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SethLewis commented about First Avenue Screening Room on May 6, 2016 at 6:59 am

The transition to the York had to be very very brief…was it ever the EastWorld as well as the Art East?

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SethLewis commented about Scott Cinema on May 2, 2016 at 5:51 am

A great experience here last night seeing Eye in the Sky Great welcome delicious ice cream quality digital projection and sound

My first time here in a few years – Mission Impossible 4 before that Tron and Avatar and Erin Brockovich

We need to keep this one alive!

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SethLewis commented about Vue West End on Apr 23, 2016 at 5:44 am

This is now a complete tip…The local Vues at Westfield (White City) and Shepherds Bush are better maintained. Westfield even hosts premieres. While the Empire was being refurbished in the early 90s this was a first choice – there was a lot of good WB and Disney product also coming through the pipeline

A real shame

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SethLewis commented about Trans-Lux 85th Street Theatre on Mar 29, 2016 at 11:36 am

This was an old school neighbourhood house for most of my lifetime mid-60s onwards with an interesting mix of programming…some soft-core day dating with Broadway, some showcase (WB, UA & Universal circuits) and at the end some first run And Saturday matinees with matrons!

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SethLewis commented about Pathé De Munt on Mar 26, 2016 at 2:15 am

Dutch Pathe’s cinemas are just the right combination of modern with respect for traditions…not too in your face!

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SethLewis commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 2, 2016 at 12:39 am

Fellini’s Roma or Sleuth arguably the last NY exclusives that did not day date with the suburbs

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SethLewis commented about Odeon Orpington on Feb 27, 2016 at 4:39 am

Odeon launching limitless subscriptions scheme this week as well

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SethLewis commented about Cineworld Hammersmith on Feb 26, 2016 at 6:58 am

Sad to know that this being demolished…rarely go there now that we have 26 Vue screens in Shepherds Bush…still nothing then through Hammersmith and Chiswick (this latter could likely support an art house or 2)

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SethLewis commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Jan 28, 2016 at 12:29 pm

A disgrace that this is the only theatre in downtown Boston…Loews had a bit of class in booking studio and art films

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SethLewis commented about Eventim Apollo Hammersmith on Jan 27, 2016 at 5:54 am

Restaurants and bars around the corner tarted up too Looking forward to seeing Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer Feb 15th

Live within walking distance and happy that its listed!

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SethLewis commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 26, 2016 at 6:43 am

Thanks for the brilliant list…Significant in the evolution of distribution

From 1969 a few exclusives and the end of roadshows…then in the 70’s day dating with New Jersey and Long Island so moviegoers did not have to travel into the city for an event…then day dating with the East Side – people wouldn’t go to 54th St and rather see a film in Loews Tower East..to showcases and a lot of films which could not fill a thousand seats on a good day

It’s not theatres that got smaller it’s the movies:)

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SethLewis commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jan 21, 2016 at 12:47 pm

Sadly it was bound to happen Was at the opening attraction Marooned in its second weekend…then plenty more over the years…The Last Waltz, Sleuth, Earthquake, Close Encounters, Lawrence of Arabia restored in 1998, Last Temptation of Christ, Mountains of the Moon, Dreamgirls At the same time it was an awkward design up the escalators…the red was somewhat tacky and the marquee never fully did it justice A shame a manageable main theatre and a couple of small sub-run theatres couldn’t have been carved out of it

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SethLewis commented about Odeon Leicester Square on Jan 9, 2016 at 11:48 am

1045 show of H8teful Eight this morning with my fellow film geeks…great fun good crowd participation…the fun of seeing a couple of black countdown numbers after the overture…a programme And even walking concessionaires with hot dogs at the intermission A treat!

The film – just good Tarantino grand guignol…Jackie Brown remains his masterwork in terms of real characters with an assist to Elmore Leonard…but it works…the overture by Morriconne is lovely as is the opening them…love the retro credits at the beginning…great photography, colour, songs by Crystal Gayle and Roy Orbison opening and closing the second part

Lovely for a London audience to join in a round of applause and actually stay for the credits! The 245 show appeared to be close to a sell out

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SethLewis commented about Roosevelt Theatre on Dec 18, 2015 at 3:38 am

Remember seeing Never on Sunday Fitzwilly and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner on late runs … a decent neighbourhood house

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SethLewis commented about Cinema 3 on Dec 14, 2015 at 8:46 am

Wasn’t this way ahead of its time with the new breed of luxury seating reduced capacity theatres…all that was missing was at seat drink service

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SethLewis commented about Picturehouse Central on Dec 10, 2015 at 3:14 am

Preview of Brooklyn a few weeks ago…can still inject a bit more professionalism into managing events and the wide range of things going on here…but as good a moviegoing experience as there is in London right now

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SethLewis commented about Regal Union Square Stadium 14 on Nov 11, 2015 at 4:48 am

ON a quick trip to NYC this weekend from London…caught Spotlight…great picture but what a dump…Badly lit inside Concessions emptied out for a 9pm show on a Sunday night What a treat to have reserved seating in most multis here in the UK This theatre badly needs an update or reconfiguring

The upside respectful audiences (once they found seats) that actually bothered to watch the credits

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SethLewis commented about Stonestown Twin on Sep 7, 2015 at 2:54 am

Was taken there with a group to see Trog with Joan Crawford when I was 12/13…a treat to see that it’s still up and running

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SethLewis commented about RKO Proctor's 58th Street Theatre on Sep 6, 2015 at 2:33 am

I remember this at the end of its natural life in the mid 60’s…Mostly Warner Bros and Universal product…As an 8 or 9 year old was taken to fare such as Not With My Wife You Don’t and The Spy with the Cold Nose

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SethLewis commented about City Cinemas Cinema 1, 2, and 3 on Jul 20, 2015 at 10:24 pm

For anyone complaining about movie ticket prices…try London ¬£18 or the equivalent of $24 in the West End…the upside is that we can transfer our supermarket loyalty points into cinema tickets to ease the pain…Membership schemes also help

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SethLewis commented about Picturehouse Central on Jul 12, 2015 at 3:02 pm

A great experience…a lovely ground floor cafe…well laid out mezzanine entrance with multiple ticket and snack points…pick and mix, donuts, and another bar so a great place to meet and chill before and after The cinema layouts appear to be similar to the old Cineworld but with new seats Saw Love & Mercy the Brian Wilson story great projection and sound No adverts Despite the high prices this is a great grown up place to see a movie

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SethLewis commented about Empire Cinema on Jul 1, 2015 at 11:47 pm

With the probable loss of the Curzon West End, the Odeon Covent Garden is worth fighting for…decent screens and lobby…a block away from traffic…sadly the Vue West End was a couple of years before its time…only screens 5 and 7 are any good and the place is a tip

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SethLewis commented about Gaumont Madeleine on Jun 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm

It is all retail…believe optical and FNAC I might have seen a Tom & Jerry cartoon festival here as a young child…my 3rd or 4th trip to the pictures

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SethLewis commented about Grand Central Theatre on Jun 11, 2015 at 1:26 am

This was showing Plaza Suite in 1971
Weird that I came across leafing through NYT ads last night
Was a newsreel theatre before that

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SethLewis commented about ABC Piccadilly Circus on Apr 8, 2015 at 4:59 am

Saw The Conformist, and Slackers here in the early 90’s…not a great experience but at the same time a testament to London offering the chance to see some classic films in theatres