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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Oct 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I saw The Master at the Ziegfeld. Projetion was excellent. There was no surround sound, which is the complaint. Surround is normally excellent as it was yesterday for Gone Girl which I saw there.

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Oct 6, 2014 at 4:36 am

JodarMovieFan, I saw Gone Girl yesterday at the Ziegfeld. For several years, I haven’t seen the curtain used. The surround sound is incredible. It is a quicker trip from Philly than DC, but if you want to see Interstellar in regular 70mm, your other choice might be to wait to see it if is in a 70mm classic series or showing at the AFI. I doubt the Regal Majestic wants it next door at the same time.

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HowardBHaas commented about City Line Center Theatre on Oct 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Thank you for the new link!

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Oct 2, 2014 at 8:56 pm

JodarMovieFan, so far AFI hasn’t booked it. DC has 70mm Imax but if you want to see it in regular 70mm, go to NYC to the Ziegfeld (where I saw The Master). I didn’t know the Senator no longer has 70mm. https://interstellar.withgoogle.com/70mm-film https://interstellar.withgoogle.com/imax-experience-in-70mm

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HowardBHaas commented about Astor Theatre on Sep 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm

The implication I would get from the above language is that the film was the 1st to open at a theater primarily still being used as a legit theater. Other theaters may have switched full time to movies, or built as nickelodeons.

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HowardBHaas commented about Sam's Place One and Two on Sep 26, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Alan, most of that info is already in my Introduction above but thanks for the 1963 closing date, which will be included above.

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HowardBHaas commented about 50 Years of Pop on Sep 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Ah, I didn’t see the engagement list yesterday & wanted to see it. Now I see there’s a page 2 to the article, and there’s the list.

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HowardBHaas commented about Seattle Cinerama on Sep 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

Facebook page says closed August 3. Reopening date not announced. Fall sometime.

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HowardBHaas commented about Boyd Theatre on Sep 23, 2014 at 8:58 am

The update is that the theater is posted for Sheriff’s sales as taxes not paid to the School District.

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HowardBHaas commented about What about the curtains? on Sep 16, 2014 at 8:36 am

I see fewer movies because there aren’t curtains! And, today there’s a trend away from masking which will result in my seeing fewer movies, too.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ziegfeld Theatre on Sep 10, 2014 at 5:17 am

I like that photo, the one with the curtain. I posted it. I’ve taken my own photos but not as nice as this one. During the years we weren’t allowed to post photos, somebody sent that photo to me with the request that I share it, which is what I did. Haven’t seen the curtain close at the Ziegfeld in a while, so can’t take new photos with current camera of it closed.

Today’s movie theaters are starting to also not even use masking! New multiplexes & redone movie houses have decided that with digital film, masking isn’t needed, even when the screen isn’t filled with the movie image. So we keep going further away from proper presentations….

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Sep 6, 2014 at 4:44 am

Yes, we’ve now met. Thanks again for taking the photo. Had seen a 70mm print of The Sound of Music in 1991 at the Uptown. My article at top right links to my article last year about 70mm festival at Seattle Cinerama. Saw magnificient newer, restored looking 70mm print of The Sound of Music there.

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HowardBHaas commented about Uptown Theater on Sep 5, 2014 at 1:11 pm

Please be clear. Did AMC state they will close this theater?

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Sep 4, 2014 at 5:47 am

I wrote up this year’s 70mm film series here. There’s links & names of the prior festivals’s movies, too http://www.in70mm.com/news/2014/afi_festival/index.htm

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Aug 22, 2014 at 5:07 am

I had intended on going this past Sunday to see silent 35mm The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and 70 mm The Agony and the Ecstasy. I had read that prints shown in prior years elsewhere in the world of the 70mm print were excellent. Did anybody see it this past weekend? How was the print?

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HowardBHaas commented about Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 on Aug 20, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Vague post. He’s referring to other theaters (formerly “sister theters” the Sony State 4 screener & the Astor Plaza being given over to other uses. This theater remains with as many screens as when it opened.

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HowardBHaas commented about Castro Theatre Organ IndieGoGo Campaign on Aug 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm

That is a spectacular photo! Thanks, Tinseltoes.

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HowardBHaas commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Aug 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm

Sometimes Hollywood studios had more than one “world premiere” sometimes one in LA & one elsewhere.

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HowardBHaas commented about A.B.C. Theatre on Jul 20, 2014 at 4:59 am

According to Glazer’s hardback book Philadelphia Theatres A-Z, it only operated as a theater intermittently for 5 years. That began 1914, so I wouldn’t expect anybody at this time to recall it.

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

I should have written that Ryans Daughter and Cheyenne Autumn were shown in English but with Swedish subtitles. Googling, I don’t see any other prints reveal themselves as being shown anywhere so I’m going to guess the AFI Silver simply didn’t bother to list it that way?

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HowardBHaas commented about AFI Silver Theatre on Jul 12, 2014 at 4:21 pm

3rd annual 70mm festival now online. http://www.afi.com/silver/films/2014/p67/70mm_spectacular_part3.aspx Hamlet. The Agony and the Ecstasy. Ryan’s Daughter. Cheyenne Autumn. Last year, Lincoln Center showed 70mm Ryan’s Daughter & Cheyenne Autumn in Swedish with subtitles, but no word of that format here. Oklahoma in DCP. Around the World in 80 Days, shown in Bradford England in a pink version. Anyone know if there’s a good version of Around the World Days in 80 Days?

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HowardBHaas commented about Embassy 1 Theatre on Jul 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm

This is terrible news, but earlier today, I asked Ken Roe if he’d expand the Introduction above & include the landmarking (which includes the interior). Ken did expand it. I will guess it will become a retail store.

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HowardBHaas commented about Ardmore Theater on Jul 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Gym closing July 31 according to article online today’s Main Line Times- Over a decade after the Philadelphia Sports Club first made its home in the former Ardmore Theater on Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore, the high-end athletic facility will close its doors mid-summer.

Lisa Hufcut, media relations spokesperson with Town Sports International, LLC, parent company of PSC, confirmed the information: “Yes, the PSC Ardmore location will be closing on July 31,” Hufcut wrote in an email Wednesday evening, July 3. No further information on the future of the Ardmore facility or that of TSI’s other locations could be obtained prior to the long July 4 holiday weekend.

In addition to PSC in Philadelphia and its suburbs, TSI also operates clubs in New York (NYSC), Boston (BSC) and Washington (WSC).

According to the website cinematreasure.org which references a Main Line Times article, the former Ardmore Theater at 34 W. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, opened in 1926. It was designed by architect Clarence Woolmington in the Baux-Arts style. The theater’s use went from vaudeville to silent films to “talkies” and by 1941, it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management. It remained a movie theater until it was closed by United Artists in 2000.

The Lower Merion Conservancy put the theater on its 2001 top ten list of endangered buildings. Following its business model of repurposing closed and/or troubled historic movie theaters, PSC’s parent company, Town Sports International, took over the Ardmore Theater after trying unsuccessfully to acquire the Bryn Mawr Theater. That theater was purchased by a non-profit and saved as the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.

In 2002, after TSI purchased and totally gutted the Ardmore Theater, it reopened as the Philadelphia Sports Club. The spacious, two-level Ardmore gym is one of several PSC locations: St. Davids and Chalfont are listed as suburban sites on mysportsclubs.com as well as Market Street, Rodin Place and Society Hill in the City of Philadelphia.

Attempts Wednesday to obtain comments from management at the Ardmore PSC location regarding the status of members, employees and the building’s future were unsuccessful. Main Line Media News was referred to Lisa Hufcut with the corporate office.

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HowardBHaas commented about National Theatre on Jun 29, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Googling, I found permission sought last year for a 34 unit apartment building with retail on ground floor & 2 floors of basement parking.