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SethLewis commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Dec 17, 2014 at 9:28 am

What is the overall new seat count?

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SethLewis commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Dec 8, 2014 at 6:20 am

This is a relief…can’t imagine living in NYC with the way it is being screened now…what the UES needs in a Kips Bay style multiplex for the big commercial films and a Lincoln Plaza style multiplex for art house product and then everyone’s needs are served

Easier said than done I realise

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SethLewis commented about UGC Normandie on Dec 2, 2014 at 1:38 am

Saw The Blood Diamond, Zodiac, I Robot, King Kong on the big curved screen…a great place to see a movie

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SethLewis commented about Hollywood-Boulevard on Dec 2, 2014 at 1:36 am

This was owned and programmed by a distributor Raymond Chateau and promoted heavily by Guy Lux on his TV shows

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SethLewis commented about 777 Theatre on Nov 11, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Sadly revival theatres are a distant memory of youth no only served by museums or treasures like the Film Forum…saw the great Aussie double bill of Breaker Morant and Gallipoli here in 1982 with a very full house

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SethLewis commented about UGC-Toison d'Or on Nov 10, 2014 at 6:05 am

A good if somehow hard to navigate multiplex in a good moviegoing city…lots of good sneak previews and a good mix of mainstream and art house programming

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SethLewis commented about Capitole on Nov 10, 2014 at 6:04 am

So many memories of this as a 4 plex when I lived in Brussels in 79 – Foul Play, Hard Core, The Great Train Robbery and several others…

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SethLewis commented about Vue Shepherd's Bush on Nov 9, 2014 at 6:53 am

Add to my list Gone Girl in the double aisled Screen 9…as good as anything out there for its time…

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SethLewis commented about Cineworld Hammersmith on Nov 9, 2014 at 6:50 am

Still going ‘strong’…some Polish programming in view of neighbourhood demographic as well as blockbusters

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SethLewis commented about Vue Westfield Shepherd's Bush on Nov 9, 2014 at 6:08 am

Have seen The Artist, Magic in the Moonlight, Behind the Candleabra, Shutter Island, Crazy Hearts, Lincoln, Crash, Hugo, Carnage, Mr Turner (just last Sunday) and quite a few more here since it has opened…a great documentary about Vidal Sassoon with the man himself in person a few months before he passed…The Tree of Life with a crowd expecting a much more mainstream Brad Pitt film rather than a Terence Malick picture (which I loved)

Intended to be a National Amusements Delux became a few shortly before the mall opened and the cinema opened about 5 months after the mall in 2009

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SethLewis commented about Vue Westfield Shepherd's Bush on Nov 8, 2014 at 9:09 am

With the Vue Shepherd’s Bush (in a shopping complex across the road which dates back to 2001) our local multiplex for better or for worse

For better A decent mix of blockbuster and art house programming Screens that are well laid out with some rows of two or three off to the side for privacy Late shows now most nights in a good mall with very good eating options

For worse Ignorant staff who do not take responsibility for the shortfall’s of the company in terms of communication Poor alignment with the Westfield Mall website in terms of film times and pricing Scene screens with in seat service that have never really taken off – £19 for these screens is ludicrous (even though I have been known to have paid it)

Things could be far worse but a lot better with professional management rather than simply supervision

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SethLewis commented about Curzon Chelsea Cinema on Nov 1, 2014 at 3:20 am

Saved by a great community effort

http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/esmagazine/save-our-cinema-how-chelsea-clung-on-to-the-curzon-9826917.html

As Philip Knatchbull of Curzon put it…if you take it away you will not get it back

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SethLewis commented about Regency Theatre on Oct 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

This was the theatre in the famous Seinfeld Junior Mints episode where Elaine would rather buy candy than race to her then boyfriend’s hospital bedside…a great repertory and art house pre Cineplex Odeon…a brave effort at a single screen art house in CO days but with far less charm…shame that this one and the nearby 62nd and Broadway could not have been annexed into the Lincoln Plaza art house family

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SethLewis commented about Entrepot on Oct 15, 2014 at 9:45 am

This was once owned and operated by Frederic Mitterand nephew of the president

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SethLewis commented about Majestic Passy on Oct 6, 2014 at 11:37 am

A nice little neighborhood triplex…as good anything on the Champs for even big first run releases…saw the most recent Superman there with my nephew

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SethLewis commented about Espace Paul Eluard on Oct 4, 2014 at 8:33 am

Named for the poet Paul Eluard whose poem Liberty is recited in Cronenberg’s latest A Map to the Stars

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SethLewis commented about Cine Metro Art Saint-Lazare Pasquier on Sep 29, 2014 at 3:10 am

Saw Woody Allen Match Point here in 2006…a compact little art house convenient for commuters from St. Lazare

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SethLewis commented about Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue at the Trocadero on Sep 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Affordable hotel rooms being at a premium let’s not begrudge the overhaul of Trocadero…for the 40s 50s 60s 70s the London Pavilion Cinema…for the 90’s and 00’s a multiplex rebranded 5 times…a cool new arthouse and budget hotel for the next generation…onwards and upwards

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SethLewis commented about Cineworld Shaftesbury Avenue at the Trocadero on Sep 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm

From Friday’s Evening Standard…this is good news http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/trocadero-to-be-turned-into-sevenscreen-arthouse-cinema-9742912.html?origin=internalSearch But probably a death knell for the Odeon Panton St (no great loss) and possibly the Odeon Covent Garden…the now Warner Picadilly is sadly a waste

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SethLewis commented about Vendome Cinema on Aug 31, 2014 at 10:33 am

Lived in Brussels in 1979 minutes from the Vendome…Next to the more mass market Capitole, Avenue and Leroy this was more geared towards upscale French speaking audiences with several long runs including Philippe de Broca’s Le Cavaleur…But did see Norma Rae and Neil Simon’s California Suite here in English

The current Vendome is the ex Leroy which programmed Paramount, Universal and UA in its heyday

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SethLewis commented about Cinema Le Sporting on Aug 31, 2014 at 5:25 am

In the 60’s and 70’s this was known as the Cinema d'Hiver in contrast with the hugely popular Cinema d'Ete outdoor movies shown under the stars

The Cinema d'Ete showed mostly American productions from all the major studios usually for one night only (occasionally big hits would get a second screening over the summer) – when I was a kid it was a huge treat to see things like MASH, West Side Story, Stalking Moon, Daddy’s Gone a Hunting, Grand Slam, Penelope, Kes, TickTickTick, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and plenty more outside…with the great French care towards projection

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SethLewis commented about Red Carpet Theaters?!? on Aug 4, 2014 at 9:24 am

The Red Carpet / Flagship / Blue Ribbon marketing was fascinating if like myself as a kid you followed that sort of thing. It just seemed to bring consistency to which theatres got pictures from what studio. The allocation was more or less UA/MGM / Fox & Warner Bros / Universal and Fox respectively. The print ads were cool and occasionally the theatres (at least in Manhattan) would show the designation on their marquees or poster frames. The Paramount ‘Diamond’ and American International ‘Rainbow’ tracks never had the same traction as the first three. As distribution got wider in the mid 70’s, these limited showcase runs lost these designations.

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SethLewis commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 3, 2014 at 8:31 am

So many great pictures opened at the Ziegfeld in the 70s and 80s as Manhattan exclusives – Close Encounters, Earthquake, Tommy, The Last Waltz…It wasn’t until the 80s that they started day dating it with an Eastside house…the Baronet, Coronet or Cinema 2, or even the Tower East which is a shame…make people go out of their way for a quality experience

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SethLewis commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

So many great pictures opened at the Ziegfeld in the 70s and 80s as Manhattan exclusives – Close Encounters, Earthquake, Tommy, The Last Waltz…It wasn’t until the 80s that they started day dating it with an Eastside house…the Baronet, Coronet or Cinema 2, or even the Tower East which is a shame…make people go out of their way for a quality experience

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SethLewis commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

So many great pictures opened at the Ziegfeld in the 70s and 80s as Manhattan exclusives – Close Encounters, Earthquake, Tommy, The Last Waltz…It wasn’t until the 80s that they started day dating it with an Eastside house…the Baronet, Coronet or Cinema 2, or even the Tower East which is a shame…make people go out of their way for a quality experience