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bigjoe59 commented about Criterion Theatre on Nov 24, 2020 at 8:28 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Hollywood on Nov 8, 2020 at 8:25 pm

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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 circuit.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Hollywood on Nov 7, 2020 at 10:44 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinerama Hollywood on Nov 7, 2020 at 8:59 pm

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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 engagement?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Nov 1, 2020 at 11:25 pm

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to Bill H.- you obviously live in New Jersey. what was Governor Murphy’s rationale behind letting movie theaters re-open?

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO National Twin on Nov 1, 2020 at 11:21 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about 34th Street East Theatre on Nov 1, 2020 at 11:05 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Nov 1, 2020 at 10:40 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO National Twin on Nov 1, 2020 at 10:24 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO National Twin on Nov 1, 2020 at 9:01 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Oct 31, 2020 at 10:50 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Oct 29, 2020 at 10:53 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Alpine Cinema on Oct 29, 2020 at 7:32 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Oct 17, 2020 at 11:48 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Ramrod Theatre on Oct 17, 2020 at 11:33 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Oct 17, 2020 at 11:09 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Halsey Theatre on Oct 16, 2020 at 11:35 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Halsey Theatre on Oct 15, 2020 at 8:36 pm

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the intro at top should point out this was if I’m not mistaken the first theater managed by Willian Fox.

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bigjoe59 commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 7, 2020 at 7:30 pm

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to ReadeLegacy- my friends and I always referred to the
Ziegfeld’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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Oct 7, 2020 at 7:07 pm

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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?

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bigjoe59 commented about Palace Theatre on Oct 6, 2020 at 8:22 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinema 1, 2 & 3 by Angelika on Sep 29, 2020 at 9:32 pm

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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.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinema 1, 2 & 3 by Angelika on Sep 29, 2020 at 8:34 pm

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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 mixed.

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bigjoe59 commented about Cinema 1, 2 & 3 by Angelika on Sep 18, 2020 at 10:12 pm

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I hate to sound like a broken record but was the escalator
fixed before the NYC movie theater lockdown on March 16th?
as I have stated before it had been out of service since
Oct. of 2018.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Sep 13, 2020 at 11:37 pm

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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.