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BobbyS commented about RKO Keith's Theatre on Jan 28, 2019 at 6:25 pm

If Regal wants to give their patrons ground shaking, wind and rain during the showing of movies, they should really build it inside the Keith. All these elements are already there aren’t they? Regal wanted to build a cinema & a large Imax type screen in the Uptown Theatre in Chicago 2 years ago…But that failed to happened and that was a good thing for the Uptown which now has a new lease on life..

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BobbyS commented about Uptown Theatre on Dec 10, 2018 at 4:39 pm

I know this is the Uptown site and we all love the Uptown and looking forward to the grand re-opening. This is for Scott: Can you just imagine if the Granada Theatre had the same fate. Can you imagine a restored original waterfall marquee & blade sign with LED lighting up the facade. It almost happened. Lou Wolf paid $200,000 to Plitt for the building only. New carpets for inner lobby & main floor. Re-covered main floor seats and a new bright red stage curtain. I saw it all.. It was the refusal for getting a liquor license approved that doomed the project. Something that all venues have today with multiple bars in place needed for the cash registers. That was a major loss for movie palace lovers!

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BobbyS commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Dec 10, 2018 at 4:18 pm

Thanks for all the info…even with the lasers etc, and the so-called mega screens of today, it all pales to the screen size and projection of the 1950/1960’s TODD-AO to me. Real wall to wall, floor to ceiling screens and beautiful sharp & colorful images!

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BobbyS commented about Uptown Theatre on Dec 2, 2018 at 11:07 pm

The Belmont was just as you say it was… My favorite was the Granada because it reminded me of my much loved Marbro on the west side.

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BobbyS commented about Uptown Theatre on Dec 1, 2018 at 8:05 pm

Hi Scott!!! I can hardly wait for the summer of 2019 to witness the beginning of the re-birth of the Uptown Theater. I will only see it from the outside. The removal and installing the new marquee and blade signage should be thrilling just by itself. I hope they will show a special movie sometime and really show this masterpiece off to people that used to patronize this movie palace!

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BobbyS commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Oct 12, 2018 at 2:49 pm

Is laser really better & sharper than a digital projector or a 70mm film on a Todd-AO bulb? I once bought a laser disc machine and bought videos that were the size of a LP record. It was so long ago I forgot the comparison to VHS. I wonder if a laser projector can play a Blue Ray DVD or has to have something different from the studio just for the projector.

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BobbyS commented about Kenosha Theatre on Sep 16, 2018 at 11:02 pm

We visited the theater two days ago and saw wheel barrows and opened paint cans and brushes and ladders in the lobby. The same items we saw last year. Yet next door were fixtures with exit signs etc and chairs & table and a set of golf clubs. We thought maybe the people just walked away yet the lights and a ceiling fan were on. Does anybody know what is going on? Only a block from from the beautiful Library Park. This looks like a beautiful theater project in the making!

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BobbyS commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Sep 13, 2018 at 9:49 pm

I thought the State was. Which one had the larger stage?

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BobbyS commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Sep 12, 2018 at 7:56 am

Same here in Chicago Howard. CO gave us curtained screens & marble floors and really knew how to mask a film properly. It brought back a little glitz of going to the movies!

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BobbyS commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Sep 11, 2018 at 11:39 am

I imagine in the future LOEWS will disappear completely. Only us fans will remember what it meant. AMC may be owned over seas, but they really don’t know much about running movie theaters here!

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BobbyS commented about AMC Dine-In Rosemont 18 on Sep 9, 2018 at 9:53 am

Not only the beautiful blade sign is gone, AMC must not like spending money to re-bulb the marquee. Half of the many light bulbs burned out. Looks like they are waiting for the rest to go so they can leave it off. Terrible!

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BobbyS commented about Loew's State Theatre on Aug 16, 2018 at 9:36 pm

Thanks HowardB..I just read your link. I asked Music Box Theater people in Chicago why not a print of “Around” shown at their 70mm festival. They said there is not a good print of the film available. “Cleopatra” was outstanding in 70mm. I loved reading about the Todd-AO special projector…No wonder the film was so impressive shown at the Michael Todd theater in Chicago in 1956

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BobbyS commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Aug 16, 2018 at 8:51 am

Thanks CC! Great news and photos….One question that I don’t understand is how the Paramount & a restored Uptown in Chicago plan to remove the main floor seats for some shows for standing room and putting them back for others. These must be a new light weight chair that can be moved easily. Plus the storage room. I wonder how long it will take to remove them & store them and put them back?

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BobbyS commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Aug 2, 2018 at 8:56 pm

gaudy ugly at that !!

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BobbyS commented about Congress Theater on Jul 6, 2018 at 8:33 pm

I heard all about the Uptown and couldn’t be more thrilled..What amazes me so many people think it had clouds & stars in the ceiling… They are confused.

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BobbyS commented about Uptown Theatre on Jul 5, 2018 at 8:20 pm

I bet Chris Jones was thinking of the Aragon Ballroom which is atmospheric when he wrote the article… I didn’t realize Live Nation owns the Aragon when I looked it up. This is wonderful exciting news for the beautiful Uptown! Bravo Jam!!

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BobbyS commented about Brooklyn Paramount Theatre on Jun 25, 2018 at 11:04 am

Thanks CC for article….Very exciting!!

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BobbyS commented about Uptown Theatre on Jun 18, 2018 at 11:09 pm

Since the city agreed for TIF funds released for the Congress theater re-opening not that far away from the Uptown, I think it is almost impossible for the Uptown to come back to life now.To quote what Rhett Butler might say “The City Doesn’t Give A Damn”!

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BobbyS commented about AMC Dine-In Rosemont 18 on Jun 16, 2018 at 9:13 am

Passed the theater yesterday. AMC sign replaced Muvico 18 facing tollway. but was surprised to see the beautiful blade sign removed entirely…I am hoping it was sent somewhere to be changed from Muvico 18 to Rosemont and re-bulbed. But AMC is not known for splashy signage. So we’ll see!

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BobbyS commented about Congress Theater on Jun 12, 2018 at 9:35 pm

If only The Uptown Theater a few miles away got the same great news from the city. I am afraid it never will. That is the sad news here. Bravo to the Congress!!

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BobbyS commented about Paradise Theater on Jun 8, 2018 at 4:02 pm

Thanks DavidZornig for photo. What a vertical! I wonder how often they had to change the many burned out bulbs? Or the high ladders they used.

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BobbyS commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 27, 2018 at 9:38 am

The Oakbrook was a wonderful theatre & screen! Then they chopped it up & then torn it down for a Cheesecake Factory. Now a dine-in AMC was carved into the top floor of the Sears store there. Too bad these xtra-large screens are only a memory! I would think a once-a-month classic film at Radio City would draw big crowds. I am surprised they don’t try it. It would fill the empty seats for all the days that the theatre isn’t doing anything…Imagine the sales at the refreshment counter & liquor sales alone!

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BobbyS commented about Kings Theatre on May 3, 2018 at 9:27 pm

WoW !! Have to speak English. Never read that before. Can you you really say that today? It’s about time.

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BobbyS commented about Pickwick Theatre on May 3, 2018 at 12:02 pm

My favorite place to see a film. Matt’s classic film series once a month is a must for movie lovers. His comments about the movie are a must and adds to the knowledge of the movie. Jay Warren’s prelude on the pipe organ before the film is a wonderful touch!!! Bravo Pickwick!!

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BobbyS commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Apr 16, 2018 at 7:55 pm

I kind of remember it wasn’t a great film….Not in the same way as “Windjammer” was. Maybe the novelty of the large format was wearing out!