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Friends of the Boyd hope people will visit & “like” our Facebook page as we continue to make our case that Philadelphia should join almost every US city (as LuisV knows) in restoring & reopening a historic downtown movie palace, not just keep its facade!
I thought you meant a missing chandelier when you worked there. The original light fixtures including auditorium’s central chandelier are in off site storage. Prior owner allowed us (Friends of the Boyd) to remove what we wanted from projection booth. We have in storage those movie projectors (for future projection) but I don’t know how well they will have held up over the years. Film premieres & festivals now use digital projectors. Our mission is to save the theater, exterior & interior, including the grand auditorium.
Which missing chandelier? one from the balcony? elsewhere? As to other comments, we must save the Boyd. Please “like” & follow us on Facebook & our email updates (enter contact info at www.FriendsOfTheBoyd.org)
Don’t want this.
Restoration done, photos here
Prepare to have your socks knocked off! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2414149/Hammersmith-Apollo-opens-doors-5million-refit-restored-art-deco-designs.html
Paul, my impression from the renderings is the Imax to be in the front, and IMPACT to be current rear section.
Several of my favorite historic cinemas are here!
I sure hope this extremely rare surviving Cinerama house continues to show 2001 (and other classic 70mm films) and How the West Was Won. Paul Allen paid for new prints of those films. I myself have no interest in those other films you mention.
Exciting debate but everybody calm down a bit. Cliffs, Robert has already replied that this will be the 1.9 aspect ratio screen that is the future of IMAX, not its past (i.e. your “full, traditional IMAX screen). Apparently, IMAX is changing with the times just as the Chinese is doing.
Actually, he posted a new comment this week but it seemed to me that it could cause potential problms for this website….and likewise his comment on the Bala page….I am going to respectfully ask atb not to pick a fight with me about the deletion. I do all I can to assist historic theaters, and that includes assisting (a a volunteer) this website & others.
Email today- (shortened a bit)
Our good friend and theater impresario Nelson Page has retired, and is no longer operating the Lafayette Theater. The Town of Ramapo and the Benmosche Family are currently handling film bookings and all theater operations.
I am proud to announce that the Town of Ramapo Fall Film Festival 2013 (formally the Big Screen Classics) will begin on Saturday, October 19, 2013 with a special screening of The Godfather starring Marlon Brando. Jeff Barker, the Lafayette Theater Organist, will once again provide us with pre-film musical entertainment playing the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. All films will begin at 11:30 AM and the pre-show Concert at 11:00 AM. Ramapo senior citizens free admission (with card), all other tickets will be $8.00.
Ramapo Fall Film Festival 2013 will feature the following Paramount Studio titles:
October 19th The Godfather (1972)
October 26th Grease (1978)
November 2nd La Dolce Vita (1960)
November 9th Stalag 17 (1953)
November 16th Sunset Boulevard (1950)
November 23rd Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981) –
November 30th Dream Girls (2006)
December 7th High Noon (1952)
December 14th It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – James Stewart, Donna Reed
markp, sorry, extra steps need be taken to make the links auto links, so most of them you will need to please copy & paste into your browser in order to see the articles.
Today’s email to their list stated they now have digital projection & a new sound system. Movies this month include “The Way, Way Back” and “The Attack”
Oops. Their post was all to be on curved Cinerama screen. I’m interjecting the original way 2001 & Patton were meant to be seen. More on those 2 films- Wikipedia says theater savior Paul Allen paid for a new 2001 print last year. I saw a fantastic print several weeks ago of Patton, at AFI Silver Theatre.
No, though your guess is logical, they posted as a reply comment on their most recent Facebook post that the curved Cinerama screen will be used the entire time, for 70mm films as well as Cinerama and at least 2 of the films- 2001 and Patton were meant for a curved screen. I’m sure most people are happier with this choice. The Cinerama films may be clustered together because they need a projectionist for each of the 3 projector booths needed for Cinerama but that’s just my guess.
Anybody see this weekend DCP version of “Cleopatra” 1963 in aud 2? A few months ago, I saw it, was glorious. 4 hour version as after a week or two in NYC & LA, in 1963, it got chopped down by 40 minutes or more. To me, it looked beautiful, a hugely impressive film to look at & enjoy. No surround sound in the version projected that I saw.
I already amended my Intro above.
See official website for September’s 70mm festival and also including two 3 strip Cinerama films (This is Cinerama and How the West Was Won). Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, Vertigo, Sound of Music, 2001, Patton, Hamlet, Baraka. the Big Screen so I suppose on the 90 foot x 30 foot Cinerama screen rather than 68 foot flat screen. That would mean 70mm films at 2.20 aspect ratio would be 66 foot wide but on the curved screen.
Chill. Alamo is about upscale food & drinking so the same movies might play at both cinemas.
Enjoyed today a beautiful print (4k DCP) of restored Hello Dolly! at AFI Silver in auditorium 2 since aud 1 not yet DCP equipped. Curtain opened, slides shown, then movie began. Halfway thru intermission slide, music, I went to buy popcorn, returned in 2 minutes, and movie had begun already! That was not the right period of time for an intermission! After movie ended, curtain closed, and more music (as appropriate). The sound seemed to be behind screen, but was excellent. I asked beforehand, and was told it would be a 2.39 aspect ratio, which it seemed to approximate. Blu Ray online says 2.35. Since other 70mm films (Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra) were put into 2.20 ratio (same as 70mm) for DCP and Blu Ray & these films would’ve been shot with 2.20 lens (right?) why would Fox have cropped Hello Dolly! at top & bottom to place it on a 2.4 aspect ratio for DCP & Blu Ray? Regardless, it was a very enjoyable screening. The movie looked gorgeous on the big screen & sounded great. I had never seen it in a movie theater before today.
Oakland’s Grand Lake is awesome, but not being in downtown Oakland, I doubt it was 1st run until the 1950s or later. Remember the Paramount, Fox, and others were built downtown. Lucky Oakland to have all 3 of them!
I figured Hyde Park probably wouldn’t have exciting surround, but Anna Karenina sound was so exciting from behind the screen that I just knew I was missing out on a wonderful surround sound experience that I am sure was in the 35mm print but somehow messed up by projectionist.