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theatrefan commented about Sunshine Cinema on May 18, 2017 at 2:59 pm

Yes folks, the Sunshine Cinema is a goner unfortunately, it’s slated to close in January 2018 –

http://nypost.com/2017/05/18/lower-east-sides-landmark-sunshine-cinema-to-close/

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theatrefan commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Apr 17, 2017 at 1:54 pm

In between Loews Corporation & Tristar Pictures there was another owner that operated under Loews Theatre Management – Here is the New York Times Story –

July 11, 1985
Loews Unit Sold

The Loews Corporation has completed the sale of its movie theater division to a group headed by A. Jerrold Perenchio, the former co-owner of Embassy Communications.

A source close to the negotiations put the price at $160 million. Bernard Myerson, who is a partner in the acquisition, will continue to serve as the chief executive of the theater chain. Mr. Myerson will also serve as chairman and president of the parent company, the Loews Theater Management Corporation. In 1984 the Loews Theater division accounted for 1.4 percent of the Loews Corporation’s revenues. It reported income of $20.3 million, up from $15 million a year earlier.

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theatrefan commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Apr 13, 2017 at 2:06 pm

When Loew’s lost the apostrophe from it’s name it was never quite the same, just part of some giant conglomerate unfortunately.

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theatrefan commented about Loew's State Theatre on Apr 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Those sure were the good old days!

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theatrefan commented about AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 on Apr 13, 2017 at 1:57 pm

You are welcome!

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theatrefan commented about UA Court Street Stadium 12 on Apr 13, 2017 at 1:56 pm

Multiplex popcorn can be hit or miss, depends on how they make it. I always like to see them popping it right in front of me, otherwise who knows how long its been sitting around.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 on Apr 13, 2017 at 5:21 am

The partnership was dissolved some time ago, with AMC solely in charge of any remaining Magic Theatre locations. Magic Johnson has nothing to do with the running of any locations that remain, so one can assume they will be re-branded to AMC. Another sub brand that Loews Cineplex used was Star Theatres in the Michigan market, those are all goners too with the re-branding.

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theatrefan commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Mar 21, 2017 at 8:16 am

Thanks for posting, there are a lot of the old grind-houses that used to be on the Duece in this film you can still make out many of the marquee’s towards the end of this film.

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theatrefan commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Mar 21, 2017 at 8:12 am

The three chains mentioned were Cinemex, Landmark & CineMark, there is also another Landmark location planned for the far west 50’s I believe. Have not heard of any theatres for Hudson Yards planned.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 21, 2017 at 4:54 am

Regal also has one that is called Cinebarre but it’s only in 7 of their locations so far.

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theatrefan commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Mar 21, 2017 at 4:43 am

You forgot about Regal I believe they have stopped masking in certain locations as well. Anybody here know what ever happened to the planned Cineplex Odeon project in the Wall Street area from the mid nineties that never came to fruition? I suppose the financial difficulties they were having during that era put the brakes on it.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm

They were a bit ahead of the times, because nowadays having a bar in your theatre is very in vogue with chains like Alamo Drafthouse and such.

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theatrefan commented about 86th Street Grande Theatre on Mar 20, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Thanks for the detailed description TonyV, I really liked the RKO Zig-Zag style with all of the chaser bulbs in yellow & white. The Kenmore Theatre in Brooklyn used those type of letters you described on it’s marquee until it closed in 1999, wonder if it was the last one in the city to still have that style.

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theatrefan commented about 86th Street Grande Theatre on Mar 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

The vertical on the E-Walk was a great example of an LED simulation that was supposed to resemble the old neon style of days gone by.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 20, 2017 at 8:06 am

Yes, such a prime location could be better put to use than just storage. It’s a shame the Back Lot was not commercially successful, perhaps a Loews Club would have done better back in early days.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Loews Orpheum 7 on Mar 19, 2017 at 4:39 pm

AMC should really donate one of the neon Loews signs its in the process of getting rid of to The Museum Of The Moving Image in Astoria Queens for preservation purposes.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Loews East Hanover 12 on Mar 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm

How are those big glass vaulted ceilings holding up over the years? Do they ever leak when it rains? Loews took this design and ran with it all throughout the nineties all over the country.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 19, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Also it has a great art-deco inspired vertical, very simple but elegant at the same time. Lincoln Square could have used one like this, I hope they don’t get rid of it completely. What every took over what used to be the “Back Lot” in this venue?

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theatrefan commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Mar 19, 2017 at 3:54 pm

What’s funny is that for years after you could still make out the Cineplex Odeon logo on the facade of the Chelsea & First & 62nd theaters. Also up in Canada they have dropped Odeon from the name and are now known as Cineplex Entertainment. I miss the old purple Cineplex logo, it was very indicative of the eighties.

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theatrefan commented about Loew's Delancey Theatre on Mar 19, 2017 at 3:29 pm

In an old issue of the THS publication “Marquee” from 1982 it was mentioned that part the original neon Loew’s marquee logo from the Delancey wound up in the Century Restaurant on West 43rd off Times Square it filled the entire back wall of the bar. Does anybody here know what ever happened to it after?

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theatrefan commented about 86th Street Grande Theatre on Mar 19, 2017 at 2:40 pm

Neon signage is a vanishing art form, I hope eventually they will be a new renewed interest in it before it'a too late. Most vintage movie theatre marquee’s were spectacular in using it to draw patrons from the sidewalk in.

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theatrefan commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Mar 19, 2017 at 2:34 pm

They probably will remember. All of the changing out is supposed to happen between now and June, so please let us know what they wind up doing out there. As the Cineplex Odeon name vanishes here, it’s still going strong up in Canada.

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theatrefan commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Mar 18, 2017 at 5:29 am

As soon as AMC took over in January 2006 all Uniforms, concession stand signage, popcorn bags, soda cups, ticket stubs, film snipes had the AMC logo emblazoned on them so you can tell basically where they were eventually headed, although it has taken 11 years to finally change the marquee’s of whatever Loews & Cineplex Odeon signage is still left at this point.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Loews Orpheum 7 on Mar 18, 2017 at 5:20 am

The first multiplex that opened under the Loews brand when they decided to drop the Sony nameplate was the Loews New Brunswick 18 in New Brunswick NJ in November 1996, the Sony Theatres name switch was announced in April 1994 so it lasted approximately two and a half years. I wonder what the cost was to change all the signage from Loews to Sony, then back from Sony to Loews cost? Also AMC never had much of a presence here in the five boroughs so the Loews name definitely had more recognition in NYC.

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theatrefan commented about Trump Cinema on Mar 11, 2017 at 8:08 pm

Papa did demolish the Tuxedo Theatre on Ocean Parkway to build part of his Trump Village though.