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Enjoyed today a beautiful print (4k DCP) of restored Hello Dolly! at AFI Silver in auditorium 2 since aud 1 not yet DCP equipped. Curtain opened, slides shown, then movie began. Halfway thru intermission slide, music, I went to buy popcorn, returned in 2 minutes, and movie had begun already! That was not the right period of time for an intermission! After movie ended, curtain closed, and more music (as appropriate). The sound seemed to be behind screen, but was excellent. I asked beforehand, and was told it would be a 2.39 aspect ratio, which it seemed to approximate. Blu Ray online says 2.35. Since other 70mm films (Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra) were put into 2.20 ratio (same as 70mm) for DCP and Blu Ray & these films would’ve been shot with 2.20 lens (right?) why would Fox have cropped Hello Dolly! at top & bottom to place it on a 2.4 aspect ratio for DCP & Blu Ray? Regardless, it was a very enjoyable screening. The movie looked gorgeous on the big screen & sounded great. I had never seen it in a movie theater before today.
Oakland’s Grand Lake is awesome, but not being in downtown Oakland, I doubt it was 1st run until the 1950s or later. Remember the Paramount, Fox, and others were built downtown. Lucky Oakland to have all 3 of them!
I figured Hyde Park probably wouldn’t have exciting surround, but Anna Karenina sound was so exciting from behind the screen that I just knew I was missing out on a wonderful surround sound experience that I am sure was in the 35mm print but somehow messed up by projectionist.
Steve, that’s puzzling as ALL the sound in those 2 movies was from behind the screen. No speakers were outputting any sound from anywhere else. I assure you that I would’ve noticed surround.
Didn’t turn on the surround sound? That answers why when in Dec 2012, over a 2 period, I saw in aud 2 “Anna Karenina” & “Hyde Park on the Hudson” they each looked gorgeous in 35mm & had vital behind the screen sound but no surround. Someone wasn’t doing their job well!
I’d be real pleased to have Jodar as projectionist at the AFI, paid or not. The Silver doesn’t remind me of the KB Fine Arts. Jodar, as I’ve written, I saw the DCP Cleopatra, and it was awesome. I love the historic charm of auditorium 1, but if you see Cleopatra it will likely be in auditorium 2 since Aud 1 doesn’t have the DCP yet so you will be happy.
Joe, though DC Uptown is one of my favorites, it didn’t go 1st run into 1950s, I believe the late 1950s & certainly not in the 1930s & 1940s.
Yes, I’ve seen movies there, included all screen sizes in my Intro above, and am not ruling it out BUT if a Blu ray was subbed for one Samsara screening, I don’t know they won’t do that to keep Hello Dolly! in aud 1 (if digital isn’t to be ready as expected in aud 1). And, I’m not interested in a Blu ray.
I didn’t notice the missing words on the masking but I wasn’t looking there. I probably would’ve seen if that was the issue, but I’m not 100% sure I would have. The other customer that I spoke with after the film was also upset.
I am concerned as to whether Hello Dolly! is going to be in auditorium 1 next Saturday, and if so what format (35? 70? blu ray?) or if a DCP is going to be shown in auditorium 2. Auditorium 2 is a very nice auditorium & I am not sure, but probably not willing to travel from Philly for aud 2. Aud 1 in 35, yes & I’d jump at the chance for 70mm.
Peter, that makes sense. I spoke with a fellow customer who told me the projectionist insisted the print arrived that way, but perhaps that wasn’t correct. Giles, I noticed Samsara was being shown in aud 3. I haven’t seen Samsara but thought the whole point was its 70mm quality so I don’t know why it is being shown in any other format.
Yesterday, I enjoyed 35mm print of The Dirty Dozen (1967) in the historic auditorium, great sound from behind screen, and the curtain was used before & after the movie. Top of the MGM thing seemed cut off. 1.66 ratio print was sent to the theater. Movie was filmed in 1.75 aspect ratio, and I think originally shown 1.85 (flat). Especially on left, but also on right, people & subtitles (from German late in film) cut off. It wasn’t the theater’s fault, but the print. Was still enjoyable but I’d like to see a print that doesn’t appear to have anything cut off.
I returned to the historic auditorium to see Hitchcock’s restored silent in 35mm The Farmer’s Wife (1928). Great print, again curtain used. 1st time I heard an organ connected to speakers rather than pipes. I believe the sound was behind the screen & from speakers in rear of auditorium, which I didn’t expect. Great organ playing by Andrew Simpson. Nice attendance, maybe close to 200 people total.
Thanks. Title has been corrected from Alamo Treasures. I hadn’t noticed error until you pointed it out.
TV ABC 6 at 6 PM tonight showed the marquee of Pitman’s Broadway Theatre as it expressed birthday wishes to a local woman who turned 107 years.
Oops, it was the “Rocket” episode of “Endeavor”
Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer article re summer theater camp at the rebuilt Grand,
No comments here since 2008?
The current “Endeavor” TV show about young Inspector Morse takes place in Oxford in 1965. In the “Fugue” episode he is seen in a cinema auditorium. Where was it actually filmed? I photographed the scene on my TV & Ken Roe identified it as this auditorium.
A 4 year partnership was announced this year between Muhlenberg College & this theater which is helping this summer to add digital film projectors to the theater, and enabling better student access & programs at the theater. http://articles.mcall.com/2013-05-01/news/mc-civic-muhlenberg-partnership-20130501_1_civic-theatre-muhlenberg-students-digital-cinema
As stated, Patton in DTS had some though little surround sound. Cleopatra, I said had no surround sound in its DCP screening at UA King of Prussia, but you remind me JodarMovieFan, it was DTS & a movie theater operator friend of mine suggests that was the problem because perhaps DTS is a dying sound format so the equipment perhaps was at fault.
I haven’t noticed the echo chambers but I’m grateful to the AFI Silver & Balt Senator for showing such wonderful classics.
Thanks to Ken Roe for finding this July 24 Evening Standard article about the current restoration. Have placed details in the Introduction above but more photos here. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/liftoff-for-hammersmith-apollos-art-deco-restoration-mission-8729487.html
Once when I was in City Cinema # 1, in 1999, I recorded 519 seats in my notes. That figure likely came from a Fire sign or from my counting the seats (yep).
I meant DCP of Cleopatra.
JodarMovieFan, Patton (70mm) had a little surround sound, and I do mean a little. I asked & was told DTS version was shown. As I commented earlier, this year I saw the DCP version of Lawrence of Arabia at Ambler Theatre outside Philly & there was nice surround, and CDCP of Cleopatra at UA King of Prussia but it lacked surround sound. 70mm films that were 6 track had surround sound. I, too, would like more surround sound.
relevant part of above article-
A particularly gruesome mutilation was the one visited on Thomas Lamb’s 1917 Rivoli Theater, once at 49th and Broadway. Lamb did not literally reproduce the Doric facade of the Parthenon, but on busy Broadway it was certainly close enough.
The white glazed terra-cotta facade lasted until 1986, when the owners destroyed a column and beheaded the top — gods, classical drapery, chariots and all. At the time, preservation groups were focused on the stage theaters; the Rivoli was built for film, and it was not on anyone’s radar until the bucrania were out of the barn.
Yes, already revised in my Intro above, chain link, etc. Bow Tie!
As they mentioned on Facebook, last Thursday eve’s DCP screening of classic “Casablanca” sold out at the Hiway!