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Coate commented about Astor Theatre on Feb 22, 2014 at 4:29 pm

You’re misinformed, RogerA. The Saxon’s Todd-AO roadshow run of “Oklahoma!” began in September 1956.

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Coate commented about Astor Theatre on Feb 22, 2014 at 3:58 pm

RogerA wrote: “So far with all of my research the first 70mm film to run at the Astor was Spartacus. The Gary got Todd-AO in ‘57 and it appears that Oklahoma and Around the World in 80 Days ran at what is now the Wang Center and what was then the Metropolitan.”

All of those claims I believe are incorrect! My research informs me that “Porgy and Bess” was the first 70mm presentation at the Astor, commencing in August 1959, fourteen months before “Spartacus.”

The Gary’s first 70mm presentation appears to have been “Sleeping Beauty” in 1959.

“Oklahoma!” and “Around the World in 80 Days” played their Boston roadshow runs at the Saxon, not the Wang Center/Metropolitan.

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Coate commented about Westgate 5 Theatre on Feb 2, 2014 at 8:55 am

javert…

It was actually Richard Attenborough’s “Magic” that replaced “Star Wars.” “Superman” followed “Magic” a month later.

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Coate commented about Washington Square Cinemas on Feb 2, 2014 at 8:43 am

Daverem…Tom Moyer’s Luxury Theatres operated the Washington Square Cinemas in the 1986-87 timeframe.

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Coate commented about Continental Theatre on Jan 16, 2014 at 4:47 pm

First-run STAR WARS in Tulsa was at Southroads Mall.

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Coate commented about Century 21 on Jan 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm

boxcop… At the time of the “Superman” engagement, the Dome Complex and the Town & Country were in competition with each other. The Domes were run by Syufy and the Town & Country was run by Mann. Syufy’s (aka Century) ownership of the Town & Country came years later. See my Still Believing A Man Can Fly article for a reference to Town & Country being a Mann operation in 1978/79 (and for a list of where else “Superman” played when it was new).

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Coate commented about Century 22 on Jan 14, 2014 at 2:12 pm

boxcop… At the time of the “Superman” engagement, the Dome Complex and the Town & Country were in competition with each other. The Domes were run by Syufy and the Town & Country was run by Mann. Syufy’s (aka Century) ownership of the Town & Country came years later. See my Still Believing A Man Can Fly article for a reference to Town & Country being a Mann operation in 1978/79 (and for a list of where else “Superman” played when it was new).

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Coate commented about Century 23 on Jan 14, 2014 at 2:11 pm

boxcop… At the time of the “Superman” engagement, the Dome Complex and the Town & Country were in competition with each other. The Domes were run by Syufy and the Town & Country was run by Mann. Syufy’s (aka Century) ownership of the Town & Country came years later. See my Still Believing A Man Can Fly article for a reference to Town & Country being a Mann operation in 1978/79 (and for a list of where else “Superman” played when it was new).

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Coate commented about Town & Country Theater on Jan 14, 2014 at 2:10 pm

boxcop… At the time of the “Superman” engagement, the Dome Complex and the Town & Country were in competition with each other. The Domes were run by Syufy and the Town & Country was run by Mann. Syufy’s (aka Century) ownership of the Town & Country came years later. See my Still Believing A Man Can Fly article for a reference to Town & Country being a Mann operation in 1978/79 (and for a list of where else “Superman” played when it was new).

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Coate commented about Century 21 could become landmark on Jan 8, 2014 at 11:23 pm

How ironic that someone who refuses to use capital letters where appropriate would claim someone has misspelled a word.

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Coate commented about Rivoli Theatre on Jan 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm

RSM3853…I’d hate to think your effort will go to waste if folks choose not to read them because they dislike the layout or question the accuracy/comprehensiveness of the information. Using Wednesday dates is your prerogative, of course, but I think it will lead to confusion. Some titles are listed a week late (CLEOPATRA, for instance) and I suspect it’s because you used Variety, which reports grosses a week after the reporting period.

Having spent numerous hours researching JAWS for a retrospective article, I can state that I found no theaters that opened it on Wednesday, June 18th, 1975. I found all “first wave” openings were Friday, June, 20th (but I guess you should list it as the 18th if you insist on using the “Wednesday of the opening week” approach).

You don’t need to re-type everything. It’s the Cinema Treasures application that is causing the jumbled paragraph layout. To create a list, simply paste in your title, then follow it with two spaces and a hard return, and it will create…

10/17/56 Around the World in 80 Days
10/01/58 South Pacific
04/01/59 Compulsion…

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Coate commented about Village Plaza 5 on Jan 2, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Dolby’s install records from the summer 1978 period (when “Grease” opened) make no reference to this theater, suggesting the install took place during a later timeframe, the records are incorrect, or a Dolby-compatible competitor format system was what was installed.

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Coate commented about Rivoli Theatre on Dec 28, 2013 at 11:09 am

RSM3853… Also, I appreciate all of the research (as I am sure others here do as well), and I wish more people compiled info of this type, but a few undesirable things, in my opinion, stand out. One, the lists are difficult to read presented as a giant paragraph. I think readers would find it much easier to read and reference if you used a left-margin-based list. (I think to create a hard return in the current Cinema Treasures format is two spaces and a return.) Two, I think using the Wednesday dates is going to disappoint or even infuriate anyone with a serious interest in this type of information. It would not have taken much more time to have scanned through the microfilm to ascertain the precise opening date. And, three, I think it would be useful and interesting to identify those films that were a roadshow or employed any type of special distribution/exhibition process to distinguish them from the ordinary releases.

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Coate commented about Rivoli Theatre on Dec 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

RSM3853… “Jaws” is missing from your list. It started 06/20/75 (or 06/18/75 using your “Wednesday of the opening week” approach).

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Coate commented about AMC 309 Cinema 9 on Dec 11, 2013 at 10:20 am

How many screens did this theater have as of the winter of 1978/79?

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Coate commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Nov 7, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Happy 50th anniversary to the Cinerama Dome, which opened for business fifty years ago today.

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Coate commented about Syosset Triplex on Sep 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Does anyone from the NYC/Long Island region have access to Newsday (or other Long Island newspaper) on microfilm? I’m seeking confirmation of the closing date of the roadshow run of “Funny Girl” at the Syosset Theater. Did “Funny Girl” play right up to the Jan 28th, 1970 opening of “Paint Your Wagon”?

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Coate commented about United Artists Theatre on Aug 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I can confirm this was a 3-screener in 1981 when they ran Raiders of the Lost Ark . (I cannot say whether it started life with fewer screens or ended with more screens.)

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Coate commented about Carolina Theatre on Aug 14, 2013 at 11:53 am

No, Chuck, by the autumn of 1963 most of the bookings of “Lawrence of Arabia” were of the general-release type.

Here’s a link to one of my retrospective articles that identifies most of the North American roadshow runs of “Lawrence of Arabia.”

Lawrence of Arabia: The Roadshow Engagements

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Coate commented about UA Gateway 4 on Aug 14, 2013 at 11:39 am

Chuck wrote: “Opened in the mid-1980’s, it was the UA Gateway 4.”

Actually, this theater opened several years earlier than the mid-1980s. (Don’t you guys ever do real research???)

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Coate commented about Radio City Music Hall on Aug 13, 2013 at 8:41 am

Seventy-one? Hypocrite!

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Coate commented about Northwest Plaza Cinema on Jul 29, 2013 at 8:17 am

mrhineha: “Star Wars” did not play at this theater in its original release.

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Coate commented about Southgate 5 Theatre on Jul 5, 2013 at 1:45 pm

This theater didn’t have five screens when it opened.

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Coate commented about Eric Allentown on Jun 14, 2013 at 3:54 pm

It’s about time this theater got an entry in the database! I pointed out it needed a page over three years ago in my “Empire” retrospective. Anyway, it’s nice to see it get a page, but I’d like to make a request to those who create pages: Please stop generalizing/approximating the grand-opening and screen-expansion timeline. Why not conduct actual research from a primary source and obtain accurate and comprehensive information the first time around?

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Coate commented about Parkway Theater on May 23, 2013 at 8:00 am

What company operated the Parkway during the early 1980s?