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For techman707 a trip down memory lane for you in the photo section.
Open all season, the Christmas attraction in 1965 was “Thunderball”. Surprised to see shows starting at 5:30pm. Ad in photo section.
“My Fair Lady” open an exclusive Long Island Roadshow engagement on December 22, 1965 and played thru June 14 1966. The next feature was the general released “Stagecoach” starring Ann-Margret & Bing Crosby. Opening day ad For “My Fair Lady” added to pictures.
The Director of “Interstellar” addresses complaints about the sound in The Hollywood Reporter.
I’ve heard two national critics mention the sound mix on “Interstellar” was bad so the problem isn’t The Ziegfeld’s. Usually sci-fi films win the sound Oscar, let’s see if it even gets a nomination.
“Hello Dolly” opened the theatre with reserved seats on March 26, 1970 and played through August 19, 1970. “Patton” moved over from The Syosset on August 20 1970 when The Syosset picked up “Woodstock”.
December 16 1983, the beginning of the end for this grand lady. Triplex opening ad in photo section.
The last three engagements, “The Gazebo”, the double bill of “On the Waterfront” & “The Caine Mutiny” and the last show, “The Wind Cannot Read” as posted by MarkDHite opening day ads now in photos.
Charlton Heston & Co-Star Tina Chen made a live personal appearance on opening night of “The Hawaiians”, a sequel to “Hawaii” on July 17, 1970. Opening night add in Photo section.
Only shows you the movie industry is dead. Where is the showmanship. The movie is iconic and has been very very good to the Disney Company. Radio City is sitting empty and even ten years ago there would have been a celebration. Where is the two week 70MM roadshow engagement complete with Disney stage show, with big opening night with Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke? Shame on Disney.
20th Century Fox opened their animated “Anastasia” in a world wide exclusive on November 14 1997. Opening ad in photos.
And yet The Babylon was very successful for 80 or so years before Bow Tie entered the picture. When Prudential/United Artists owned the theater. is was first class all the way, same building in the middle of the street, same tiny parking lot behind, combined with top management. They were first run, getting the best pictures first, sometime directly from Radio City Music Hall. It was a “Red Carpet Theater”. People who came knew where to park and lines around the building were common. It’s sounds like Clearview AND Bow Tie gave on a grande dame. Babylon’s loss.
And then there was one… Who would have thought The South Bay Cinemas would be the last man standing.
A different time never to be seen again, where a kid in every town could walk to that special place and spend a Saturday watching stories made of flickering light. The clakety clack of the projector and smell of fresh popped corn, now replaced by flat screens, and little discs of silver, but will never compare to the cacophony of a thousand people erupting in laughter as the hero pratfalls or scream in fear as your worst nightmare unfolds up there, or even the gentle sound of a united community sniffling as the heroine doesn’t make it to the closing credits and loving every minute of it.
The Prudential/UA Babylon has a special place in my heart and I thank her for the great times, as I have as each cinema treasure of my life has passed on.
AlAvarez you seem to take glee in repeating other theaters out gross The Ziegfeld. The Coronet was smack dab in the middle of a neighborhood, surrounded by high rise apartment buildings and 42nd Street has had a neighborhood resurgence over 8th Ave. People who go to The Ziegfeld, go because they want to be there, even if it’s not next door. The one thing you haven’t mentioned about the much more successful Coronet, it ain’t there anymore.
The late great Joan Rivers hustling opening weekend, making personal appearances for her directorial debut ‘Rabbit Test" in photo section.
“Cast A Giant Shadow” NY Times opening ad with personal appearances by Kirk Douglas in photos.
“The Rose” opened in NY exclusively but also opened on Long Island and New Jersey. “Apocalypse Now” & “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” were east coast exclusives. Opening ads in photo section.
If you consider the front of the mall the side that faced Sunrise Highway, the theater was around in the back. You couldn’t see it from the highway.
“Cheyenne Autumn” New York Times premiere ad posted in photos. No mention, including The Times review mentions Cinerama, only Super Panavsion 70.
A lot of us get it,Vito. So sad that new generations don’t get to experience what we treasure, when going to the movies and standing online early on a warm summer night to get your favorite seat with friends was as much fun as the show itself. They will miss movie palaces, roadshow “exclusive” engagements, Drive-Ins, and great double features! Time marches on. Unfortunately it marches right over us.
The Ghost light!
Used to pass this theater all time going into Video Shack, the premiere place to get VHS at the time. I was always curious, being a theater lover, what kind of theater it was. Was it upstairs? Carved out of an office building? I know it was always an adult theater but was it actually presentable? Sloped floor? All questions I ’m sure their clientele wasn’t interested in. There doesn’t seem to be any pictures of the interior.
You can see ads for both, last week for “Funny Girl” and opening ad for “Paint Your Wagon” here on page 17 of The Long Islander, a weekly paper based in Huntington. This site has many archived LI papers.