RKO Warner Twin Theatre

1579 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on April 26, 2022 at 7:42 pm

These random conversations are always a good opportunity to check out the recent photo additions.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 26, 2022 at 5:56 pm

Agreed, Al. How about Birth of a Nation? And there’s scads of dialogue in so many classic films that would make folks wince today (referring to Sam as a “boy” in Casablanca, Groucho referencing the song “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” in Duck Soup). I think we need to view these movies in the context of their times. But I also say it could be a factor in why the film has not received a restoration, and why you don’t see it on TV all that often anymore.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 26, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Although there are some ‘race’ issues in “PORGY”, they are no worse than many other older films such as “SOUTH PACIFIC”, “GONE WITH THE WIND” and “BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S”.

Ed Solero
Ed Solero on April 26, 2022 at 4:55 pm

Could be. Or could be the original elements aren’t in good shape. Or a combination of the two. Porgy and Bess was revived on Broadway as recently as 2012.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on April 26, 2022 at 3:54 pm

Hello-

to Al A.- your replies are lways welcome. a question- you don’t think Porgy and Bess never having been released on home video has anything to do with being to use a current term “a problematic film”?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 26, 2022 at 3:22 pm

A PAL version from Spain is available but perhaps US rights are not. I know that in some cases the music and the film rights are owned by different companies who can’t agree on terms.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on April 26, 2022 at 3:10 pm

Hello-

to Al A.-

as always I thank you for your quick reply. as you said the print you saw was fine which prompts a question- why has it never been issued om home video?

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on April 26, 2022 at 1:27 pm

I saw “PORGY” at the Ziegfeld in 2007 and the print was fine. https://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/news/porgy-and-bess-film-to-be-screened-at-nycs-ziegfel_11640.html

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on April 26, 2022 at 1:01 pm

Hello-

recently I was thinking about all the roadshow engagements this theater hosted in the 1952-1972 period. many of the films won Oscars. then I realized all the films have been released on home video except Porgy and Bess. I then looked at the film’s Wikipedia page to find out a reason why. it states no good quality print of the film is known to exist. is that possible?

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on January 19, 2022 at 3:32 pm

Hello-

to MSC77- thanks for the new link. it worked perfectly. a few comments/questions.

*after reading the article I’m assuming the reason the Todd-AO 70MM print of the original roadshow cut used in the festival wasn’t used for the blu-ray is it was too faded?

*also during this theater’s 70M festival in the late 70s what print was used for South Pacific the original Todd-AO roadshow cut or the general release print?

*The Agony and the Ecstasy is one of my favorite historical epics. it would have been amazing to see the original Todd-AO roadshow cut in 70MM on the large curved screen.

stevenj
stevenj on January 7, 2022 at 5:48 pm

A reminder on how to link to another site in your comment… Between these brackets [ ] type in a name or title for the link (as MSC77 did with “this link”). Between these parentheses ( ) copy and paste the web address. There is no space between ] and(. After you click on Add Comment your link should go live.

MSC77
MSC77 on January 7, 2022 at 4:01 pm

Bigjoe59: Try this link instead.

As I (and others) have mentioned before, members posting links to articles as a courtesy (and to increase likelihood they get read) ought to make them clickable.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on January 7, 2022 at 2:20 pm

Hello-

I have tried the link to the article about the print of South Pacific shown at the film festival in Bradford, England twice and it doesn’t work. it would interesting to read the article.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on January 7, 2022 at 12:43 pm

Definitely NOT an ad for this Strand, a name that must be one of the most frequently used for theatres of all types.

Cinerama
Cinerama on December 20, 2021 at 7:26 pm

More info on the print of South Pacific that was shown in 2005 - https://in70mm.com/festival/bradford/year/2005/diary/index.htm

Cinerama
Cinerama on December 20, 2021 at 6:59 pm

Below is what is said on Wikipedia about South Pacific.

The three-hour version, long feared lost, was rediscovered in a 70mm print owned by a collector. This print was screened in Bradford, England at the National Museum of Photography, Film, and Television on March 14, 2005.[9] When Fox (which by that time owned partial distribution rights to the film, including home video) learned of the print’s existence, it took it to the United States to reinstate the fourteen missing minutes and attempt to restore as much of the color as possible.

Cinerama
Cinerama on December 20, 2021 at 6:45 pm

That was 1978 when the RKO CINERAMA had a 70mm film festival of Broadway musicals. You can see the ad for it at the bottom of this page - https://incinerama.com/warnerny.htm

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on December 20, 2021 at 3:08 pm

Hello-

to vindanpar- a few weeks back we were discussion why the Todd-AO roadshow cut of Oklahoma survives yet the original Todd-AO roadshow cut of South Pacific doesn’t. the interesting thing is if the original Todd-AO roadshow cut of South Pacific was used in the 70MM festival why when the home video market started a few years later did it suddenly disappear. the “roadshow cut” on the blu-ray disc is a reconstruction using clips from a B&W work print to replace the scenes that were cut to make the general release print. here’s an interesting bit of info.

          on the Wikipedia page for the film is this
                          statement- "the original 3hr. roadshow cut 
                          long thought lost was rediscovered in s 70MM
                          print owned by a collector". if in fact the
                          original 3hr.roadshow cut was found as 
                          stated why then is the roadshow cut on the 
                          blu-ray a reconstruction using footage from 
                          a b&w work print? 
                
vindanpar
vindanpar on December 19, 2021 at 9:40 pm

My Fair Lady was especially glorious and will never be seen that way again.

vindanpar
vindanpar on December 19, 2021 at 9:39 pm

It was an original TODD AO 6 track stereo print and even despite the hallucinatory colors it was a knockout.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on December 19, 2021 at 7:52 pm

In the New Broadway Triplex Theatres.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2975/photos/320050

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/2975/photos/319987

robboehm
robboehm on December 19, 2021 at 6:43 pm

RKO Century Warner.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on December 19, 2021 at 4:27 pm

I believe that a triplex apartment building or theater would have a common entrance.

However, on that website I do see that the theater’s Re-opening was advertised as the RKO Stanley Warner Triplex, but I don’t believe that it ever functioned under that name, especially since Stanley Warner only operated the Orleans and not the Cinerama or Penthouse.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on December 19, 2021 at 4:12 pm

Hello-

I believe it was the late 70s? when this theater held a festival of great films that were shot in 70MM. one of which was South Pacific. for those who might have attended was the print shown of SP the original Todd-AO roadshow print pr the general release print?