Loew's Capitol Theatre

1645 Broadway,
New York, NY 10019

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Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 12, 2022 at 10:56 pm

These have been around since the American with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990. Maybe there are more showings now with an aging population.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 12, 2022 at 10:48 pm

Hello-

to Al A.-

as always thanks for your reply. but why is it happening all of a sudden? I have often gone to 2p.m. or 2:30p.m. screenings at the ANC 19 St. before and they never had subtitles.

WilliamMcQuade
WilliamMcQuade on July 12, 2022 at 9:49 pm

I used to go to Times Square regularly . I went to all the picture palaces with 1 glaring exception .I never went to the Roxy.I went to see Around the World. Was in the Capitol the most. HTWWW was great in Cinerama. The Buffalo stampede was classic.The addition of the Japanese garden was nice. A shame every great building in NYC ends up demolished.

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on July 12, 2022 at 9:02 pm

bigjoe, you probably attended a showing aimed at the hearing impaired. I recently saw “TOP GUN: MAVERICK” at the Empire and there were no subtitles.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on July 12, 2022 at 8:58 pm

Hello-

to all my fellow avid moviegoers whatever theaters you might
frequent. do all AMC theaters now have English subtitles with
every film? I find it annoying. why was it done? does anyone
know?

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 16, 2022 at 11:29 pm

I didn’t go to any of the 70mm musicals, but I wish I had. I also wish I’d sat closer to the screen for Krakatoa. With Cinerama, the closer the better. When The Exorcist was blown up to 70mm, I saw it here. The sound was overwhelming. But one big drawback: the warning bell on one of the projectors was broken and it went off continuously. Whoever was in the booth that day obviously didn’t care. Or, it couldn’t be fixed. Good thing the movie was so loud.

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 16, 2022 at 10:48 pm

Bill Huelbig: Yes it was! Their musical 70MM festival was great. Don’t know if you went to any of them. Lucky you to have seen Krakatoa there but I remember that great billboard in Times Square. And the sound system was incredible. I was in the Penthouse a couple of times and that former balcony was huge. I’m not sure if it was that large during the roadshow era. They might have made it smaller (like they did the Capitol)then opened it up to its Strand size when it became a single theater.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 16, 2022 at 9:33 pm

vindanpar: I got to see most of the Warner Cinerama because I saw Krakatoa East of Java at what was then called just the Cinerama, in 1969. As I recall, it really was quite a big theater, even without the balcony.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on June 16, 2022 at 9:23 pm

I was lucky Howard I got to see Divine Madness at the Criterion in 70MM before it was twinned and several films, 70mm, scope and flat at the Rivoli before it was twinned. The State and Warner were already twinned. I have many fond memories in the Astor Plaza and Ziegfeld too

vindanpar
vindanpar on June 16, 2022 at 2:15 am

The Warner Cinerama orchestra had been what it was for years with just the balcony walled off turned into the Penthouse. The Rivoli had moments where it recalled its roadshow glory when it showed the 70MM GWTW and 2001 in the ‘70s. (GWTW had its original 70MM roadshow run there in ‘67-'68.)

I think if I had known these theaters as they originally stood I would have been disappointed as well by their widescreen transformations. A poster said after he saw Oklahoma in Todd AO at the Rivoli he was angry at the altering of the theater and never went in it again. I totally understand that but what I would have given to see all those Todd AO films there.

People who were born at the turn of the 20th Century or shortly after and lived in NY City and lived into their 80s saw these theaters being built, filling up, then being multiplexed(if that)and then torn down. If you were 19 when you saw the Capitol open you were 68 when you saw it being torn down. If you were 27 when the Roxy was built you saw it torn down when you were 60.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 15, 2022 at 10:42 pm

I forgot the Rivoli. I saw Jaws there in 1975. It was years after the roadshow glory days, but at least it was still standing.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 15, 2022 at 9:50 pm

My dad loved the Capitol. He went there all the time in the Big Band years. He took me to see 2001 that day, but he was a little disappointed because the theater had been completely transformed into something else than what he remembered from the ‘40s.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 15, 2022 at 9:33 pm

I was lucky to have seen the Capitol. I also got to see Nicholas and Alexandra at the Criterion. But I missed the Roxy, the Warner Cinerama, the State, the DeMille. Strange for a 67-year-old to say this, but if only I were a few years older…

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on June 15, 2022 at 9:26 pm

I agree with Mike. By the time I started, as a visitor from Philadelphia, seeing movies in NYC in the late 1980s, all the grand Midtown 70mm roadshow movie palaces were gone or chopped up (the Criterion & Embassy 2-3-4 ex DeMille). This theater was long gone.

Mikeoaklandpark
Mikeoaklandpark on June 15, 2022 at 9:18 pm

You were lucky Bill to get to see this grand theater.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on June 15, 2022 at 5:49 pm

I come here every year on this date. I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Capitol on June 15, 1968, 54 years ago. Thanks to Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, MGM and the Loew’s Capitol for the movie experience of a lifetime.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 7, 2022 at 2:43 am

I met Barbara Eden at an autograph show in 2010, and I asked her if she thought Brothers Grimm would ever be released on home video. This was 2 years after the Smilebox release of How the West Was Won. She said probably never. I hope she has her copy of it too!

All the people who worked so hard on this project really did beat all the odds.

vindanpar
vindanpar on April 7, 2022 at 2:13 am

Gee Bill Huelbig and I posted at exactly the same time. I removed my post to edit it which is why it’s a minute later.

Well anyway he was in the Capitol and I wasn’t so I’ll be eternally jealous.

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on April 7, 2022 at 12:27 am

Hello-

I guess great minds do think alike. I was just about to post my review of the beyond stellar blu-ray of The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm. it was quite nice to get it in both Letterbox and Smilebox versions.

as vindanpar said since Eden, Bloom and Tamblyn though older are alive and well why weren’t they interviewed?

vindanpar
vindanpar on April 6, 2022 at 11:34 pm

Surprised people haven’t been posting on the Brother’s Grimm bluray release which was March 29 when people have been discussing the possibility of it never being restored for years the MGM vault flood having done too much damage to the original negative.

Watched it a couple of nights ago in the Smilebox version purposely not watching any of the documentary on the restoration efforts because I wanted to see the film fresh. Don’t know where it had it’s official world premiere only could see it was previewed in Denver and at the Capitol it was a ‘Gala’ premiere.

Anyway get it. It is remarkable. I’m just sad it will never be seen in Cinerama again.

Also I wish they had interviewed Barbara Eden, Claire Bloom and Russ Tamblyn for this release.

Bill Huelbig
Bill Huelbig on April 6, 2022 at 11:33 pm

Considering how badly damaged it was, it’s almost miraculous how beautifully Brothers Grimm turned out. It’s more than a restoration - more like a resurrection.

Cinerama
Cinerama on March 13, 2022 at 1:58 pm

More info on The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm - https://incinerama.com/wwotbg.htm

More info on the Loew’s Cinerama Theatre - https://incinerama.com/ctlowes.htm

Al Alvarez
Al Alvarez on February 25, 2022 at 3:50 am

Thank you for this PeterApruzzese.

PeterApruzzese
PeterApruzzese on February 25, 2022 at 3:29 am

Digital clean up tools have improved greatly since 2008. There will be a 40 minute extra on the Blu-ray detailing the restoration: “One of the main extras will be a very detailed documentary look on how the film has been completely rescued from original Cinerama damaged negative elements.”

bigjoe59
bigjoe59 on February 24, 2022 at 11:41 pm

Hello-

to Peter A.- thanks for the link. what I’m still a tad confused by is if the water damage was as severe as originally reported won’t that still appear to some degree even on a “restored” blu-ray disc?