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bigjoe59 commented about Market Street Cinema on Oct 8, 2021 at 10:31 pm

Hello From NYC-

to cjwin- I thank you for your previous replies. another question about moviegoing in San Francisco. for many many years many of the premiere 1st rum theaters in S.F. were on Market St.. but by my
first visit the Spring of 1980 not so much. my question- would you happen to know the last time one the grand old movie theaters on Market St. hosted the 1st run engagement of a big studio film?

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Sep 22, 2021 at 8:39 pm

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it seems even the 30s had exploitation flicks.

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bigjoe59 commented about Booth Theatre on Sep 21, 2021 at 10:59 pm

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I saw the recent Tony Award winning revival of The Boys in the Band twice and can’t imagine how in God’s name they installed even a 1.33.1 aspect ration screen in this theater. if one was in the 1st row you’d have to tilt your head backward to see the screen.

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bigjoe59 commented about Market Street Cinema on Sep 3, 2021 at 10:21 pm

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at one time San Francisco had a number of gay porn theaters. this was certainly true over the 25 year period mentioned in my previous post. the most prominent being the Nob Hill Theater. with the recent closing of the Nob Hill are there any gay theaters left in San Francisco?

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bigjoe59 commented about Market Street Cinema on Aug 28, 2021 at 9:35 pm

Hello from NYC-

I came out to San Francisco every Spring from 1980-2004. in my first trip the Spring of 1980 this was already an adult theater. I was wondering before this theater went adult what was the last studio film to open?

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bigjoe59 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 28, 2021 at 8:59 pm

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to Bill H.- thanks for your reply. I was just wondering if you’ve ever come across any movie souvenir programs that were hardcover other than the 14 I mentioned.

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bigjoe59 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 26, 2021 at 8:29 pm

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to Bill H.-

recently we were discussing our movie souvenir program/ brochure collections. in my collection 14 of the souvenir programs/brochures are hardcover- Around the World in 80 Days South Pacific Windjammer Ben-Hur The Alamo Spartacus King of Kings El Cid The Wonderful World pf the Brothers Grimm Mutiny on the Bounty How the West Was Won My Fair lady The Greatest Story Ever Told Hawaii

did you ever come across others that were hardcover?

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bigjoe59 commented about Westchester Theatre on Aug 14, 2021 at 5:25 pm

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if 2255 Westchester Ave. which is a really old building was not
in fact the Westchester Theater than I find it fascinating that a building which is quite similar to the Westchester Theater was built at the same tine only a few blocks away.

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bigjoe59 commented about Avalon Theatre on Aug 14, 2021 at 5:14 pm

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especially in the Bronx I bet more movie theaters were done in by the introduction of tv into the American home than the neighborhoods changing.

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bigjoe59 commented about Westchester Theatre on Aug 12, 2021 at 11:05 pm

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I passed by Westchester Ave. the other day and was stroke by the striking similarity though with a modernized street level front of 2255 Westchester Ave. to the photo above. is it at all possible that 2255 Westchester Ave. is in fact the Westchester Theater and the address of 2319 is wrong? if not then whoever built the Westchester Theater built an almost identical building a few blocks away.

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Aug 8, 2021 at 10:29 pm

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they are changing the entrance of the Palace from 7th Ave. between 46th and 47th Sts. to 47th St. between 7th and 6th Aves. the entrance to the Empire(originally the Eltinge) wasn’t changed its still on 42 St. between 7th and 8th Aves.

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Aug 7, 2021 at 8:20 pm

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to vindanpar-

I guess great minds think alike. a few years ago when I heard what the Nederlander Org. was going to do all I could think of was the Palace collapsing onto 7th.Ave. I sincerely hope no other theater organizations have similar plans.

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bigjoe59 commented about Liberty Theatre on Aug 5, 2021 at 7:50 pm

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the intro at top makes it appear this theater never showed films till 1933. which of course not true. this theater held the exclusive first run engagements of some of the most prominent films of the silent era. The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance and The Thief of Baghdad among them.

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Aug 5, 2021 at 6:22 pm

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Cleopatra’s roadshow engagement at this theater lasted I believe 63 weeks. now for how much of that 63 week run was the original 4hr. cut used?

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Warner Twin Theatre on Aug 3, 2021 at 11:45 pm

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to CCMPI- thanks for your reply. I’m sure every film ever made has had cuts of various lengths made during the editing/post production process. but to be referred to as the “original cut” I would say it would have to have been shown theatrically regardless for how short a period of time. for instance the original roadshow cut of 2001 played the Capitol for a week before Kubrick ordered cuts. so why would both IMDB and Wikipedia refer to The Greatest Story Ever Told’s “original cut” for its Cinerama roadshow engagements as being 4hrs. 20mins. when as you state such a cut never existed?

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bigjoe59 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 3, 2021 at 11:23 pm

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to CCMPI- thanks for your reply. as I mentioned the cut which played neighborhood theaters around NYC was 3hrs. 15mins. but the cut used for its reissue at this theater in 1971 was even shorter based on the screening times mentioned in the ad. why reissue the film in a much shorter cut? the ad is slightly deceiving in that it makes it appear you’ll be seeing the same print that played the Rivoli.

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bigjoe59 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 3, 2021 at 10:35 pm

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to vindanpar- you are quite correct. Cleopatra’s roadshow cut at its World Premiere at the Rivoli June 12, 1963 was 4hrs. which is the same cut beautifully restored on the 2013 blu-ray disc set. the point I was making is simple. I had thought the 3hr. 15min. cut which played neighborhood theaters around NYC was the shortest cut of the film that ever played theaters. but the cut used for its 1971 reissue at this theater was even shorter. I wonder if Dorothy Spencer supervised all the various edits of the film?

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Warner Twin Theatre on Aug 2, 2021 at 11:43 pm

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when The Greatest Story Ever Told premiered here Feb.15,1965 what was the running tome at the premiere? the IMDB page for the film says the original Cinerama print was 260mins. or 4hrs. 20mins.. the 4hr. 20min. running time is also noted on the Wikipedia page for the film. was the twice noted original run time of 4hrs. 20mins. ever used during the film’s roadshow run at this theater?

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bigjoe59 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 2, 2021 at 8:12 pm

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the cut of Cleopatra which played here in 1971 must have been a very cut version. the general release print which played neighborhood theaters around NYC was 3hrs. 15mins.. I saw it the Valentine Theater in the Bronx which played Fox’s big films. for this 1971 re-release was even shorter since performances were very 3hrs. mins..

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bigjoe59 commented about Paris Theatre on Aug 1, 2021 at 8:18 pm

Hello- what is the longest running film to play here in recent years? I say its Call Me By Your Name which opened Thanksgiving week 2017 and played till the first week of April 2018.

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bigjoe59 commented about Egyptian Theatre on Jul 29, 2021 at 11:45 pm

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how long was Hawaii’s roadshow engagement at this
theater?

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bigjoe59 commented about St. Francis Theatre & Baronet Theatre on Jul 29, 2021 at 9:44 pm

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in reference to my 6/20/19 post has anyone been able to figure out why The Ten Commandments roadshow run at this theater only lasted 12 weeks when it lasted for well over a year in other cities such a NYC?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jul 15, 2021 at 8:48 pm

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was the reissue of Windjammer which played the Capitol the Spring of 1964 in the 70MM process or the original 3-panel system.

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bigjoe59 commented about Westchester Theatre on Jul 13, 2021 at 8:38 pm

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there’s some debate as to what was the first purpose built movie theater in the Bronx. if the date of 1903 is correct than its this theater. if not than it would be the Nicoland designed by Thomas Lamb which opened in 1908.

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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 12, 2021 at 11:16 pm

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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.