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May 17, 1959 Poison Victim Gets $2,000! Apparently in a labor dispute, someone spiked the Coke machine with arsenic. Yikes! Article in photo section.
In doing some research I ran upon a fact that was surprising. This and the Deer Park Theater located just a mile an half away opened only 20 days apart. The Deer Park Theatre opened on July 30,1959 and this, on August 19, 1959. Both in shopping centers on Deer Park Avenue. Obviously a growing time for Suffolk County. Opening ads in photo section.
In doing some research I ran upon a fact that was surprising. This and the North Babylon Theater located just a mile an half away opened only 20 days apart. The Deer Park Theatre opened on July 30,1959 and The North Babylon, on August 19, 1959. Both in shopping centers on Deer Park Avenue. Obviously a growing time for Suffolk County. Opening ads in photo section.
Saw “Into The Woods” on New Year’s Eve. It’s time for Bow Tie to stand up. Yes, I know this house isn’t a consistent sell out. But it is, without question, as everyone here knows, one of the world’s premiere theatres, literally, holding dozens of east coast premieres a year. Movie stars and film makers seen all over the globe posing at the opening of their major motion pictures in this beautiful cinema treasure. And she’s a wonderful state of the art hall that us mere mortals can experience movies at their best.
The first offense was walking to the front doors to see all the one sheet cases in dire conditions. They haven’t been updated in decades. Old dirty looking fabric, faded old metal frames and all three cases having wrinkled ill installed one sheets. Don’t think Meryl Streep, who attended the World Premiere of the film just a few weeks before would have appreciated seeing her image practically falling out of the frame. C'mon, how much does a few yards of red velvet and some new frames cost?
Then, my favorite seat was once again broken. Pull the seat down and it lowers practically to the floor. It’s time for new seats. This grand lady doesn’t need big leather recliners, but the hard metal old lumpy stuffed ones have seen their prime. If you are charging $15.00 for a feature and $19.00 for 3D, a comfortable seat is not unreasonable.
I can accept the digital pre-show, I get it, but this is not some neighborhood dive, this is New York’s Bowtie Ziegfeld Theater. No one needs or more importantly, wants six trailers. It’s not 1975, trailers are everywhere and we’ve seen them all before we walk into the auditorium. Three trailers, the next attraction, the one that might come attached to the feature and one more is more than enough. After six, commercials, and policy, the audience is exhausted.
The staff, as always were wonderful, honestly, the best in the city. One couldn’t ask for a more friendly, courteous crew, who understand who their patrons are and care. Ushers, concession, management, all wishing this nice size early matinee crowd a happy new. I hope it is a happy new year for Bowtie’s Ziegfeld Theatre and her staff. They deserve it.
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.