Comments from Jim Vecchio

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Jim Vecchio commented about The Return of Drive-In Movie Theaters on Aug 1, 2006 at 11:17 am

Once, there were so many Drive-Ins around Bridgeport and its neighboring towns, one would never imagine the day would come when the nearest drive in was close to 70 miles away. But the PLEASANT VALLEY DRIVE-In, in Barkhamsted (which I’ve often mentioned in my comments) is worth the drive, most of the time. I say most of the time, because the secret is getting out and last time I went, there was barely room for a mosquito to squeeze through, and the people next to us behaved like I used to in the seventies! Guess I finally got ‘paid back’! Seriously, the managers make an effort to show a top-notch first-run double feature at all times. For anyone has has never truly known an old-fashioned Drive-In experience, in Connecticut, PLEASANT VALLEY is the only place to be!

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Jim Vecchio commented about TCM Big-Screen Showings of, "Casablanca" on Jul 31, 2006 at 9:20 am

I’m the guy who used to haunt every showing of “Casablanca” whenever possible and drive the audience nuts by delivering all the dialogue along with each character. I’ve “tamed down” now, but I sure wish TCM would schedule a showing in my area!

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Jim Vecchio commented about Seeking vintage movie theater ads on Jul 27, 2006 at 9:31 am

A much-deserved and long-belated “Thank You”, C.R.

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Jim Vecchio commented about IMAX Theater - Maritime Center on Jul 27, 2006 at 9:24 am

I’ve seen 3-D in many places, on many size screens, from TV to the most recent, Digital 3-D at the CT POST 14 in Milford, CT. However, app. 17 years ago, I saw a 3-D film here about DNA, of all things, and it was absolutely the most amazing 3-D experience (yes, even including Disney’s theme parks) I have ever seen! I haven’t frequented this theater too much recently, even though it is pretty close to my work area. I think it would be to their advantage if they could show some more commercially-appealing presentations here.

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Jim Vecchio commented about Connecticut Post 14 + IMAX on Jul 26, 2006 at 5:02 am

Perhaps spurred onward by the poll question involving theater chains, I decided to visit this theater, as I had not patronized it previously. My daughter wanted to see “Monster House” and, of all the regional theaters, this was the only movie theater offering it in Digital 3D. Let me say the presentation was spectacular, and the theater was perhaps the cleanest and the staff, all of them, the most polite and courteous I had ever encountered. Also, let me say, it was THE MOST EXPENSIVE MOVIE THEATER I HAD EVER PATRONIZED! And, for an additional fee, you could enjoy a movie (in this case, it was “Lady In The Water”) in their “Directors' Hall” with leather seats and wait service. I might have done this, but I wasn’t ready to re-finance my home!

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Jim Vecchio commented about Photos/stories on long-lost Bridgeport-area theaters? on Jul 20, 2006 at 5:42 am

It’s been well over a month since this was posted, but recently there was a story in our local papers about a woman (who formerly used the theaters as such) who is attempting to use the POLI (PALACE) and MAJESTIC properties as a Worship Center. Should anything “develop” out of this, I’ll apprise you!

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Jim Vecchio commented about Movie Theater Documentary to open in Grand Island(NE) on Jul 20, 2006 at 5:23 am

Any chance this worthy film will make its way to the GARDEN CINEMA in Norwalk? If so, you can count on my patronage!

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Jim Vecchio commented about Promising News for the Moviegoer on Jul 20, 2006 at 5:19 am

Just add a couple of dittos to the above, plus the fact it will be waaayy after my retirement age!

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Jim Vecchio commented about AMC lowers prices on Manhattan pre-noon showings on Jul 18, 2006 at 5:31 am

$6 a ticket? For one movie? In my childhood, thast would’ve been highway robbery! I remember arguing with the manager of the LOEW’s MAJESTIC because I felt $1 a ticket was too much for a double-bill that included “King Kong Vs. Godzilla”! (Some of us remember when $1.60 gasoline was considered high!!) However, there is even a better solution to the movie admission situation-Connecticut’s “secret”-the Barkhamsted PLEASANT VALLEY DRIVE-In, where TWO first-run features are always $7!-For those of you who haven’t yet decided which “blockbuster” to see, this week, they are featuring BOTH “SUPERMAN” and “PIRATES”, and, with the money you save, you can buy hot dogs and sodas!

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Jim Vecchio commented about Capitol Theater on Jul 6, 2006 at 9:34 am

To ex-Waterburian: Thanks so much for the photo. Wow! Imagine seeing “Treasure Of The Sierra Madre” at the Capitol!

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Jim Vecchio commented about A&E to re-air 'Breakfast with the Arts' in August on Jun 28, 2006 at 5:20 am

It would be really great if they could telecast the piece as a whole, rather than “chop” it up with other segments in-between.

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Jim Vecchio commented about Colonial Theatre on Jun 21, 2006 at 9:46 am

I’m glad I happened onto this page-For years, I’d been saying that I have to go to this theater whenever I passed it. I thought it was totally closed down. Hope to plan a visit soon!

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Jim Vecchio commented about Photos/stories on long-lost Bridgeport-area theaters? on Jun 20, 2006 at 12:02 pm

Thanks, I have been a lifelong resident of Bridgeport, save for a few years here and there, and I never realized until recently the number of places that used to be theaters that I used to pass all the time. It’s only a matter of time before the Poli (Palace) and Majestic bid us “adieu” (I’m afraid the city neglected them too long) and then all we’ll have are memories. Thanks for your research.

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Jim Vecchio commented about A&E Television To Air Documentary on Loew's "Wonder Theatres" on Jun 20, 2006 at 7:58 am

I concur with ERD! The original AMC is fondly remembered. At least its broadcasts from the old movie palaces were intertwined with films and shorts that were relevant to the subject matter. The “new” AMC bills itself as TV for “people who love movies” but it is anything but! The terrible and ntimely commercial interruptions and the juvenile banter between movies are enough to turn any movie lover off! This A&E special had too much choppiness and the stuff in-between just seemed like added material that did not fit, and would’ve been fine in some other TV broadcast. What a disappointment! At least some of the “Cinema Treasures” regulars had some shining moments!

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Jim Vecchio commented about Photos/stories on long-lost Bridgeport-area theaters? on Jun 14, 2006 at 10:07 am

I’m waiting, but I won’t hold my breath. I am not able to find anything concrete yet about the Bijou’s opening-I think a return to its heyday would be as likely as casting Eminem in a remake of “Have Gun Will Travel”!

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Jim Vecchio commented about A&E Television To Air Documentary on Loew's "Wonder Theatres" on Jun 14, 2006 at 7:40 am

I’ll be proud to view your photos on this noteworthy show!

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Jim Vecchio commented about Art Cinema on Jun 12, 2006 at 9:54 am

I just discovered on Cinematour.com that the address of the BEVERLY was: 3029 Fairfield Avenue, so either the addresses changed through the years, or these are two different theaters. Also, FYI, the BEVERLY opened in 1949. I recall it showing movies through the eighties.

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Jim Vecchio commented about Cineplex fires a great salvo; finally some innovation on Jun 9, 2006 at 9:55 am

Thanks, S., for this posting. One of my pet peeves is, even if there is a decent movie playing, I cannot enjoy it as much in a theater if the screen and image are not much bigger than a big tv. I may as well get a video or DVD and save the aggravation! I have many wonderful memories of my sister (now departed) taking me as a child to see Cinerama movies in New York and and “grandiose” movie-viewing in my own local area in the fifties and early sixties before everything was doubled, tripled, or demolished.

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Jim Vecchio commented about Community Theater on Jun 6, 2006 at 5:37 am

Thanks, Lost, for your photo. It is a familiar sight as I often pass by it on the way to work. I attended another screening after the one I described above, and there were no problems whatsoever, and all had a great time. This is a community treasure that should be supported.

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Jim Vecchio commented about Colonial Theatre on Jun 6, 2006 at 5:34 am

One other thing: I believe THE COLONIAL existed at least into the mid or late fifties. I remember perusing the theater ads as a kid and seeing it posted, but it was always too far from my home to go there.

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Jim Vecchio commented about Submit your poll ideas! on Jun 6, 2006 at 5:27 am

I posted a comment yesterday, but I think it may not have gone through. I just wanted to say, very simply, that before we suggest further poll questions, the main question that needs to be answered should be: Just why do you want to see the poll continue? (If the responses are to your likeing, then continue it!)

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Jim Vecchio commented about How to start a discount movie theater? on May 26, 2006 at 11:15 am

I’d probably make a loussssy businessman, but I’d tell you not to compromise your values for the sake of making a buck. I’d do all I could to secure decent, quality movies, not just the ones Hollywood is shoving at us all-If possible, and there is not already such a venue in your area, an Art House or classic film fare might be jsut the different sort of thing that would strike those in your area to attend. It depends a lot on the demographics, a word I hate, but I do know when I attended college in New Haven 30 years ago, such fare sold a lot better than it does today. Discover the need, and present it well, with the inviting flourishings of the filmhouses that are so tragically lost today in this world of glorified shoeboxes. If you do go through with your plans, I hope you’ll share the name and location of your theater. Good luck and God Bless!

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Jim Vecchio commented about Seeking vintage movie theater ads on May 14, 2006 at 5:27 pm

Sorry for the typos and the fact the above as double-posted.

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Jim Vecchio commented about Seeking vintage movie theater ads on May 14, 2006 at 10:15 am

Yes, Patsy, old posters are a great idea-I’ve got a few, but some of them are too expensive for me with all my “vices” (videos, DVDs, etc). But there is something about those old posters-I remember as a kid in the fifties just loving to walk by neighborhood theaters (like the Rialto) or downtown shows (Strand, Warners, etc.) and just gazing at wonderful posters. Even today, often when I watch one of my classic films I like to download a page with the poster first, if possible. There is very little today to beckon one inside the theater-sometimes I think they make one or two generic posters and just “tailor” it slightly to meet the needs of the film on hand. I feel in the production of today’s films, and the way they are advertised, the one crucial element that has been grossly overlooked is…imagination. The writing of yesteryear’s films was greatly understated and often allowed the viewer to thin for him or herself and develop creative skills. Today everything seem “blurted out” and allows one no time to exercise imagination or thinking. The same with the posters. I remember driving by the Fine Arts Theaters in westport shortly before they closed. If there was a Chevy Chase film playing, there would be a tiny poster with a large face of Chevy Chase. Some theaters use no posters at all. There was nothing to draw patrons inside, unless those people had already decided they were going to see the movie. It wasn’t long before those shows were gone.I realize this is an over-simplification but, what has happened to our society has been we’ve gone from a time whn entertainment was avaialble to every neighborhood and wide-eyed children could stand by their neighborhood theaters in wonder staring and dreaming at the psoters to a sociey in which people clump together collectively in a group of little shoeboxes featuring every movie playing at the moment, and very little to stir their imagination.

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Jim Vecchio commented about Seeking vintage movie theater ads on May 14, 2006 at 10:15 am

Yes, Patsy, old posters are a great idea-I’ve got a few, but some of them are too expensive for me with all my “vices” (videos, DVDs, etc). But there is something about those old posters-I remember as a kid in the fifties just loving to walk by neighborhood theaters (like the Rialto) or downtown shows (Strand, Warners, etc.) and just gazing at wonderful posters. Even today, often when I watch one of my classic films I like to download a page with the poster first, if possible. There is very little today to beckon one inside the theater-sometimes I think they make one or two generic posters and just “tailor” it slightly to meet the needs of the film on hand. I feel in the production of today’s films, and the way they are advertised, the one crucial element that has been grossly overlooked is…imagination. The writing of yesteryear’s films was greatly understated and often allowed the viewer to thin for him or herself and develop creative skills. Today everything seem “blurted out” and allows one no time to exercise imagination or thinking. The same with the posters. I remember driving by the Fine Arts Theaters in westport shortly before they closed. If there was a Chevy Chase film playing, there would be a tiny poster with a large face of Chevy Chase. Some theaters use no posters at all. There was nothing to draw patrons inside, unless those people had already decided they were going to see the movie. It wasn’t long before those shows were gone.I realize this is an over-simplification but, what has happened to our society has been we’ve gone from a time whn entertainment was avaialble to every neighborhood and wide-eyed children could stand by their neighborhood theaters in wonder staring and dreaming at the psoters to a sociey in which people clump together collectively in a group of little shoeboxes featuring every movie playing at the moment, and very little to stir their imagination.