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SethLewis commented about Vue Piccadilly on Feb 8, 2014 at 11:12 am

Now known as the Vue Picadilly…a bit off the beaten track of the West End screens…currently programming day date mass market pictures along the rest of the West End…One would think that it would have a better chance if it programmed art house fare in line with the Odeon Covent Garden or Panton Street.

Interesting to see if this survives or not…the only thing that might work in the space is a restaurant

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SethLewis commented about Jacey in the Strand on Feb 8, 2014 at 11:07 am

Amazing that these newsreel and cartoon cinemas lasted in the UK as last as the early 70’s in Picadilly

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SethLewis commented about Big Cinemas Manhattan on Jan 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm

This was the Cine Malibu, then the D.W. Griffith, then the 59th St. East under Cineplex Odeon, then the Big Manhattan…interesting evolution from soft porn to art house to second run showcase to first run to Bollywood… Flew the flags of Rugoff/Cinema 5/City Cinemas/Walter Reade/Cineplex Odeon before Big…Not to sniff at first run engagements of pictures like Steve McQueen’s Le Mans, Jaws 2, Connery/Hoffman & Broderick in Family Business A shame if City couldn’t find value as a second run spillover house between the Cinema ½/3 and Beekman in the now woefully underscreened UES

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SethLewis commented about Odeon Whiteleys & The Lounge on Jan 12, 2014 at 6:18 am

This was one of my primary local cinemas in London over the first 10 years of my residence here…easy to book and use with decent restaurants in the complex and in the immediate neighbourhood…a not exhaustive list of pictures I’ve seen here would include Batman Returns, Husbands and Wives, The Player, Clear and Present Danger, Speed, Addams Family, True Lies, Hoffa, Sleepless in Seattle, Gosford Park, Air Force One, The Lion King, Hannibal, Insomnia, Twelve Days, The Royal Tenenbaums,Unforgiven, Mrs.Doubtfire,The Hand that Rocks the Cradle The Whiteley’s complex has undergone a number of changes over the years and is now a bit more upscale in terms of dining with the addition of Rowley Leigh’s Cafe Anglais. The chef has designed the menus for the Lounge screens.

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SethLewis commented about Criterion Theatre on Dec 28, 2013 at 6:29 am

Great list 56-75…as a kid the only ones I saw here were the road shows Is Paris Burning and Patton…in the refitted multiplex Raging Bull, Sharky’s Machine on the small screens, Rambo 3, Garp, Die Hard 2, A Cry in the Dark on the bigger ones

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SethLewis commented about Cinema Hollywood on Dec 24, 2013 at 3:58 am

This was a good mainstream cinema in Geneva in the 70s…Showed a lot of family fare in French e.g. Disney…Saw The Aristocats there and in another register Truffaut’s Day for Night (a solid 9 week first run)…Believe it was owned by Swiss producer distributor Georges-Alain Vuille

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SethLewis commented about Cinema Broadway on Dec 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm

The Broadway was a US first run mainstay for years in Geneva…Most of Woody Allen’s movies premiered here in Original Version…Saw Heaven Can Wait, Norma Rae here among others

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SethLewis commented about Cine 17 on Dec 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

This was always a quality art house at the bottom of Geneva’s old town

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SethLewis commented about Alhambra on Dec 22, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Not one of Geneva’s best in my time in the early – mid 70s…Played mostly french versions of action pictures…Saw Death on the Nile and some Bronsons here

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SethLewis commented about Scala Cinema on Dec 9, 2013 at 2:47 am

A great cinema going experience profiled earlier this year in Monocle…White gloved ushers…double aisled big screen experience…In my Bangkok years (mid 80s) saw JP Belmondo film here Ace of Aces and Emerald Forest (maybe in sister screen Siam)…This was the very best in Bangkok at the time even if the programming was a bit odd at times

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SethLewis commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Dec 8, 2013 at 7:21 am

Musicals in particular are great for road shows and slower roll-outs. In London, Weinstein gave Nine a ten day West End exclusive in a twin theatre before going national. Wish that studios would catch their breath and let anticipation build for big pictures and let the Ziegfelds, Chineses, Odeon Leicester Squares hold their rightful place in film going

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SethLewis commented about *** Comments and Behavior On This Site *** on Dec 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Thank you…the site is too precious to lovers of movies and movie theatres to be undone by a few

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SethLewis commented about Cinema Camera Movie on Nov 25, 2013 at 1:38 am

The oddest tiniest theatre I have ever been in…sat about 90…the screen used to be angled in… Saw revivals of Dr Strangelove and The Graduate here in the 70s

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SethLewis commented about Cinema City on Nov 25, 2013 at 1:37 am

This was a fun place for a teenager to go on Friday evenings…Screenings of rock concert films e.g. Hendrix at Berkeley, Focus, Pink Floyd A survivor in Geneva’s vanishing single screen theatres

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SethLewis commented about Pathe Rex on Nov 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

This part of town had 8 screens within a 6 block 10 minute walk stretch in the 70s…the tired but functional Studio 10, the slightly better Hollywood (got the Disneys and major French releases), the oversized Alhambra, the Molard (mostly French language pictures), the ABC inside a shopping arcade (great for audience pictures saw Tommy and Fame there) and the Cine 17 an art house around the back (still running) and the Rex on the main shopping street

The Rex played mostly mass market pictures in French – saw Dirty Harry in French there, some bad kungfu, Shaft in Africa

Now a decent branded triplex

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SethLewis commented about Cinema Scala on Nov 12, 2013 at 9:13 am

Off the beaten track in a residential area…Geneva’s last true independent art house

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SethLewis commented about Cinema Central on Nov 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

This was a legendary first run theatre up the road from the Plaza and near the train station…in the 70s playing a mix of first run French and international pictures…more recently more quality first runs

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SethLewis commented about Cinema Nord-Sud on Nov 12, 2013 at 9:02 am

A survivor of a single screen in a mostly residential neighbourhood…in the 70s would play move-overs of popular foreign films in original version

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SethLewis commented about Cinema Splendid on Nov 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

In French and German no less…

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SethLewis commented about Cinema Plaza on Nov 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

This was the roadshow showplace when I lived in Geneva…Three aisles…huge screen I am guessing 700 + seats…Saw Rod Steiger in Waterloo, Alec Guinness as Hitler (some kind of theme there), Fiddler on the Roof, Twiggy The Boy Friend, Mad Max 1, Louis de Funes in his Gendarme film there…Mondays and Tuesdays films were shown in OV (Original Version) so English usually…French the rest of the week Lots of room inside for hand painted coming attraction posters and very oddly a coming attraction displayed across the front of the proscenium…For better or for worse they do not make them like this anymore

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SethLewis commented about Pathe Flon on Nov 11, 2013 at 1:51 am

This looks like it has absorbed the closures on this side of town…the Eldorado, the massive Metropole, the quirky Belair…shows mostly French language versions of first-run blockbusters so that it can day date with Pathe Galeries in OV The centrepiece of a recently redeveloped area for Lausanne nightlife easily accessible by metro

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SethLewis commented about Cinema City Club on Nov 11, 2013 at 1:49 am

A fun little lake side theatre…Saw La Balance – a great French cops and pimps picture big b.o. here in 1983

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SethLewis commented about Cinema du Bourg on Nov 11, 2013 at 1:47 am

Glad someone has added this!

A great if not the most comfortable art house in my Lausanne days that balanced popular arthouse and first run studio pictures…Up a flight of stairs, almost directly across from the iconic Pizzeria Mario and steps from Tea Room Tony

Saw Les Petites Fugues (a big Swiss hit in 1982-3), Ordinary People (a 12 week run), Whose Life Is It Anyway, Isaac Stern in China here…probably a couple of others

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SethLewis commented about Vue West End on Nov 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

A lovely trip to the London Film Festival for a Sunday afternoon showing of Enough Said

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SethLewis commented about Cinema 3 on Nov 5, 2013 at 4:38 am

Saw A Wedding, Broadcast News, Moonlighting, Field of Dreams here A good old school upscale film going experience

NYC had this for 10-15 years while London had the Minema for nearly 30 in front of the Berkeley Hotel