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Loew’s Westerville was built as a single screen, then twinned. The Loew’s Southland was always a triplex.
The location of Loew’s Morse Road is now a tile store. The theatre building was demolished before building the new structure.
Although the shopping center is at West Broad and Wilson, the theater itself was at the far north end at the corner of Wilson Road and Valleyview Drive.
The Great Western Shopping Center is very large for an old unenclosed mall.
I’m getting slightly off-topic here, but it relates to NAPOLEON.
I saw the film in Columbus OH, which was the second presentation after RCMH. The film was presented with live orchestra.
The film was shown using 5 projectors. Two temporary units were brought in for the great majority of the film. Those were placed in the 2 spotlight ports of the theatre. The final reel was projected with the 3 house projectors in sync. The house projectors were definitely 35mm, as this theatre never was equipped for 70mm.
I would be curious if RCMH used 5 machines during this presentation.
I believe the next screening with live orchestra was in Syracuse.
I’m not totally sure about this fact, but I believe Boston Light and Sound was a contractor on this job.
Before being tripled, the Drexel was equipped with Magnetic Stereo, which it put to use over the many years with (among others) Fantasia, Rollerball, Damnation Alley and Guys and Dolls. In the early ‘80s, the Drexel ran a very successful 3-D festival using 2-strip projection.
The main auditorium maintains much of the original room, with 2 very much smaller theatres off to the rear of the house. The larger room has digital sound.
A typical bland GCC house of the late ‘60’s. It did have the blue shadowbox screen, but that was the only distinctive thing. Was twinned, as stated, with a wall down the middle. Dolby was never installed here…only mono sound.
This was my neighborhood theatre while growing up. I lived two blocks away. Just a normal neighborhood with nothing particularly special. I did see lots of good movies there, though.
In its later theatre days, it converted to soft porn with live strip shows.
Ran Norelco AA-II style projectors. Did have 70mm capability, and played many in early days. Played a mag-stereo version of Tommy. Split in two with a wall right down the center. Seemed very dated when it closed, replaced by 8-plex with one THX room.
A generic blue shadowbox GCC theatre. Twinned later in life. Nothing special.
This was a generic, blue shadowbox GCC house. It was twinned in the ‘'80’s. It was one of the first theatres in the area with Dolby Stereo. Did play at least 2 of the Sensurround films (Earthquake and Rollercoaster.) Local GCC office may have been located here.
Now an Applebees.
This was a generic General Cinema house without much character. Original had the blue shadow box GCC screen. Lived as a mono house its entire life. Nothing special at all.
70mm does not necessarily mean full widescreen. All 70mm indicates is that the projected film is 70mm wide.
70mm presentations were not just for width. Some directors chose 70mm for better quality 6-channel sound. Coppola’s ONE FROM THE HEART was framed at 1.37 and it had at least one 70mm print.
STAR IS BORN, ALTERED STATES and ET were all 1.85 films.