Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre

707 7th Avenue,
New York, NY 10036

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 16, 2018 at 10:46 am

Thank you. I shall add the photo there as well.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on November 16, 2018 at 10:04 am

They’re beneath the marquee of the RKO Palace. which was just north of the Embassy and closer to the Mayfair.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 16, 2018 at 9:39 am

1956 Mayfair marquee photo added. Haven’t figured out what marquee the ladies are beneath in the foreground yet though.

vindanpar
vindanpar on September 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm

Warren G. Harris has an impressive list of books on Amazon. Seems to be a major Hollywood golden age historian.

br91975
br91975 on September 6, 2018 at 7:21 am

@vindanpar: ‘Comfortably Cool’ is a vital contributor to this site, yet he’s been a curmudgeon since the time when he was posting as Warren G. Harris.

vindanpar
vindanpar on September 5, 2018 at 6:36 pm

Was the Hawaii billboard picture taken down?

vindanpar
vindanpar on August 24, 2018 at 10:01 pm

CC Cinema Treasures would not be nearly as good without you here.

But you are at times a curmudgeon. Sometimes we all meet on one page and then go off on tangents which might interest some if not all of us. Discussing the best possible way of seeing a roadshow print in 2018 of Hawaii on a page devoted to the theater where it had its world premiere seems especially apropos.

Unless somebody decides to rebuild the theater and show a roadshow print its blu ray is the best we can do. It seems the contributors who attended these theaters when they were single theaters are fewer and fewer.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on August 24, 2018 at 6:15 am

These exchanges seem more suited to a website for “DVD Treasures,” discussing a medium that contributes to the ongoing decline in cinema attendance.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 23, 2018 at 3:14 pm

Hello-

thanks to Peter A. for clearing up my questions about the Twilight Time Hawaii Blu-ray. many prominent road- show films can’t have complete roadshow prints on Blu- ray since in many cases the complete roadshow print no longer exists. but it does for Hawaii so the fact their did an HD transfer of the general release print only baffles logic.

also for another bit of info. I always thought Twilight
Time did the remastering themselves.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 23, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Pete: Thanks for answering Joe’s question better than I ever could. Seeing your name brings back great memories of a certain beautiful movie theater in Suffern, NY.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on August 23, 2018 at 8:06 am

The only transfer of Hawaii that exists in HD is of the general release version, MGM has not restored or transferred the Roadshow version in HD. Twilight Time does not do transfers or restorations, they release the masters that the studios supply them with. MGM needs to step up and properly restore it.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 21, 2018 at 3:32 pm

Hello-

to Bill H.– i agree its fortunate that the complete roadshow cut of Hawaii at least exits. but to repeat my question since the roadshow cut was in decent condition why use the general release print for the blu-ray?

also if they had used the original Super Panavision 70 negative for the Twilight blu-ray of Exodus how different would it have looked and sounded?

vindanpar
vindanpar on August 21, 2018 at 10:07 am

Thank you for that billboard photo. Those old painted Times Square movie ‘spectaculars’ were quite wonderful. Correct me if I’m wrong but I think that the two small boats were sticking out making it 3D but maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me as it doesn’t look that way there. Also on the blu ray.com review it says even first run 70mm blow up engagements were in mono. How odd for a roadshow epic film made in'65.

I saw it when it came to the suburbs so I obviously saw the cut version. But I remember the boys in elementary school talking about the topless women(wow!) which were not cut out. I guess they considered it a family film because it was in a National Geographic natives are different way.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 20, 2018 at 7:16 pm

As for Exodus, I’m grateful that the Blu-ray looks as good as it does. The original DVD was a blurry mess.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 20, 2018 at 7:05 pm

Joe, I wish I knew. I’m just glad the long version is at least available. It wasn’t on the previous DVD release.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 20, 2018 at 2:52 pm

Hello-

to Bill H.– you might be able to answer this question. why in the name of God, Mother Nature and all things would Twilight Time have used the general release print to do the HD transfer when a complete copy of the original roadshow cut exists. I can think of no rationale behind their decision.

also I think the Twilight Time Blu-ray of Exodus is perfect in both picture and sound. if they had used the original Super Panavision 70 print instead how would Blu-ray disc have looked and sounded differently?

RobertEndres
RobertEndres on August 20, 2018 at 6:48 am

vindanpar if you set your Blu-ray player for PCM output for Khartoum and then Pro-Logic decode the two tracks in your receiver or control unit you may get a decent L-C-R-S playback which comes closer to mirroring the original Khartoum track. Criterion did this with “Blow-out” which was a Dolby stereo track matrixed for theatrical playback. I don’t know why they just don’t do this in the Blu-ray production process and release the decoded tracks in a normal DTS configuration, and Criterion wasn’t able to tell me why when I asked them about it, but give it a try.

vindanpar
vindanpar on August 19, 2018 at 8:10 pm

I remember seeing the Demille billboard spectacular for Hawaii when I was a boy and was it ever impressive.

I’d love to see a close up color photo of it.

Why wouldn’t Twilight Time put out the roadshow version like they did for Khartoum? The problem with that film is the soundtrack used was a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 mix when a 6 track exists. Also their Exodus transfer was taken from a 35mm print and not 70mm as the movie was filmed.

You’ve got to be careful with these blu rays. I understand though Khartoum is in any case visually stunning so I’ll end up paying through the nose for it on ebay.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on August 19, 2018 at 4:39 pm

The Blu-ray includes the roadshow cut as a special feature. It’s a non-anamorphic transfer. The short version has been properly transferred and looks much better on the screen, but the longer version is a much better movie.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on August 19, 2018 at 1:31 pm

Hello-

I saw Hawaii twice during its roadshow at this theater. quite enjoyable. an interesting fact it was the last roadshow film to have a hardcover souvenir program.

another interesting fact. although a complete copy of the roadshow cut exists when Twilight Time issued a Blu-ray disc they used the general release print.

vindanpar
vindanpar on August 17, 2018 at 9:12 pm

Anybody know the size of the screen when it was a 70mm roadshow house? Never a roadshow musical unlike every other roadshow house. Always epics. I believe the last roadshow film there was Shoes of the Fisherman. Also interesting but I believe Hawaii was in Panavision and mono. This seems incredible for such a huge film in the mid 60s. But then unfortunately The Sand Pebbles and Zhivago were Panavision as well.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 20, 2018 at 3:44 pm

Hello-

I know I’ve asked this question before so I hope you don’t mind answering it a second time. i frequently used the TKTS booth since its creation June of 1973. to which my query. considering you’re looking straight at the theater’s marquee while on the TKTS line I honestly never remember seeing Mark 1,2,3 on the marquee. to which anyone ever been able to find a photo with Mark 1,2,3 on the marquee?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on April 30, 2018 at 1:05 pm

July 1955 photo as Brandt’s Mayfair Theatre added, courtesy of Mase Mason.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 23, 2016 at 4:50 pm

1937 photo as the Mayfair added. 13th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Photo credit Walter Kelleher.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 18, 2016 at 7:40 pm

Circa 1926 photo as the Columbia added, photo credit Duke University Collection.