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It was very famously so shortly after its Criterion American premiere. David Selznick tried to talk Lean out of it. I don’t know why Lean did it. Maybe the grosses were less than he had hoped?
So Mad World, 2001, Lawrence. Any others?
Is there a comprehensive history of the film, its cuts, lengths, what cannot be found and opinions as to the quality in terms of the different versions? Even when I first saw it when it was brought back in the 70s it had its longueurs.
I understand what you’re saying about it looking awkward but I think it’s preferable to what’s on the Egyptian marquee. It could have been designed more professionally. The split logo looks awfully good on the Criterion marquee.
The Criterion also had the spinning logos on the top corners.
The font of the title at the Egyptian is pretty amateurish. Looks like it was done by a local high school. Very odd they didn’t use original art work.
I hate when they get the theaters wrong like Annie having Camille at Radio City.
Words and Music at least gets it right with Camille playing at the Capitol. The problem there is that there is a stage show where Richard Rodgers hears his music. At this point there were no longer stage shows at the Capitol and Camille played without one. And why didn’t Camille open at the Astor on hard ticket?
So Funny Girl(which was a Panavision film. 70mm blowup?)was shown on the 75ft screen or the 90ft? Or was the 90ft installed for Marooned?
In the old souvenir book there is a photo of the clown finale and it indeed looks terrific. I wish I could find an excellent source of the professionally done Impact photos of the stage shows. Scanned from old books doesn’t do them justice. Maybe they no longer exist.
Another great Strand booking.
No discussion on all the major plans just announced for this theater?
The Rockettes as dancing Zulu warriors. I would have liked to have seen that.
No soloist is mentioned for Rhapsody in Blue. Anthony Makas was in advertisements for its presentation in the 60s and 70s. This featured a large silver disc on the revolving stage which when the music speeds up towards the end of the piece started spinning. Florence Rogge knew how to choreograph a spectacle. She was also responsible for the Music Hall’s Bolero and others as well.
I once said that Sunflower was the only film that was dubbed into english to have played at the Hall. I may be wrong. It seems that The Brain which was the ‘69 Thanksgiving film was filmed in french and dubbed into english except for Niven who I assume spoke in english throughout. Anybody have further details about this?
Surprisingly for Hirschfeld that’s a terrible insulting caricature of Alexander. Out of context I wouldn’t know who that was.
No dividers. It was a different time.
So who took the picture of the urinals and why and why was it posted? Woody do you have pictures of the ladies' room as well? Will you post those too?
It would be interesting if Tishman Speyer tried to appeal it. However I have a friend in NY who’s a member of IATSE who is plugged into all the talk and when I brought it up to her said she’s heard nothing of the sort however she added that she wouldn’t be surprised.
Tishman Speyer owns Rockefeller Center. The Music Hall is probably a major drain and they could make a fortune putting in profit generating commercial outlets.
It talks about the lack of G rated films but the Hall had no problem showing PG films. But nobody with good films wanted them at the Hall anymore. It no longer had prestige and the overhead was so high. Also they had gotten rid of the ballet company which was a big part of the spectacles the Hall was famous for. The great stage looked threadbare and severely underpopulated. The Rockettes sometime in the mid 70s were reduced to 30.
This was posted by Pantopticon on September 28, 2020 at 4:04 pm on the photo page but it deserves to be here:
‘Don’t take this for certain but, the theater industry pipeline has this theater, regardless of landmark status as changing. Interior conversion to mini mall, restaurants, apartments, and office space. Hopefully not.
No one wants to see another one bite the dust.'
vindanparvindanpar on September 27, 2020 at 3:48 pm (remove)
I’m going to put this here as I don’t know where else to put it that gets some kind of traffic and this theater was named after all after the Rue de in Paris.
This is for Kinospoter who lately is doing a great job putting in all these pictures of cinemas in France.
What about the Palais Garnier? It would be interesting to know how many films opened there even if they did not have runs nor could it have ever been considered a cinema. I know of two-Gance’s Napoleon and Wyler’s Funny Girl of which newsreel footage of the premiere is on youtube. Maybe these were the only two?
Another classic roadshow cinema that turned overnight into a porn exploitation palace.
Holmes did so poorly it ended Thanksgiving films at the Hall forever. It was pulled mid November and the Christmas show with Scrooge was rushed in causing the entire western world to rush Christmas when before the holiday season always started in December. A vestige of this remains as the Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center is still in December.
For its 50th anniversary at RCMH Sunflower is getting some attention. I must be the last one alive who went to this show. I remember all the middle aged ladies on line early in the morning just like you see in the older pictures of lines outside the Music Hall. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t even notice the film was in Italian and dubbed into English.
It closed once in the mid 60s for cleaning and a new paint job. I believe it was for several days.