Comments from Joseph Angier

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Joseph Angier commented about Baronet and Coronet Theatre on Jan 6, 2022 at 8:39 pm

Re the dave-bronx post: Thanks! Until now, I’d heard about that 35/70mm projector, but I didn’t know it had a name (Cinemeccanica). Back in 1982 I had a meeting with Nestor Almendros about a project he was trying to get off the ground, but he had just come from viewing “Sophie’s Choice”(he was the DP) at the Cinema I and was screaming bloody murder about these awful dual 35/70 projectors which he thought made both formats look terrible. (It was the first I’d heard about them.)

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Joseph Angier commented about Astral Theatre on Jan 2, 2022 at 6:43 am

I lived two blocks uptown from the Empress between the ages of 3 and 10 (1956-63). I recall going with my father to see double bills that included B-movies from the ‘40s, like “Criss Cross.” PS - I just saw a tiny display ad for the Empress in a 1958 NY Times movie page

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Joseph Angier commented about Paris Theatre on Aug 7, 2021 at 8:03 am

The Paris Theatre is the last one standing among the dozens of Times Square and east-side arthouses in which I spent my teens, twenties, and thirties. (There’s still the remains of what was the Cinema I and II, but those are soon to be history.) Forgive me, but I have to add one discordant note: Out of all those theaters that showed the latest foreign films, the Paris had the worst sightlines for reading subtitles (and I’m 6'2")

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Joseph Angier commented about 1941 photo credit John Vachon. on Jul 26, 2021 at 7:01 am

Mike (saps) is correct. The GLOBE theater pictured here is on the west side of Broadway (I’m guessing between 46th and 47th Sts.)

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Joseph Angier commented about Loew's Elsmere Theatre on Feb 7, 2021 at 7:48 am

Great photo. I’m going to assume that this is 1948.

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Joseph Angier commented about Hollywood Theatre on Nov 26, 2020 at 7:30 am

Great photo! But 1942, not 1939.

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Joseph Angier commented about RKO Royal Theatre on Nov 1, 2020 at 8:21 pm

I just came across a NY Times ad from June of ‘67 that has the Royal listed as one of many RKO Theatres showing a bizarre double-bill of “Easy Come, Easy Go” and “Hud.”

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Joseph Angier commented about Victoria marquee far left, late `70s via Yesterday Today Facebook page. on Dec 11, 2019 at 6:25 am

To be more specific, according to the movie marquees, this photo is from the summer of ‘77 (also known as the Summer of Sam)

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Joseph Angier commented about Palace Theatre on Dec 11, 2019 at 6:07 am

I wonder how Ben-Hur did on its second go-round as a reserved seat attraction. (Wasn’t this rather unusual? The only other example I remember is Gone with the Wind).

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Joseph Angier commented about Burnside Theatre on Aug 14, 2019 at 8:58 am

This must have been 1948, right before movie attendance its inexorable plummeting. By the time I moved to Burnside Ave. in 1963, this theater was deserted.

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Joseph Angier commented about Art Jerome Theatre on Aug 14, 2019 at 8:46 am

Even a second-run, working-class theater like the Art was designed for a special night out

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Joseph Angier commented about Movieland on Jun 24, 2019 at 11:18 am

And Griffith only had one more feature in him – the even less successful “The Struggle” (which I think opened at the Rivoli)

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Joseph Angier commented about Valentine Theatre on Oct 30, 2018 at 5:18 pm

I went to the Valentine in the ‘60s, and my memory is that they always (or almost always) broke up the film with an intermission, no matter how short it was

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Joseph Angier commented about Art East Cinema on Jul 10, 2018 at 6:00 am

Also, “Dodes'ka-den” premiered at the First Avenue Screening Room in 1974. It was a sign of how far Akira Kurosawa’s reputation had fallen that a) it took four years for this movie to get shown in the U.S., and b) it could only get a showing in this incredibly tiny theater with a tiny screen.

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Joseph Angier commented about Art East Cinema on Jul 10, 2018 at 5:57 am

“The Harder They Come” (which went on to become a classic) premiered at the First Avenue Screening Room. At the time, few of us knew about this Jamaican music known as ‘reggae.’ or had even heard of Jimmy Cliff.

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Joseph Angier commented about Beekman Theatre on Jul 10, 2018 at 5:46 am

Trivia question: I think (but I’m not sure) that he high-rise that these theaters are located in is where the Jill Clayburgh character lived in “An Unmarried Woman”

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Joseph Angier commented about Fillmore East corner view on Mar 11, 2018 at 6:17 am

This is a photo of people (including me somewhere) lined for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tickets – April or May of 1970

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Joseph Angier commented about Art Southern Theatre on Feb 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm

I’m confused here. The Art Theater that I went to in the 1960s was on Tremont and Jerome. Is this a different theater on Southern Blvd. with the same name?

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Joseph Angier commented about Loew's Fairmount Theatre on Oct 10, 2017 at 5:50 am

The Fairmount was about 2 to 3 miles northeast of Yankee Stadium. I lived equidistant between them

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Joseph Angier commented about Heights Theater on Aug 30, 2017 at 6:48 am

I lived near this theater in the early ‘60s. Wasn’t the Heights the local “arthouse” theater? I remember my father taking me there to see British films

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Joseph Angier commented about Coliseum Cinemas on Aug 30, 2017 at 6:38 am

Good question. Is it possible that a theater like the RKO Coliseum had stereo sound in ‘56? I doubt it, but maybe?

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Joseph Angier commented about Broadway Theatre on Aug 30, 2017 at 6:35 am

Where on Broadway was this theater?

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Joseph Angier commented about Coliseum Cinemas on Aug 30, 2017 at 6:30 am

We should really bring back the word “ballyhoo”!

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Joseph Angier commented about Paramount Theatre on Jul 10, 2017 at 6:41 am

I know that there used to be 24 hour theaters in New York and L.A., but I wonder how often it was done as a way of accommodating huge crowds (The Godfather) or as a promotional gimmick, like this one?

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Joseph Angier commented about Victoria Theatre on Jun 17, 2017 at 9:10 am

I started going to the Victoria in the late ‘60s, and I recall that it had an unusual auditorium. The rear of the orchestra started high and then sloped downward (similar, in a way, to today’s “stadium seating”), but then raked upward again as it got the front rows, which was bizarre. Does anyone else remember the Victoria this way?