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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.
York Plaza Cinema had magnetic stereo equipment, and ran stereo midnight screenings of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR for many months in the late 70’s. A very nice little theatre with operators who really cared about presentation.
I’ll have to do some more research on this, but it looks like the address of the theatre is 5434 East Livingston.
The King Arts Center includes the old Garfield Elementary school to the immediate west of the theatre, constructed in the ‘50’s and closed in the early '80’s. I taught for 3 years at that school. The Pythian was closed at that time and none of us in the school thought much about it. We thought it was a Masonic facility. I do know that when the building closed the facility was in very poor shape and the school system was very happy to get rid of it! I’ve heard it is a beautiful location now.
This was in the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Mt. Vernon Avenue. It was located just east of the Pythian Theatre, now the King Arts Complex, and north-east of the newly restored Lincoln Theatre. The theatre address is now part of a large housing/retail development known as Mt. Vernon Plaza.
I definitely remember seeing SLEEPING BEAUTY at Hunt’s Cinestage, but I don’t think it was during this run. I definitely remember GRAND CANYON SUITE and the end of the film where the thorn branches appear, but I thought I was a bit older when I saw that. Maybe my Grandmother took me to it. Were there any 70mm rereleases a few years later?
For a time in the very late ‘50s, this theatre was known as the Bexley Continental/American. Foreign films were shown in one screen and American films on the other. I found this while looking for some other things in the Columbus Dispatch microfilm records.
For a time in the very late ‘50’s, this theatre was known as the FOX Theatre and played “adult” features. I found this looking up some information in the Columbus Dispatch microfilm records.
Ran WINDJAMMER in CINERAMA from 7/20/60 until 8/8/60. Harald Tusberg, Sven Erik Libaek, Kaare Terland from the film sang live. The ad showed a 3-headed CINEMIRACLE camera and had the CINERAMA logo. Advertised as “Only showing in a 4 state area as originally presented at the Capitol Theatre in CINERAMA”. While this was showing on one screen, the other screen was running CIRCUS OF HORRORS and AMAZING TRANSPARENT MAN. Source is ads from Cincinnati Enquirer.
I have posted a scan of the display ad for 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. The name of the theatre is the LOEW’S NEW FALLS.
Now, the name of this theatre can be changed.