Lafayette Theatre

97 Lafayette Avenue,
Suffern, NY 10901

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mdvoskin
mdvoskin on October 17, 2016 at 10:14 am

While there is nothing wrong with advertising on facebook, exclusively advertising there is a waste. Between preaching to the choir, and the fact that over half the population is not on facebook, it is clearly insufficient.

I have no idea who “vindanpar” is, but the Landmark Loews Jersey has not finalized any movie plans for the holidays. Wonderful Life is just one of many movies under consideration. Nobody in Jersey City considers the Lafayette competition, they are far enough away, and there are not enough people who patronize both venues for it to be so. Further, 90% of the films presented in Jersey City are on 35mm film.

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on October 17, 2016 at 9:25 am

Newspaper advertising disappeared with Pete & Nelson. I tried in vain to convince Phil to at least list the regular feature’s showtime in the local paper’s movie timetable. But no, he didn’t think it was necessary. If it was on facebook or the website, it was good enough. Personally I can’t see the harm in running it in the local paper. It could only help, not hurt.

hdtv267
hdtv267 on October 16, 2016 at 7:42 am

Loews? SMH

you lose all “credibility” after that.

As to seeing a classic on a big screen during the holiday season, I welcome the opportunity- especially considering the climate of the world, to spend time with loved ones in a darkened theatre, with the LAFAYETTE’s great presentation is the thing holiday memories are made of.

therefore your “argument” is invalid.

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 16, 2016 at 7:33 am

The Loew’s is showing Wonderful Life?

Why?

We’ve all seen it a million times and it works very well on TV without seeing it on a large screen.

Half the programming there seems very off. A lot of films that do not benefit from a large screen or look lost in a movie palace. They sure could have used a Frank Rowley or Bruce Goldstein.

movieguy
movieguy on October 16, 2016 at 1:59 am

Yes I think they should definitely do some more advertising. They advertise through Facebook. The person who does their advertising does a very good job and is passionate about the theater. But yes they need to do some more advertising. Unfortunately papers like the Bergen record are very expensive to run an ad. A small’s-ish size and in the Friday weekend section. The same size ad for example that Lowes jersey runs. Will cost about $180 just for that one ad for one day in the weekend section of the paper. The same cost for the Journal news in Rockland County. So there in lies the problem. If the theater wanted to advertise every week In the Journal news or the Bergen record. That would be close to $1000 a month. Question is would they get enough people coming from the ads to offset the cost of the advertising?

bolorkay
bolorkay on October 16, 2016 at 1:53 am

I sometimes wonder if one of the reasons that attendance has been down with the Lafayette’s Classic Film programs is the possibilty that few people outside of the immediate Suffern area know about this series of films. As a regular patron of the Loews Jersey,I’ve noticed ads in the Bergen Record every time they run one of their monthly classic film weekends and they seem to attract some very healthy – sized crowds for those film weekends. Perhaps the Lafayette might follow their advertising model and attempt to “spread the word”.

movieguy
movieguy on October 10, 2016 at 12:27 pm

I talked to the manager of the Paramount theater in Middletown. She said that it was very difficult to get any DCP’s for their classic series. The movie companies just don’t want to make a DCP of the films. They just say run the Blu-ray. This is also occurred in Jersey City if told them the same thing when they couldn’t get 35mm print. They’re going to try to get DCP for the Wizard of Oz and it’s a wonderful life. Possibly North by Northwest. But it just seems difficult to get DCPfor a lot of the classic films. They were able to get All DCP’s however for the Spring classic series that took place this year 2016

movieguy
movieguy on October 10, 2016 at 12:27 pm

I talked to the manager of the Paramount theater in Middletown. She said that it was very difficult to get any DCP’s for their classic series. The movie companies just don’t want to make a DCP of the films. They just say run the Blu-ray. This is also occurred in Jersey City if told them the same thing when they couldn’t get 35mm print. They’re going to try to get DCP for the Wizard of Oz and it’s a wonderful life. Possibly North by Northwest. But it just seems difficult to get DCPfor a lot of the classic films. They were able to get All DCP’s however for the Spring classic series that took place this year 2016

movieguy
movieguy on October 10, 2016 at 12:27 pm

I talked to the manager of the Paramount theater in Middletown. She said that it was very difficult to get any DCP’s for their classic series. The movie companies just don’t want to make a DCP of the films. They just say run the Blu-ray. This is also occurred in Jersey City if told them the same thing when they couldn’t get 35mm print. They’re going to try to get DCP for the Wizard of Oz and it’s a wonderful life. Possibly North by Northwest. But it just seems difficult to get DCPfor a lot of the classic films. They were able to get All DCP’s however for the Spring classic series that took place this year 2016

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on October 10, 2016 at 12:27 pm

The glory days of Pete and Nelson are gone, but I don’t agree that they can never be back. People are not going to come out to see consumer video. They can watch that at home. People who go out to see classic films in a theatre want 35mm film, and will tolerate 2K DCP. Blurays just don’t cut it when there is so much classic film programming in the area.

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on October 10, 2016 at 11:39 am

If 30 people attended Saturday’s show, at $2.00 a head, that’s $60.00 in total. A DCP costs way more than that. Why spend the money to rent it and take a loss, when a Bluray can be taken off the shelf and played for practically nothing? From a business standpoint it makes the most sense. The only people who would know the difference are purists and hardcore film buffs, of which I am one. No matter what they play this season, as good as it is, they are probably taking a hit anyway as far as turning on the electricity, popping the corn, and paying the ushers, ticket taker, etc.

I think it’s time we faced the fact that the glory days of Pete and Nelson are gone and it doesn’t look like they will ever be back. I’d like to think I’m wrong about this however!

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on October 10, 2016 at 11:00 am

There is no reason to waste time going out to see a Bluray, especially a movie that is on cable practically every other week.

It makes me wonder if all these shows are licensed, as there are stunning DCP’s available for all the Bond films.

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on October 10, 2016 at 10:45 am

That’s sad to hear, but not unexpected. Admissions were tailing off even during the last season that Pete & Nelson were programming the shows. Maybe the seniors are aging out, maybe people have other things to do on Saturday morning. The last 2 times they played Goldfinger, once at the Lafayette and once at Cedar Lane, there were big crowds. Perhaps people are tired of Goldfinger; they might have had better luck with a different Bond.

bolorkay
bolorkay on October 8, 2016 at 2:52 pm

Today’s presentation of “Goldfinger” was certainly a blu-ray. According to one of the Lafayette’s employees, it appears that “most” of the remainder of the season will be presented in this format. In any event it was great returning to the wonderful Lafayette, although very few were in attendance. (perhaps twenty or thirty??)

movieguy
movieguy on October 2, 2016 at 8:16 pm

Hi Tor appeared to be from the resolution DCP. adventures of Robin Hood was not DCP a Blu-ray. I’m going to confirm if some of the, titles will be DCP in the next day or two

Sam83
Sam83 on October 2, 2016 at 7:56 pm

Anyone see the 2 classic movies shown so far this season? If so, were they in DCP?

Sam83
Sam83 on September 26, 2016 at 1:55 pm

A balance needs to be set. Perhaps the seniors pay $2 while others pay $10. Movies need to be DCP though.

And they should try to select classic movies that will bring a lot of folks (James Bond, Classic Horror, etc). Some movies may be rare but if they have low interest, not many will show up.

Sam83
Sam83 on September 26, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Not that I am defending the seniors here but some of them may be on a very limited budget where every dollar counts. I can sympathize with those in that position.

But then again a show cannot go on if it keeps operating at a loss.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on September 26, 2016 at 11:15 am

If they do not disclose DCP or Bluray, I for one will definitely not go. If they are running Bluray of something that a DCP exists, I would begin to wonder if they are actually licensing the shows.

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on September 26, 2016 at 11:01 am

The seniors don’t care about licensing fees, the cost of fresh popcorn, or the historical value of the place. They had a free show to go to on Saturday morning and now that’s over. Everyone pays. Some of them would grumble if admission was 25 cents.

They probably haven’t disclosed which shows are Blu or DCP because if, for example, Goldfinger was shown from the Bluray, would you go? If they don’t tell you ahead of time, the only way to find out is to go and see it. You could call ahead, but whoever answers may not know if it’s Blu or DCP.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on September 26, 2016 at 10:29 am

I still want to know, for each title, whether they will be showing DCP or Bluray.

I can watch Blurays at home. It’s not the $2, which honestly is a great value, but for me it is getting up early and driving 30 miles.

movieguy
movieguy on September 26, 2016 at 9:59 am

It is a little ridiculous that the seniors possibly may complain about having to pay two bucks. You getting to sit in a beautiful historic grand movie palace. Do the seniors everything through the fact, the expense of paying the licensing Fees to the studios. The cost of running the movie the electricity, paying the staff. Would they give away, food if they had a restaurant for free? Would they cook a whole bunch of meals in their houses and give them away for free? I really doubt it

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on September 26, 2016 at 9:54 am

This may come as a surprise to you, but the “almighty dollar” is what keeps the theatre open. The HorrorThon you so lovingly remember was always a money loser for Nelson & Pete. They NEVER made a profit on them. They only did it because they WANTED to. They could have easily played just one film, or no film at all. And because Friday/Saturday/Sunday was tied up they had only a second or third run feature to play during the week, which means little to no business during the week.

$2.00 admission? They would have to fill the place every Saturday morning. If Pete & Nelson couldn’t do it when they quit, It’s just not going to happen now. And don’t count on the seniors coming out like they did before, when it was free to them. That’s over. Everyone pays $2.00 to get in, senior or not. Even at $2 bucks the management will hear a lot of complaints from the seniors about “why can’t we get in for free anymore?”

bolorkay
bolorkay on September 24, 2016 at 6:36 am

Totally agree with you, Sam83 re: the Horrorthon. Those fall evenings spent with the Hammer and AIP classics were the perfect entry into the Halloween/Fall season. They will be missed to be sure. But, I guess the"almighty dollar" rules!

Sam83
Sam83 on September 23, 2016 at 3:53 pm

$2.00 admission? How are they going to recover the cost?

Sure wish they still had the October Horrorthon. I miss the good old days. Sigh.