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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 24, 2017 at 6:06 am

Also as you can see MM opened far too late in the summer. It should have opened at the latest at the beginning of August but the supremely lame That Touch of Mink(will Cary lay Doris in Bermuda? Scheisse.) lasted far too long pushing back this film so far it had two spectacular opening weeks and then went down like the Titanic after the Labor day weekend. And it should have been one of the Hall’s long runs.

vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 24, 2017 at 5:58 am

The Music Man in Technirama on screen and Bolero on stage. Had to have been one of the Music Hall’s great shows. Why weren’t they having programs like this in the 70s? Maybe because Hollywood lost the knack for these kinds of entertainments and the Music Hall could no longer afford to produce Bolero.

I just missed out.

Almost got to see Music Man there in the late 70s there during their short revival period. It was announced but then right before it was to play it was cancelled and Gypsy replaced it which I’ve always liked and was happy to see at the Hall. Still would have preferred TMM.

vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 20, 2017 at 3:08 am

I know 500 people in the stage show is an exaggeration but at those ticket prices how much were those people paid?

The Music Hall really had to fill the house to make any money. I wonder how often Rockefeller subsidies had to kick in.

vindanpar commented about BOY NAMED CHARLIE BROWN on Aug 17, 2017 at 4:39 am

When I worked at the Hall in 70s I asked one of the usher supervisors what was the longest wait he knew of.

He said it was a Saturday during this run when people who got on line 11 in the morning did not get in until 7 in the evening.

Which means there were a lot of people who arrived in the afternoon who couldn’t even get into the final stage show that evening.

I assume this was the Music Hall’s last blockbuster holiday show. I’m sure for subsequent holiday shows the tickets were not in such high demand. Though I myself remember two hour waits at the max in the 70s.

vindanpar commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Aug 15, 2017 at 10:01 pm

My goodness this was nothing more than a 35mm cinemascope blown up?! That’s all Cinemiracle was?

vindanpar commented about Teaneck Cinemas on Aug 14, 2017 at 1:36 am

Wonderful single screen theater. Saw Sting here to a packed house.

vindanpar commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Aug 13, 2017 at 2:26 am

As per The Parent Trap ad:

In her autobio O'Hara’s story about the billing is pretty funny.

It was in her contract to have star billing which she does have. But as you can see Uncle Walt pulled a fast one on her. She was not happy. Her lawyer told her not to go near it. Walt would nail her to the wall.

vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 10, 2017 at 7:22 am

I think this is also the film where they do some of the laughing trio from the first scene of Cosi Fan Tutte.

Had he had an operatic stage career he could have been also a fine Mozartean tenor. It shows he would have had an extraordinary range from Otello to Ferrando. No tenor from this golden age of singing could have done such disparate demanding roles. He was unique.

vindanpar commented about Loew's Jersey Theatre on Aug 10, 2017 at 7:14 am

Like the interior of a Faberge Easter egg made for the imperial family.

vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 10, 2017 at 7:10 am

Entertaining film but for a man in his 30s he does not look good in this.

A great talent.

vindanpar commented about Astor Theatre on Aug 8, 2017 at 1:13 pm

I now see the picture I was referring to was posted March 3rd.

vindanpar commented about Roxy Theatre on Aug 3, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Hard to believe such a New York once existed.

And just within one city block.

vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 2, 2017 at 1:35 pm

I liked Doris Day. The material was embarrassing junk. And I didn’t say I didn’t think Norman Jewison wasn’t a good director. But having Garner sit on Pitts' bed in the middle of the night(idiotic)and her screaming and quitting her job. The whole stupid thing with the tomatoes. What did she have in the suburbs? A tomato farm? Arlene Francis an old woman pregnant…the kids in their dripping wet underwear, I could go on but if you like it what can I say? Even Day said a lot of her movies weren’t very good. This is one of them. Crude and vulgar and a harbinger of the dreadful stuff to come to the fore in the later 60s and 70s.

I won’t even going into the idiocy of the floating bubbles in the shape of naked ladies. You thought this was cute and funny? I though sheesh this is awful.

vindanpar commented about Chicago Theatre on Aug 2, 2017 at 3:04 am

Marsha Hunt is still with us and will be 100 in Oct.

vindanpar commented about Argyle Theatre on Aug 1, 2017 at 12:05 pm

Magnificent screen.

If there were only one like it today for 70mm festivals!

vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 30, 2017 at 2:07 am

One of those family smutty 60s comedies where Zasu Pitts accuses James Garner of attempted rape, a 58 year old Arlene Francis becomes pregnant and children run around in wet underwear. This is supposed to be hilarious.

Carl Reiner’s fingerprints are all over it.

Beyond bizarre.

vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 24, 2017 at 11:46 am

I wonder why we don’t have dancing accordionists any more. I bet he alone was worth the 99 cents.

vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 20, 2017 at 4:50 am

Note Conrad Ludlow a NYCB principal is featured with the ballet company.

The previous stage show with Prince and the Showgirl featured another of that company’s principals Melissa Hayden(who also ‘dubbed’ Claire Bloom’s body in Chaplin’s Limelight.)

vindanpar commented about Marquee in Color on Jul 19, 2017 at 4:46 pm

Whoever he is he’s very stylishly dressed.

vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 19, 2017 at 4:42 pm

Maybe it wasn’t ready but Affair should have replaced Designing Woman. Silk Stockings was a perfect Music Hall film and one at the top of my list if I could go back in time to see films there.

What I don’t understand is why it didn’t play Walk Don’t Run when the Music Hall could have used a Grant film in ‘66. There were so many mediocre films that year and it could have followed Million. Even the Times review of Walk asks that question.

vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm

I’ve never seen such a long timing for a stage show! The Rockettes and Madame Butterfly 4xs a day? Whew.

Even the audience must have left exhausted.

vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 7, 2017 at 7:38 pm

CC posted the Robin and Marian ad.

Probably the dreariest Easter show ever. Another what were they thinking film. Not that the Music Hall had much of a choice. Hepburn said, I could have done without the rotten apples at the end.'

Considering the seemingly endless acres of empty seats at every performance audiences could do without the film.

And what was truly astounding was that the stage show was in Black and white! An Easter show in black and white! It’s like everyone at the Hall had it in for the place.

I saw every Glory of Easter I could because it was so beautiful and the only thing that held on to what was great about the theater. When it was revived after the stage and screen show era they must have lost the original lighting charts because the lighting was pretty much lights on lights off. The lighting of the original which they kept through the 70s was gorgeous.

It was also I believe the last Easter show to have the religious icons on the choral stairs.

Would love to know who designed it and what year it was first presented. I think the first Easter show(Cavalcade second run) had a Good Friday tableaux.

vindanpar commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 1, 2017 at 9:57 pm

New Orleans' Whorehouse. Yes, exactly! That’s hilarious.

By the way I read somewhere in an interview with George Cukor probably sometime during the 70s and he couldn’t understand the love people had for the movie palaces. He thought they were pretty tacky!

vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 1, 2017 at 9:46 pm

Seems like it might have been even less.
With a final stage show at 9:30 and a final film at 9:58 and then you need to have at least a few minutes break this was very tight.

vindanpar commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jun 30, 2017 at 3:53 am

A large gaudy red wallpapered shoebox. With gold curtain and accents.

Never understood the love for this theater when there were the Rivoli, the Criterion and the Warner Cinerama still around into the 80s. Great theaters.

All of them were worth preserving but not this one. Yeah I know I’m in the minority but boy was I disappointed when I first entered it in ‘72.

I never got its mystique and I went quite a few times only because it often had movies I wanted to see. I just wished I was seeing them in other NY cinemas. Even east side places like Cinema 1, the Beekman, the Little Carnegie(ok midtown) and the Coronet were far superior.