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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 18, 2018 at 7:23 am

Yes, tonight at 7:30. I’m wearing my Stanley Kubrick t-shirt. This will be my 73rd theatrical viewing of the movie. 8 times in Cinerama.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 18, 2018 at 7:02 am

I saw 2001 at the Astor Plaza during its engagement there in the year 2001. The print was not too good, and the intermission was cut out and the two halves were spliced together. It was still a great show. The sound was especially powerful.

I must have seen 2001 at the Ziegfeld at least 15-20 times.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 17, 2018 at 8:41 pm

There have been complaints about the Ziegfeld’s decor and color scheme, or about the 50-foot-wide screen not being big enough, but to each his own. I’ve loved the Ziegfeld ever since I saw West Side Story there in 1970.

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Bill Huelbig commented about City Cinemas Village East on May 17, 2018 at 11:44 am

The 7:30 showing of 2001 tomorrow night is sold out.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 17, 2018 at 11:39 am

I only regret that the Ziegfeld is no more. 2001 would most likely be playing there starting tomorrow. I know the Ziegfeld isn’t well liked by a lot of members here, but I always loved it. It was a very sad day for me and the many other Ziegfeld fans who went there on its last day with their cameras, and their cherished memories.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 16, 2018 at 5:18 pm

The 7:30 show on Friday at the Village East is sold out. I realize this should be posted on the Village East page, but 2001 will always be identified with the Capitol.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 14, 2018 at 3:23 pm

I’m pretty sure it’s at the Village East only.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 7, 2018 at 12:52 pm

Mike: when a 70mm screening of 2001 is on a less-than-really-big screen, like at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, which shows it every summer, I head straight for the front row. I once saw it from the front row at the Uptown in DC and it was literally overwhelming, though maybe not the best way to see it for the first time. Lots of head-turning was involved, but I had seen it many times before.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 6, 2018 at 4:05 pm

Mark: Thanks for doing the compilation. You are doing Warner Bros.‘ work for them. Good to know it’s coming back to Brooklyn in August – I can see it again. The one really sad omission from your list is the Uptown Theater in Washington DC. The place where 2001 had its world premiere still has its Cinerama screen, but they’ve removed their 70mm projector.

Joe: the screen at the Village East is surprisingly big. It’s about the same size as the one at the Ziegfeld. Looking forward to seeing it there.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 6, 2018 at 11:38 am

This page also mentions Emagine Willow Creek Theater in Plymouth, Minnesota, June 29th-July 5, but I couldn’t find confirmation of that on the theater’s website.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 6, 2018 at 11:21 am

Also the Loft Cinema in Tucson, AZ, June 22-28.

Redford Theater in Detroit, Aug 9-12.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on May 6, 2018 at 8:27 am

It is also playing at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, OR on June 1st through June 3rd. All shows are already sold out. So are the shows at the Cinerama Dome. I have a ticket for the Village East in NYC for May 18th. All this interest in 2001 is very exciting. It feels just like 50 years ago.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on May 4, 2018 at 5:19 pm

My ploy worked. The Barry Lyndon Dome photo is once again on display.

Roger: I was talking about the Hollywood location. I was in one of the other 14 auditoriums outside the Dome. Sorry I didn’t make that clear.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on May 3, 2018 at 4:06 pm

The photo that has the highest number of views is the one that gets displayed at the top of the page. I found the Barry Lyndon one and gave it a few more views, but I guess it wasn’t enough.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on May 3, 2018 at 3:35 pm

I’ve only been to one of the other Arclights besides the Cinerama Dome, but that photo does look like the theater I attended. I believe there are several different sized auditoriums. This must be the biggest one. It’s valid that the picture is there because the page is for Cinerama Dome AND Arclight, but I do miss the photo of Barry Lyndon playing at the Dome.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Apr 14, 2018 at 6:12 am

I’ve seen five other Cinerama screens (Montclair NJ, Washington DC, Dayton OH, Los Angeles, Seattle) but the one at the Capitol is the only one that felt close to being 93 feet wide. I know memories are often faulty, especially 50-year-old ones, but that screen was truly an unforgettable sight.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Apr 13, 2018 at 3:19 pm

It’s sad to think how the really big screen at the Capitol was torn down 50 years ago, and nothing was ever really built since to replace it. I’m grateful I got to experience “2001” on that screen.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Radio City Music Hall on Apr 6, 2018 at 4:04 am

I stumbled on this recently on TCM. I’d never seen it but I knew its bad reputation, which turned out to be quite undeserved. Very enjoyable, and the plot had a startling resemblance to the 2016 Trump-Clinton election. Maybe one day someone will make a musical about that.

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Bill Huelbig commented about City Cinemas Village East on Apr 5, 2018 at 11:21 am

“2001: A Space Odyssey” in 70mm is going to play here starting May 18th, according to the trailer I saw last week preceding “Ready Player One”. It is quite a beautiful theater and one of the closest things Manhattan has to a real movie palace, like it says in the intro.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Apr 3, 2018 at 4:09 pm

Joe, I was very surprised at the $20 cost of a 70mm show. I do qualify for senior discount but I had already seen on their website that they don’t apply to 70mm, so I just handed over my $20. But I’ll gladly pay it to see 2001.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Apr 3, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Howard mentioned the Village East. I saw Ready Player One there last Friday, and they showed a 70mm trailer for 2001. Just before it was over, it said that 2001 would be playing “at this theater”.

It was no Capitol, but it was a very nice theater with a big screen. It had the look of an old movie palace, or half of one anyway. It looks like the balcony of what was once a much bigger theater.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Apr 3, 2018 at 11:59 am

Fantastic article, Michael, just like all your others, but this one is extra special to me.

Reposting Paul Noble’s reminiscences from the 40th anniversary. He attended the first-ever screening at the Capitol:

Paul Noble on April 3, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Three nights in advance of the NY premiere, I attended the first press screening of 2001 at the Capitol at its full-length. I believe it clocked in at 161 minutes. The place was packed, but after intermission several hundred people were missing. During the closing credits, there were just two of us left, the other being Gene Shalit who was “conducting” “The Blue Danube”. I turned around at the end and waved to Kubrick in the booth and gave him a thumbs up. In the lobby, I joined a heated conversation with Judith Crist, Bruce Bahrenberg and other critics, who were loudly putting the picture down. I told them about “The Sentinel,” the landmark Clarke short story, and what the possible meaning of the picture was. They laughed me out of the lobby! The director cut the film, supposedly on the print, over the next few days, and the shortened version was the one which opened at the premiere. I’m still a great fan of 2001 with its enormous impact on future motion pictures, and the Capitol Cinerama as it was on that night with that gigantic curved screen, even in sharp focus from my third row seat!

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Apr 3, 2018 at 3:25 am

Happy actual 50th anniversary today to 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Capitol. Big article about it in last Sunday’s NY Times, big 70mm re-release coming in May. It’s the movie of the year!

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Apr 3, 2018 at 3:23 am

But the Kings in Brooklyn did show a movie about a year ago, and it sold out the place: Barry Lyndon, accompanied by a live orchestra. That’s why I thought it would be cool if they showed 2001 this year. They’d get that same huge audience back.

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Bill Huelbig commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Mar 30, 2018 at 9:26 am

Thanks, Mark. I hope you get to run “2001” on May 18th.