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michaelkaplan commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 4, 2014 at 11:56 pm

On the subject of 3D, I recall that in 1954 (or was it 1953?) the Music Hall decided not to show Kiss Me, Kate in 3D, opting for the flat version for various technical reasons. One was that so many seats in the huge hall were located off-axis and there was significant loss of light when wearing glasses (typical of 3D projection even today). Wonder if that has been resolved in some way …

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michaelkaplan commented about AMC Loews Fresh Meadows 7 on Jan 4, 2014 at 11:38 pm

My Dad took me to see the 1953 Queens premiere of House of Wax, in 3D and WarnerPhonic (stereo) sound. There was a long line to get tickets and the theater was packed. As an 11 year old seeing a 3D movie for the first time, I was enchanted. The Century Meadows was the newest and most modern theater in Queens, located in a shopping center that included a Horn and Hardart restaurant and other upscaled shops.

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michaelkaplan commented about Boulevard Theatre on Jan 4, 2014 at 3:07 am

Many stories to tell about the Boulevard. But for beginners, here’s a list of the movies I saw there (in order of which I remembered them: The Robe The King and I Beneath the 12 Mile Reef It Came from Outer Space (3D) A Star is Born Second Chance (3D) Phantom of the Rue Morgue (3D) Creature from the Black Lagoon (3D) The Best Years of Our Lives (reissue) Lady and the Tramp River of No Return Carmen Jones New Faces of 1952 East of Eden Three Coins in the Fountain Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? The Glenn Miller Story Calamity Jane I Am Curious Blue Song of the South Help! Gentlemen Prefer Blondes The Man Who Fell to Earth There’s No Business Like Show Business The Marriage of Maria Braun Breakfast At Tiffany’s Pillow Talk Beat Street The Command Hell and High Water Knife in the Water Rocco and his Brothers Boccaccio 70 Marriage Italian Style

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michaelkaplan commented about Cinerama Films at the Gaslamp Theatre on Jul 7, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Unfortunately, Smilebox is NOT Cinerama

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michaelkaplan commented about Loew's Lincoln Square Theatre on May 13, 2013 at 1:57 am

The Marcus Loew plaque from this theater is currently up for auction on ebay, item number 271204780383. the plaque apparently survived the transformation of the building into CBS Studio 60.

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michaelkaplan commented about Regal Downtown West Cinema 8 on May 13, 2013 at 1:19 am

Unfortunately, the only ‘art’ house in Knoxville still doesn’t show films in 3D. I had to travel to Asheville to see Wim Wenders' beautiful “Pina” in 3D. Regal’s excuse was that it was “too expensive” to install 3D technology in this theater. That response from Regal, which has its world headquarters in this town.

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michaelkaplan commented about “South Pacific” 55th Anniversary – The Roadshow Engagements on May 13, 2013 at 1:10 am

I also saw the film in its initial run at the Criterion in New York. The image and sound quality were excellent, although the screen used was the regular CinemaScope one, barely curved. There was considerable controversy over the use of colored filters during the musical numbers, which served to remove these numbers from the ‘reality’ of the dramatic action. I didn’t know the film moved to the Rivoli, which had the original curved-screen Todd-AO projection setup from the screening of Oklahoma.

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michaelkaplan commented about Loew's Triboro Theatre on Oct 14, 2012 at 4:15 am

I was trying to recall what movies I saw at the Triboro, and could remember Dangerous When Wet (Esther Williams), The Caddy (Martin and Lewis), War of the Worlds (with great surround stereo sound), Fort Ti (in 3D) and, perhaps, Becket. I know I saw at least one vaudeville show when Loew’s tried to revive live entertainment in the late 50s. The theater was fantastic, always a treat to visit, even though it was a bus ride from my neighborhood in Jackson Heights.

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michaelkaplan commented about Polk Theater on Oct 14, 2012 at 3:52 am

Techman, I watched many movies at the Jackson and Colony as well as the three mentioned. If I recall, I saw both Kiss Me, Kate, and Dial M for Murder in 3D at the Jackson. The Colony screened more ‘art’ fare; I know I saw at least one Ingmar Bergman film there (in a mostly empty room). Used to eat lunch next door at the Woolworth’s.

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michaelkaplan commented about Eagle Theater on Feb 7, 2012 at 5:25 am

The Earle was the premier “art” movie house in Jackson Heights, always showing the finest independent and foreign movies. Here’s a list of what I remember seeing there: Hiroshima Mon Amour, And God Created Woman, Medium Cool, Alfie. And God .. featured Brigitte Bardot and you had to be at least 16 to see it. I lied about my age and the eager ticket seller let me in. Not a bad movie, actually, very daring for its time. The theater was a beautiful deco piece and very well maintained. That all changed when it turned into a porn venue; it was probably the raunchiest movie house in the neighborhood, the Fair and Polk running close.

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michaelkaplan commented about Jackson Heights Cinema on Feb 7, 2012 at 5:14 am

As kids, we used to eat in the great Kosher deli next door, then see a movie at the Jackson. Here’s a list of movies I saw there: The Long Gray Line, Kiss Me, Kate (3D), Dial M for Murder (3D), Ben Hur, Vertigo, Porgy and Bess, Ship of Fools, Judgment at Nuremburg, Freud.

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michaelkaplan commented about Colony Theatre on Feb 7, 2012 at 5:06 am

I grew up in Jackson Heights in the 1950s and saw a few movies at the Colony, including High Noon, Disney’s The Living Desert, and at least one of Ingmar Bergman’s films. The Colony was one of two “art houses” in the neighborhood, the other being the Earle on 74th Street.

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michaelkaplan commented about Polk Theater on Feb 6, 2012 at 11:54 pm

went to the Polk many times as a kid. They had a good Saturday kid’s matinee, as did the Boulevard and Fair. I think the last time I went to the Polk, it had already been converted into a porn house, the third theater in Jackson Heights so transformed (along with the Earle and Fair). On the next block, also on 37th Avenue, was the fabulous Dragon Seed Restaurant, which had one of the first stereophonic music systems in the city. On Mondays, when the restaurant was closed, the owner opened it to neighborhood audiophiles. Great neighborhood!

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michaelkaplan commented about Loew's Commodore Theater on Sep 17, 2011 at 2:55 am

The PBS American Masters documentary on Elia Kazan (mentioned above) was shown again tonight. There was a nice exterior view of the Commodore marquee.

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michaelkaplan commented about Loew's State Theatre on Jun 15, 2011 at 5:01 am

Here’s a link to a remembrance and photo of Loew’s State Memphis: http://www.memphistechhigh.com/memphis/memories/state.html

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michaelkaplan commented about Loew's Palace Theatre on Jun 15, 2011 at 4:53 am

Here’s a remembrance and photo of Loew’s Palace in Memphis: http://www.memphistechhigh.com/memphis/memories/palace.html

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michaelkaplan commented about Marcus Loew Bronze Plaque for sale on Jun 11, 2011 at 5:40 am

The Theatre Historical Society in Elmhurst, IL, already has one of these.

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michaelkaplan commented about Capri Cinema I & II on Jan 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I think the Pike may have been the little theater next to (and connected to) the Capri. I was there on the day workers ripped off the old silver screen. The buildings are still intact and have been remodeled into an art gallery.

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michaelkaplan commented about Bay Ridge Theatre on Jan 4, 2011 at 5:30 pm

The 1959 photo has been moved to the following website:

http://yfrog.com/h80mohj

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michaelkaplan commented about Loew's Triboro Theatre on Dec 19, 2010 at 5:30 am

There are likely thousands of photo links on this site that no longer work. Has anyone found a solution? Can’t photos be uploaded to this site and stored here?

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michaelkaplan commented about Bay Ridge Theatre on Dec 18, 2010 at 5:22 am

Here’s a photo of the Loew’s Bay Ridge c.1959
http://twitpic.com/3gz4o4

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michaelkaplan commented about Jackson Heights Cinema on Jun 21, 2010 at 3:18 am

Does anyone remember seeing Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder at the Jackson in the 1950s? If so, was it screened in 2D or 3D? I seem to recall it being shown in 3D ..

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michaelkaplan commented about Bama Theatre on Oct 16, 2009 at 5:40 am

There was a nice video of the marquee of the Bama in the Joan Baez documentary that aired last night on PBS.

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michaelkaplan commented about Marcus Loew bronze plaque for sale on Oct 14, 2009 at 11:01 pm

This item has been sold.

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michaelkaplan commented about Marcus Loew bronze plaque for sale on Aug 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm

This item has been relisted at a lower price.

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