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robboehm commented about What about the curtains? on Sep 17, 2014 at 9:58 am

More anticipation when you enter an auditorium with the curtains closed rather than just seeing a blank screen.

Back in the day the projectionist at my local theater often used the curtains in a deliberate manner. The speakers, at that time were behind the curtain. For a 20th Century Fox Cinemascope production he would play the opening drum intro without projections. Then he would go to the visual When the music would swell he would open the curtains, and this was a wide proscenium, adding to the volume.

FoU 20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea he began with the sound of the Nautilus without the visual. Then he projected the ship on the curtain. Very effective.

Those were the days when you went to a THEATRE!

robboehm commented about Babylon Cinemas on Sep 11, 2014 at 4:41 pm

At the time Bow Tie took over Clearview outlets I seem to recall not all made the transfer. Then, subsequently, at least one closed.

There is nothing to say that Bow Tie, or someone else, might choose to resurrect the Babylon for the period when the South Bay is down. Might be to their advantage to rebuild an audience for the house.

robboehm commented about Babylon Cinemas on Sep 11, 2014 at 9:58 am

Some sources say that the theater was destroyed in that fire. Wrong. Unlike the, supposedly, fireproof Edwards (East Hampton) and Rialto (Patchogue), the Babylon survived it’s fire. For the other two the walls came down. The original Capitol/Babylon walls still survive. Only the street facing facade is different.

And re the South Bay again, if they knew they were going to tear down and rebuild why go digital now?

robboehm commented about Babylon Cinemas on Sep 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm

If the theater has not been profitable for 20 years why did Clearview keep it and why did Bow Tie take it over? And re the South Bay it has parking. Have they gone digital or can we expect their subsequent closure?

robboehm commented about Lyric Theatre on Aug 25, 2014 at 10:34 am

Glad they went with Lyric. The remaining facade on 43 Street is what it’s all about.

robboehm commented about Loew's Paradise Theatre on Aug 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

Regional demographics are a major influence and cannot be denied. If the product doesn’t appeal to the neighborhood, or if the neighborhood is not friendly to the exhibitor that’s it. Look at the CT stats. Only ¼ of the theaters are open, and not, necessarily showing movies. Why so few? TV and other options, the economy, the age factor and, demographics.

robboehm commented about Millennium Theatre on Aug 22, 2014 at 9:59 am

Apparently the theater is no more. A 15,000 feet gourmet Russian supermarket is due to open on the site offering 40 varieties of caviar. It’s called Gourmanoff. Foods of Bulgaria, Uzbekistan and Latvia will also be featured.

robboehm commented about Playhouse on Aug 22, 2014 at 9:55 am

Next hearing is September 8th.

robboehm commented about Playhouse on Aug 20, 2014 at 10:28 am

Nothing further on the demolition. The Village Trustees have requested a detailed timetable re the demolition because of the impact it will have on the village’s main drag.

robboehm commented about AMC Fantasy 5 on Aug 20, 2014 at 10:06 am

Waiting for someone to post photos of the current facade.

robboehm commented about Hampton Arts Cinema on Aug 20, 2014 at 10:02 am

Went to the Hampton Arts the day I saw the reference to the kickstart program. There were some black and white copies of an innocuous flyer. I only saw it because I was looking for it. Was it there when I was there previously? Didn’t see anyone else glance at it. They’re going to have to be more aggressive.

robboehm commented about Hampton Arts Cinema on Aug 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I see by the headlines on CT that the Hampton Arts must complete its $125,000 kickstart for digital upgrade by the end of the month. When I mentioned the upgrade to the manager in the fall there was no plan. After the winter hiatus I’ve been back about a half dozen times. Never saw anything about funding. Wonder who they’ve approached? Doesn’t seem like the general public.

robboehm commented about Time running out for the Hampton Arts on Aug 18, 2014 at 10:51 pm

They must be keeping it a secret from the general public. I go there at least once a month and have never seen anything about it. Last fall I asked the manager about converting to digital . No comment. Then they closed for the winter. Kind of late in the game. Most theaters were doing their kickstarting more than a year ago.

robboehm commented about Queens Theatre in the Park on Aug 13, 2014 at 9:38 am

Shortly after the closure of the Worlds Fair I saw a live production of Come Back Little Sheba with Jan Sterling.

robboehm commented about Sayville Opera House on Aug 10, 2014 at 6:34 pm

Pete, you are correct. The Opera House was “in town” on the west side of the road just south of Main Street. The theater by the water was the Playhouse. See elsewhere on CT.

robboehm commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Aug 8, 2014 at 9:42 am

The most impressive thing about this theater was the entrance. I was surprised at the tiny and low ceilings auditorium. Once would hope the long entrance will be preserved in whatever the iteration of the building takes.

robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Aug 8, 2014 at 9:21 am

CenturyBill, an after thought. what was the seating capacity at the Glen Oaks?

robboehm commented about Glen Oaks Theater on Aug 8, 2014 at 9:20 am

CenturyBill do you have any Century memorabilia? I remember they used to print a movie guide. Wonder what ever happened to the comedy and tragedy masks at the Glen Oaks.

robboehm commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 4, 2014 at 9:23 pm

There was also the need to premiere something to be eligible for Academy Award nominations. That was often done in LA. Then NY and wherever would follow suit.

robboehm commented about New theater regulations from the DOJ on Aug 4, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Well if the change to digital didn’t kill enough theatres this ruling should take out a lot more.

robboehm commented about Avalon Theatre on Aug 4, 2014 at 9:58 am

Century built the Prospect in Flushing and leased it to Loew’s. Loew’s built the Manor in Brooklyn and leased it to Century who renamed it Vogue. Century also built the Merrick in Jamaica and leased it to Skouras, and, goodness knows, what else between which parties. The Propect returned as Century after the breakup of Loew’s and the Merrick also. Then there is the matter of the Century castoffs that became Springer. Springer, supposedly, an in law of Al Schwartz the founder. If you look extensively on CT you will also see a number of other theatres built by Century, not only the Suffolk in Riverhead mentioned in my December 8, 2013. comment.

Then there is the Century Skouras relationship where advertisements list certain theatres under both names while, elsewhere on the same page, there are venues just listed as Century. Subsequently, the “joint” theatres are either or.

robboehm commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 3, 2014 at 3:45 pm

What gives? Both Seth and BigJoe have triple entries? How did that happen guys? You can remove the duplicates at your end.

robboehm commented about Lane Theatre on Aug 1, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Would be nice to actually have pictures of the theatres on Cinema Treasures.

robboehm commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jul 29, 2014 at 4:04 pm

And were all of the Lamb theatres unique? Were there a number of designs repeated at various locations with just a change in the facade to reflect the name or to conform with local requirements?

In more recent years chains have built cookie cutter venues on Long Island.

robboehm commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 28, 2014 at 10:45 pm

BigJoe- Anything other than 8th to Broadway and above 50th is off the beaten path for a go to destination. Music Hall being the exception.