Criterion Theatre

1514 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on February 6, 2024 at 2:41 am

1959 Otto Bettmann photo in link below. After reading the Terms of Use page, it just wasn’t worth posting it to the gallery.

https://photos.com/featured/traffic-and-stores-in-times-square-bettmann.html

vindanpar
vindanpar on February 2, 2024 at 8:10 am

Lucky you! How lucky that you were able to see those films in those theaters. I remember passing them with my parents but my parents would never pay roadshow prices for a movie. I was too young to go on my own and certainly did not have the money. Loew’s State was twinned in ‘68. I wish I could have seen it as a single screen theater. Clear Day was a perfect Music Hall movie and should have played there.

Ed Miller
Ed Miller on February 2, 2024 at 6:38 am

vindanpar, I saw “Funny Girl” at the Criterion in October of 1968, when I was 18. Having been a Barbra fanatic since the beginning of her career, it was an exciting event for me; it would have been, no matter what the theater, but being in the legendary Criterion made it extra special. I then saw her second film, “Hello, Dolly!” at the even more celebrated Rivoli, and her third, “On a Clear Day” at Loew’s State, which, if my memory serves me correctly, was twinned by 1970.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on September 26, 2022 at 11:21 pm

World Premiere of “The Ten Commandments” at the Criterion Theatre November 8, 1956 via YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqrChkS08lU

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on September 19, 2021 at 3:06 am

I Googled Roadshow engagement Criterion theatre.

https://www.google.com/search?q=roadshow+engagement+criterion+theatre&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwjSvNbk-InzAhUKg3IEHXkVDEYQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=roadshow+engagement+criterion+theatre&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQDFDEMFjEMGDcWGgAcAB4AIABSogBSpIBATGYAQCgAQGqAQtnd3Mtd2l6LWltZ8ABAQ&sclient=img&ei=FJpGYdLiJ4qGytMP-aqwsAQ&bih=847&biw=1500&client=firefox-b-1-d

vindanpar
vindanpar on September 13, 2021 at 7:48 am

Thoroughly Modern Millie had its world premiere as a roadshow engagement at this theater in March of ‘67. Kino has put out what they consider the roadshow bluray of this movie. What better way to celebrate a deluxe first run Times Square theater than to celebrate the films that opened there and how we can recreate those experiences though the theaters are long gone.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 12, 2021 at 11:16 pm

Hello-

I did see Funny Girl here during its roadshow engagement. my father was the head bartender in a prominent restaurant a block away. the manager and the head usher of this theater often had a drink after work at the bar/restaurant where my father worked so they were able to get him excellent seats. the one thing I remember is the WOW factor of the Don’t Rain On My Parade number right before the intermission.

also what defines a “successful roadshow” run. is it simply how long the run was? for instance N&A the last roadshow engagement here is one of my favorite historical epics ever yet its run here wasn’t as long as MFL or Funny Girl. the last successful roadshow engagement simply in terms of $$$ is Fiddler on the Roof which ran at the Rivoli for approx. a year.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 12, 2021 at 9:45 pm

Anybody see Funny Girl at the Criterion? Alas I was too young. How was the presentation? To me it seems like the last great successful roadshow film.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 9, 2021 at 3:24 am

How lucky! I’ve seen them both perform but never had the pleasure of meeting them. That happened with me when I had Rex Harrison and Jeremy Brett sign my MFL souvenir book. It’s like they hadn’t seen it in forever and were delighted.

grindhouse
grindhouse on July 9, 2021 at 1:59 am

No, at the Chiller autograph show in Jersey. In fact Ann-Margret was very interested in it and put on her glasses and looked it over front and back. She was very cool.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 9, 2021 at 1:23 am

Was this at a showing of the film?
I’m crazy jealous.

grindhouse
grindhouse on July 9, 2021 at 1:16 am

The Twilight Time “Bye Bye Birdie” was limited to 3000 copies. I got to meet and have it signed by Ann-Margret and Bobbie Rydell. I’ll be picking up the new Columbia edition too. Wonder if it’s the same source.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 9, 2021 at 12:13 am

Oh bigjoe59 say it ain’t so!
Bye Bye Birdie.
Which Columbia will finally be releasing at the end of this month. I missed the Twilight Time which now goes for crazy amounts of money.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 9, 2021 at 12:07 am

Hello-

to vindanpar- I got the blu-ray of Oliver issued by Twilight Time and while I still enjoyed the film the color at times seemed a bit washed out. its almost worth getting the Columbia Classics Vol.2 4k set this Sept. just to get the Oliver disc.

also this is embarrassing but I’ve been trying to figure out
what BBB stands for.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 8, 2021 at 10:52 pm

And I think it’s on the regular DVD.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 8, 2021 at 10:52 pm

I don’t have it but I read about it. They messed up something concerning the intermission like leaving out the entr'acte before the second half.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on July 8, 2021 at 10:35 pm

What was the issue with Sweet Charity. I have it and it is perfect it has two versions the roadshow version and regular movie version. I was very please the sound and picture were perfect on the Blu Ray

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 8, 2021 at 10:24 pm

Well Kino also put out Sweet Charity. Let’s hope they manage to not make the same mistake they made with that one with TMM. Remember these people who are doing the work probably weren’t even alive during the roadshow era so they don’t know what the experience was like. Columbia gave two huge hits like BBB and Oliver! to Twilight Time. Who can figure out why these decisions are made?

Did you go to the Astor Plaza Aids benefit of TMM where Andrews was supposed to appear but canceled due to ill health? Channing did appear of course. Letters were read from the other cast members including Moore, Fox and Gavin. Joel Siegel introduced the film and for some idiotic reason went on to trash it. Channing then in the most charming way imaginable as the experienced pro she was went on to trash him. Who knows what the hell he was thinking when he was speaking to an audience of TMM fans.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 8, 2021 at 9:02 pm

Hello-

to vindanpar- don’t you think its interesting that the blu-ray disc of the roadshow cut Of Thoroughly Modern Millie is being issued by Kino and not Universal Home Video?

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 5, 2021 at 12:30 am

Hello-

the comments you related about what people have said about the TSOM blu-ray disc baffle me. as I said before the 50th Anniversary blu-ray disc played on my 43" 4K tv in terms of both the colors and crispness of picture image defines the term spectacular. so if there are people who say the colors is off on the blu-ray disc need new glasses or need to get their eyes checked.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 4, 2021 at 10:56 pm

Concerning SOM people say the colors on the laserdisc are correct and that had Wise’s blessing.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 4, 2021 at 10:54 pm

Yes the 4 hour Cleopatra after its restoration had a couple of theatrical showings on its 50th anniversary. I went twice and thought it was wonderful. The 4 hours flew by. What I would give to see the Mankiewicz 6 hour original cut.

I have the bluray of SOM but haven’t watched it. A number of people are saying the shades of the colors are wrong. I’m surprised the 4k version hasn’t come out. It’s a prime candidate. Who knows? I thought the American in Paris bluray was terrific and I saw beautiful Technicolor prints of it back at the Regency in the 70s yet people complain about it.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 4, 2021 at 10:29 pm

Hello-

I haven’t looked at my blu-ray disc of The King and I recently so I can’t comment on whether the colors seemed a tad off to me. but I did watch the 50th Anniversary blu-ray disc of TSOM last week on my 43" 4K t.v. and the colors, the sharpness of the picture image and the audio tracks were spectacular. so I have no idea what the roadshow projectionists are talking about.

another thought. why do you think some studios were more adept at keeping prints of their roadshows cuts in first rate condition than others? this is especially true if the films were tweaked for general release. Cleopatra opened at the Rivoli at 4hrs. and the film was tweaked twice with the general release cut being 3hrs. 15mins. but Dorothy Spencer the film’s editor kept the 45mins. of trims so when the film made its debut on home video it was the original 4hr. roadshow cut.

vindanpar
vindanpar on July 4, 2021 at 9:30 pm

I understand that The King and I’s bluray is very disappointing and projectionists who ran SOM in roadshow say the bluray got the colors wrong. Sometimes I think the people doing these blurays are too young to know or don’t know where to look for elements. None of them were around to see original presentations or at this point even going to revival houses during their heyday. Do you have the MFL 4k? Except for the flower images(sadly) during the titles it is spectacular.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 4, 2021 at 9:17 pm

Hello-

interesting situation. it doesn’t say much for 20th Century Fox’s ability at keeping prints of their classics intact. what in God’s name happened to the first rate Todd-AO roadshow print you saw at the Warner 70MM festival that say 9/10 years later it no longer existed. the fact that Oklahoma’s Todd-AO roadshow print in A+ condition exits to this day makes the whole situation a tad bizarre.