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Hello- to CineTech. its my understanding that during the
Golden Age of Hollywood(the beginning of sound to the
early 60s) the studios operated very much on the A movie
and B movie production levels. so I don’t understand how
you can say the A and B production levels didn’t exist?
also are you saying the current Paramount Hone Videodvd of TWOTW is better than the restored CriterionBlu-ray?
I recently purchased the Criterion Collection blu-ray
disc of The War of the Worlds from 1953. when it opened
here in 1953 was it considered an A film or a B film?
to stevenj many thanks for your replies. I first visited
L.A. April of 1980. so if the theater was “rescued” by the
end of 1980 than it couldn’t have been a gay porn house
for very long.
to Al A. and Mike(saps)on your witty comments on my
taste in films. last Fall two films were released that
garnered critical praise and both won Oscars. I saw
them after all the critical praise had been around for
a while and as I was leaving the theater I thought to
myself- what were the critics smoking when they were
watching the films? either that or REALLY strong
brownies. in other words beauty as they say is in the
eye of the beholder.
maybe there was audience fatigue for roadshow epics about
Ancient Rome. on the other hand the roadshow engagement of
The Greatest Story Ever Told the next Feb.1965 at the
Warner lasted 44 weeks. TFOTRE is one of those roadshow
epics with a somewhat off reputation that is in fact better
than said reputation.
while the ad proclaims the change to continuous performances
at popular prices it doesn’t state that its a cut version of
the film and not the original cut used during the roadshow
I just asked a simple question no need to get hyper about
it. your 5/2/20 post states that “Heavy Equipment” opened
here in 3-D in July of 1978. so since I first visited L.A.
in April of 1980 the theater would have been a gay porn house
for at least 2 years at the point I visited. so I was
wondering how long it stayed a gay porn house. again a
I first visited L.A. April of 1980. so according to hdtv267’s
5/2/20 post the theater had been a gay porn house for approx.
2 years at that point. how long did it in fact stay a gay
to Al A.– there are a number of classic films where its
known the current blu-ray disc isn’t the same cut of the
film as when the film opened in whichever of Manhattan’s
many 1st run theaters. to which I never knew the cut on the
vhs, dvd and 50th Ani. blu-ray wasn’t the same cut as
opened at this theater. did you know?
also the differences while minute in terms of the film’srunning time will still be noticeable to anyone who haswatched the 50th Ani. blu-ray countless times. for instancewhen Mr. Arbogast falls down the stairs after being stabbedby “Mother” and lands at the foot of the stairs in theversion everyone knows “Mother” stabs him 2 more times. inthe June 1960 original cut she stabs him 4 more times.
also I don’t think an original cut of The Current
War which finally opened last Oct. 2019 at the Angelika
ever existed. it was originally supposed to open Nov. of
2017. they started showing in theaters in Sept. but then
the Harvey scandal broke and all of the Weinstein Company
films were put in legal limbo. it took almost 2 years
for the director and a new distributor to buy the film
from TWC. my point being simple. when they started
showing the trailer in Sept. of 2017 its my understanding
a theatrical cut had not actually been agreed upon by
TWC and the director before the scandal hit. so when he
got the film back “the directors cut” as the film was
tagged is his personal preferred cut.
hey you learn something new every day. Psycho opened here
June 1960. in Oct. 2010 Universal Home Video released a
perfect HD transfer on blu-ray as a 50th Anniversary Edition.
to which I was always under the impression the cut on the
50th Anniversary blu-ray was the same as the one that
opened here June of 1960. but it isn’t. on Tuesday
Universal Home Video will release a blu-ray of the original
June 1960 cut of the film.
many thanks to Eric for your reply. interestingly I even
thought the name of the theater I was looking might have
been the Cinema or Century 21. I had no idea of the name
change. this site apparently lists theaters by their current
names and not the name they were known by for the majority
of their existence.
to stevenj thanks for your reply. I did see a film at
the Presidio on a subsequent visit. the theater I saw
Titanic at was a large theater so it definitely wasn’t
the Presidio. plus it was on the opposite side of the
street that the Presidio is on. I remember the theater
I saw Titanic at was the 1st theater in S.F. with a
certifies THX sound system.
to vindanpar- I read with interest your recent post about
the roadshow engagement of Star at this theater. I am both
a roadshow engagement buff(I’m in my 60s) and a Julie
Andrews devotee. I saw the film say a month after it
opened. I do remember liking it. whether I’d like it
today is another matter. I have always enjoyed listening
to the soundtrack album first on Lp then on cd. I have
always hoped for a perfectly remastered Blu-ray disc of
the original roadshow cut.
Hello from NYC-
when I was vacationing in San Francisco the Spring of 1998
I saw Titanic for I think the 12th time. I think this might
have bee this theater. I remember it was at a decent size
theater om Union or Chestnut Sts.
I did likewise. my friends and I stood outside the theateronline for say an hour and a half till the next showing of Bye Bye Birdie.
on pg. 2 of the photo section is a first rate photo of this
theater’s front done up for the premiere of Dr. Jekyll and
Mr. Hyde with Fredrick March. its to bad that though the
currently available dvd of the film is referred to as
“restored” its still not the complete film that opened
here in 1933.
to Al A. its always nice to read one of replies. as I have
said in the past your font of knowledge makes me look like
an amateur. now to my use of the statement “with the intent
of showing films” in a recent post about the Crescent which
was a stone’s throw from this theater. in Dec. 1909 when
the Crescent opened the use of the word “films” in the phrase
“with the intent of showing films” would have of course
referred to 1 reelers. granted the Crescent was built as a
combo vaudville/film theater the fact it was built with the
intent of showing films as part of the program I should
think it can be referred to as the 1st movie theater
built as such.
to MarkDHite- I thank you replying to my posts about
HTWWW in an intelligent adult manner. all replies should
be written in such a manner.
to Archive, thanks for the detailed info. I was lucky enoughto have seen 2001 twice during its roadshow engagement here.
I don’t think your tone was necessary, I was just asking
a question. the theaters in the Bronx that switched to
Spanish language films was years later than 1938.
to hdtv267. I don’t understand your reply of “yes and ?”.
as I stated it was highly unusual for a movie theater to
close before t.v. was introduced in to the American home.
all the neighborhood theaters in the Bronx I attended
when I was younger didn’t close till years after t.v. was
as I asked a while back before the movie theater lockdownon March 16th was the escalator in this ever fixed. it hadbeen out of service since Oct. 2018.
also I’m not surprised about the Landmark 57 St. closing.
the two times I went there were way more staff then patrons.
to Ala A. thanks again for your reply. you are probably
right that by Thanksgiving 1963 HTWWW was no longer selling
out. since this was a roadshow engagement everyone had to
leave. I have seen the ads for roadshow engagements in the
photo section of the other six theaters the studios used.
often for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas depending on
the length of the film they would always schedule what I
would deem sufficient time to get the old audience out
and the new audience in. with HTWWW this theater was kind
of cutting it close with only 15mins.
to moviebuff82- if I am not mistaken this theater had the
largest seating capacity of any Loew’s theater in Mew
to Al A. as always thanks for your reply. I forget about
the lesser sitting capacity due to the installation of the
Cinerama screen. but even if they lost say half the
original 5,230 seats you’d still have a large crowd. so if
the 2pm. showing was not even solid out but almost sold
out I still don’t see how they could have had gotten the
2pm. audience out and the 5:15 audience in. this is
especially true since I’m sure many of the audience
for the 2pm. showing had to use the restroom once the
screening was over.
also you said they might have been sitting people during
the Overture. but wouldn’t the Overture been played in a
darkened theater? that would have been a tricky situation