Comments from Mike (saps)

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Mike (saps) commented about Scranton Art Haus on May 22, 2024 at 10:26 pm

I know the CT webpage for this obscure little theater in downtown Scranton is an odd place for my rant; I should probably copy and paste it on every theater that I go to. I know I should probably speak to the staff while I’m at the theater, but speaking to anyone less than that top guy is useless and even if you can find him or her they just shrug their shoulders. They change the bulbs when the projector tells them to. End of story.

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Mike (saps) commented about Scranton Art Haus on May 22, 2024 at 10:22 pm

Funny coincidence, I just went to this place on their discount Tuesday, and while everything is lovely and sophisticated, it suffers from the same problem that almost every other theater has, both independent and chain theaters, which is that the projection is too dim. Nothing seems to be projected at 100%. I was in screen seven for The Fall Guy and it was decent projection but not perfect; many outdoor scenes were hazy. I took a look at screen six where Challengers was playing, which I have seen twice now in other theaters, and it was much, much darker than it should have been. I don’t care how luxe the theater is, or how shabby, but if the image on the screen is not as bright and clear as the TV at home in my bedroom, then what is the point of going to the movies? At least for the first 80 years of cinema projection, the carbon arcs kept the image bright; now Management tries to get as much life out of these bulbs as possible to the detriment of the movie goer. I don’t think the filmmakers realize how carelessly their pictures are being presented, they see the rushes and work prints and final product in their screening rooms, which no doubt operate at peak efficiency. They should get out to the neighborhoods and see what kind of presentation is actually on offer.

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Mike (saps) commented about Orpheum Theatre on May 18, 2024 at 3:35 pm

Is it still partially a children’s science museum?

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Mike (saps) commented about Criterion Theatre on Apr 30, 2024 at 10:09 pm

I’ve probably said this before, but those five basement theaters were the most dreadful houses in all of New York, much worse than the faded beauties and utilitarian newcomers on 42nd Street. Water leaks, puddles, mold and mildew, rats, uncomfortable seats and small screens. Egads!

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Mike (saps) commented about Carousel Theatre on Apr 28, 2024 at 8:15 pm

Saw this story on NBC News tonight

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Mike (saps) commented about Jamaica Multiplex Cinemas on Apr 13, 2024 at 8:22 pm

Re: article posted ¼/24: The last sentence recommends alternative independent cinemas, including the Fair in East Elmhurst.

Yes, I highly recommend the Fair for an “alternative” moviegoing experience.

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Mike (saps) commented about Brooklyn Paramount on Feb 24, 2024 at 9:16 am

There are more pictures on their website, but you have to dig to find them.

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Mike (saps) commented about SIFF Cinema Downtown on Feb 16, 2024 at 11:31 pm

You are correct, sir.

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Mike (saps) commented about RKO Boston Theatre on Feb 6, 2024 at 8:08 pm

That was an amazing set a photographs.

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Mike (saps) commented about St. George Theatre on Dec 28, 2023 at 8:08 pm

The PBS show Treasures of New York about this theater is being re-run on Tuesday, January 2, 2024 at 5 PM, channel 21 in the NY area.

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Mike (saps) commented about Paris Theatre on Dec 28, 2023 at 5:37 pm

571 seats does not a palace make.

That being said, it is for sure a cinema treasure.

(I was pleased to see a half page ad for this theater in last Friday’s New York Times. Maybe somebody can post that ad here…?)

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Mike (saps) commented about Radio City Music Hall on Dec 26, 2023 at 12:18 am

Question: Did Ann-Margret ever appear on stage in a car during the run of Bye Bye Birdie? A friend says he distinctly remembers her live appearance, maybe it was at the premiere? Anyone know?

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Mike (saps) commented about Tiki Theatre on Dec 6, 2023 at 12:40 pm

New article about this theater in the LA Times 12/5/23. Link is via MSN:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/inside-the-last-porn-theater-in-los-angeles/ar-AA1l1Dby

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Mike (saps) commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Oct 25, 2023 at 9:47 pm

Does anyone know what year this theater was renovated with recliners?

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Mike (saps) commented about El Portal Theatre on Oct 11, 2023 at 9:38 pm

This theater’s exterior is featured in a new TV commercial for the deodorant Secret.

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Mike (saps) commented about Fair Theatre on Sep 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

Have I stayed too long at the Fair…?

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Mike (saps) commented about Paris Theatre on Aug 11, 2023 at 4:12 pm

Al to the rescue, as usual…!

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Mike (saps) commented about Roxy Theatre on Aug 9, 2023 at 8:59 am

Here the buildup really begins…

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Mike (saps) commented about Cinemark Montage Mountain 20 and XD on Jul 26, 2023 at 10:14 am

It seems as though this theaters name has been changed to Cinemark Montage Mountain 20 and XD

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Mike (saps) commented about Capitol Theatre on Jul 12, 2023 at 11:49 pm

Today it’s partially submerged.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Crossbay I on Jul 6, 2023 at 2:36 pm

Sadly fitting, since most people watch movies sitting or lying in their beds nowadays.

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Mike (saps) commented about UA Crossbay I on Jul 4, 2023 at 10:50 pm

Since modells is closed, what is in the space now?

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Mike (saps) commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jun 15, 2023 at 3:38 pm

Bill, since you’ve seen it 105 times, do you think you’re qualified to explain it to the rest of us?

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Mike (saps) commented about United Palace of Cultural Arts on Jun 12, 2023 at 4:22 pm

The opening number especially really showed off the lobby, staircases, etc.

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Mike (saps) commented about Todd Haimes Theatre on Jun 5, 2023 at 7:30 pm

How about they call it the Edgar and Archibald Selwyn theater…