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I thank everyone for their replies about Grimm. an
additional question which I should have asked to begin
with. would someone who knows the technical side of
remastering for a Blu-ray disc explain why a HD transfer
can’t be made from the 3 panel print shown at the
Dome. if it was in damn good enough condition to show
why not? thanks in advance.
based on the intro at top this theater which opened as
the Strand in 1914 retained its original interior décor
till it was converted to Cinerama in 1953?
I thank everyone for the info about the 3 panel Grimm
print shown at the Dome in Hollywood. I’m guessing a
number of older films released on dvd or Blu-ray were
mastered from the best quality print of the film that’s
available. so if the 3 panel print shown at the Dome
is in damn good condition I don’t see why a Blu-ray
can’t be mastered from it.
if the Dome showed a 3 panel print in 2012 can’t they
remaster a Blu-ray disc of it? I’m assuming if the print
was in good enough condition to be shown commercially
its in good enough condition to use for an HD transfer.
to Ed S.– thanks for your reply. my point was simple.
I had always been told the 3-panel negative was water
damaged beyond repair end of story. but apparently
that’s not the case. so the problem so to speak is
not the condition of the negative but Warner Home
Video spending the $$$ to properly restore it as they'
did HTWWW. that’s what I was trying to point out.
speaking of theatrical exhibition. what print was
shown at a Cinerama Festival at the Dome in Hollywood
a few years back. or for that matter how is
Turner Classic Movies able to air it?
after Warner Home Video’s immaculate restoration and HDtransfer of How The West Was Won I was eagerly awaitingthe same for The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm.
after a few years and zippo I did some inquiries and was
told the 3 Panel negative had suffered water damage that
was beyond repair. but is it? in the trivia section on the
IMDB pg. for the film it paints an entirely different
picture as to how “damaged” the 3 panel negative is.
to xbs2034- prior to its August 2019 closing i thought
theater was always well maintained, helpful staff, clean
men’s room etc…… baring this in mind could you
please be specific as to what you mean by “looked to be
better maintained than its City Cinemas days”?
to markp- I thank you for your reply since I know
you have personal knowledge in the area. but to reiterate
my original comment I think not properly masking
screens is a sign of poor showmanship pure and simple.
I’m in my 60s and have been an avid moviegoer virtually
since I could walk. to which the non-masking of screens
is a relatively recent event. so if it was done for
all these years why stop now.
I know Ryan’s Daughter is this theater’s longest runningfilm. so how long was the roadshow run of Marooned?
to markp- who have been most helpful in answering
questions about the technical side of movie exhibition
so here goes with a new one. why did theaters come to
the decision to stop masking screens? whether a film
is shown in the 1.85.1 ratio or the 2.35.1 ratio to
see white bars on the top and bottom or at the sides I
find distracting. I would say its poor showmanship
for theaters to not properly mask screens.
to Al A.– as you said in a previous post Kennedy’s book
begins with a negative slant so I shouldn’t be surprised
by what he says in the book. in your last post you say
“in that he is right”. well kind of if you’re talking
strictly about box office returns maybe.after The Sound of
Music finished its record run at this theater the studios
released Oliver, Funny Girl and Fiddler on the Roof all
on roadshow engagements. for instance many people consider
FOTR the greatest musical ever made.
the link to the interview with Kennedy doesn’t seem to work
but I did read the interview when the link was first posted.
it seems just that he book was going to have a negative
viewpoint. his statement referring to Hello Dolly as a
“well dressed dinosaur” is the epitome of a left handed compliment. granted Streisand should have been twice the age
she was but in terms of her performance Streisand WAS
every inch Dolly Levi. I still don’t get the comments
about “over produced” musical numbers. one of the
things I liked about the film was its lush production
numbers. to criticize a film version of Hello Dolly for
“over produced” numbers is just plain bizarre.
also in the interview Kennedy refers to Doctor Dolittle
as an “ugly bomb”. I always liked the film. plus the
recent restord/remastered Blu-ray disc from Twilight Time
is A++. people who have never seen the film and are just
aware of its somewhat off reputation after viewing the
Blu-ray disc will wonder what all the naysayers were
during the exclusive first run of Old Ironsides in 1926
not only did they have a live orchestra playing the score
but they had people behind the screen doing sound effects
during the battles scenes.
I had tickets for a matinee of the Ben-Hur rerelease the
day after Judy Garland died. when you entered the lobby
right before the theater proper they had portraits of all
the great stars that had played the Palace. Garland’s
had a black wreath around it.
to vindanpar- does Kennedy’s book discuss musical
roadshows only of the ‘60s? for me the modern era of roadshows
started with Oklahoma(Oct. 1955) to Man of La Mancha
(Dec. 1972). while there were many musicals released
during the 60s I’m hedging the bet more were released
on a continuous performance basis to use an old term
rather than on a roadshow basis. in other words if
Kennedy sticks to only roadshow musicals of the '60s
it must be a shorter book.
as I asked a while back what changes if any are beingmade to the auditorium itself?
I love your comment since I well remember your comments on
Kennedy’s book “Musical Roadshows”. I wonder if he even saw
Hello Dolly in its original TODD-AO projection at this
to be frank a colorblind person would have chosen
a better color. I wonder who’s the idiot who chose the
to ridethectrain. since you post frequently here don’t
you find the color of the new seats off-putting? as I
said it looks like a pumpkin threw up. plus they’re
nowhere near as comfy as the new seats at the AMC/Loews
I own several souvenir programs(140 in fact) and one of my
favorites is the one for The House of Rothschild which
premiered at this theater. what makes it special is not only
is it in mint condition but it contains the special
mini program just for the premiere at this theater.
I would likewise am interested in what souvenir program
vindanpar has for 2001. the program you posted on pg.1
of the photo section for this theater is the same one I
bought at the Loews Capitol approx. 2 weeks after the
I find it odd that 2001’s roadshow engagement “in Cinerama”
at this theater would have sold a different souvenir program
then the one sold at the Loews Capitol in Manhattan.
did the original roadshow cut of 2001 ever play this
also I saw the film at the Loews Capitol in NYC and the
program they were sell was the same as the one on pg.1
of the photo section.
has anyone heard anything on the grape wine per se as to
whether Netflix will allow films from other studios to be
shown. I remember when this theater closed at the end of
August Tom Bernard the co-head of Sony Pictures Classics
lamented the loss their favorite theater for showcasing
their Oscar Bait films. lets face it considering how many
original films Netflix streams the vast majority are simply
not in the same class as Marriage Story or The Two Popes.
has anyone who frequents this theater been to the Regal
Union Square recently? a number of the auditoriums have
new seats which are uncomfortable if you’re a taller than
average. plus the color is hedious. they look like a
pumpkin threw up. a color blind person would have picked
a better dolor.