Lafayette Theatre

97 Lafayette Avenue,
Suffern, NY 10901

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hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on October 26, 2017 at 3:19 pm

Parker, Exactly why I stopped going several years ago. The passing of 35mm film into digital didn’t help much but you are right. A favorite film looks different when seen on a big screen and it’s so much better. I must admit though they fooled me when they ran “THE AFRICAN QUEEN”; it was digital but it looked like a pristine 35mm print. Pete and Nelson would work hard programming the HorrorThon’s and a lot of the choices came down to the quality of the print. Unfortunately the last 2 years they ran the Big Screen Classics the tide was turning and shows were drawing fewer and fewer people. My main problem with them now, aside from shoddy showmenship, is the total lack of imagination of whoever is programming the classics now. It’s not even a pale shadow of what it used to be. The theatre itself is a jewel and should be preserved, not just because it’s the last single screen theatre in the area but, as they say, they just don’t make'em like that anymore.

moviebuff82, do you have anything of substance to add??

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on October 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

This theater hasn’t aged well.

ParkerSwann
ParkerSwann on October 26, 2017 at 1:45 am

Having worked in Film and Television all my life,I need to interject about the reason though some may not know, that films especially old film classics are meant to be seen in a large theater rather than on a small device. The small devices,while convenient defeat the purpose of film that the light shows differently on a big screen rather than on a small device which gives the film itself a different look completely. Even 5hpugh you may have seen something many times before on a small device the look and feel is different, and being in a theater is a meant to be shared experience as originally intended. Unfortunately this whole experience is lost and inconceivable to some who have never experienced it. I applaud and appreciate those who try to recreate this. It is an expensive undertaking today( much like a white elephant mansion ), now no longer financially backed by the studios with professional people on the job too. . And unless a corporation like the one who took over The Fox theater in VA has a hand ,it’s tough to keep up with the Multiplexes. I stopped going to the Lafayette when they stopped showing the classic Halloween Marathon weekend so like 6 or 8 movies if I recall. Its not as big as some of the movie palaces, which took a lot of people to run like a Ringling Circus, but it does take, alot of work and expense…..and people who know how to make it run in this,day and age. I hope things get better.

hotwaterbottle
hotwaterbottle on October 10, 2017 at 2:49 pm

It’s sad to hear what the place is turning into. I gave up on them several years ago when the town was still running the place. Between the amateur hour projection and the constant pleading to attend shows there and not at Nyack or Nanuet just became too much.

Sounds like James is asleep at the switch, as usual. Nelson, where are you?

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on October 9, 2017 at 6:38 pm

A mistake repeated. I went to see Blade Runner 2049 on Sunday, first show of the day.

The 2.35:1 aspect ratio film was presented “letterboxed”, centered within masking set for 1.85:1.

No surround sound. I realize the theatre does not have Dolby ATMOS, but no 5.1/7.1 surround. Maybe they were too lazy to turn on the amp.

Sticky auditorium floor.

As soon as the end credits started, they turned on those super bright work lights, that were aimed directly at the screen.

Cleaning the auditorium while patrons were still watching the ending credits.

I’m done with the Lafayette Theatre.

markp
markp on January 19, 2017 at 5:49 pm

We ran the DCP last summer at the Basie

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on January 19, 2017 at 12:16 am

That’s a shame about Jaws (and I suspect the other classics this month) – Universal has a very nice DCP of that title available, and I ran it in 35mm at the Lafayette about 13 years ago.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on January 18, 2017 at 10:50 am

I went to see Jaws last weekend at the Lafayette, the first time I have been back since they ceased running 35mm film.

While the theatre looked to be in good shape and is clearly being maintained, the presentation sucked. The film opened to a consumer bluray player’s “pause” menu. The 2.35:1 aspect ratio film was presented “letterboxed”, centered within masking set for 1.85:1. The picture did not look too bad from the rear of the auditorium, but from the front third, it looked terrible. Not enough resolution, too much compression, and not bright enough, as one would expect watching a consumer bluray on a 30 foot wide screen.

I can watch blurays at home, I don’t need to go out and pay admission to watch them.

At some point, I am going to complain directly to Universal for allowing their film to be shown with such poor presentation.

mdvoskin
mdvoskin on October 17, 2016 at 1:14 pm

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 12:25 pm

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.

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 16, 2016 at 10:33 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 4:59 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 4:53 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 3:27 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 3:27 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 3:27 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 3:27 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 2:39 pm

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 2:00 pm

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 1:45 pm

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 5:52 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 11:16 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 10:56 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 4:55 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 4:51 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.