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Simon Overton commented about Wexford Theater on Oct 9, 2009 at 12:56 am

Was this also known as the Grand Theatre?

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Simon Overton commented about North Carolina theater prohibits cell phone use on Oct 8, 2009 at 11:00 pm

This story and following letters is nothing but GOOD NEWS!
The spawned kids of today are utterly obsessed beyond help with their G D phones.
Most cinema/theater managers don’t have the guts to turf offenders out…. well how about the offended patrons dude!
One solution to reduce the incoming calls during show time is to re-record your personal message “I’m at the show right now… call me back after 10pm.” This way you won’t disturb others as well as ruin your flick.
Interestingly, I still have the Reuters newspaper article about these signal blocking devices. READ ON DEAR FRIENDS…

They’re made in Israel by NETLINE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES. Yeah! I understand that there is a way of obtaining these (U.S. illegal) “babies” from Monterrey, Mexico -about two hours by car south of the Texas/Mexico border.
Everyone get a truck load of these babies and lets go to WAR on these irritating cell phone idiots in restaurants, bars, libraries and who knows where else!!!

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Simon Overton commented about Holborn Empire Theatre on Oct 8, 2009 at 10:19 pm

What a lavishly decorated facade but how sad this jewel is no more!

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Simon Overton commented about Newsreel theater on Oct 1, 2009 at 7:08 pm

PSSSST… Save your money!

Everyone above has basically hit the nail on the head. The truth and facts are very demoralizing to say the least; Rental and shipping, both ways, are brutal, and here’s hoping you’ll receive a “vault print.”

I was screwed by occasional old, faded, poor colour and scratchy prints. Also, distributors and libraries are NOT too keen on their film stock being spliced up for platter use -reel-to-reel is best in my books! They are also fussy about your projectionist being a trained “union pro” (a dying breed) and not some “green” kid just out of high school.

I found an interesting website from dear old England; BRITISH MOVIETONE NEWS.

A few cinemas, like Disney’s El Capitan in Hollywood, will, once in a while, add a cartoon to stretch a short program.

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Simon Overton commented about Remembering the lost theaters of Boise on Sep 30, 2009 at 11:58 pm

In July of this year, my wife and I made a round trip to Salt Lake City to visit relatives. It was so darned hot there that we returned to Oregon earlier than planned.
However, stopping in Boise for a decent meal, we accidentally spotted the Egyptian Theatre just a few blocks from the state capitol.
We bought tickets not caring what was playing, were charmingly greeted and made welcome to tour the building before the picture started. My camera has never clicked so many times in one place! THIS THEATRE IS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS with a stage and proscenium almost identical to its ruined sister in Hollywood, Ca.
They actually ran the curtains twice -oh what joy but we regretfully missed was the Wurlitzer pipe organ awaiting someone to play it for an enthusiastic audience. WE WILL RETURN SOON!

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Simon Overton commented about Picardy Cinema on Sep 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm

The lovely old song from the music hall days suddenly came to mind when I saw the listing (and spelling) of this cinema.
Sorry, I cannot remember who actually made “ROSES OF PICARDY” so popular.

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Simon Overton commented about Midnight Movies at Dobie needs sponsors!! on Sep 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm

If you are a NON-PROFIT 501©(3)business, you’ll attract more sponsors by offering them a TAX DEDUCTIBLE receipt. GOOD LUCK!

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Simon Overton commented about Orpheum Theatre on Sep 10, 2009 at 2:25 am

Lost Memory… Your 1966 picture of the Orpheum brought back my City visits from 18 months at Oakland Army Base. Memories when I saw “Dr. Zchivago” in this glorious auditorium. Upon departing, patrons were handed postage-paid postcards to mail to friends, encouraging them to see the picture.

Another(live) show later was Eartha Kitt who sang her favorites and popped a few humorous jokes in between. The audience was generous in so much as to laughter, applause but most of all, they listened to her most politely.
I also obtained her autograph. Oh, what a talented and sexy lady!

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Simon Overton commented about Complete 35MM package for sale on Sep 4, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Surely you jest, Ducky… The RMS Queen Mary is retired now!

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Simon Overton commented about Michael Jackson movie advance tickets on Aug 26, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Who cares?… I don’t but am glad that young boys are now much safer!

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Simon Overton commented about "Wizard of Oz" to be shown in over 440 theaters on September 23rd on Aug 15, 2009 at 2:16 am

I’ve just marked my calendar to give a private screening to family and friends at my home’s little Bijou Cinema… so “CT”, please make that 441 showings!!!

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Simon Overton commented about What will they think of next? on Aug 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm

WHO was it that invented a cell phone signal jamming device for cinemas, churches and libraries, etc?
I’d love to shake their hand! I also wish that ALL cinema/theater owners had the guts to install one of these machines everywhere!

I also wish EVERYONE, who will not tolerate these neurotic fools checking damned phones every five minutes, shout loud and clear “TURN IT OFF OR GET OUT”… I do, and it works!

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Simon Overton commented about Grauman's Chinese for sale on Aug 13, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Wouldn’t it be luverly if we could only wind the clock back several decades as to when the studios controlled all of their own cinemas!

But, no. Some clown had to poke his bloody nose into a perfectly well run system.

What about Krikorian Theaters (L.A. based?) adding Grauman’s to their small chain of classy theaters?

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Simon Overton commented about TCM teaming up with drive-in theaters on Aug 13, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I hope TCM are reading these letters…

Hello from Oregon… we have a delightful drive-in located south west of Portland or north east of Salem. It’s in Newberg on highway 99.
Also owned by a small family who operate the delightful single screen Cameo Cinema

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Simon Overton commented about Mann Festival closes on Aug 4, 2009 at 1:11 am

My wife and I spent half a day in horrendous traffic trying to get to the Westwood Village Fox for the screening of LORD OF THE RINGS.

My God, what a fabulous theater, fabulous film AND fantabulous sound. I recall the audiance virtually rose to their feet for the gorgeous THX sound test… I can still hear it. Ah memories!!!

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Simon Overton commented about My career as a movie theater manager on May 13, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Jerry… You mentioned NYC’s Roxie Theatre… Oh, you LUCKY man. The utter insanity of destroying that magnificent palace is no different than San Francisco’s “fabulous, foolish” Fox.

Both of these priceless alaces were gone before I came here (legally!) from England in 1964. My wife actually played hookey from school to just sit in wonderment in the S.F. Fox. However, we have a Cherub saved from the ruins which means the world to us.

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Simon Overton commented about Wilsonville, Oregon cinema info on May 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Thanks for the info-to-know folks. I think I’ll check with the local newspapers and see what their files have in store.

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Simon Overton commented about President Obama Wants to Boldly Go on May 9, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Dear Mr. Prez…
Like all good citizens, you should support your local cinema the same way the Royal Family does in England… and BUY a ticket!

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Simon Overton commented about Yost Theatre on Apr 28, 2009 at 11:34 pm

My heartiest congratulations to all who were part of this project.

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Simon Overton commented about Wants to lease or buy movie theatre on Apr 25, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Everyone can thank the pure remodeling genius of classic theater designer and historian JOSEPH MUSIL, Creator of Santa Ana’s fabulous “American Museum of Theatrical Design, located in the Santora Arts Building.
Also take a look at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood -WOW!

The Crest is nothing else than an art deco sight to be seen and enjoyed while watching a perfectly presented picture. Also the lobby is totally scrumptuous along with a million-lighted marquee.

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Simon Overton commented about AMC and Cinemark might merge on Apr 25, 2009 at 2:03 pm

A couple of years back, my electric scootered wife and I were at the AMC on Pacific Coast Highway in Long Beach, Ca., when a long power failure shut down the whole shopping center area.

The way-to-young staff were clueless as to how to assist us in leaving the building and no manager(s) came to explain the situation. Further, I didn’t see anyone with flashlights and no one knew of an alternative exit route.
Guess where we never went back again for entertainment!

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Simon Overton commented about Science on Screen finale on Apr 25, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Having watched this marvelous video (many thanks) I felt I had gone to heaven.
To the idiot San Francisco (Fox) people… eat your shorts!!!
What a gorgeous palace. Thank God they saved it!

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Simon Overton commented about In need of seats on Apr 15, 2009 at 8:19 pm

HELP… I never thought of this but… may I join the request for about 25 seats? Are there any spare free seats in OREGON, please?
I’m at:
I could rent a truck to pick up the goodies.

FYI… I’ve converted my x-large garage into the (ABC) Aurora Bijou Cinema, FREE for locals who are unable to go to the movies!!!

It has a 10' screen, old 16/35/slides as well as new digital sound and projection.
Also 3 rows of fabulous curtains, assorted wing & footlights incolour lighting, 2-manual Hammond organ and a wall collection of historical photos along with pipe organ intermission music from England and the U.S… just like the old days!
Many thanks for any help.

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Simon Overton commented about Theater photography project on Apr 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Just a few historic single screeners in Oregon, close to I-5 Fwy;

Cameo Theatre, Newberg -FAMILY OWNED AND GREAT
Palace Theatre, Silverton -QUITE NICE
Hollywood Theatre, Portland -FABULOUSLY AWESOME
Bagdad Theatre, Portland -GREAT AND ALMOST ORIGINAL
Elsinor Theatre, Salem -FABULOUSLY RESTORED

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Simon Overton commented about Admissions up, concessions down during recession on Apr 7, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Movie fans have always sneaked their own preference of snacks and drinks into cinemas since the year “dot.”

However, I am disgusted that many have the nerve to leave their unwanted trash on the floor for the (minimum pay) usher to clean up. This also includes sunflower seeds, apple cores, beer/wine bottles and, oh yes, wait for it… stinking diapers!