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HowardBHaas commented about What about the curtains? on Sep 16, 2014 at 8:36 am

I see fewer movies because there aren’t curtains! And, today there’s a trend away from masking which will result in my seeing fewer movies, too.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 10, 2014 at 5:17 am

I like that photo, the one with the curtain. I posted it. I’ve taken my own photos but not as nice as this one. During the years we weren’t allowed to post photos, somebody sent that photo to me with the request that I share it, which is what I did. Haven’t seen the curtain close at the Ziegfeld in a while, so can’t take new photos with current camera of it closed.

Today’s movie theaters are starting to also not even use masking! New multiplexes & redone movie houses have decided that with digital film, masking isn’t needed, even when the screen isn’t filled with the movie image. So we keep going further away from proper presentations….

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Sep 6, 2014 at 4:44 am

Yes, we’ve now met. Thanks again for taking the photo. Had seen a 70mm print of The Sound of Music in 1991 at the Uptown. My article at top right links to my article last year about 70mm festival at Seattle Cinerama. Saw magnificient newer, restored looking 70mm print of The Sound of Music there.

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HowardBHaas commented about Uptown Theater on Sep 5, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Please be clear. Did AMC state they will close this theater?

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Sep 4, 2014 at 5:47 am

I wrote up this year’s 70mm film series here. There’s links & names of the prior festivals’s movies, too http://www.in70mm.com/news/2014/afi_festival/index.htm

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 22, 2014 at 5:07 am

I had intended on going this past Sunday to see silent 35mm The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and 70 mm The Agony and the Ecstasy. I had read that prints shown in prior years elsewhere in the world of the 70mm print were excellent. Did anybody see it this past weekend? How was the print?

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HowardBHaas commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 on Aug 20, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Vague post. He’s referring to other theaters (formerly “sister theters” the Sony State 4 screener & the Astor Plaza being given over to other uses. This theater remains with as many screens as when it opened.

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HowardBHaas commented about Castro Theatre Organ IndieGoGo Campaign on Aug 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm

That is a spectacular photo! Thanks, Tinseltoes.

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HowardBHaas commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Sometimes Hollywood studios had more than one “world premiere” sometimes one in LA & one elsewhere.

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HowardBHaas commented about A.B.C. Theatre on Jul 20, 2014 at 4:59 am

According to Glazer’s hardback book Philadelphia Theatres A-Z, it only operated as a theater intermittently for 5 years. That began 1914, so I wouldn’t expect anybody at this time to recall it.

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

I should have written that Ryans Daughter and Cheyenne Autumn were shown in English but with Swedish subtitles. Googling, I don’t see any other prints reveal themselves as being shown anywhere so I’m going to guess the AFI Silver simply didn’t bother to list it that way?

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm

3rd annual 70mm festival now online. http://www.afi.com/silver/films/2014/p67/70mm_spectacular_part3.aspx Hamlet. The Agony and the Ecstasy. Ryan’s Daughter. Cheyenne Autumn. Last year, Lincoln Center showed 70mm Ryan’s Daughter & Cheyenne Autumn in Swedish with subtitles, but no word of that format here. Oklahoma in DCP. Around the World in 80 Days, shown in Bradford England in a pink version. Anyone know if there’s a good version of Around the World Days in 80 Days?

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HowardBHaas commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Jul 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm

This is terrible news, but earlier today, I asked Ken Roe if he’d expand the Introduction above & include the landmarking (which includes the interior). Ken did expand it. I will guess it will become a retail store.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ardmore Theater on Jul 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Gym closing July 31 according to article online today’s Main Line Times- Over a decade after the Philadelphia Sports Club first made its home in the former Ardmore Theater on Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore, the high-end athletic facility will close its doors mid-summer.

Lisa Hufcut, media relations spokesperson with Town Sports International, LLC, parent company of PSC, confirmed the information: “Yes, the PSC Ardmore location will be closing on July 31,” Hufcut wrote in an email Wednesday evening, July 3. No further information on the future of the Ardmore facility or that of TSI’s other locations could be obtained prior to the long July 4 holiday weekend.

In addition to PSC in Philadelphia and its suburbs, TSI also operates clubs in New York (NYSC), Boston (BSC) and Washington (WSC).

According to the website cinematreasure.org which references a Main Line Times article, the former Ardmore Theater at 34 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, opened in 1926. It was designed by architect Clarence Woolmington in the Baux-Arts style. The theater’s use went from vaudeville to silent films to “talkies” and by 1941, it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management. It remained a movie theater until it was closed by United Artists in 2000.

The Lower Merion Conservancy put the theater on its 2001 top ten list of endangered buildings. Following its business model of repurposing closed and/or troubled historic movie theaters, PSC’s parent company, Town Sports International, took over the Ardmore Theater after trying unsuccessfully to acquire the Bryn Mawr Theater. That theater was purchased by a non-profit and saved as the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

In 2002, after TSI purchased and totally gutted the Ardmore Theater, it reopened as the Philadelphia Sports Club. The spacious, two-level Ardmore gym is one of several PSC locations: St. Davids and Chalfont are listed as suburban sites on mysportsclubs.com as well as Market Street, Rodin Place and Society Hill in the City of Philadelphia.

Attempts Wednesday to obtain comments from management at the Ardmore PSC location regarding the status of members, employees and the building’s future were unsuccessful. Main Line Media News was referred to Lisa Hufcut with the corporate office.

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HowardBHaas commented about National Theatre on Jun 29, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Googling, I found permission sought last year for a 34 unit apartment building with retail on ground floor & 2 floors of basement parking.

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HowardBHaas commented about Newtown Theatre on Jun 2, 2014 at 5:04 am

May 30 began the 1st main feature with digital projection, the excellent “The Railway Man.”

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HowardBHaas commented about Sphinx Cinema on May 26, 2014 at 3:11 pm

In October, 2001, I stayed in Ghent & as part of the film festival, enjoyed “The Verdict” (1982) here in a basement auditorium which my notes indicate sat 120 in what was then a 4 screener.

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HowardBHaas commented about Newtown Theatre on May 26, 2014 at 6:03 am

May 26: Wizard of Oz at 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. May 27: The Godfather at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. May 28: Singin’ in the Rain at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. May 29: Casablanca at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission to each movie will be the same price that was charged the year the movie was released. Those prices are: Wizard of Oz, .23 cents; Godfather, $1.70; Singin’ in the Rain, .53 cents; and Casablanca, .27 cents. Additional donations will be accepted at the door.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ritz Theatre on May 24, 2014 at 4:46 am

Did this theater get a digital projector & if so how did it afford to?

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HowardBHaas commented about Empire Cinema on May 17, 2014 at 7:09 pm

After you enter the Impact auditorium, and the IMAX auditorium, before the movie starts (so as to not violate copyrights) please take photos of the auditorium & post in the photo section! Are they using curtains (tabs) in those 2 new auditoriums?

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HowardBHaas commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on May 4, 2014 at 3:52 pm

is the building being demolished? or the interior redone for another tenant?

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HowardBHaas commented about Boyd Theatre on Apr 18, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Status hasn’t changed because the building remains for the moment. Without suggesting “blame” or “boycot” but simply listing those for the “destruction” as you characterize it, the following testified or wrote in support of the application of Live Nation & iPiC (for which developer Rodin Group will purchase & lease the property): Center City District. Rittenhouse Row. Boyd’s store. Sharon Pinkenson of the Film Office. City Councilperson Clarke, State Senator Farnese, State Rep. Sims. Leaders of William Penn House & 1920 Chestnut Street, both residential buildings nearby. Of course, nobody is more upset than I am. Friends of the Boyd will continue to document & publicize the long & wonderful history of the Boyd. Thanks to those above who expressed their support.

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HowardBHaas commented about Pearl Theatre at Avenue North on Feb 22, 2014 at 5:36 am

Out of date links are ok to keep here because people can search for those news links once they have the basic info. Inquirer articles can be located whether in their archives online or Philadelphia Free Library online or in person at libraries.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Feb 13, 2014 at 3:47 pm

checking Ziegfeld for the weekend, I saw other titles today & tomorrow & googled found this Variety explanation-

New York City’s Ziegfeld Theatre will host a two day, five film retrospective celebrating the collaborations between Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio Feb. 13 and 14.

New York Film Society’s Kent Jones will moderate a conversation Thursday with DiCaprio, Academy Award-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker and Oscar-nominated writer Terence Winter prior to the screening of their latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Thursday’s screenings are “The Aviator,” “The Departed” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Friday will end the retrospective with showings of “Shutter Island” and “Gangs