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theatrefan commented about Marboro Theatre on Jul 10, 2005 at 5:11 am

YankeeMike: Actually it’s two blocks, 86th St. to Benson Ave. then Benson to Bath Avenue.

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theatrefan commented about AMC Boston Common 19 on Jul 10, 2005 at 3:26 am

When I visited Boston a few year ago I remember there used to be a electronic LED type zipper sign on the lower silver part of the marquee underneath the “Loews Theatres” letters. What suprised me was how small it was compared to the same type of marquee’s we have in New York City, I assumed this was because of zoning regulations. I guess the sign is totally turned off now. The vertical part of this marquee is very cool looking, it’s very art deco inspired. What ever became of the Backlot?

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theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 10, 2005 at 2:43 am

Wasn’t the Wordwide the only original Cineplex Odeon Cinema, that kept the Cineplex Brand in Manhattan? I know the Baronet/Coronet was converted over to the Loews Coronet I/II.

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theatrefan commented about Beverly Theater on Jul 9, 2005 at 11:42 am

Late 70’s, the protest in the community about the triple x features was immense at the time.

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theatrefan commented about UA Crossbay I on Jul 9, 2005 at 11:40 am

Thanks for the clarification!

Also American Companies were not required to divest their international holdings, MGM held on to the international division of Loews for a while & Gulf + Western (Paramount) owned the Famous Players Circuit in Canada.

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theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 9, 2005 at 11:26 am

Hi Ron:
I remember visiting the Copley Place when I was in Boston a few years back, it had a nice gold colored Loews sign. The Boston Commons was really nice, sort of like our 34th Street, which opened the same year.

Unfortunately the only annual Loews Cineplex reports I have is on paper hard-copy, it used to be availible on the corporate website, but the link is now dead, sorry.

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theatrefan commented about UA Crossbay I on Jul 9, 2005 at 10:06 am

I think the decree was eased up at some point, From 1989-1998 Sony Pictures owned both Columbia-TriStar Pictures & the Loews Theatres Circuit, such cross ownership would not have been permited if the decree was still in place as originally written.

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theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 9, 2005 at 9:56 am

And the Loews Port Chester should be opening in October of this year.

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theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 9, 2005 at 9:15 am

dave-bronx: Thanks, I think the Extra 3 theatres are the 3 IMAX theatres, In California and New York. They may be counted separately.
Also with the Fortway closed there are 41 Cineplex Odeon’s & 142 Total.

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theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 9, 2005 at 9:02 am

According to the US Theatre Locations section of the Loews Cineplex Enjoythereeldeal website; as of Jan 12th, 2005 in the United States there are:

73 Loew’s Theatre Locations, 42 Cineplex Odeon Cinema Locations, 09 Star Theatre Locations(only in Michigan) & 06 Magic Johnson Theatre Locations. I believe that makes 130 Locations total.

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theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 9, 2005 at 8:37 am

Weren’t most of those circuits taken over by Cineplex Odeon in their late 80’s spending spree, When Garth was buying up theatre chains like there was no tomorrow?

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theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 9, 2005 at 7:19 am

br9175, this this the full list of all the theatres that Loews Theatre Management and Cineplex Odeon had to divest in NYC & Chicago in order to get appoval from the Department of Justice for the merger back in 1998:

The 14 Manhattan theaters to be divested consist of 13
Cineplex Odeon theaters (Chelsea, Chelsea West, 1st & 62nd,
Ziegfeld, Park & 86th Street, Waverly Twin, Olympia, Art
Greenwich, Metro Twin, Beekman, Regency, 62nd & Broadway, and 59th
Street East) and one Sony-Loews theater (34th Street Showplace).
The 11 Chicago area theaters to be divested consist of 8 Cineplex
Odeon theaters (600 North Michigan, 900 North Michigan, Biograph,
Bricktown, Watertower 1-4, Watertower 5-7, Burnham Plaza, and
Broadway) and 3 Sony-Loews theaters (Hyde Park Quad, River Run
Eightplex, and Old Orchard Quad).

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theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 9, 2005 at 7:13 am

br91975, actually I was able to also get a copy of the 1999 Loews Cineplex anuual report a few years back by mail as well, I did also try to get the 2000 one as well, but no one could seem to find it. So I downloaded the PDF file and printed it out. I think as soon as they were taken over by ONEX the reports were pulled off the corporate website, it’s really a shame because the 1999 one it just filled to the brim with historic photos of important Loews Theatres.

I wonder for the other theatre fans out there if the Science and Industies Business Library in NYC would have them on file, it’s probably on microfilm there.

theatrefan
theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 8, 2005 at 4:59 pm

Yes BobT, you are absolutely right todays United Artists is a small shell of its former self, just another division of Regal, from what I hear the name itself may be gone in two more years. Nothing at all like the former United Artists Eastern Theatres Inc. of the 1970’s.

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theatrefan commented about Marboro Theatre on Jul 8, 2005 at 3:56 pm

Actually Loews(Sony) owned the Oriental until the very end, it was held by a holding company called Hawthorne Amusement Corp., I have the original article about the closing.

No theatres in Bensonhurst are left, they are all gone, The Oriental, Benson, Walker, Marboro, Walker are now only alive in our memories.

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theatrefan commented about UA Crossbay I on Jul 8, 2005 at 3:45 pm

The Oriental, Fortway & Marboro all closed up shop in May, June & July respectively.

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theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 8, 2005 at 3:41 pm

Wow, those annual reports are really great, thanks Ron! Its like a blast from the past going through all of those. There is a lot of info to look over.

Loews Theatres was indeed the foundation for Loews Corp. In the 1960’s conglomorates were all the rage as you had companies such as ITT owning Hotels, Insurance & Car Rental. Most companies have since restructured themselves into similar lines of busiess, except for Loews which still has Lorillard, CNA, Bullova etc.

Loews Cineplex used to have their annual reports online as well, when they were still a public coampany, I wonder if it is archived anywhere online?

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theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 8, 2005 at 11:03 am

Your right in that losing the Loew’s name is the saddest part. Other now defunct chains include: Century, Interboro, Randforce, Stanley, Brandt and all of the ones that Ron mentioned above.

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theatrefan commented about UA Crossbay I on Jul 8, 2005 at 10:25 am

June 23rd was the final day of operation for the UA Crossbay I. The Crossbay II is still open and showing movies.

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theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 8, 2005 at 10:18 am

It could be a another chain such as CineMark, Carmike or National Amusements come in and scoop up the properties as well.

Do you think the Loews name will survive this merger?

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theatrefan commented about Marboro Theatre on Jul 8, 2005 at 10:12 am

YankeeMike, Do you mean the Loew’s Oriental on 86th Street which closed in May of 1995? Sony Theatres also sold that property off when they closed it for good.

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theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 8, 2005 at 9:46 am

Mikeoaklandpark,

I would rather see the 72nd Street East be run by Clearview, than be closed forever. It probably comes down to who will offer AMC/Loews more money for the properties they are divesting in NYC. Regal has pretty deep pockets & Clearview’s parent company Rainbow Media is in the process of being spun off from Cablevision.

The Ewalk would be a real feather in Cleaview’s cap if they do get it, isn’t the newest theatre they have the Chelsea? Also has Clearview added any more theatres in NYC since the initial Loews Cineplex purchase, other that the New York Twin? I know quite a few Clearview’s have since closed.

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theatrefan commented about Marboro Theatre on Jul 8, 2005 at 9:24 am

There may be copies filed with the NYC Department of Buildings office in Brooklyn. I know the architecture firm Urbitran was picked to do the plans for the new Marboro. Urbitran also was the firm drafted to do the plans for the expansion and renovation of the United Artists Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 in back 2002.

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theatrefan commented about Marboro Theatre on Jul 8, 2005 at 8:40 am

No buyer just yet, the asking price is about 12.5 million, in comparison the Kingsway sold for 5 million in 2001 and the Fortway was just sold for about 4.5 million earlier this year. Is the Marboro property really that much more valuable?

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theatrefan commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX on Jul 8, 2005 at 8:34 am

If AMC is forced to divest itself of the Ewalk and Regal does take it over the LED blade sign which currently spells “LOEWS” might be changed to spell “REGAL”, and it will fit as both names are exactly five letters long.