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There were 10 comments about this location as of 2/15/10. All were valid comments. They are still available in the Google cache. What happened?
I didn’t see SOM first run (teenaged boys just didn’t go to see THAT film!), but I did see it in about 1978 at a small independent sub-run theatre. They had found a magnetic stereo print for a revival screening. BUT the opening of the film was missing, so they scrounged up a mono print of the opening shots right up until the moment when the singing starts. The film starts in mono then kicks into full, beautiful stereo. It was a great, if untentional effect.
Michael, the first 51 locations were 70mm. Do you have a breakdown on the remaining screenings as far as 35mm mag/70mm goes?
At http://www.ghmchs.org/thisweek/photo-listing3.htm , there is a picture and this additional information:
“The Arlington Theater was located between Glenn and Wyandotte on Fifth Avenue. It opened in 1935 under the ownership of Clarence MacDonald. It was bought by the Yassenoff Academy Theaters chain, which also owned the Boulevard, the College Cinema on High Street, The Camelot North and the Carousel East in 1944. It closed in 1950 and later housed the Junior Achievement center. There was an unsuccessful effort to reopen it as theater in 1988 and it was modified to house the Horizon Company’s multimedia production operation in the 1990s.”
One 800 seat room, able to accomodate 1,500 standing
Can be configured in almost any way
1 – 50 seat room, possibly for children’s theatre
An update on the Northland space:
According the THIS WEEK COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS, the Vaud-VIllities group (Now called the Northland Performing Arts Center) traded the old 8-plex theatre for space in the old JC Penney building. This gave the theatre group a larger and more open space. The Franklin County Animal Shelter is being built on the site of the theatre.
Loew’s Arlington was not located in Upper Arlington. It was located in the City of Columbus. Annexation maps from uarchives.org show the Arlington city limits ending on the south side of Henderson Road. The north side of Henderson, including the shopping center with the theatre, is actually in Columbus. These boundaries still exist today.
Lincoln Village Plaza is west of I-270. The Holiday was east of I-270 at approximately the location of the Consumer West shopping center.
I tracked down a city map of Reynoldsburg (http://www.visitreynoldsburg.com/maps/REYNOLDSBURG.pdf) and the theatre was located within the Reynoldsburg city limits.
Google Maps has an incorrect location for the theatre and Fire Academy. They are located east of Taylor Road. Google has them west of Taylor Road next to the cemetery.
This theatre is already on Cinema Treasures here:
Actually, Grand Prix was a stronger movie than one might think. According to Mike’s lists so far, it had an average run of 25 weeks compared to 2001’s average run of 30 weeks. Grand Prix’s run exceeded 2001’s in 13 of the 47 listed cities.
As of 1/10, it is officially knows as the Gateway Film Center. Their website is http://www.gatewayfilmcenter.com
I’ll try to clarify what Steve said. According to Steve from above, who is an expert cinema technician/engineer, the STAR TREK premiere was shown in stereo, but using an Eprad processor instead of one from Dolby. To be advertised in Dolby Stereo, you have to use a Dolby unit.
The screening was in 35mm, not 70mm. There was not time to make 70mm prints in time for the opening. I read (I believe in an issue of American Cinematographer) that Robert Wise personally carried one reel to the premiere as they had just finished putting on the final touches.
I have an address for the CAMEO theatre as 1060 Mt. Vernon Avenue. The 1949 picture noted above looks to be facing east at approximately the corner of Mt. Vernon and 20th Street.
According to Mike’s lists so far, here are the top 5 runs of 2001:
1) Toronto Glendale (127 weeks)
2) Los Angeles (Warner Hollywood) 80 weeks
3) Seattle Cinerama (77 weeks)
4) San Francisco Golden Gate (73 weeks)
5) Washington DC Uptown (52 weeks)
According to Mike’s Lists so far, the top 5 Cinerama films (by weeks shown):
This Is Cinerama (1717 weeks)
Seven Wonders (1423 weeks)
How The West Was Won (1391 weeks)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1313 weeks)
Cinerama Holiday (1179 weeks)
Many MANY thanks to Michael Coate for these remarkable lists.
Best film of decade was Pan’s Labyrinth.
I think it was in AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER that I read that the editing was completed so close to the release that Robert Wise carried a print of one of the reels with him on the airplane to DC.
I saw the film at the gorgeous DAYTON MALL I. I remember it as being not very good, with the V'Ger sequence going on WAY too long. The film did not do well with Star Trek fans, and I remember distinctly that when STAR TREK II came out, that little quote from the original STAR TREK theme told us that it was going to be all right…we did this one the right way.
ALADDIN and HOME ALONE II
The official address is 5524 Livingston Avenue. It is now a Dry Cleaner.
Actual closing date was 2/18/1993.
David and Jennifer have put in an incredible amount of work bringing this place back to life. I wish them the best and I hope all of their hard work pays off in making the Grandview a very successful theater.
The Vaud-Villities website has conflicting information. One page says they are working to build their facility in the old GCC Northland 8 building. Another page says they are working now in the old JC Penney building which is about 200 yards from the theater.
This theatre was located at the west end of the mall, near the Sears store.
Eastland was equipped for 70mm projection and exhibited PAINT YOUR WAGON, ALIENS and BRAINSTORM, among others. It was twinned while managed by General Cinema with a wall straight down the middle of the house. Chairs were never realigned. After twinning, most of the 70mm and magnetic stereo screenings were in the right side theatre. I believe it closed sometime in the early 80’s, but I don’t have an exact date.
At one time, the Eastland area had this twin-plex, and AMC 6-plex AND an AMC 8-plex, with a locally owned tri-plex around the corner. Now, all are closed.
Theatre reopens on 12/4/09 with DeNiro in EVERYBODY’S FINE.
Great work again, Michael!
According to Phil Sheridan’s book THOSE WONDERFUL OLD DOWNTOWN THEATERS, BEN HUR ran for 40 weeks at Hunt’s Cinestage.
Effective January, 2010, the theatre will be known as the Gateway Film Center, and will be managed by the property owner, Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment. The president of this facillity will be Chris Hamel, who has worked for Cinemark, Columbus Association for the Performing Arts and the local Drexel Theatre Group.
2 of the screens will be programmed by the staff of the Wexner Center for the Arts, a facility on the Ohio State Campus about ½ mile north of the Gateway complex. They have a very successful cinema program and this will give them the ability to run features longer than a day or two.