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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jun 23, 2018 at 9:25 am

I’ve seen photos of the Capitol screen when The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm played there in 3-strip, and I’m pretty sure it was the same screen on which I saw 2001 in 70mm Cinerama.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jun 23, 2018 at 9:22 am

I was wondering a similar thing. When a 70mm blowup like Doctor Zhivago played the Capitol, did it fill the entire screen space the way 2001 in 70mm Cinerama did?

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Jun 22, 2018 at 9:01 am

Mark: I hope it does go into Lincoln Square. It’s still at the Village East (6th week) which proves it does well in Manhattan.

Pete: I tried measuring the screen with my feet pressed together and walking the length of it at intermission, but I gave up because people were still in the theater and I probably looked like some kind of a nut up there. Your method sounds much better.

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Jun 21, 2018 at 9:22 am

alpinedownhiller: Sorry I overestimated the screen size in #15. When I sat in the front row and the movie started, it reminded me of the same scale I experienced from the front row of the Ziegfeld, where I saw 2001 many times, but even bigger. The Ziegfeld had a 50' screen, but the screen at the Garden State is positioned closer to the front row. Without taking that into account, I jumped to the conclusion that it was bigger than the Ziegfeld.

But it was still a great show, and I have new respect for AMC for bringing the 70mm print to NJ. Wish I could go again.

Next screening for me (unless it pops up somewhere else in the area like the Garden State engagement did): 7/29 in Queens, NY.

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Jun 20, 2018 at 4:33 pm

They’d still do that during the movie. Imagine having to wait 90 minutes or more to check on your phone. :)

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Jun 20, 2018 at 12:25 pm

I wonder how many younger people (if any) attended one of the 2001 shows and if they knew what was going on when the intermission started?

An intermission makes a movie more of an event. It’s also good for bathroom breaks and concession sales.

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Jun 20, 2018 at 10:43 am

I looked through the porthole at intermission and was surprised to see the projector still running. Was that blank film or leader going through the projector for about 15 minutes? I always thought everything was turned off during intermission.

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Jun 20, 2018 at 9:43 am

I tried to find a way into the projection booth at intermission, but I only saw doors for storage closets. I could have thanked you personally! But I’ll thank you from here. That is so cool the way you’re carrying on your dad’s tradition. Where did he project 2001 50 years ago, and was it in Cinerama?

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Jun 19, 2018 at 11:56 pm

I went to the 7 PM show on Tuesday night. About 30 people in the audience. Don’t know if Mark was running this show, but as far as projection and sound go, both shows at the AMC Garden State rank in the top tier of my 77 total theatrical viewings. Only way to improve it: a bigger, more enthusiastic audience (I missed the way the NYC audiences laughed at many of HAL’s lines), and curtains.

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Jun 19, 2018 at 9:51 am

An ad like this might be able to boost attendance. Still, it’s doing quite well for a movie that’s 50 years old.

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Jun 19, 2018 at 9:12 am

Mark, your colleague on Sunday did a fine job on the lights as well. Too bad there were no curtains, but I’m just happy the movie played here at all, with absolutely no advertising that I was aware of.

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Bill Huelbig commented about City Cinemas Village East on Jun 18, 2018 at 2:40 pm

I would estimate the screen size in AMC Garden State theater #15 in Paramus as 60 feet wide, which was the same size as the screen at the original Stanley Warner Route 4 down the road, which played 2001 many times. Lots of head turning was necessary from the front row, which is a good way to watch 2001. About 30 people were there for the 3:30 PM show on Sunday.

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Jun 18, 2018 at 2:31 pm

One nice thing: the exit music played out to the very end. That’s about 5 or 6 minutes, but it wasn’t cut off. I will probably be going back before the engagement ends.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Union County Performing Arts Center on Jun 18, 2018 at 1:58 pm

I’m glad the show went so well. I saw The Bridge on the River Kwai here several years ago, in 35mm CinemaScope. The movie and the theater were both very impressive.

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Jun 17, 2018 at 11:55 pm

I would estimate the screen size in theater #15 as 60 feet wide, which was the same size as the screen at the original Stanley Warner Route 4, which played 2001 many times. Lots of head turning was necessary from the front row, which is a good way to watch 2001. About 30 people were there for the 3:30 PM show today.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jun 17, 2018 at 8:26 am

Mark, thanks for that great compliment. By the way, I am going to see it today in Paramus. I’ve got to see it in as many different theaters as I can!

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jun 15, 2018 at 11:20 am

Thanks, NYer! Haven’t got too many anniversaries like this. Only other movie one is Star Wars (5/25/1977). I have a couple of album ones, like Sgt. Pepper’s (6/1/1967) and Led Zeppelin IV (11/8/1971).

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jun 15, 2018 at 10:42 am

You’re right. If I could, I’d take back everyone who ever posted on this Capitol Theatre page.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jun 15, 2018 at 8:39 am

June 15, 1968, 1:30 PM: today is my personal 50th anniversary with “2001” and the Capitol. An incomparable movie/theater combination. Who’s got a time machine?

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Bill Huelbig commented about City Cinemas Village East on Jun 14, 2018 at 1:38 pm

Ericeman: I’m going to the AMC Garden State 16 on Sunday and I’ll ask about the screen size. If nobody knows, I’ll give you my best estimate.

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Jun 14, 2018 at 11:48 am

Mark, I’m sure your colleague will do just as good a job as you. It must be a projectionist’s dream to get your hands on a 70mm print.

The Union County Arts Center is a great place to see classic films. I saw The Bridge on the River Kwai there a few years ago.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Jun 13, 2018 at 2:39 pm

For three out of the past four weeks, the highest grossing movie in the US based on per-screen average has been “2001”. If only Stanley were still alive to see this.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jun 13, 2018 at 1:50 pm

For three out of the past four weeks, the highest grossing movie in the US based on per-screen average has been “2001”. If only Stanley were still alive to see this.

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Bill Huelbig commented about City Cinemas Village East on Jun 13, 2018 at 1:49 pm

For three out of the past four weeks, the highest grossing movie in the US based on per-screen average has been “2001”. If only Stanley were still alive to see this.

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Bill Huelbig commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Jun 13, 2018 at 1:48 pm

For three out of the past four weeks, the highest grossing movie in the US based on per-screen average has been “2001”. If only Stanley were still alive to see this.