Comments from hardbop

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hardbop commented about RKO Jefferson Theatre on Apr 8, 2005 at 12:03 am

This theatre sat empty for years and years. I always wondered what the story was. What was the name of the theatre where the Palladium Disco was?

hardbop commented about Cinema Studio 1 & 2 on Apr 7, 2005 at 11:45 pm

I remember seeing Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It Here” on a Sunday night and standing in a line that ran around the block. And I remember seeing Steven Soderbergh’s “Sex, Lies & Videotape” here the day after it opened.

hardbop commented about Regal Union Square Stadium 17 on Apr 7, 2005 at 11:37 pm

I’ve never experienced the mice, but I’ll be on the lookout. This was the first of the megaplexes in Manhattan and maybe NYC to feature stadium seating.

Meanwhile, it isn’t your father’s 14th Street anymore. The days of the bargain basement shopping, taking your life in your hands if you walk though Union Square Park and Klein’s abandoned hulk are long gone. But I remember the good old days and there were two shells of theatres (and Julius' 2nd Floor pool hall!!) east of where the Regal is. One of the theatres was the famous disco, the Paramount maybe and the other was just a hulk a little west of the the disco. Anyone know the names of those theatres. They were both closed by the time I arrived in NYC way back in ‘82? And was there a porno theatre on Third Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets on the east side of the street?

hardbop commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Apr 7, 2005 at 11:24 pm

I believe this venue was the last megaplex to open in Manhattan and maybe the five boroughs without the stadium seating. (I don’t count the State as a megaplex since it is only four screens; I’m pretty sure Lincoln Square preceded the State). I think this place is dated. I was at one screening and the roof was leaking. I find the rooms cramped and it is way too dark before the films begin. And then there is the non-stadium seating.

The UA ‘Plex on 14th Street near Union Square was the first of the modern megaplexes with the stadium seating.

hardbop commented about Loew's 34th Street Showplace on Apr 7, 2005 at 12:24 am

I hardly ever went over here because the films playing in this ‘plex were usually duplicated closer to home. The last film I caught there was a curio called “River Red” with Tom Everett Scott from “Dead Poet’s Society” fame. I caught it there in November of '98. This film is what we call a “One Week Wonder,” which is a film that opens on a Friday and closes on a Thursday and usually plays in one theatre only. It was no doubt being four walled by a distributor to get the prestige of a theatrical release or to fulfull some sort of contractual obligation. I also remember seeing “Fierce Creatures” here, the sequel to “A Fish Called Wanda.”

hardbop commented about Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on Apr 7, 2005 at 12:11 am

I go here all the time, most recently Monday to see the dreadful “Melinda & Melinda.” I didn’t know these were shopping arcades originally.

If I remember it correctly, up to the late/early 1990s the Lincoln Plaza was a triplex and I don’t know if it was by accident or design but Talbot doubled the space to six screens about the time that the double-screen Cinema Studio (sic) a couple of blocks north on Broadway closed when they knocked the building down to build apartment tower that also houses the Barnes & Noble bookstore. I can’t remember exactly when Cinema Studio closed, but I know I caught “Sex, Lies & Videotape” there back in 1989 I believe was when it was released.

hardbop commented about Eastside Cinema on Apr 6, 2005 at 11:50 pm

My last visit here wasn’t pleasant. I caught Francis Coppolla’s nephew’s film “CQ.” A bulb on the projector blew about 80% into the movie. The clueless manager didn’t seem to know if she would get a replacement so I and all the other patrons left. We didn’t walk about empty-handed, though. They gave us two free passes to any City Cinemas theatres. I never did get to see the conclusion of “CQ” and I am in no hurry to do so.

hardbop commented about Directors Guild of America Theater on Apr 6, 2005 at 11:46 pm

This theatre was unique. I remember descending the escalator to a spacious lobby in the basement where the snack bar, rest rooms and that neat, circular coach/sitting area was located.

hardbop commented about Crown Gotham Theatre on Apr 6, 2005 at 11:40 pm

I remember this place and I caught “El Cid” when it was revived in ‘93 and also caught that “Sound of Music” revival here in '90 as well. Sad how the whole 59th Street/Bloomindale’s Area is no longer a movie center the way it was up to the turn of the century or so.

hardbop commented about S.V.A. Theatre on Apr 6, 2005 at 11:25 pm

I’ve been to some of the Thursday Night Classics and the prints are pretty good, but they don’t know how to project the films. The masking is off and you sit there watching the top of people’s heads cropped off. I’m not an expert on projection but from what I understand new cinemas have trouble dealing with some of the aspect ratios. The projection was off for both “Now Voyager” and “Niagara.”

I actually did submit a suggestion, the 1976 “A Star Is Born” with Barbra. I received two comp tickets for use at any Clearview Cinemas, good only Monday through Thursday. They did take up my suggestion and it was supposed to play this month. But I rechecked the web site and something else was substituted, so I assume they couldn’t get a print.

Getting back to the Chelsea West Cinemas, I remember when that opened it or reopened it in the mid 1980s. I think it was closed or being used for something else (live theatre) in the early-to-mid 1980s. I lived in the Village from ‘82 to '87 and vaguely remember when it opened and going there to see “The Color of Money,” “Hoosers,” and “At Close Range.”

hardbop commented about Boulevard Theatre on Apr 6, 2005 at 11:16 pm

If this is the same theatre I’m thinking of, wasn’t it a porno house? I worked in that neighborhood back in ‘89 for several months and thought it was showing X rated fare. I also felt that the location of this theatre — in the aforementioned residential neighborhood nowhere near the subway — was a bit odd.

hardbop commented about Bijou Cinema on Apr 6, 2005 at 11:12 pm

Ah, I remember this theatre when Cinema Village ran it — briefly — as a rep house. I went there once and only once to see Nic Roeg’s “Don’t Look Now.” I never knew what happened to this space, but remember walking buy and seeing men in raincoats walking through a turnstile.

hardbop commented about 34th Street East Theatre on Apr 6, 2005 at 11:05 pm

There was a theatre on East 34th Street where part of the ceiling collapsed. I don’t think anyone was seriously injured. It was during the 1980s. I think it was this theatre. Anyone remember this?

hardbop commented about New York Theatre on Apr 6, 2005 at 10:54 pm

This must have been the theatre on the east side of Seventh Avenue/Broadway between 42nd and 43rd Streets. I never went in here due to its porno/Spanish language booking policy. The Conde Naste building now stands on this corner.

hardbop commented about BTM Criterion Cinemas on Apr 6, 2005 at 10:36 pm

Nice to see a new multi-plex, particularly a multi-plex showing arthouse fare, in downtown New Haven. I lived in New Haven from ‘80 to '82 first on Linwood Place in the summer of '80 and then on Chapel Street directly across from St. Raphael’s Hospital from Sept. '80 to March '82 when I made the big move to NYC. I go back to New Haven from time-to-time and last time I was there was in the fall of '01 and New Haven was like a ghost town on the Sunday afternoon I was there. Good to see a development like this to draw people back “downtown.”

hardbop commented about Branford Theatre on Apr 6, 2005 at 10:31 pm

My first job out of college in 1980 was working in Branford, Conn. I worked for the local newspaper, the “Branford Review.” I do remember this theatre well, though I lived in New Haven so I never went here. I remember my boss and her family all went to see “Private Benjamin” here though.

hardbop on Apr 6, 2005 at 10:29 pm

This listing could be combined with the Meadowbrook listing because they are one and the same. There is a typo in Mike’s listing. It opened as a Jerry Lewis Cinema in the late 1960s, not the 1950s.

hardbop commented about Midway Theatre on Apr 6, 2005 at 10:23 pm

Boy, you learn something new every day. I grew up in Warwick. Our family moved there in ‘66. I never knew there had been a theatre in Oakland Beach, a neighborhood immortalized on t-shirts that read “Where the Debris, Meets the Sea.” From what I understand, Oakland Beach never recovered from the 1938 hurricane.

hardbop commented about Art East Cinema on Apr 5, 2005 at 6:11 pm

I walked by here on Sunday and Chicago City Limits has vacated the premises and it is now for rent. The lobby is cluttered with debris and the slot in the box office where you slide the money is open to the elements. As I said elsewhere, I never stepped foot into this theatre, though I do remember in the early 1990s walking by to check it out when it opened for about a minute as either an art theatre or a rep house. I remember the film “Jacquot” was the last film to play there.

hardbop commented about Sutton Theater on Apr 5, 2005 at 6:08 pm

I walked by here on Saturday and it is indeed a hole in the ground. As I said above, I didn’t even know the Sutton had closed.

hardbop commented about Elmwood Theatre on Apr 4, 2005 at 11:47 am

I like in Astoria and would head out to The Elmwood when there were two movies playing I wanted to see because Queens theaters, unlike Manhattan theaters, have bargain matinees on weekday and Saturday afternoons. So it would pay for me to go the the Elmhurst and see two movies. I too caught “Pulp Fiction” the day after it opened. I remember suffering the ignominy the night before of not only not getting into the Angelika to see the film, but of getting stood up by my date. Oy vey. That “Pulp Fiction” screening I attended was on 10/22/94. The other film I caught that day there was “The Shawshank Redemption.”

hardbop commented about Drake Theatre on Apr 4, 2005 at 11:39 am

I went here once to see “City Slickers” on its first run, which must have been 1990. I remember it being a nice, clear neighborhood theatre and the owner/operator had a lot of equipment on display and left the projector open before/after screenings to you could see the projectors. It was clear to me that whoever ran this place the one time I went there took a lot of pride in its operation. I was sorry to learn that it closed.

hardbop commented about Regal Battery Park Stadium 11 on Apr 1, 2005 at 3:51 pm

This type of building personifies why all the exhibitors went bankrupt. I can’t imagine anyone going here, other than people who live in Battery Park City, Tribeca and maybe some people who work downtown. And that population can’t support 16 screens and I doubt they can support 11. It is so far off the beaten track, a long walk from the nearest subway and the fact that you have to cross the West Street.

The only time I’ve been there is for the Tribeca Film Festival and last year they had closed the five theatres and it seemed you would take escalator after escalator before you got to the theatres.

What a weird location for a cinema.

hardbop commented about Plaza Theatre on Apr 1, 2005 at 3:45 pm

I too miss this cinema. What I most remember about it was its dark wood. I can never remember it having a clear identity like its neighbor, for example, the Paris Cinema. Like Jamal, I remember seeing “Straight Out of Brooklyn” here when it opened. I also remember seeing “Flirting With Disaster,” David O. Russell’s first film.

Also there was a lot of confusion between the Plaza Theatre and Cinema 1 I believe it was called, which was actually located in the Plaza Hotel.

hardbop commented about New Plaza Cinema on Apr 1, 2005 at 3:37 pm

I went to several of the Cinema Latino screenings. Part of the reason is I have the hots for actress (and Almodovar diva) Cecilia Roth and she seemed to play at just about every other movie that screened there.

I have mixed emotions about seeing Cinema Latino go belly up because at least one of the two or three screenings I attended was projected video and a friend of mine had the same experience with a different film. And another time I attempted to go to another screening (also with Ms. Roth) and they had canceled the late afternoon/evening screenings for a special event without any warning (listings had the film running).