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to vindanpar- I guess great minds think alike. after
reading oknazevad’s 11/24 comment I was just about to
note that the live theater space used by the Roundabout
Theater Company was never part of the movie theater
proper. if I remember correctly at the time the space
opened it was stated it was unused storage space or the
like. its kind of like the Orleans at the Warner. the
theater proper was twined and the Orleans was created
from storage space used for when the theater also
presented life acts.
if a film was tweaked during its roadshow run in
Manhattan I assume it happened in L.A. as well. now
I knew 2001 and IAMMMMW were tweaked while still
in their roadshow runs in Manhattan at respectively
the Loews Capitol and the Warner but I wasn’t
Lawrence of Arabia was tweaked while still in its
roadshow run at the Criterion. I assumed it was
tweaked before it played the neighborhood theater
it is my understanding that IAMMMMW was tweaked when it was
still in its roadshow at the Warner in Manhattan. when they
made the circuit of neighborhood theaters around NYC after
they finished their original roadshow runs films would be
tweaked or not depending on how they were. but I never
understood the point to tweaking a film when it was still
in its roadshow run.
this question has probably already been asked but I would
appreciate if some one provided the answer again. how long ‘
did the original 3hr. 12min. cut play during the roadshow
to Bill H.- you obviously live in New Jersey. what was
Governor Murphy’s rationale behind letting movie theaters
to Al A.- thanks again for your font of knowledge. is it
possible AIW was shot as an actual porn film and then edited
to get an official X rating so it could play regular
movie theaters? in the late 70s I distinctly remember there
was a fairy tale based film that was shot as an actual porn
film but edited to get the official X rating. since you
said AIW was shot as a soft-core film what film might I
being thinking about?
Hello-to Al A.-
I have been searching these pages and can’t find the Trans Lux
East. its not listed under the Gotham either. do you know what
name its listed under?
I haven’t been to a movie since i saw Onward at the
AMC 19th St. on Sat. March 14th. I would love to go to
the movies again. since everyone would be masked and
cleaning would be done between screenings and the
capacity would be capped at 25& I’d go. what do my
fellow NYC moviegoers say?
to markp- thanks for your reply. I could swear AIW was an
actual porn film. I might be confusing it with a similar
fairy tale based porn film.
I’m sure at one time or another all the 1st run theaters in
the Times Square area showed what were known as exploitation
films. but I never remembered this theater showing actual
porn. in the photo section is an ad for Alice in Wonderland
which was am actual porn film. or though it had an X rating
was it a cleaned up version?
to Bill H.- thanks for your reply. movie theaters in NYC
have been closed since March 16th. there’s a YouTube channel
that reviews films i like quite a bit. someone from
Canada write in saying he had seen the film 3 times in
IMAX and he and his friends were going back this weekend.
I can’t believe a Christopher Nolan film can be that
uneven. hopefully theaters in NYC will re-open soon so I
can judge for myself.
to hdtv267. in your reply to moviebuff82’s comment on
wanting to see Tenet in this theater’s IMAX auditorium
you say “ its a bad film no matter what format its shown
in”. NYC movie theaters have been closed since Mon. 3/16.
so might I ask where you saw Tenet?
its nice the owner of this theater is using the down time
to upgrade this theater. so the oldest continually operated
movie theater in NYC will be it tip top shape when it
re-opens. I hope other theater owners are doing likewise.
on page 1 of the photo second is an ad for this theater as
the Mark 1,2,3 showing war films. now I have used the TKTS
booth since the day it opened. to which if you stood on the
line on the right side of the booth you looked directly
at the marquee for this theater. I never remember Mark 1,2,3
being on the marquee. anyone ever come across a photo?
I just watched the new Netflix film of The Boys in
the Band which uses the cast from the 2018 Tony winning
revival. the character of Cowboy in the 2018 revival
and the Netflix film is played by Charlie Carver. this
reminded me of Robert La Tourneaux who played Cowboy
in the original long running Off-Bway production and
the 1970 film version. in 1978? He did a live strip
show here. he was great but it was sad he was so typecast
by the character of Cowboy that his career stalled.
on page 2 of the photo section is an ad for the continuous
performances at popular prices engagement of Cleopatra. this
was after its lengthy roadshow run at the Rivoli. now the
ad does not contain the often used catchphrase “nothing cut
but the prices”. so I’m guessing this engagement used the
same 3hr. 15min. edit that I saw at the Valentine Theater
in the Bronx.
to walterk thanks for your reply. The Man Who Made The
Movies a bio of Fox by Vanda Krefft is one of my favorite
movie history books ever. I could swear she said the Halsey
was the 1st theater Fox managed with the Dewey the 1st
he managed in Manhattan.
also I’m surprised the Halsey close as early as 1943. most
neighborhood theaters in the Bronx took yearsssss to be done
in by t.v.. so I find it interesting the Halsey closed
up a good 5/6 years before t.v. even came about.
the intro at top should point out this was if I’m not
mistaken the first theater managed by Willian Fox.
to ReadeLegacy- my friends and I always referred to theZiegfeld’s décor as Victorian Bordello.
also on pg. 2 of the photo section second row is a photo
of the marquee for Les Misérables. I saw the film the day
after Christmas(Dec.26) 2012 and all the marquee had was
plain block letters spelling out the title. I thought to
myself they could have at least had big block letters in
the same type face as used in the as. but here we have
the marquee with a full panel which was not up the day I
saw it. wouldn’t they have put up a full panel before the
film opened not after?
thanks to Cine Tech for your detailed post. though I saw
the 1969 re-issue at the Palace twice I don’t remember how
different it was from the Nov. 1959 cut which premiered at
the Loews State. was the fact that the June 1969 roadshow
re-issue the Palace was an edited version ever mentioned
in the publicity prior to the engagement?
in fact I saw the 10th Anniversary Re-Issue of Ben-Hur twice.
I remember the size of the screen was large and the sound was
great but I can’t be sure how the picture and sound related
to the technical specifics you asked about.
they did sell a souvenir program that was the same as the
1959 original expect is was softcover rather than hardcover.
also this site is acting really odd. you posted your question
on May 21 yet I didn’t get the notification from CT until
today Oct. 6th.
hdtv267 will probably post a witty sarcastic reply to this
post but was the escalator fixed before the movie theater
shutdown on Mon. March 16th.? its a simple question.
since I believe in free speech I have to accept your
slightly curt replies to it seems all of my posts.
to which since having a working escalator is part of good
theater management it would be a critique on the uneven
degree of proper management at this theater if by the
theater shutdown on Mon. March 16th the escalator which
had been out of order since Oct. 2018 still hadn’t been
I hate to sound like a broken record but was the escalatorfixed before the NYC movie theater lockdown on March 16th?as I have stated before it had been out of service sinceOct. of 2018.
to Cine Tech. last nite I watched the Criterion blu-ray
and enjoyed it yet again. in terms of the richness of the
colors and the crispness, clarity and sharpness of the
picture image and audio tracks it was everything I’d
want in a blu-ray disc of a film from 1953. plus according
to the extras the restoration was dome in conjunction
with Paramount. so without getting too technical could
you please again explain your main problem with the Criterion blu-ray. thanks.