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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 19, 2019 at 4:34 pm

NYer If Lerner and Loewe, Andre Previn, Nelson Riddle and Joshua Logan considered it singing who are you or I to say it wasn’t?

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vindanpar commented about Cinema Azzurro Scipioni on Jul 18, 2019 at 12:57 pm

Yes that’s the film. I used the English translation. Do you know what cinema that was? It was pretty large.

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vindanpar commented about Cinema Azzurro Scipioni on Jul 18, 2019 at 11:33 am

Mr DeLuca do you know which cinema was used when Sandrelli worked as an usher in I knew Her Well?

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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 18, 2019 at 4:35 am

Any film containing Lee Marvin singing Wanderin Star is a success in my heart.

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vindanpar commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Jul 17, 2019 at 7:51 pm

This I believe replaced the shameful presentation of This is Cinerama. I just wish they had kept that wonderful large curved screen which really was great. The Lawrence of Arabia, My Fair Lady, Spartacus and Funny Girl restorations would have looked spectacular on it.

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vindanpar commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 17, 2019 at 11:02 am

I certainly did not mean to offend any individual by referring to a film as a bomb. I will refrain from terming any film as such except a couple of personal favorites which I sadly have to admit were indeed roadshow bombs. Does Paint Your Wagon count?

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vindanpar commented about TCL Chinese Theatre on Jul 14, 2019 at 10:55 am

Many of the acts are meh. The best thing about this movie is Jack Benny as the interlocutor. He is wonderful.

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vindanpar commented about Paris Theatre on Jul 13, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Yes! I liked them. I thought they were pretty funny. They might be also in the souvenir program which is somewhere…

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vindanpar commented about Paris Theatre on Jul 13, 2019 at 10:43 am

Good book and documentary though I don’t remember him talking about those films. But there’s a lot of info and I remember mostly about Steve, Ali and what an ungrateful wretch Ryan was(is.) Who did he blame Great Gatsby on?

Paramount in ‘70 and '71 stayed true to the Music Hall.

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vindanpar commented about Paris Theatre on Jul 12, 2019 at 8:21 pm

But isn’t it interesting that at the very same time Paramount was investing heavily in roadshow movies? Paint Your Wagon, On a Clear Day and Darling Lili. Though the last two because of the tanking of roadshow presentations were severely cut and released on a continuous perf basis. Beaton finally getting to see Clear Day when it opened in London in ‘71 records in his diary his dismay and anger at the waste. His work in the film that one sees is amazing(I don’t think Streisand has looked more beautiful and her singing is at its best) and yet he laments that his best work was cut out!

I’ve already written about him fleeing Paint Your Wagon during intermission at the world premiere at Loew’s State 2. Well I liked it.

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vindanpar commented about Paris Theatre on Jul 12, 2019 at 2:52 pm

Sorry, I get lazy. Film Forum. Taming of the Shrew.

In Cactus Flower Hawn and Matthau come here to see Romeo and Juliet.

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vindanpar commented about Paris Theatre on Jul 12, 2019 at 1:48 pm

I didn’t care about the Ziegfeld but I care about the Paris. A wonderful intimate and yet not too small theater where the screen is beautifully placed head on. If only FF had a theater like this.

Interesting that R and J was originally supposed to be a roadshow. I wondered why it wasn’t after all it was released at the peak of the craze. TOTS was roadshow albeit an eastside roadshow(which in my mind is kind of like well if it’s not in a downtown theater it’s not a real roadshow presentation!) I had read FZ wanted it released continuous perfs because he was going after a younger market. And here I am reading all these years later in reality it was simply because of a poor advance sale. They probably made a lot more money anyway. Anybody know how many months it played exclusively here? I remember my parents going to see it at a suburban art house in the summer of ‘69.

As long as Chinese, Russian and Arab billionaires are buying them up and keeping them empty and thereby destroying the city while enriching politicians and brokers I guess yes we indeed do need another deluxe condo tower.

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 9, 2019 at 3:19 am

As admittedly I never saw it from what I’ve read I believe they were used to supplement the ballet company so as the music built to it’s overwhelming crescendo the stage would be filled with more and more dancers so from a company of 28 then with added men(that I’ve seen from pictures) and the additional 36 Rockettes the stage would be a mass of swirling dancers. I’ve also read that men would be beating drums on the choral stairs. Which is why as you noted it was repeated again only months after its initial success. That set is really something and Minnelli might have had a hand in developing it as he was working at the Hall at the time before he moved to Broadway. The use of the reds, oranges and blacks certainly demonstrate his eye for color.

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vindanpar commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Jul 8, 2019 at 10:36 am

What was the panoramic screen at Radio City? Was it the Magnascope size screen? Was it the size of the screen that would be the Music Hall’s 1.85 ratio screen?

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 7, 2019 at 11:11 am

When Bolero was on the program the Rockettes did double duty.

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vindanpar commented about Radio City Music Hall on Jul 7, 2019 at 11:06 am

Re the 2 postings of BAF on the photo section:The last time the Undersea Ballet was done. Another stage staple that disappeared early in the 70s and for which the Music Hall was known for its spectacular stage capabilities.

I remember sitting in the 2nd balc because the orch was full and there was a woman with a few children. At the end of it she literally turned her head to me and looked at me with amazement. Nobody remembers these spectacles any more but me. These are what defined the place equally to the Rockettes.

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vindanpar commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Jul 7, 2019 at 10:57 am

I loved that DeMille(my era)wraparound billboard.

The best was Hawaii which somebody posted then it was taken down. Somebody should post a GIF of Those Magnificent Men which had moving planes, propellers and legs. I remember seeing this as a little boy. They really were Times Square spectaculars.

Of course those of the 20s must have really been mind blowing.

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vindanpar commented about Roxy Theatre on Jul 3, 2019 at 1:19 pm

Don’t forget Marsha Hunt is still with us.

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vindanpar commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 3, 2019 at 8:42 am

Interesting that the Sheridan was a Cinerama/Todd AO house.

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vindanpar commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 3, 2019 at 3:08 am

Khartoum? Khartoum?!! But it didn’t open until the summer of ‘66 and SOM opened at the Colony March 17 '65.

Oh to have known Miami back in the 50s and 60s!

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vindanpar commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 2, 2019 at 10:14 am

Sorry looks like it was the Colony. I probably got it confused because it looks like the Sheridan was Miami’s major Todd AO house so I assumed SOM played there. What kept it out?

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vindanpar commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 2, 2019 at 9:07 am

Oh no! Is that true?!!! Nah, you were just pulling my leg. Wasn’t the Sheridan Miami’s The Sound of Music two year reserved seat engagement?

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vindanpar commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jul 1, 2019 at 1:16 pm

Well before Dolly the Rivoli was playing films like The Trip and the De Sade movie with Keir Dullea. I don’t know if they’re considered B but they seem more like 42nd St grind movies to me. Also I seem to remember though maybe I’m wrong before Fiddler this theater showing The Stewardesses in 3D. Maybe it was a nightmare.

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vindanpar commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jun 30, 2019 at 6:24 am

Hello Dolly in a Todd AO print played the 70mm roadshow house The St James in Asbury Park in the summer of ‘70 with continuous performances. The summer before had reserved seat performances of Funny Girl at the St James and Oliver at the Lyric.

The roadshow presentation of big budget films was ending.

I went to a Sat mat of HD in July. Price for balc was cheaper than loge and orchestra but it was very empty so I moved from my balc seat. to center first row mezz.

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vindanpar commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jun 25, 2019 at 4:28 pm

Didn’t WSS, Hello Dolly, Fall of the Roman Empire and El Cid go from reserved seats to continuous perfs at their NY hard ticket theaters? Maybe there were others.

There was another book on roadshow film presentations which was pretty horrible. And to add insult to injury the guy never went to a roadshow presentation in his life and he was old enough. Have no idea why he considers himself such an expert. Maybe he spent a year looking at Variety on microfilm in his off hours. And he was looking for tenure at some University so he had to publish something, anything.