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SethLewis commented about Cinema Nord-Sud on Nov 12, 2013 at 9:02 am

A survivor of a single screen in a mostly residential neighbourhood…in the 70s would play move-overs of popular foreign films in original version

SethLewis commented about Cinema Splendid on Nov 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

In French and German no less…

SethLewis commented about Cinema Plaza on Nov 11, 2013 at 10:52 am

This was the roadshow showplace when I lived in Geneva…Three aisles…huge screen I am guessing 700 + seats…Saw Rod Steiger in Waterloo, Alec Guinness as Hitler (some kind of theme there), Fiddler on the Roof, Twiggy The Boy Friend, Mad Max 1, Louis de Funes in his Gendarme film there…Mondays and Tuesdays films were shown in OV (Original Version) so English usually…French the rest of the week Lots of room inside for hand painted coming attraction posters and very oddly a coming attraction displayed across the front of the proscenium…For better or for worse they do not make them like this anymore

SethLewis commented about Pathe Flon on Nov 11, 2013 at 1:51 am

This looks like it has absorbed the closures on this side of town…the Eldorado, the massive Metropole, the quirky Belair…shows mostly French language versions of first-run blockbusters so that it can day date with Pathe Galeries in OV The centrepiece of a recently redeveloped area for Lausanne nightlife easily accessible by metro

SethLewis commented about Cinema City Club on Nov 11, 2013 at 1:49 am

A fun little lake side theatre…Saw La Balance – a great French cops and pimps picture big b.o. here in 1983

SethLewis commented about Cinema du Bourg on Nov 11, 2013 at 1:47 am

Glad someone has added this!

A great if not the most comfortable art house in my Lausanne days that balanced popular arthouse and first run studio pictures…Up a flight of stairs, almost directly across from the iconic Pizzeria Mario and steps from Tea Room Tony

Saw Les Petites Fugues (a big Swiss hit in 1982-3), Ordinary People (a 12 week run), Whose Life Is It Anyway, Isaac Stern in China here…probably a couple of others

SethLewis commented about Vue West End on Nov 5, 2013 at 8:59 am

A lovely trip to the London Film Festival for a Sunday afternoon showing of Enough Said

SethLewis commented about Cinema 3 on Nov 5, 2013 at 4:38 am

Saw A Wedding, Broadcast News, Moonlighting, Field of Dreams here A good old school upscale film going experience

NYC had this for 10-15 years while London had the Minema for nearly 30 in front of the Berkeley Hotel

SethLewis commented about Cinema ABC 1,2,3,4. on Nov 5, 2013 at 2:20 am

Saw Star Trek here in June 2009…in much better shape now than in my time here in the early 80s…great projection and even a three minute intermission!

SethLewis commented about Cinema Bellevaux on Nov 5, 2013 at 2:00 am

There is a great independent ethos about this theatre. When I lived in Lausanne in the early 80s plenty of indies, foreign films, revivals…Today the website talks about opening the screen only a few minutes before hand and not selling ice cream in the winter to manage costs and natural resources Long may it survive in a market which historically had a couple more of these e.g the Bourg and the Lido and which loves movies

SethLewis commented about Cinema Capitole on Nov 3, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Lived in Lausanne in the early 80s…this was a great showplace with mostly Paramount/Universal/MGM programming…the old CIC later UIP circuit…The theatre was run by a distinguished older lady Lucienne Schegg about whome the documentary La Petite Dame du Capitole was made–/id_film/2146532586 Saw Reds and Victor Victoria here on long runs…What was also quite solid was that English language versions were shown Mondays and Tuesdays – you could set your watch by it

SethLewis commented about Beekman Theatre on Oct 28, 2013 at 2:28 am

The East Side needs these screens badly…the layout and raking is old school and a new build would probably have squeezed three screens in…not for the better Nice memories of seeing Goldie Hawn & Chevy Chase and The First Family back to back…ET (with simultaneous Portuguese translation behind me)…Rainman…Internal Affairs

SethLewis commented about Odeon Luxe London Leicester Square on Sep 23, 2013 at 11:49 am

It is a shame that they never have gotten the seating right in here…great screen and atmosphere just uncomfortable to sit in the stalls…it would be worth it to trim capacity a bit and make it that much more comfortable

Great memories over the years…Live and Let Die opening week…More recently City Slickers, Philadelphia, The Age of Innocence, Titanic, Men in Black, Finding Nemo, the last Batman, Remains of the Day opening night LFF

SethLewis commented about Hammersmith Odeon restored to Art Deco design on Sep 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Ride past it every night…looks great through the windows…not convinced about the branding on the marquee…too small in proportion and not very glam…but then again my favourite memories are of it as the Hammersmith Odeon

SethLewis commented about Cinema 1, 2 & 3 by Angelika on Aug 28, 2013 at 12:31 am

Any knowledge of what is happening here…the website shows no films after this Thursday with Jobs and The Butler moving over to the Beekman…refurbishment or God forbid closing

SethLewis commented about Odeon Haymarket on Jul 24, 2013 at 1:48 pm

One of the few cinemas I have ever been turned away from twice for technical difficulties – a flood once on a Sunday night for Glengarry Glen Ross and on another occasion for Ramblin Rose…for a class cinema they had a hard time maintaining it…still saw A Private Function on first run exclusive here,Bob Roberts, Glengarry, Reversal of Fortune, Woody Allen’s Alice, The X Files day dating with Leicester Sq

SethLewis commented about Movie theaters in airports unlikely on Jul 12, 2013 at 11:51 am

Paris Orly had a single screen cinema the Publicis Orly at least until the mid 70s…The programming was generally French usually first run with what was on the Champs Elysees

SethLewis commented about Sutton Theater on Jun 8, 2013 at 10:57 am

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sicilian Clan, The 3 Stooges Review,Network,Cuckoo’s Nest, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety gives you some indication of the quality of the bookings this theatre got in first run

SethLewis commented about Big Cinemas Manhattan on Jun 8, 2013 at 10:54 am

Opened as the D.W.Griffith with a festival of films by the great man himself with live organ accompaniment…Saw Birth of a Nation there…

SethLewis commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Jun 8, 2013 at 10:45 am

The Fine Arts had some interesting first run bookings in the 60s and 70s…the very first run of Mel Brooks' The Producers (my mom and I went on the first Monday at 11am), The Charge of the Light Brigade in road show (school trip on a Saturday morning), Fritz the Cat (day dating with the Victoria on Broadway), Truffaut’s Two English Girls… A neat little cluster of theatres with a similar purpose and audience – the Plaza, the Festival and the Fine Arts

SethLewis commented about Rivoli Theatre on May 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Never made it to a road show in the Rivoli but was there for Jaws on Saturday night 10:30 show high up in the rafters second day of release…a great audience experience highlighted by a lady in a very very green suit – a hostess from Air Pistachio as per my friend JC’s comments United Artists never really got the good Broadway bookings after that – most went to Loews Astor Plaza and State or the Criterion multiplex…the house met a sad end as the United Artists 1 and 2

SethLewis commented about MGM Oxford Street on May 4, 2013 at 4:27 am

Even at its best this was one of the lesser cinema experiences in London…Saw Manhattan in 1979 on first run here but enjoyed far more in the spaciousness of the Leroy (now Vendome) in Brussels

SethLewis commented about CMX New York East 62nd Street on May 1, 2013 at 12:20 pm

As ordinary as this cinema is…was there last year and saw The Descendants…it breaks my heart that Eastsiders have to cross town or hit Times Square to go the movies…this is barely 20 years old this complex

SethLewis commented about Bow Tie Cinemas to acquire Clearview on Apr 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm

This is good news for cinema goers. Bow Tie has evolved from B.S. Moss and are third generation cinema operators. Reflecting on the names I have witnessed over the years in Manhattan cinema listings – Brandt, Pozin, Lesser, Loews, Elson, RKO, Rugoff/Cinema 5, Reade, Cineplex Odeon, Cinecom, Brecher/Town, Clearview, City Cinemas and more recently Regal and AMC, welcome Bow Tie!

I know this is wishful thinking but we can only for some new screens on the UES!

SethLewis commented about United Artists 64th & 2nd Avenue on Nov 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

This closing was a shock…Remember seeing Last Picture Show the opening attraction here in a crowded Saturday afternoon show…also over the years Images & The Three Musketeers (back to back in both screens), The Last Detail, then as the Gemini Buddy Holly Story, Midnight Express, Air America, Total Recall

The marquees when it was the Columbia and Gemini were quite primitive and they were always trying to wedge on coming attractions…the poster cases were often filled with homestyle posters rather than the studios 4 sheets but this was a reliable house with mostly Columbia, then later Universal, Fox and Warner product with the odd indy as filler

Was never a fan of United Artists as opposed to the local chains Rugoff and Walter Reade…they never felt as sophisticated but am genuinely sad to see another Upper East Side haunt of my youth going