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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on May 2, 2022 at 1:52 pm

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since discovering this wonderful site I decided to see what grand old theaters built in the U.S. between 1914-1941 were still alive and well. there is of course the Castro in San Francisco but that was built from the get go as a 2nd/3rd run neighborhood theater. I was interested in what grand old movie theater(s) built from the get go as a 1st run venue had continued to operate as such since the day it opened. the only one I have found so far in my research is this theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Warner Twin Theatre on Apr 26, 2022 at 3:54 pm

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to Al A.- your replies are lways welcome. a question- you don’t think Porgy and Bess never having been released on home video has anything to do with being to use a current term “a problematic film”?

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Warner Twin Theatre on Apr 26, 2022 at 3:10 pm

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to Al A.-

as always I thank you for your quick reply. as you said the print you saw was fine which prompts a question- why has it never been issued om home video?

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Warner Twin Theatre on Apr 26, 2022 at 1:01 pm

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recently I was thinking about all the roadshow engagements this theater hosted in the 1952-1972 period. many of the films won Oscars. then I realized all the films have been released on home video except Porgy and Bess. I then looked at the film’s Wikipedia page to find out a reason why. it states no good quality print of the film is known to exist. is that possible?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 23, 2022 at 3:47 pm

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Otto Preminiger’s film The Cardinal opened here Dec. 1963 on a roadshow engagement. did his film In Harm’s Way open here as well?

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bigjoe59 commented about Boyd Theatre on Apr 17, 2022 at 4:20 pm

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to MSC77- since its not listed by such a name what theater listed was known as The Trans-Lix during the roadshow run of Those Magnificent Men………….

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bigjoe59 commented about Pacific 1-2-3 on Apr 13, 2022 at 12:51 pm

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as I asked in Nov. 2019 is the theater just boarded up sitting there gathering dust?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Apr 6, 2022 at 4:27 pm

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I guess great minds do think alike. I was just about to post my review of the beyond stellar blu-ray of The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. it was quite nice to get it in both Letterbox and Smilebox versions.

as vindanpar said since Eden, Bloom and Tamblyn though older are alive and well why weren’t they interviewed?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 6, 2022 at 2:50 pm

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to Al A.-

many thanks for your learned take on the subject. an interesting note on The Loves of Isadora. the only engagement the original cut or proposed roadshow cut of the film in the entire U.S. was at the now El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Blvd.

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bigjoe59 commented about Landmark at 57 West on Apr 5, 2022 at 1:48 pm

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I would love to know why the big wigs at Landmark Theaters
decided to build a theater soooooooo far west. I mean when
you exit the theater walk a few feet to your right and you’re
in the middle of the West Side Highway.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Apr 4, 2022 at 3:01 pm

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to Al A.-

I have often lauded you on your considerable font of knowledge,
to which a question. what are your thoughts on why a studio
would exhibit a film on a roadshow basis in one major city
but not another major city?

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bigjoe59 commented about Landmark at 57 West on Apr 4, 2022 at 2:54 pm

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I went here twice in the first year and on both occasions the staff outnumbered the patrons. I really liked the up to date sound and projection facilities. as I stated previously even if the pandemic had not happened this theater was on shaky ground.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 25, 2022 at 4:40 pm

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to Mikeoaklandpark- per your comment I find it fascinating that a big studio film would open on a roadshow engagement in one big city but not another big city. I wonder how often that happened?

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 24, 2022 at 4:00 pm

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to Al A. - thanks for validating me asking the question that I asked about Hawaii. since the film’s theatrical life is linked to this theater I thought it a perfectly reasonable question to ask.

also to vindanpar- with current digital technology in film restoration anything is possible. my point being the original roadshow cut of Hawaii does exist(and in rather decent condition) and was even listed as an extra in standard def on the Twilight disc. so fans of the film would like to know why two home video companies insist on using the general release cut for the HD transfers for their blu-ray discs.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 22, 2022 at 2:29 pm

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to Comfortably Cool- thanks for your reply. I can’t tell you where I read it but I can swear I read that Hawaii broke even.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 22, 2022 at 12:39 pm

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to a fellow poster who obviously doesn’t know the history of this theater. “Hawaii” is one of the most successful roadshow engagements to play this theater.

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bigjoe59 commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Mar 21, 2022 at 4:25 pm

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a few years back Twilight Time released a blu-ray disc of Hawaii but botched it by using the general release cut rather than the original roadshow which did exist. now another blu-ray disc of Hawaii is coming out but like Twilight Time did the new company is botching it by again using the general release cut. the original roadshow cut exits why not use it?

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bigjoe59 commented about Rivoli Theatre on Feb 27, 2022 at 3:12 pm

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South Pacific’s roadshow run which started at the Criterion moved here at some point. it would be interesting for a 1st person account of seeing it here on the curved screen installed specifically for films shot in Todd-AO as opposed to what I assume was a flat screen at the Criterion.

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bigjoe59 commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Feb 27, 2022 at 2:58 pm

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to bad a remastered blu-ray disc of WSS wasn’t issued for the 60th
Anni. last October 2021. the currently available blu-ray from say 10? years ago contains a huge mistake that did not occur on any previous home video version of the film.

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Feb 24, 2022 at 3:41 pm

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to Peter A.- thanks for the link. what I’m still a tad confused by is if the water damage was as severe as originally reported won’t that still appear to some degree even on a “restored” blu-ray disc?

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bigjoe59 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Feb 23, 2022 at 3:20 pm

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I just read the Warner Archive Collection is releasing a blu-ray disc of The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm on March 29. shortly after the stellar blu-ray disc of How The West Was Won was released the Fall of 2008 I asked on several sites that reviewed blu-ray discs when The Wonderful ……. would be coming out. most said probably never since the original camera negative had bad/severe water damage and Warner Bros. probably wouldn’t expend the $$$ necessary to do a COMPLETE restoration. so what is the Warner Archive Collection using as their source for the HD transfer???

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bigjoe59 commented about Movieland on Feb 20, 2022 at 12:06 pm

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is this the theater where the 1928 part-talkie version of Showboat opened?

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bigjoe59 commented about Cosmo Theatre on Feb 10, 2022 at 1:36 pm

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does the supermarket occupy just the entrance and lobby areas or does it occupy the entire auditorium section as well?

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bigjoe59 commented about Playpen Theatre on Feb 4, 2022 at 2:08 pm

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I am not aware of exactly when actual porn debuted. to which on pg.1 of the photo section ads for such films as Vapors, Erotic Salad and Post-Graduate. I’m guessing by the dates given for the ads that they were exploitation films and not actual porn.

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bigjoe59 commented about RKO Warner Twin Theatre on Jan 19, 2022 at 3:32 pm

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to MSC77- thanks for the new link. it worked perfectly. a few comments/questions.

*after reading the article I’m assuming the reason the Todd-AO 70MM print of the original roadshow cut used in the festival wasn’t used for the blu-ray is it was too faded?

*also during this theater’s 70M festival in the late 70s what print was used for South Pacific the original Todd-AO roadshow cut or the general release print?

*The Agony and the Ecstasy is one of my favorite historical epics. it would have been amazing to see the original Todd-AO roadshow cut in 70MM on the large curved screen.