Commentary

  • February 8, 2013

    REMEMBERING CINERAMA (Part 59: Erie)

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    The following is an ongoing, semi-regular series of retrospectives on CINERAMA, the legendary motion picture process that kicked off the widescreen revolution. The series focuses on providing a market-by-market historical record of when and where Cinerama and its multi-panel clones were exhibited. These easy-to-reference articles serve to provide nostalgia to those who experienced the Cinerama presentations when they were new and to honor the movie palaces in which the memorable screenings took place.

    And now… Part 59: Cinerama Presentations in Erie, Pennsylvania!

  • February 1, 2013

    REMEMBERING CINERAMA (Part 58: Indianapolis)

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    The following is an ongoing, semi-regular series of retrospectives on CINERAMA, the legendary motion picture process that kicked off the widescreen revolution. The series focuses on providing a market-by-market historical record of when and where Cinerama and its multi-panel clones were exhibited. These easy-to-reference articles serve to provide nostalgia to those who experienced the Cinerama presentations when they were new and to honor the movie palaces in which the memorable screenings took place.

    And now… Part 58: Cinerama Presentations in Indianapolis, Indiana!

  • January 18, 2013

    REMEMBERING CINERAMA (Part 56: Honolulu)

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    Back by popular demand!

    The following is an ongoing, semi-regular series of retrospectives on CINERAMA, the legendary motion picture process that kicked off the widescreen revolution. The series focuses on providing a market-by-market historical record of when and where Cinerama and its multi-panel clones were exhibited. These easy-to-reference articles serve to provide nostalgia to those who experienced the Cinerama presentations when they were new and to honor the movie palaces in which the memorable screenings took place.

    And now… Part 56: Cinerama Presentations in Honolulu, Hawaii!

  • January 11, 2013

    REMEMBERING CINERAMA (Part 55: Buffalo)

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    Back by popular demand!

    The following is an ongoing, semi-regular series of retrospectives on CINERAMA, the legendary motion picture process that kicked off the widescreen revolution. The series focuses on providing a market-by-market historical record of when and where Cinerama and its multi-panel clones were exhibited. These easy-to-reference articles serve to provide nostalgia to those who experienced the Cinerama presentations when they were new and to honor the movie palaces in which the memorable screenings took place.

    And now… Part 55: Cinerama (& CineMiracle) Presentations in Buffalo, New York!

  • December 10, 2012

    Happy 50th, “Lawrence of Arabia”

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    Compiled by Michael Coate

    On December 10th, 1962, fifty years ago today, David Lean’s LAWRENCE OF ARABIA had its Royal World Premiere in London at the Odeon Leicester Square. Five days later the epic film premiered in the United States. Presented here to commemorate the golden anniversary of the classic film’s release is a list of (most of) the North American reserved-seat “roadshow” engagements in which the film played. These were the theaters that exclusively played the film before it was given a nationwide general release, and, unlike most of the film’s general-release engagements, these roadshow presentations featured stereophonic sound (the majority in 70mm with 6-track stereo, and some in 35mm with 4-track stereo), advanced admission pricing, an average of ten showings per week, an overture, intermission, entr'acte, exit music, and souvenir program booklets.

    This (work-in-progress) list has been created for the sake of historical record, but also is a celebration of the fondly-remembered cinemas in which LAWRENCE OF ARABIA played as much as it is a celebration of the film. The bookings are arranged chronologically by premiere date, and duration data, measured in weeks, has been included for selected entries.

  • June 29, 2012

    REMEMBERING CINERAMA (Part 54: Omaha)

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    Compiled by Michael Coate

    The following is a semi-regular series of retrospectives on CINERAMA, the legendary motion picture process that kicked off the widescreen revolution. The series focuses on providing a market-by-market historical record of when and where Cinerama and its multi-panel clones were exhibited. These easy-to-reference articles serve to provide nostalgia to those who experienced the Cinerama presentations when they were new and to honor the movie palaces in which the memorable screenings took place.

    And now… Part 54: Cinerama Presentations in Omaha, Nebraska!

  • June 15, 2012

    REMEMBERING CINERAMA (Part 53: San Jose)

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    Compiled by Michael Coate

    The following is a semi-regular series of retrospectives on CINERAMA, the legendary motion picture process that kicked off the widescreen revolution. The series focuses on providing a market-by-market historical record of when and where Cinerama and its multi-panel clones were exhibited. These easy-to-reference articles serve to provide nostalgia to those who experienced the Cinerama presentations when they were new and to honor the movie palaces in which the memorable screenings took place.

    And now… Part 53: Cinerama Presentations in San Jose, California!

  • June 1, 2012

    REMEMBERING CINERAMA (Part 51: Rochester)

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    Back by popular demand!

    The following is Part 51 in an ongoing, semi-regular series of retrospectives on CINERAMA, the legendary motion picture process that kicked off the widescreen revolution. The series focuses on providing a market-by-market historical record of when and where Cinerama and its multi-panel clones were exhibited. These easy-to-reference articles serve to provide nostalgia to those who experienced the Cinerama presentations when they were new and to honor the movie palaces in which the memorable screenings took place.

    Part 1: New York
    Part 2: Chicago
    Part 3: San Francisco

  • May 25, 2012

    Celebrating the Original STAR WARS on its 35th Anniversary

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    A long time ago in a theater far, far away….
    Celebrating The Original STAR WARS On Its 35th Anniversary

    Compiled by Michael Coate

    Wow! Has it really been thirty-five years? Where has the time gone? It seems like only a short time ago that George Lucas’ endearing space fantasy caught the world by surprise.

    A lot has happened over the years in regard to STAR WARS, and for a lot of people the STAR WARS saga and George Lucas have worn out their welcome. There is no denying, however, that there was a time when STAR WARS was fresh and exciting and had inspired a generation. That time began thirty-five years ago today. To celebrate, presented here is: (1) a list of the theaters where the movie played during its first week of release (to honor those venues famous for being among the first anywhere to show the landmark movie), and (2) a list of the theaters where the movie played for more than one year (to help illustrate the movie’s staggering success).

  • May 24, 2012

    REMEMBERING CINERAMA (Part 50: Portland)

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    Back by popular demand!

    The following is Part 50 in an ongoing, semi-regular series of retrospectives on CINERAMA, the legendary motion picture process that kicked off the widescreen revolution. The series focuses on providing a market-by-market historical record of when and where Cinerama and its multi-panel clones were exhibited. These easy-to-reference articles serve to provide nostalgia to those who experienced the Cinerama presentations when they were new and to honor the movie palaces in which the memorable screenings took place.

    Part 1: New York
    Part 2: Chicago
    Part 3: San Francisco