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Mark_L commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 38: St. Louis) on Aug 14, 2009 at 4:42 pm

According to Mike’s lists so far, SEVEN WONDERS is the second most popular CINERAMA film after THIS IS CINERAMA, measured by total weeks played.

Mark_L commented about AMC Lennox Town Center 24 on Aug 12, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I have heard that IMAX is thinking about differentiating between the various flavors of IMAX. Some of the names they are considering are:
IMAX Grand
Imax Traditional
The Original IMAX Experience
IMAX Digital

The current multiplex installations are fine for what they are, but they pale in comparison to original IMAX on a 60' by 80' screen!

Mark_L commented about AMC Lennox Town Center 24 on Aug 12, 2009 at 12:33 pm

This theatre will be adding a Digital IMAX unit in theater 12 in time for the September opening of CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS. This is one of the 4 large theatres directly off the lobby. I was told the screen would be slightly larger than the screen at AMC EASTON 30.

Mark_L commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 37: Toledo) on Aug 5, 2009 at 11:57 am

“One of these things is not like the other,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you guess which thing is not like the other,
Before I finish my song.”

Sure is one BIG surprise in this list!

Mark_L commented about Colonial Theatre on Jul 23, 2009 at 8:05 am

The current PALACE theatre is located at 40 W. Broad street, so this theater would have been approximately at that location.

It is possible that this theatre was closed in anticipation of the construction of the AIU Citadel (Now Leveque Tower) at this location. That building opened in 1927 after some delays in construction.

Mark_L commented about Happy 20th anniversary, Batman!!! on Jul 12, 2009 at 7:46 am

One of my favorite film shots of all time is at the end of BATMAN where BATMAN stands on top of a building looking out onto the BAT Signal. I pulled that shot off the DVD and I use it as the wallpaper on my main monitor.

In the movie BATMAN, who is crazier…the Joker or Batman?

Mark_L commented about Happy 20th anniversary, Batman!!! on Jul 12, 2009 at 7:44 am

BATMAN RETURNS marked the beginning of the end of large scale 70mm releases. With BATMAN RETURNS came Dolby Digital, putting high quality 5.1 sound on 35mm film. Since many of the producers released in 70mm primarily for the sound, this gave them a way to get great sound at a much lower cost per print. JURASSIC PARK with DTS came along and really delivered the knock out blow.

Mark_L commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 34: Nanuet/Rockland County) on Jul 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm

When this theatre was running 3-strip CINERAMA, was it using 1 booth or 3 separate booths.?

Mark_L commented about South Drive-In on Jun 18, 2009 at 7:33 am

The South Drive-In is still open as of the summer of 2009.

Mark_L commented about North High Drive-In on May 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Drove by there recently, and that land is still not developed.

Mark_L commented about AMC Starplex Columbus 10 on May 30, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Installed 2 Digital Cinema units in May, 2009. Both capable of showing 3-D.

Mark_L commented about AMC Easton Town Center 30 with IMAX on May 30, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Arnold was involved and donated an Austrian Army tank, which was stored west of the main shopping area. I believe the tank was donated to Mott’s Military Museum in Groveport, OH, just SE of metro Columbus.

Mark_L commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 29: Pittsburgh) on May 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm

So far, Mike has listed 74 theatres, which include 3 that only played THRILLARAMA and one that played 2 KINOPANORAMA pictures.

Of the theatres given so far, no theatre played all 24 CINERAMA films (Including THIS IS CINERAMA (70mm)). The IMPERIAL in Montreal played 23 of the films. That theatre also played the most “CINERAMA WEEKS” (weeks playing CINERAMA pictures) with 775.

So, it looks like things are about ½ way done. There are going to be some tough ones yet to go, though.

Mark_L commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part 28: Orange County) on Apr 27, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Were they running a 70mm print of POSEIDON?

Mark_L commented about Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD on Mar 20, 2009 at 7:03 am

Cinemark bought 4 theatres from Muvico on 3/18/09 so Muvico can avoid bankruptcy. These include the Paradise 24 in Davie, Palace 20 in Boca Raton, Boynton Beach 14 (All in Florida) and the Egyptian in Maryland. Cinemark took over officially on 3/19/09. All Muvico passes and programs are supposed to continue until the end of May, 2009, and employees were offered positions with the new company. (All information from the Miami Herald)

Mark_L commented about Falls Theater on Feb 27, 2009 at 7:35 am

I did some newspaper research on this theatre some years ago. The newspaper ads definitely said NEW FALLS.

Mark_L commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part X: Oklahoma City) on Feb 26, 2009 at 11:52 am

The best website on the history of Widescreen films is Martin Hart’s Widescreen Museum ( It has information on every widescreen system. If you go there, say “Hi” to the Usherettes for me!

Mark_L commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part X: Oklahoma City) on Feb 26, 2009 at 10:30 am

OKLAHOMA was a Todd-AO film produced by Michael Todd. His goal was to create a Cinerama type image with only one projector at a time. OKLAHOMA was the first TODD-AO feature. CINERAMA at that time used 3 projectors (and a separate sound unit). CINERAMA theatres could not show TODD-AO and TODD-AO theatres could not show CINERAMA films at that time.

Mark_L commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part X: Oklahoma City) on Feb 26, 2009 at 10:01 am

I’m not aware of Century building any domes in Oklahoma.

Mark_L commented about Remembering Cinerama (Part X: Oklahoma City) on Feb 26, 2009 at 9:38 am

Lynne, Mike’s list includes 3-strip and 70mm films released with the CINERAMA logo included on the film and in advertising. GONE WITH THE WIND was an MGM release, and the CINERAMA logo was never a part of that release. I realize that this is a very fine distinction, but it is an important one. There actually was almost no difference echnically between the later CINERAMA films and other 70mm Roadshow releases.

Mark_L commented about Carousel Cinemas on Feb 22, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Can anyone pin down a better address for this theatre? From Google Earth, I think I have it located at about 8036 Reading Road, but I can not be certain. Does anyone have the exact location?

Mark_L commented about Flicker's East Cinema Pub on Feb 4, 2009 at 8:31 am

According to the County records, the theatre was originally owned by Leo Yassenoff, who owned a number of theatres. The original date was April, 1967. The title passed to his foundation in 1974 and moved to the Columbus Jewish Foundation in 1996. It passed through a number of owners until it was given to the city in 2008 by Syed and Tabinda Rehman.

Mark_L commented about Livingston Theatre on Dec 18, 2008 at 8:02 am

I lived about a block away from this theatre. (House is gone now…just a vacant lot.) The Drug Store was owned by Bernie Siegel, a pharmacist. It had a lunch counter and all the basic pharmacy stuff. Livingston Enterprises was the name of the store next to the theatre. It was a strange place that sold boats and other such things. Don’t know why they sold boats in such a landlocked place! There was also a radio-tv repair shop inside that we used for all of our TV work…back when they actually repaired TV’s.

There was a long empty area between the front doors and the doors of the theatre. There were a couple of display cases so the drugstore and Livingston Enterprises could show some wares. They only used the right door to the theatre to take tickets. The manager’s office was to the left of the theatre doors. It was always filled with papers and posters.

Mark_L commented about South Drive-In on Nov 19, 2008 at 4:18 pm

They usually shut down for the season in September or very early October.

Mark_L commented about RKO Grand Theatre on Nov 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm

In July, 1965, RKO sub-leased the GRAND to Trans-Beacon Theatres. In ads, the theatre was listed as both a Beacon theatre and a Trans-Beacon theatre.

Contrary to information above, the theatre closed on May 13, 1969 following the run of ICE STATION ZEBRA and was destroyed by fire on January 8, 1970. The 3-strip presentation were from 11/3/60 until 2/11/64. (The previous poster reversed some digits). This information confirmed through Columbus Dispatch microfilm records.