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Yesterday, I enjoyed 35mm print of The Dirty Dozen (1967) in the historic auditorium, great sound from behind screen, and the curtain was used before & after the movie. Top of the MGM thing seemed cut off. 1.66 ratio print was sent to the theater. Movie was filmed in 1.75 aspect ratio, and I think originally shown 1.85 (flat). Especially on left, but also on right, people & subtitles (from German late in film) cut off. It wasn’t the theater’s fault, but the print. Was still enjoyable but I’d like to see a print that doesn’t appear to have anything cut off.
I returned to the historic auditorium to see Hitchcock’s restored silent in 35mm The Farmer’s Wife (1928). Great print, again curtain used. 1st time I heard an organ connected to speakers rather than pipes. I believe the sound was behind the screen & from speakers in rear of auditorium, which I didn’t expect. Great organ playing by Andrew Simpson. Nice attendance, maybe close to 200 people total.
Thanks. Title has been corrected from Alamo Treasures. I hadn’t noticed error until you pointed it out.
TV ABC 6 at 6 PM tonight showed the marquee of Pitman’s Broadway Theatre as it expressed birthday wishes to a local woman who turned 107 years.
Oops, it was the “Rocket” episode of “Endeavor”
Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer article re summer theater camp at the rebuilt Grand,
No comments here since 2008?
The current “Endeavor” TV show about young Inspector Morse takes place in Oxford in 1965. In the “Fugue” episode he is seen in a cinema auditorium. Where was it actually filmed? I photographed the scene on my TV & Ken Roe identified it as this auditorium.
A 4 year partnership was announced this year between Muhlenberg College & this theater which is helping this summer to add digital film projectors to the theater, and enabling better student access & programs at the theater. http://articles.mcall.com/2013-05-01/news/mc-civic-muhlenberg-partnership-20130501_1_civic-theatre-muhlenberg-students-digital-cinema
As stated, Patton in DTS had some though little surround sound. Cleopatra, I said had no surround sound in its DCP screening at UA King of Prussia, but you remind me JodarMovieFan, it was DTS & a movie theater operator friend of mine suggests that was the problem because perhaps DTS is a dying sound format so the equipment perhaps was at fault.
I haven’t noticed the echo chambers but I’m grateful to the AFI Silver & Balt Senator for showing such wonderful classics.
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).