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ChasSmith commented about Movie theater matrons gone from NY on Nov 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm

I saw nothing to indicate that there was more than I was seeing…but it sure seems to end rather abruptly.

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ChasSmith commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Oct 27, 2013 at 5:10 pm

http://www.criterion.com/films/28579-it-s-a-mad-mad-mad-mad-world

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ChasSmith commented about iPic Westwood on Oct 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Terrible. Another Westwood humiliation.

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ChasSmith commented about 3-D Film Expo returns to the Egyptian on Aug 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm

It’s absolutely killing me not to go. I wish everyone a superb Expo.

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ChasSmith commented about Sheridan Theatre on Aug 14, 2013 at 9:33 am

In the anticipation leading up to Criterion’s release of a certain epic comedy, I’d like to commemorate that film’s roadshow presentation at the Sheridan, which I have always held wonderful memories of seeing at the tender age of 14. I especially cherish my having recalled a couple of the soon-to-be-cut scenes that indicate we were there within the first few weeks of the run.

IT’S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD Theater: Sheridan Premiere: December 19, 1963 (Florida Premiere) Duration: 23 weeks Format: Cinerama (70mm) Hype: “The World’s Critics Go Stark Raving Mad! Mad! Mad! Mad!”

—with gratitude to Al Alvarez & Michael Coate

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Mann's Chinese, November 1974 on Jun 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Mann’s Chinese, November 1974

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ChasSmith commented about "Earthquake" at the Chinese on Jun 7, 2013 at 7:51 pm

November 1974

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ChasSmith commented about Warnor Theatre on Apr 26, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Yesindeed. Always loved balconies, and I especially remember sitting up there at the Florida’s summer kids' matinees.

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ChasSmith commented about "2001: A Space Odyssey" 45th Anniversary – The Cinerama Engagements on Apr 2, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Thanks to a good friend who was way more aware than I about this new film, I saw it on several occasions at the State in Cleveland, once at the Summit in Detroit, and of course countless subsequent times in other venues over the years. The runs at the State and Summit were simply magnificent. I will never forget those experiences, or that incredible summer over which ‘2001’ loomed so large.

As always, thanks for the great research marking a notable anniversary and revitalizing some wonderful memories.

ChasSmith
ChasSmith commented about Ramapo aims to keep the Lafayette a first-run movie theater on Apr 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Yeah, what the….?

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ChasSmith commented about Looking back at Miami movie palaces on Mar 2, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Wonderful!

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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!

ChasSmith
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!)