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Agree with Ed, please post.
Agree saps. Cinerama anyone?
It is JOLSON, not Joltson, Momoviebuff82, I am correct, Al Jolson.
The Jolson Storu and its sequel were fantastic. Larry Parks did not look like Jolson but he caputred his movemets. His eyes on closeups were just like Jolson’s. He was terrific. It is a shame he died young and was accused of being a comunist. Larry Parks was a great.
Tinseltoes, totally agree with you. I have written comments in the Times and Post. Emperor Bloomberg and his lunatic transportation commissioner should be committed to a hospital for the insane.
Loews Inc., the parent company of MGM, operated the Metro theaters outside the USA. MGM had to divest itself from Loews theaters in US after the Paramount Consent Decree which did not allow studios to own theaters, but they could keep theaters in foreign countries. The Loews Inc. which continued to operate the US theaters was independent from MGM as it had new owners. Now is part of AMC theaters.
You are right Tinseltoes.
Moviebuff82: Broadway shows, concerts, etc., will not go on tonight. Presumably, any event at RCMH will be rescheduled. Remember the City has closed own, no mass transit. Even if tourists are within walking distance of Broadway, authorities are telling people not to go out. Streets are deserted in my neighborhood, Upper West Side.
How sad, Davsot. Are you aware of this conference on PR theaters?
You are right rrstar, thanks. Are you aware of this conference on PR theaters?
PS: Also, in the 60’s, attendance during Holy Week was poor since many people stayed at home or went to religious services, that is why they opened on Easter Saturday, then known as Glorious Saturday, end of Lent.
The Cinerama opened on a week day with How The West… Films opened in San Juan on Wednesdays or Thursdays. Saturday openings were for Easter openings because in the 60’s, during Holy Week, most theaters showed reissues of religious films like The 10 Commandments.
The theaters opened in 1968. Plaza 1 showed The Odd Couple and Plaza 2 The Thomas Crown Affair as the opening attractions.
Intro is wrong about seating capacity. It had over 900 seats, about 920. Also, after Around the World it only played spectaculars and after 70mm was installed it played Ben Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, Zulu and all the big blockbusters.
Seeing again the latest DVD of Around The World in 80 Days, made me wonder if the premiere in PR was in Cinestage. The Metropolitan used to be the Capitol, I don’t remember if it was a first or second run house. The theatre was closed to prepare for the opening of Around the World but nothing was said about Todd-AO. The new screen was like the one installed at the Music Hall for The Robe but with a deeper curve and the stereo sound was terrific. I had seen Cinerama and Todd-AO in the US. Todd-AO was very impressive with the deep curved screen, it looked like Cinerama to me. I thought that in PR World was in scope because Oklahoma was shown in its CinemaScope version at the Music Hall. At the time I had no idea about Cinestage, I learned about it when I bought a computer and started visiting film sites. That is why when I joined the exhibition business in PR I never inquired if World was in scope or what. Todd-AO was installed at the Metropolitan for South Pacific and they installed the screen that lasted until it closed, taller but only slightly curved. Eventually the Music Hall curved screen was replaced with a flat screen as was the one at the Lorraine which was curved from wall to wall, very impressive. I guess that happened when Fox did not require the silver screen anymore and the CinemaScope ratio was adjusted to fix the sides distortion, which I never noticed.
When Diabolique opened in Washington DC at The Playhouse in 54 or 55, no one was admitted after the film had started and customers had to sign an “agreement” that they would not reveal the ending.
Fine Arts Miramar to reopen this Summer. Well, it is Summer already.
Correction: Partido Popular.
rrstar: From day one, Telemundo had the studios across from Muñoz Rivera park almost across from the Supreme Court. WAPA-TV was farther back in the building that is now the headquarters of the Partido Popula.
About 2 weeks ago I advised CT I was not being notified on new comments on “my” theater pages I did not get a response. I hope I will receive notices about new comments when the new CT is up.
Michael, I was not commenting or giving an opinion, just wanted to thank REndres. Anything wrong with that? He deserves my thanks for the detailed explanation, period.
REndres, thanks for the detailed explanation.
MICHAEL, FOR GOD’S SAKE, VISTAVISION WAS NOT 35 MM, DAMM IT. ARE YOU SO IGNORANT. IT WAS 65 MM.
6SMM DAMM IT! OVER AND OUT. OVER AND OUT. OVER AND OUT.
IGNORANT PEOPLE LIKE MICHAEL SHOULD NOT COMMENT. PERIOD.
FOR THE LAST TIME, OVER AND OUT.