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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 13, 2024 at 5:20 am

At top Barrymore gets top billing but in credits Bartholomew comes first. I know Easter week(after Easter) was off for school students but the Joliet High School Band had to take off a week of school preceding Easter at least. It probably didn’t run another week. Shows back then had very short runs. A hit was two weeks, a blockbuster was three. The Music Hall had a regular audience that didn’t want to wait too long before seeing a new film.

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vindanpar commented about Kings Theatre on Apr 10, 2024 at 2:25 pm

Concerning the dbellis54 picture from'22

Anybody know what year this picture was taken? Theater looks somewhat dingy and there are speakers above the box entrances. The 50s? 60s?

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vindanpar commented about Hilltop Drive-In on Apr 8, 2024 at 9:25 am

I was joking. They just took an ad for general theaters after the film went wide. Though special prices was usually ‘Now at popular prices!’ Remember popular prices for all sorts of entertainments? It was often used. Now it is never used.

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vindanpar commented about Hilltop Drive-In on Apr 7, 2024 at 8:01 am

Well it’s good to know you didn’t have to reserve seats at this drive-in. I guess as opposed to others. Not many Drive-ins showed films in Super Panavision 70.

I went to see it at a drive-in with my family in our station wagon that summer of ‘66. Children under 12 free.

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vindanpar commented about BAM Harvey Theater on Mar 29, 2024 at 9:09 am

This is the Harvey? It was totally redone? It looks like BAM.

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Mar 21, 2024 at 4:25 pm

I really miss the Glory of Easter pageant as done during the movie/stage show era. It was done later during a spring stage show only. But they must have lost the original lighting charts because it was not as beautifully lit. Also there were no religious statues along the choral stairs. Now the sets must be long gone along with those of Leonidoff’s Nativity. Anyway during the 70s the secular part of the seasonal show got pretty amateurish and cheap.

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vindanpar commented about Odeon Tottenham Court Road on Mar 13, 2024 at 8:11 pm

Beautiful.

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Mar 8, 2024 at 10:52 am

Marc Platt eventually became director of the ballet at the Music Hall. He was the original Dream Curly in Oklahoma on stage. In this film he does a Jack Cole choreographed dance to a Hitler speech.

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vindanpar commented about Uptown Theatre on Mar 6, 2024 at 9:05 am

Seeing a movie here if you were halfway back in the orchestra or in the mezz or balc must have been like watching TV albeit in the most luxurious of environments like most palaces over 3,000 seats.

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Mar 2, 2024 at 2:04 am

The Bobo and this are when the Music Hall started getting films from hunger.

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vindanpar commented about Ambassador Theatre on Feb 25, 2024 at 6:25 am

This is a very wide theater so I’m surprised it showed hit movies. It’s too wide even for stage productions. Unless of course you’re not on the side. It’s where I saw the original production of Ain’t Misbehavin after it moved from off Broadway. I was to see it many more times at the Plymouth when it was revived with the original cast. I think it is no longer considered politically correct. But that’s because today people find everything incomprehensively politically incorrect.

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Feb 22, 2024 at 1:00 pm

Shouldn’t these people be at work? They must have called in sick. Like I would have. The weekend lines for this film must have been a nightmare.

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vindanpar commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 6, 2024 at 2:07 am

You’re welcome. Sadly Loew’s State 1 was never to show another roadshow movie and after PYW neither did Loew’s State 2. It was the end of the roadshow era. There were a few more sporadic films like Song of Norway, Fiddler, and Nicholas and Alexandra even bewilderingly Man of La Mancha but as a form of exhibition it was dead. Except for Fiddler they were very brief runs.

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vindanpar commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 5, 2024 at 7:54 pm

Oliver! was no longer roadshow. It had already ended its roadshow run and gone wide. I saw it in the suburbs at this time. Paint Your Wagon was the Paramount roadshow at Loew’s State 2.

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vindanpar commented about Cinema Roma on Feb 3, 2024 at 9:13 am

Mr Roe can you be more specific about where these theaters are? Martyrs Avenue, Asmara is pretty meaningless to us unless you expect us to google it.

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vindanpar commented about Cine-Teatro Aguia on Feb 3, 2024 at 9:10 am

The Cine-Teatro Aguia was opened in the 1950’s. It was the largest cinema in the town of Quelimane. It was destroyed by fire in the 1980’s.

When you list a theater like this could you tell us where it is exactly? The above info needs to be more specific. What country and what continent. MZ? Mozambique? There is a lot of this with foreign theaters. You have no idea about these theaters of different countries and continents.

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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Feb 2, 2024 at 3:10 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.

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vindanpar commented about Loew's 72nd Street East on Jan 26, 2024 at 9:32 pm

I wonder if this included the Sunflower segment or if it was cut by then. It certainly was in no print from the 70s on.

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vindanpar commented about Paris Theatre on Jan 25, 2024 at 5:33 pm

Paramount changed its policy on R&J. Frank told Paramount no to a roadshow run and it was done continuous performances at the Paris.

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 17, 2024 at 7:38 am

Looks like the kind of film that would have opened at the Astor or Victoria and one of the less prestigious east side houses. But the film to follow was pretty bad. That one I did see. I saw the June in January finale with Promise at Dawn.

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jan 11, 2024 at 11:52 am

The Roxyettes of course became the Rockettes. I said once there were initially 46 Rockettes not 36. Somebody on this site insisted it wasn’t true there were always 36. Now I see I was wrong, it was 48!

The Hall seemed to have been a city unto itself. Not when I was working there. At times it seemed like a ghost town.

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vindanpar commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jan 8, 2024 at 5:12 pm

Wait Warner Bros opened this one at Loew’s Capitol and not at the Strand? MGM had nothing and the Strand was overbooked? Mighty strange.

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vindanpar commented about Da-Bel Cinema on Jan 2, 2024 at 5:33 am

What a beautiful wide screen theater. On another site I found a Sound of Music ad for it so I looked it up here. This is what I wished the Ziegfeld was like in New York. Wow 105 weeks for SOM. It didn’t even run that long in NY at the Rivoli. A lot of repeat viewings. I would have been one of them in a 70MM house like that.

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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Jan 1, 2024 at 4:38 pm

How would anyone have gotten to the entrance of the Criterion in the evening if the crowds are anything like they are today.

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vindanpar commented about Broadway Theatre on Jan 1, 2024 at 4:28 pm

There used to be a plaque in the lobby of the theater commemorated this momentous event but it was taken down.