lobby and auditorium — it was cool to stand in the back of the theater while the film screened and take in lovely, old-school vibe. They told me CineMagic is almost 100 years old and has operated continuously under various names. Great place that I will definitely return to next time I’m in Portland.
Traveled to Portland over the weekend and caught Guardians Of The Galaxy at the Bagdad. What an incredible experience! The theater itself is beautiful with comfy seats, small tables for food and drink, a balcony, and nicely restored interior design. Can’t recommend this place enough…
This theater was heavily featured in the 1980 film “Times Square” by director Allan Moyle. He filmed the climatic scene on top of the marquee:
Had a great experience seeing “Before Midnight” at the Nitehawk. They go all-in on the presentation with comfortable seating, a sturdy table for food and beverages, a hilarious pre-show, and unintrusive service throughout. I wasn’t sold on a dinner-theater but they sold me. Will definitely go back for some of their rep screenings.
I suspect they are projecting both DCP and 35mm. They have a screening of Times Square booked in mid-March and I know that film is 35mm only.
I am utterly dismayed to read this place has closed. It had one of the coolest exterior lay-outs ever. There’s a photo in the photos section that shows the way the marquee recessed and all the flags hung around it. I always thought it was breathtaking. I only ever saw one film here (Tom Tykwer’s Heaven — part of the Montreal World Film Festival in 2002) but I really enjoyed it. The place showed French films on the regular, often without subtitles, so I never made it back.
What a shame to read that it is closed and in decay. Maybe someone will rehabilitate someday.
The Cinema Egyptien was long closed by the time I moved to Montreal but I used to dream of it re-opening with three solid films on the marquee. I walked past this place often — imagine, a movie theater deep in the “underground city,” a place I traveled through often during Quebec’s sub-zero winters. Sadly, it was already in a state of pretty serious disrepair. Is it even still there? I would love to re-open that place someday.
I didn’t get to the Forum much but I did like the way they maintained “center ice” and made sure you were aware of the building’s heritage. The Forum back then also did some brilliant counter-programing, being the only multiplex in Montreal that offered several screens up to a variety of indie and anime offerings.
The Red Vic is across the street from where my sister lives and sadly it looks like it’s been closed for years. A lot of homeless people sleep in the doorways and garbage has piled up. The building has seen some vandalizing too, which is sad. I really hoped someone would snap this place up and re-open it. Maybe modify it a bit to do more food and stuff. It was a nice place and easily return. Hope someone figures it out soon before too much damage is done.
BAM has really stepped up their rep showings in the past two years. Great stuff that’s often not on DVD: Shy People, The Keep, Times Square, etc. That plus their top-notch taste in first-run films keeps this place easily in my top-three for places to go in NYC. The crowd is always enthusiastic yet polite (no texting, etc) and the staff is great too. The four auditoriums are nice, though the one downstairs is a little small.
I had a blast seeing Election here with some friends back in the spring of 1999 but didn’t get to the Riverside much. It had intense competition from the Sangertown Square 9 in New Hartford. That said, the place had that great rundown 80’s charm and the concessions were cheap. Wish I could remember more of what I saw there.
Saw The Master here on Friday in 70mm and the presentation was absolutely stunning! I am so grateful to The Ziegfeld for truly paying attention to the details: a staff member welcomed us to the theater and stated this was a special presentation. They also handed out comment cards after the show.
Having never seen 70mm before, I was blown-away by how crisp and beautiful it was. The movie itself was pretty good too.
If you miss the charms of the classic grindhouse aesthetic of the 70’s & 80’s, this place is for you: dim, cramped interior with sticky floors and broken seats. Projection that continually blurs with an image-ratio that rarely fits the screen (though this may have been solved with them recently going digital). Bathrooms that are straight out of a horror movie and concessions I would never venture to eat. Add in an indifferent staff, sagging marquee, cheap ticket prices, and a quarrelsome audience and you get a recipe for a fun night out — provided you don’t care too much about what you’re seeing there. For films like 28 Weeks Later, Taken, & Resident Evil: Extinction this place is perfect. Seeing Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse double-feature was heaven — I felt like I would walk right out of the theater and into another era.
I’ve missed this place since switching from Queens to Brooklyn.
AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 is not a great theater but it suits my needs perfectly since I work at a job that gives us discount AMC tickets and it’s only a few blocks north of my office. I also dig that the outside of the building is decorated with faded images of past movies and that their interior has classic movie posters in the hallways as well. A nice touch most chain operations would avoid.
I only use passes here. I would never actually pay full-price to see anything because the theaters themselves are hit-or-miss. Some screens are nice and big with pristine image and sound quality. Others are cramped and tiny with poor image and sound. Before they upgraded to 4K digital in the bigger auditoriums, I often saw pixelated images here, totally unacceptable!
One plus is that audiences here are often chill, even at odd times. You rarely get a lot of talking and texting. I did once see someone working away on his laptop in the front row but that was an exception. As a rule, I don’t get too riled by the audiences here. The place is also rarely packed. In fact, I wonder how well this spot is doing overall since I rarely ever share a theater with more than a few patrons.
I love The Ziegfeld to death and would be devastated to see it close. Easily my favorite place to see a movie in the city. The entire experience from the greeter to the chandelier to the curtain to the plush carpeting and trim, I love it all. And though I know it’s struggling financially, there’s nothing I love more than an empty house. I was one of maybe three people for a screening of The American and the awe of being in that vast space (center row, balcony) will stay with me forever. I’ve also been there when it’s been packed (Harry Potter, Casino Royale) and the crowd is often quite fun.
I’m not sure what the solution is for keeping this place running. I’ve been to some revivals there (like Dr. No) that were sparsely attended and others (like Blade Runner) that did so well they had their engagement extended. Fathom Event stuff seems to bring in a strong clientele as well. Hopefully, the owners can find a way to capitalize and keep this place going. It really is tremendous.
Does anyone know if The Ziegfeld still has 70mm capacity? I’d love to see The Master there in that format this Fall.
Another thing I loved about The Showcase is that they took some chances on artier fare, which I also think helped drive them out-of-business as the college kids just didn’t turn out for these flicks like the management hoped. One screening of Gods & Monsters I attended had like five people in the room: three septagenarians, myself, and my skeptical friend who wasn’t really into art-house pictures. I think that was the last movie I saw there. My mother was recently lamenting that an hour-plus drive to Utica or Albany is now required to see something other than a blockbuster.
We were out in North Fork this weekend and rolled into Greenport later in the evening on Saturday for dinner. We saw the Greenport Theatre marquee and got excited but we were too late to make any 9pm screenings. Not put off, I ducked into the lobby and — wow! — the place looks great: a beautifully restored lobby with a stand-alone ticket booth, nice concessions, vintage signs, tasteful decorations, and an overall cheerful and successful atmosphere. I know this place is seasonal and I wonder how well it’s actually doing but it looks great and I really want to see a film here now.
This was a second-run dollar theater back when I lived in Rochester (mid-to-late 90’s) and I basically lived there on the weekends, sometimes catching as many as three movies at a time. The place was in decent shape with nice projection and comfy seats. The crowds could be obnoxious so I was careful about what I went to see here: horror and action films were usually fine but this was not the spot to catch an artier film as the audience would often revolt and boo and throw things, etc. Had a great time watching such high-brow fare as Jason X, Fallen, Godzilla, Halloween H20, The Corrupter, etc. — Jason X being a particular favorite as this big dude down front kept yelling stuff like “Oh no, look out, you gonna die!” with everyone laughing around him. It’s funny what you are willing to put up with for a buck! If I’d paid full-price, I would’ve been annoyed with the audience but somehow they only made the experience there more entertaining.
Not sure what the status is with this place now. Dollar theaters are closing all over the country. There certainly is no discount second-run place left in NYC, which has contributed to a drastic drop in my movie consumption.