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Orlando commented about Whitman Theatre auditorium 02 on Dec 9, 2017 at 7:19 am

Corrugated metal sound dampening covering is not so odd for a 1962 outer mall cinema. Redstone used it in 1979 for Sunrise Cinemas in Valley Stream and Commack Cinemas in 1983. The comedy and tragedy ended up in the dumpster. Sorry for bad news.

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Orlando commented about Tivoli Theater on Nov 16, 2017 at 11:02 am

This was Liz Smith’s hometown movie theatre as a girl. She was a great person. Got to see “The Last Of Sheila” because of her column on it’s 25th anniversary with the stars Dyan Cannon, James Coburn, and Richard Benjamin. They were all nice to me and signed the 8x10 lobby cards of the film (given to me by Granada Theatre, operated by Mr. Max Schiering in Brooklyn. The 25th anniversary of “Sheila” was given by Todd (a prominent fashion designer) at the Guild 50th Street Theatre in NYC in 1998. Thanks, Liz.

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Orlando commented about Radio City Music Hall on Nov 16, 2017 at 10:06 am

This fun comedy had a good gross here at 6 weeks and about $1,750,000 but did loust at Loew’s Showcase Theatres wher it played 9 days only. It is never shown on cable TV or TCM (scheduled once and never shown. On VHS (Pan & Scan), NEVER on DVD. Found a DVD transfer on ebay or amazon for 14.99 and while in widescreen at a ratio of 1:85:1, it was in Panavision in the Loew’s Kings where I saw it (TWICE) in one day with a 2:35:1 ratio. The DVD is good quality in sound and artwork cover even though the title of the movie is in Swedish in the credits that open and close the movie. It was still a good buy. If you’re waiting forit to released in the USA, forget it as you will be 6 feet under before that’s done. It will 50 years old in August 2018.

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Orlando commented about Ornamentation on Nov 7, 2017 at 10:29 am

There was a lot there in the balcony of the former Loew’s Spooner in 2001 when I visited. All ormamentation and upper procenium wer virtually intact. Best of all was the MGM Lion carpet on the descending stairs to loge seats. The landings at the exit doors had the full pattern of the carpet weave. Management allowed me to return to take a piece of the carpet although dusty from its closed days but visually stunning. I have the full pattern of the carpet design to this day. (No, it is not for sale). Better yet at the Loew’s Boulevard up the street, I collected a former aisle seat from the balcony, the only one left in that balcony (art-deco style). I gave the store management $20.00 for it. A real great deal. Mgt of both stores were kind and allowed my friends and I sccess. We didn’t have to sneak or break-in like others who write books on the theatres they illegally break in to.

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Orlando commented about Kings Theatre on Nov 4, 2017 at 8:09 am

Yes,it is my blood and thank you for your words. There are those who will stomp on you and try to wipe you out for credit. I don’t answer to them. I am true to myself and say what is the truth. I answer to my wisdon and knowledge. A theatre that has been in my life for over fifty years and I fought for with a “Breakfast with the Arts” episode in 2005 surely outweighs any management that operates and manages it. I was born way before them. They will never no the experince of seeing movies at the Loew’s Kings that I did. That experience comes once in a lifetime and what they have know is ten liquor bars in the space, that’s all they care about. The shows are for out-of-Brooklyners, who love the shows and the theatre. Otherwise the Kings Theatre does not serve the Brooklyn population and they (the locals) know it.

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Orlando commented about Kings Theatre on Nov 3, 2017 at 8:25 am

John Gibson Whitely who had a bad experience at the Kings Theatre on April 9 has submitted one comment to cinema treasures on that date. He is obviously a phony, using a pyseudinum. Just click on his comment. I believe a jealous THS member associated to Loew’s Jersey posted this comment. The initials are S.T. He was in the audience that evening. I defended the staff and disclaim this frauds comment. I have resigned the Kings Theatre which I was involved in long before ACE was in the picture. While I enjoyed my two plus years there, I cannot condone the upper managements running of the theatre which I am still truly fond of. Byn the way, there was a building situation which cost $2,5000,000 to repair neglected by management which could have led to lose of life. I am glad that I put the lives of patrons and the staff above the pettiness of management. Now, after six months, management has banned me from the theatre even with a ticket. My efforts to save my Kings Theatre means much more that the management that runsit. Esta la vista!

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Orlando commented about THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA PROCLAIMS OCTOBER 10TH HISTORIC THEATRES DAY on Nov 3, 2017 at 7:24 am

Stale updates!

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Orlando commented about Orlando Lopes in the former Walker on Oct 23, 2017 at 8:55 am

Yes, “Give a cheer for Shallow Junior High…” as the school song goes. I also saw a matinee of Laurel and Hardy in “Way Out West” and the double feature “Yhe Undefeated” and “The Naked Runner” on a Saturday. The week of Graduation where “Cactus Flower” and “The Ambushers” which I saw the day before. I can still hear the manager at the time saying to an employee, “Keep panning up, we have to keep the theatre especially clean for the graduation tomorrow.

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Orlando commented about Kings Theatre on Oct 23, 2017 at 8:33 am

Happy (belated) Birthday on Sept. 6 2017. 88 years young.

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Orlando commented about Columbia Cinema on Oct 23, 2017 at 8:31 am

The Edison can be seen in the 1968 movie “Madigan” where Richard Widmark and Harry Guardino encounter Don Stroud seeing “Tobruk” with Rock Hudson and George Peppard which was on the marquee. Exterior and interior shots are used and note the Milk (yes, Milk) vending machine. Concession stand is also seen.

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Orlando commented about Center Theatre on Oct 19, 2017 at 9:24 am

I count six picketeers. Why? They spelled Eleanor Parker’s name wrong. Elizabeth Taylor hated to be called “Liz” or the cashier isn’t smiling. Better yet, they thought “Naked Jungle” was a porno film. These comments are all in jest.

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Orlando commented about 12/16/69-01/15/70 photo credit Victor Grigas. on Oct 12, 2017 at 9:05 am

Chicago Theatre is playing Elia Kazan’s “The Arrangement” with Kirk Douglas and Faye Dunaway. Can anyone decifer the State Lake attraction?

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Orlando commented about Quad Cinema on Oct 6, 2017 at 9:45 am

Stan Deneroff, brother of Jeffrey DENeroff with Bernard GOLdberg ran GOLDEN Theatres which operated the Quad Cinemas during these days. He did the artwork for their theatres including by then, the Benson, Beverly, Graham on Whitney, Granada and the Rugby, Olympia in the city.

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Orlando commented about Kings Theatre on Sep 22, 2017 at 6:43 am

“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” -1920 to be shown with live orchestra accompaniment on Friday, October 31, 2017 at 8 P.M. Tell them Orlando sent you.

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Orlando commented about Marquee at the Lowe's on Sep 22, 2017 at 5:22 am

It’s L O E W ‘ S not Lowe’s. Nice photo though.

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Orlando commented about United Palace of Cultural Arts on Sep 13, 2017 at 8:03 am

The Sept. 10 screening of “City Lights” drew over 600 customers, some first time visitors were in awe of the theatre. It was preceeded by a Chaplin short “By The Sea” which was accompanied by the original organ on the lift which has been electrified. Thanks Mike Fitelstein.

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Orlando commented about Kings Theatre on Sep 13, 2017 at 7:56 am

In correction, Mrs. Dorothy Panzica gave the Kings Theatre 12 furnishings most of which are in the upstairs lounge to the right of the bar. The two high back wooden carved chairs are in the grand lobby to the left of the grand staircase.

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Orlando commented about Farragut Theatre on Aug 29, 2017 at 6:02 am

ROGERS Avenue, not Rodger. Your thinking of “ACE ELI and RODGER of the SKIES”.

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Orlando commented about Midwout Theatre on Aug 29, 2017 at 6:01 am

Wrong building, the one to the left is the former Midwout Theatre, you can see the ironwork for the small vertical sign it had.

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Orlando commented about Farragut Theatre on Aug 29, 2017 at 5:58 am

ROGERS Avenue, not Rodger. Your thinking of “ACE ELI and RODGER of the SKIES”.

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Orlando commented about Kings Theatre on Aug 26, 2017 at 7:31 am

I met Dorothy Panzica over 45 years ago when passes the the LOEW’S KINGS where called in from the Granada Theatre. In those days, the managers where a friendly group and the six theatres cross honored passes. That day she was called by the cashier and greeted me at the door. She walked me through the foyer and inner lobby to the auditorium door. She tried to coax me to come work at LOEW’S KINGS, but I was well entrenched in the Granada Theatre by then. Still, I will remember that day and still do 50 years later and meeting her. I safe guard the original 9 furnishings still used and on display at the theatre. All should visit Mrs. Panzica’s gift from the former Loew’s Kings when visiting the theatre. Without her kindness and generosity, furniture of the theatre are there for all to enjoy. So, go see them. Mrs. Panzica’s spirit will live long within the LOEW’S KINGS, an Brooklyn institution and landmark.

REST IN PEACE, forever in my mind, those were the days.
                                Love and Sympathy
                                ORLANDO LOPES
                                Loyal Supporter of the LOEW'S KINGS
                
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Orlando commented about BRIC Arts Media House on Aug 26, 2017 at 7:11 am

When opened it was known as the Mark Strand Theatre, which was told to me first in 1969 by a matron at the Granada Theatre. When older I saw the Mark Strand ads in the Eagle. This matron also worked at the Stone, Stadium, and the Supreme as well as the Ambassador Theatres in Brooklyn. Her name was Betty and she was a doll and wonderful woman.

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Orlando commented about New Orleans, LA - A farewell to Rene Brunet Jr. on Aug 23, 2017 at 5:41 am

I met Mr. Brunet Jr. at his Prytania Theatre several years back. He had introduced a classic movie. I spoke to him in the lobby at length about the Joy on Canal Street. To the folks in the area, he operated the last surviving movie house in the Burbs of NOLA. A great man and a great losss. My he find his “Paradise” in the heavens. No kinder person there was.

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Orlando commented about JERRY LEWIS PHOTO on Aug 21, 2017 at 6:18 am

Early in his career, Mr Lewis worked at the Loew’s State Theatre as an usher where he was dismissed for trying to unionize the ushers because even Loew’s overworked and paid their employees peanuts. Goodbye Jerry, I was the right age to enjoy your movies on television, saw your movie “Which Way To The Front?” in the very empty RKO Kenmore in Brooklyn on a Sunday matinee at 13 years old. I walked by the Loew’s Kings while they played “Don’t Raise The Bridge, Lower The River” inside. At Century’s Whitman we played “Hardly Working” for two weeks, to no business in late 1980. I saw “The Nutty Professor” at a screening at UA Farmingdale some years back. There might be imitators, but there was only one Jerry Lewis!

 Shame on the Oscars and it's community for not givig him a Life Achievement Awards. They dole them out to much inferior actors today.
                
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Orlando commented about Angelika 57 on Aug 18, 2017 at 5:28 am

Nice.