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Thanks to Ken Roe for finding this July 24 Evening Standard article about the current restoration. Have placed details in the Introduction above but more photos here. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/liftoff-for-hammersmith-apollos-art-deco-restoration-mission-8729487.html
Once when I was in City Cinema # 1, in 1999, I recorded 519 seats in my notes. That figure likely came from a Fire sign or from my counting the seats (yep).
I meant DCP of Cleopatra.
JodarMovieFan, Patton (70mm) had a little surround sound, and I do mean a little. I asked & was told DTS version was shown. As I commented earlier, this year I saw the DCP version of Lawrence of Arabia at Ambler Theatre outside Philly & there was nice surround, and CDCP of Cleopatra at UA King of Prussia but it lacked surround sound. 70mm films that were 6 track had surround sound. I, too, would like more surround sound.
relevant part of above article-
A particularly gruesome mutilation was the one visited on Thomas Lamb’s 1917 Rivoli Theater, once at 49th and Broadway. Lamb did not literally reproduce the Doric facade of the Parthenon, but on busy Broadway it was certainly close enough.
The white glazed terra-cotta facade lasted until 1986, when the owners destroyed a column and beheaded the top — gods, classical drapery, chariots and all. At the time, preservation groups were focused on the stage theaters; the Rivoli was built for film, and it was not on anyone’s radar until the bucrania were out of the barn.
Yes, already revised in my Intro above, chain link, etc. Bow Tie!
As they mentioned on Facebook, last Thursday eve’s DCP screening of classic “Casablanca” sold out at the Hiway!
Enjoyed yesterday beautiful 70mm print of “Patton” in the historic auditorium. Had missed it early last year when it was shown prior to the 1st 70mm “spectacular” (film festival) so am thankful it was included in the current 2nd series. I asked & confirmed this was the DTS sound version. Sound was also great. Internet research reveals that in 2002, all prints were a wreck, so a new print was created.
I’ve added to photos 4 of my photos from the Left auditorium of details of original designs on the ceilings & walls, in paint & plaster. Coat of arms in ceiling! Angels in plaster on walls!
Chris, to reply to your Rave LA question, too, Mea Culpa, I changed the name, added to the Intro, and changed the theater chain. When I changed the name, Rave wasn’t on the homepage but you are right- it is there now. It may take a week, but I will change back those names changed on other pages, as well as complete the theater chain & Intro changes.
Does this mean the films are shown on a 40 foot wide screen?
Is the newspaper’s “pre” photo exterior or interior? were all the interior spaces gutted? (a question also asked by Scott on the cinema’s page).
At UA King of Prussia, Cleopatra was shown in auditorium # 4, which has 200 seats and that size among the 2nd smallest auditoriums there in seat capacity but for scope has about 40 foot wide screen, quite large. I did the best that I could to actually measure it by pacing in front of it. Cleopatra was shown in proper 2.20 ratio. The blu ray has 5.1 Dolby Digital surround. I’d like to experience the movie in surround. Regardless, seeing the entirely restored 4 hour Cleopatra was fantastic! I had only previously seen the 3 hour version, in an old print. My understanding is the 4 hour version was roadshowed in NYC & LA but most Americans elsewhere only got to see the 3 hour version. The original filming was 6 hours meant by the director for 2 separate movie releases but Fox insisted on releasing only one 4 hour movie (which was then cut down, as said).
This year, I saw the 4k restored Lawrence of Arabia at the Ambler Theatre and the digital restoration of Cleopatra at UA King of Prussia. Lawrence was shown with surround sound. Cleopatra wasn’t. Both had gorgeous colors & looked stunning. Neither looked like 70mm resolution. There’s a restored 70mm Cleopatra & I was hoping the AFI Silver would show that.
JodarMovieFan, I’ve glanced at the online calendar. Films that were filmed in 65mm and so possibly will be part of the 70mm series (in addition to those you listed) include in July, Star! and in August, Samsara, Ice Station Zebra, and Cleopatra
Photo in ex-auditorium in yesterday’s Philadelphia Sunday Inquirer in Business section re Port Richmond “Area gets younger, but Polish food endures”
JodarMovieFan, I saw “Gettysburg” in 35mm when it was released and thought it excellent. It is 70mm blow up. I think the 70mm series is likely films that aren’t blow up, and am eager to see the full list (not yet available online).
My comment was for the other news item, where I’ve now placed it. By googling WSJ, I read the article. The Metro & other historic theaters are mentioned for the interesting architecture.
I noted at the UA King of Prussia 16 page tomorrow’s preview $50 screening of World War Z, but loaded with extras, I think that’s an exception. Unfortunately, many people seem content to watch movies on TV or other devices so it is hard to believe that many movies will be $50 and impossible to believe they will be $100 or $150.
United Artists King of Prussia Stadium 16 is the only Philadelphia cinema to advertise the $50 Mega Ticket for World War Z, June 19 at 7:30 PM in 3 D preview screening that includes a HD digital copy (when available to download), a pair to keep of 3D glasses, a limited edition poster, and a small popcorn.
I saw a movie in the Cinema 3 that was a small single screen in the Plaza Hotel
I didn’t get to the Paramount Columbus Circle but figured it wasn’t too small
These are Abt’s comments from the homepage item as to Mystery Eric Theatres-
who could forget the exit doors BELOW the screen. Saw Damnation Alley in Sound 360 here (a failed attempt at recreating sensurround). The theater also had 70MM capability (Starman, Raiders, among others) and, for its time, was a well run house.
Thanks. I will revise the Intro.
M Coate, we (Friends of the Boyd) purchased 22 Eric theater photos. I’ve gone to a lot of time & effort to identify all but one & post them on this site (since only one -this one- had its name on the back of the photos) and I’ve added a few theater pages when needed such as this one. I do prefer as accurate details as I can find, but have no time to research primary sources for most theaters. However, if anybody puts detail info as Comments, I do take the time to revise the
Introduction. Coming soon: a night time photo! We purchased the remaining photos from the series.