RKO Warner Twin Theatre

1579 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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vindanpar
vindanpar on February 7, 2020 at 2:41 pm

I did see Superman II here. But it did in the very early 70s start showing a lot of exploitation fare unlike the Ziegfeld which for the most part played Hollywood A films. The Ziegfeld was never an exploitation house which all the great Times Square houses were at some point if not all the time. The one that remained for the most part a class act until the end was Loew’s State. I don’t know why exactly.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on February 7, 2020 at 2:07 pm

Hello-

being a lifelong film buff I am still a tad confused as to what the term “grindhouse” means. if I am not mistaken this theater played several studio releases after TSON ran here. for instance Apocalypse Now played here after its run at the Ziegfeld.

vindanpar
vindanpar on February 7, 2020 at 12:09 pm

yeah Mike(saps) I miss them too. And I never thought I’d say that.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on February 6, 2020 at 7:32 pm

“Hey vindanpar, we resent that remark…!”

—-the late, lamented 42nd Street grindhouses

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 6, 2020 at 6:13 pm

I bought a DVD of “NORWAY” back in London that was probably a bootleg. The DVD had no ending but the film was dreadful anyway.

vindanpar
vindanpar on February 6, 2020 at 5:45 pm

Kino Lorber is releasing Song of Norway on bluray. No information except that it is a new 2K master. From a 70mm negative? No specifics. Normally I would have run to a roadshow film like this but after the reviews I stayed clear. Still haven’t seen it except for a bit where Florence Henderson is rolling around in the grass. I thought no wonder the great Strand/Cinerama theater did a 180 from a prestigious first run roadshow theater straight to 42nd street grind house.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on January 30, 2020 at 3:49 pm

Hello-

based on the intro at top this theater which opened as the Strand in 1914 retained its original interior décor till it was converted to Cinerama in 1953?

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on January 30, 2020 at 1:59 pm

Opening day ad for CHMEFMHAFTH posted in photos (lol)

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on October 15, 2019 at 3:31 pm

Hello-

to vindanpar- yes I still have the long horizontal program from when I saw 2001 at the Capitol. its in mint condition. I looked at eBay and saw it goes for $125. damn.

also I myself went to the office for National Publishers which was in a large office building that was at the N.E. corner of Bway and 42 St.. this was toward the end of the roadshow era say 69/70. several of my programs had been damaged in an accident. the receptionist was kind enough to let me look thru the stock room. It was like being a kid in a candy store.

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 14, 2019 at 4:51 pm

bigjoe do you have the original 2001 souvenir book? The long horizontal rectangular one with the original space exploration cover art? How many do you have and what condition are they in? It goes for quite a bit of money on ebay. I have mine in a closet somewhere. Haven’t looked at it since forever. Though I brought it with me to the play Doubles to get Dullea to sign it but chickened out at the last minute. Got it new by going to the National Publishers office itself where I got a slew of in new condition souvenir books. You see the address for it in many of the 60s roadshow films books. But I’m sure you know this.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 14, 2019 at 1:58 pm

“SCENT” was the original in 70mm Smell-o-Vision. Since the film bombed and was somewhat of a travelogue mystery/comedy, it was re-edited and blown up for Cinerama release as “Holiday in Spain”. That also failed. The version shown on TCM was the Cinerama version but it seemed to have some 70mm scenes added in from the original.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on October 14, 2019 at 1:38 pm

Hello-

to Al A. as always thanks for the info. two additional
quick questions-

  1. I ask about whether it was presented “in Cinerama” since the Cinerama logo is used on the cover of the new Twilight Time restored/remastered Blu-ray disc.

  2. also was “Holiday in Spain” the exact same film as “scent of Mystery” except for the Smell-o-Vision part?

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 14, 2019 at 7:24 am

Alvarez you are fast.

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 14, 2019 at 7:11 am

Mike knew that but he was being difficult.
What’s an anagram for Cinerama?

SethLewis
SethLewis on October 14, 2019 at 5:24 am

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 13, 2019 at 8:00 pm

I don’t believe there is a movie called IAMMMMW

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on October 13, 2019 at 5:37 pm

“HOLIDAY IN SPAIN” opened here as “SCENT OF MYSTERY” in Smell-o-Vision, but not in Cinerama. I don’t believe “THE GOLDEN HEAD” ever played Manhattan.

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 13, 2019 at 5:12 pm

Was reading about Jack Davis and when his father took his first trip to NY he walked out of the subway in Times Square and saw the IAMMMMW billboard. He was like Wow! Davis was very proud.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on October 13, 2019 at 2:57 pm

Hello-

did both “Holiday in Spain” and “The Golden Head” open here and if so were they advertised as being “in Cinerama”?

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 14, 2019 at 1:33 pm

I disagree. The Strand, or Mark Strand as originally known, is considered a landmark in the history of movie palaces, and should be honored here that way, not by a tawdry modernization into twins.

ridethectrain
ridethectrain on August 14, 2019 at 7:56 am

The title heading should be RKO Warner Twin or RKO Cinerama Twin.

MSC77
MSC77 on October 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm

“Finian’s Rainbow” premiered here (Penthouse) 50 years ago today.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on September 9, 2018 at 9:53 am

An ad from 1968 for the transfer of “2001” to the Cinerama from the doomed Loew’s Capitol can be viewed here

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on August 25, 2018 at 9:59 am

“Scent of Mystery” was on TCM recently in its Cinerama version. I can’t think of a film more deserving of this Mad Magazine spoof.

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