Criterion Theatre

1514 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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vindanpar
vindanpar on April 24, 2016 at 9:36 pm

Sorry ‘Ascot.’

vindanpar
vindanpar on April 24, 2016 at 9:33 pm

Saw My Fair Lady here twice. First in the summer of ‘65. Was so young all I remember is that people were dressed up for a movie which was strange to me. The movie was boring.

Saw it again in I believe Jan of ‘71. 70mm presentation but without intermission to allow for continuous performances. Though prices were different mezz and orchestra and balc. I think orch and mezz were $3.50 and balc was $3. Still kind of a snooze.

It wasn’t until I was older and saw it in 70mm at the Warner Cinerama that the film totally floored me. One of the true greats. Though nobody will ever see it like that again. The huge curved screen had a clarity and depth which gave the film an almost 3D feel. When Hepburn makes her first appearance at Ascott the image was almost startling in its beauty.

And the 6 track analogue stereo sound was glorious with Previn’s magnificent conducting.

Met Jeremy Brett years later and told him it was one of my favorite films. He said it was one of his as well.

Even the people who treasure this film on their Blu Ray players have no idea how good it is.

michaelkaplan
michaelkaplan on December 25, 2015 at 9:44 pm

I got to see “South Pacific” at the Criterion in 70mm Todd-AO. Unlike Todd-AO screenings at the Rivoli up the street, the Criterion projected this film on their standard, lightly curved CinemaScope screen. Nevertheless, the image was extremely sharp and sound quality excellent. There was controversy at the time for the director using color filters for the musical numbers. If anything, it was distracting.

Cimarron
Cimarron on November 27, 2015 at 5:03 pm

Nice pic’s! South Pacific .. Great Movie!

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 26, 2015 at 9:24 pm

Two 1958 photos added. “South Pacific” on the marquee.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on November 4, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Great article, Michael. Love seeing that slow rollout and long runs these films had.

Coate
Coate on November 4, 2015 at 10:29 am

Given all of the recent chatter here about “My Fair Lady,” I suppose I ought to pass along the link to a recently-published historical article on “My Fair Lady,” which includes an overview of its roadshow release, headed, of course, by the lengthy run at the Criterion. Do give the article a peek if you’re a fan of the film and/or of the roadshow era.

Still Loverly: Remembering “My Fair Lady” On Its 50th Anniversary

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on October 28, 2015 at 5:39 pm

The new DCP is supposed to be stunning wjphen played in 4K based on reports from people who’ve seen it projected properly and the restoration team. They were also able to use the original tracks for the first time since 1964. The track on the 1994 restoration was from dupes.

Cimarron
Cimarron on October 27, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Yes, Cinerama was the best in projection technology of the period but, with the visible separation of 3 camera shots compared with todays super hd, today is the obvious choice but, for the late 50’s, early 60’s, Cinerama won hands down…Technology march forward with today’s Cine..No comparison and guess what, It will continue to evolve with improvement on never ending changes…Still like to see the old b&w films in spite. Keep on Truckin!

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 27, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Yes it was the Bowtie and it was the restored version to tie it in with the blu-ray coming out.

It looked no better than the 90’s restoration and the sound was much worse. In fact the sound wasn’t very good even at the Ziegfeld in ‘93.

I guess Super Panavision 70 6 track stereo has deteriorated beyond salvation.

theatrefan
theatrefan on October 27, 2015 at 5:28 pm

If it’s the Bowtie over there it must have been a DCP. Was this supposed to be the restored version?

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 27, 2015 at 5:12 pm

At a multiplex in Hoboken.

Digital projection.

No life to it whatsoever.

If you can’t get the opening credit sequence to this film right, and I consider it one of the best, forget it.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on October 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

MFL = My Fair Lady.

Where did you see it?

vindanpar
vindanpar on October 27, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Recent MFL restoration lousy. Left shortly after titles. Sound flat and only behind the screen. Image did not have the practically 3D brilliance that the original Superpanavision 70MM prints had. Image did not even fill the screen. I guess if you like these films on DVD you’ll be fine. For me they are unwatchable. But I saw it on the 80ft curved screen at the Warner Cinerama. With a sound system that was glorious. I didn’t expect it to be so magnificent. It was something.

Cimarron
Cimarron on October 22, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Great Pic’s David, I also recall the two trouser suits that are ad’s by the Criterion as well as the movies. Thanks for posting.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 21, 2015 at 8:57 pm

1958 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on October 19, 2015 at 10:02 am

1944 photo added as Loew’s Criterion, courtesy of the History In Pictures Facebook page. Clothing collection drive for war victims.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 23, 2015 at 9:23 pm

1968 photo added courtesy of Al Ponte’s Time Machine – New York Facebook page.

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 6, 2015 at 10:03 am

I’d like to thank the individual who posted the covers of the souvenir programs of the roadshow attractions that played at The Criterion during its' heyday in the 50s and 60s. Unfortunately I was too young to go Times Square during this era. By the time I was old enough this great prestigious movie house was reduced to showing horror and exploitation films. All the more astonishing because the nearby Loew’s State and Astor Plaza were still getting top Hollywood films. I would be curious to know why the management of this beautiful theater couldn’t get top product and drove it into the ground. Its multiplexing was horribly done and heartbreaking.

odilon
odilon on June 6, 2015 at 8:00 am

Really….The Ten Commandments opened on Nov 7, 1956, at the Criterion. NY Times published the review the next day. In BRAZIL, where I live, we say the “day” first, then the month…and, of course, last, the year…So – when I read… 11/07/1956 I am “tempted” to look like…11 of July of 1956… I have to make “up my mind” and transport myself to the USA…

odilon
odilon on June 6, 2015 at 8:00 am

Really….The Ten Commandments opened on Nov 7, 1956, at the Criterion. NY Times published the review the next day. In BRAZIL, where I live, we say the “day” first, then the month…and, of course, last, the year…So – when I read… 11/07/1956 I am “tempted” to look like…11 of July of 1956… I have to make “up my mind” and transport myself to the USA…

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on June 5, 2015 at 6:43 pm

Why is “THE SEARCH FOR PARADISE” suddenly showing up first on RSM3853’s December 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm post instead of “THE TEN COMMANDMENTS”. This was never a Cinerama house.

odilon
odilon on June 5, 2015 at 6:40 am

To RSM3853…So, “South Pacific” replaced “The Ten Commandments”? In São Paulo, Brazil, South Pacific opened the “Astor” a luxury cinema theater, in 1960….The Ten…was only shown in 1959…remaining for 37 weeks at the cinema “Ipiranga” in downtown, and then many more weeks at other places. In present days, the movies…are released in the same time they open in the USA, in some cases…a few days BEFORE…thank you for your great information.

Coate
Coate on October 21, 2014 at 11:02 am

Happy 50th! “My Fair Lady” had its world premiere at the Criterion on this day in 1964 (and went on to become the theater’s longest-running engagement).

Cimarron
Cimarron on March 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm

1936 Pic of Criterion added to Photo Section