Commentary

  • February 19, 2014

    Digital Bits cebebrates “Sweet Charity” at 45

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    Michael Coate has written another great piece over at the Digital Bits for the 45th Anniversary of “Sweet Charity.” He provides a detailed account of all its roadshow engagements as well as an interview with a number of film historians on that almost forgotten distribution format.

    Check out the whole story at the Digital Bits.

    (Thanks to Tinseltoes for providing the photo of the Cutler Majestic(nee Saxon) in Boston, host of the World Premiere of “Sweet Charity”.)

  • December 31, 2013

    Superman turns 35 and more

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    Here’s one more roundup of the meticulously researched anniversary pieces from Michael Coate over at The Digital Bits:

    SUPERMAN (35th anniversary)

    CLEOPATRA (50th anniversary)

    AMERICAN GRAFFITI (40th anniversary)

    DIE HARD (25th anniversary)

    JAMES BOND (50th anniversary)

    FUNNY GIRL (45th anniversary)

  • December 24, 2013

    Film Anniversaries celebrated at The Digital Bits

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    Longtime Cinema Treasures contributor, Michael Coate, has been writing some wonderful pieces for The Digital Bits lately that we thought would be of interest to readers. As 2013 winds down, here are some of the significant anniversaries from the past year.

    RETURN OF THE JEDI (30th anniversary)

    IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD (50th anniversary)

    THE ROBE / CINEMASCOPE (60th anniversary)

  • December 5, 2013

    Comments and Behavior On This Site

    To the CT Community, I feel compelled to post a notice about the recent run of behavior in the comments section. I’m not going to go on and on about it but those who frequent the site may be able to cite some of the offending examples. Instead, I’ll simply make this brief. One or both of these things will happen: 1) Violators of the user policy may be immediately suspended from the site. (No more pleasant warnings in advance.) 2) The ability to comment on theater pages may be suspended indefinitely. If you care about this site and about these theaters, please keep your comments on point and not about one another. We’ve been online for thirteen years and I’m deeply dismayed by what’s going on over the past two weeks. It ends today, one way or another.

  • August 6, 2013

    “American Graffiti” Anniversary article at The Digital Bits

    Longtime Cinema Treausres contributor Michael Coate, who most recently wrote about the Anniversary of “2001” has put together another thorough look back at a classic with his story on “American Graffiti” at the Digital Bits. Check out his list of engagements along with fun facts and review quotes in this conclusive piece on a moment in movie history 40 years ago.

  • July 2, 2013

    Scholars Need Your Feedback on ‘60s British Moviegoing

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    “Did you go to the cinema in 1960s Britain?” If so, historian Melvyn Stokes and his project team would like your help in filling out a questionnaire for “a major AHRC-funded research project which aims to shed light on the social and cultural history of cinema. To many writers, sixties films summed up the changes transforming British society, but the films themselves reveal nothing about how they were received and remembered. We want to find out how cinema-goers remember the films they saw. We are asking anyone who went to the cinema in 1960s Britain to share their memories with us by completing a short questionnaire.”

    To fill out the questionnaire, visit this page

    (Thanks to Ken Roe for the classic photo.)

  • July 1, 2013

    The Battle Over Texting Continues

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    David Edelstein at Vulture rails against texters and talkers in movie houses, while Jason Bailey at Flavorwire thinks we should all just get over it. No surprise that I think texters and talkers in movie houses are the scourge of the modern age, but what do you think?

  • April 2, 2013

    “2001: A Space Odyssey” 45th Anniversary – The Cinerama Engagements

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    “2001: A Space Odyssey” 45th Anniversary
    The Cinerama Engagements

    Compiled by Michael Coate

    Presented here in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the release of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a list of the science-fiction classic’s Cinerama-promoted roadshow engagements in the United States and Canada, which offers an opportunity to honor some once-glorious movie theaters. These engagements of 2001 were shown exclusively in major cities prior to the film being given a traditional nationwide release and included reserved seating with an advanced admission price and an average of only ten scheduled showings per week. And, as with most roadshows, these original presentations included an overture, intermission, entr’acte and exit music. As well, souvenir programs were sold.

    The list that follows focuses on the roadshow engagements of 2001 that had reserved seating and were promoted as a “Cinerama” presentation (in this case, a 70-millimeter print featuring six-track stereophonic sound projected onto a large, deeply-curved screen with the Cinerama brand touted in the film’s credits and in newspaper advertising).

  • March 19, 2013

    “South Pacific” 55th Anniversary – The Roadshow Engagements

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    “South Pacific” 55th Anniversary
    The Roadshow Engagements

    Compiled by Michael Coate

    Presented here in commemoration of the 55th anniversary of the release of South Pacific is a list of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical’s roadshow engagements in the United States and Canada, which offers an opportunity to name-drop some once-glorious movie theaters. These were shown exclusively in major cities prior to the film being given a nationwide release. The roadshow engagements included reserved seating with an advanced admission price and an average of ten scheduled showings per week. Much like a Broadway show, the roadshow presentations included an overture, intermission, entr’acte and exit music. As well, souvenir programs were sold. And, unlike the majority of the film’s general-release presentations, these roadshow engagements were presented in 70-millimeter and six-track stereophonic sound.

    This article/list was created for the sake of historical record, but is also a celebration of the mostly now-closed and fondly-remembered “Cinema Treasures” in which the film played. The bookings are arranged chronologically by premiere date. Duration data, measured in weeks, has been included for selected entries. At the time, many of these engagements established a long-run record for their respective city and/or theater (and a few hold to this day).

  • March 15, 2013

    Going to the movies has changed for the better since ‘80s

    Rich Copley of the Herald-Leader argues that theaters have changed for the better in the past 30 years. While we’re not building single-screen palaces, he claims the cinema experience has vastly improved from the chopped up multiplexes of the 80’s.

    How would you compare the two eras?