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ChasSmith commented about Lafayette Theatre on May 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm

When I first saw the schedule, I knew I’d be missing “The Woman in the Window” because I’d be out of town then — and it killed me on Saturday morning, driving up I-71 in Ohio, thinking about the feature about to begin! Really sorry to miss it. Otherwise, it was an all too brief but really fine spring season, and I look forward to the fall one.

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ChasSmith commented about Chakeres East Main Drive-In on May 4, 2012 at 6:45 am

Thank you so much for these uploads. My mom and dad bought their first house in Whitehall in 1955, and drive-ins were our chief form of movie-going entertainment. I remember the name Miles, and I have a few memory fragments of this drive-in in particular, due to its configuration on the north side of Main and facing south.

Thanks also, whoever contributed the note about the neighboring root beer drive-in. Don’t remember that specifically, but I have no doubt whatever that we were patrons there as well!

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ChasSmith commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Apr 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I’d like to echo Bill Heulbig’s sentiment above. Did DEFG leave the site? I don’t know anyone in this thread personally, but if that happened, I believe it’s a loss that needs to be addressed.

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ChasSmith commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Cinemas on Apr 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Oh man.

Thank you, DEFG.

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ChasSmith commented about Hunt's Cinestage Theatre on Mar 31, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I’m wondering if Hunt’s Cinestage is the theater that was running “The Sound of Music” at some point in the 1968-1969 time frame — and if not, which downtown Columbus theater might have been the one.

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ChasSmith commented about Mann Festival Theater on Mar 22, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Did the theater have a balcony?

I remember it as the UA, and I loved the Bratskeller, the restaurant at the corner of the block in the 1970s.

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ChasSmith commented about iPic Westwood on Mar 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm

It’s scary how inaccurate our memories can be on things like this. I found some of mine confirmed on your list, but could have sworn I saw “Carrie” and “Silent Movie” in the main auditorium there. Oh well, this is endlessly fascinating.

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ChasSmith commented about iPic Westwood on Mar 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thanks for that pointer. It’s a great listing. If only there were many more like it.

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ChasSmith commented about This is DCP at the Film Forum on Mar 8, 2012 at 7:07 am

“forward direction”

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ChasSmith commented about iPic Westwood on Feb 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I think we can all agree the AVCO needs a generous, detailed description. How do we go about getting that done?

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ChasSmith commented about Nuart Theatre on Feb 28, 2012 at 12:44 pm

I practically lived at the Nuart in the 1970s and 1980s, and I gather the curved screen was installed sometime later. Would love to see some current photos of the place.

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ChasSmith commented about ARC Theater on Jan 30, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I’m trying to recall this one. I think I went to it a few times in the early/mid-1980s. Was it showing second runs around that time?

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ChasSmith commented about Granada Theatre on Jan 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm

When did this theater close? I don’t remember knowing it from when I moved to L.A. in 1972, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t still going for a while.

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ChasSmith commented about Bexley Theater on Jan 13, 2012 at 8:42 am

What a great picture!

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ChasSmith commented about National Theatre on Jan 12, 2012 at 10:51 am

A big thanks to markinthedark for the latest batch of photos taken on the National’s last night.

Heartbreaking.

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ChasSmith commented about Los Feliz 3 Cinemas on Jan 6, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I haven’t been in the Los Feliz since 1984 when I savored the experience of sitting through two showings of “Vertigo” in a lovely vintage, comfortable neighborhood theater perfectly befitting the film.

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ChasSmith commented about Center Mayfield Theatre on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Saw a number of films here during my college years in University Circle. A couple I’ve always remembered are “Bonnie and Clyde” and “The French Connection”. I think the latter played here during its first run.

There was an Int'l House of Pancakes (early IHOP) across the street, and somewhere in the area, a Royal Castle (White Castle style joint popular in the 1960s). I mention these because they’re inseparable from my movie-going memories here.

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ChasSmith commented about Severance Theatre on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

Just uploaded an old aerial shot of the mall. I saw “Funny Girl” but don’t recall if it was a roadshow presentation. Other films I think I saw here: “Alice’s Restaurant”, “The Priest’s Wife”, “Little Murders”, “The Touch”.

Severance was the first mall I knew. Some nice memories of those movie-going surroundings include:

The record store I remember as “Disc Records” (or “Discount Records” or “Disc Shop”). Their main store was downtown. If anyone can help with the name or anything else about the store, please speak up.

Eating before or after a movie at Diamond’s Deli in the lower section of the mall accessed from outside. My first deli food, and I loved it. To this day, you can set a plate of blueberry cheese blintzes in front of me and I’ll think of Diamond’s.

Eating inside the mall at Hot Shoppes Cafeteria, probably one of the nicest cafeteria style places ever, and a bit of luxury eating for a poor college student.

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ChasSmith commented about Fight for 35mm on Dec 19, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Signed the petition and passed it on to a few people. Hope others are doing the same. They need to hear our voices.

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ChasSmith commented about Mann Old Towne 6 on Dec 15, 2011 at 7:46 am

I saw “Beverly Hills Cop” here, not sure about anything else, but the mall itself was unique (as you all know) and I wish I’d discovered it earlier, but in the early 1980s, my interest in decent stereo equipment led me to a wonderful high end shop there (which I believe was called Dimensions in Stereo), and I owe them much for introducing me to what I now know were some great components. Also recall the Federated Group store there, where coincidentally I was also pointed in the right direction — toward the new Toshiba BETA Hi-Fi — when I went shopping for my first VCR.

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ChasSmith commented about Westland Twins on Dec 15, 2011 at 7:28 am

Remembering the Laemmle Westland Twins, I was just there a handful of times: “Cousin cousine”, “La cage aux folles”, and Universal’s 1984 re-releases of the Paramount Hitchcock films.

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ChasSmith commented about iPic Westwood on Dec 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm

All of this about Westwood is shocking to hear. Okay, so I haven’t been there in two decades — but it still makes no sense. I’m grateful that I knew it in its prime, in the glory years of the ‘70s and early '80s.

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ChasSmith commented about iPic Westwood on Dec 4, 2011 at 6:15 am

I’m trying to recall the configuration of the auditoriums. Which direction did the seating face for the original big screen?

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ChasSmith commented about Rock Hill Drive-In on Nov 30, 2011 at 6:19 pm

I’ve just uploaded a picture of the entrance taken in June 2006. Drove back into the lot and there’s nothing to see. It looked like the image linked to by rivest266 above.

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ChasSmith commented about iPic Westwood on Nov 30, 2011 at 9:05 am

Thanks. I was remembering “Avco Embassy Pictures”, the film company. No relation, then?

Also, the more I look at it, the more I think it’s a word (Avco) as opposed to an abbreviation or initials (AVCO). I know the marquee and ad logo were all in uppercase, but so was the word CINEMA, etc.