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Jogging my memories of Star Trek II at the MacArthur, were/are there times you could turn OFF the Dolby or noise suppression system that was in place (if there was one)? I’ve seen the movie many times here during its run and remember some presentations were louder than others. When I say ‘louder,’ I mean you could hear soundtrack noise such as whistles, crackling and pop. Others when the presentation was quieter, it seemed something was missing. Personally, I enjoyed the 6-track presentation with ALL the noise because it seemed to be more engaging to me.
When it was triplexed and Dark Crystal opened, did they keep the Dolby CP200 for the main, or was it replaced and/or other systems added for the two smaller auditoriums?
If we had not received so much snow (about 50" give or take), I would’ve driven up to NYC for this special showing. I suppose we’ll be hearing about how things went after the event. If you are youtube inclined, please post some video.
Rick, if you ran a theater near me with those prices, I would certainly buy concessions in theater. My (and many others here) anger and frustration is against the chain theaters for charging way too much for food. Regal here in the DC metro area, which is one of the dominating chains charges $12 for a single pizza and soda. Thats more than the movie, itself! I’ve paid it only because I was starving or had my elderly dad in tow, but more often than not, I won’t pay it and will continue to sneak in food if I can’t get a meal in before showtime.
Popcorn? I’m not so sure. I’d guess Nachos. At the Regal, its $8 with drink. Consider the bag maybe no larger than the 40c or 50c bag you can get at the snack dispenser machine and the little cup of cheese. That is like a 800% markup or more.
Every bans outside food, you just have to be more smart as to where you hide the food in your jacket/pockets. I’ve taken chinese food in with the rice, egg rolls and meals, plus a bottled soda. IT IS possible. The more layered clothing helps, too..then again, you may look and smell like a trip around the world…. :D :D I’m going stir crazy being home with all this snow….make it stoppppp!
Interesting and amusing stories. Thanks for sharing.
After reading the Baltimore City Paper article, they claim the owners show DVDs on screen. Isn’t that illegal? If I remember the FBI blurb at the beginning of each tape or DVD, doesn’t it have some warning on public exhibition being strictly prohibited?
So I gather the neighborhood has deteriorated into a drug dealing, gang infested neighborhood. That is a good thing. I remember when Barbra Streisand gave her comeback concert in ‘94 or so, she made mention of this theater and falling in love with Marlon Brando and a candy called a melarose(?).
Assuming the theater keeps its 3K plus seating, where do people park?
I can’t imagine myself ever going into an adult movie theater. The conditions are probably awful with torn up seats and new meaning to the term ‘sticky floors.’ What kind of presentation would it have? Probably none to speak of except lots of scratches and mono sound.
The pics of the interior still look ornate and grand. What is the surrounding neighborhood like? I’m a non-New Yorker and am curious.
I never knew the theater was that large in its original state. I only visited the venue as a twin as posted above. I notice the ‘flower’ design on the wall, hence the name! Looking back in that picture, there was at least one crying room. Interesting! Thanks for the picture link, Joe.
Giles, do they play the THX sound trailer before the movies start? When I used to go there it was a toss up as to whether or not they do. Also..what of the Sony Digital install in #2, is there a trailer played before the movie to showcase the format? #2 is the smaller venue to the left, on the side of the concession stand, isn’t it?
I’ve read about a fairly new 70mm print of WSS circulating, but Funny Girl? On the 40th anniversary in 2008, they played a new print at DC’s Uptown but it wasn’t 70mm. MPol, are you listening? :D
If the presentation, experience and product is good, they will come. :)
MPol, I didn’t see titles mentioned for the Spring shows, which is why I posted the same question. Wouldn’t it be nice? They’ve got the 35/70mm proector, I surmise its just a matter of them obtaining the 70mm titles (good ones). We know they’ve struck a new 70mm print of WSS, lets hope they can get that and some other treasures. I wouldn’t mind travelling to Jersey for this, its only 3 hours or so from DC. Lets cross our fingers…and stay tuned. As to why the Ziegfeld isn’t having a Spring Retrospective…. :P
Usually after a bad experience, I do not return. I made an exception this time as this theater had the only booking and showing of the movie “Precious” and would be exiting this market for the time being. I attended the last showing this past Thu 1/21, in Auditorium 14, which presumably, is the smallest of the 20. The screen was decent sized and had stereo surrounds but as in original post, the sound is muffled. As I write this, I am not sure if it detracted from my enjoyment of the movie, which is a mixed bag. If you park in the garage, there is no free or reduced parking fees during the day.
I usually do not purchase movie concession food, especially at the movie chains because of the exorbitant prices, but since I had my elderly Dad in tow, he was cranky and hungry. Surprisingly, the pizza ordered was quite good and made fresh for me. With my Regal points, I received free popcorn, which was okay. I wished all the Regals had popcorn flavorings other than that oily glop they try to pass for butter. Not being much of a coffee drinker, I asked the cashier (who was very friendly) to explain the difference between a latte and cappucino, which she tried to explain. I ended up ordering the latte as it seemed to have more coffee in it, but was not worth the $3.50. So if you MUST order hot food..get the pizza, or the free popcorn, if your points allow for it.
It seems #1 and #2 are the digital theaters. I’m thinking I saw “Day After Tomorrow” in #1 when this place opened.
There is/was a Kerasotes plex scheduled to open in the Spring near me. The idea of AMC running it makes me cringe.
Looking at the upcoming film schedule this year, are there 70mm movies in the works at all? (Hopefully, not 2001 or Lawrence of Arabia) There aren’t titles listed for many of the series, which I suspect is because the titles/availability have been confirmed.
In layman’s terms there was NO stereo with the first Star Trek movie or a different kind of stereo system? If there was 70mm played there as many posters have listed, are we to assume that there was at least a 4-track stereo set up there? 6-track?
Not to sound callous or mean, but the last statement explains exactly why many theaters are closing. People would rather stay at home and watch them at home. Instead of lamenting over past memories, why not make new ones by going to see current movies at these places while they are still there. If there are independents in my area are showing a movie I want to see, they usually get my patronage even if I have a Regal or AMC much closer to my home.
Michael, I’m looking forward to your anniversary piece when it is the actual anniversary. I’ll hold off on commenting for now. :)
Um…are we that hungry for celebration and/or news that we couldn’t wait for the actual anniversary in May? Why don’t we celebrate the real 30th anniversary of that great classic Saturn 3 starring the late Farrah Fawcett????? :) ;)
For all you naysayers out there who thought this movie wouldn’t make it or its intended release format would be a dud, James Cameron is king of the world, again. :)
My friend and I caught the last showing of Star Trek in true IMAX. Its been probably 20 years plus since I’ve seen any movie here. I remember when it opened back in ‘76 and 'To Fly’ was the first IMAX film to be experienced. There were warnings given to people about getting motion sickness from watching the movie but it was a treat and showed off the format quite well. The sound and overall presentation was terrific.
Star Trek was masked but not as badly as in the AMC IMAX-lite venues. The movie plays well in this format. Surprisingly, the print held up well with no noticeable markings or scratchings. Surrounds were present and distinct but, unlike the best THX-cert houses lacked oooomph, noticeably missing during the warp jumps and hand to hand contact hits. There were well over 100 plus in attendance, not enough to fill out the auditorium but a pleasant surprise given the fact it was super frigid outside, probably in the single digits factoring in for windchill.
As we left, we were thanked for coming, not by none other than the security guards as we filed out of the theater AND exiting the door.
I drove by the theater earlier in the day and sat across the street from it, where there is a Dunkin Donuts, bought some food and just took all in that destruction that is there now. Not to say that this theater was any kind of palatial jewel, it does have memories for me and many others. As the pictures show, pretty much all that is left is rubble on the inside and, the framework that was the lobby and marquee and a red brick wall to the rear.
On what was left of the front facade is a poster for the New Hampshire redevelopment project, which seems to take on the look of nearby Hyattsville, MD and its redevelopment efforts of row and apartment homes, small businesses and the like.
This site is one of my favorites, too, if not THE favorite site I visit daily, especially when there is a comment made on a favored theater or article. The way venues, articles and other cinema-related discussions are presented, in addition to providing for member comments is just genius. Kudos to you guys!
Since I’ve been a member of this site, it is great place to virtually meet and converse with other cinephiles. I now happily rest knowing I’m not cuckoo in travelling great distances to see movies at classic venues. Growing up, my brother thought I was nuts to travel hundreds of miles to go see a movie. I’ve read how some members here have flown across country, or even half way around the world to see that special movie in that special venue. Maybe if I had the deeper pockets that some members have, I would travel further…who knows? :)
I caught Nine here on a matinee over the holiday weekend (Sun). Very nice projection, bright screen, great movie. My friend was more excited to see it initially then I did. Not knowing about the movie except seeing Penelope Cruz on tv and hear raves about her performance, I thought I would snooze during the movie. Fortunately, I did not. Daniel Day Lewis gives a good performance as do his castmates and, yes, Penelope does sizzle and dazzle. Her performance says Oscar nomination at least. What was just as good as the movie was the $6 matinee price. :)
While I am glad this theater is still around, I hope they will someday remodel the restrooms and repair the seats that need repair. Also the auditorium could use some fresh paint or something to obscure whatever is peeling or bare.