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Today’s email to their list stated they now have digital projection & a new sound system. Movies this month include “The Way, Way Back” and “The Attack”
Oops. Their post was all to be on curved Cinerama screen. I’m interjecting the original way 2001 & Patton were meant to be seen. More on those 2 films- Wikipedia says theater savior Paul Allen paid for a new 2001 print last year. I saw a fantastic print several weeks ago of Patton, at AFI Silver Theatre.
No, though your guess is logical, they posted as a reply comment on their most recent Facebook post that the curved Cinerama screen will be used the entire time, for 70mm films as well as Cinerama and at least 2 of the films- 2001 and Patton were meant for a curved screen. I’m sure most people are happier with this choice. The Cinerama films may be clustered together because they need a projectionist for each of the 3 projector booths needed for Cinerama but that’s just my guess.
Anybody see this weekend DCP version of “Cleopatra” 1963 in aud 2? A few months ago, I saw it, was glorious. 4 hour version as after a week or two in NYC & LA, in 1963, it got chopped down by 40 minutes or more. To me, it looked beautiful, a hugely impressive film to look at & enjoy. No surround sound in the version projected that I saw.
I already amended my Intro above.
See official website for September’s 70mm festival and also including two 3 strip Cinerama films (This is Cinerama and How the West Was Won). Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, Vertigo, Sound of Music, 2001, Patton, Hamlet, Baraka. the Big Screen so I suppose on the 90 foot x 30 foot Cinerama screen rather than 68 foot flat screen. That would mean 70mm films at 2.20 aspect ratio would be 66 foot wide but on the curved screen.
Chill. Alamo is about upscale food & drinking so the same movies might play at both cinemas.
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,