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The picture posted to my knowledge is not the Centre Theater in Denver.
The Centre was a beautiful modern movie theater (at the time when it was built)
with a large screen.
I donâ€™t know how true this is, I was told the Centre was built by 20th Century Fox to display the new CinemaScope process in 1952. Iâ€™m sure The Robe had its Denver premiere at the Centre.
I was a very young person the first time I seen a movie at the Centre.
I think it may have been the Plant of the Apes. I remember the Exorcist played for months, Gone with the Wind always seemed to playing, I even seen Star Wars there during a second run in the summer of 78.
My mother and I attended the Centre often when I was young. It was on our favorite movie theater list, along with the Denver, Paramount, Aladdin and of course the one and only fabulous Cooper Cinerama Theater.
I remember seeing Earthquake in senserround their in late 1974. It truly was an event.
I forgot that Empire opened on Wed May 21st, 1980 and not the 20th. (Thanks for the correction) I do remember, and I was 13 at the time, Empire opened in 70mm.
In 1977 when I seen Star Wars, I did see it in both formats, 35mm and 70mm.
Being a native of Denver and lived here all my life, I am very lucky as a young boy to see a wide variety of films at the Denver Cooper Theater.
The first film I remember seeing at the Cooper in 1974 was
Thatâ€™s Entertainment! I was eight or nine years old, sitting in the balcony with my mother and was blown away by the experience. The screen was enormous and seemed that it never ended. The sound was coming from all areas of the auditorium. By the way, does anyone know if this presentation was 70mm 6-track? I was too young to know the difference.
Over the years I seen the original Jaws, Lucky Lady, Airport 1975, Silent Movie,
Star Wars (70mm 6-track), Close Encounters (70mm 6-track) the original Alien (70 mm 6-track) the Empire Strikes Back (70mm 6-track) I seen it the first day, first showing at 10:30am May 20th, 1980,
Return of the Jedi (70mm 6-track) it was also showing at the Continental before it caught fire, the Die Hard movies, and many more before we lost it to a Barnes and Noble book store.
I pass by the old Cooper theater site every so often and canâ€™t help but reminisce and remember how lucky I was to be introduced to the world of cinema in such a first class way. By far this was, and will always be my favorite movie theater in Denver.