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ChasSmith commented about Warner Beverly Hills Groundbreaking on Feb 19, 2013 at 8:08 am

Yes, thank you so much for this.

It’s a little disappointing that the newsreel doesn’t take us inside, but it’s still essential viewing. I never knew the theater in its prime, but I lived in the area and attended a number of second runs in the mid-1970s, and it was the most amazing interior ever. A supreme loss.

The newsreel ends with Warner Brothers' wish that the theater not be found unworthy. Some five decades later, it was found very unworthy by the city of Beverly Hills, as was much else there. What was once a wonderful “village” of affordable and accessible shops, theaters, bookstores, record stores, and eateries, is now a sterile gold and platinum wasteland, almost unrecognizable to those who knew it only a few decades ago.

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ChasSmith commented about Esquire Theatre on Feb 5, 2013 at 8:37 pm

I was in Beechwood Elementary in 4th and 5th grades.

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ChasSmith commented about Esquire Theatre on Feb 5, 2013 at 10:53 am

Right. I’ve been trying to nail down where on the east side we kids were taken to see it. We were living in Whitehall, and I' m pretty certain it was nearby. I remember GRAND CANYON was still with it.

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ChasSmith commented about Esquire Theatre on Feb 5, 2013 at 10:14 am

(I mean 1959)

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ChasSmith commented about Esquire Theatre on Feb 5, 2013 at 10:14 am

kenreiff6, would you remember if the Esquire played Disney’s Sleeping Beauty in its first run — 1958?

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ChasSmith commented about Walter Reade Theater on Dec 27, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Well, I didn’t get the pristine print I’d hoped for, but after a rough start it was mostly good, and seeing PLAYTIME on the big screen was wonderful.

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ChasSmith commented about Walter Reade Theater on Dec 27, 2012 at 7:30 am

Anyone see the first showing of PLAYTIME? I’m coming down for that one today, with hopes high for a great print.

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ChasSmith commented about Egyptian Theatre on Aug 7, 2012 at 9:01 am

What I recall from having gone just a couple of times was that you still entered through the main walkway, then jogged around to the left side of the main building, and I believe the doors to the small building were on its south side. I hate to say it but I don’t even recognize it from that photo. I thought there might have been a small patio style entrance, but basically it was just a plain little building with two tiny screens.

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ChasSmith commented about Laemmle Theater could close, become a tri-plex on Jul 24, 2012 at 5:59 am

Exactly.

It’s still so disheartening.

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ChasSmith commented about Laemmle Theater could close, become a tri-plex on Jul 23, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Granted, I haven’t read the article. Maybe there’s a big silver lining to that.

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ChasSmith commented about Laemmle Theater could close, become a tri-plex on Jul 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm

HORRIBLE!

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ChasSmith commented about Plantation Theatre on Jul 23, 2012 at 6:53 am

That’s a real time travel look back at Fort Lauderdale in 1965. Bob Freund. Woody Woodbury.

And what a year…My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music opening in Miami Beach…or just about to.

Take me back. Please.

Thank you, Tinseltoes!

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ChasSmith commented about Coral Ridge Theatre on Jul 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

Thank you both for the updates!

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ChasSmith commented about Warnor Theatre on Jul 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

Information on the Fort Lauderdale area theaters in those years is extremely welcome. Thank you, sporridge.

(Sure would LOVE to find some more pictures!)

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ChasSmith commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Jul 4, 2012 at 11:39 am

That is great. The interior was all red, I think, when I knew it, but how great to “be in it” again. Yes, more places should have this.

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ChasSmith commented about Mariemont Theatre on May 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Based on my (admittedly few and long ago) memories, that just seems SO out of scale for the size of the theater and its lovely surroundings.

(I have nice memories of visiting Cincinnati in the late 60s and early 70s, and being taken here with family to see “Cactus Flower”, “If It’s Tuesday This Must Be Belgium”, and I think “French Connection”.)

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ChasSmith commented about Mariemont Theatre on May 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Five!?

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ChasSmith commented about REMEMBERING CINERAMA (Part 49: Cleveland) on May 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Thanks so much for reviving and continuing this series! Lived in Cleveland from 1967-1972 and my only “Cinerama” film seen there was “2001” at the State (went a few times). I also remember quite well a few other great large format films at the Cedar Center and the Colony in Shaker Square. Again, thanks, and keep up the great work.

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ChasSmith commented about Lafayette Theatre on May 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm

When I first saw the schedule, I knew I’d be missing “The Woman in the Window” because I’d be out of town then — and it killed me on Saturday morning, driving up I-71 in Ohio, thinking about the feature about to begin! Really sorry to miss it. Otherwise, it was an all too brief but really fine spring season, and I look forward to the fall one.

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ChasSmith commented about Chakeres East Main Drive-In on May 4, 2012 at 6:45 am

Thank you so much for these uploads. My mom and dad bought their first house in Whitehall in 1955, and drive-ins were our chief form of movie-going entertainment. I remember the name Miles, and I have a few memory fragments of this drive-in in particular, due to its configuration on the north side of Main and facing south.

Thanks also, whoever contributed the note about the neighboring root beer drive-in. Don’t remember that specifically, but I have no doubt whatever that we were patrons there as well!

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ChasSmith commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Apr 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I’d like to echo Bill Heulbig’s sentiment above. Did DEFG leave the site? I don’t know anyone in this thread personally, but if that happened, I believe it’s a loss that needs to be addressed.

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ChasSmith commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Apr 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Oh man.

Thank you, DEFG.

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ChasSmith commented about Hunt's Cinestage Theatre on Mar 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I’m wondering if Hunt’s Cinestage is the theater that was running “The Sound of Music” at some point in the 1968-1969 time frame — and if not, which downtown Columbus theater might have been the one.

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ChasSmith commented about Mann Festival Theater on Mar 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Did the theater have a balcony?

I remember it as the UA, and I loved the Bratskeller, the restaurant at the corner of the block in the 1970s.

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ChasSmith commented about iPIC Westwood on Mar 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm

It’s scary how inaccurate our memories can be on things like this. I found some of mine confirmed on your list, but could have sworn I saw “Carrie” and “Silent Movie” in the main auditorium there. Oh well, this is endlessly fascinating.