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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.

Mark_L commented about Main Theatre on Nov 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm

For a short time in the early ‘60’s, this theatre had a few roadshow runs. CAN-CAN and KING OF KING were presented in 70mm (KING OF KINGS was a move-over from the Cinestage). This was the first non-downtown location to run 70mm.

Mark_L commented about Grandview Theater and Drafthouse on Oct 25, 2008 at 1:49 pm


Nice to hear you are taking on the Grandview. I wish you the best of luck.

Are you planning on adding screens? Upgrading equipment? Improving acoustics?

Mark L

Mark_L commented about New theater may revitalize mall on Oct 17, 2008 at 9:23 am

Usually the theatre becomes a drug store, not the other way around! Must have been a big Rite Aid.

Mark_L commented about Drexel Grandview remains open temporarily on Sep 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Sad news, Monika. I hoped something could be worked out. I posted the email on the Drexel Grandview page on this site.

Mark L.

Mark_L commented about Grandview Theater and Drafthouse on Sep 30, 2008 at 4:38 pm

The theatre will close on September 30, 2008. This email was sent to Drexel Email subscribers:

Dear DREXEL Family,

It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce that tonight, September 30, 2008, will be the last night of movies at the Drexel Grandview Theatre.

After the windstorm that closed the Drexel East and Radio Café for most of five days, we tried hard; but unsuccessfully, to reach
agreement with the Grandview property owner so that we could keep the theatre open for a closing night party. Jeff and I will be at the Grandview tonight to say goodbye to any who come in, gather a few things, and secure the building until we can pack up the bulk of the theatre equipment and move it out in the next few days. We express our deep gratitude to all of you who have shared your Drexel Grandview stories, sent sad but good wishes, and even made offers of services in behalf of possibly keeping the theatre open.

Let us look on the brighter side. We have heard from so many of you and benefited so much personally from your good will. Our Drexel 3-screen theatre and Radio Café are alive and well. We have lots of programming and operational goals to accomplish in the very next few weeks so that we may continue to bring independent film and events to Columbus. We can certainly use all of your help.

We hope you will visit us at the Drexel Theatre in Bexley, even though it may not be the movie theatre closest to your home. We need lots of support and help to thrive at our business in this very difficult economic time.

Accept our heartfelt thanks and please, please continue to visit the Drexel Theatre and Radio Café. Feel free to share your ideas and thoughts with us directly through response to

Warm Regards,

Jeff and Kathy Frank