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David Wodeyla commented about Circle Cinemas on Oct 9, 2006 at 5:15 am

National Amusements is also known as Redstone Theatres, owned by Sumner Redstone. Their home office is in Dedham, and they only had suburban theatres, like Dedham, Woburn, Revere, etc. Nothing downtown Boston that I can think of.
Back in the day, Sumner would get in a helicopter, and fly over an area, pointing out locations to buy land to build theatres. That was the difference between him and Richard Smith. Smith didn’t believe in buying land, thus nearly all the GCC theatres were leased, located in Malls. The Redstone Theatres were close, but not actually in a Mall.

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David Wodeyla commented about Clark Theater on Sep 30, 2006 at 3:12 pm

I’d love to see that color slide. Would you be willing to link that to us?

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David Wodeyla commented about How to increase revenue question.... on Sep 25, 2006 at 9:40 pm

I would describe a film festival as a series of films linked with a common theme, advertised to attract an audience that would like to see them all. You might book a group of classic films, and run a different one every day and call it a “Classic Hollywood Festival”, for example. More complex festivals would involve independant film not yet released, that are run in series with the presence of the Directors or Producers. Or by invitation, amateur productions that are hoping to find a distributor. This would more than likely require presentation in 16mm. It would also be the harder to organize and require the time to make contacts in colleges around the country, for film. I like longislandmovies ideas of church rental and retro candy store.

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David Wodeyla commented about Regal Fenway Stadium 13 on Sep 18, 2006 at 1:33 pm

I think changing it to simply “Fenway 13” covers all the bases on this one. They can list “Regal” under the chain info.

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David Wodeyla commented about Cinema Shoppers World on Sep 15, 2006 at 10:52 pm

We were issued a black clip on bow tie as part of the uniform. The company was supposed to provide the black tux pants that had a satin stripe down the side, but usually, the Manager told us to buy our own, as it would help him save on his uniform budget. Girls had the white blouse, with a fold across black tie that clipped in the front. Once in awhile, the head usher would be given some petty cash to walk over to Kennedy’s which was next to Jordan Marsh, to buy a few ties. (people sometimes lost them while on break.)
Upstairs in the usher’s room, which was above the balcony next to Booth I, there was a solitary military looking woolen top coat that had epaulets. On cold winter’s nights, if the line was long outside, the announcer would put on the coat to announce the line outside. I always thought that coat was the last remnant of a long-ago era. The coat disappeared at some point, it was that era when kids thought wearing old military-style clothing was the hippie thing to do.

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David Wodeyla commented about Cinema Shoppers World on Sep 15, 2006 at 5:10 am

Mark Davis, did you get caught by Shoppers World security? To Jeff, the blue jackets were considered pretty nice looking, as they replaced bright orange which I wore when I was an usher there, 1966-1968.

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David Wodeyla commented about Reminder: Keep comments on topic! on Sep 4, 2006 at 10:35 am

The difference between general chat, and theatre specific makes a huge difference, in my opinion. If one wants to discuss moviegoing in general, here, there are plenty of news stories to comment on. Or if one feels inclined to discuss their own favorite neighborhood theatre, one can find it and talk about it under that heading. There’s a largeness about this site that makes it the best.

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David Wodeyla commented about Reminder: Keep comments on topic! on Sep 2, 2006 at 3:22 pm

Wouldn’t it be great if Lost Memory had his own website?

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David Wodeyla commented about Embassy Theatre on Aug 28, 2006 at 1:55 pm

Here’s a link View link
to a photo, taken in 1967, of the Embassy in downtown Waltham.

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David Wodeyla commented about WANTED -- c.1970s General Cinema "Coming Attractions" or "Feature Presentation" Trailer on Aug 10, 2006 at 2:36 pm

No, Jordan’s Furniture paid for an audio commercial which ran in front of the coming attraction snipe, just as the lights dimmed. Barry and Elliot still do the same, only on TV today. And in front of the film at their IMAX Theatre across the street from the original Shoppers World in Framingham.

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David Wodeyla commented about WANTED -- c.1970s General Cinema "Coming Attractions" or "Feature Presentation" Trailer on Aug 9, 2006 at 7:26 am

The very first ones had a solid black background, but scratches made them look shabby faster, so the swirl patterns were added. Does anyone remember the first audio spot commercials, recorded by Jordan’s Furniture? Barry and Elliot only had a store in Waltham at the time.

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David Wodeyla commented about Uptown Theatre on Aug 8, 2006 at 12:24 pm

Not in the Uptown, but maybe across the street on Huntington Ave? Or around in back?

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David Wodeyla commented about AMC Chestnut Hill 5 on Jun 26, 2006 at 2:13 pm

They give them more time now, so that they can get upstairs to the booth to lace up the next show. Back in “the good old days”, we had projectionists.

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David Wodeyla on Jun 18, 2006 at 1:13 am

This listing is a duplicate for the Memorial Hall in Shelburne Falls, and the information on the movie program should have been added to the comments. This listing is simply an advertisement.

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David Wodeyla commented about Looking for old theater movie posters on Jun 9, 2006 at 1:37 pm

A quick glance at Ebay shows people selling thousands of posters from the 60’s to the 80’s in large lots. Why speculate on the unknown when you can buy a sure thing. Any talk about “climate controlled garages” and “granny driving a Mercedes” is suspect, especially when they can’t provide a list of film titles, because they’re too “busy” investing in more important things. You don’t get something for nothing, and a $900 investment means look a lot deeper. (that’s what he quoted to several who inquired.)

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David Wodeyla commented about How to start a discount movie theater? on Jun 1, 2006 at 8:41 am

In a small town without a megaplex, the idea of a discount theatre is attractive, going out for an inexpensive entertainment should work. Problem is, there wouldn’t be a big profit, and I’d say maybe the operator would barely break even or lose money.
I think the days of successful discount theatres is over, because of the shorter film runs, and closer window before DVD release. But people still like to go out. If you have the location, an existing theatre already running, go for it.

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David Wodeyla commented about Help with pro forma on cinema/drafthouse on May 30, 2006 at 6:56 am

By ticketing, I’m referring to the system, not the location, nor method. The distributors won’t contract with someone until they know.

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David Wodeyla commented about Help with pro forma on cinema/drafthouse on May 26, 2006 at 6:58 am

What sort of ticketing system do you think might work best for a “drafthouse”?

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David Wodeyla commented about Help with pro forma on cinema/drafthouse on May 25, 2006 at 10:30 am

Try finding an independent booker in the area that services small neighborhood theatres. You might need to go outside your area though. The booker has established relationships already, probably handling small art houses, or doing film festivals in the city with an independent theatre not tied to a chain.

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David Wodeyla commented about Help with pro forma on cinema/drafthouse on May 25, 2006 at 9:05 am

Are you expecting to pay film rental, sell hard tickets, and reconcile the deposits with a distributor, who will work out a percentage?

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David Wodeyla commented about Looking for old theater movie posters on May 25, 2006 at 9:00 am

I browse Ebay all the time, and find it an excellent source for rarely seen items. It used to be, collectors could pick from newsletters, fanzines, antique stores, and the like. The circle of knowledge was smaller. Now, previously hard to find items are surfacing for anyone’s collecting taste. And the chance to pick up a steal is harder than ever.

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David Wodeyla commented about Passing of General Cinema Manager Israel (Izzy) Strier on May 24, 2006 at 3:03 pm

Izzy was one of the most competitive managers around, and comparing grosses was one of his favorite things. It’s also a part of what made the business fun for everyone in the Boston Division. I think I remember that night. When you told Joe DiCarlo about Izzy’s strategy, I’m sure he nearly had a stroke because he knew that even though Framingham’s boxoffice gross was higher, Braintree’s concession per person would beat him. And the concession commission was where they really made the money.

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David Wodeyla commented about AMC Braintree 10 on May 20, 2006 at 2:24 pm

Braintree’s finest manager passed away this week, Izzy Strier, who managed the theatre in the South Shore Plaza from 1966 until 1975 was a legend in the town. Here are my comments regarding his career:
Izzy was a legend, admired by everyone, including every theatre manager who worked for GCC. Over the years, whenever a manager came to Boston for a meeting, and whenever managers traveled to other cities, everyone wanted to meet “Izzy”. He began his career working for Ben Sack at several Boston theatres, including the Music Hall during their busiest years, with films like Goldfinger selling thousands of tickets a day. He helped open the Cheri, then was lured over to GCC by Mel Wintman and Richard Smith to help them open their newest theatre, the Northshore Peabody Cinema in 1963. In 1966, General Cinema wanted their best to open the Cinema being planned for the South Shore Plaza in Braintree. Izzy went, and became a legend. When he left Braintree in 1976, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts declared the day “Izzy Strier Day” and a grand dinner was held in his honor at the Jordan Marsh Restaurant in the South Shore Plaza. Many will remember his promotions, and relationships with Town Clerk Bob Brunell, as well as many merchants and government officials. When General Cinema wanted their best manager to open the new Home Office Theatre at Chestnut Hill in 1975, they picked Izzy. He managed that one until 1986, when they wanted him to handle one of their top ten theatres in Framingham. From being their top salesman in VIP tickets, to number one Concessions Manager, to Manager of the Year, Izzy was the manager that everyone wanted to be like. But nobody ever came close.
Hundreds, maybe thousands of kids grew up working for Izzy at those theatres, and will never forget what was usually their first job. Izzy would say “please do me a BIG favor” and everyone wanted to help him do whatever it took. And he made everyone who worked for him, proud of their theatre.

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David Wodeyla commented about Passing of General Cinema Manager Israel (Izzy) Strier on May 20, 2006 at 9:25 am

Izzy was a legend, admired by everyone, including every theatre manager who worked for GCC. Over the years, whenever a manager came to Boston for a meeting, and whenever managers traveled to other cities, everyone wanted to meet “Izzy”. He began his career working for Ben Sack at several Boston theatres, including the Music Hall during their busiest years, with films like Goldfinger selling thousands of tickets a day. He helped open the Cheri, then was lured over to GCC by Mel Wintman and Richard Smith to help them open their newest theatre, the Northshore Peabody Cinema in 1963. In 1966, General Cinema wanted their best to open the Cinema being planned for the South Shore Plaza in Braintree. Izzy went, and became a legend. When he left Braintree in 1976, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts declared the day “Izzy Strier Day” and a grand dinner was held in his honor at the Jordan Marsh Restaurant in the South Shore Plaza. Many will remember his promotions, and relationships with Town Clerk Bob Brunell, as well as many merchants and government officials. When General Cinema wanted their best manager to open the new Home Office Theatre at Chestnut Hill in 1975, they picked Izzy. He managed that one until 1986, when they wanted him to handle one of their top ten theatres in Framingham. From being their top salesman in VIP tickets, to number one Concessions Manager, to Manager of the Year, Izzy was the manager that everyone wanted to be like. But nobody ever came close.
Hundreds, maybe thousands of kids grew up working for Izzy at those theatres, and will never forget what was usually their first job. Izzy would say “please do me a BIG favor” and everyone wanted to help him do whatever it took. And he made everyone who worked for him, proud of their theatre.

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David Wodeyla commented about Tampa Pitcher Show on May 13, 2006 at 1:47 am

Does this business have a real screen and a projector to run film, or is it just a restaurant running DVDs on a large monitor?