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Simon Overton commented about "The African Queen" finally comes to DVD! on Mar 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I thought this news release was about THE AFRICAN QUEEN ?…

Anyhow, can someone enlighten me as to why it was shot in England ?

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Simon Overton commented about Kinema in the Woods & Kinema Too on Feb 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm

This cinema looks absolutely charming and my hopes are that it will continue to be supported by locals and visitors alike/
I must pay a visit when next back in “dear old Blighty.”

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Simon Overton commented about Europe cinemas refuse to screen Alice in Wonderland due to Disney DVD release plans on Feb 25, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Chris… maybe we are both right and wrong… the problem is that many business people are totally gutless these days and will NOT fight the giants stand behind their beliefs.
Personally, I hope box office sales are a disaster because, as others have said that Disney has gone to hell. That is, ever since Mr. Eisner screwed up everything.
Poor Walt must be turning in his grave.

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Simon Overton commented about Hollywood pushing dates of movies on DVD shorter on Feb 25, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Signing in to CT of Thursday Feb 25th only confirms what I stated above on Feb 21st!

Need I say more ?… tadaaaaaaah!

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Simon Overton commented about San Francisco Fox items for sale on Feb 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Mine is your first reply and, as of today’s date, I’ve not received your reply.

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Simon Overton commented about Lebowsky Center rebuilding update and wrestling fundraiser on Feb 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm

What a generous offer to donate their wrestling proceeds towards a new beginning.
Every town seems to have a local person of fame… soooooooooo now, why can’t other local celebrities in cinema, theater and sport and so on do just the same gesture of kindness ?

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Simon Overton commented about ISO: Old movie posters on Feb 23, 2010 at 5:34 pm

When I was associated with San Francisco’s CASTRO THEATRE, which is the last remaining REAL movie palace in that city -the others don’t have a clue; www.castrotheatre.com they often sold-off unwanted posters.

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Simon Overton commented about Hollywood pushing dates of movies on DVD shorter on Feb 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm

This move is nothing but total greed and stupidity by idiots.

Perhaps cinemas should start to boycott the screening of films until this madness comes to a halt. I think the studios and distributors will finally come to their senses. YES???

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Simon Overton commented about Curzon Cinema on Feb 19, 2010 at 1:53 am

Smashed windows? And for what purpose I wonder. At least those who built this house of entertainment and worked there have not lived to see this mindless destruction.

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Simon Overton commented about San Francisco Fox items for sale on Feb 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm

May I please have photos of what is available?

I have a friend, JOSEPH MUSIL (hisotiran and theater architect) who operates the non-profit American Museum of Theatrical Design in Santa Ana. He might be able to add any such Fox items to those I donated to his SF Fox display, namely a Cherub from above the original candy counter.

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Simon Overton commented about Fox Theatre on Feb 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Mr. Swain…
If you have been unable to find any customers for the Fox artifacts, you might consider donating them to JOSEPH MUSIL’s non-profit AMERICAN MUSEUM OF THEATRICAL DESIGN in Santa Ana. 714-667-6959 207 N. Broadway, in the 1925 Santora Arts Building.

I donated some SF Fox items to Joe of which we created a lovely window display with my Cherub (from above the original candy counter) basking in a full spotlight!
Thank you. Simon Overton in Oregon.

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Simon Overton commented about Superbowl Sunday Special Show at Grand Theater on Feb 1, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Better loose the Coke and lay on the Budweiser… that would really help fill the seats.

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Simon Overton commented about Superbowl Sunday Special Show at Grand Theater on Feb 1, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Better loose the Coke and lay on the Budweiser… that would really help fill the seats.

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Simon Overton commented about Restored Fox Riverside reopening as performing arts center on Jan 28, 2010 at 12:16 am

I wonder how many movie studio executives and stars made the trip out there for the grand re-opening of such a famous theater?

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Simon Overton commented about Historic Montauk Theatre could be destroyed on Jan 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Well, well…LM-HG… it’s about time you went there with cash in hand… that’s how they keep the lights ON!!!

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Simon Overton commented about Save the Fairfax Theater on Jan 18, 2010 at 2:22 am

This frightening situation of historic cinemas and theaters being destroyed for various reasons needs to be re-addressed by someone with one HELL OF A LOT OF CLOUT… read on…

What I am trying to say is MOVIE ACTORS & ACTRESSES as well as STUDIOS need to step in and make donations to save these glorious movie palaces.

And the time is “now”… during the LIVE OSCARS SHOW when the whole world is watching in the billions. Just think of it…

This is their trade that we movie-goers are supporting. So why can’t they support their own industry? It makes sense.

I wonder how many CT members personally know a local film star, big or little, who could put a word in their ear about this plight?
I did, about four years ago with BRENDON FRASER about REOPENING the old Fox in Santa Ana, Ca. I gave him “just the facts” in both print, plans and pictures… to no avail… but at least I tried!

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Simon Overton commented about ABC Islington on Jan 18, 2010 at 1:29 am

As of this date I am unable to open the www.britishpathe.com

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Simon Overton commented about Old film reels in Oregon on Jan 14, 2010 at 2:56 am

Sorry for my delay in responding but thank you William, Bob and Jodar for your valuable comments and info.
Any 16mm or 35mm film reels (about two dozen) would be most welcome for decoration -NOT projection use, regardless of condition and preferably free…
I’d possibly collect or gladly pay for shipping.
I live within spitting distance of the I-5 freeway in Aurora, midway between Salem and Portland.
As soon as I complete my project, I’ll post some pictures on CT’s “new” listing.
Jodar; I plan to screen classics in digital and welcome visitors who remember and miss the presentation of the past movie palaces.
My e-mail is or call me 971-216-9175

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Simon Overton commented about Memories and appreciation for having worked in a theater inspire woman to donate $125,000 to Auburn's State Theater on Jan 14, 2010 at 2:15 am

God Bless her and long may she and the State Theatre live!

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Simon Overton commented about Last True Neighborhood Theater in Los Angeles! on Jan 14, 2010 at 2:11 am

You can thank the awesomely talented JOSEPH MUSIL for the fabulous interior re-design of the Crest.
His “signature” can be found on quite a few more movie palaces in southern California, especially Disney’s El Capitan in Hollywood.

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Simon Overton commented about New book on Portland theaters joins illustrated series on Jan 14, 2010 at 2:06 am

Go to your local library or visit City Hall and check their archives. GOOD LUCK

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Simon Overton commented about Odeon Rickmansworth on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Ah yes, the typical Odeon square tower architecture, as seen in so many cities across the British Isles.

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Simon Overton commented about Paris theater gutted by fire on Jan 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Sad news, to say the least.
Thought has come to mind about the number of cinemas and theaters that burned down resulting from when patrons were permitted to smoke in the auditorium.
I’m sure the insurance rates must have been staggering then.

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Simon Overton commented about A Guide to seeing "Avatar" in several formats on Jan 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Both NBC’s “Tonight Show” and CBS’s “late Show” hosts made mention last night about ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN BOX OFFICE RECEIPTS in such a short period of time since the picture opened last week. Wow!

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Simon Overton commented about Paramount Theatre on Jan 7, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Sorry, but also try your local newspaper or even a radio station to actually broadcast your plea for help.