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paulsp2 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jun 18, 2021 at 9:51 am

Yes, when I was last in NYC I had to stand on the opposite corner and tried to imagine how wonderful it must have looked compared to now. The book “The best remaining seats” by Ben Hall celebrates the Roxy with good illustrations including the one with Gloria Swanson. It makes almost painful reading to think the “Cathedral of the Motion Picture” could not have been saved for future generations.

paulsp2 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jun 17, 2021 at 7:45 am

Hard to believe it’s over half a century since the Capitol was destroyed. The demise of the Paramount a few years earlier really was the beginning of the end for the Times Square district as a great centre of entertainment. When I was a kid who would have thought that in my lifetime every one of the great Movie Palaces would be destroyed.

paulsp2 commented about RIVOLI Theatre; New York, New York. on Mar 11, 2021 at 5:23 pm

I agree completely with WilliamMcQuade. These idiot tourists who are drawn to a place that lives on a name only, everything that made Times Square so famous and the World centre of entertainment has gone. In fact so much that made the city a legendary place has now disappeared, it’s a case of plenty of outward show with little or no substance.

paulsp2 commented about Forum Theatre on Nov 23, 2020 at 1:42 pm

I can remember seeing the Russian production of “War and Peace” at this theatre. If I’m not mistaken the entire film had to be screened over 2 nights? That would have been in the late 60’s before it was twinned .

paulsp2 commented about Odeon Theatre on Nov 23, 2020 at 1:35 pm

Art Nouveau interior almost non existent in Brisbane but of course that didn’t save it from modernisation in the late 50’s when anything pre WW2 was considered unimportant.

paulsp2 commented about Paris Cinema on Nov 23, 2020 at 1:31 pm

Showcased The Sound of Music in 70mm in 1965 - the longest running film in Brisbane’s history. I think it ran for over 12 months.

paulsp2 commented about Plaza Theatre on Nov 23, 2020 at 1:27 pm

Magnificent auditorium should have been listed for preservation but that would have highly unlikely in the dark days of the 60’s when almost nothing could escape modernisation unless it was very ancient.

paulsp2 commented about Winter Garden Theatre on Oct 6, 2020 at 7:29 am

Another victim of Brisbane’s rebuilding of the City centre which saw the demise of all its theatres. The WGT was the largest when it opened in 1924 and was very much ahead of its time in view of the unusually large and ultra comfortable seats which were located in the balcony. With the opening of the George Cinema in the mid 60’s the owners, Greater Union Theatres, transferred their major releases to the new venue leaving the WGT with mostly short run releases.

paulsp2 commented about George Cinema on Oct 6, 2020 at 7:18 am

The George Cinema didn’t get off to a very good start in 1965 with the 70mm presentation of “Fall of the Roman Empire” which promised much but failed to deliver and was a box office failure though it managed a reasonable run probably because of the public interest in the large screen format. Sad that it had to close because it was a great venue to see big feature films on a large screen with excellent sound. I think the seating was around 700/750.

paulsp2 commented about The St James Theatre's sign on Oct 1, 2020 at 7:19 am

The Paris Theatre was the showcase for Fox’s “Sound of Music” in the mid 60’s. It enjoyed by far the longest continual run ever of any theatre in the city. Month after month saw daily queues up the street for the booking office, a sight never seen before or since.

paulsp2 commented about Plaza Theatre on Oct 1, 2020 at 6:33 am

I have very fond memories of the wonderful Plaza. When I was a kid I was taken to see “How the West was Won” in 3 strip Cinerama and of course it made a great impression which remains to this day. The last movie I saw there was “Ice Station Zebra” around 1971/72 . The subsequent closure/conversion marked the beginning of the decline of this once great entertainment area of Sydney. The great Regent and the beautiful Paramount were soon to follow to be replaced by complete shit.

paulsp2 commented about Regent Theatre on Apr 24, 2018 at 9:22 am

An icon on George street, I have fond memories of waiting what seemed like ages, in a Christmas time queue to see the movie “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” I was very young at the time but still can just remember the beauty of the interior. Outrageous that it was allowed to be demolished but that’s the price you pay, not for progress in this case, but rather corruption. If the current building on the site was demolished no one would even remember it, just a typical modern banality.

paulsp2 commented about Teatro Real on Nov 8, 2017 at 4:37 am

Walked by this building recently and immediately thought it might have once been a movie palace. Now I know all about it thanks to Cinema Treasures. At least the building still stands but the ground floor (like so many of Santiago’s grand old buildings) is a travesty to the memory of a once important icon of the city. The prophecy of doom so well described in the classic movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” has been fulfilled.

paulsp2 commented about Press image from 30 April 1927 announcing the new Tivoli's opening on Mar 1, 2017 at 4:40 pm

It seems that this movie theatre has been virtually forgotten. I don’t know exactly when it was demolished but it would have been around the early to mid 1960’s. Above the main auditorium there was a much smaller theatre known as the Roof Garden. This was a venue for generally non mass audience releases. I think the theatre was operated by the Greater Union Organisation who also had the Winter Garden in Queen Street and later the George which was probably built/totally renovated to replace the Tivoli around 1965/66.

paulsp2 commented about Regent Theatre on Dec 28, 2016 at 12:21 pm

The Brisbane Regent was possibly the finest Movie Palace in the Southern Hemisphere. There is no question that you would go to this beautiful theatre as much to see the place as to see whatever movie was playing. Brisbane was lucky to have been chosen to host Hoyts finest theatre and it’s a disgrace that the city couldn’t find a way to save it.

paulsp2 commented about Wintergarden Theatre on Aug 8, 2016 at 12:57 am

If anyone wants good photos of the interior of the Winter Garden Theatre try to get hold of Ross Thorne’s book – “Cinemas of Australia via U.S.A.” Great photos of Australia’s lost and in some cases still standing Movie Theatres. Glad to see the Sydney “State” still remains but the loss of the “Regent” and “Prince Edward” will be forever a tragedy. Cities are much the poorer without these magic places of entertainment.

paulsp2 commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 7, 2010 at 4:17 am

I must confess to having an almost obsessive interest in this marvellous theatre, in my opinion, going by what photos I have seen, the most beautiful ever built.
I don’t know if this has been mentioned above (so many posts)but it’s interesting to know that in an unlikely way the auditorium in very close replica exists in the Regent theatre Melbourne Australia,(now a live venue)
Although smaller (original seating around 3,300)and having its procenium “squared” after a disasterous fire in the late 40’s, the overall design is remarkably similar, the architect obviously having seen the Capitol prior to producing his designs.
This theatre was very nearly demolished in the 70’s having been saved and restored thanks to the efforts of some very determined and far sighted citizens – Melbourne city centre would be much the poorer without it just as New York is sans the Capitol, Roxy, Rivoli etc. etc. What a city it must have been circa 1950!! The “glitzy” new buildings are no replacement for what has been lost over the past 40 years or so.

paulsp2 commented about Roxy Theatre on Apr 8, 2010 at 9:25 am

In my opinion the destruction of the New York Roxy was nothing short of a crime against humanity! The greatest movie palace ever built should have been a world heritage site to be enjoyed by future generations, not just the few for 30 or so years.
A changing business climate certainly necessitated that many of the old palaces simply could not survive but the very best deserved to be saved at all costs, once it’s gone it’s gone!!

paulsp2 commented about Fox Theatre on Feb 27, 2008 at 12:47 pm

There will always be differing opinions as to which theatres were the greatest, most opulent, etc and there is no doubt that the S.F. Fox will be included but for my money Lamb’s New York Capitol has to be the most beautiful picture palace of them all – I am judging this from photos only as I never actually visited the theatre. Like many others it was altered (wrecked) in the 60’s but in its original state it was less over the top than many later palaces and was a supreme example of Thomas Lamb’s classic style.
It’s worth remembering that another of the truly greats still exists and is fighting for its life – I refer to the Chicago Uptown, again arguably Rapp and Rapp’s finest effort and in it’s way as fabulous as the much lamented SF FOX.

paulsp2 commented about Regent Theatre on Sep 18, 2004 at 11:39 am

I believe the procenium was altered after the fire in 1945. Apart from that the auditorium bears a remarkable resemblance to that of the much lamented “Capitol” on Broadway, New York City. Clearly the architect got his inspiration from this fabulous theatre.
Well New York lost its Capitol but Melbourne sensibly retained their great movie palace and the city centre is all the more interesting and vibrant for that!

paulsp2 commented about Brisbane City Cinemas on Sep 18, 2004 at 11:27 am

Its hard to believe that even the “new"Metro is no longer, not that it is obviously any loss as they completly destroyed the original.

I have an interior photo taken around 1966 when part of the auditorium ceiling collapsed due to an accident on the adjacent office building when under construction.

It was a reststrained art deco style, very attractive. The only problem with the old Metro was the acoustics at the back of the balcony, somehow the sound system did not cover this area adequately. Also the rear balcony seats were really too far from the screen as the theatre was quite deep in relation to its width.

Nevertheless it was a bad loss for Brisbane. When I was last in that city, some 9 years ago, the Albert st. area around the theatre had become very tacky from how I remembered, perhaps the old theatre had got its revenge!

paulsp2 commented about Regent Theatre on Sep 18, 2004 at 10:52 am

I was fortunate in the 1960’s to have a private view of the Regent before opening time one Saturday and managed to get a folio of good colour pictures of the interior- Gothic foyer, upstairs mezzanine lounge and of course the auditorium.
I had moved abroard by the time of the wrecking of the auditorium so thankfully only have memories of how wonderful it used to be!
I understand it is the only surviver of the city movie theatres, albeit in a reduced way, too bad it could not have been preserved as is the case with the Melbourne Regent.