Comments from David Wodeyla

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David Wodeyla commented about AMC Chestnut Hill 5 on Jan 18, 2013 at 3:51 pm

From a quick drive-by, I’d guess June…?

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David Wodeyla commented about Cinema Shoppers World on Dec 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

You have a good memory! I had photos of the addition of Cinema III and IV being constructed in 1974, but don’t remember exactly when the split of I occurred. I remember the Sensurround being constructed (large plywood panels in the corners of the large auditorium.)

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David Wodeyla commented about Cinema Shoppers World on Jul 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm

The split of Cinema I didn’t happen until about 1974, so it probably wasn’t the first split house either. However, I’d suggest that the addition of Cinema II in 1963, could be called a new design with a changed configuration to the lobby as well as a completely new auditorium to the north side of the original building.

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David Wodeyla commented about State Palace Theatre on Mar 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Theatre District, with Loews State and the Joy on the left in this photo, and the Saenger on the right.

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David Wodeyla commented about ISO: Attendees of Chestnut Hill Cinema/Natick Drive-In on Jul 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm

What was the last name?

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David Wodeyla commented about General Cinema Front Entrance on Jul 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Actually, I took this photo after GCC went bankrupt and the building was being used by Garber Travel. It’s now a Container Store.

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David Wodeyla commented about Southgate Cinema on Jun 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Love the name reminiscences from the past, Lenny Mays, Vic Gattuso, Larry Bello, Bob Klass, Ed Dineen, this is vintage GCC History. Whenever there was a Regional Meeting, those guys were there!

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David Wodeyla commented about Gorman Theatre on Jun 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm

A Sanborn map from 1922 lists 850 seats with 2 balconys. The building was modernized in 1948.

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David Wodeyla commented about Natick Drive-In on May 29, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I took the picture of the screen in 1979, just after the Drive In closed,and was about to be torn down. The other photo I took and uploaded, was the view of the front. Taken the same day, you can see my 1966 Ford Mustang convertible parked in front.

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David Wodeyla commented about Cinema Treasures relaunches with new design, photo galleries, and more! on May 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

This is a huge upgrade, and I’m sure everyone is excited about uploading their photos, as I am. I would like to be able to go back and edit my comments, if necessary, and also, be able to know when anyone responds to a comment I may make. But if that’s not possible, it’s OK.

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David Wodeyla commented about Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Mar 20, 2011 at 8:57 am

There was a great tour of the theatre conducted yesterday, here’s a link to a video of the Wurlitzer organ.
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David Wodeyla commented about Cinema Shoppers World on Feb 15, 2011 at 9:51 am

Who knew about asbestos dangers back in the fifties? The Kent micronite filter had it! My description of the panels was based on what we could see when damage occurred, either a delivery truck backing into an area, or kids vandalism while leaving down the balcony exit ways.

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David Wodeyla commented about Cinema Treasures Reaches 30,000 Theaters on Dec 16, 2010 at 4:14 pm

This is a huge accomplishment, and great thanks go to all the folks out there who continue to find great photos and information to keep us all interested in a great business.

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David Wodeyla commented about Cinema Shoppers World on Jun 25, 2010 at 10:41 am

The sign actually says Thick Frappes. Those are like milk shakes. The sign is clearer in Boxoffice Magazine of Oct 4, 1952, link above. You have to go back to page 121.

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David Wodeyla commented about Cinema Shoppers World on Jun 25, 2010 at 9:27 am

If you check back in that issue, there’s also a nice article about the Cinema sign on the building, as well as a picture of the sign for Richard’s Drive In Restaurant, which was in Cambridge somewhere. Richard’s was Richard Smith’s restaurant venture. To Dave-Bronx, I don’t know about the use of Cambridge Seven, but the time frame sounds right. I wonder if Paul Delrossi has an answer?

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David Wodeyla commented about AMC Chestnut Hill 5 on Jun 25, 2010 at 9:20 am

Hey, it’s been a long time since anyone posted anything here! I think I should turn the replies notification back on.
Yes, the photos look like they came from an Annual Report.

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David Wodeyla commented about Reminder: Lecture at the National Heritage Museum (3/28) on Mar 28, 2010 at 7:47 pm

It was a very informative presentation. I liked the mention about how theaters began hiring High School kids, in order to save money. I began working as an usher myself, in 1966, for $1 per hour. In Massachusetts, theaters were allowed to pay “sub-minimum wage” at the time. The real minimum wage was $1.25.

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David Wodeyla commented about Cinema Shoppers World on Feb 5, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Dean, your Father was a General Cinema legend. Not only did he invent the “Lotta Lemon”, he was also the originator of the “Straw Vote” which predicted every Presidential election from 1972 until the Company declared bankruptcy. It was a great run while it lasted.
(I remember you coming to the movies with your Dad back in the ‘70s.)

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David Wodeyla commented about Sundance Group Announces Cinema Intention on Oct 12, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I guess the Sundance idea fell through again. What happened this time?

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David Wodeyla commented about AMC Braintree 10 on Nov 14, 2008 at 4:58 pm

I never met him, because Fred Tomeo was the Manager at the Drive In when I managed the Cinema. The name is familiar though, and I believe his daughter was an Assistant Manager at the Natick Drive In.

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David Wodeyla commented about AMC Chestnut Hill 5 on Nov 9, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Re: angling the seats with the split, the stadium style, with each row of seats backed up to the riser of the step behind, might have been the problem. We can agree on Joe Saunders though.

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David Wodeyla commented about Wollaston Theatre on May 20, 2008 at 12:31 pm

It’s interesting how a small, simple building begins to look so much better through the perspective of time with it’s charming marquee and location in a downtown neighborhood, and the fact that most of it’s peers have been torn down throughout New England.

I wish the neighborhood movie theatres in my area were still in existance. I’m sure Wollaston appreciates the place much more now than in the past.

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David Wodeyla commented about AMC Chestnut Hill 5 on May 3, 2008 at 7:54 pm

I’m still reading about the theatres, but not affiliated with the Chestnut Hill Cinema anymore. I managed it from 1986 until 1999. Refresh my memory, where did we meet?

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David Wodeyla commented about Embassy Theatre on Dec 18, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Great memories! I wonder if you met an Irishman named Jack O'Halloran who worked there once upon a time. He retired and became a doorman at the Cinema in Framigham in the early ‘80s.

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David Wodeyla commented about AMC Chestnut Hill 5 on Dec 12, 2007 at 3:20 pm

It’s from 1985, just prior to the new design by Cambridge 7.