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You didn’t experience the curved screen at the Rivoli?
You can see a quite a number of seams. I wonder how noticeable it was when a film was on the screen.
But they were able to fly it so it couldn’t have been that curved and it had to be inside the proscenium so there couldn’t be any sense of enveloping the audience despite what the ads made it look like. Of course I’m not speaking from first hand experience. Is there anybody who can?
Yes all the theaters showed exploitation fare but the DeMille, Criterion and Cinerama got the worst of it. It was especially bewildering to me about the Criterion. I thought it was the classiest of the bunch on my all time favorite NY block with the spectacular Bonds sign above it and then the Gordon’s Gin above that. At least until the early 70s.
Both Tora Tora Tora and Nicholas and Alexandra were both very early 70s blips that had very poor runs. I remember going to Nicholas on a Saturday mat and there was hardly anyone in the audience.
As to CC’s current photo from Funny Girl to Myra Breckinridge in a matter of months shows you how Times Square and movies in general were changing very rapidly and not for the better. And then to come shortly trashy ordeals at the Criterion like Possession of Joe Delaney and Mandingo. One of the most important cinemas turned into an exploitation house in less than 6 months. More like 2 months if you include Patton as one of its more prestigious offerings. Places like Loews State and then the National and Astor Plaza managed to not wallow in the mud. Unfortunately the Criterion was the best of them.
Looks like Preminger owned Broadway between 45th and 46th Streets.
It was the $6.50 I had trouble making out but that’s what I figured. Maybe the highest movie ticket price ever adjusted for inflation for a non benefit performance? In fact taking inflation into account My Fair Lady seems to have had the highest ticket prices ever overall. Even Sound of Music at the Rivoli was cheaper. $1.25 cheaper for a loge seat on a Saturday night in 1965 dollars was a big difference.
Anybody have the prices of This is Cinerama or Cleopatra at hand for comparison?
Grindhouse could you list the prices for MFL for NY’s Eve which are difficult to make out?
This must have been where my parents took us to see My Fair Lady though we usually went to the Nyack or 303. Children under 12 free.
Definitely saw Finian’s Rainbow here and I remember the lights from the Garden State Plaza being a distraction.
Moviebuff you left off the Century which was a beautiful single screen theater on the edge of the Plaza parking lot until they split it down the middle in the early 70s and it became a dump.
Great stuff grindhouse. I love these ads. Thank you. Now if I had been older I would have been going to these gilt edged roadshow presentations several times per film.
And it was most likely in 35mm.
The Agony and the Ecstasy was the third of 20th Century’s triple reserved seat play for 1965.
Well grindhouse you belie your name with all those SOM ads. They are much appreciated.
A film that should have played at the family friendly Music Hall rather than the stupefyingly bad Darling Lili. Not one of Disney’s better live action film but you weren’t thinking did Andrews and Edwards set out to make a film this awful? It finished off her meteoric film career for good. Her legendary legacy is still just Mary Poppins and Sound of Music. Though there is a gay cult following for Victor/Victoria.
A theater that lasted until the waning days of the city when New York was New York. It is sorely missed. I remember waiting on the lines that would stretch east on 57th.
If Fantasia was shown in it’s correct ratio at the Music Hall(I saw it and it was wonderful)what I don’t understand was why when Singing in the Rain was shown in its correct ratio in ‘75 the screen was very small which all films seem to have been at the time until Shane. It was a surprise. Fantasia was a larger image almost the size of the magnascope screen and yet held its clarity and brilliance. Other films I saw that were on the larger screen with the old ratio but which were dismayingly washed out and grainy were Show Boat and Good News. I felt they would would have been improved visually if they had been shown on that postage stamp screen.
Why did Fantasia looks so good and those others did not? In fact why were all the old films from the 30s to the early 50s shown on such a small screen? Flower Drum Song and Seven Brides seem to have been old prints but were still impressive in their respectively Panavision and Cinemascope 2.55 ratios. The Vistavision Funny Face was an absolute knock out.
I hope you reported it to the ushers.
Unless they were dealing it along with the souvenir programs.
As per CC’s photo posted today I think I remember Sinatra saying, perhaps on Larry King, that when he was in NY he would drive by the Paramount building. Too bad he never got out perhaps late at night and had his picture taken in the area of the former entrance.
What a great collection of movies to go to see. But why no Fay Wray?
What a terrible frightening photo CC.
I’m not complaining that you put it up.
It’s just very upsetting and depressing.
Never in a million years did I think I’d feel this way.
How was that presentation of Ben Hur? Large screen? Excellent 65mm print? Sound? Was screen slightly tilted up as somebody said it was for Kwai?
I’ve only seen musicals at the Palace so though it was a movie theater for decades it’s hard for me to imagine it.
First time was 5th row on the center aisle for Bacall in Applause. More than a year after it opened and she played it like it was opening night. Pure electricity.
Years later I was helping her in a store and she was kind of unpleasant so I decided not to tell her how great she was. I thought she would have bitten my head off.
Sounds like Leonidoff and Markert were feeling no pain when they came up with this one.
CC just posted the opening day ad of 64’s The Chalk Garden.
This is the last stage show I’ve seen featuring the Serenade to the Stars spectacle. Maybe there was one after it? I have never seen pictures of it nor do I know what it involved or what the music was. If anybody saw it perhaps you could give us a description?
I think somebody once wrote it involved a lot of lights which often enough failed. A cause of amusement for the ushers who would place bets on what would happen at performances.
I did see Superman II here. But it did in the very early 70s start showing a lot of exploitation fare unlike the Ziegfeld which for the most part played Hollywood A films. The Ziegfeld was never an exploitation house which all the great Times Square houses were at some point if not all the time. The one that remained for the most part a class act until the end was Loew’s State. I don’t know why exactly.
yeah Mike(saps) I miss them too. And I never thought I’d say that.
Kino Lorber is releasing Song of Norway on bluray. No information except that it is a new 2K master. From a 70mm negative? No specifics. Normally I would have run to a roadshow film like this but after the reviews I stayed clear. Still haven’t seen it except for a bit where Florence Henderson is rolling around in the grass. I thought no wonder the great Strand/Cinerama theater did a 180 from a prestigious first run roadshow theater straight to 42nd street grind house.