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HowardBHaas commented about Cinema Ambasciatori on Oct 17, 2018 at 7:27 am

So that’s where those Trust scenes were filmed! Thank you.

HowardBHaas commented about Ritz 5 Theatres on Oct 17, 2018 at 4:58 am

For some months, there’s been a once a week evening classic. I’m told by a friend who attended that last night’s Young Frankenstein was packed, the large auditorium # 1 filled except 1st 3 rows. These are shown as theatrical quality 2 k.

HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Oct 8, 2018 at 10:21 am

Yes, I’d see First Man in 70mm Imax somewhere, but since only digital Imax, I doubt I will spend the extra ticket cost. More likely I will see it in a movie theater in scope, not in an Imax.

HowardBHaas commented about Paramount Theatre on Oct 5, 2018 at 5:24 pm

MarkP, I hope they put the Newark letters back on after the film shoot!

HowardBHaas commented about Prince Theater on Oct 4, 2018 at 10:13 am

There is a “locked” article today at Phila. Business Journal where renderings (free to see) indicate plan to change name to Philadelphia Film Center (with wording on the main facade as Midtown wording used to be) & to change raised upper section of main auditorium into 2 more auditoriums with screens, so that together with ex ballroom auditorium, the building will have 4 screens.

HowardBHaas commented about Pickwick Theatre on Sep 21, 2018 at 6:58 pm

the marquee pictured in the linked article looks beautiful!

HowardBHaas commented about Times Square Theatre on Sep 19, 2018 at 6:18 pm

yep, retail sounds sad for this space! article – Stillman Development will be responsible for the $100 million project, and has signed a 73-year lease for the space, which will be reconceived as a multi-floor retail space.

The extensive renovation plan is set to incorporate elements of the theatre’s original design, and will preserve the original proscenium, dome, and boxes.

The plans also include restoration of architectural features and will lift the property façade by five feet, which will result in higher ceilings on the ground floor. Developers have also planned to construct a two story glass box and outdoor space on the property.

According to reports, the developers hope to appeal to “entertainment-focused retailers”.

The property has changed hands a number of times over the years, most recently having been leased to an entertainment and multimedia company based in Singapore. In 2014, a deal fell through for the much-discussed Broadway 4D project.

Developers estimate that the project will take at least two years to complete.

HowardBHaas commented about Times Square Theatre on Sep 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm

short article with the relevant parts sounding way better than the wrecking ball mentioned as a possibility in recent comment:

sources told The Post, the theater with 100 feet of sidewalk frontage has been leased to Oracle Projects International, a Singapore-based producer and designer of technology-driven entertainment and multimedia events.   Oracle Special Projects says it specializes in “delivering complete customized turnkey solutions for world-class special events, permanent installations and landmark attractions around the world.” It says its “proprietary 360-degree Video Project Dome venues” have “revolutionized the events and entertainment sphere.”

HowardBHaas commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 18, 2018 at 4:49 am

Ah, the 4th paragraph here says the 2.89 is letterboxed I’m no expert on Cinerama so can’t say for sure.

HowardBHaas commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 17, 2018 at 3:48 pm

both sides at the far ends? see Restoration

HowardBHaas commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 17, 2018 at 1:54 pm

The Dome is only showing ONE film in Cinerama style, How the West was Won though in digital. Some footage is shown that was actually filmed (not showing gigolos). Again, the 70mm versions regarding the other films are different than 3 strip Cinerama. What I don’t understand is the reference to no good prints of Mad World because today Seattle Cinerama was showing 70mm of such though possible from a private collector?

HowardBHaas commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 16, 2018 at 6:49 pm

The Ultra-Panavision 70, which is not exactly the same as Cinerama, and its aspect ratio is 2.76. The digital How the Was Won has more image than originally projected. I applaud Mr. Sittig’s professionalism & dedication to correct presentations! Of course, many of us would prefer film to digital, but unfortunately, I don’t think there’s decent 70mm prints of Grand Prix or Battle of the Bulge, so restored digital is what will be shown- and enjoyed!

HowardBHaas commented about AMC 34th Street 14 on Sep 11, 2018 at 12:40 pm

I liked Cineplex Odeon. They overspent on acquiring & furnishing theaters & could not sustain that business model but they gave theatergoers curtained screens, marble floors, custom carpets, etc, at least in the DC & NYC theaters I attended regularly.

HowardBHaas commented about Girard Theatre on Sep 10, 2018 at 1:07 pm

Sold & demolition expected

HowardBHaas commented about Cine Centrale on Sep 10, 2018 at 4:19 am

article re Roman era coins-

HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 31, 2018 at 5:27 am

I’ve noticed just about everything here seems to be shown these days in digital, with the rare exceptions of the 70mm screenings. That’s disappointing!

HowardBHaas commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 28, 2018 at 4:28 pm

As to what I saw re South Pacific:

6 track meant 5 tracks behind screen, 1 surround. Usually remixed into the digital formats. Not identical.

HowardBHaas commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 27, 2018 at 5:33 pm

I wouldn’t put much credence in a theater chat site unless there was more specific information. Unless somebody asked the theater staff they would not know if it was a blu ray or 2k or 4k whether downloaded from satellite as typical or harddrive. As to colors, it was a digital version & such scans do not always resemble what the film had. As stated, in my experience, the Fathom TCM screenings are NOT blu rays- I’ve asked. But, at one of those screenings, the colors looked ridiculous & when checked online that was the criticism of the digitization of that film.

HowardBHaas commented about Criterion Theatre on Aug 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Vindanpar, are you sure it was a showing of the Blu ray rather than a 2k or 4k version (even if not the roadshow)? In 2012, I saw a beautiful 70mm print of the roadshow at AFI Silver, so there’s a roadshow available to digitize if not already done. When I’ve attended Fathom screenings- which this was, they usually are 2k or so.

HowardBHaas commented about UA Riverview Plaza Stadium 17 on Aug 26, 2018 at 5:51 am

I’m reposting a yelp comment (5-27-18 by A and JS of San Francisco)– This review is mainly a post about the size of the various theaters. While Fandango does list auditorium numbers with showtimes, the size of the screens is rather mysterious until you are there. Auditoriums 1 – 6 are upstairs, and 1 and 2 are biggest, huge even. Downstairs are auditoriums 7 – 15. Avoid the tiny, nearly worthless 14 & 15, which are almost like big screen televisions. I thought, just by sight comparison, that 8 and 13 were maybe a little larger than the others downstairs, but this may be my imagination. Would love to see more posts/more information about this. I love a big screen, but don’t want to see, or pay for, IMAX. Anyone else have an opinion to contribute?

HowardBHaas commented about AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 on Aug 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm

The source material for the 2001 70mm IMAX print will be from Nolan’s new 70mm prints but it will be issued in Imax form. I don’t know the aspect ratio. Since 2001 wasn’t filmed with IMAX film cameras, which produce more resolution than regular 70mm film, I don’t figure how there will be any benefit other than giant screen. Article about

HowardBHaas commented about Odeon Leicester Square on Aug 19, 2018 at 3:45 am

As Terry says “at the expense of capacity” I’ve been in awe of this theater partly because when looking around in the auditorium at a full house for various films like James Bond, special events, and other sold out films, there were hundreds- 1700 or so, filmgoers! Now the capacity will be severely shrunk though I haven’t read a total number. I hope films will be properly masked & the curtain used, as it was before AMC acquired Odeon.

HowardBHaas commented about Museum of the Moving Image on Aug 18, 2018 at 7:06 pm

Enjoyed today the restored 4 hour 10 minute “Cleopatra” (1963) in what looked like like a perfect, new 70mm print! 2.2 aspect ratio. Surround sound. Proper use of the curtain before movie, at intermission & after movie. Surround sound.

HowardBHaas commented about Odeon Leicester Square on Aug 17, 2018 at 9:13 am

Cutlman1, I was also thinking of the Prince Edward. I wasn’t in those- only in the Empire before division & Odeon L Sq, being here in the States & visiting in recent years. But, I know of them.

HowardBHaas commented about Odeon Leicester Square on Aug 17, 2018 at 5:08 am

I think there is consensus that with the huge, curved screen (75 feet wide) at the Odeon Marble Arch that the screen was the largest in the West End, at least after Cinerama sized screens were gone from other theaters and it may have been the best showplace for many films while the curved screen was there. The stats also indicate that from 1963 until the auditorium was divided, the Empire’s large screen was about 60 feet wide (never mind the program’s assertion as to 63 feet, accurate or not), larger than the 47 feet wide (scope) Odeon Leicester Square. All three auditoriums were still very impressive & we will wait to see what size screen will be at the Odeon L. Sq. It might be interesting to take a step back & compare the Cinerama sized screens of West End theaters that previously had such screens.