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Mark_L commented about Happy 30th, "Empire" on May 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Raysson, I think you mean “Dolby Stereo”. Shades of Spinal Tap.

I saw EMPIRE at the beautiful Dayton Mall I theatre just after it opened. One of my most memorable movie experiences.

It also had my favorite name from all of the Star Wars series: Lando Calrissian. It’s even fun to say: Lan-do. Billy Dee was a great choice there. Today, I could see it played by Denzel Washington.

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Mark_L commented about Loew's Arlington on May 21, 2010 at 3:52 am

In this case, the theatre is in Columbus, BUT the 43220 zip code also includes the north part of the city of Upper Arlington, where I live. It also includes some unincorporated/township areas.

Things can get very confusing in the northwest part of Columbus. You might live in Columbus proper, go to school in the Worthington School district, and have a mailing address of Dublin. It really takes careful study of the local maps to really figure things out.

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Mark_L commented about Cine Capri Theatre on May 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm

No fight intended, and certainly no disrespect to MikeRogers. I wish only that the Force stay strong among us, and we resume discussing one of the the most memorable theatres of its time. All hail the Cine Capri, with the hope that we DO see the likes of it again.

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Mark_L commented about Cine Capri Theatre on May 20, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Please allow me to go off-topic here and address MikeRogers comment.

While growing up, we all want to be something special. Sure, while a child, we say we want to be a fireman or policeman, but, deep in our hearts, we want to be a hero. For my generation, it was Davy Crockett and, later, the 7 Mercury astronauts. For those growing up in the last decade loved and idolized the LORD OF THE RINGS. More recent folk seem to be especially entranced by AVATAR.

That group that grew up in the late 70’s and early 80’s, and even, to some extent, those just a bit younger, STAR WARS was one of the most memorable events of their childhood and adolescence. Luke and Han Solo were men without peer, Princess Leia was the most beautiful creature in the universe, and Darth Vader was the epitome of evil. They read the books, hung the posters and listened to the music until their lives matured.

Seeing STAR WARS and its companion films was a big moment. Folks of those years remember where and when they first saw it, and tell the tales of standing in lines as badges of honor. They argue about which theatres got the coveted 70mm prints, and who saw it in the new process of Dolby Stereo.

Sure, its a “B” movie…even George Lucas will admit to that. But, its a darn good story that really captures people.

That, MikeRogers, is why there are so many comments about the STAR WARS series and the theatres where it played. And they were very significant money makers for the theatre owners.

I enjoy the STAR WARS comments, and I really hope to see many more.

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Mark_L commented about Carousel Cinemas on May 14, 2010 at 9:40 am

The Carousel Theater was constructed after the Carrousel Motel. Architect was Tom Tilsley, who worked for the same firm that designed the motel.

Now, to the question…why was the theatre CAROUSEL and the motel CARROUSEL?

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Mark_L commented about 40 East Drive-In on May 8, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Original name was TORCH DRIVE-IN. Name changed to 40-East when taken over by Frank Yassenoff in 1967.

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Mark_L on May 6, 2010 at 7:47 pm

My guess would be that they tore down the Carmago to build the Carrousel Inn.

The Carrousel Inn was right across the street from the Carousel Theatre.

Question for Cincinnatians—-Which came first…the Carousel Theatre or the Carrousel Inn?

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Mark_L commented about Eastland Cinema on May 5, 2010 at 5:15 pm

According to Box Office magazine, 2/19/1968, this theatre was originally operated by Cincinnati Theatre Company, a division of Associated Theatres of Cleveland.

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Mark_L commented about Showcase Cinemas Toledo on May 5, 2010 at 5:08 pm

According to a 1968 Boxoffice Magazine, Cinema III opened at this site on 2/27/1968 with a screening of CAMELOT.

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Mark_L commented about North High Drive-In on May 4, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Original name was North Hi Drive-In.

Opening date was 6/4/1952. First features were “Belles On Their Toes” and “North of the Great Divide”

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Mark_L commented about Showcase Cinemas Toledo on May 4, 2010 at 6:19 am

Please don’t assume this was to be a multi-purpose venue. It was always planned to be for movies. I’m glad they dropped the “Theatre Arts Center” name before opening…I agree it is confusing.

My source for this was a 1963 issue of Boxoffice magazine.

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Mark_L commented about Flicker's East Cinema Pub on May 3, 2010 at 7:12 pm

In early 1984, Royal Theatres, operator of the Forum at the time, announced that they were going to build a 6-screen theatre behind the Forum. It was to seat 2,500 with 2-500 seat rooms. Dolby and 70mm equipment was to be included. This project was never completed.

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Mark_L commented about Loew's Arlington on May 3, 2010 at 7:07 pm

Theatre was to be twinned shortly after Easter, 1974. Each room was to seat 550. Cost of twinning was to be $70,000, and construction was to take approximately 30 days.

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Mark_L commented about Showcase Cinemas Toledo on May 3, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Construction was to start on this theatre in November, 1963. Original plan was to call this the Theatre Arts Center. Projected construction cost was $750,000

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Mark_L commented about Clinton Theatre on May 2, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Retroguy,

What board did you pull that post about the Clintonville Electric/Clinton Theatre information?

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Mark_L commented about South Drive-In on May 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Theatre opened on 4/30/2010 for the season.

This theatre will celebrate its 60th birthday on 5/11/2010. Opening features in 1950 were DOWN DAKOTA WAY with Roy Rogers & FRANCIS THE TALKING MULE.

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Mark_L commented about North High Drive-In on Apr 27, 2010 at 11:06 am

This was the first suburban Columbus theatre to show 3D, opening HOUSE OF WAX on 8/1/1953.

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Mark_L commented about University City Cinema on Apr 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Columbus Dispatch archives show this theatre closing in late 1991.

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Mark_L commented about Fort Union Drive-In on Apr 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Google maps is WAY off on this location. You can find the drive-in by using the address of 2878 7th Street, Las Vegas, NM 87701

I’m not claiming that this is the correct address, just that Google Maps finds the drive-in at that location.

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Mark_L commented about Holiday Drive-In on Apr 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Opened as the National Drive In (for being on the National Road) on 8/8/1947.

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Mark_L commented about Gayety Theatre on Apr 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Closed as the Knickerbocker, a second run downtown theatre, on 9/15/1946. Reopened as Gayety Burlesk on Friday, November 22, 1946, featuring Mitzie…“Pretty as a Picture and a Frame to Match” in Hello Columbus, also featureing Nadine, Paul West, Bartel & Scott, Zeb and Mandy and the California Sunkist Chorus.

Featured “Painless Prices~~Bring the Ladies, They’ll Scream!”

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Mark_L commented about Arlington Theater on Apr 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm

By “College Cinema” the article must be referring to the University Theatre across from Ohio State. In the 50’s, the Camelot North was known as the Beechwold and the Carousel East was the Esquire. Academy theatres also owned the Cleve, Southland and Westmont.

There was a College Cinema much later in the Boulevard theatre at Northwest and 5th.

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Mark_L commented about Linden Air Drive-In on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:23 am

The land was purchased on 2/24/2000 for almost $600,000. There are no buildings on the property, just some blacktop from 1965. Use is listed as for churches/public worship.

This theatre opened on July 14, 1950 with the films RED RIVER and EVERYBODY’S DANCIN'.

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Mark_L commented about Riverside Auto Drive-In on Apr 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Opening ownership was Frank Yassenoff and Harold Schwartz. This was their second drive-in.

Opening picture was BRUTE FORCE with Burt Lancaster.

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Mark_L commented about Riverside Auto Drive-In on Apr 20, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Opened April 2, 1948